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Anyone around in the '80s will remember people walking around with giant boom boxes on their shoulders blasting music to everyone in a massive radius. But there was also a much more discrete way to listen to music thanks to the Sony Walkman, which turned 40 years old today. For those not around in the '80s who may have never heard of a Walkman, it was a portable cassette tape player that launched in Japan in 1979. It was expensive back in its day with a price in Japan that worked out to about $150. Critics of the device said the high cost would keep it from being successful, but it proved very popular selling 50,000 devices within two months. The first Walkman that launched in Japan was called... Read more...
Long before there were smartphones and iPod devices, there was the Walkman, which allowed us to groove to Guns N' Roses belting out Paradise City and Sweet Child O' Mine while on the go. Of course, it was helpful to carry a pen or pencil in case those cassette tapes needed adjusting, but whatever, Sony changed the game with its Walkman. Well, the Walkman is making a comeback, though at around $1,200, it will attract an entirely new audience.It's also a different Walkman than the one you might remember (or heard about from your folks, depending on your age). Sony's new Walkman NW-ZX2 delivers High-Resolution audio to reproduce master quality recordings as artists intended for them to be heard.In... Read more...
An end of an era? Only if you didn't think the era was already over. The famed cassette tape has had one heck of a run, and even though the CD itself is finally dying, the cassette was seemingly still hanging around in some areas beyond consignment shops. Sony's Walkman will forever live long in consumer lore, enabling music lovers to carry around a portable stereo "back in the day." Now, Sony has finally decided that the time has come to move on, and honestly, we can only wonder what took so long. The company is still producing TCM-400, TCM-410 and TCM-450 cassette recorders, but those shipments will cease early next year. That should mark the end of the line for the cassette, at least for Sony,... Read more...
There are iconic brands, and there are really iconic brands. Sony's Walkman line is easily one of the most famous of all times, and the new NWZ-W260 keeps the lineage alive. It's a new one-piece, water-resistant W Series Walkman MP3 player for sports enthusiasts, which weighs around 24% less (and is around 2/3 smaller) than the prior model. It features a rinsable, wearable and water-resistant headphone-style design, perfect for those who just can't stop exercising. The water-resistant frame ensures it can withstand sweat from intense workouts in any weather condition, and it ships with Content Transfer software that allows users to easily drag and drop music files from iTunes, Windows Media Player,... Read more...
It's the end of an era. You can shed a tear if you were a child of the 70s or 80s, as you probably grew up wishing for a Walkman cassette player from Santa. Sony's Walkman line still lives on today, with the digital versions outselling the iPod in Japan for the first time last month. So there's no question that Walkman units are still in high demand. But Walkman units that play cassette tapes…are not. Sony has decided to lay to rest their portable cassette player line, and what's incredible is that it lasted all the way until 2010. The only time we've seen a cassette used in the past few years is at a library or other institution where there's no need to make the leap to MP3. There's no... Read more...
Now this is impressive. In fact, it's hardly believable. SanDisk's CEO was quoted a few years ago as saying that no one could "out iPod the iPod," and over the years, that has been proven true. Even mighty Microsoft couldn't put a dent in the iPod's market share with the now-forgotten Zune, and one could argue that Sony never really tried. But that's in America. Over in Japan, it's another story. Sony has a huge, huge following in Japan, while Apple is still trying to break fully into that market. A new survey on sales from the country recently found that for the first time, Sony's Walkman has outsold the iPod in Japan. Despite the iPod having less dominance in Japan compared to North America,... Read more...
Sony recently introduced a new line of Walkman MP3 players that the company says will offer "outstanding sound quality, advanced audio technologies, extreme battery life, and more." What's even better, the company is promising these features for less than $100. The new Walkman NWZ-E350 Series Video MP3 Players will support up to 50 hours of audio playback (mp3 files at 128 kbps) and 10 hours of supported video playback (WMV at 384 kbps). Supported audio formats include MP3, WMA (DRM), AAC (non-DRM) and linear PCM. The supported video format is WMV (DRM). The players also offer Sony’s SenseMe technology which will categorize music tracks into a variety of music channels and playlists.... Read more...
With the glut of portable audio and media players out these days, it really takes a special product to catch our attention. Something unique, something a little off-the-wall, and something that actually differentiates itself from all those other mundane MP3 players. Sony has somehow managed to do that with their latest Walkman, which is tailor made for fitness junkies or those who'd rather use a self-contained unit than deal with messy earbud cabling.The new W250 Series Walkman is designed to worn on the head, and due to its water resistant abilities, sweating it out won't be a problem. It also features quick charge and simple transfers, both of which should keep runners on the track longer and... Read more...
SanDisk themselves have publicly stated that no one can "out iPod the iPod," but evidently Sony did just that. According to a recent survey, Sony's own Walkman brand of digital media players outsold Apple's iconic iPod in Japan last week-- a feat that hasn't been accomplished in four years. Calling the victory "rare" would be understating things dramatically, but the numbers don't lie. Sony's piece of the Japanese market for portable media players was at 43% during the last week in August, while Apple's market share stood at 42.1%. The figures were collected by BCN, a marketing research firm based in Tokyo, Japan. Needless to say the victory was ever so slight, though BCN noted that the Walkman... Read more...
We haven't a clue why Sony would choose today to introduce its S Series Walkman--after all, the company's Reader Daily Edition was also just announced, and it's undoubtedly the show stopper of the two. At any rate, those more interested in portable music than portable words just might find this tidbit more interesting. As rumored, the S Series Walkman Video MP3 player is real, and while it's definitely no iPod killer, it's unique in its own way. For example, it features built-in stereo speakers, a 2.4" QVGA display, a frame that's under a half-inch thick, video playback of 30fps and a battery life that's downright staggering. The unit can spin tracks for up to 42 hours or videos for 6.5 hours... Read more...
Sony's X-series Walkman (otherwise known as the OLED Walkman) has barely had time to make a splash in the US market, and already Sony is preparing to launch anoher music player. Based on some believable details leaked on Materiel's website (a French e-tailer), the new S-Series Walkman will arrive in 8GB (NWZ-S544) and 16GB (NWZ-S545) models, and while we doubt it'll compete with the heralded iPod touch, the built-in kickstand should make it suitable for movie watching, regardless. The display has a 2.4" QVGA display, stereo speakers, a built-in FM tuner, a microphone, a rechargeable battery and a pretty crazy battery life figure. We're talking about 42 hours of audio playback or 6.5 hours for... Read more...
These may not be the second-coming of the XPERIA smartphone, but an 8.1MP cellphone isn't anything to scoff at. Sony Ericsson has just produced two new phones for AT&T's network, and the first of the two is the 905a Cyber-shot, which packs a mighty sweet camera, detection, autofocus, xenon flash and GPS tagging, not to mention 3G data support. There's also a 2.4"scratch-resistant mineral glass scree, a Memory Stick Micro (M2) slot, USB port and PictBridge printing support. The second handset is the W518a, a more simplistic device that falls squarely in the company's "Walkman" range. This one also packs a few unique features, namely an easy portal to Facebook and a 'Shake Control' feature... Read more...
It's somewhat hard to believe, but Sony's iconic and downright legendary Walkman turned 30 this year. Three decades ago, Sony's craftsmanship propelled a bulky, one-trick audio player onto the portable scene, sparking a revolution that continues today. But 30 years after its introduction, the original Walkman has little revlence in the world of iPods and other MP3 players. In order to prove such a fact, the BBC decided to give a 13 year old Briton a Walkman cassette player for a week instead of an iPod.The story that ensued is one of the more hilarious that we've seen. Even for an adept teenage boy, he was baffled by some of the peculiarities. For instance, he mistook the normal/metal switch... Read more...
A Playstation on your cell phone?  The notion might not be so far-fetched. The latest news out of the Japanese electronics and gaming giant is that it's "considering developing a cellphone-game gear hybrid" on Sony Ericsson phones.Once the superpower in portable music - the Walkman, launched about 30 years ago, was revolutionary and became one of the best-known brands of its time. Anyone who didn't own a Walkman owned a knockoff. The Discman, which, as it sounds, played compact discs wasn't as huge a hit, but primarily because it wasn't as huge a change as the Walkman was and because, after all, it was only recently that you could make your own CDs. Who didn't listen to a mix tape at some... Read more...
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