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Sony Launches Stylish Line of Direct USB Walkmans

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Despite their obvious simplicity MP3 players with direct USB connections haven't really caught on by comparison to their more glamorous alternatives but could Sony and its ever threatening-to-get-it-right Walkman brand be about to change that?
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The latest in its constantly changing line up of flash based players is the new NW-E series which sports a funky three line OLED display (capable of displaying album art), has support for ATRAC, MP3, AAC and WMA and is fitted with an FM tuner.

At just 83 x 22.8 x 14mm these players are also teeny and weigh a mere 29g but that's not to say they won't last the course because Sony is quoting a substantial 30 hour battery life (though naturally when playing ATRAC). On the downside the players will come bundled with the consistently dreadful SonicStage software (in this case version 4.3).
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1GB (NW-E013F), 2GB (NW-E015F) and 4GB (NW-E016) capacities will be unleashed initially in Japan for $92, $117 and $168 respectively. A European launch date has yet to be firmed up but when it (inevitably) is they should give the shuffle a few sleepless nights. Which it should, screen-less players are sooo 2005.

Link:
Sony NW-E Product Page

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