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Sony Announces Walkman Music Clip NWZ-B16

David Gilbert


Sony Announces Walkman Music Clip NWZ-B16

Sony Walkman has long been like the patriarch of the portable music family – once mighty but now out-of-touch and a little pointless.

Despite this, Sony has launched the Walkman Music Clip NWZ-B16, a wearable MP3 player, which boasts quick charging, a Bass Boost button and a detachable clip. The Music Clip weighs in at only 28g and measures 10cm in length to make it a very portable player indeed. The Music Clip comes in 2GB and 4GB versions storing around 500 and 1000 MP3 songs respectively. There is a three-line LCD screen to display what tracks you’re currently listening to and an FM tuner if you run out of your own songs to listen to. The Music Clip features a Bass Boost button, which gives you even more low-end power and the colour-matching power illuminator pulses in time with the music.

The Music Clip boast a battery time of 18 hours in power save mode but should you run out, a quick three-minute charge would give you 90 minutes of battery life. A new feature is a detachable clip, which will attach to your belt, bag or shirt. Music can be just dragged and dropped to the Music Clip once connected to your computer via a USB cable or using Windows Media Player 11/12. 'Zappin' song search technology lets you browse quickly through all your music and a dedicated 'Zappin' button gives you a small preview of each track.

The portable players will be available in a range of colours in the middle of this month and we’re waiting to hear back from Sony regarding the price but Sony is obviously trying to use whatever cachet the Walkman brand still has to boost sales of these players.

Source: Sony


May 5, 2011, 4:10 pm

"out of touch"; "a little pointless"; "whatever cachet the Walkman brand still has"... Gee, why not tell us what you really think? Now Sony have always annoyed me with all their proprietary formats and the type of arrogant behaviour they exhibited recently over the Playstation Network... but the fact is that they still make very nice PMPs with superior sound quality to iPods, and better design and interface than the other alternatives. If you doubt this just check some of the positive reviews on this very site. From the tone of the article, you seem to be bemused or even annoyed that Sony have the temerity to keep competing rather than allowing the PMP market to become a total iMonopoly.


May 6, 2011, 2:45 am

I'm fine with our Sony Walkman NWZ-S639F - Good Sound / Great standard headphones / Simple Drag and Drop.

With 3 kids we only have to explain Drag and Drop to them so they can load data etc onto Phones / MP3 players / USB Flash Drives / Camera.

The only problem with non-iPod MP3 players is the limited choice of docking/speaker systems.

Unbiased reviews please.


May 6, 2011, 4:17 pm

MIL - for those who don't like drag-&-drop you can also sync with Winamp or other software. I like having the option to do either. You are right about the limited choice of dedicated docks/systems (although any system with a 3.5mm input will do) and sadly this won't change if everyone automatically buys an iPod on the assumption that there's no alternative.

P.s. to be fair, I have seen no bias in the actual reviews here. News and features don't have to be quite so objective and I welcome the staff's opinions - doesn't mean I agree with them though ;)


May 6, 2011, 7:35 pm

David Gilbert,
It really irks me in the craw that you're calling the walkman brand pointless. I'm grateful there're still some non-Apple PMPs out there. The next time you feel like besmirching a brand just because they've fallen on hard times try to keep in mind that it wasn't that long ago that Apple was on the verge of bankruptcy and I'm sure many a tech journalist refereed to them as "pointless" and "out-of-touch".


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