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Sony A-Series Walkman
"That's all I can stands and I can't stands no more"

Sony is tired of having its butt kicked by Apple in the portable audio market. The iPod has consistently thwarted any attempt by Sony to grab a foothold on the market even after several valiant attempts. Sales figures show that Apple sold almost twice as many music players in the first three months of 2006 than Sony did in all of the previous fiscal year. According to a top Sony executive, the company is ready to take another jab at the venerable iPod. Whether those punches deliver any serious damage remain to be seen.

Sony is hoping to launch the new series of players in time for the Holiday '06 buying season; right about the time when the company's highly anticipated PlayStation 3 is due to hit shelves around the world. The new music players also promise to focus heavily on design and battery life. From Digital Tokyo World:

Apple has a commanding lead in the music player market and is particularly strong in the U.S., where it's estimated to command more than 80 percent market share. Sony has tried to unseat Apple in that market before with little success, and its recently launched A-series Walkman digital music players are on sale only in Japan and Europe.

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RE: If Apple were to license FairPlay ...
By JAS on 5/1/2006 7:12:21 PM , Rating: 2
...all these people buying music off iTunes are now stuck on iPods for life.
Not entirely true. Any music in your iTunes library, whether purchased through the iTunes Music Store or imported from your own CDs, can be written -- with no FairPlay or other DRM -- onto a compact disc. From there, you may transfer the content to another system.

By goku on 5/3/2006 10:17:15 AM , Rating: 2
well for a person who pays for a low quality DRM file, I can see your logic in doing this.. Just great, first you start out with a half assed quality music file and then you have to waste a CD (most people use CDRs) then RERIP the file (losing quality) then encode it (lose even more quality) until you're left with an even worse sounding file than from before. Talk about tedious, what if you had a 10,000 song library?

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