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Sony has launched an Android-based Walkman, the F800, with which it hopes to topple the supremacy Apple's iPod Touch holds in the PMP market. Good luck. The Sony Walkman F800 boasts a 3.5in display and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, providing access to Google Play and its wide array of apps and games. It'll come in 8GB …

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Walkman

I still have my original Walkman sad git that I am.

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FAIL

I already have an android phone.

This is from despicable Sony, not even interested in anything they sell for the next 5 years.

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WTF?

Apple is FAR more despicable than anyone else on the market...

...so I hope you didn't buy any iJunk for years nor planning to buy one for several years to come.

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Anonymous Coward

> 32GB ?

I never really understand this.

I only have a 16gb card in my phone, much of which is used for apps and data.

Of music I have 2gb used, which gives me enough music to last 4 times as long as the battery will last without repeating a single track.

My music collection is stored on my laptop and backup drives (about 144 days woth of constant play) so I just sync a different playlist when I want to change. Phone charges at the same time no problem there either.

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Re: > 32GB ?

Changing music on an mp3 player would defeat most of the point for me. Mine mostly lives in the car with my entire collection on it, it only really comes out when I buy new music. This means I need capacity. I don't want to have to keep connecting to the computer to change things or choose in advance - doing that would actually be more hassle than putting a different set of CDs in the changer in the boot. Having everything is also good on holiday when I'm away from the computer but not from a power supply.

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Re: > 32GB ?

Hello.

If you're content to accept mp3 encoded 'music' files at very low bit rates and high dynamics and frequency loss due to the compression then you're well off. Sadly for me (and many others) I'm not and I want my music to sound at least as good as a CD and ideally better. That's why I only (unless impossible) store FLAC lossless files on my portable music player, in my case an Android phone using the PowerAmp application. I can EASILY tell the difference between mp3 below 320kbps and FLAC encode 16 bit CD files and FLAC encoded 24 bit files (eg The Beatles USB stick content) are obviously superior to both. I have a 64Gb microSD card in my phone and it's filled by 160 albums.

I should point out that I'm 48, grew up in the age of analogue HiFi, am a musician, qualified sound engineer and reckon that even a cassette recording off FM radio in the early 80s sounds better than most mp3!

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I want my music to sound at least as good as a CD and ideally better

On a smartphone/device you listen on a bus, good luck.

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Re: > 32GB ?

Then it proves the point that most of us aren't and can't easily tell the difference between 192 ot 320 kbps. Mine is 192 on the phone. I don't use fancy earphones so there isn't a lot of point. My music on the laptop is a much higher bitrate mp3 or flac, but used to stream into virtual world platforms (at around 128) so yeah, you have a point, but I think most of us aren't that bothered.

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Hmm look really nice and probably sounds better. However 300 quid for 32Gb sounds extremely expensive, you can get a 64Gb iPod Touch for that and a Samsung for much, much less _and_ has a SD card slot. Sony have made great sounding kit for years but have never seemed terribly competitive - I don't think they'll shift many at this price.

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An Old Walkman

I know one person, just one, who owns a Sony Walkman MP3 player.

I've used it. It has one drawback, which is the limited 4gb memory.

But the sound quality is excellent. Just about the best I have heard.

If only Sony could get the marketing juju they had when they created the walkman brand, then Apple would be a dead duck. A music player for just playing music. EXACTLY what I am looking for.

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I have a 7 year old Sony Walkman MP3 player, it can play ATRAC, MP3, AAC, Windows files no problem. It's still working and the sound quality still beats any Apple Ipods./touch

DRM ? That's Apple's arena, I think Sonyh ave learnt frm their past mistakes,

In regards to pricing they need to sort it out as I think it's a gret piece of kit..

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WTF?

More capacity, please.

I bought a 8Gb Sony mp3 player 5 years ago for £70 (Argos sale). It's great, perfectly practical in the home and out and about, and I've been looking forward to upgrading to a 32Gb or 64Gb model.

5 long years later and there is still no shift in price! It's unbelievable. I couldn't even buy the same capability for less money. Does anybody know why all Sony 32Gb Walkmans start from £200? You can get a 32Gb memory stick for a tenner. Are we really just getting stitched up or is there something I'm missing?

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Anonymous Coward

32GB?

When will they LEARN!?!?!

If it's not 60, 80, 160, 320GB then there's no POINT!

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Headmaster

Pluralisation

I believe the preferred plural is "Sony Walkman Personal Stereos".

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