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Sony announces its Walkman Z Android PMP for the U.S.

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Sony announces its Walkman Z Android PMP for the U.S.
During its CES presentation, Sony announced it will bring its Android-based Walkman Z portable music player to U.S. markets. The device ships with a range of internal storage options, and the usual array of WiFi, DLNA, and Bluetooth connectivity.
 
While prior Sony PMPs did not officially reach U.S. shores; Sony has decided the time is right to unleash Android Walkman's on North American shores. Smartphones continue to eat into the PMP market – Apple’s iPod sales have contracted as iPhone sales increase – but there is probably a market for people who already have invested in the Android ecosystem who would like a touch-based music device that can use the apps they’ve already paid for.

The Walkman Z packs a 4.3” LCD screen and boasts of superior music quality stemming from the included S-Master MX digital amplifier. The device has a “W” button (for Walkman, presumably) that lets you launch the music player with a single tap. Once in the music player, or simply browsing the home screen, you will get a music-oriented custom skin and app experience. Want your music to match your mood? Sony is including SenseMe, which will allow you to categorize your music into different “channels”, ready to cheer you up on a dreary day, or help you relax after a hard day at work.

If this is the PMP you arere looking for, the Walkman Z will be available to U.S. customers this spring priced at $249.99 for the 8GB version and $279.99 for the 16GB model, while $329.99 will land you with 32GB of internal storage.

Sony announces its Walkman Z Android PMP for the U.S.

source: Sony via Engadget

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posted on 09 Jan 2012, 20:22 2

1. Birds (Posts: 991; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Cool, but my question is does it have a camera?

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 20:29

2. knights4life03 (Posts: 126; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


good question

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 22:23 1

10. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


They'd be dumb not to include one. . .

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 17:25

16. Birds (Posts: 991; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


I'd say so.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 20:30 3

3. knights4life03 (Posts: 126; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


nice a walkman android device kool! lol i remember when i had my walkman cd player! omg that used to be the stuff!

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 20:46

4. FPaco14 (Posts: 10; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


HECK NO!!! with that kind of money i can buy 2 $100 Novo7 Android ICS tablet and then an ipod shuffle!!!

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 20:59

5. SGSII (Posts: 53; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


lower it 50 or more dollars and we will talk.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 21:02 2

6. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 409; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


Kool. But it will be in the recycle bin very soon along with the zune and all others. i must say Cupertino really does have the mp3 theme on lockdown..its very hard to beat any version of ipod...shuffle..nano classic and touch...they are the gold standard.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 21:08 1

7. knights4life03 (Posts: 126; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


u mean zune bro just correcting, and ur probably rite but i think think the interface presentation of actually viewing the music files, album art and marketplace is way more /appealing than on an ipod/iphone. but when it comes down to actual music players..., definitely apple brings it home.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 21:09 2

8. knights4life03 (Posts: 126; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


and i was talking about zune...

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 21:17 2

9. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 409; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)


U r right.....corrected

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 01:29 3

11. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Walkman = Music Quality. Dumping my iTouch for this.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 09:05

12. hunted (Posts: 331; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


i'm going to buy this

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 09:20

13. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 853; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


With it had a micoSD slot. 32GB isn't anywhere near enough for me...

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 12:52

15. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


It has a 64 GB version...

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 09:41

14. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6510; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


WHEN'S THE RELEASE DATE I'm ready to buy a new MP3 player. GOOD BYE MY OLD ZUNE

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