Sony have come out of nowhere with a couple of new Walkmans. Or should that be Walkmen? Or Walks man? Never mind. They look pretty damn nice, and come in two flavours: the 6GB NW-A1000 and the 20GB NW-A3000. Apart from a sleek looking integrated screen, the Walks men have some pretty funky software functions:
At the press of a button, the ‘Artist Link’ function will search every artist, album and song stored on the device and offer suggestions of artists and bands closely linked to the genre of music being played at the time.
By selecting ‘My Favorite Shuffle’, the device automatically selects the most listened to 100 songs and plays them at random. The ‘Time Machine Shuffle’ function randomly selects a year and plays all of the songs from that particular year that are currently held on the device.
The current guesses based on Japanese pricing are somewhere around US$320 for the 20GB version, and USD$275 for the 6GB NW-A1000.