There is a load of digital music players on the market (see my Holiday Guide) that offer consumers quite a bit of choice. However, there is not much competition in the way of touch screen players like the iPod touch. Rumors are flying this weekend that Sony will announce a new Walkman-branded portable media player. With the wild speculation that Palm will actually announce something more than another color Centro and this Sony news CES may actually have some good value for those in the mobile space this year.
The rumored new Sony media player specifications include the following:
- 32GB and 16GB models
- 3 inch OLED touchscreen display
- FM radio
- Amazon MP3 store support
- YouTube player
- Web browser
If the device has a Bluetooth radio with A2DP support that would be another feature that sets it apart from the iPod touch. The iPod touch is being heavily marketed as a gaming machine lately and I am sure the Sony device would never go into this area since they have the PSP. It does look like a very good device though and we'll be keeping our eye on the news at CES.
Thanks to the Boy Genius Report for the news.