updated 12:00 pm EDT, Fri May 23, 2008
Sony Walkman E020 for US
Sony has already confirmed a US launch and set pricing for the E020 series Walkman lineup, says the Asian branch of Crave. In announcing an Asian launch, Sony says the flash-based music player will sell for $69 in a 1GB edition and $79 for 2GB of storage. The E020's signature swappable faceplates will make the overseas trip and should sell separately for $12. beyond those that come with a given device.
In the transition to the US, the new Walkmen are reportedly dropping the need for Sony's Windows-only SonicStage software in favor of a drag-and-drop solution that lets anyone load unprotected AAC, ATRAC, MP3, or WMA tracks through their operating system. Sony also ships the E020 lineup with a built-in three-line color LCD with album art support and premium earbuds.