updated 01:35 pm EST, Fri December 12, 2008
Sony Touch Walkman Rumor
Sony is on the verge of releasing a touchscreen player as its headlining Walkman, a rumor from historically reliable Sony Insider says. Alleged sources say the electronics maker's first touch music device for the West will have a three-inch touch OLED that will give the player especially high color accuracy for video. It should also have Wi-Fi and use this not only to support web browsing and a YouTube viewer but also to subscribe to audio podcasts and Crackle videos. Users could also buy music directly through Amazon MP3.
Players should come with either 16GB or 32GB of flash memory to keep the player thin, but Sony is reputedly finding room for an FM radio as well as a relatively strong digital amp. The device is said to have a 400x240 resolution and hardware controls for volume and skipping tracks.
When the Walkman would be available in stores is unknown, though Sony usually has a quick launch process for its players and is price competitive with Apple devices at similar price points.
Touchscreen Walkman concept