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Sony Expands Walkman Line (Yes, They Still Exist)

You may or may not remember the days of Walkmans, but the music players are still kicking around. They just look completely different and don’t accept cassette tapes anymore.

Today, Sony introduced the latest additions to its Walkman series, the F800 and E470. The Walkman F800 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, so not only can it act as your entertainment device, you can also use it for email, Web browsing or casual gaming.

The player features a 3.5-inch touchscreen and has a dedicated button so you can quickly jump to the music player from any app. The F800 features technology to cut distortion for clearer audio quality and is Bluetooth-enabled in case you want to connect wirelessly to Bluetooth speakers.

Meanwhile, the Walkman E470 is more of a straight music player but includes some fun extras like preloaded Tetris and Sudoku games and karaoke mode. It has a 2-inch display and measures just 0.27 inch thick.

Both players offer access to Sony’s Music Unlimited store and support iTunes playlists with the use of special software. The Walkman F800 comes in two capacities. The 16 gigabyte version costs $269.99 and the 32GB player is priced at $299.99. The E470 will come in 8GB and 16GB models and costs $79.99 and $109.99, respectively. Both will be available at the beginning of August in Sony stores and online.


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