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Sony brings speaker-equipped Walkman to US

updated 08:30 am EDT, Tue August 25, 2009

Sony Walkman S540

Sony today updated its Walkman players in the US with updates to its staple non-touch models. As rumored, the S540 series has its own stereo speakers to let users play music or video without headphones. Its display is larger than in the past, now up to 2.4 inches, and users can now record both voice through a microphone as well as the built-in FM radio.

The larger screen and speakers have had an according impact on battery life: although music playback lasts even longer on headphones at 42 hours, video playback has dropped from a maximum 10 hours to 6.5. Using the more power-hungry speakers drops battery life to 17 hours of pure audio and 5 hours of video.

A counterpart line, the E440 series, borrows some of the design elements of the S540 but sheds the speakers and recording functions while using a smaller 2-inch LCD much like earlier Walkman players. As a consequence of the size reduction, it lasts for 30 hours of music and 4 hours of video.

Both Walkman units continue to support AAC, MP3 and WMA for audio as well as H.264, MPEG-4 and WMV for video. Music reaches the players through drag-and-drop loading on both Macs and Windows PCs, though the latter continue to get a companion Content Transfer app for an intermediary sync with iTunes.

The S540 extends the capacity of Sony's flash players and will come in 8GB and 16GB versions for $110 and $130 respectively. The E440 will have the exact same capacities but, due to its simplicity, will cost significantly less at $80 and $130 for corresponding models. Sony ships both models in September.



by MacNN Staff



  1. bluejammm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Better than Nano

    For the first time (for me), I think another manufacturer beat out Apple, in that this new Walkman is better than an Apple Nano. Looks, features and price.
    I really like and miss recording radio broadcasts.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969


    sony voice recorder

    I had Sony digital voice recorder before. The sound quality is really bad. The sound format is proprietary. You have to download Sony plug-in for Windows Media to play and there's no Mac format for QuickTime. The recorder comes with voice editing software and it's for PC only. Just beware, Sony product is not Mac friendly. If you are looking for digital voice recorder, use Olympus WS-110 series and download Flip4Mac plug-in for QuickTime because the file format is WMA (Windows Media Audio).

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