Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Walkman Series X

Do you remember when the Sony ruled the portable music market? It seemed like everyone and their mama, dad, brother, sister, cat dog had a Walkman or a CD Walkman. With the advent of MP3 and MP4 digital music formats, Sony has lost its footing in the portable music market in favor of more stylish, cooler options. But the X-series Walkman is a step in the right direction.

The X-series (NWZ-X1000 model) is Sony’s new high-end MP3 player. Taking some cues from the competition, the X-series features an 3-inch OLED touchscreen that lets users scroll through music and video selections with ease. The built-in DNC software blocks audio interference from the outside world, leaving crisp, high-quality sound. The headphones packaged with the player has a built-in microphone that listens for ambient noise and compensates accordingly. The noise-canceling software has a few different modes that allows it to adjust to whatever the environment throws at it. Modes include bus/train, plane, and office settings. I think it`s not bad, isn`t it?


The NWZ-X1000 also has Wi-Fi capability for quick and easy web browsing. Not this feature is the same as you need water to take shower. It also includes complimentary content provided by YouTube and Slacker Radio. Also very good feature, You liked YouTube video, you want to take it video to the NWZ-X1000 and you can do it now! It`s great! By the way I have previous Sony Walkman version. And I have to convert YouTube video to MP4 format to watch them on my player. Thanks God I have good converter but new feature is much better.

Using Slacker Radio, users can select up to three radio stations. The songs from the the chosen stations will get pushed to the NWZ-X1000 free of charge. Refreshing the stations in a Wi-Fi area will cache new music on the player. And if you’re still looking for fresh content, the player also comes with a built-in FM tuner. You can also add non-DRM files from iTunes and other online music services. Very cool! Espesial for me cause I have alot drm protected music so I used to remove protection to put them to my Sony Walkman.

Priced at $399 and $299 for the the 32GB and 16GB respectively, the NWZ-X1000 has firmly put Sony back in the running for the portable music player throne.

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