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Sony MiniDisc Walkman Officially Retired

Sony MiniDisc Walkman Officially Retired

Oh dear god WHY?! My favorite of all formats, the MiniDisk, will be officially shunned by Sony starting in September of 2011. This news comes as a shock to absolutely noone, or at least it should, since this format has been essentially on a downward spiral into obscurity since the 90's when it first started taking a foothold. As I'm sure you've already guessed, the advent of the MP3 being played on the now still gigantic iPod line all but signed a death warrant for this mystical, magical format, and Sony's stopping production of the MiniDisk compatible Walkman will certainly knock in the last nail in the coffin.

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Sony MZ-RH1 Hi-MD Walkman faces axe (but MiniDisc lives on!)

Sony MZ-RH1 Hi-MD Walkman faces axe (but MiniDisc lives on!)

Goodbye, MiniDisc, we loved you. Well, perhaps not love, but at least a grudging regard. Unfortunately, grudging regards don't add up to sales, and Sony has decided to axe the MZ-RH1 MiniDisc Hi-MD Walkman in September this year. Worry not about your precious MiniDiscs themselves, however; those still using the format will have time to stock up.

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Sony cease cassette Walkman manufacture; Soundwave sheds a tear

Sony cease cassette Walkman manufacture; Soundwave sheds a tear

Handkerchiefs at the ready, people, it's a sad day.  Sony has announced that it is ceasing Japanese sales and production of the cassette Walkman, around 30 years after it first started selling them.  The Sony Walkman TPS-L2 went on sale in Japan on July 1 1979, and while the models have obviously changed since then, Sony only shipped its last batch to retailers in April 2010.

Over half of Sony's 400m overall Walkman sales were cassette models, in fact.  Surprisingly, while official Sony production and distribution is ceasing, that doesn't mean you won't be able to find a new Walkman anywhere in the world.

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Sony Beats Apple in Sheer Numbers, Walkman Outsells iPod for One Month

Sony Beats Apple in Sheer Numbers, Walkman Outsells iPod for One Month

Even in Japan, where Sony's name is synonymous with many different gadgets and pieces of technology, as well as people's lives in general, Apple plays a huge roll. So, when news breaks that Sony has officially managed to outsell Apple in their Personal Media Player line, even for just a month, our ears perk up. According to researchers at BCN, that's exactly what has happened. But, of course, while the news is great for Sony, there's plenty of reasons to think it's a short-term effect.

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Sony E350 Walkman Series Unveiled, Due in September

Sony E350 Walkman Series Unveiled, Due in September

When it comes to music players, you either need a lot of space, or not that much at all. And all of that depends on how much music you listen to on a daily basis. If you're someone who just needs a few of your favorite tunes, of full albums, on your way to work, then perhaps the new E-series of Walkman from Sony will be your next purchase.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8, Cedar & Yendo with Walkman get official; Android 2.1 for XPERIA in Q3

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X8, Cedar & Yendo with Walkman get official; Android 2.1 for XPERIA in Q3

Sony Ericsson has officially announced its new XPERIA X8 smartphone, a 3-inch Android handset slotting in-between the current X10 and X10 mini models, together with the Sony Ericsson Yendo with Walkman handset, using the same XPERIA UI, and a new "Greenheart" phone, the Sony Ericsson Cedar, which the company reckons is more earth-friendly than other devices.  Of interest to existing XPERIA X10, X10 mini and X10 mini pro owners is the news that Sony Ericsson plan to offer an Android 2.1 upgrade "from Q3 onwards in selected markets" and that the X10 will get additional features in Q4 too.

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Sony debuts new NWZ-W252 water resistant Walkman

Sony debuts new NWZ-W252 water resistant Walkman

As a child of the 80's every time I hear the Walkman name I immediately think of those big yellow cassette players that were popular when I was a kid. Sony has evolved the Walkman band over the years and has turned the series into a line of digital media players that have been around for a while now.

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Sony Ericsson Zylo & Spiro Walkman phones debut

Sony Ericsson Zylo & Spiro Walkman phones debut

Sony Ericsson have announced two new Walkman-range cellphones, and they seem to have been looking in the Pokémon book of names for the duo.  The Sony Ericsson Zylo with Walkman and Spiro with Walkman each support FLAC lossless audio together with TrackID, but also throw in social networking integration with Twitter and Facebook.

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Sony B150 Series & W250 Series Walkman MP3 players launch

Sony B150 Series & W250 Series Walkman MP3 players launch

Sony has announced two new ranges of MP3 players, targeted at the budget market.  The Sony B150 Series Walkman has the familiar memory-stick form-factor, with a 3-line LCD display and basic controls, while the Sony W250 Series Walkman squeezes everything into a set of earphones.  2GB and 4GB versions will be available of each, though only MP3 and WMA (non-DRM) files types are supported on the B150; the W250 can also play AAC and Linear PCM files.

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Sony Walkman X firmware update v1.10 boosts browser

Sony have outed a new firmware release for their Walkman X PMP, and the headline feature is an improved browsing experience.  The new software tweaks the NetFront browser into rendering pages faster, maintaining layouts more like what you’d see on a desktop, and boosting scrolling speeds.

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Sony flexible OLED notebook concept gets second outing

Sony flexible OLED notebook concept gets second outing

Sony may not have made any significant changes to their flexible OLED laptop concept since we saw it first at CES back in January, but the sleek prototype is so alluring that SlashGear Japan couldn't walk past it at CEATEC this week without grabbing a photo.  Intended to showcase the potential of ultra-thin OLED touchscreens, the concept combines both display and keyboard into a single, flexible layer.

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Sony A840, S740 and S640 Walkmans debut [Video]

Sony A840, S740 and S640 Walkmans debut [Video]

Sony Japan have announced a bevy of new Walkman PMPs, the NW-A840, S740 and S640.  The A840-series gets an OLED display like its X-Series sibling, but in this case its a regular display rather than a touchscreen.  Still, it manages to be the thinnest Walkman to-date, at just 7.2mm thick, despite that 2.8-inch display, up to 64GB of storage and a battery apparently good for up to 29 hours of music playback or 9 hours of video.

Video demos after the cut

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