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Sony Takes on iPod shuffle With Walkman Bean

Sony on Thursday introduced the Walkman Bean, a flash-based MP3 player that’s the company’s latest answer to Apple’s iPod shuffle. It comes in 512MB and 1GB capacities, with a built-in FM tuner, and is offered in four colors: coconut white, tropical ice blue, cotton candy pink and licorice black.

The Walkman Bean supports the MP3, WMA and WAV audio formats, along with Sony’s proprietary ATRAC3 and ATRAC3plus. The MP3 player is compatible with Sony’s Connect online music store -- but not the iTunes Music Store, of course -- and come with software for importing, managing and exporting music. It comes with earbuds that match the player’s color.

In addition, the player includes an OEL (organic electroluminescence) display that shows track and title information, along with the time and date. A pop-up USB 2.0 jack connects directly to an available port. Sony estimates that the Walkman Bean provides up to 50 hours of playback on its rechargeable battery, with the ability to get three hours of playback after a three-minute charge. A 45-minute charge restores 80% of the battery’s capacity.

Sony expects to ship the Walkman Bean in October. Pricing will be US$129.95 for the 512MB model and $179.95 for the 1GB version. The company’s online store is taking pre-orders now.

The four variations of the Walkman Bean

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