This new player looks great... but no MP3 support? Looks aren't everything. In fact, since it's gonna be in your pocket all the time, do they really matter at all?
I used a sony mini disc player for about 8 months, and during that time it had to be sent back to futureshop twice for repair (for those of you in Canada, you know that getting warranty repairs from futureshop is a fate worse than death
about 10 years ago sony used to be a high quality brand that really pushed the technology threshold on all fronts, be it television (I have an old rabbit ears tv from about 25 years ago that still works great) or audio, but it seems that lately they've been focusing more on design and profit margins.
this isn't all true of course, as this.. well.. I guess we cant really call it an MP3 player, proves. However, as other people like mike-y have said, the technology is there, but it has been squandered.
Apart from a few small problems (headphones sucking ass, easily scratchable backside) the iPod has so far been the best money Ive ever spent on a portable music player. The ability to take with you that much music all in one small package and be able to make it possible so easily is priceless to those who really appreciate music.
Sony is on the right track with their decrease in size of the player while keeping the same amount of storage space (sorry iPod mini but 4gigs just doesn't cut it anymore), but until the newest music toy is as enjoyable to use as the iPod, I see no need to change.
oh yeah.. and on top of being smaller, how about being a little more rugged?