Sony pioneered portable audio in 1979 with the launch of the world's first Walkman - a single tape playback only device that marked the beginning of a consumer audio revolution. Almost 25 years later, the latest incarnation of the Walkman - the Network WALKMAN NW-MS70D - is just 5cm tall, weighs 54g and holds 11 CDs worth of music on its 256MB in-built Flash Memory.Apart from the obvious benefits of size and weight, the advantage of the solid-state digital Network device over the original Walkman and portable CD players that followed is the completely skip-free performance - especially during active use.Like many of the latest portable digital products on offer, Sony aims to blur the line between fashion and technology with the NW-MS70D - its streamlined design and compact titanium body is billed as a sophisticated accessory that can be taken anywhere, not just on the morning jog.Memory capacity is expandable via a Memory Stick DUO slot (currently up to 64MB of extra capacity) and the embedded internal battery provides up to 33 hours of continuous playback according to Sony.The NW-MS70D Titanium bodied Network Walkman is available in Australia from June 2003 and costs AUD$899.Contact the Sony Consumer Contact Centre on 1300 13 SONY (7669) or follow the links below to learn more.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.All articles by Mike Hanlon