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Submission + - Sony iPod competitor?

treeves writes: "In an attempt to take a bite out of Apple Computer's stronghold on the digital music player realm, Sony Electronics has debuted a new digital version of its Walkman player with built-in noise-canceling technology.

The NW-S700F Walkman player comes with an FM tuner, a 50 hour battery life and a "quick-charge" feature which offers up to three-hours of playback with just a three-minute charge, Sony said. The player also comes with 13.5 mm diameter headphones with a built-in microphone that Sony claims reduces most ambient noise. In addition the new Walkman has embedded noise-canceling technology in both the player and headphones that Sony claims eliminates the need for listeners to "pump up the volume." [from http://www.edn.com/article/CA6380827.html?partner= enews&nid=2019&rid=896806482%5D

If it were 8mb, instead of 1 or 2, I'd like the quick-charge and noise cancelling features, especially if it also has a good display.
Still, who knows what kind of DRM or malware comes bundled with it?"

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?

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