Sony got it right -- the new Walkman is grreat!

The Amazon page for this model:

  • Dave Winer 6y

    One thing it can't do, as far as I can tell, is seek within a song or podcast. So when I got tired of listening to Ahmadinejad today, I couldn't just skip ahead to the roundtable on "This Week."

    To do that on an iPod, you hit the button in the middle of the wheel, then twirl it forward, and let it start playing, twirl some more, until you get where you want to go.

    Maybe there is a way to do it, but I couldn't find it in the manual.
  • John Evdemon 6y

    My no-name $20 USB MP3 player continues to serve all my podcast listening needs:
    - Built-in USB (no cord needed)
    - Runs on a simple AAA battery - no downtime while waiting for a battery to recharge, just pop in a new one (rechargable of course).
    - no proprietary software necessary on my PC - just drag & drop
    - works as a thumb drive in a pinch
    - able to seek within podcasts
    - picks up where I left off when I turn it back on
    - replacement is only $20
  • quux 6y

    You can press and hold the left or right arrow to scan a within a track while it is playing, according to page 17 of the manual.
  • Spencer Greenwood 6y

    Huh, your new iPod is pretty funny-looking.
  • Dave Winer 6y

    Quux -- thanks! :-)
  • Dave Winer 6y

    John -- I like that the Sony plays video, so I can watch Bill Moyers and listen, and I like that it has a radio. I had to get this when I was in NY with my Windows netbook with a "Mac formatted iPod." My only other choice was to reformat and lose all my playlists. Ridiculous.
  • John Evdemon 6y

    This is one of many reasons I have avoided MP3 players that require software installations. The radio is a nice feature btw. I'd love to find one that supported both AM and FM (most are only FM).
  • Gary Denness 6y

    I rather like the look of the model up. 2.4" screen, bluetooth, 10 hours of video play.
  • Dave Winer 6y

    John -- the Walkman doesn't require software installations, works fine on the Mac or PC without any futzing. It comes with a CD but I put that in my pile of things to look at someday, and I forget which pile I put it in actually.
  • Jesse Baer 6y

    It supports AAC, I hope? The last time I looked at iPod alternatives, half of them didn't support half of my music collection. That can't still be true, right?
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