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sony-3-in-1.jpgOne music device to rule them all? That's the plan with Sony's new WH Series Walkman, managing a trio of functions from a single device.

First up, as its shape suggests, it's a pair of headphones. It makes use of a 40mm dome driver unit with a 5-25,000Hz range, with a selection of sound modes to push bass frequencies of increase the clarity of vocals among others.
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Secondly, and true to the Walkman name, it's an MP3 player, with the NWZ-WH505 model packed with 16GB of storage and its own power supply to let you play tunes directly from the headphones without needing to be tethered to a standalone MP3 player or mobile device. You'll get up to 20 hours of battery life from a single charge, while just three minutes of charging will give you a whole hour's worth of playback. A cable for hooking up to your mobile device is or course also supplied.

Last of all, the WH Series also acts as a loudspeaker, letting you broadcast your tunes to all around you. Not sure yet how you activate this feature - hopefully there's a failsafe to prevent you from switching to loudspeaker mode while you're still wearing the WH Series as headphones!

A variant model is also on the way and will likely be cheaper, with the NWZ-WH303 version offering 4GB of storage, a 30mm driver, and a 30-20,000Hz sensitivity range. This version will be available in white and black, where the WH505 comes only in black.

No pricing or availability has been announced yet, but we'll pass on the details as soon as we have them.

REVIEW: Finis Neptune SwiMP3 player

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Specifications: Click here for full specs

Price as reviewed: £119.99

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This latest generation underwater MP3 player is Finis' first to feature a separate component housing the electronics. Will having to strap this to your goggles in addition to the two ear-pieces make it much more difficult to use? Read our full review to find out!

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Design

I must admit when I first saw the design of this MP3 player my heart sank. As a keen swimmer who likes to listen to music while ploughing up and down the lane of my local pool, I've always favoured Finis' products. Of course there are other products on the market that do the job (ie Speedo's range of Aquabeat MP3 players), but of the great things about the Finis range is that there are only two parts to the product - effectively two ear-pieces, one of which houses the electronics to switch between the tracks and turn the volume up and down. That is, until now.

With the latest incarnation, the Finis Neptune, the US company has effectively taken the electronics out of one of the ear-pieces and put it inside a third component which straps to the back of the goggles (similar in principle to the Speedo Aquabeat). Obviously this creates a bit more drag through the water (not something I'm worried too much about) but more importantly it does make it more fiddly to put on before you swim. When you are desperate to get a lane to yourself before some head up breaststroker spoils your training session those few minutes can make all the difference!

Increased storage capacity

Clearly the main reason for this change of strategy is the Finis Neptune's increased storage capacity. From memory my first blue/white Finis SwiMP3 player had only 512MB of music storage which meant it really couldn't hold that many songs. The yellow/black version before this one (see picture below) was much better with 2GB storage, but I found after continued use for over a year it could no longer hold its charge in the water for more than a few minutes.

By comparison, the Finis Neptune boasts 4GB storage (enough for 1000 songs) and can, so the specs claim, go for 8 hours without needing to be recharged. That's long enough to get at least half way across the channel if you are feeling really ambitious. Another key difference is that previous players plugged straight into your PC or USB wall charger (not provided). This one has a separate USB lead, presumably to prevent corrosion of the USB points which can stop the device charging at all after a period of time, especially in heavily chlorinated pools.

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Drag and drop

As you would expect from any MP3 player, loading the device up with songs is simplicity itself. Just connect the USB adaptor lead to your PC or Mac (OS9 or higher) and drag them across into the Finis folder. The Neptune is compatible with non protected MP3s and WMA files but if you have AAC files from iTunes then you will need to convert them in iTunes first. Protected MP3/AAC and WMA files can't be played.

One key benefit of the Finis Neptune is that, unlike previous models, it comes with a digital display built into the main unit. At first I thought what's the point of this given that the component is going to sit on the back of your head throughout your swim. But actually it's pretty useful to check battery levels (I've been caught out several times with the MP3 player dying during my swim) and also to choose what music you listen to before setting off. In order to save battery power, the display automatically switches off after about 20 seconds.


Ease of use

At the beginning of this review I made a big deal about how important ease of use is with these devices and how you need to be able to strap them on quickly and simply while in the water. And that the key advantage of previous Finis SwiMP3 models compared to rivals like the Speedo Aquabeat is that you don't have to attach a separate piece of electronics to the back of your head.

neptune-component.jpgWell, I still think that's true. But I must admit I got used to attaching the Finis Neptune to my goggles much quicker than I thought. Importantly, unlike the Speedo Aquabeat which threads through the goggles strap like a belt through a belt loop (believe me, not easy when it's on the back of your head) the Finis Neptune simply clips down onto the back of your goggles like a peg hanging the washing out on the line.

Similarly, the ear-pieces which are a bit smaller than those on previous models (presumably because they don't house the electronics) clip up onto the goggles using a much sturdier and springier grip than earlier units. Why the ear-pieces clip up onto the goggles strap and the MP3 component clips down at the back of the head I'm not quite sure. In addition to the digital display on the main unit there's also a play/pause button on one of the ear-pieces, in case you want to pause briefly to speak to another swimmer or lifeguard. You could do this on previous models too, but it's a much bigger button and therefore much easier to activate in the water.

Bone conduction technology

bone_conduction_text.jpgGenerally listening to music under water can be a quite underwhelming experience. Conventional earphones are difficult to put in your ear in the first place and tend to slip and slide all over the place as you are swimming, thereby impairing sound quality.

The great thing about the Finis ear pieces is that they are not only much sturdier than standard ear buds they also work much more effectively by conducting sound through your bones to your inner ear. This means that although they don't sound great on land, underwater they really come into their own. And although Finis has been using this technology for some time I really do think these are the best I have tested in terms of overall sound performance - in fact much the same as listening to music from an iPod or iPhone.


KEY SPECS

Bone Conduction Audio Transmission
Clear sound in the water without the use of ear buds

Plays all popular audio formats including AAC, MP3,WMA
Compatible with iTunes®, listen to music, audio books, podcasts and more

4GB of Storage
Stores approximately 1000 songs or 60 hours of playback

High Contrast OLED screen
Easily scroll through artist and songs, and view playback features

Hydrodynamic Clips
Spring clips slip on securely to goggle straps and rest on cheekbones for secure placement

Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
Lasts over 8 hours per charge

Waterproof to 3 meters (10ft)
Sound is clearest when submerged in water

Gold Plated Connection Pins
Allows for quick song upload and charging while preventing corrosion in the water

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Verdict:

Though I was initially sceptical about the design of the Finis Neptune because I thought it would compromise ease of use too much, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I think having firm clips you can grip onto your goggles helps enormously and the digital display is surprisingly useful in helping you to choose what to listen to before setting off on your swim and monitoring battery level. Certainly after the first couple of swims I had learned to put the Neptune on in around a minute which isn't bad going considering there are three components to attach to your goggles. Another major benefit is that sound quality is easily the best I've heard underwater. Let's just hope this model doesn't suffer the corrosion that has limited the lifespan of previous models.

4/5

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sony-walkman-nw-e580.jpgNot happy with your smartphone's MP3 playing capabilities, and not impressed with Apple's iPod models? Sony have put together a new pair of Walkman MP3 players, the NWZ-E380 and NWZ-E580, that may be just what you're looking for.

Going for a button-based control system rather than a touchscreen, the Walkman E580 MP3 resembles looks a little like an old iPod mini, complete with colour screen and aluminium body.

Offering a staggering 77 hours of playback from one charge, there's also 16GB worth of storage built in, and the ability to watch videos and see images on its diminutive two inch screen.

You can load tracks onto the player via either Windows Explorer or Apple's iTunes, though why anyone would chose to use the latter over a simple drag and drop system is anyone's guess.

Other features include Clear Phase.DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine), which restores those subtle high frequency details that get lost when you're listening to heavily-compressed digital music files, and VPT (Virtualphones Technology) which adds an extra dimension to your listening with the authentic ambience of a studio, club or arena. There's also an FM radio thrown in and compatibility with high level FLAC audio files.

The NWZ-E380 has a slightly smaller screen, half the storage at 8GB and 33 hours of battery life.

The Walkman NWZ-E380 video MP3 player from Sony is available in the UK from July in blue, red or black. The Walkman NWZ-E580 will be available in black from August. Now news yet on price.

Foursquare-Deezer.pngDeezer has teamed up with Foursquare to give exclusive perks and rewards for going to see your favourite bands play live.

If you check-in seven times at concerts on Foursquare you could win a 3-month Deezer Premium+ subscription, giving you unlimited access to over 25 million songs.

How to unlock rewards:

1 - Simply like the Deezer page on Foursquare.

2 - Get out there and see your favourite bands. 1 check-in unlocks level 1, 2 more unlocks level 2, and 4 more unlocks level 3.

3 - Each level proves your dedication as a fan. Once your feet are aching, your throat is sore, and you have racked up 7+ concert check-ins, you'll be in with a chance to win unlimited music on Deezer!

Deezer is one of the most used music services around the world with over 10 million active users around the world with 4 million of those being subscribers to the music service. Deezer is available on a myriad of devices making your music available to you wherever you are.

Sony-NWZ-W273-Waterproof-walkman.jpgMP3 players and PMPs are old-hat in this day of smartphone "one device to rule them all" dominance, but Sony have still managed to pique our interest at CES 2013 with the NWZ-W273 W Series Walkman Sports.

Aimed at fitness fanatics, this one-piece unit (meaning all storage of songs and control of playback is handled by the earphones themselves) will hold 4GB worth of tunes and offer eight hours of playback on a full charge.

However, if you're pressed for time and looking for excuses not to run without some musical accompaniment, a short three minute charge will still give you a whole 60 minutes worth of playback.Sony-NWZ-W273-Waterproof-walkman-swim.jpgIf you're a swimmer you'll be able to take them for a dive or two too, working fine when continuously submerged in 2 metres of water.

Due out in February in black, blue, white, and pink, expect to pay around £70 when these hit stores.

Click here for more news from CES 2013

ipod-touch-2012-official.pngApple have revealed that new iPod Touch and iPod Nano models will soon be hitting stores at their iPhone 5 launch event.Note that this story is updating as we type, so we'll add more details and images as the night goes on.

A new iPod Touch for 2012 was revealed, measuring just 6.1mm thick, and weighing just 88 grams. It looks similar to the last generation iPod touch, except it too, like the iPhone 5, has a longer 4-inch Retina display screen, for improved movie viewing. It also introduced the iPod Touch Loop on the rear, where a user can attach a wrist strap for added security. Five colours will be available; alluminium, black, blue, yellow and red.

The iPhone 4S's A5 processor is now inside the iPod Touch too, offering dual-core gaming capabilities, making it 7x faster than the previous generation iPod Touch.

The iSight camera also gets a slight improvement, with a 5MP backside illuminated sensor, f.2.4, 5-element lens and a panorama shooting mode. The front-facing FaceTime HD camera also jumps to 720p resolution for improved FaceTime video calling.

Battery lasts for 40 hours of music playback on the new iPod Touch, and 8 hours of video, a slight improvement over previous models.
ipod-nano-2012-official.pngA new iPod Nano model was also introduced. Tiny at 5.4mm thick, it's 38% smaller than even the last minuscule iPod Nano, but still manages to squeeze in a 2.5-inch touch screen display. It'll be available in seven colours, including aluminium, black, purple, green, blue, yellow and red.

The Nano is now longer, with a large physical home button and a new homescreen with circular app buttons all fitting onto a bigger, longer screen.

Wireless audio streaming over Bluetooth is possible, while the new 2012 iPod Nano will make use of the same new smaller Lightning data and charging connection that the iPhone 5 does. 30 hours of music playback is on offer too, making for the longest battery life of any iPod Nano.

A new iPod Shuffle model was also briefly mentioned, though no further details were given.

All new iPods will be compatible with the new version of iTunes, which will launch in October.

No pricing or release date information has been given yet, though Apple are positioning them as their "iPod lineup for the holidays".

For more iPhone 5 launch news, click here

2012-07-12 17.28.02.jpgSony have today lifted the covers off four new Walkman models; the F800, S770BT, E570 and E470.

Top of the line is the F800. Running Android Ice Cream Sandwich, it has a 3.5-inch touchscreen and has full access to the complete suite of apps available through the Google Play store.

The F800 also supports the FLAC lossless audio format, has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and will ship in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB sizes.
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The remaining three are set to be smaller, less advanced and presumably more affordable.

The S770BT has a 2-inch non touch screen and measures just 7mm thick. It's supplied with matching Bluetooth headphones.

The E750 uses the same screen and keeps the same dimensions, but focusses on noise cancelling technologies, both onboard and in its supplied headphones.

Lastly, the E470 is more for the fashion conscious music fan, available in six different colours and comes complete with a karaoke mode.

All the Walkmans hit European stores today, and are compatible with Sony's Music Unlimited service.

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It may be embroiled in a losing battle with smartphones and Apple's iPod range, but Sony's Walkman MP3 players just wont give up. A new E-Series crop is being prepped for launch in Japan, alongside a set of speaker docks.

The NW-E062 and the NW-E063 are the latest bits of kit to have Walkman branding slapped on the side. with 2GB and 3GB of storage respectively, they happily play all manner of audio formats, including MP3s, WMAs, ATRACs, Linear PCMs and AACs tunes, as well as housing an FM radio. Pick up the NW-E062K and the NW-E063K variants and Sony throw in a 1W speaker stand too (pictured).

The MP3 players themselves measure up at 34.8 x 77.5 x 9.1mm, and weigh 37g. Each has a 1.4inch TFT screen, and feature noise cancelling tech that should block out 98% of ambient sound. Battery life if good for between 24-30 hours, depending on how much you use the noise cancellation features.

Alognside the new Walkman models are a pair of speaker docks, the RDP-NWG400B and the RDP-NWM7. The first of the pair is a Bluetooth speaker with a 20W output across a 2.1 channel setup, while the RDP-NWM7 is a dock with a 4W output.

No word on a UK release at the moemnt, but we'll pass on any details we get ASAP.

Via: The Verge

speaker-banner.jpgChristmas, for me, means just one thing: A Christmas Gift For You from Phil Spector. The wall of sound maestro, for all his horrific lady-killing failings, sure knew how to craft a tight little seasonal ditty.

But you know what I hate at Christmas? Crap stereos. The one time a year I get to indulge my love of sleigh bells backing 60s bubblegum pop, and it's trashed by rubbish bass, disc scratching CD decks and tinny iPhone speakers.

But not this year. This year I'm sorting myself out a decent stereo system. One of these babies from Bose, Onkyo, Sony and others will be mine. And then Santa will come to town, and I will be nestled all snug in my bed, while whispers from The Ronettes dance in my head.

Scroll down to see Tech Digest's top tips for which speakers, docks and Hi-Fi systems to pop on your Christmas list this festive season.

When you're done here, be sure to check out the rest of Tech Digest's 2011 Christmas wishlists too.

Google launch their Music Store

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Last night Google launched their online music store in the US which will allow all devices running the Android operating system to buy, store and stream MP3 files.

Google have launched the service with the backing of some of the industries largest record labels behind them including EMI, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal along with 23 independent labels. The only major label missing from the collection was Warner Music group. Even without some of the big Warner bands such as Led Zeppelin, Linkin Park and Prince it is still launching with a catalog of 13 million songs.

It will be a direct competitor to Apple and Amazon with their respective music stores and streaming services. The new music service will also use a cloud based storage system much like its major competitors, giving users free storage for 20,000 songs. The music store is just the latest in a line of innovations by the search engine giant most recently their social network Google+.

A recent study showed that more than half of all smartphones purchases between July and September ran Android, almost 60 million devices. In the same time period IOS handsets accounted for just 15% of all purchased devices, however you cant read a great deal into this as this was the month before the Iphone 4S was released. But for Google this is the perfect time to launch this feature for their smartphone market.

The new music service will incorporate Google+ by allowing users to share songs with their circles who can listen to the track fully once without having to buy it. Songs will come without DRM copy protect so you can share the file with your friends, promoting the more social music aspect that Google seem to be going for. There will also be a free track to download every day.

New artists wanting to get into the industry can get a helping hand from Google, with it's new Artist Hub. Artists will pay $25 to set up their own page and set their own prices. Google will take a 30% cut from all sales.

"It's not exactly innovative, but the reality is that Google will get success in the same way it has in other markets - by making the most of its strengths in search and Android, and it will keep chipping away," said COlin Gillis, technology analyst at BGC Partners.

There were however no talk of it launched outside of the US as of yet, due to ongoing negotiations between Google and record labels about selling the songs outside of the US. Another feature that sounds like it will be US only will be the ability for T-Mobile customers to charge songs to their monthly phone bill instead of entering their credit card information.

It sounds like the service is offering some good innovations the one thing im most looking forward to is the tracks not being DRM protected so being able to share the tracks with your friends. These seemingly small feature will literally allow your friends to search your library and pick the things they like, almost like a google search made by your friends.


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There comes a time when we all go shopping for a new sound system or radio, its a bit of an overwhelming experience sometimes isn't it? There are literally thousands of choices from hundreds of different companies. Sometimes you just want something nice and simple, that is where the cardboard radio fits in.

Sold by monsterstuff.co.uk and designed by Christopher McNicholl the cardboard radio is one of the simplest FM radio and MP3 players on the market and looks set to be a perfect christmas present for that one hippy music loving friend we all have. The whole outer structure is made completely of card and is fully recyclable.

It comes with four AA batteries and an audio input cable, making this the perfect portable music system for any office or picnic, when the weather decides to sort itself out. The radio only costs £24.99 and is available right now from monsterstuff.co.uk and is a great combination of environmentally friendly materials and technology.

SonyA-SeriesWalkman.jpgSony update their Walkman line today with handful of new players, including the wireless Bluetooth streaming NWZ-A860 and NWZ-S760 models.

The A-Series NWZ-A860 looks much like a smartphone with its 2.8 inch LCD touchscreen, but remains very much a dedicated media player, with an S-Master MX digital amplifier, hpto and video viewers an 16GB of storage.

The afore-mentioned Bluetooth streaming allows the NWZ-A860 to hook up with Bluetooth speakers, headphones, docks and in-car units too.

Also packing the Bluetooth tech is the NWZ-S760 S-Series model, with "legendary sound" through Clear Audio Tech, and 50 hours of continuous playback form a single charge.

The presumably cheaper E-Series NWZ-E560 model packs a 2 inch QVGA screen and FM tuner, and is available in multiple sizes (4GB, 8GB,16GB) and colours (black, red, blue, green, pink).

All of the new Walkman models feature SenseMe, which orgainises your music into different genre specific shuffle channels, a karaoke mode and MediaGo drag-and-drop transfer.

No pricing available yet, with the range due in stores by the end of August.

Sony's Walkman range gets another fitness-orientated Walkman today in the shape of the Sony Sports Walkman NWZ-W260.

Completely wire-free with the player and storage built into the headphones themselves, they're totally water resistant, meaning they're as great for watersports enthusiasts as they are sweaty runners, wh can give them a soapy clean afterward a workout without doing the Walkman any damage.

Drag and drop compatible, you can also get your tunes onboard with iTunes syncing, while the Sony Zappin feature allows you to jump to your "power song" for particularly gruelling parts of your training regime.

Battery life maxes out at 8 hours from a full charge, while a short 3 minute charge is enough to give you 60 minutes of playback.

"The Sports Walkman keeps me going through all of my workouts in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games," said medal-hopeful Marlon Devonish.

"The sound is amazingly clear and helps get me 'in the zone' when I'm training, and I love that it's both wireless and water-resistant so I never interrupt a training session."

Out in july, there's no pricing available yet, nor what storage size options will be available. We'll keep you posted.

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Hoping that the PMP fight isn't a long lost battle to the might of Apple's iPod and the smartphone rise are Philips, who today reveal their feature packed GoGear Muse 3 PMP.

A brushed metal player with a 3.2 inch touchscreen running at 480x320 resolution, the Muse 3 introduces two new technologies to the mp3 playing table.

First up is SafeSound, designed to protect your hearing. Analysing your listening habits and preffered sound levels, it'll fire up a warning every time you're doing something that could cause long term damage to your hearing.

The second new technology is the genius-sounding SoundPersonalisation. It brings the concept of the graphic equaliser bang up to date, tweaking tones by swiping fingers towards the four corners of the screen, each one representing either "powerful", "warm", "sparkling" or "vocal" tones.

In terms of file support, the Muse 3 can handle MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, APE, MPEG4 SP/ASP, MPEG4 AVC/H.264 HP, RMVB, WMV9, JPEG, PNG, BMP and GIF files, as well as beefing up the quality of compressed sound files with Philip's FullSound processing feature.

Available in two sizes, the 8GB Muse 3 will cost £109.99, while the 16GB will cost £139.99.

new-iPod-nano-patent-2011.pngRemember earlier in the week we showed you a spyshot of an iPod Nano with space in its chassis for a camera? Well, it looks mighty possible that it may well be the real deal after a very similar Apple patent application has now appeared online.

Uncovered by Apple Insider, the application shows an iPod Nano with a built in camera, as well as a host of other cool sounding new features such as temperature and motion monitoring tools, with stats visisble from a screensaver, which would further increase its usage as a fitness aid. There's also a microphone inside according to the patent, obviously necessary for capturing sound should it be capable of video recording too.

There's also a hint that iPod Nano apps will be on the way too, with games and calendar tools potentially featuring.

It's quite a lot to fit into that tiny Nano frame! With Apple's annual iPod refresh expected to be in September, we're sure we'll have more to share then.

Sony-NWZ-B160-Walkman-2.jpgSony have unveiled a new iPod Nano battling MP3 player in the shape of the NWZ-B160 Walkman Music clip. Desigend to be worn on a lapel or clipped to a shirt whilst exercising, the NWZ-B160 features a drag-and-drop file transfer interface and one-touch bass boost to help you power through your fitness regime.

Available in 2GB and 4GB sizes in a range of colours, a short 3 minute charge will give 90 minutes worth of music playback, while a full charge will give you 18 hours.

"Weighing just 28g and less than 10cm long, the Music Clip boasts an eye-grabbing two-tone finish in a vivid choice of contrasting colour-ways," reads the Sony release.

"Whether you're jogging, travelling, or just hanging out with friends, the latest Music Clip MP3 players from Sony deliver rich sound plus street-smart looks."

No pricing revealed yet, but they'll be in shops before the end of the month.

6th-iPod-nano-thumb.pngThis September's expected annual Apple iPod event could lead to some good news for fans of the Nano line, Apple's range of tiny touchscreen mp3 players. A leaked shot from Apple.pro is suggesting that the tiny iPod could be once again getting a camera built in.

A shot of what could be the next iPod Nano chassis has appeared on the site, with a circular, camera-sensor-shaped hole cut away on to the top right-hand corner.

If it proves true, it's not the first time the Nano line has featured a camera. The fifth-generation version also sported a camera, which was dropped when the Nano went on a diet to get into its current square form. It's likely that the clip on the current Nano's rear will have to be dramatically smaller or be removed altogether to fit the camera's inclusion, which doesn't nessecarily bode well for those who like to wear it as a wrist watch.

All speculation at this stage, but Apple.pro have a good reputation for delivering the goods when it comes to leaks, having previously correctly identified the current generation Nano's display module long before its official release.

WIN A 32GB IPOD TOUCH WITH SELLMYMOBILE.COM

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WIN A 32GB IPOD TOUCH WITH SELLMYMOBILE.COM

We've teamed up with mobile phone recycling price comparison website SellMyMobile.com to offer one lucky winner a shiny new iPod Touch 32GB (4th Generation).

Slim, stylish, ultra-light and packed with lots of features, the iPod Touch 4th Generation is a great way to listen to your favourite music at the click of a button. With a built in camera and enough memory to hold all your albums, the model is perfect for creating special Christmas memories with your mates.

A price comparison site, SellMyMobile.com promises to get the most money for your mobile phone. All you need to do is type the model of the handset you want to recycle into SellMyMobile.com's search engine. By checking all UK buyers every day, the site is able to provide the most accurate and up-to-date results and prices for recycling UK mobile phones.

To win the ultra-light, ultra-stylish new iPod Touch 32GB (4th Generation), all you need to do is answer this question;

Who is the turtle-neck sweater wearing public face of Apple?

A) Steve Ballmer

B) Steve Jobs

C) Shakin' Stevens

To enter the competition go to TechDigest's facebook page, www.facebook.com/techdigest.tv and leave your answer as a comment on the discussion board.

(Competition closes on Friday 17th December. Only TechDigest Facebook page fans will be eligible to win the prize. Winner will be picked at random.)

Sony kills the Walkman after 30 years

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After 30 years and over over 200 million copies sold, Sony has ended production on its Cassette Walkmans.

With this rise in popularity of mp3 players like the iPod, Sony believed that there was no longer consumer interest in their once hugely popular product. The last batch of the infamous product rolled off the production line earlier this year, but Sony will be retaining the Walkman brand to use with its latest portable memory based MP3 player range.

The first Sony Cassette Walkman was launched on July 1st, 1979 in Japan. It was marketed as a cost effective way to put your stereo in your pocket and with heavy pop star support, it managed to become a household name around the globe.

In honour of the 30 years of the Sony Cassette Walkman, we have complied a gallery of our top 4 favourite models.

ipod docks header.jpgIt's party time and you've got an iPod full of tunes but no way of blaring them out to your gang of expectant, drunk friends. The keg's running dry, all the Pringles have been eaten and a riot's about to kick off unless someone starts blasting out Lady Gaga's "Poker Face". "You've got to fight for your right to party", said the Beastie Boys, so why not have one of these top-notch iPhone/iPod speaker systems fighting your corner, cranking it up all the way to 11?

Here's Tech Digest's favourite 10 iPhone/iPod speaker systems.

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