I’m not going to try to understand the reasoning behind Sony’s product line. Much of the last two generations of Sony Walkmans have been a lot of the same some with slight changes, a feature here, a feature there. And the E430 looks like the same. This is not really a bad thing since these have all be really nice players, but it does get a bit confusing as to which one to buy.
There is a bit of saving grace to this news Sony Insider states that they have seen the new specs for other upcoming players and they are much more exciting than this (I can verify this as well). So for the Sony fans, hang on, there is more coming.