Sony never got too much play on this site since Sony locked all of their MP3 players into their proprietary media player SonicStage. I love their designs, sound quality, and battery life but SonicStage was so unbelievably terrible it kept me from picking up any of their players. Sony finally wised up and joined the rest of the portable music world making their devices MTP, thus being compatible with most media players and music services.
Sony will soon release the A820, an upgraded version with Bluetooth, larger screen, and larger capacities. However, the A810 should not be pushed aside; it is still a very viable MP3 player that will still keep up with anything in its class. It is a great choice for people not needing all the bells and whistles of its newer sibling.
Sony has announced the introduction of two video walkmans to the US in September, both of which will not support their proprietary ATRAC format or require the use of SonicStage.
The first of these, the NWZ-A810 series, is identical to the NW-A800 available in Europe, but completely new from Sony is the NWZ-S610. It features a 1.8-inch screen (0.2-inches smaller than the A810) with the same 320 x 240 pixel resolution, and FM Radio which is absent in the A810. The two players share the same support for MP3, WMA (DRM), and unprotected AAC audio formats, as well as the H.264/AVC and MPEG-4 video codecs.
Each model will be available in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB versions, and cost $120, $160, and $210 for the S610 and $140, $180, and $230 for the A810 respectively.
[Press Release via Engadget]