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Is this the VHS of digital music players?
by Gordon Hundley at 03:20 29/07/04 (Blogs::Gordon)
Sony launches the Walkman NW-HD1.
Mossberg reviews the Sony HD Walkman

The question is whether the marketing muscle behind Sony can overcome the technical inadequacies. I suspect not. ATRAC has failed to set the world alight for one reason above all others - licensing. In the past, Sony has chosen only to license ATRAC through its electronics division. Although Connect now provides a software solution, the target audience is limited to US consumers running Windows XP.

This product looks like another dud from Sony, whose core business now looks like their weakest division. The marketing geniuses who are burying the fruits of their talented developers' labours will have to buy more than just BMG to make this one fly.

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