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Mix: Sony, IBM, SXSW, Irish Pubs

In an effort to compete with the iPod shuffle, Sony has announced a new line of flash memory-based digital music players.

At IBM’s PartnerWorld conference, Steve Welch used iPod-based software to save his crashed ThinkPad. The unannounced software is IBM One-touch Rescue & Recovery On Linux.

In addition to an iPod guide, the SXSW conference is offering a BitTorrent file (2.6GB) of more than 750 songs of participating bands.

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish Pubs Directory lets you view hundreds of pubs, descriptions, ratings and more on your iPod.

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1

yay free music

Posted by armless on March 8, 2005 at 11:46 AM (PDT)

2

Yea bring on the irish and sony have no chance against in beating the ipod shuffle

Posted by Bob333 in Galway,Ireland on March 8, 2005 at 12:23 PM (PDT)

3

Just checked the price on the Sony Flash thing. ¥19,800 is the cheapest for the 512MB here in Japan.
The 512MB iPod shuffle sells for ¥10,800. So although the build quality will probably better and they look rather sexy too, who wants to pay nearly $90 more for one?

That works out at about $190 and $105 for those of you not familiar with Yen

Posted by iPoodle on March 8, 2005 at 3:03 PM (PDT)

4

It’s not that simple:
http://www.jp.sonystyle.com/Walkman/Lineup/net.html

Looks like they’ve pegged prices much higher than that in the US - so i wonder if it’s a mistake. Also remember then the low-end models without a radio are a bit less expensive.

And my guess is that they will go for much less out there on the streets in Akhihabara.

If these thing worked with Macs via iTunes, it would be a fantastic player for me. The Shuffle features really pale in comparison.

Posted by umijin on March 8, 2005 at 4:59 PM (PDT)

5

i would like to mention that before the shuffle flash players were ungodly expensive or LOW capacity.  Sony had a 512 palyer that I think was around $200. Kudos to Apple, now sony has a 512 for $100 and a 1gig for $149.  It seems apple is setting the price for competition in the industry.
AWESOME, lower prices for you and me!

Posted by ipodfreak in oregon on March 8, 2005 at 5:17 PM (PDT)

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