Memory Stick Walkman

However, the MS Walkman does come with encryption and rights management software that gives a taste of things to come. For example, its Open MGJukebox will allow you to create a music library from either the Internet or a CD. It converts MP3 or WAV files to its own encrypted ATRAC3 file format, and the user can take up to three copies of this track from the library at a time. Once three copies have been downloaded into Walkmen, no additional copies can be made until one or more is returned to the library, and none of those copies can be downloaded to a different computer.

If you have downloaded MP3 files to your hard drive or a CD and imported them from there to the Jukebox, you will still have the original file. As part of the encryption process and the move towards copyright protection, the current model will accept only Sony's white MagicGate Memory Sticks and will not work with the standard purple sticks.

As an MP3 player, the MS Walkman is as good as the popular Rio 500 and has similar controls, producing excellent sound quality and being easy to use. The software is intuitive, and tracks, once imported, can be dragged and dropped into the Walkman. It links to your PC through a USB connection and the rechargeable battery last about four hours.

The MS Walkman comes standard with a 64MB memory stick capable of storing 120 minutes of music, although the standard (and preferred) setting provides 80 minutes. The only hassles are the poor design of the headset (the leads are far too short) and the lack of a decent carry pouch.

Sony Memory Stick Walkman

Price: $799

Phone: 1300 137 669

URL: www.sony.com.au

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