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Hisense Touch: HiFi portable music player with E Ink display and Android software

Chinese electronics maker Hisense is one of the only companies producing smartphones with E Ink displays. But the company’s latest pocket-sized device with an E Ink screen is something different. The Hisense Touch is an Android-powered portable music player with support for 32-bit/384 kHz audio, a dedicated digital to analog converter, and a 5.84 inch […]

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Sony’s 40th-anniversary walkman is a digital music player with (expensive) analog style

Before smartphones there were iPods and other portable media players. But before all of them, there was the Sony Walkman, a portable cassette player that let you take your music with you. Sony’s continued releasing Walkman-branded products in recent years, but for the most part they’re high-end digital music players… and the new 40th-anniversary Walkman […]

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Apple gives the iPod touch an A10 Fusion chip, keeps the $199 starting price

Apple’s new iPod touch looks… just like the old iPod touch. But under the hood it’s a lot more powerful. The company hasn’t raised the price though. You can still pick up an entry-level iPod touch for $199. It’s just that now you’ll get a model with 32GB of storage and an Apple A10 Fusion […]

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$20 Android phones may be the cheapest iPod touch alternatives available

Smartphones have largely replaced portable media players for most people. It’s been a few years since Apple bothered to update its iPod touch, and it’s been even longer since I’ve seen any other company try to offer a good Android-powered alternative to Apple’s touchscreen media player. Sometimes it can be useful to have a device that […]

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Pebble Core: A tiny music player and fitness tracker with GPS and 3G

Smartwatch maker Pebble is launching its first device that’s not a smartwatch. The Pebble Core is a tiny $99 device that has no screen… but which does have GPS, a 3G modem, WiFi, Bluetooth, and a headphone jack. It’s designed for runners that want to track their distance and routes while listening to music… you can even […]

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Sony’s latest Walkman is a $1200 music player for audiophiles

Sony’s Walkman brand used to be synonymous with portable music players. These days many of us just use our phones as MP3 players to listen to music on the go, but some folks prefer something a little… fancier. Sony’s newest Walkman is aimed at those people. The Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 is a high-end portabl audio player with […]

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Sony’s smallest HiFi Walkman is coming in November for $300

Looking for a better portable music player than your smartphone? A handful of companies offer high-end devices for audiophiles who aren’t happy with compressed MP3 music and cheap audio hardware. Sony has a long history in the space. At one point the company’s Walkman brand was pretty much synonymous with the idea of a portable […]

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Neil Young’s PonoPlayer hits Kickstarter, ships in October

The Neil Young-backed PonoPlayer portable media player is now available for pre-order through Kickstarter. While the list price for a PonoPlayer will eventually be $399, backers of the campaign can reserve one for $300… it just won’t ship until October. Neil Young and the folks at PonoMusic are targeting audiophiles who aren’t happy with the […]

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Cowon Plenue P1 high-end Android media player on the way?

It’s been a few years since Cowon released its last Android-powered portable media player. Now it looks like the company could be getting ready to launch a new model with high-end audio capabilities. The Cowon Plenue P1 is a portable audio player with support for 24-bit/192 KHz audio. The device features a 3.7 inch AMOLED […]

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Astell & Kern AK240 is a seriously high-end portable media player

If you thought the $1000 Sony Walkman ZX1 HD1 portable audio audio player was expensive, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Astell & Kern plan to launch a high-end, pocket-sized media player with two separate digital audio converters, support for 192 KHz, 24-bit audio, 256GB of built-in storage, and an “aircraft grade” aluminum case. The AK240 […]

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Hands-on with Sony’s Walkman ZX1 HD audio player with Android

Now that you can use pretty much any smartphone as an MP3 player, dedicated portable audio players aren’t as common as they once were. But Sony thinks there’s still room for a device that puts media playback front and center. The company launched a high-end portable audio player powered by Android in Japan in 2013, […]