Sony has launched a new series of Walkman MP3 player which makes it easy for even the most committed technophobe to load and play their favourite tunes.
The pencil thin NWD-B100 series will attach to your computer’s USB port without the need for a cable or dedicated Sony software.
It will then automatically search and copy across MP3 and WMA files from the PC’s music folder.
If the PC’s hard drive contains too many tracks to fit onto the player, it will automatically transfer most recently added tracks so that the Walkman is always up to date with your latest tunes.
Sony claims the 1GB version can store up to 660 songs while the 2GB model will store almost 1000 songs.
Some models can also record from the in-built FM radio and the players will also let you record personal notes and memos using the built in microphone.
Weighing 30g, the NWD-B100 Series comes in three colours – black, white and violet – and will be available in the UK from next month.
The 1GB model costs £35 (£45 for the 1GB with radio), with the prices of £45 and £55 for the 2GB model respectively.
No messy wires
Which? principal researcher Christopher Christoforou said: ‘These new MP3 players from Sony should be pretty easy to use as, unlike most Sony players, you don’t need to install software on your computer for music transfer – you simply plug the player into your computer’s USB port, and drag and drop your music across.
‘Charging the player also takes place via USB, so there’s no need to get tangled up in messy wires.’