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Sony is bringing back the Walkman, and it costs $1,100

Sony is bringing back the Walkman, and it costs $1,100
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Just a few short weeks ago, we were all surprised to see that Apple discontinued its game-changing iPod Classic. Gone but never to be forgotten, it is hard to avoid feelings of sadness regarding its disappearance from store shelves and retail shopping carts. A slice of Americana has gone the way of memory.

Or has it? You won't believe the iPod's replacement. A blast from the past got a brand new makeover and it's turning lots of heads.

Sony just announced a new Walkman at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, but it's no tape player.

The Walkman ZX2 is a sleek music player running Android. This thing looks pretty cool but is known on the show floor as much for its looks and functions as its price tag: $1,119.99.

So what makes the new Walkman worth the hefty price tag?

  • The music can be heard in high-res, and according to a release from Sony, "can reproduce master quality recordings just as the artists originally intended.";
  • It has 128GB of storage;
  • It is Wi-Fi capable and can access apps from the Google Play store; and
  • It has a slot for a micro SD card for extra storage.

The Walkman will be available to the masses in the spring and looks to rival Neil Diamond's Pono music player.

What do you think? Is this an audiophile's dream? Or too rich for your blood? Let me know by posting in the comments below.

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