Sony Unveils HDD Music Player

may 10, 2004

Well, it is about time already: Vaio Pocket VGF-AP1. This is Sony's 20GB harddrive-based music player. It comes with a color screen and gets 20 hours of playback time from a single charge (not bad when compared to the iPod's 8 hours of playback time). Too bad that it is saddled with the same limitations of Sony's MD players: Mainly that it can only play ATRAC3 and ATRAC3 plus file-formats. According to the article the Vaio Pocket comes with the same crappy Sonic Stage software that will convert (like with MDs) MP3, WMA and WAV files to ATRAC3 format before moving the music over to the player. Why Sony? Why? Please, can't you tell the music arm of the company to screw off and just make a cool music player without all this DRM limitations? For now there are no plans by Sony to sell the Vaio Pocket outside of Japan.