Sony relaunches the Walkman – with £949 price tag

The NW-ZX2 will go on sale in Europe next month

Sony have launched a new version of their iconic Walkman music player.

The new device, which is called the NW-ZX2, will go on sale in Europe in the next several months, according to the BBC. The new model, which was unveiled by Sony at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, boasts a battery life of 60 hours and has a 128GB memory – or 256GB with an added microSD card – but will have a retail price of £949.

As the Daily Telegraph notes, Sony’s original cassette Walkman was a huge success following its launch in 1979, with over 220 million devices sold before the brand was phased out. One reason for the NW-ZX2’s large storage capacity is because, alongside others, the player supports the new LDAC codec format, which allows high quality audio over Bluetooth. With LDAC, a song takes up around 150MB of memory, meaning the Walkman can hold around 1700 songs as Hi-Res Audio files when expanded to 256GB with a micro SD card. The device will also be wi-fi compatible, and can be used in conjunction with the Google Play store.

Earlier today (January 7), it was revealed that another new music player which priorities high-quality audio has been launched, Neil Young’s Pono player. The Pono, which aims to “bring the true emotion and detail of the music, the way the artist recorded it, to life”, is available for order online now for a price of £260.

Speaking about his device, Young said: “Pono plays back whatever the artist decided to do. My body is getting washed, I’m getting hit with something great. It’s not ice cubes, it’s water – I’m listening. I’m feeling.” Shortly afterwards, however, Nine Inch Nails man Trent Reznor likened the design and yellow-and-black colour scheme of the player to a “Toblerone”.