Item! I have it on good word that Sony is planning on launching another hard drive-based music player, called the Sony NW-HD1. It's all rumor at this point, of course, but according to my source it will be branded under the Walkman name and has "far better styling than the Vaio offer." Sony is apparently shopping it around to various outlets now to see what people think in preparation of an autumn launch. If anyone can grab me a picture of this mythical new unit, I would bake you the most delicious cupcake man has ever baked. Developing!
Update: Even more, after the jump.
From an anonymous reader. Keep in mind, I've got no pictures yet — this could all be a ruse.
Yes, I work for Sony and have had the opportunity to play with this device. It is very cool and the styling is fantastic. I was playing with the 40GB version (I am not sure if the actual unit will ship with the same amount of storage). It is slightly wider than an iPod mini but at the same time slightly thinner and sleeker looking to me. There are a couple of drawbacks that I have noticed so far (and this still may be changed before release), is that the plastic covering the screen is polished and smudges very easily and a "Nav Wheel" looking control that isn't actually a nav wheel (like the iPod). To explain: they added a four way round controller that lays fairly flat on the device so when I first picked it up, I tried to rotate it the same way an iPod would work. It's not a big deal, but I think Sony could have picked up a couple of cues from Apple on this one.
Also, I am not 100% certain, but I believe this device will only play Atrac3 not mp3, which could be huge drawback. I'm not 100% sure because I haven't had the opportunity to play with the device at length so I might be wrong on this one.