No delay for ‘running Walkman’ in Australia

By James Wells

SYDNEY: Sony Australia has confirmed that there will be no delay of the launch of its new Walkman mp3 player, after the company postponed the launch date of the product in Japan.

"There is no change in the expected delivery time which is the end of September or early October," a spokesperson for Sony Australia told

Sony Corporation announced it will postpone the launch of its digital Walkman – NW-S203F – by a week after it was expected to launch today.

The delay was blamed on the malfunction of a specific part used in the Walkmans, which was not identified. Sony failed to explain the nature of the malfunction and the number of products which will be affected by the delay.

The NW-S203F, nicknamed the ‘Running Walkman’ is available in 1GB and 2GB configurations and resembles a testube. It is splash proof, resisting sweat or rain, and features the innovative G-Sensor that senses gravitational movement.

The Walkman can be used as a pedometer while exercising and can even switch between a pre-set ‘walking’ and ‘running’ playlist on the unit when vigourous exercise takes place. Users can switch between standard and shuffle playback without having to access the menu system by shaking the Wallkman three times.

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