New Sony MP3 player aims at Shuffle and Stone

The inbox marked ‘mini MP3 players’ at Stuff HQ is positively overflowing with tiny tech these days. First Apple’s Shuffle stole our

The inbox marked ‘mini MP3 players’ at Stuff HQ is positively overflowing with tiny tech these days. First Apple’s Shuffle stole our gadget-loving hearts with its brushed aluminium, then the Zen Stone clung to our affections, but now it’s Sony’s turn in the limelight.The freshly laid NWD-B100 series weighs a barely noticeable 30g and comes packing a choice of one or two gigabytes of flash memory. For all the convenience of your local corner shop, just in MP3-playing form, its cap covers a USB plug for docking directly with any laptop or PC to recharge and refill.Eschewing the need for complicated software and to really take the weight off your feet it also automatically copies MP3 and WMA files across from your ‘My Music’ folder. In fact, the NWD-B100 is so versatile you don’t even need a computer. Simply a CD player with a USB port is enough to record directly to the player.Like the Zen Stone Plus there’s also a microphone and voice recorder and the ‘F’ models in the range get FM tuners.Get one in your inbox, sorry, pocket in chrome or black from next month.Essentials Sony Walkman NWD-B103/103F, NWD-B105/105F Price: £TBA On sale: August Contact: Sony Related stories: Creative Stone + screen = Stone Plus Revealed: Creative’s Stone cold Shuffle killer Apple redecorates the Shuffle