The Sony Sports Walkman is something of a style icon here at Stuff. The retro yellow casing was straight out of Back to the Future, and the Marty McFly in us loved it.
We’re not alone either, as the RetroPod iPod case used the shell of the Sports Walkman as an iPod protector. That is, until the bigwigs at Sony suffered a sense of humour lobotomy and filed a cease and desist order against the makers in 2004. We still mark the death every year with a two-minute silence and military salute.
The Sports Walkman of 2006, the S2, is an altogether more 21st century gadget. The yellow monster of old dwarfs this water resistant little player, which is about the size of a tube of lipstick and weighs in at just 28g.
It’ll come in 1GB and 2GB flash-based capacities and, as with all new Sony Walkman kit, will now support non-DRM AAC, WMA and MP3, as well as its own ATRAC format.
Sony’s packed it with exercise related features like a Music Pacer that changes your current playlist according to your speed, and Shuffle Shake which switches your tunes to random with just three shakes of the player. Handily, an armband is included in the box and the display will even rotate for left-handed users.
It also sports a step, distance and calorie counter, and you can set targets so that the music will stop when you’ve completed your work out – a bit like ‘musical statues’ for fitness freaks.