We have a feeling a huge shakedown is happening at Sony (may we say, thank god and about time): Sony confirmed today
they're adding MP3 support to their music players, starting at first with their flash players. They claim it's because
converting to ATRAC3 is inconvenient for users who constantly need to swap files to their small-capacity devices (but
doesn't Sony just want us to convert our music libraries to ATRAC3 anyway?). So what, are we dreaming? Was Sony
actually listening to everyone? Are they prepared to
admit that ATRAC3 is a failure? We're not sure, but despite at least one MP3-compatible device (the
HMP-A1) slipping through the cracks, we're hoping this
indicates a huge step forward for Sony. Somebody pinch us.