We knew there was going to be one phone we weren't going to leave New Orleans without seeing: Sony Ericsson's recently-announced W800 Walkman musicphone. The big revelation was that the W800 actually won't work with Sony's Connect online music store, at least not when it's launched later this year. Nah, instead it'll have support for both MP3 and AAC, with the idea is that you'll load it up with music from your own collection (it'll ship with a 512MB Memory Stick Duo card). We were told that eventually they might add support for Connect (which would require a firmware upgrade, since the W800 doesn't currently support ATRAC3—a total shocker for a Sony device), as well as whatever wireless music download services the carriers might be cooking up; in the meantime they just want to make it easy for people to get music on to their phones, and over-the-air ain't it.
Sony Ericsson @ CTIA - Hands on with the W800 Walkman phone
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