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Sony's washable Sports Walkman MP3 player syncs with iTunes

Sony NWZ-W260

Washable, wire-free and water resistant – that's how Sony describes its new NWZ-W260 Sports Walkman.

Designed to resist rain and the sweat of a gruelling workout, this latest Walkman is clearly aimed at sporty types.

Available from the end of this month in gloss black and white, the all-in-one design eliminates the tangle of wires and the 13.5mm EX Series earphones come with silicon buds in three different sizes.

A quick three-minute charge provides enough power for a 60 minute listen, Sony claims, while a full charge offers up to eight hours listening.

Using the Content Transfer sofyware supplied, users can easily move music files from a PC or iTunes library (except DRM-protected songs).

And Sony's Zappin technology lets you browse quickly through all your music , previewing a bit of each track without fiddly searches through menus or playlists.

To coincide with the launch of the NWZ-W260, Sony is sponsoring sprint athlete Marlon Devonish, who will represent Team Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.