155489Sony has announced a new series of flash-based digital music players designed to give the iPod Shuffle a run for the money.  The new Walkman Beans sport a built-in FM tuner and are available in 512 MB and 1 GB versions.  The units play both MP3 and ATRAC3 music files, in addition to supporting WMA and WAV formats. They are compatible with Sony Connect but not the iTunes music store (uurgh).  The players have a pop-up USB jack that connects directly to a PC for charging and transferring music.   Available in October  512 MB for about $130 and 1 GB for about $180. 

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