Sony developing video Ipod competitor

Posted by Mark Raby

Sony is working on a portable media player that will support video playback, Reuters is reporting today.

Sony is working on a portable media player that will support video playback, Reuters is reporting today.

The announcement reportedly was made during a news conference in which Sony displayed the upcoming new music-only Walkman players. The vague confirmation came from Sony's senior vice president, who claimed, "We are developing a product that handles images, but I cannot make any comment on specific plans."

Since the release of the Ipod Video players last year, portable media player hype has skyrocketed, with several unknown foreign companies taking their shot at PMP success, but it's always been a David vs. Goliath battle with Apple. Now, however, the setting will be more like a clash of the titans, with Sony's announced video player and Microsoft's anticipated Zune, which debuts on 14 November, taking aim at the Ipod head-on.

Also during the news conference, Sony announced five new Walkman players for music playback that are "shaped like a perfume bottle," according to Reuters. All five are set to be available by the end of the year.