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A PORTABLE MEDIA PLAYER (PMP) or digital audio player (DAP) is a portable consumer electronics device capable of storing and playing digital media such as audio, images, and video files. The data is typically stored on a CD, DVD, flash memory, microdrive, or hard drive. In contrast, analog portable audio players play music from non-digital media such as cassette tapes, or records.

Often mobile digital audio players are marketed and sold as "portable MP3 players", even if they also support other file formats and media types. Increasing sales of smartphones and tablet computers have led to a decline in sales of portable media players, leading to some devices being phased out, though flagship devices like the Apple iPod and Sony Walkman are still in production. Portable DVD players are still manufactured by brands across the world.

WALKMAN is a brand of portable media players manufactured by Sony. The original Walkman, released in 1979, was a portable cassette player that changed listening habits by allowing people to listen to music of their choice on the move. It was devised by Sony founders Masaru Ibuka and Akio Morita, who felt Sony's existing portable player was too unwieldy and expensive. A prototype was built from a modified Sony Pressman, a compact tape recorder designed for journalists and released in 1977.

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  • iPod Touch models - Starting at $199.
  • APPLE - since 2001. "Fun at full speed. Your music, wherever you go." Love music? You can keep more songs than ever on iPod touch, which now comes with up to 256GB of storage.1 Get an Apple Music subscription to stream and download all your favorite songs. iPod iTouch. All models.
    • Shop all iPod accessories - "It goes with everything." Whether itís a great pair of headphones or wireless speakers that can turn any room into a dance party, thereís an accessory that complements iPod touch perfectly.
  • Astell&Kern - since 2012. "Be the Ultimate." Digital Audio Players are electronic devices capable of storing and playing high-resolution music or media files. Many digital formats, resolutions and encoding exist. Most DAPs can comfortably play most digital files. Astell&Kerní DAPs are designed to provide experience for another value in music. A&ultima is a flagship AK model that combines the best specifications, high technology, and superior functionality, offering you the best value. All models.
    • Astell&Kern A&ultima SP1000: US$3,499.
    • Astell&Kern A&ultima SP1000 - "The A&ultima SP1000 is a one-of-a-kind, high-end, powerful flagship high resolution music player equipped with the latest advanced features. "
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  • Cowon - since 1995. "The moment is your life." All models.
  • FiiO M11PlusLTD: US$699.99.
  • FiiO Music Players - since 2007. "Born for Music." All models.
  • FiiO's M11S is more than just a portable audio player - "FiiO has announced its latest portable audio player, the M11S, whose bare essentials are a 1280 x 720px 5" multi-touch screen and a 5,300 mAh battery which, according to FiiO, will run for 14 hours between charges. Music files can be streamed directly from 32GB of internal storage or a microSD card slot that supports cards of up to 2TB. The unitís Android 10 operating system is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor and its internal D/A converter is built around a pair of ES9038Q2M DAC chips - one per channel - with file support topping out at 384kHz/DSD256. MQA decoding/rendering is also on the menu."
  • Sony NW-WM1Z Premium Walkman: US$3,199.99.
  • Sony NW-WM1Z Walkman - "Delight in pure detail." Premium Walkman with High-Resolution Audio.
  • Sony NW-ZX2BLK Walkman: US$1,199.99.
  • Sony NW-ZX2BLK Walkman - "Store up to 36,000 songs with a huge 128GB of storage." 128 GB Walkman Hi-Res Digital Music Player.
  • Sony Walkman NW-A306 360 Reality Audio.
  • Sony Walkman NW-A306 360 Reality Audio - "Experience music as the artist intended, even in the compact body." Enjoy a high quality sound from this stylish and compact music player that lets you download and stream more of the music you love. With full Wi-Fi compatibility, a longer lasting battery and a stylish and sleek design, you can play and find new music wherever you want to go.
  • New Sony Walkman music players feature stunning good looks, Android 12 - "Sony holds onto the beautiful dream of standalone portable audio players."
  • Sony WM1ZM2 Walkman Signature Series: €3,700.
  • Sony Walkman Signature Series - "Pure listening indulgence." Part of the Signature Series, the WM1ZM2 sets a new benchmark in pure sound quality and listening sophistication. Crafted with fine materials and meticulous attention to detail, and offering the ease of downloading and streaming music, this is audio at its most indulgent.
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