For the ultimate in features and style, it has to be Sony's flagship ATRAC model, the D-NE1. Featuring the same sleek complete circular design as the D-NE715, the D-NE1 also includes a rechargeable battery and charging cradle as well as optical digital out. The supplied battery will give you a very respectable 55 hours playback. But put in 2x AA alkaline batteries and you can enjoy non-stop audio entertainment for up to 150 hours.
Included with every ATRAC/MP3 CD Walkman is the SonicStage CD Simple Burner software that allows you to take advantage of ATRAC3plus, Sony's proprietary music-compression technology when making custom MP3 CDs on a computer. ATRAC3plus compression lets you store up to 30 CDs on one single CD-R for playback on any ATRAC/MP3 player including the stylish D-NE1.
The player includes Sony's popular Jog Dial control for easy folder navigation, a two-line dot-matrix display. Skip-Free G-Protection technology boosts the laser pickup's shock protection to minimise read errors that would otherwise interrupt your music, providing quick recovery from both horizontal and vertical shocks. Bookmark playback lets you program favourite songs from multiple CDs and play them back at the touch of a button. CD Text support displays artist and title information with compatible commercial audio CDs.