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Grab 'em quick before Sony stop making 'em!,
This review is from: Sony D-NF340 MP3 Personal CD Player - Black (discontinued by manufacturer) (Electronics)
The world nowadays is divided into two kinds of people. (a) Music junkies who have been amassing a collection all their lives - which they don't want to endanger by transferring everything, either to "the Cloud" or to an individual device with a limited lifespan. And (b) those other people, like Ben Gunn or Mr Rajpara, who don't care that much for music, they're more concerned with following (mostly gutter-press-generated) "fashions" in technology and elsewhere.
These people don't know - or don't care - that they're holding the rest of us to ransom. If they're vocal enough online and in the media, the hardware companies will either stop manufacturing "obsolete" hardware like CD (not to mention vinyl and cassette) players altogether - or they will condemn them to ever more limited distribution, and offensively inflated prices.
So - if you're a Type One person with a music collection including many CDs, and home-recorded CDs and CD-ROMs - stock up on pieces of equipment like this one. You never know when an unused "spare" might become a lifesaver (or rather sanity-saver)!
Why this particular piece of equipment? It has the durability and (relative) energy-efficiency that Sony always used to be famous for - so, unlike some other CD portables that are still being manufactured, it doesn't cost you a fortune in batteries, and it doesn't skip every time your bus goes over a bump in the road!
Importantly it can read CD-ROMs with MP3s on them - which to a surprising amount of people will be an absolutely essential function. It makes sense, after all, to keep one's MP3s on transferrable recording media - ensuring that they have a "life of its own" separate from that of a brittle piece of equipment.
Let's face it - more than ever, we spend more time listening to music (or straining to hear it!) whilst on the move than whilst at home. If I couldn't have an MP3-ready portable CD player - what would my life be worth?!