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Consumer electronics giant Sony has unveiled a range of MP3 players which use flash memory to store songs. The devices are pitched into a competitive market recently swelled by the addition of Apple’s iPod shuffle.

Unlike hard disk-based players, flash devices hold fewer songs, using solid state memory rather than a disk.

The Sony line-up includes MP3 players which hold a similar number of songs to the iPod shuffle – about 250 – but the players have much longer battery life.

The new players have up to one gigabyte of storage and depending on which version, cost between $150 and $180.

Sony said the new devices would have 50 hours of battery life – compared to the Shuffle’s 12 – and they also come with a small display screen.

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source: BBC News