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Following competitors' footsteps on a path that promises to obliterate the line between what once were standalone devices, Sony Ericsson said it plans to launch a line of phones under the Walkman brand that are much a portable music player as a phone handset. The devices are just the latest to take aim at the dominance in the portable digital music player niche enjoyed by Apple's iPod. Already this week, Nokia said it would launch a line of smartphones designed to offer better sound quality and direct-download capability.
AAC is not necessarily iTunes compatible. This is just inflating an otherwise good story into hyperbole. "iTunes compatible" implies the phone will perch itself under my ipod in the iTunes listing and then sync/autofill in the same way.
I don't think Sony or Apple are going to let that happen, given its competing Connect service.