I Don’t Get The Rolly At All

May 30th, 2008 // 10 Comments


Sony’s newest digital music player, Rolly, has hit American shores, and in a crowded marketplace where even the Zune can’t seem to get a foothold, it’s important to have an fresh angle. Which is why the Rolly dances!

Sony’s dancing egg seems like 20 minutes of entertainment or so, but at $400 a pop, you’d think it might have a little more going on features-wise.

Turn the music player on and it’ll spin and roll to the beat of music playing through built-in speakers. While it dances, it’ll put on a colorful light show and move its tiny arms and shoulders. Shaped like an egg ready to roll off a kitchen counter, the player comes preloaded with music and choreography for “Girlfriend” “Boogie Wonderland” and the theme from “2001 – A Space Odyssey.” It also can play music stored in its 2 gigabytes of internal memory and dance to moves created with the included choreographer software. Plus, music can be streamed from a PC or mobile phone via a wireless Bluetooth connection.

2 gigs, eh? And you can use it as a wireless speaker of some sort when it’s not busy bustin’ a move? If I wasn’t easily distracted by shiny things that light up and move, I’d be dubious of whether I was getting my money’s worth on this thing.

Look at it go!

You know, for five bucks, I can get my son to dance to Salt N Pepa’s “Push It” and swing around a flashlight. That might be slightly more cost-effective.

Music player gets into groove [Indianapolis Star]

  1. Poubelle

    You missed its other important feature: confusing/scaring cats:

    I don’t know about you, but I’m totally ready to plunk down $400 for a cat toy.

  2. Poubelle

    Er, that didn’t embed right for some reason:

  3. Lucas Jensen

    I, for one, welcome our new Rolly overlords!

  4. TheRunningboard7

    One day your son will grow up and realize that he was singing along to some dirty lyrics about being on the receiving end of some male love, and he’ll realize: ‘I made 2 dollars.’

  5. TheRunningboard7

    @TheRunningboard7: My bad: ‘I made 5 dollars.’

  6. Dan Gibson

    @TheRunningboard7: That song is totally about dancing. I’m not sure what you’re talking about.

  7. Anonymous

    Try loading it up ONLY with Air Supply music…then sticking it up your ass. Good times.

  8. TheRunningboard7

    @Dan Gibson: Were that the case, I’d still like to know the result of him yelling “grandma! ‘get up on this!’” Bonus for positive reaction: seeing grandma dance.

  9. Dan Gibson

    @TheRunningboard7: “This” clearly refers to the dance floor, which, of course, is only for sexy people.

  10. Empire

    @Dan Gibson: Boy, you really got me going. You got me so I don’t know what I’m doing.

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