NW-A1000

Digital Music Player (2005)

A rounded body that recalls flowing sound waves or currents of air, for a shape that seems to embrace the music tenderly. Focusing first on the impression users got when touching this player and how reassuringly easy it was to operate, the developers sought a player that would sit gently in the palm of one’s hand without distracting at all from the music one was listening to. The sleek, seamless body encloses parts between the top and bottom, with a side band running in between. Information on the generous OLED screen seems to hover, thanks to a little design finesse.