How the Sony Rolly Worked

Author's Note

Sony did its best to bring a visual element to music by introducing the Rolly MP3 player. The results were decidedly mixed. Some people were put off by the Rolly's price. Others didn't want to mess with the product's manual choreography, which also happened to be one of its standout features, but only if you had the patience and time to use it.

With clever programming, though, Rolly was capable of some pretty amazing feats. Search the product's name on YouTube and you can browse through a lot of fascinating Rolly dance moves. It seems unlikely that Rolly will make any sort of comeback, but maybe the next dancing music player we see will succeed where Rolly did not.

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