Well , let's see how major this firmware update really is.
As you guys mentioned previously, there won't be much more focus once the II's get into stores.
As I said in the AK100 & AK120 II thread, I am not a fan of the design AND the price. The reason I stick with the old AK100 is both its SQ and form factor, other than that is just to make things looks even more nice.
I almost totally agree with You here - the one nice thing about the new 100&120s is that they both will be able to stream music just like the 240. This way cou can use it at home with a NAS and practically have "unlimited" storage. Apart from that I personally think that I prefer the from factor of the old AK100/120 over the new size. (the new AK100 is almost double the lentgh of my old one)
Of course they also claim that the SQ has improved. We will have to wait and see till the first comparisons come up.
With respect to pricing: When I told the (local) sales rep guys that iriver's price policy sucks they just shrugged their shoulders and said that the production line of the 240 is constantly sold out because there are many people out there who just ask "for the best" and don't care if "the best" costs 1.000, 2.000 Euros or more.
So - if this development goes on in the market there might come a time when apple comes back to this market to sell "premier products".
Anyway - the next weeks/months might be a good time to acquire some used RWA 100 or 120 for reasonable prices ...