Sonicstage, Hate it! Does not work with Windows Vista
Neal "Neal", Amazon
1 October 2007
Summary: Last Sony music player I'll ever buy. I had to use the restore feature in Windows to boot after the changes Sonicstage made, and had to uninstall the program. Cannot use it without Sonicstage, sonicstage will not work on my computer. I think I'll stick to players that will actually play MP3 files, instead of converting them into Sony's proprietary format.
Summary: I read a couple of reviews, i guess i didnt read enough, this is the worse mp3 player i have ever had, every other mp3player i had was drag and drop and thats it, sony's NW-E003(cap)....Crappy A#% player, is so hard to add songs on, I've missed the gym twice trying to put songs on it, I've talked to customer service for 2 hours and they still couldnt help, buy a cheap coby mp3 player from meijers or something works better than this junk, nice features but the sonic...
Summary: Started importing music from CD's. My computer froze. Uninstalled and reinstalled. Still freezes. I mean freeze where you have to cut power. Called Sony and we check my operating system XP, ram, service pack, etc... Did everything they told me to, and still freezes. Deleted and uninstalled it, and now I'm on my way to return to the store. I bought this yesterday. It looks great and the FM tuner sounds fine, but can not get past the software to load my music.
Looking for a nice and simple MP3 palyer ? try somewhere else
R. Chen, Amazon
18 July 2007
Summary: I'm more than happy with my Apple nano iPod, however, my wife insisted of buying a different player. Her requirements where quite plain and simple, let it be a USB key, simple drag and drop files and if it would be a little stylish that would make it even better. Trying to stay away from the cheap looking no-names USB players, we're were happy to find the shiny Sony player with its (really) nice display.
Summary: The "player" only works with Sony Sonic Stage. The player is not bad, but what good is it if you struggle to load music. Let me begin, Sonic stage 4.0 kept crashing my dell pentium 4 running XP Pro. Upgraded to 4.3. 4.3 sonic stage will not run. Called sony support, did what they said, still will not run. I am now stripping my computer down and resetting it up. Will it run? I have now vowed not to buy anything made by sony.
Summary: the sony walkman looks nice and has alot of nice features but the software that you are forced to use to convert mp3's to atrac is very fustrating. I sent the following to sony: I have recently received a Sony walkman nw-e003. I liked everything about it except for the fact that I am forced into a license agreement to use software that I do not want to install on my pc and the fact I can not play mp3's but have to convert then using lame software.
Summary: Good solid case design and well engineered buttons. This feels like it will last. Charged quickly as designed. The UI was well designed, but had the major down fall as it is a very small package. The sound over the provided headphones (on FM) was crisp and clear, no noticeable static. Unfortunately this was the only good part. You are required to use their proprietary software to use this device.
Excerpt: device only works with their bloated software. I downloaded an mp3 file from the Internet and found it impossible to find on the software after a half hour's search. the software seems to want to take over, restricting usage of the mp3 player to certain computers, making it impossible to work if you change from one country or continent to another.
Excerpt: This is NOT an MP3 player. BEWARE. When they advertise that it plays MP3's and the list of other formats, what they really mean is that it will use it's own software to convert them into its own format then copy it into the player's memory. SONY is lying about what this player does. It does not play MP3, WMA, it only plays the OMG format which you need its software to convert to. Makes it very very difficult to use.