Summary: this is not mp3 player, this is atrac3 player and you can load tracks with only sonicstage. good device, bad software. device is user friendly but sonicstage .....:( i really disapointed for buying this sony product just because of sonicstage and atrac3 format.
Summary: I usually swear by SONY products, but this time I'm extremelly disappointed. My husband gave me this mp3 player as a gift, paid over $400 when it first came out. The design is OK, but the SONICSTAGE software is horrible and buggie, like the other guy said - it freezes, crashes for no reason, the...
Summary: I use these user reviews for so much stuff, that its about time I wrote one as well. The Sony NW-HD1 is just okay. Sonic Stage is just acceptable. It allows me to transfer files, but there is no song number count and make sure you don't try to get fancy with it.
Summary: I was so close to being sold on the sleek compact design and great battery life of this hardware (I will give them 2 stars for that) until I read between the lines about the type of software Sony is shoveling. Do not support Atrac3! Why? It is against your own best interests as a consumer.
Like a Porsche 911 w/ Tires Made of Solid Granite!
John Werner "JWW", Amazon
23 January 2005
Summary: This thing could be not just a iPod beater, but THE iPod beater. Instead I'd rather have a $100 flash based player like the Rave-MP258 (actually had one). Why? Because the SonicStage softwear is the most crippling act of sabotague I've ever seen a manufacturer ruin their product with.
Work of Art Ruined By The Worst Software Ever Written
chris2519 "Chris", Amazon
21 November 2004
Summary: From a hardware perspective, it's a work of art. Beautiful, sleek, lightweight, and solid feeling. I got it in my hands and fell in love. And then I tried to use it. Which required installing SonicStage.
Summary: First of all, let me just say that prior to purchasing this player I was seriously considering getting a mini ipod. After scrutenizing both players, I ended up with this player simply because of the ff. reasons: 1. I like the metal casing w/c I think is really cool.
Summary: So i was stoked when i saw it the package. Its tiny compared to my archos jukebox. 20 gigs, 30 hours playback time AND supposedly MP3,WMA, and WAV compatible. I even asked the store guy because i had never seen the proprietary atrac format.