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. these kind of players should be suitable for all formats, not special one for sony or sthelse.
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 transfer and compressing the files into ATRAC format compromises quality and a lot of times causes clicking and noisy static music. this product sucks and i want to shoot it.
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. Updating to a recent version required me to initialize the unit which erased everything on the player. Had to re-transfer from SS. My biggest frustration is running 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. Atrac3 (just like Betamax cassettes) is not the norm, MP3 is (like VHS was).
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. It's like if Porsche decided to ship the 911 with granite tires. Hell of a product, but does not work worth a $#!+. SonicStage has something called openMG.
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. I'd read all the bad reviews of SonicStage, and I'd used (what I thought was) equally bad Sony software in the past -- OpenMG for their NetMD player, for example. So I was prepared for some annoyances, fine tuning, maybe occassional bugs.
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. Nowadays most electronics are made out of plastic. No fading colors here. 2. 20gb baby.. (had to shell out an extra $150 for 16Gb.) more memory = more songs...(duh) 3. Battery life 30 hrs? sweeeet!!!
Summary: So i was stoked when i saw it the package. Its tiny compared to my archos jukebox. 20 gigs, 30 hours playback time AND supposedly MP3,WMA, and WAV compatible. I even asked the store guy because i had never seen the proprietary atrac format. He said yeah it'll play all the formats but the atrac would let me compress more if i wanted. I decided to buy it only to find out that you do have to convert to this format and u have to use the f$@$@ing sonicstage software..