Summary: My wife has an iPod nano, and while the sound is good, the iPod has had a reputation for breaking and I found the iTunes store a nightmare to navigate. For me, it came down to the Sony or the SanDisk. While the SanDisk is less expensive and has the microSD slot, it is almost as fragile as glass. When I looked at them at the local BestBuy, the SanDisk on display was broken after 2 DAYS on display.
Summary: I've tried several different MP3 players, and this is the best one I've owned. The included headphones are also excellent. The A818 is simple to use, and well designed. The "Media Manager Software" that is included is OK, but it is much better if you spend the few dollars and register it. You can just drag and drop your files on the Walkman, and you're ready to go. Battery life is excellent. Screen resolution is very good, but small.
Summary: I've had this player for a couple of months now, and me and this player didn't get along until recently. First all of the good stuff: The battery life is incredible, the sound is the best I've heard from any MP3 player, it feels very sturdy, and the screen is easy to look at. However, almost all of that was overwhelmed by the interface between the player and the computer sucking so bad. You use windows explorer and media player to load and delete songs off of the player.
Summary: The audio on this little baby is simply incredible. It blows all 5 prior iPods I've owned out of the water. The earbuds stick nicely in your ear (even while running they don't fall out), and are better than the Etymotics, Bose, and Shures I own, sound quality wise. It's a shame I didn't discover Sony's quality mp3 player earlier... Thanks to the reviews on here-- you guys are absolutely correct that this is the finest sounding mp3 player in the marketplace.
Summary: I've been looking at this model ever since my friend showed me his. I recently went to Sony's website and noticed they put this series in the "clearance" section as they have new models (including a 16GB model with built-in Bluetooth) available on or about 03/28/2008.
Summary: My old ipod fell apart a few weeks ago and the search was on for a new mp3 player, I was thinking about a zune, because i bought one for my wife and actually liked it, but didn't want her music on my player and visa versa. So I stumbled upon this little thing. Why sony is not promoting this mp3 player better is beyond me. now that i've had it for about 2 weeks now and have everything on it like, photos and music, I know without a doubt this was the best choice for me.
Summary: The Sony Walkman 8 gig is a great alternative to an Ipod. It is small, light and easy to control the display. The display is very clear. Bought the Sony primarily to do audio books, but have added music and photos. The battery life is outstanding. The ear buds are a step above most that accompany a mp3 player.
Summary: I bought this mp3 player as a backup right after my old mp3 player broke. I was just going to use this mp3 player for a few weeks before getting an actual real mp3 player...but ive had it for a couple of months, and i think im just going to keep on using it! I love this tiny mp3 player because of the battery life. The battery life is AMAZING..
Summary: I bought this MP3 player based on other reviews on this site and have not been disappointed. The sound is concert-hall quality (try Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" if you haven't already), but the main reason I bought it was to download free audiobooks from my library's website. The audiobooks on the library website can't be put on IPods but will work with other MP3 players.
Summary: Have been looking for an Ipod or MP3 for several months. Finally decided on the Sony, primarily because I wanted to load my library of CD's. Reviews said that Sony had quality sound and ease of downloading. You know what they were right. It couldn't be easier. Player looks sturdy and simple to use. Directions helpful and almost not necessary. I'm over 60 and not regarded as an electronic wizzard, but I was listening to music is a half hour or less.