Excerpt: I bought this to replace a similar Sony MP3 player I bought in 2008, which I recently lost. That was a fantastic piece of kit, with unbelievable battery life. Thinking that since six years had past, I was expecting that Sony would have even better MP3 players today, for even better price. While the price has indeed fallen slightly, this MP3 player is unfortunately inferior to the previous one I had.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Easy to Use, Quality Construction, Reliable
Excerpt: It's very compact and the battery life is good. So far I have only used it for listening to audiobooks while driving with it plugged into the car's "Aux" input. It would get 5 stars if Sony had simply made it less annoying to turn on. It takes at least ten seconds to hold down buttons to turn it on which is totally lame, as others have said. Let's hope Sony puts out a software upgrade to fix this awful design.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Efficient, Hard To Turn On, Quality Construction, Reliable
Summary: Player works well and loads quick. Hold is now a button instead of slide so it tends to un hold itself when in the ass pocket at work. Also I think the EQ was better on the old one. And battery life is one work day probably 12-14 hr, where most others and yes the old one of this will do closer to 20hr maybe longer. Size is perfect, lots of accessories. IF YOU WANT AN MP3 PLAYER FOR AN MP3 PLAYER ALONE this is the most for the money.