Summary: I have had this player now for 2 1/2 years and I dread the day it stops working. The external speaker is a nice feature that you cannot find anywhere. Also the battery life is amazing and it has the best sound quality. I have used this player many hours in the gym. I tried to buy another one on ebay brand new, it sold for almost 300 dollars, obviously I am not the only one that likes this model.
Summary: I love Sony products however this is primarily a music device and I use it primarily for audiobooks. It will play WMA (DRM) which is hard to find in a audio player. Bookmarking is complicated. Books are downloaded into your music file and it is hard to find your book.
Summary: This was the last Sony walkman version that had speakers around. Was very helpful during recording and playback. When we purchased it, the product cost around $100, but it's no longer available new for less than $200 now, mainly because Sony has a newer (and poorer) version, and has gotten rid of this one. How I wish they bring back this one..or the speaker feature in the newer version.
Summary: It was $100 when I got it and it was great. Just drag and drop pics, music, and vids onto the device and the content converter does the rest. In no time at all, you can enjoy hours of enjoyment from this MP3 player. Not the biggest screen, but it's big enough to watch movies, shows, and clips. Accidentally got it wet and now it's broken. I've been searching for it again for $100 or less, but no luck as of yet.
Beware of "frozen" Sony Walkmans, and do not let your battery run down.
Georg W. Koester "Arny", Amazon
2 August 2012
Summary: Previously I have never had problems with any Sony product. On the contrary, they have proven excellent, except for my experience with this Walkman. Initially it worked great and had been purchased, because it was the only viable player, that could play .wav files. These were needed for high quality playback of the Surgical Support Series tapes of the Monroe Institute. I was concerned mp3 would compromise the special sound frequencies needed for the desired effects.
Summary: Pros - Very easy to use. - Clear sound. - Can be listened to, thru loud integrated speakers (without earphones) which is helpful. - The equalizer works wonderfully. Cons - Can turn on accidentally unless you press the "Hold" button. - The playtime duration might be less than the declared 43 hrs. However, I charged it just twice and I heard that the 43 hrs can be reached after several times of fully "emptying" and charging the battery.
Summary: I have been looking for such a product for many years. Spin River's product doesn't come close to this. Now I cna record Irie FM whenever I visit Jamaica. I am able to place all of my Reggae Music, and play them all. The stereo speakers are second to none. The product is worth the money. I would recommend this product to the entire World!!
Summary: My wife got this for me for Christmas in 2009. I have since put this little thing through hell. I work in a -30 degree freezer and it stays in my hoodie pocket (which is under two other layers) and it keeps going. Not to mention the 13 hours of running it does when i take it to work. It can probably go about 30 hours at half volume without a recharge. Ive dropped it so many times and it still runs great.