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: Do not even consider this for audiobooks. No bookmarks nor fast forward/back feetures make this a total dud replacement for my recently departed Creative Labs Zen. Not a total money loss, as I can give it to my pre-teen for music/video playback. sigh.
Nice (but not great) while it lasted, which wasn't very long
18 February 2011
Summary: I asked for this for a gift for my birthday back in June, so I've had it for 8 months or so now. A few days ago I noticed the LCD screen was flickering a little, but I wasn't prepared for the screen to go completely dead within days of that. But it did, and while the device works still more or less, it's useless without a working screen. It's as good as dead. I have been using this player only couple hours a day and not even everyday, so I wasn't using it heavily.
Summary: I ordered this september 2010 (for my bday in october)... I did much research, spec comparison and review reading before deciding upon this MP3/Video Player. And it's the best decision ever! At the time I was driving 2hours one way to work.. and working 10hr days.. listening to the mp3 player for practically all of that. . so 13-14hrs a day.. and that battery life was superb.. never died on me.. granted I charged it while driving up and back...
Summary: My only complaint is you cannot listen his audiobooks from Amazon's Audible on the Sony Walkman NWZS545BLK 16 GB Video MP3 Player (Black) . Audible books come in a proprietary .AA format that the walkman does not support, so you cannot convienently drag and drop the .AA file onto the walkman like any other MP3/WMA type format file. At present Sony does not permit or provide software to allow Audible format (.AA) to be compatible with the walkman..
Summary: I bought the Sony S545 16GB 6 months ago after my ancient Creative Zen finally died. I chose Sony because a relative had an older Sony Walkman player that has lasted forever, and he highly recommended it. PROS: The Sony does have good, actually pretty great sound. Battery life is pretty good, although I've never gotten anywhere close to the 40 hours as advertised. Maybe 15-20, which still lasts a while for me.
Summary: I bought this well over a year and a half ago, maybe even longer and it still works fine, though it has a few glitches here and there, but considering it's been through the rain, sun and everything else, I;d consider it a trooper. Glitch it had in the beginning: every now and then it will act like a scratched CD for a song, it'll only do it once in the song but it was a bit annoying.
Summary: Ive had this Mp3 player for awhile now its held up fairly well. The screen is rather scratched up. I recieved some of those stick on protective covers with the MP3 player but they went on with bubbles under them so I tore them off and accepted the fact this MP3 player is not going to remain pretty. Most of the case is made of hard plastic. Id prefer the extra weight of metal in favor of durability and a more scratch resistant screen.
Summary: I had an iPod for the last 5 years, and was fairly happy with it because I was stupid. The build quality of my iPod was good, and their scroll wheel is probably still the best. Every other category gets crushed by Sony's walkman. A major reason that I wanted to switch mp3 players was my hatred for iTunes. I wanted a player where I could just drag albums similar to a USB drive, and it would work. No 3rd party software required. The Sony does this.