Summary: Cutting to the chase, I enjoyed this MP3 player every day at work, until it died, that is -- off warranty, of course. The quality of the unit was fine, and the sound was good too, while it lasted. (The local Sony store was helpful, but couldn't revive it.) Oh well.
Summary: Lovely device that does everything it says it can, does it easily and does it well. It doesn't tell you anywhere that it can NOT play audio books from popular distributors. Audio books are now protected with Digital Rights Management (DRM) embedded in their MP3 files. This machine can NOT play any file protected by DRM, so no Audible books here.
Summary: I could not justify paying $200 for an i-pod touch so I picked up a player from Sony instead. The one major problem I have with it is the file transfer. While it claims to use a "drag & drop" storage system. In reality, it is more like "drag & drop & convert." It is really clunky. Other than that, some of the buttons are placed in awkward locations and the player settings are inflexible. Overall, I like the player.
Summary: It really looks great but it has some issues: the battery life is less than the specification. It's a little complicated to connect this unit to windows XP. I had to do many things using the internet forums because my computer didn't recognize the player. The sound is OK but I waited for something better. In operation this equipment is very good. The image is good and the overall functions are OK.
Summary: Although I love a number of things about this MP3 player, especially the speakers,I have had difficulty with getting it to work with Netlibrary (this is probably Netlibrary's issue, I can't figure it out) but then I gave up and decided to join Audible.com, and found out that there are 500 MP3 players which ARE compatible, but the Sony Walkman is not...so disappointed!
Summary: I like this device, but everyone should know what's in the EULA (End User License Agreement). Under the heading SOFTWARE DATA COLLECTION AND MONITORING is "The SOFTWARE contains features which may allow SONY and/or third parties to collect data from, control and/or monitor computers and devices running or interacting with the SOFTWARE. You hereby consent to such activities." When installing the software the option to agree or disagree with the EULA appears.