Summary: I just purchased this jewel, from a seller in ISRAEL! Brand new, great price, in original package. The price of $199 listed for the one here on Amazon, for a NEW one, you will not find anywhere else. These are a rare item. The unit does all it is supposed to do and is fantastic on sound, but the old Sony units were made to work properly, unlike the modern crap that is sold. The statement that they 'don't make them like they used to do' definitely applies to this unit.
Summary: The price is very good for this model but: The seller implied I'd get ear buds and implied a remote, got neither. Being from China it may have been a language problem. The unit has no stop CD only a pause. It does cut out at the end of the album. Update: Press pause then radio off, wait 5 sec and its off. Yes it remembers where you were.
Summary: The device works well but is is not made to last. If you use the device on a regular basis you might expect it to last 6 to 12 months before something in the electrical system fails. I'm on my 3rd unit in 2 years and that is with gentle but regular use. The sound is good. Sound stabilization prevents skipping. The ear buds are uncomfortable with extended use but that is common with most ear buds.
Summary: I find it rare in today's world of even disposable laptops that a small product like this Sony D-NF340 Walkman, with a hefty price tag, exceeds my expectations. It really does play without skipping, noise or glitches on it's side, when I'm in motion, jumping, running or biking. I'm impressed. The volume is amazing and at not even full volume, I can hear easily with street noise around me. I have sensitive ears and dislike most headphones.
Summary: I had read previous reviews before I purchased this item and they were all very helpful. I listen to books on tape (CD) all the time. What I can add: This player is very economical. I always use rechargeable batteries, and I think the batteries have lasted at least twice as long--maybe three times longer. I also like the fact that it plays MP3s as well as regular CDs.
Summary: I've owned three of these in twelve plus years. I use them daily. I listen to audio mp3 books almost daily. This way i can listen to books and sew or garden a great product. I like the fact that it remembers where I'm at when I start it again. I can advance or go back in the book if I want to relisten to a certain chapter. As far as I'm concerned this is well worth the cost. I have a couple that don't bookmark where you left off so you have to try and remember.
Summary: This is not a good item to purchase. I purchased one and after a few months it did not work properly. Skipped as you were listening to a book. Very frustrating. I just chalked it up as a fluke and ordered another one since the return time had passed. The second one did the same thing a few months later and it also exceeded the return time.