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Sony NWZS544 8 GB Walkman MP3 Video Player (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Sony
4.4 out of 5 stars 182 customer reviews
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  • 8 GB capacity for about 2,000 songs
  • Up to 42 hours of audio or 6.5 hours of video on a single charge
  • 2.4-inch, 262,144-color LCD with 240 x 320 QVGA pixel resolution
  • Supports MP3, WMA (DRM), AAC, and Linear PCM audio formats; AVC, MPEG-4, and WMV (DRM) video formats; JPEG image files
  • One-year limited warranty
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Technical Details

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  • Alarm Clock
  • Sleep Timer
  • USB Powered

Product Description

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Product Description

Enjoy hours of continuous music and video wherever you go with Sony's S540 Series. Enjoy a 2.4-inch QVGA screen, wide format support, an FM radio, voice recording, and plenty more in a slim, easy-to-use media player. Built-in stereo speakers deliver rich sound when you want to listen without headphones. Voice and FM recording function lets you capture lectures, business meetings, and radio broadcasts.8 GB and 16 GB models available.Models available in black, pink, red, and violet.

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Enjoy hours of continuous music and video wherever you go with Sony's S540 Series. Enjoy a 2.4-inch QVGA screen, wide format support, an FM radio, voice recording, and plenty more in a slim, easy-to-use media player.

Enjoy hours of continuous music and video wherever you go. Click to enlarge.

Includes headphones, mini USB cable, and hands-free stand. Click to enlarge.

Built-in stereo speakers deliver rich sound for headphones-free listening. Click to enlarge.

Models available in black, pink, red, and violet. Click to enlarge.

Key Features

  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Built-in FM radio tuner
  • Voice and FM recording function
  • 2.4-inch QVGA (320x240) high-brightness, color LCD
  • User-friendly interface for easy operation
  • Long battery life
  • Easy drag-and-drop file transfer functionality
  • Clear Stereo and Clear Bass Audio Technologies
  • Built-in alarm clock with sleep timer
  • Supports multiple audio codecs and video formats

Key Technologies

Speakers
Built-in stereo speakers deliver rich sound when you want to listen without headphones.

FM Tuner
Built-in FM radio tuner is perfect for listening to your favorite talk, sports and music stations.

Record
Voice and FM recording function lets you capture lectures, business meetings, and radio broadcasts.

LCD
A 2.4-inch QVGA incredibly bright, color LCD3 provides you with a rich viewing experience.

Ease of Use
Easy drag-and-drop device management and easy-to-use GUI make creating and navigating through your digital library simple.

Battery
A long-lasting battery lets you listen to music for up to 42 hours or watch video for up to 6.5 hours before you need to recharge.

Sound
Clear Stereo and Clear Bass Audio Technologies for clearer, deeper sound with minimal distortion.

Alarm
Built-in alarm clock with sleep timer.

Formats
Multiple high-quality video formats are supported, giving you more freedom to download the videos you want.

Size
8 GB and 16 GB models available.

Color
Models available in black, pink, red, and violet.

What's in the Box
Sony WALKMAN S-540 Series 8 GB Digital Music Player (Black), Headphones, mini USB cable, and hands-free stand


Product Information

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Technical Details

Brand Name Sony
Item Weight 2.7 ounces
Product Dimensions 0.7 x 0.5 x 0.1 inches
Origin Imported (China)
Item model number NWZS544BLK
Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Power Source Type Battery
Connectivity Technology Wired
Operating System Windows Xp; Windows Vista
Number of Items 1

Additional Information

ASIN B002IPHA3U
Customer Reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars 182 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #780 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 Players & Accessories > MP3 Players
Shipping Weight 6.4 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available August 25, 2009

Customer Reviews

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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. I disagreed and canceled the software installation. I can still use Windows Explorer to drag-and-drop files. I thought by not agreeing with the EULA (and thus not installing the software) I lost the ability to convert video files but the option appears each time I transfer such files. It must be inherent in the player. See below for more.

Other reviewers say that the screen scratches easily. The player doesn't come with a case cover and I didn't want to pay $20 for one so I bought a pack of Body Glove WriteRight Universal e-Reader Static Cling Screen Protector, 2 Pack (9202401) and cut one out to perfect screen size. I can get 4 total but the first one I put on is holding firm.

I do like this player for playing audio. The screen is easy to see even in daylight and the player is really easy to navigate. Audio sounds good and video and pictures look good, too, but if you're buying this primarily to watch videos be aware that it's like watching them on the screen of a typical digital camera. I bought this mainly for playing mp3 audio but thought it would be worth a few extra dollars for the ability to view pictures and video clips.
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This unit has great, traditional Sony sound quality. And I write this not even using the headphones yet, but simply from the built-in speakers. Perhaps I am aging, but I do like to listen to music (and definitely radio) without headphones. This player has a good sound that is very clear and detailed with not much in the low frequency, but real clarity in the mid to high frequencies. Don't expect theater sound with these little guys, but it is respectable - my neighbor even heard it while outside and said it sounds good, and I was surprised he could hear it!

So far great battery life, very easy to use (esp. w/ media monkey), and a nice looking player. The directional pad could be a bit bigger, but that is a minor suggestion to a great sounding player at this price. Highly recommended.
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I remember a few years back Sony still didn't make a compatible subcription music player. It was a shame since the players had up to 50 hours battery life, not to mention the sound quality was the best.
Now I find this beauty at best buy and I snatch it in the spot. As an added bonus, the player sports speakers. Are you freaking kidding me? This is great. Though I got to admit they are kind of weak of course, but still strong enough to play in the shower.
The sound is great, and 8 gigs are packing lots of music. I just been testing the video player and I have no complaints, though I've been having some trouble with compatibility. It is supposed to play mp4 video but mine doesn't. What I had to do was convert the video to wmv and then use the included software so that it automatically converts to a compatible format. It won't play H.264 either.
That is easy to fix though. If you're ripping a dvd or converting a video, just make sure you do it to a wmv file, then use the "Content Transfer" sofware and you're good to go. The video looks pretty good in the player I must admit. Vibrant colors, flawless playing.
I noticed the battery charges really fast. I mean really fast and lasts a whole day of music playing and then some the next day.
I'm satisfied that Sony finally came to terms with Microsoft's DRM copyright protection.
IMPORTANT: Some here said that you can't fast forward in audiobooks or music, and that it does it very slow. That's not true, if you want to fast forward really fast, you have to pause the song/audiobook and it will fast forward. If you do it while in "play" it will forward slowly so you can listen to where you're at.

Update 08-07-2013: I just thought I'd put an update.
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My wife is a reluctant geek. For years I couldn't convince her, a beautiful, intelligent woman in her late 50s, to use an mp3 player to listen to her audio books while she roamed the house. Wireless headphones of various types never worked satisfactorily. For a while she literally dragged around a 60 foot extension cable connected between her headphones and the computer ON THE THIRD FLOOR where the audio books were stored. It was an ugly scene, a long black cable snaked from our third floor down two flights of SPIRAL stairs through our living room, dining room and kitchen. For months my grand daughter and I were forced to 'double-dutch' over this cable just to get around our home. As I said, it was ugly and potentially dangerous.

Then my wife relented and she tried this player. First, she can see the display, an important consideration for folks our age. Second, setup is easy. Third, she can manage file transfers easily WITHOUT my technical assistance thus preventing our usual clashes over her tech problems that sometimes escalate to near homicidal levels. If you're married to a non-geek you know what I mean.

The player comes with ear buds but the wife doesn't like them so we bought some inexpensive extremely small batteried portable speakers that plug into the player. Ta da! Now my wife happily wanders our house, the player and the small speakers tucked into the pockets of her hoodie, encased in a small sound bubble of her current audio book.
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