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on December 27, 2007
If you are looking for an audiophile's review, go check out the review on the NWZ-A816. As for me, let's just say my RCA Lyra (the first one) has served me just fine over the years for what I've needed, until recently, in an portable player. But needs, and collections, grow until it seems like everyone has an iPod but you.

However, the iPod did not stir that "gotta have" feeling. And iTunes... bleh. Then I came across a blurb on the upcoming release of this Sony Walkman series. What's that you say? No DRM or extra software required (so long as you can get what you have into a supported format)? The write up was Windows-biased, and yet there seemed hope for the Linux (and OS X) user if you read between the lines. So while waiting for the actual release, and confirmation of specs, admittedly a small trip down memory lane with a girl just knee high and her first Walkman was taken. I was hooked enough to bite.

Luck was with me and I am not left with a bad taste in my mouth. Even though the packaging and manual fairly scream "Windows only", and very specific versions at that, the device was beautifully recognized on my Fedora 7 box... well, once I plugged it into a USB 2.0 port. Up popped the new device window, opened the auto-mounted disk, and there were the "Music", "Picture" and "Video" folders. Drag-n-drop some of my MP3s, ripped from CDs I own thankyouverymuch, and we had sound, beautiful sound.

No problems with creating folders under "Music", if you are an organized sort. If you like video, then mencoder or ffmpeg will be your friend. Just look for the tutorials on converting for use with iPod or PSP and make sure you have the latest versions of mencoder or ffmpeg (options change slightly over time). Display orientation of the video can be changed to three different positions - up, left, and right.

Specific file music formats supported, as listed in the manual, are: MP3 (MPEG-1 Layer 3), ASF, MP4, Wave-Riff; and the detailed list of music codecs then follow: MP3, WMA, AAC-LC (excluding copyright protected), Linear PCM. For video the specific file formats listed as supported are: MP4, "Memory Stick"; and the detailed list of codecs follow as: Video - AVC (H.264/AVC), MPEG-4; Audio - AAC-LC. It can display JPEG photos too, in DCF 2.0/Exif 2.21 file formats.

The unit itself is small, but solid feeling. Controls give a good tactile feedback. Volume and EQ settings are quite satisfactory for my needs. Navigation is straight forward. I normally despise ear buds, but the ones included are very nice, comfortable in-the-ear-canal though you'll think the cord split placement is odd at first.
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on April 28, 2008
I am just now getting into the "MP3 world" and therefore, not familiar with the whole IPOD trend going on. I was aware that additional software was needed for IPOD use and I wasn't into that. I needed something that took minimal instruction, as I don't have the time nor the patience to figure this kind of stuff out. This was perfect for me. It was extremely easy to drag and drop my music that I already have on my computer into the MP3 player. Pictures were just as simple to copy and paste to the drive that the MP3 player was plugged into. No additional software was needed (expect making sure that you have the most recent version of Media Player - which comes with the MP3 player).

I am also not to keen on the earbuds,usually, but thought that I would give them a try and had actually planned on switching them out with the traditional headphones that I currently have. But, they are actually really comfortable and there are different sizes that you can put on to fit your ear, as needed. The sound quality is really nice too. When I attached my older headphones to it, the sound wasn't as good - so if you like the earbuds, you definitely won't be disappointed, in my opinion.

I haven't used the video feature, but based on how easy it was to figure out the other features, I am sure that I won't have a problem with that either.

Very small and lightweight - so it is perfect for working out, etc. It was definitely worth my money. Now, my husband wants one too!
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on January 10, 2010
I am NOT dissapointed I bought this mp3 player. The sound is crisp and very clear. Battery life is excellent. The EQ and the other several play settings are a great feature if you like to modify the way your music sounds. I upgraded my headphones (sennheiser hd202) and the improvement is quite significant. By the way this review is for a NWZS615FBLK.
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on March 22, 2008
Ever since I saw Alex Rogan playing video games with a Walkman plugged into his ears in The Last Starfighter, I wanted one. Of course back then they played cassette tapes. All I could afford was the cheap knock-off, but I did buy one and spent a pocket-full of quarters at the local arcade while I jammed out to Iron Maiden on my Walkman.

Of course then there were the CD Walkmans which I never owned. Now, we have the mp3 player Walkman. I wanted an mp3 player for Christmas. I wasn't too interested in the trendy ipod with its itunes requirements. I wanted something that would sync up easily with my Windows Media Player.

I earned some points selling Delta faucets (that's right, my main job is selling plumbing fixtures!) and purchased this little dude that way. I love it! It syncs up easy with my Windows Media Player. I have around 500 tunes loaded on it at a medium bit rate. I get at least 30 hours of play time out of it.

I ditched the ear buds. I just couldn't get them to stay in while mobile, although they had great sound quality. I picked up some Panasonic clip on earbuds which stay in good but are not quite as good at resonating bass as the Sony ones. I bought me a clear case to snap over this baby to protect it as I tend to be rough on my electronics like this when I take them with me everywhere. I also picked up a tape player adapter so I can jam out to my tunes in my retro Sentra that still has a cassette deck in it.

I love interface, the video quality is great, but you are a bit limited about what will fit because of the 2 GB memory. All in all, I give this product TWO thumbs up!
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on March 1, 2008
i finally entered the mp3 world and got one of these little music machines. i LOVE it! it's soo easy to add songs using windows music player, and easy to remove songs or edit playlists when you're in it's folder under 'my computer'. it's only 2 gigs, but so far i have over 300 songs on there and still have close to 1 gb left. since it's a snap to cut and paste what songs you want in there, i can just keep all my songs in a folder on my computer and add or remove them when i want when i update my walkman. the menu screen is easy to use and well organized. battery life seems to be great so far - it claims that it gets 33hrs out of one charge (which took about 2 1/2hrs the first time i plugged it in), and i use it for about 3hrs a day and haven't charged it in the 2wks since i've gotten it. LOVE this little guy!
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on February 27, 2008
even though this is a sony, i expected more for what i paid for. you can find a much cheaper product for less. i didn't like the software that came with it. i used to have a creative zen v plus. the software for loading playlist and music is much better than sony's.

The exterior qualities are great. Great video quality. the audio jack is on the bottom. comes with great inner ear headphones. The main reason i got the sony was for the sound superior sound quality, and it pays off.

Bottom Line: if you have money to spend and feel like spending, then get the sony.
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on July 10, 2009
This is a great walkman, got it for a gift,and has a lot of space for music on it, also easy to use, and power goes a long time in between chargings. have gotten other colors for other people, because they work so well.
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on October 3, 2009
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on January 8, 2013
I had a Sony Walkman years ago and after having it for four years (four years of dropping it on roads, concrete, in water, etc.) it finally broke. I purchased many other MP3 players over the last year trying to find a cheap replacement for my Sony, but I couldnt. It's not tiny but it can still fit in my pocket. the screen is the perfect size and its easy to operate. you dont have to sit there for an hour trying to figure out if your music is actually downloading on it like its supposed to.
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