- Brand Name: Sony
- Model Number: VGF-AP1L
- Digital Storage Capacity: 40 GB
- Supported Standards: MP3
- Hardware Platform: PC
Sony VGF-AP1L 40 GB VAIO Pocket Digital Music Player
- Play music, view photos and store data files.
- Grid Sense touch pad, wired remote control and color LCD provide intuitive navagation and easy operation
- Eye candy for the road with coloe LCD that floods your senses in crisp color. Navigate songs, watch photo slide shows
- SoLong-Built in lithium ion batter lets you groove to music for up to 20 hours of continuous ATRAC3 playback on a single chatge.
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From the Manufacturer
- 40 GB Hard Drive Digital Music Player offers plenty of storage for music, pictures and data back-up.
- Store up to 26,000 Tracks at 48 kbps when using Sony's ATRAC3plus audio format.
- 2.2" QVGA+ Color LCD Display can be used to see album jacket, music data and personal pictures to add rich, visual enhancement. Enjoy slide shows while listening to your favorite music, or turn your pictures into album arts.
- Sony's Connect Online Music Store offers one of the most extensive music libraries online -- a better selection than any other legal download service. Access more than 750,000 songs, including independent and foreign artists as well as featured artists and celebrity mixes, providing an easy method for downloading music legally.
- Internal Rechargeable Battery Provides Up to 20 Hours4 Continuous Playback (ATRAC3 Audio Playback) and can be charged using supplied charging cradle.
- Grid Sense Touchpad User Interface for easy and precise navigation.
- Supplied In-Line Remote Control with 3-Line Backlit LCD shows artist and song title.
- Intuitive Music Search and Play List Creation -- VAIO Pocket player sorts music not only by genre, artists and album names but also the date you listened and your preference.
- USB 2.05 PC Connection Cradle for High Speed Transfer and Charging Connect directly to your PC and recharge the internal battery by simply placing the VAIO Pocket digital music player in the USB 2.04 cradle, when cradle is powered by supplied AC adaptor. Transfer music mixes created on your PC at high speed to the player.
- Transfer Pictures Directly from Compatible Digital Cameras via USB Cable Simple, automatic process for efficient portability.
- Plays Back in ATRAC3 and ATRAC3plus Audio Format,Supports Multiple Internet Audio Formats (MP36, WMA6, WAV6) The VAIO Pocket digital music player plays back ATRAC3 and ATRAC3plus files and supports the most popular Internet Audio formats by transcoding to ATRAC3 format.
- Music Management Software Supplied Import, manage and easily transfer your digital music collections with the supplied music management software.
Top Customer Reviews
I had no problems with the software that it came with, it is easy to use, Sony Connect is a good music download service, though I don't know how it compares with Itunes.Read more ›
Upgrade 1: Firmware on Vaio Pocket to version 3.0 from Sony Site:
Upgrade 2: Vaio File Transfer program from Sony Site:
Upgrade: Sonic Stage 3.2 from Japanese Site (Link is for English version):
This MP3 Player when connected to you PC is recognized as a removable Hard disk. So, using the Vaio Music Transfer program or Sonic Stage, you can copy your MP3 files as easy as drag and drop. Use Music Transfer Program if you have lot of MP3 in an organized format. The copy speed is much better than I've seen in iPODs and Rio's. I didn't find using the G-sense pad to browse and play my music files. I felt it was just as easy, as the wheel on iPOD.
1. It has to be the screen. As good as any screens from Sony and it's bigger than iPOD Photo.
2. 40GB hard-disk
3. Jacket Picture (Cover Art) that you can assign to your albums. Player displays it while playing songs from that album.
4. Sound quality better than many other MP3 Players including iPOD.
5. You can transfer pictures from Sony and several other digital cameras to this player without PC. But you need to have the cradle, which comes with the player as it has the USB outlet.
6. Very cool remote that can be used to navigate some simple features while listening to music.Read more ›
For those who love their music quality and want some style this machine is a great choice.
1. It is a 40GB player and cost £199 when I bought it - you will struggle to get a different 40GB player for £199 anywhere (even if it is being discontinued)
2. The screen is ace and displays almost all the information you could ever want to see of any track.
The track title
The Album cover
The sequence number of the track (1 of 11 of an album or 211 of 9500 if you are just playing randomly from tracks on the machine.
The elapsed time AND the track length AND a graphics of how far along in the track you are.
The current time.
The battery life
That is a lot of information to put on one screen.
3. Browsing your music is made easy. The album display shows both album name and artist name as you search through.
When searching by track - it displays artist as well.
4. The sound quality is excellent and there is EQ management.
5. Cradle is a boon. Keeps machine protected and sturdy and provides drop in and out when when connected to either PC or stereo equipment. Also it is a great place to leave the machine when not using it meaning it will always be charged when you want to use it.
6. Navigation is simple once learned - same with ipod - you have to learn it first.
7. Robust build quality.
8. Battery life is excellent - I get at least 20 hours. (That is with a mix of Atrac3+ (64kbps)and mp3(192kbps) files. Every review I have seen quotes 20 as the minimum.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is great. I got it for a friend who had lost his charger and could not find a replacement charger alone. Well we are glad we ordered this one. Read morePublished 18 months ago by lluera
After having this unit for about 3 months, I am still in love with it. Like many consumers, I researched several MP3 players and found the Vaio to be a very good choice for the... Read morePublished on December 8, 2005 by Jonathan Cervin
I was initially very impressed with the sony vaio music player aamazed at the 40gb size also it looked cool a little big and heavier then some other players but i figured i could... Read morePublished on October 25, 2005 by abbi
Sony almost hit a homerun on this one. The product has an excellent user interface, huge storage capacity and superior sound!! Read morePublished on September 27, 2005 by Prime Customer
The audio quality on the VGF-AP1L is better than the ipod. The menus are better, the pointing devices is not quite as nice but after a while it ain't bad. Read morePublished on August 31, 2005 by D. Chaney
i got this item a week ago and i think its really great! the reason i bought it is because i think it looks so much better than an ipod, and that its a sony (never had a problem... Read morePublished on August 29, 2005 by jmvlu27
First the good... 40GB of space with a real battery life of 14hrs. With the updated firmware you can use native MP3s. Sound quality is excellent. Read morePublished on August 16, 2005 by Vivid
As soon as i got this, i did a firmware upgrade, so I do not have much experience with firmware version 2. Read morePublished on August 6, 2005 by BJH
TRUST ME PEOPLE THIS IS A PIECE PLASTIC YOU WOULD NOT ENJOY.THE SOFTWARE IS OUTDATED AND YOU WOULD HAVE TO SPEND OVER 3 HR ON THE PHONE WITH TECH SUPPORT THAT IS NOT VERY FAMILAIR... Read morePublished on July 16, 2005 by J. sutton