I am not a fan of this product, I got it as soon as it came out for Christmas, and spent the whole day trying to figure out how to put songs on it. The software provided was an absolute shocker to understand and meant that it was next to impossible to put songs on it. When I finally figured out the complicated way of putting songs on the software took all of the windows sounds and put them all on too ( when am I ever going to listen to the windows start up tune). Once all the songs were on my ipod and I bought new albums I then faced the challenge of trying to put these on, this was near impossible.
Then in the last days of this piece of kit the whole list of artists got knocked out for no reason so the songs under one artist belonged to the artist above. It then finally packed in very quickly after this where I could not get past a loading screen. The walkman was a shocker and I should have bought an ipod (which I have got now and I absolutely love it). Also it got full with no songs on it and everything took about a year to transfer.
The only good thing was the in ear headphones which came with it and is something I still use today.
I bought this walkman formy workouts when i went to the gym.
The device is in a deep purple colour with a silver strip around the edge its a little bulky but can easily fit into your pocket, it is light weight and it came with a usb lead to conect to you computer where you can arrange your songs and playlist etc through you computer. You can create playlists so can have more up tempo songs for the gym, the display shows the songs and artist etc so you can see what track you are listening to. The buttons are quite small so can sometimes be difficult to change track if your running.
I had to place it on the machines i was on as it doesn't have a clip that you can attach the devise to your trousers.
The sound quality is good and you can use alternative headphones if the ones provided don't suit you.
It came with a box which you can use for a mains adaptor but you need to purchase the lead for this.
I personally prefer the ipod but it does what it is for and is a good product.
On first glance, the Sony NW-A1000 looks like a futuristic pod, with its rounded corners and sleek body. Its fantastic aesthetic qualities make it ideal and appealing to users that want to make a fashion statement. Its is clearly obvious that this player was designed with aesthetics as a primary objective, therefore it might not impress users that want a player that is rich in features,
Its battery stamina is quite good, on average providing up to 14 and a half hour of continuous audio playback. Other than the bog standard features, the player lacks additional features and functions such as a microphone or radio capabilities which would definitely be beneficial for the player. The player also does not support video playback nor the viewing of videos.
The player is compatible with audio files in the ATRAC and MP3 file format. The file transfer speed of the player is quite fast, on average taking 1.6 seconds to transfer 10 megabytes of audio files.
There are also a few accessories that are available such as carry pouch, docking station and a remote control that can be purchased separately.
In truth I never dreamed of owning a Walkman, not since I was ten and tapes were still very cool. It was fifteen years later when I did end up with one, when my second I Pod in succession had just been stolen and the insurance refused to pay (again). So you would think my reflection on a product that came to me as a result of heart breaking Grand-theft might not sound too good, but not so here; the sound quality is more than acceptable, the looks are far from laughable, and while the 6 Gig storage is certainly debatable, the lower price will always sound good to me. Ok, so the controls are slow, and at times the processor gets confused and waits at the bus stop when I'm half way down the street looking for the next song, but at least it's small and loud enough (with replacement headphones) to hear above other I Pod users on the tube, and as the unit is smaller and more discreet than its video counterparts, I don't have too much concern when stepping out into a cold East London street, and scrolling through the less than speedy menu on a dark and lonely night.
At first my main issue with the Walkman was the non-userfriendly software. It insisted on crashing my PC, storing half my tracks and freezing just for fun, but one of the few advantages of hanging onto old hardware for perhaps too long is that eventually Sony got tired of updating their useless 'Connect Player', and gave all users of the old Walkman access to their latest show, 'Sonic Stage', which is at least as useful as I-Tunes (Dooyooers agree?).
The battery life is brilliant too, much better than my large screened, over engineered, over desirable to thieves, video I Pod, full of scrolling controls, party photo's, album covers, 60 Gig of memory, and episode after episode of The Simpsons season five...Ok I better stop. Because that's just it, of course I Pods are better... these extra functions say so, right? But they do break. I have dropped my Walkman on rocks, beaches, mountains, roads, pool sides, bars and breakfast tables, (I tend to drop things quite a lot), and haven't had a single moment of trouble. The Sony walkman is as reliable as the old tape player of my youth, and sadly but perhaps fortunately about as desirable to thieves too (at least if hidden anyway). It plays music and it does it well....if perhaps slightly temperamentally if you fill it to the gills (as I have). But maybe I'm beginning to look back to older times with dangerous nostalgia, when your camera took your pictures, your phone only took your calls, and your MP3 player played only music (most of which you liked), because in today's climate of one tiny flashing box to do everything in your life, there seems a greater risk of losing everything you own in one foul swoop, be it theft, or fall, or failure of device. And besides, as a video player the I-Pod is less than perfect, and as a camera most phones just can't deliver...and as we all have more than one pocket on our person most of the time, what's wrong with using more than one of them?
To be honest the extra function's on this Walkman stretch about as far as a three star rating option for songs, to an awkward playlist setting that most will not use for ease, but if you want good quality, light, cheap, honest and reliable sound, from a device that does only one thing and does it very well, then the Sony Walkman is for you.
I recieved this walkman in the basic silver colour pictured for Christmas of 2005. I was extremely pleased with it and to this day still am. I was always against ipods as a lot of my friends ipods broke for no apparent reason but this has never let me down.
Sound quality- The sound quality on this mp3 player is excellent, and to my ears sounds identical to the cds origional quality. when ripping the music I find that there is virtually no difference between high quality tracks and low quality, whichever you choose on this your music will sound great. Another nice feature is that you can select different EQ mixes to suite the style of music you listen to, and best of all you can create your own EQ mix by simply adjusting levels and save it. You have Jazz , Pop , Heavy , unique , 2 custom settings or no Eq to choose from. Origional headphones supplied were quite good but could have been better,they also got rather uncomfortable after prolonged use.
Looks / aesthetics- The player feels nice and is easy to hold but it seems a little heavier than your standard Ipod. As for looks my player is beggining to look a little bit disgusting now, admittedly i do not put it in a case for convenience it lives directly in my pocket but the back has picked up some dull patches and the front screen is filthy, i have tried cleaning it with no sucess what so ever, it appears grimey and as though dust and sweat has gotten under the screen, there are grey patches around the buttons , perhaps caused by sweat. I would do something about it if i could but its almost impossible to get the thing apart (perhaps a sign of good build quality) and there appears to be no replacement faces available on the market. Other than that it once looked glorious and space aged.
Ease of use- well as for navigating the thing goes its really simple, there are only 3 buttons and a directional cross. To switch it off you either press the pause button and wait or the quicker option of pressing and holding the options button. Its not as easy to navigate the ,menus as on an Ipod but its very close, and more controlled i feel than the ipod directional wheel. Creating a playlist is a long and boring task if you do it using the player alone, you have to select and play the song you want to bookmark in a playlist and either open the options menu and then choose a destination for the song or press and hold the pause button and wait 3 seconds , your song is then interrupted with a rather annoying beep and a message wich pops up onscreen telling you the song has been added to a playlist. this process is then repeated to add more.
Build quality- the player itself seems solid as a rock, ive dropped it a few times and nothing at all happened to it, not even a scratch. the Headphones supplied broke after about a year, they just wore so much that the cable snapped. ive since replaced them with some bose portable headphones which were of supreme sound quality but unfortunately , the rubber ear plugs kept falling off and i lost them far too often, so I switched to some better quality sony headphones(MDR-Ex71) that are very comfortable with excellent sound quality, and i have lost the rubber ear pieces less with this set (about 4 times) they are still more convenient. i would recommend them.
Features- theres nothing much new here, you have several play modes which i rarely ever use, such as history mode where you can select a playlist of the exact songs you listened to on the 12th /04/07 for example. which i think is a tad pointless because I dont think anyone would remeber the exact songs they listened to in order on which day a week ago say. you also have the ability to shuffle play the entire mp3 , or just your favourite 100 tracks. the top 100 mode was good for a year until it completely stopped updating. It was supposed to automatically generate a playlist based on song rating and the amount of times you listened to each track, but I know for a fact there are loads of songs i listen to more than the ones on the top ten and i think the connect software may be the cause of the problem. If you want to connect the player to a hifi or other audio device (apart from sonys docking speakers which are also a good buy) you have to go into settings on the home menu and select line out mode to hear any sound; something which I believe the new Ipods do automatically. Lastly there is the supposedly revolutionary artist link button which is a very dissapointing feature and in my opinion a waste of money and memory. It never seems to display the artist(s) i feel should be in the same category as each other which is the whole point of the button. its useless.
Download speeds- Tracks download to this device relatively fast, it can be slow at times, but you have to be patient with it. If you disconnect the cable too soon you will corrupt the device.
Software- the software i got with this device is one of its main drawbacks, its incredibly slow to load or do anything on , it doesnt always get the info right and sometimes fragments albums so you have to try and put them all back together manually which isnt always possible. If you dont you may have two albums displayed on your mp3 when its only a one disk album and you cant play through them in one continuous shuffle. Another gripe is that connect player sets itself as your default program to open any audio file rather than windows media player, a real pain considering how long it takes to load (which you can fix by right clicking on a sound file and selecting always open this type of file with ..... ). I have heard though that the software they now supply with this mp3 player is different because they had so many complaints about Connect player.
Instead you now get Sonic stage.
lastly, i have to mention that once I loaded a fair amount of songs onto the player it became very sluggish when flicking through the menus ,and on very rare occasion froze temporarily.
in conclusion, i feel that this player is a good investment if you just want to listen to music , its straight-forward and simple. If you want videos , extra features , and faster menus with less software headaches buy an Ipod , i would give this 3 and a half stars but as you cant give half star ratings on dooyoo i will give it 4 because it has been reliable and it is of high quality.
I received my Sony Walkman as a gift for my birthday over a year ago now. I am still as pleased as i was when it was new.
The actual player itself looks sleek and smart and comes in several different colors. I have a blue one which i think was a limited edition although i am not too sure. I do have to say that compared to many other popular mp3 players such as the ipod the Walkman beats it on looks!
The sound quality is great! There are different sound settings to choose from such as Rock, Classic etc. There are also some custom settings which i use as you can create a great quality sound.
The Walkman comes with software to transfer your music onto the player itself. This is the downside to the player. The software it comes with is called Connect. I had several problems with the connect software it was very slow to load and transfer music, when scanning for new songs it picked up sounds from all over the computer such as the windows loading sound etc. This became a problem as you don't really wan to be listening to windows sounds. Eventually i found that copying and pasting music into the connect software stopped this problem. Although the transfer of songs was still slow.
I recently got a new computer with Windows Vista on it. After several attempts at trying to install the Connect software onto it i had no luck. It just didn't seem to work at all. I gave up and searched around on the internet for a solution when i came across a new software. I'm sure it was on the Sony website. The software i found is called Sonic Stage its a lot more simple than the connect software but is really easy to use and the transfer of songs is much faster. I was really pleased with this new software.
Altogether the Sony Walkman is a great little mp3 player. It looks good, is small and light. It is quite easy to use once you have got the hang of it. It is also reliable over a year on and i have still had no problems with it, unlike many of my friends and sister who have had problems with their ipod suddenly stopping working. Although the software lets it down slightly trying a different software made such a difference . I would really recommend buying one of these.
The sony WALKMAN was my second mp3 player following the ipod shuffle and the sony WALKMAN was miles better. On the other hand the only downside is that it takes quite a long time to load all of your fave tunes on to this mp3 player. But the features are amazing within the touch of a button, you can link up the years that the albums or songs were released there are many other features like this including the shuffle.
I was very excited upon purchasing the A1000 as it was my first portable music player and being such a music lover i felt it was a much needed boost into the 21'st century. Upon reaching home i was eager to start buying albums instantly. Unfortuantly i first had to charge it up for around 2 hours and install certain software. The software itself was a little confusing at first but I soon got to grips with it and had the connect player fully installed and registered within 15 minutes. Then came the wait and the checking it every ten minutes to see if it was ready yet.
Then finnaly it was fully charged up and ready for action. I already had alot of my favourite tunes uploaded on my PC and again the process of transfering them was slightly confusing at first, simply because i had never done it before but it was very nicely explained and within another 10-15 minutes i had uploaded all my favourite tunes.
I listened through each song and found the quality of sound to be great aswell as the user interface being very simple and easy to understand. But this was in my living room and the next day i decided to give it a proper tryout on the 1 1/2 hour journey to work and let me tell you it was amazing, without having the volume uncomfortably loud i was able to hear clearly even in packed train stations. The headphones are comfortable and the user friendly interface meant i could play through my favourite album on repeat the entire journey without having to keep fiddling with it.
All in all a very impressive player which for it's relatively cheap price is very impressive and suits someone maybe not very technically aware. I would reccomend this product to anyone.
i recieved the sony walkman as a christmas present last year...i loved it at first..but it takes a very long time to import tracks..and now my softwarev is broken...the actual unit is perfect its the transferring songs from the computer that is the mojor problem..mine has been thrown back in the box!! From others opinions the ipod is the way to go!! much easier to use and as so many people own them if u encounter a problem it should be easily fixed!!
Firstly, I was impressed considerably with the Sony Walkman, having previously owned an Ipod Mini it was a refreshing change and the design was eye catching and exciting in comparison.
The software included with the player, Sony's own Connect player, however was less impressive. The interface of the software in contrast to the player itself was rather confusing and complex. The time to import and export songs, from CD's and to the player respectively, was at times inconvienent and excessively slow in comparison to the ease and speed of ITunes.
However,after putting a considerable chunk of my music collection on to the lightweight player I was impressed by the features it offered. There were numerous search and selection options to be found. Including searching by initial, either on a song, artist or album. There were also a number of random selection techniques which could be based on genre, year and rating.
There was however in my opinion a lack of extra features that the ipod possessed such as games and a text reader, however in the players defence it is not always necessary for an MP3 player to have these capabilities, however in my opinion it would have been a valuable addition.
I did encounter problems with the player eventually though, the response time between selecting songs and it actually playing became excessive and unacceptable as my collection expanded. This may just have been an isolated problem however as I have yet to receive a replacement due to Sony's policy of repairing over replacing.
Overall the player, despite a lack of bonus features and some dodgy support software, was an excellent one. It had a brilliant sound quality and was supplied with good quality Seinhouser headphones. The controls were reasonably simple and easy to use, despite the lack of a single button switch off, which may just have been a problem due to laziness on my part.
My partner bought this for me for xmas, at first I though it was a waste of money, when do I have the time for walkmans with 2 children, I soon made time after playing with it for a few hours, it is just so easy to use and rips cds, in 5mins and transfers to the walkman in seconds, also you get a free album once you register with connect, the sony music store, not only does this store an amazing amount of music but it looks STUNNING! I have now transfered my whole cd collection onto it and still room for more, no more carrying around lots of discs etc, I have not found any problems or anything bad about this at all, I LOVE IT!! 10/10
I think it is too much money for alot of single mums who want to use one of these like myself i would like to see a cheaper one, i paid £40 for a 256mb mp3 player and i think that is not worth the money now they are going down slowly so might have to wait till one goes down Mine only fits 60 songs and this will fit about 3,000 which i like the idea of as i love my music
Bought at Xmas. Only just found out probs with software. Computer has been in for service, slowed down. Uninstalled, reinstalled software to no avail. Cannot get the software to function. Sony helpline said: as our was not a branded computer ie did not buy it from PC World etc, they could not help us. Computer is whizzy XP with fast BBand. Other sibling bought creative Zen MP3 at the same time and it is working great.
Sony appear to require a degree of knowledge that is unreasonable and don't warn you of this before you buy.
Unless you are a techie, prepared to spend time and effort sorting out Sony's software problems for them, leave this alone. Getting refund today.
the sony walkman is a relitivly light weight music player thats holds many songs and the download speed is very fast. Although it is best to read ALL the instructions including those incorparated into the software. it is very easy to use and the player itself is about three quaters of an inch thick and about fiffteen cenitmaers long the player comes in four colours these are purple,black,pink and silver. there is only one cable to connect it to the computer and chage it. the computer cable easily detachs from the charger.