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This sony MP3 player is a cheap, less good alternative to the I-pod. I did once have an I-pod, but stood on it and couldnt afford to pay for a new one. I plumped for the creative zen alternative which lasted all of 18 months before randomly breaking of its own accord with a full compliment on songs (approx 1000) on its memory. I couldnt even plug it into the comp to save my songs.
My next choice would mean I wouldnt pay such an ott price for a MP3 player that could break down again at any point. This sony MP3 player was the answer. Small and compact, only £25 and a reasonable amount of storage (1GB) for its memory.
I bought the product off play.com and it arrived within a few days and with its drag and drop software already installed I got straight into updating my new music database with relative ease.
The drag and drop feature is excellent. You dont need to mess about installing software; you can literally start copying music from any location. The top of the player comes apart and underneath the lid lies the USB stick. When plugged into a computer it couldnt be simpler with clear instructions on how to get music onto the stick.
The sony brand means that it is well designed and the player has a screen menu where you can easily find your music, a hold switch and other slimline features. It also has a voice recorder which picks up almost anything within a reasonable range, which could be a good feature for some people.
Whilst in the computer the player charges itself and it doesnt take long before it has a full battery; another good feature. There is nothing worse than having to buy countless amounts of batteries for a product! The price is also good; at £25 it is value for money.
Until recently I was thinking there is little wrong with this little drag and drop player. However, I have recently found that having copied a load more music off my PC, it recognises and plays through my PC ok but then when disconnected, the songs seem to disappear from the walkman.
Also you cant seem to flick to individual songs and have to play from where you left off. For example, if you were wanting to listen to song 80 of 100 you would need to start from 1 and work up rather than just quickly find it.
Songs tend to miss the first second when playing which also spoils the enjoyment should you like a certain intro.
I like this MP3 player; it serves my needs and at £25 it does seem value for money. It is easy to set up and use, and take around with you. For the more advanced music lovers then obviously the apple range will win hands down but this is a good little player for the everyday person just wanting a small, light, easy to use MP3 player.