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I decided to move on from my traditional CD player and explore the world of music downloads. I thought it would be nice to be able to listen to music whilst out and about so decided to purchase an MP3 Player. I have always been really pleased with everything I have purchased by Sony before, and the price for this particular model was very reasonable. As a novice, I did find it difficult at first to a) download the music I purchased to the MP3 Player and b) find my music on the player and select tracks. However, once I got the hang of it this MP3 player was quite easy to use and the sound quality was very good. I don't think the sound quality is as good as the old fashioned portable CD player, nor as good as the Minidisc player (which unfortunately never really seemed to catch on) but I think that pure convenience, portability, price and ease of use makes up for this in spades. It's great to be able to buy an album, or indeed, a single track and listen to it in seconds. The build quality of this MP3 Player is great, it is exceptionally light and has a handy clip to secure it to bags or clothing. Personally, I don't like earphones, so used my own headphones rather than the earphones provided; this was no problem as this MP3 Player has a universal headphone socket.