Rated 1 out of 5 by chicheeil Why Zappin?
I was very excited when I bought this player because I thought it would be perfect for the gym. No wires from the headphones/earbuds to get in the way. However, it would n't come on initially. When it finally did, it was in the zappin mode and it took a couple of minutes before I was able to turn it off. Finally, with the zappin off, the sound was pretty good. I was impressed. But later, at the gym, when I tried to turn the music on, it wouldn't come on right away. When it did, the zappin mode was on again. It took almost five minutes to get the zappin off. Sorry, but what is with this feature? Who listens to a song for only 4-15 seconds? I took it back to the store after only two days. Your other mp3 player is so easy, turn it on, music plays, Sony should remember, Keep It Simple!
November 7, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by MusicOntheRun O-K
I have many Sony products and out of countless items, this one is probably my least favorite. When it functions, it's great. The only other product I can compare this to is Apple's Nano and shuffle. Overall, my biggest complaint is in the way it charges. Sometimes, it won't charge so I follow the manual which is really more like a post-it note, granted it is pretty intuitive- cleaning the grooves with a toothbrush. However, I'm not sure when it is charged fully. At times when not in use, I leave the player in its charging cradle and the light goes out so I assume it is either charging or it is completely done charging (?) but when I take it off the cradle and press power, the light blinks red as if it never charged at all despite seeing the initial glow of the charging. Has anyone else had this issue? As far as having an 8-hour playback- non existent, but I'm not being physical for 8 hours straight that requires music so that's not a huge concern and Sony does advertise that the battery life varies; it would be nice if it didn't die out in the middle of my long runs.
January 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by SFLARunner Runners Friend
I am a runner in South Florida. Most the times it is hot. I have gone through half a dozen ipods countless headphones and at least 3 "waterproof" Bluetooth headphones all lost due to sweat or rain getting to them. No matter what I did to protect the ipod it never lasted more than 6 months and waterproof headphones never lasted mire than a month. The Walkman has stood the test of time through excessive sweat and countless rain storms. The media go interface that comes with it is easy to use and imported all my play lists from iTunes. The controls on the Walkman itself allow you to adjust volume, pause, skip songs, skip playlist and are easy to use and control even while running. If you are a runner and like listening to music on your run and run regardless of weather conditions throw away your ipod and switch to the walkman
January 30, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Diego Great purchase
I like this product. I have had it for about 1 year and I can now say that I am happy with it. I do cycling, running, gym, and swimming. It works great for all sports. I have a MAC computer and one thing that I do find annoying is that in order to clear songs from it, I have to actually reformat the walkman since it doesn't let me delete songs individually. Adding them is a breeze but I like to keep interested so I try to change music often. Another reason why I did not give it five stars is that when swimming, it sometimes falls off. Quality during swimming can be touch and go at times if you get even a little water in your ear. Now, this is not to say that this is not a worth buy because it is.
August 9, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Judith waterproof mp3 player - disappointed.
I bought these back in December, and I charge them for an hour and a half - like the instructions say to. I swapped out the ear buds for the waterproof ones so I can wear them while swimming - like the instructions say to. The battery never lasts very long, the last time I charged then went swimming same day and it didn't even last 2 full songs before it died. I'm taking these back and looking for something different. I am charging again in hopes of hearing a couple of songs today, but I have very low expectations. Overall - very unhappy with the product.
February 12, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by AshishMore Stopped working after 6 months
I bought the walkman mp3 player in August 2014 and used a lot in gym and running. It was a great experience and i loved using it. But in pass few days the mp3 player is not working. It is not getting charged and unable to connect with my PC. And it just stopped working. I am trying to figure out the way to make it working again.
If any one can help me then it would be great.
February 17, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by bluejeff audible book user
I am a audible book user, looking for this type of mp3 player for listening.
Before purchasing this, I checked for compatibility with book's format
I got the mail from audible.com
"Regarding your inquiry about Sony devices, this device does not currently support our .AA (Audible Audio) encrypted format. All of our files use DRM (Digital Rights Management) due to the publishers' licensing agreement, and Sony has not yet created a firmware to support our file type"
Is there any firmware available for this issue?
January 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mark1234 Good sound, Easy to use buttons, long battery-life
I noticed right away when I open the box and read little notes, Sony has put extra effort into helping ensure the very best experience for using the mp3-player- headphones in water. There are actually 4 sizes earbuds for use out of water plus 4 sizes earbuds for use in water all included. I bought the player for running and going to the gym. Even though my ear-canal is an unusual size, I found a good-fit using earbuds right out of the box that I could wear comfortly for extended times and stayed in my ears as I move my head all over. The sound is good, leaning to less bass, but very understandable for a small, light-weight device. There are audio-cues for nearly every button you press. So for instance, I had the player on my ears. I felt the buttons and thought I pressed "volume up". A voice prompt said " shuffle". So, I knew I was one button too far forward. There are also little "nibs" on some buttons to distinguish them from the others. For running and gym, the volume range is very good- from be quiet to really loud. There is a auto volume limit also you can enable or disable. The battery-life indicator indicates four different levels which is really convenient for guessing how much battery-time I still have before recharge. I just look at at myself in the mirror to see the battery-life indicator on the device. It just takes a little bit of knowledge of how to transfer files on a computer, and you can easily set up the music inside the player: moving music from folder to folder, deleting songs, adding songs. The device can play songs in several different orders: in order by folder, shuffle between all folders, playlists, or "you pick" after hearing a few seconds of each song. You can jump forward and backward by song, folder, or playlist. I am very happy I chose this Sony NWZ-W273, 4Gb player.
October 20, 2014