"Solid player with user experience hampered by spyware."3.0 starson by bigbearsfan
Pros: Lightweight and sleek design.
Ease of use out of the box.
Easy pairing to wireless headphones.
Great sounding wireless headphones.
30+ hours of play out of the battery (should get up to 50 with more use).
Cons: Software on player is, in my opinion, spyware.
Surface of player is very slick.
Accidentally pressing any button will turn on player.
No good cases or armband offered by Sony.
Can't delete songs from the player. Have to plug into computer.
Summary: OK. So I've read many reviews posted about this product before I bought it. I'm glad I did. Those reviews will give you a good idea of what to expect from the player. First, it's very delicate. I mean, it is very light and thin but it feels flimsy and easily breakable. The surface of the player is very slick and is easily dropped. No, I didn't drop my player but I almost did. Take this out of the box knowing that you will need a firm grip on it. To my knowledge, Sony still hasn't made a case or armband specifically for this player. The buttons are really small and can be hard to push if you have fat fingers and wide hands like mine. The exterior is shiny and looks good. The display is bright and has decent resolution for something so small. It will display album art, lyrics of songs, etc. Also, it was a bit of a pain to get the player to play my tracks on repeat and shuffle. Out of the box, it will play only the album you specifically select. Also, the best and most useful feature, is that it will seek to pair with the included wireless headphones automatically. It will do this as soon as you turn on the player. It doesn't matter if you turn on the player or headphones first. Speaking of headphones, a wired pair is also included along with extra earbud cushions. The sound from the wireless headphones is fantastic for bluetooth headphones. True audiophiles will find fault with them but for the remaining 90% of the population, they are great headphones. What you can't see in the picture is that the control piece that is wired to the bluetooth headphones has a clip on the back to clip to your shirt. This control can adjust volume and playback on the player. This was nice when I went for my first run with it.
The player doesn't get five stars because of Sony's decision to put, in my opinion, what is spyware on the player. The software needed to use all of the features of the player is on the device itself. You can launch the software from the player. The end user license agreement allows Sony, and its third party affiliates, to collect data from your computer, and or, take over any computer or device that has the Sony software on it. There was some allusion to collecting information on music licensing and IP addresses of computers on your network . In other words, they may be trying to track if you have illegal music on your computer. You have the option of rejecting the EULA. I rejected it. You can just drag and drop the music to the player and it plays fine. You don't need the software. However, I haven't been able to setup playlists yet. I'm hoping it's just me not being able to figure it out. Also, make sure your music is properly tagged or the player will put the music in the "Unknown" folder.
This is an 8GB player. However, the installed software took up over a GB of space on the player. My player only showed 6.75GB of available memory. Granted, this is plenty of remaining space. I will probably only use 3-4GB but it's just the point that they put over a gig of junk on the player. Also, there is no memory card slot so you can't expand the memory.
So, despite the physical limitations of the player and what I believe to be Sony branded spyware, this player is great. I got my wife one since we both run a few miles each week. I still recommend the player just don't bother installing the spyware.