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Sony 4GB MP3 Player with Clip and USB Connection - Black

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  • BASS Boost, Quick Charge, Power Illuminator, Direct USB, ZAPPIN, easy transfers, handy clip
  • 4GB of on-board storage
  • Up to 18 hours' playback time
  • Bass-booster for enhanced sound

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Product details

Colour Name: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.9 x 2.3 cm ; 27 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 141 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: NWZB173B.CEW
  • ASIN: B0070JT7I0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Feb. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,638 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

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Product Description

With a built-in clip it's the ultimate gym buddy; you'll never have to worry about cumbersome armbands or cases.
With a built-in clip it's the ultimate gym buddy; you'll never have to worry about cumbersome armbands or cases.
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At a Glance

Your ideal second MP3 player

The perfect companion for the gym or beach with a built-in clip for your shorts or trunks. Never again have to worry about wearing armbands on the treadmill or jogging with a heavy case in your pocket.

Syncs with Your Music

Wherever your music is stored, including iTunes, this player works with it. So it's easy to transfer tracks when you next head out on a run.

Simple, clear controls and bright LCD display makes finding music easy.
Simple, clear controls and bright LCD display makes finding music easy.
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1,2,3…Ready

Charges from virtually any USB port. A 3 minute charge gives you up to 90 minutes of music or go for a full charge and get 18 hours. No wires required – perfect for when you're in a rush, on holiday or even on a flight somewhere.

Stay in Control

Always know what song is coming up next. This player has simple, clear controls and a bright LCD display so you can easily find the track you want.

Take notes

Music is its passion but you can also use your gym buddy in class or at work. A built-in microphone lets you take voice memos and record lectures.

In Detail

Your Ideal Second MP3 player

Wear your music

Been down the gym with your smartphone? Music sounds good but it really is no fun on the treadmill with the phone thumping around in your pocket. Much better to get yourself a small, slim, light music player that clips to your waistband and refuses to move around as you run. One that plays all your favourite tracks in perfect clarity but doesn't keep reminding you it's there. One that almost becomes part of your clothing.

Just clip and play

Open the box and you'll find the clip ready and waiting. Now you can forget about armbands and cases – just clip to your shorts and off you go. Great for jogging or relaxing on the beach. With the clip, your music stays safe. Out of the sand, away from water, clear of straining limbs.

Syncs with Your Music

Works with everything

Where do you keep your music collection? On iTunes? No problem. Windows Media Player? No problem. This music machine really isn't fussy. It works with PC or MAC and you don't even need a cable. Just plug it in to an available USB port and start managing your music.

So easy to transfer

Once you're in, transferring tracks is a doddle. It's a simple two step process that means all you need to do is drag and drop the tracks you want onto your player. Really quick and easy. Won't hold you up if you're in a rush to download that new album and get down the gym.

Wire-free 3 minute quick charge from virtually any USB port means quick easy charging at home, on holiday or even on an aeroplane
Wire-free 3 minute quick charge from virtually any USB port means quick easy charging at home, on holiday or even on an aeroplane
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1,2,3…Ready

Take charge

About to head out for the day with your mates and disaster! The MP3 player is out of juice! Calm down, it's not a problem. You just plug it into a USB port and within three minutes you'll have up to 90 minutes worth of power. Of course, if you can spare a bit more time, you'll get a lot more battery life. Up to 18 hours in fact, enough for a weekend away at the coast.

Power up anywhere

Being USB powered means you can charge up almost anywhere and anytime without software, cables or heavy AC adaptors. On a train, in a plane, home or abroad, night and day. We say charge, sync, play. For you that means enjoying your music in a matter of minutes, wherever in the world you go.

Stay in Control

See what's coming

Ever feel with some players you have no control of your music? Like you're at its mercy? A simple display goes a long way to putting you in the picture because it tells you what's playing and what's coming next. This Walkman has a clear and bright LCD so you can easily find tracks, check volume, skip and search.

Handy controls

Down the gym, in the middle of a run and you want to change tracks. Fumbling around can be dangerous so you'll need clear, simple controls that can be accessed in a moment. This player has a handy jog dial on the side so you can skip easily with just a swipe of your finger. A power LED flashes with your music so you can always keep tabs on what's going on.

Built in microphone is ideal for recording voice memos or University lectures
Built in microphone is ideal for recording voice memos or University lectures
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Take notes

Never forget a thing

There's many a time you think of something but forget to jot it down. Maybe you're driving home in the car and by the time you get back, its gone. So imagine how useful it would be if you could take voice memos and reminder notes on your MP3 player. All you need is a built-in microphone. And this music maestro has just that.

Work or class, wherever you go

Ideal for recording meeting minutes in the office or tutorials at college. The built-in app captures everything nice and clear so you can play back later at your leisure. It's also really easy to use so you can get recording with just a touch.

Enjoy your music

Play it the way you like it

When all is said and done, it's the music that counts. You want to find the music you love and enjoy listening to it. ZAPPIN™ lets you easily search for tracks by playing a preview of the chorus. Once you've found it, press the ZAPPIN button again and the song plays from the start. Need a bit more bass? Touch the Bass button and feel the beat pound through your headphones. Great for that last five minutes on the running machine.

Box Contains

Quick Start guide
Headphones
Software
Clip

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Gareth on 17 Sept. 2013
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This MP3 was by far one of the best orders I have made for a while on Amazon, I specifically needed it for my training as it can become quite boring when running and all I could focus on was the traffic or the people who passed by, enough to say it was very distracting, if not irritating and definitely harder to concentrate on those last few miles. So something was evidently needed' and so I took a quick search through Amazon looking for suitable MP3's.

I will for this review analyse it in quite explicit detail and write up its 'pros' and 'cons' of this product, it will be long but informative and an available 'one stop' for anyone wondering about the product from this point forward.

I ordered this product on the 6th of September 2013 and it arrived on the 7th of September due to Amazon Prime's next day delivery. The packaging of the product was a basic cardboard wrapping which is standard for Amazon, it was knocked about during transit but the inside product was not damaged as a result.
The actually product packaging is of a shiny black card and the MP3 is securely fitted in tough plastic, this is actually expected of almost any Sony product and it is of a high quality.

Inside the product box was the instructions, it was a large sheet with many different languages on it and divided between panels the English explanation was roughly 2 panels long and relatively informative, but it did not explain the complete product features. Luckily, the MP3 is easy to use and was not an issue.

The MP3 model itself is the sturdy black plastic one with a blue led light and a loud beep which is activated whenever you select an icon on its small but readable screen; and it also flashes on and off for a bit before it stops flashing completely.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Mark on 22 Feb. 2012
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I bought this a few weeks ago and although this is a very good MP3 player, I've also got the B153 model which I find easier to use. This model has the back button on the side which can be pressed unitentionally when trying to turn the volume up or down. This is slightly louder than the old models and the bass function is better than before. Has a good graphic equaliser function and on the whole is very easy to use. Good quality product. I would recommend this product to a friend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Fuchs on 20 Mar. 2014
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I bought this to replace a Sansa Clip+ - which was an utterly disappointing attempt (review here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/R4ENU0EHCMOTZ ) to replace my awesome Cowon iAudio U2, which now appears to be irreplaceable. Where to begin? Ah, definitely with the shuffle mode:

* RANDOMIZATION (shuffle mode): a freaking scandal. Do you like listening to the same sequence of 8 songs over and over and over and over again? Then this is the device for you. What it does is, the vast majority of the time, when you're not keen on a track, and try to fast-forward to the next one... you don't get the next one! You get the one 8 or 10 tracks ago! Then you get *every single one* of the 8 or 10 tracks that followed that one the first time around - all in order! It's like Groundhog Day! You have to skip through every single track on your path there, for a chance at actually hearing a new song. Oh - and not sick of those songs yet? It will probably happen again in five minutes! How do you screw up shuffle play? So badly? I could write a randomization subroutine that would actually work in about 90 seconds, but I'd just rather spend the time warning you off this device.
+ Oh, when do you NOT get the previous tracks? When you actually want them! That is, f you try to flip BACK to a previous track, and it's more than a few tracks ago, the device gets confused and forgets the sequence and starts somewhere else! I know what you're thinking - have I got forward and back mixed up? No! Amazing! I know what you're thinking next: Why don't you just use back when you want to skip to a new track? Because A) it doesn't work reliably; and B) you have to flip through an arbitrary number of tracks before it gets confused and finds a new one!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A reviewer on 6 Jun. 2013
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Positive:
The sound quality was fine.
USB charge is convenient and great idea.
Comfortable for running.

Negative:
Operating buttons is not great.
Very often gets stuck when you power it off.
Eventually it just died, one month after warranty run out. Just would not power on.
Not Sony and amazon did not wish to provide any support because it is beyond 1 year warranty.
My previous mp3 player(creative ) was bought in 2005 and still works. So this item must be unreliable.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Anderson on 9 May 2012
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Bought this player to replace my trusty B143, which I managed to render useless after cracking the screen. But over 2 years of faultless service convinced me to stick with the brand. Strangely B143 is now twice the price, than when I bought it first, so decided to go with a newer model, thinking that such a good product could only get better.

I had B173 few hours now, played around and found two slightly negative points:
- the 'jog dial' is counterintuitive when using menus, you have to turn it left to go down the list - weird
- the screen backlight is inverted, it's black-on-white, as opposed to white-on-black in B143, which I prefer. And I don't think there is option to change that
But those are minor things, which I know I'll stop noticing after a week, so I'm giving the product five stars, partly based on performance of its predecessor.

Things I love about it:
- 3 min charge - very handy when you are in a hurry, and it lasts ages too, provided you use power saving mode and don't use bass
- no batteries - in my experience with other mp3s, batteries always run out at the most inconvenient time, like in a middle of a long drive
- built-in USB - I always have my mp3 with me, and it's convenient not having to remember to drag a lead with me everywhere in case I need to transport a file or I use somebody else's computer to buy music or audiobooks
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