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Sony NW-A3000V 20 GB HDD Walkman MP3 Player - Violet

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  • 20 GB (13,000 songs)internal hard disk drive memory
  • Measuring only 65.2mm(W) x 104.2mm(H) x 21.4mm(D)
  • 2.0-inch Organic EL Display
  • Long battery life of upto 35 hours, rechargeable via AC adaptor and USB connection
  • Beautiful and sexy body weighing just 182 grams, available in various colours
  • Unique 'Artist Link' feature lets you discover new artists of your favourite genre
  • Shuffle the way you like it with the new 'My Favourite' and 'Time Machine' Shuffle modes
  • Easy to find any Artist, Album or Song by using the new 'Initial Search' tool
  • ATRAC and MP3 compatible
  • New and improved application software 'CONNECT Player'
  • Sony's unique 'G-sensor' technology limits the damage risk to the Hard Disk of the device when it's dropped

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Product details

  • Item Weight: 721 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: NWA3000V.CEK
  • ASIN: B000BBOGD0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 4 Sep 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,103 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Chic, compact and lightweight, the Sony NWE005BC flash memory MP3 Walkman is rich in functions, with a battery life of up to 28 hours for non-stop music wherever you go! With built-in USB key for easy file transfer. If this wasn't enough, it takes a mere three minutes to charge in order to enjoy up to three hours of playback. So plug it in, make a cup of tea and your new E Series is ready to entertain you for the next three hours. For a full charge, the E Series only needs two hours.

Box Contains

  • Sony NWA3000V 20 GB HDD Walkman
  • Headphones
  • USB cable
  • Rechargeable battery
  • AC adaptor
  • CONNECT Player software 1.0

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Mar 2006
After much deliberation between this and the iPod nano i decided to go with this, maily because the spec beats the nano's hand's down. I read the reviews about how dodgy the software is but thought that even if its not as straight forward as iTunes, so long as it works who cares. I didn't find it that bad at first but now, after a few months of having it i've noticed how flawed it is. Initially when i uploaded all my songs onto it, it was really straight forward and was relatively quick. But now when i go to add just one song it goes through a process of recongnising every song on the player which takes a good 10 minutes. Importing files is a problem too, sometimes after carrying out the commands the software does nothing and just stays idle. Worst of all when i select certain artists in my library the player turns grey and i have to close it.
The mp3 player itself is great though, good sound quality and battery life. The only flaws lay with the software which prevents this being an essential purchase in terms of mp3 players. The 4 stars i'm giving are for the player, the software is the only factor which keeps it from being 5.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. MUNRO on 23 May 2006
I received this MP3 player on my birthday (just before christmas) and I've been very pleased with it ever since.. Ever since I ditched the Sony Connect software that comes with it, at least!!!

I thoroughly recommend using the latest version of 'Sonic Stage' as I find it very intuitive to use (I don't get on with itunes). Whereas 'Sony Connect' is slow, buggy, suffers many crashes and clearly shouldn't have been released until these issues had been resolved! Sony - Are you listening???

Anyway, the good news. The player itself is a well built piece of hardware. It could possibly be slightly smaller when compared the 30GB ipod but looks great anyway. Very sleek, with a highly scratch resistant finish and feels very like a quality roduct in your hand.

The navigation of menu's etc is very easy to learn so no problems there. One thing is that it doesn't have a any kind of touch device, such as the ipod roller wheel and Zen Touch pad. Although, this fails to be a problem.

The screen is designed so the writing appears to be on the mp3 casing. A clever and original design. It is bright enough to see in most lights, except on a really sunny day, i've had a job to see whats on it!!

One of the reasons they chose this screen design was it uses little power. As a result the player has good battery life, it lasts about 10 hours for me. Not quite the 15 they've claimed but fine for daily use and better than some others, ipods included!

Now, I can't fault the sound quality at all. Its fantastic, even with the supplied earphones. This partly because I ripped all my cd's in VBR mp3 (I recommend it). As a result i've almost filled up the player at about 4,000 songs.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By P. R. Hardy on 23 April 2006
Now, I'm a technofile, and it came to a surprise to most of the people who know me that I never had an MP3 player. The thing was that there were so many "Good" MP3 players out there that I didn't know what to get.

I had been told to stay clear of Ipods because of the low battery life, and the design of other models didn't cut it for me.

The Sony HDD walkman was my choice because it had the smooth design, which makes it so comfortable in your hand, not only that but after my sister had bought one of the small 512MB Network walkmans we tested the sound quality at the lowest bitrate (atrac3plus 48kbps) and was astounded by the quality of the sound the device made.

The same quality of sound is replicated in this device, but what do you expect from the inventors of the walkman who have had decades of experience from creating walkmans.

I am going to admit something though. Like the others on this site have told you, the software can be a little tricky to use with the device at first, and after a bit of uninstalling and reinstalling have found the software to be working perfectly.

My advice to you is that you should connect the device ONLY to allow your computer to install the drivers for it, then DISCONNECT it until you have assigned your music to the software AND you allow the software to locate all the Artists Links (see next paragraph), which can take some time to do, but it means that the sofware will be much more stable once you connect up your player for the first time.

Both the device and software work together to create a fully rounded music experience. Artist Links are assigned to each song, and upon the push of a button on the device, allows you to see other artists that are of a similar genre to the song being played.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By baybeeface on 18 Mar 2006
The reason why I personally chose to get this instead of your usual run of the mill ipod is that every men and his dog has got the latter, and I fancied something different and more beautiful, and I have to admit that I am a bit of a brand fanatic. The player itself is amazing, its feels perfect to hold, very organic feel, and its just nice to know that you've got something different. The OLED display is pretty useless in the sun though, even on maximum brightness. The sound at first does not seem loud enough, until someone tells you that you can actually derestrict it. Onto the software, well, I hate to admit it but its useless. It takes ages to load up, and ages to import songs, and ages to transfer songs to your player, and you'll be lucky if it doesn't freeze at some point during these procedures. And please please do not disconnect the player from the pc if the software freezes, because then you're gonna kick yourself as the database on the player will be corrupt and you're gonna have to start all over again. On the plus side, the battery life is really good. I used it on a two hour plus train journey, then left it for a week, and did the same journey again, and I still have plenty of juice left!
So, in a nutshell, if you want a smart looking player without white earphones (you're gonna have to invest in a better pair than the factory ones anyway, and I recommend mdx-c71), and are willing to put up withe the temperamental software, then look no further.
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