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Sony NWA3000B 20 GB HDD Walkman - Black

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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: 322 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 699 g
  • Item model number: NWA3000B
  • ASIN: B000BKBHK6
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 26 Sept. 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,197 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

The WALKMAN! MP3 player with 20 GB Hard Disk capacity, unique design and advanced features...

Manufacturer's Description

Simply called 'WALKMAN', the new digital music player from Sony features spectacular ergonomic design and an exciting range of intelligent features that allow the user to enjoy music in a totally new way.

Sony WALKMAN NW-A3000 is a true extension of the user's personal taste and musical preferences. At the press of a button, the 'Artist Link' function will search every artist, album and song stored on the device and offer suggestions of artists and bands closely linked to the genre of music being played at the time.

Sony WALKMAN NW-A3000 also features two new shuffle functions. By selecting 'My Favorite Shuffle', the device automatically selects the most listened to 100 songs and plays them at random. The 'Time Machine Shuffle' function randomly selects a year and plays all of the songs from that particular year that are currently held on the device.

Featuring an advanced organic EL display, Sony WALKMAN NW-A3000 not only incorporates a range of great features, it also offers the ultimate in ease of use through an appealing user interface and fantastic visibility.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Simon Parsons on 23 Nov. 2005
After 3 defective Ipods eroded my faith in that device completely (yes Nano's really do scratch without provocation!) I plumped for the 20GB Walkman. Overall I'm very happy:
Pros are:
- Sound quality is excellent (although recommend replaceing the in-box phones with some decent Sony or other earbuds). To me the sound feels richer than the ipod (and the player lets you tweak equalizer settings)
- Has a feeling of real quality and certainly doesn't scratch as soon as you look at it
- Generally easy to use (not quite as quick as the Ipod click wheel but pretty good)
- Looks really good
- High memory capacity
- Long battery life
- Software is easy to operate (it mimic Itunes in reality)
Cons
- Although I haven't found the software too bad (on a decent computer) it does seem less robust than Itunes and slower
- Some of the shuffle features seem a little gimmicky and pointless
- Some might find it too big/heavy for jean pockets
On the whole, if you like your music and you're after a player with looks, capacity, quality and the reliability which the Ipod seems to lack, this is a great option.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By B. Price on 14 May 2006
I read the other reviews on Amazon (admittedly after I actually bought the item) and so was a bit worried about the problems mentions (namely the software).

The player arrived promptly from Amazon and Sony seems to have gone all out on the packaging on this product which far outshines its other audio offerings. The player itself is very pretty to look at, has a phenominal battery life and is easy to use. However this is where it misses the mark. There are a few tiny niggles which really let it down.

The first and formost of these is the hold button. On other Sony audio products Ive used, it is a slide switch which means you can toggle in on hold when you're not using it and it won't start playing if any of the buttons are pressed while in your pocket. However, for some reason Sony have gone with a button on this model. The trouble is that the button only works while the unit is on (ie playing or paused). You can't put it on hold when its off. This is very frustrating and I often find it playing in my pocket when Im not using it. The only way I can see round this is to get a hard cover case (I bought the Sony soft cover one and its no use for this problem).

The other problem is one of volume. Now either Im going very deaf or this has a fairly low top volume. Admittedly I don't use the provided headphones, choosing to use the superior Sony MDR-EX71SLW earphones, but I find that even at top volume it can be a bit quiet. This is without the Auto Volume Limiter so not sure if this is the reason behind the good battery life.

The "20 GB" drive is plenty of room for all your songs, although Sony have chosen to use 1,000 MBs to the GB instead of the true 1,024MB. This means the drive is actually only 18.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Dodd on 11 Jun. 2006
I've been using one of these for about 3 months now and I'm 99% happy with everything about it. I'll cover some of the good points first and then explain what all the fuss is about with the bundled software that's the 1% thumbs-down part.

When you first take it out of the box, it feels smooth, heavy and solid - the whole thing exudes *quality*. It is a nice shock, having forked out X-amount of your hard-earned cash, to suddenly find that the unit feels it is worth every penny, even without using it: I didn't switch mine on for 5 minutes, I was happy just to hold it!

When you do first switch it on, the experience continues: the front of the unit, which at first appears black, is suddenly lit up as it boots, eventually settling down to a menu. The output from the screen appears to float just under the screen glass, hovering almost outside the unit, due to a reflective surface inside the unit giving a sensation of depth - the read-out looks like it's 1/4" above the screen. The screen is very easy to read, even in sunlight, and it's brightness can be adjusted to extend battery life.

Navigation is a complete doddle. On the front left, there's a 4-way direction pad/ring to move about, and within this ring is the main 'doing/select/play' button. If you mistake your way through the menu there is a handy 'Back' button, and the last 'Options' button works like a right-click on a mouse and brings up submenus according to where you are and what you're doing. These buttons are back-lit, and after you leave them for a few seconds they gradually fade out to the case-colour, only leaving featureless circles on the unit. A fascinatingly nice effect. Press a button or adjust the volume and they glow back into life.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tino Mclaren on 22 Jan. 2006
Been messing with my NW-A300 since x-mas. Its true, Sony have shot themselves in the foot with CONNECT software, its not ready for final release. Sony should have bitten the bullet and not put x-maS sales first and got the software working for their prosective NEW LOYAL USERS!
Well they have lost many customers with their haste. I absolutely love the player, wonderful looks and above all the sound quality it very impressive. You need to be proficient on the software side though so if you can handle the hassle then get one.
Only 50% ready for me, the only plus side is Sony MUST be reading all the reviews on the net (theres enough!) and doing something about the lousy CONNECT software (updtes are coming through thick and fast).
Come on Sony sort this out, these baby's are MUCH MUCH better than Ipod both in build quality and Sound quality (which is why we buy them right!), sort out CONNECT (or the company who wrote it).
So you know what to expect, CONNECT will crash, hang at 99% when copying tracks, need re-installing at some point, be SLOW, and be un-reponsive (screen redraw it snail like, mouse clicks take seconds to respond etc...).
You may have to use sonic stage (not brilliant either!).
I am personally hedging my bets that Sony will sort this out so im keeping mine, but have had many incredible hulk moments too! If only we could just drag and drop in explorer!! Oh to dream.
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