- Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
- Item model number: NWMS9
- ASIN: B00005ML3W
- Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2001
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
Strictly speaking this should not be thought of as an MP3 player but rather an ATRAC3 player. This is the file format used by Sony's MiniDisc players. You can use MP3, WAV and Windows Media Technology compliant files but these need converting first. This is a pain if you already have a large collection of tracks in another format. The software is unfortunately not up to the same high quality of the hardware. It wasn't as stable as it could have been on our test system. While it does work with Windows 98, Windows 2000 and Windows Me, there are a couple of issues with the latter two that you need to be aware of. In Windows 2000 it doesn't support NTFS, only FAT32 and on Windows Me PCs, there is a possibility of the System Restore feature corrupting your OpenMG files. It insists on managing your entire music collection too. There's no quick-and easy drag and drop of tracks to download them, you have to build playlists first. It's all a little long-winded. Data transfer to the player is commendably fast though. The files use a form of copyright protection that can be restricting. You can't, for example, record files on one PC and then copy them to another PC and then download them onto the player.
The NW-MS9 Network Walkman is well-designed and beautifully built and there are few player with such an instant appeal. There are more practical alternatives but few as devilishly handsome. --Miles Berkeley
The NW-MS9 Memory Stick Walkman, offers maximum technology with minimalist styling. Using OpenMG technology for storing and transferring files, this is the ideal product for the consumer who loves to download from the Internet, and the supplied 64mb MagicGate Memory Stick can store up to 120 minutes of music. It also boasts up to 10 hours of continuous playback that can be achieved by using a rechargeable, removable gum stick style nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery. Using Sony's new OpenMG 2.0 Jukebox software, the user can create a different sound compilation each day. OpenMG Jukebox will also allow the user to create a back catalogue on the jukebox, ready to download onto the Memory Stick at any time.