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3.0 out of 5 stars Software issues again STOP PRESS UPDATED how to display artwork, 2 Jan. 2009
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This review is from: Sony Walkman NWZ-S639FB 16GB Drag & Drop MP4 Video Player with FM Tuner - Black (Electronics)
First lets deal with the bad news.

We all know how bad Sonicstage was (actually it was not that bad for me), but Sonys latest offering "media manager for walkman 1.2" fails to run on any of the 3 PCs in the house. Thank god the player is drag and drop, windows media player 11 compatible.
Displaying cover art is another issue. Whilst the art work is displayed by windows media player, approx 50% is NOT displayed by the player. I have contacted sony re this issue and they say its to do with windows media player embedding. Other than that they are not interested at all ( or the fact that their software fails to run on 3 machines). Having read all the microsoft support pages supplied by sony. I can conclude that media player automatically embeds all art work. So whats the problem (if anyone has the answer, please lets us all know.

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It would appear it is not all sonys fault re the art work, despite all the info sony supplied re embedding images windows media player 11 is very lazy about doing so. However the good news is that using the advanced tag editor in windows media player 11 you can correct it. The advanced tag editor is only available in some views/planes. Highlight album/tracks for updating, right click and select advanced tag editor, goto picture tab, select add, locate artwork, select Cover front option and apply. All my art work now displays

N.B. if you transfer to your player at a different bitrate you will lose artwork (just on the transfer it will remain on pc).

Do not bother with the sony software at all, it is if anything worse than sonicstage. Very slow in all aspects and nothing more than an adapted explorer window. Shame on you sony, have you not learnt your lesson.

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Now for the good news.

Sound quality knocks an ipod for six, head and shoulders above just about everything else i tried. The supplied headphones go along long way to help this. 99% of bass freaks will be more than happy as is. The sound customisation features of the player are numerous and all seem to work well. But as my entire collection of music is ripped at 320kps I find that none of them are necessary/required. Nice display, bright and clear. Good GUI no need for the instruction book to get going.

Five stars for everything but the software.
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Initial post: 2 Jan 2009, 13:37:56 GMT
Last edited by the author on 2 Jan 2009, 13:41:31 GMT
As a computer illiterate, I simply must say that without windows media player 11 I would get lost in the jargon-you have brought, you lucky man, the doyenne of portable music systems, and avoided the ipod trap, so rejoice! Just remember for new rippings with WMP11, use maximum bit rate with classical, and maximum volume (bottom left hand of the screen) with all music.

Posted on 4 Jan 2009, 10:02:23 GMT
music addict says:
I have no problem getting MM to run, but its not very good, probably better to stick with WMP11 (which is itself full of infuriating bugs, but usable). To get art to display best way is to download a freeware mp3 tagging program that will allow you to embed art into the mp3s themselves (rather than using the player's own method which seems to be non-standard, or WMP11's method which seems to work sometimes but not always), this works perfectly at the cost of adding a few K to the size of the mp3s. There's an excellent freeware program that does this, and allows you to do it automatically for thousands of mp3s at a time via a command line, but I can't remember what its called at the moment.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2009, 17:21:27 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jan 2009, 17:22:02 GMT
D. KNIGHT says:
Thanks mate, but surprise surprise WMP11 has its own "advanced tag editor", but is only viewable in some views/pane options and dependant on item(s) selected. It only took me 7 hours to apply all the artwork to the albums in my collection (i'll do all the singles someother time). I think the reason that some art work is / is not applied by WMP11 is that for the player to display it it must be tagged as "Cover front". cheers for pushing me in the right direction

Posted on 18 Jan 2009, 09:13:39 GMT
N. Wilson says:
Just use MediaMonkey. Perfect for all mp3 management, and it's free.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2009, 16:01:31 GMT
Okay maybe I'm being thick! I've found the advanced tag editor in WMP11 but I can't find where it saves the album cover picture. Any tips for this?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Feb 2009, 14:31:13 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Feb 2009, 15:49:39 GMT
Shark says:
MediaMonkey is really great and can handle pretty much anything, but only the basic version is free... if you want the full range of lush goodies MediaMonkey has to offer, you'll have to pay for an upgrade. WMP11 works fine, especially if it's set up right. Tag your artwork and it'll transfer.

Posted on 25 Apr 2009, 11:40:46 BST
JohnD says:
Thanks for that works a treat now.

Posted on 27 May 2009, 16:27:10 BST
Last edited by the author on 27 May 2009, 16:27:45 BST
J. Ezekiel says:
use mediamoney software for all of your transferring - it embeds the album art into the actual ID3 tag and its a pretty nice piece of music playing software anyway tbh...

soz just saw that everyone else has been talking about mediamonkey too :P my mistake

Posted on 28 May 2009, 17:26:41 BST
Last edited by the author on 30 May 2009, 11:49:54 BST
D. KNIGHT says:
Well i have tried media monkey (basic/free) and whilst it is a perfectly capable piece of software. I find the screen layout highly congested and the number of features beyond what is actually necessary.

All I want is a split screen with whats on my pc on one side and whats on my mp3 player on the other. That will allow me to simply delete and copy as I want. Having to constantly swap screens and travel up and down file trees is unnecessary.

If i did not know any better, either i have missed the point with media monkey or there is some great reward for promoting it that i do not know about ?

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2009, 13:20:00 BST
A. Alexander says:
Try "MP3tag" it is freeware and is customisable (you can add your own coverArt to tracks/albums), brilliant!
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