I have been waiting about 2 years for Sony to finally get thier head out of there ass on MD players. That day is now here.They are small, hold much high quality music, and are virtually skip free.
Once Mp3’s became big we started seeing all these memory chip portables out there. They had between 32 MB-10GB of storage on them. The cheapest ones were typically around $80 and only held about 30min of mediocre sounding music.
I was looking for an Mp3 player this past week for me to use at the gym. because they are much smaller than a CD player and don’t look as dorky. I wanted to spend about $150 bucks on one, so I was probably going to end up with a 64MB one at best. That would hold about an hour of music or so.
I was about to leave the house and go to CC or BB to pick up a crappy Mp3 player when I decided to see what my options were in MD players. You see, I have always loved MD players. The ONLY draw back to them was that you had to record to them in much the same way that you recorded to regular tapes. You had to play the song in its entirety to put it on the disk. They had released a MD recorder a while back with a USB hook up, but it was garbage because you still had to play the entire song to get it on the disc. And MD players have never been able to work with MP3’s. Until now.
On CC website I found the Sony MZ-N505GLD MD player. It was only $150 bucks so I decided to check it out. I was pouring with joy when I found that you could hook it up to your PC via usb and download the songs to the unit at 32X speed. And it says it is compatible with MP3 and WMA files as well as regualr CD’s. If you record at 66kbs you can get as much as 5 hours of music on one disc. That immediatly makes it a better value than any MP3 player.
So I went and got it, just a little skeptical about the ease of transferring files to the player, with the intention of returning it if it wasn’t easy as pie. Boy was I happy when I got home and hooked this bad boy up. It took a while to install the software for some reason, but once it was running it took me about 5 secs to figure out how to get the songs onto the discs. I put 4 albums on one disc , at 135kbps rate and they sound great. Took me about 15 minutes max to complete the transfer to the unit. A little slower than a memory based MP3 player, but when you are only paying $2 for a MD that you can put 5 hours of tunes on, its not a huge sacrifice to make. You can arrange them into folders on the disc so you can access each album at any time without having to click thru each song.
The way that the unit is compatible with all the file types is very slick. You MUST use Sony’s proprietary software to upload to the unit. Sounds crappy, but its actually very userfriendly and works much like media player. This software converts the file, from Mp3, WMA, or WAV, to a proprietary file type called ATRAC3. Then it feeds them to the discs. Works great.
To close out this massive post I must say that this is the first time in a long time that I have gotten a new technology that has worked exactly how it was supposed to. If you are even thinking about getting a portable MP3 player, don’t waste your money. I have had one, and I have this and let me tell you, this this is the bomb. It really DOES work how they claim it does. And the music sounds great. It costs less than most Mp3 players and is much much more functional. One battery will last over 40 hours of play back.
Heres the link if you wanna check it out at sony.com:
Holy crap, thats the longest post I have ever made I think!!
GET THIS THING. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!