Best Sony Walkman MP3 Player in 2021 and Buyer’s Guide
MP3 players aren’t a dead trend!
An MP3 player truly revolutionizes the way you hear music. A true music fanatic would be well aware. When shopping for an MP3 player, consider the quality and size of your digital collection. Picking the right Sony Walkman will significantly improve the quality of sound and you’ll surely notice the changes.
We tried and tested many Sony Walkman models to find the best ones the brand puts out today to prepare this conclusive list for your convenience. We also answered some general questions you might have before choosing to buy one. Keep reading to learn more.
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iPod or Sony Walker: Which One is Better?
- Size: In comparison to an iPod, a Sony Walkman is preposterously thick. Usually, the screens on the latter are bigger, but the size difference hardly overshadows this. Smaller devices are much more convenient in various ways. The bigger screen of the Sony Walkman is a sure bonus, but the massive size and thickness aren’t the best for a PMP.
- Display: Both the iPod and Walkman use the same kind of display technology – TFT Panels. While the iPod has a smaller screen than its competitor, it features a denser resolution. But since the Walkman typically features a widescreen display, watching videos is better on it.
- Operating System: iPod runs on the trademarked iOS while the Walkman runs on Android. Many people have a preference when it comes to OS but both of them have their pros and cons.
- Storage: Like many other products going off against Apple, the Sony Walkman is pricier for the base model but adding extra memory makes it cheaper. One of the best parts of Android devices is the expandable memory, so the winner would have to go to the Sony Walkman in this aspect.
- Battery Life: History bears evidence that Android devices far better in the battery life department in comparison to iOS ones. The reason is that they’re super power sensitive. However, in many cases, Sony has listed Walkman models with a lower continuous music playback than the iPod.
- Features: As various models feature varying specifications, there is one thing that the Walkman has in every one of its models: A FM Radio. You can’t disregard the importance of radio to listening to music.
- Price: Apple products are known for being somewhat of luxury gadgets. With that being said, the utility of these devices can’t be compared without a specific model comparison.
From the general comparison, a Sony Walkman ranks significantly better than its competition.
How to Download Music on an MP3 Sony Walkman?
By simply connecting your Sony Walkman to your computer via a USB cable, you can download music to your MP3 player. Additionally, music can be transferred with the software that comes with your Walkman, or you can transfer them manually with File Explorer. Walkman can store audiobooks, data, and video.
Step 1: Plug in the USB Cord
Your Sony Walkman will come with a USB cord. Take it and connect your computer and music player. Turn the Walkman on. You will now see your device’s name pop up under the Computer section of Windows Explorer.
Step 2: Use Sony Software to Transfer Music
Sony software runs automatically after your Walkman is plugged in and turned on. If it doesn’t run like this, locate the Setup.exe file in the software folder and double click on it. Sony Walkman seamlessly syncs with Windows Media Player without any extra click. Any music not existing in your Media Player Library has to be transferred manually.
Step 3: Transfer Music Manually
Any music downloaded from the internet goes straight into the Downloads folder, unless directed otherwise. Transfer any other music you wish to transfer to your Walkman into the Downloads folder. This makes the move easier as the whole collection is in one place.
Open another window and start the music directory on your Sony Walkman. All MP3 players have a distinct style of accessing the music directory. Follow the instructions for your particular model to access the folder containing the music. Alternatively, you can open Windows Explorer to locate the player under the computer section. Copy and paste the music from the folder to the Walkman after the music directory has been opened.
Step 4: Unplugging and Playing
When the transfer is done, disconnect the USB cable. You can now play the transferred music on your Sony Walkman. If you experience any technical issues, contact Sony Support.
How to play Spotify Music on Sony Walkman?
Many Spotify or Sony Walkman users have one question: Can Spotify be played on Sony Walkman? Yes, but you can’t use the Spotify app for it. Spotify needs a device connected to the internet that can run a run Spotify app. Unfortunately, Sony Walkman can’t be found in the compatibility list. So, how can you play Spotify music on Sony Walkman? Many Spotify fans like downloading and transferring music to their Sony Walkman and enjoy the best music on the go, when they’re traveling or running, or out of internet reach. To fix this issue, a third-party converter needs to be used to unlock Spotify DRM and move Spotify music into the music players supporting formats like MP3, FLAC, AAC, etc.
Follow this step-to-step guide on how to convert Spotify music to MP3 before transferring them to your Sony Walker with apps like Ondesoft Spotify Converter or TuneMobie Spotify Music Converter.
1. Run the Spotify Converter
Pick a converter of your choice. Download, install and run it. Make sure your computer has the Spotify app installed before all that.
2. Import songs from Spotify to the Convertor
There are a few ways you can do this depending on the app. Firstly; some converters feature drag-and-drop where you can drag your preferred song right from the Spotify app and wait for it to convert. Secondly, use a link to download the song. Right-click on the song, a playlist, or an album, and go to the “Share” option. Click on “Copy Song/Playlist/Album Link” to acquire the link and revert to the main interface of the converter. Find “Add files” and click on it to reveal a blank bar somewhere across the screen, paste the link, and press Add.
3. Choose output format
You can choose your desired output format, bitrate, sample rate, and output folder from the Options section. For output format, choose between MP3, WAV, FLAC, and M4A; Bitrate: 128kbps, 256kbps, 320kbps, or 512kbps; Sample Rate; 22050hz, 44100hz, or 48000hz; Output Folder: Whichever you prefer.
4. Start Converting
After finishing with the above guidelines, click on the Convert button to begin the conversion. You can find all the converted DRM-free Spotify music in the History section upon completion of the conversion.
5. Transfer Spotify songs to Sony Walker
Just like with transferring any other songs from your computer, connect your music player to your computer via the USB cable. Find and drag-and-drop the output folder into the “music” folder of the Walkman.
Top 10 Sony Walkman MP3 Player In 2021
10. NWE394/B 8GB Walkman MP3 Player
This particular Walkman from the NWZ-E390 features an ergonomic shape embellished with one textured graphics wrap. Thanks to the 8 GB, it can store a house of music and photos. A 1.77” lightning-fast display allows a great view of the screen. Enjoy up to 35 hours of playback with a single charge. Other features include playlist compatibility, alarm and timer function, earbud-style headphones included, and the usual, USB cable inclusion.
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9. Walkman NW-A105 16GB MP3 Player
One of the sleekest designs on this list, the NW-A105 boasts precision engineering to improve sound quality. Advancements in sound and design quality plus a premium aluminum frame to lower impedance as well as a gold-plated circuit board make this one of the most powerful selections that are nice to hold and easy on the eyes. The display size is 3.6” and you can enjoy up to 45 hours of music playback on one battery recharge.
8. NW-E394 Walkman 8GB with Knox Gear
The NW-E394 offers ClearAudio+ technology and a dynamic normalizer for some amazing hearing experience. Store a lot of music on the 8 GB internal memory and enjoy a maximum of 35 hours of music playback with one battery recharge. The display isn’t the biggest (1.77”) but the colorful QVGA/TFT feature overshadows that one con.
7. NW-WM1A 128GB Premium Walkman
Oxygen-free copper cabling on an aluminum chassis makes this one an elegant pick. Don’t spend too much time thinking about the looks as this also features a 128 GB internal memory, a huge range of supported audio formats including HE-AAC, DSD, WIFF, unbalanced and balanced connector, microSD memory card slot, restoration of audio fidelity with DSEE HX, and up to 30 hours of music playback.
6. NW-ZX507/S Walkman Hi-Res 64GB MP3 Player
With a massive 3.6’’ display, the ZXHO7/S impresses with volume and audio quality. The Hi-Res audio ensures the best audio output which is also backed up by precision engineering. Additionally, the S-Master HX digital amplifier takes the sound quality up another notch. The only con would be the lower playback time – 20 hours for 128 kbps MP3 and 18 hours for 96 kHz FLAC Hi-res music.
5.NW-A55/B Walkman NW-A55 16GB MP3 Player
If you want a solid MP3 player without burning a hole in your pocket, go for this one. It has everything in any other decent Sony Walker Mp3 – Hi-Res Audio, S-Master HX digital amplifier, DSEE HX. And all that on 45 hours promised battery life! However, the touchscreen isn’t that great and you’ll find yourself relying on the buttons much more.
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4.NWE393/B 4GB Walkman MP3 Player
The small display size of 1.77” is made up of stellar audio output, thanks to the Sony Clear Audio Technologies. The ergonomic grip has a nice feel to it. You can dial in the sound depending on genre using the integrated 5-band equalizer. The biggest downside to this model is the 4 GB internal storage which means you won’t be able to store a ton of files.
3.NW-A55 16GB High-Resolution Digital Music Player
Featuring a decent 3.1” display, the NW-155 impresses with audio performance and visuals equally. The 16 GB internal memory plus Sony’s reliable sound improvements make this a worthy addition to the list. We truly enjoy the user-friendly interface that seamlessly pairs up with any other device. This model comes with a Grayish Black body that always looks chic.
2.NW-A55 16GB High-Resolution Digital Music – Twilight Red
The same as the one mentioned just before, this particular version of NW-A55 catches eyes and hearts with the soft yet vibrant light coral to red color. Upon fine-tuning the music quality, you can have one of the best hearing experiences. The battery life is very impressive, so we think this one is an overall win. Choose whichever color you like more.
1.Digital Audio Player Walkman NW-WM1A B
One of the pricier models that’s packed with features; the NW-WM1A starts you off with a huge 128 GB of internal memory. Feel free to store all the music and files you want. And despite the bulky size and display, it only weighs 1.34 pounds. The driving power is truly amazing and the sound quality doesn’t disappoint for the price point. We’d especially like to point out the great details and incredible mid-range vocal output.
We hope this guide will help you make an informed decision to improve your listening experience. Consider your budget and the pros and cons of any Sony Walkman before making the purchase. Our favorites won’t let you down!