This flashy design mp3 player may be worth a try. Sony misses the market leadership it had when the Discman and the Walkman were the hottest thing ever, so it still tries to get ahead with in the wide Mp3 player pool, and it does so successfully.
Why? The sound quality of this Sony Walkman E-340 8 GB is astounding, exceptional, and it easily outbests the iPod in those regards. You can listen to songs and even rock concerts and you will inevitably feel that you are there, in the place the track was recorded! This is because of the 5-channel equalizer feature.
However, the interface is what ruins all. The fast forward and fast rewind feature is the most troublesome. If you hold down any of those buttons for a long time, the speed of increasing or decreasing the speed of the song is terribly slow.
Sony Walkman E-340 Video MP3 Player troubleshooting
One trick to overcome this, though, is to pause the track and then you can fast forward or fast rewind a little faster. Other issue is that when you’re listening to a track, the total track length isn’t displayed, neither a countdown to the end of it. The playlists can only be created when you’re not listening to anything.
These silly defects are completely unnecessary, careless and have no excuse. If you want to deliver a better product, it’s not about the sound quality only but about the whole experience. That would have marked a more significant competitive difference with iPod and similar others. At least you can search through music in organized folders, or you have the tag structure, which is very functional.
Using Sony Walkman E-340 Video MP3 Player
If you have a PC, you can use Windows Media Player or similar to transfers songs, concerts or audiobooks to the player with no issues, other than the fact that Windows Media Player changes the cover image and the track titles if they are not registered within the Microsoft server, thus set yourself for a mess.
Yet, the price is adequate for what it offers ($75) and an interesting warranty of 2-3 years in which you can replace it entirely for an additional fee. I don’t know how useful would this be if new, more sophisticated models come to the market in less than this time period (and we know it does!), but to each his own.