Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sony Walkman Review and Giveaway

Many moons ago, I had a Sony Walkman:





can you see the cassette tape in there??  and how can you miss the headphones??

Thanks to the lovely folks at Sony, which is the official music player of the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series, I had the chance to try out the Walkman W-Series Runner, a cord free, water resistant player.  It has 2 GB of memory, and when it's fully charged, it lasts up to 11 hours.



You charge the player by plugging it into a computer, and it has a little plastic case for storage.  I wasn't sure if I would be able to put my iTunes library onto it, but I found out that I could.  I downloaded the software that came with the player, which includes Content Transfer, a way to drag and drop music from iTunes onto the player, and it was easy to do.  You can also use Windows Media or Windows Explorer to drag and drop your music onto the player.

When I put the unit on, it took a little bit to get used to, at first I thought it would fall off, but it stayed put.  It comes with three sets of earbuds, small, medium and large.  I didn't realize how tiny my ears are, because the small worked best for me. 



The set is held together by a magnet, and it turns on when you separate them.  There are tiny controls on the right side, to select music and to control the volume.  The left side has a shuffle button.  I tested it out on a three mile run, after a few minutes I stopped running and took my earrings out, because they were causing a clicking noise.  After I got moving again, I started shaking my head like I was dancing in a club (a club? what's that?) I shook it up and down and side to side to see if the unit would fall off, but it didn't!  The sound quality was excellent, and I liked how I didn't have to deal with wires dangling from my ears, connecting to the player I wear on my arm.  There have been times when I'll be pumping my arms and one will land on a wire and yank the bud out of my ear, which really annoys me.  I did have to steady my hand against my cheek to push the buttons, but that was only because I was moving.

There is also a feature called ZAPPIN Playback, where it plays short clips of the most rhythmical sections of your music, so I guess you could use that mode if you have an especially tough run that you need motivation for.  Overall, this player did the job, and I really like the fact that if it starts raining, I don't have to worry about it getting ruined.

And now, giveaway time...I have two players to give away!

To enter, please visit Sony Style, the website where you can purchase the player, look around, and let me know what intrigued you.

For additional entries (please leave a separate comment for each):

1. tell me your absolute favorite song to work out to.
2. be a friend of my blog.
3. I've been spending more time on Twitter lately, so for another entry, follow me @MollySBaker
4. share the giveaway details on facebook, your blog, or send out this tweet:

check out the @SonyElectronics Walkman #giveaway on @MollySBaker’s blog http://tinyurl.com/4olsmuj

5. like Sony on Twitter here, or on facebook, here.


Giveway ends midnight ET on Sunday March 13th.  I'll choose two winners using random.org.  Good Luck!


*note, I was provided with a player for the purpose of this review, the opinions on the product are my own.



189 comments:

Mike said...

I follow your blog and try your recipes! Thanks.

Mike said...

I listen to Enigma a lot. My favortie song from them is 'Invisible Love'.

Brittney said...

I'm definitely intrigued by the W series player. I have a lot of issues with headphones/cords. I have an IPOD nano (old school one), and it's hard to figure out where to clip it so that the headphones reach. Also, the headphones I have came with these rubber thingies over the ear pieces that muffle the sound of the music. I'd love to try the W series player you have to see if that works for me.

madeline said...

Those players look cool, I haven't seen anything like them before. They'd be great for my runs in the rain! I just went to Sony's website and enjoyed browsing their blu-ray movie selection as well as their DIgital Reader. Looks up to par to the Kindle.

Brittney said...

My favorite song to run to is probably "Lovers in Japan" by Coldplay. Great beat, great lyrics, totally motivating :)

Stacey said...

I follow your blog

madeline said...

Hmm, absolute favorite song? Actually, I like running to the Amelie soundtrack, it has a unique rhythm and mood that makes for a different running experience!

Brittney said...

I follow your blog!

Brittney said...

I follow you on Twitter too!

Stacey said...

I love listening to Lady Gaga while I run..

Stacey said...

I follow you on Twitter

JenniferLeah said...

cool! I guess it's no longer 1984 with the Walkman :)
I went to the site a looked around and know what intrigued me most? (don't laugh)
PS2 games are still available!! hubby and I used to love to play it (before baby) and I just figured since PS3 was out...well. Guess we can get some toddler friendly games!

Stacey said...

I liked Sony on FB & Twitter

JenniferLeah said...

my favorite song to workout to? right now it's Raise Your Glass by P!nk. It's just so dancey and fun

JenniferLeah said...

Im a friend :)

JenniferLeah said...

I already follow you on Twitter!! I saw this there and not on my feed! ha

JenniferLeah said...

will tweet and link on my blog

Heather said...

I like the Under Cabinet Kitchen CD Clock Radio!

misszippy said...

LOVE that picture!! I won one of these last year, so don't enter me, but I'll post it on my blog.

trifitmom said...

i thought the reader pocket edition was intriguing

Heather said...

I'm a friend of your blog :)

Heather said...

I like follow Sony on Twitter

Stefanie said...

My Favorite song to work out to has got to be Perfect Day by Hoku!

Heather said...

I follow you on Twitter (@wonderfeather)

Stefanie said...

I am a friend of your blog!!

Stefanie said...

I am a Fan of Sony on Facebook!

J said...

A few people at work have those headphones and they look pretty cool! Sony has come out with some pretty cool stuff - I know that the PS3 is on our wedding registry for Brian.

Stefanie said...

And I posted about you on my facebook! http://www.facebook.com/#!/stefaniers

J said...

At the moment my current favorite song to workout to is "I like it" and "tonight" By Enrique.

Suzy said...

I don't run to music as much these days. But, when I do "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" always puts a spring in my step. Weird, I know!

Suzy said...

I'm a friend of your blog. Great giveaway!

Suzy said...

I'm now following on Twitter.

Suzy said...

I like Sony on FB.

Emz said...

I follow!

I so love walkmans!!

Emz said...

Fav song: "Hot tottie" - don't judge. ;)

Freddy's Ready said...

..1 of Many: "Lux Aeterna", by Clint Mansell!

Jayden Rodriguez said...

I like Sony on Facebook! :D

Jayden Rodriguez said...

Looking through the Sony Style pages, I can't believe that so much stuff is available for consumer 3D! It's crazy. I've never really been into the 3D scene, and the prices are awfully high, but the hype and the money I imagine they're making off of it alone sounds pretty awesome. Also, Internet TV has me intrigued. I saw that Google's already into that, but if Sony markets it with their televisions, they have a chance to compete with it.

Jayden Rodriguez said...

I really like Trapt's "Headstrong" for working out to. It gives me that sort of vigour only wanting to put somebody in their place can do. xD That or, if I'm walking, something I can comfortably march to. >.>

rhumen said...

followed on Twitter

Freddy's Ready said...

.Sony Forever!.

rhumen said...

tweeted

rhumen said...

like sony on facebook

Sebastian ,,,,,,ιη.ѕαηє ∂яυηкαя∂ ● said...

Favourite Song : Alejandro by @Ladygaga

I m Already a fan of Sony in facebook : Facebook name - Rajnikant Sebastian xalxo

Im also following them in twitter @cooldudeforu & Now following U , Following ur blog as well :D

with thanks

Rajnikant
Thanks

Jayden Rodriguez said...

Just made you my friend as "Jayden R." This blog is awesome, right? D:

dclugston said...

These headphones intrigued me.

dclugston said...

I follow your blog..it's great

dclugston said...

I love to run to anything by The Black Eyed Peas

dclugston said...

I follow you on twitter.

@dianeclugston

dclugston said...

I tweeted about the giveaway.

Michelle said...

I'm a friend of your blog :)

Michelle said...

I'm definitely intrigued by this Walkman - I'm always knocking my earbuds out because of the wires!

Michelle said...

I also follow you on twitter (@RunAttitude)

Michelle said...

Just added your giveaway to my blog sidebar!

Michelle said...

Favorite song? It changes...at the moment it's "Glamorous" by Fergie :)

Ryan said...

Lately I have run to a GirlTalk mix. it is upbeat, and has good running tempo stuff (slower than 180 bpm, sorry coach). Explicit lyrics, but eh. what can you do?

Ryan said...

I follow you.

Ryan said...

I tweet your giveaway.

Ryan said...

I like sony on facebook.

Ryan said...

i follow sony on twitter.

Ryan said...

i now follow you on twitter. I feel like a stalker.

Joshua said...

follow on u twitter

Joshua said...

i follow sony on twitter and facebook

Joshua said...

Favourite song -if your getting down - five

Jenna Z said...

Favoriet workout/running song: Don't Stop Me Now by Queen!

Jenna Z said...

I follow your blog.

Kelley said...

I like the W series player, so it would be a perfect match if I win!

Kelley said...

I follow your blog

Kelley said...

I follow you on twitter

Kelley said...

I tweeted the giveaway @momentsinalife

sassy black neighbor said...

I love working out to Sugarhill Gang's Apache!

sassy black neighbor said...

Following your blog!

sassy black neighbor said...

Following @mollysbaker on twitter!

sassy black neighbor said...

Tweeted giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/sassblckneighbr/status/43086783923224576

sassy black neighbor said...

Following Sony on twitter

sassy black neighbor said...

Following Sony on facebook!

Anonymous said...

i had one of these because i had a wired headphone mp3 player in the past and it kept getting snagged in the woods. these worked fine for about a year till one day i was running for about 4 miles. i got all sweaty and the headphones refused to work after that. too bad. they were really good till then.

Mona said...

I'm a follower of your blog!

Mona said...

My current favorite song to work out to is Firework by Katy Perry!

Mona said...

I totally love the W series cord free Walkman.

Angie Bee said...

I looked around their site and honestly I just need a music playing device :) I still don't have an MP3 player and would really like one for the last of the miles on a long run or for traveling which is coming up soon!

Angie Bee said...

I follow your lovely blog :)

Angie Bee said...

right now I am diggin Dog Days by Florence and the Machine!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWOyfLBYtuU

Angie Bee said...

I follow you on twitter!

Angie Bee said...

I tweeted :)

Angie Bee said...

I like sony on facebook!

Angie Bee said...

I posted a link to my blogs sidebar

Luke said...

I went to the website and am intrigued by that fact that I keep entereing contests to win this thing.

Luke said...

Right now my favorite weightroom song is drop the world by Lil Wayne

Luke said...

I sent the tweet

Luke said...

Follor of your blog, I even have a bumper sticker to prove it.

Luke said...

Follow you on twitter

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

in no particular order...
I linked you on my blog

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

i am a google connect friend

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

right now Firecracker is my fav song

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

the most exciting sony product to me is the internet tv!!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

wohoo on twitter, i follow you @runtothefinish

Julie said...

Hi Molly,
Yes, I am a faithful follower!

Julie said...

My favorite music to workout with...anything by ACDC. I also like the song Raise Your Glass by Pink and anything Katy Perry:)

Julie said...

I did get the bumper sticker in the mail a few weeks ago!! Thank you so much....totally on my van:) Hugs!

Julie said...

The Bloggie Touch Camera looks pretty neat. I keep meaning to buy an inexpensive video recorder but just haven't found one I like. This one could be it!

Julie said...

I'm a follower.

Julie said...

I really love to work out with Lady Gaga songs. Poker Face is just so catchy! :) My 2nd fave is Bon Jovi.

Penny said...

I like the Bravia Sony tv.

Penny said...

My favorite music is by Usher, DJ GOT US FALLING IN LOVE. Got to love Usher.

Penny said...

I am a follower

Annie said...

Went to the site, honestly the only thing that would intrigue me is the wireless headset. I have issues with my wires.

Penny said...

I posted giveaway on my fb page

Annie said...

My favorite song to run to is Everlong by the Foo Fighters.

Penny said...

I posted giveaway on my blog

Penny said...

I like SONY on fb

Annie said...

Followed you on Twitter

Annie said...

Retweeted your tweet

Annie said...

Liked Sony of Facebook.

One Crazy Penguin said...

I'm a friend :)

One Crazy Penguin said...

I follow on twitter :)

Colleen said...

Hey Molly! :) I looked at the Sony site - too many good things. I love that all of their MP3 players work with multiple music providers! Finally! :)

Colleen said...

I'm a friend

Colleen said...

I have the weirdest mix right now playing, but I love anything by the Black Eyed Peas

Colleen said...

I'm a twitter follower!

Name: Holly Bowne said...

I had a Walkman!!! Man, I loved that thing. You're probably going to laugh, but in order to run with it on, I actually used to wear a belt around my waist. (I mean like a real belt!) It just seemed like whenever I clipped the walkman to my running shorts they were just too flimsy to keep it secure when I ran.

I rarely read product reviews, Molly, but this sounds AWESOME! I do the same thing you do and get annoyed when my hand hits the cord and yanks the earphone out of my ear when I'm working out with my iPod. This product sounds totally cool!

Erika said...

most intrigued by NO wires...that's a win!

Erika said...

i'm a follower!

Erika said...

slightly obessed with the eminem song til i collapse and brittney spears new song...but for some reason i'm drawing a blank on the name of it right now..:/

Name: Holly Bowne said...

I checked out Sony's site, and I'd have to say that the two things that interested me most were the Bloggie Touch Camera, which looks totally cool, and the Network Media Player. (Yes, we are a family that still cannot stream videos, or record missed shows.)

Name: Holly Bowne said...

1. Uh...favorite song? I only get to choose one?! Hmmm...I love to do my warmup/cool down to the theme music from the movie "August Rush." Other than that, it's too difficult to say!

Name: Holly Bowne said...

2. I'm already one of your bloggie friends. :o)

Name: Holly Bowne said...

3. I had no idea I wasn't following you on Twitter already! Situation remedied!

Jill said...

I'm a blog friend!

Jill said...

My latest favorite song is: Grenade by Bruno Mars.

Cynthia O'H said...

I'm a friend and I love this contest. I've been looking for a wireless but haven't had any luck up here (people in stores just look at me blankly). I just picked up a shuffle to try it out but I have a feeling that the wires are going to drive me mad.
I'll be back later to do the other parts to this great, great contest.

Karen said...

I'm a follower.

Karen said...

I listen to lots of different music when I run. Right now, my favorite song is probably Bang Bang by K'Naan featuring Adam Levine.

Allison said...

I have so many favorite songs to work out too!! One of my all time fav running songs is proud mary..... it starts of slow and then progressively gets fast so its great when you need to pick up the pace!

Allison said...

I'm a friend

Allison said...

I follow you on twitter (@allie0622)

Allison said...

On my blog!

Allison said...

I follow sony!

Allison said...

and I tweeted (@allie0622)

bobbi said...

I follow!

bobbi said...

I like sony on fb...

bobbi said...

Anything by Paramore, but my favorites are misery business, crushcrushcrush, or brick by boring brick.

bobbi said...

I loathe my ipod cord - I would LOVE to try these!

Sheridan Lee said...

Already a friend...

Sheridan Lee said...

I love "Too Much Time On My Hands" by Styx!

Sheridan Lee said...

Shared on my blog...

Sheridan Lee said...

Shared on my Facebook...

Sheridan Lee said...

I always forget to charge my ipod, so I love how you only have to charge this one for 3 minutes for a 90 minute charge.

Alanna said...

I really want the new Cyber Shot TX10. Who doesn't need a small waterproof camera to take on their runs?

Alanna said...

Right now it's Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) by My Chemical Romance. Makes me feel super-speedy!

Alanna said...

I already follow your blog. :)

Alanna said...

Linked to my sidebar @ running42km.blogspot.com

Kelly said...

Cool Giveaway! I've been yearning for a slimmer, sleaker laptop, so that is definitely what caught my eye.

Kelly said...

I am a friend. And a friend of the blog.

Kelly said...

I follow you on Twitter.

Kelly said...

I tweeted this giveaway.

Algenonn Matlock said...

i like "eve" by orgy. and i liked that limited edition metal gear solid walkman when it was out.

loadstone007 said...

I absolutely love everything Sony. Almost my entire equipment is Sony (they don't sell kitchen wares yet), and I love working out. My favorite song to work out to is Scissor Sisters - Fire With Fire. It gives great motivation.

Thanks for the review, and I hope to win one of those headphones! :)

SupermomE12 said...

I went to Sony Style and I love so many things. The Walkman MP3 is what I would want the most since I hate cords when I run, but my kids love all the PS3 stuff and their little video cameras look great. :)

SupermomE12 said...

My absolute favorite running song is Christina Aguilera's "Fighter"

SupermomE12 said...

I am a new follower of your blog

SupermomE12 said...

I posted about your giveaway on my blog. :)
Erin
http://seemomrunfar.blogspot.com/

SupermomE12 said...

I liked Sony on facebook

Staci said...

I am intrigued by the armband radio and the return of the cassette player.

Staci said...

I follow your blog

Staci said...

I love working out to "Push me to the floor" by The Parlotones.

Steel Springs said...

Sony has a huge variety of products!. I saw a Bravia 3D TV in a store the other day and I thought it was amazing, so I looked that up on the website. They sell some gigantic televisions.

I also looked up headphones, since the sound just went out on the left side of my favorite pair (Sony).

Steel Springs said...

I have so many "favorite" workout songs, but '65 Mustang by Five for Fighting has been stuck in my head a lot lately. I heard this song at the concert after the Chicago RnR Half last summer and fell in love with it.

Steel Springs said...

I'm a follower.

Steel Springs said...

I'm now following you on Twitter (@runsteelsprings).

Steel Springs said...

I also started following @SonyElectronics.

Steel Springs said...

I tweeted the giveaway details.

Teamarcia said...

Since yet another iPod of mine bit the dust the other day, this comes at a good time. Follower of course!

Teamarcia said...

The W series player looks cool!

Teamarcia said...

My fave song, right now is Seal's Amazing.

Teamarcia said...

I linked you on my blog

Teamarcia said...

I follow you on Twitter

Teamarcia said...

I tweeted!

Kristen said...

I was intrigued that there are still ps2 games! How crazy...I thought that was phased out by now!

Kristen said...

I tweeted!

Kristen said...

I follow you on twitter

Kristen said...

My favorite song is: Rihanna - Only Girl

Kristen said...

I follow you!

Kristen said...

I like sony on twitter!

Mama Zen said...

I'm totally intrigued by the VAIO L Series All-in-One Touchscreen!

kelli at pfrog dot net

EricaH said...

i could really use a new camera so that Cyber-shot T99 would be sweet.

EricaH said...

Right now one of my favorite workout songs is Come Around by M.I.A

EricaH said...

i am a follower (friend) of your blog

EricaH said...

i follow you on twitter @erica_h