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I did buy a cheapie MP3 player, then instantly regretted it. So I read the reviews for this one, which were somewhat mixed, but decided to go for it anyway. It does sound infinitely better than the cheap one it replaced and is perfectly adequate and acceptable. The earphones provided are acceptable, but some better ones would probably produce an even better experience. The odd thing is setting up playlists using "Music centre for PC", it seems less than intuitive to set up a playlist directly on the device, so I used the recommended software. To be fair, I now have umpteen working playlists, but it took me a while to get my head round doing it... good luck :-) Anyway, when walking our deranged Springer Spaniel I can now listen to whatever as the doggy gets covered in mud. The FM radio also works very well and does not break up and sound like the audio of a chip shop. With the addition of some Betron earphones, it is fantastic !!!!
The most annoying thing is that there's no instruction manual, despite what the documentation says. The so-called "Instruction Manual" is just a sheet of paper with the usual safety nonsense. There is a manual on the web though. The FM radio auto-scan function didn't work for me. In fact you can press & hold the up/down arrows and it will stop at the next station. I can't see that in the Manual, even on the web! There is no option to rename FM presets. If you create a new one, all subsequent presets are renumbered. I haven't tried the headphones, as I have purchased this as a present, but I wouldn't expect much. It sounds acceptable on decent headphones though. Very disappointing that you cannot add any extra memory, when this is possible on players a third of the price.
Bought to replace previous model which was no longer being supported by Sony so couldn't add new or delete any music-still works perfectly though after about 10 years or so of regular use. The included earbuds on this new model are a diappointment and terrible fit for my ears so had to buy new ones. Unit no longer has noise cancelling feature which I miss for air travel but now has bigger more legible screen. Also wish it had bluetooth, more convenient for workouts but still all in all this is a good quality unit that will last for years sold at reasonable price.