Sony’s attempt at revamping its connection software is not so impressive. It has met with widespread criticism over speed of transferral and stability since the Walkman hit the shops a few weeks ago, but I have to say I had no problems with it whatsoever on my XP-based machine. It performed the job of CD ripping to ATRAC and transferring music to the device with few hiccups
It’s no iTunes, though: it is both slow and cumbersome, it managed to get the album art mixed up in a couple of instances, and it took an absolute age (over an hour … no, really) to index all of the music on my system.
Despite the software, this Sony player is still an excellent piece of equipment. Sound quality, gorgeous design, superb battery life and ease of use make it the best high-capacity digital music player from the big S yet.
But is this 6GB device better than a 4GB nano? The answer, unfortunately for Sony, is a resounding no, notwithstanding the advantages I’ve just mentioned.
The nano not only looks as good, it also beats the Sony in virtually every other category. It’s smaller and has a colour screen, it has iTunes, it has Apple’s unbeatably easy-to-use click-wheel interface, and though it is 2GB lighter than the NW-A1000 and a tad more expensive, the fact that it is a flash memory device makes it a more attractive option, especially in the gym.