Getting started with your Sony WALKMAN

Find out how to transfer music from a CD to your computer and then listen to it on your WALKMAN. You can listen to music, organise your music collection and store your photos and videos on your WALKMAN.

But before you get started, you'll need to check the following:

  • Your Operating System (OS) - you will need to be using Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or later) or Windows Vista
  • Windows Media Player - you will need version 10 or later installed on your computer.

Don't have Windows Media Player?
You will find it on the CD that came with your WALKMAN, or you can download the latest version here.


Transfer music from a CD to your computer

Before you start putting music on your WAKLMAN, you'll need to make sure it's stored on your computer first. You can transfer music from CDs to your computer using Windows Media Player - just follow the simple steps below:

  1. Open Windows Media Player
  2. Insert an audio CD into the CD drive and click the Rip tab in Windows Media Player
  3. Once the songs have been ripped, you'll find them under the Library tab

By default, Windows Media Player will automatically begin ripping songs from the CD. You can turn this off by visiting the options menu.

If you're connected to the internet while you're ripping songs, Windows Media Player will connect to its database and update information about all your songs such as title and artist. You can add this in manually later so don't worry if you're not online.

You can also choose not to rip certain songs - just un-check the boxes on the left of the track title and Windows Media Player will ignore these tracks.

Choose the format and bit rate of your files

You can also select a different format or bit rate for the files when they're saved to your computer. Just click the arrow under the Rip tab and select either the Format or Bit rate command. The lower the bit rate, the smaller the files will be, however this also leads to poorer quality audio.

Transfer your music to your WALKMAN

Now you've got some music stored on your computer, you can plug in your WALKMAN and transfer your songs to take them with you wherever you go.

First, you'll need to plug your WALKMAN into your computer

  1. Open Windows Media Player and click the sync tab
  2. Use the connection cable that came with your WALKMAN and plug the USB connector into your computer and the other end into your WALKMAN
  3. If this is the first time you've used your WALKMAN it may need to charge but once it's got enough battery the Device Setup Wizard will start. You can now edit and personalize your device name in the window.
  4. Click finish

Your WALKMAN should now be synced with your computer so you're ready to start transferring music. When your device is plugged in, you should see your WALKMAN in the navigation pane in Windows Media Player.

Transferring your music automatically

You can set Windows Media Player to sync music to your WALKMAN automatically every time you plug in your device.

To turn this feature on or off

  1. Click the arrow under the sync tab,
  2. Point to the WALKMAN and click Set Up Sync
  3. You can now check or uncheck the box next to sync this device automatically
  4. Click finish - Windows Media Player will now transfer your entire music library every time you plug in

If your library is bigger than the storage capacity on your WALKMAN, you may only want to transfer a select number of songs to your device. You can do this in the Set Up Sync menu - simply select your playlists on the left hand side and click add. The playlists you have chosen to sync will now be displayed on the right hand side.

Using the arrows underneath your chosen playlists, you can choose an order of preference so if your WALKMAN is full, Windows Media Player will add music based on the priorities you have set.

You can also check the box next to Shuffle what syncs and Windows Media Player will select what to sync at random each time you plug in.

Transferring your music manually

If you don't want your music to transfer to your WALKMAN automatically, you can do it manually. Just follow the steps below to transfer music from your media library to your WALKMAN

  1. Open Windows Media Player and click the Sync tab
  2. Click and drag songs, albums or playlists to the navigation pane on the right hand side. A list will now be populated with all the songs ready to sync with your WALKMAN
  3. Once you've chosen all the songs you want to transfer, click the button at the bottom of the list.
  4. Once the process is complete, your computer will ask you to disconnect your WALKMAN

If you've placed items in the list ready to be synced, but change your mind and decide not to transfer them, you can right click on the item and select Remove from List.

You can also ask Windows Media Player to create a random list of items to sync with your WALKMAN. Just click the arrow under the Sync tab, point at WALKMAN and click shuffle music. You can then click the sync button to transfer that selection to your WALKMAN.

Create and edit playlists

By creating your own playlists, you can group any combination of songs, videos, or pictures into a list that you can then quickly play, burn to a CD, or sync to your WALKMAN.

You can also use playlists created by other users or provided by online stores, and edit them to suit your own interests.

To create a playlist:

  1. Click the Library tab in Windows Media Player
  2. Click and drag items into the list pane on the right hand side to add them to your playlist. If the list is already full before you do this, you can clear it by clicking .
  3. Arrange your items in order by dragging them up or down in the list
  4. Click and type a name for your new playlist when prompted

Your new playlist will now be visible in the left hand navigation pane under the Playlists view.

To edit a playlist:

  1. Click the Library tab and then click playlists in the left hand navigation pane
  2. Click the playlist you want to edit and click
  3. You can now remove, rearrange or shuffle items in your playlist by right clicking on them and choosing the appropriate function.

Automatically create playlists of your favourite songs

To create playlists of your favourite items you can ask Windows Media Player to only add songs with the highest ratings.

To turn this feature on, click the arrow below the Library tab, and then click Add Favourites to List When Dragging.

The next time you drag a genre or album to the list, only your favourite songs will be added to the playlist.

You can also manually populate the favourites list. Just right click a category such as an album or genre in the Details pane, point to Add to, and then click Untitled Playlist (Favourites only). This will add the whole album or genre to your favourites list.

Skip items in your playlists

Windows Media Player can help keep your playlists up to date by removing songs you don't listen to. You can ask it to remove items you've skipped when listening to a playlist so they won't appear next time.

When you've finished listening to your playlist you will see the following prompt:

By choosing Remove from the playlist you'll automatically remove those songs you didn't listen to.

You can choose your skipping preferences by clicking the arrow under the List button and pointing to skipped items. Here you can choose to turn off the prompt shown in the picture above, or ask Windows Media Player to skip during payback - this will stop playing skipped tracks when a playlist is on repeat.

Organise your media library

The media library is the central hub where you can organise, find and play your music, videos, photos and other media.

Whenever you add new items to the library, they are automatically grouped by categories such as artist, genre and album.

Adding media to your library

By default, Windows Media Player automatically searches certain folders on your computer for digital media files and adds them to your library. If you want to add files from other folders, you can specify where Windows Media Player should search to find new media content.

Follow the simple steps below to add new content to your media library:

  1. Click the arrow below the Library tab, and then click Add to Library
  2. In the Add to Library dialog box, click one of the options shown below
    • My personal folders - these are your personal Music, Video and Picture folders on your computer as well as public folder you have access to.
    • My folders and those of others that I can access - use this to add your personal folders, public folders and those of other users on your computer
  3. Click Advanced Options to set other criteria such as asking Windows Media Player to ignore files smaller than a certain size, or to remove items from the list of monitored folders.
  4. Click Finish.

Finding items in your library

You can organise your library by media types, library categories and library views so you'll always be able to find what you're looking for.

To browse your library

  1. Click the Library tab
  2. On the address bar, click the Select a category button, and then select the media type you want to view (for example, Music, Pictures, or Video )
  3. In the Navigation pane, expand the Library category, and then click a view such as Artist. By default, only a limited number of category views are displayed. If you want to show additional views, right click Library, and then click Show More Views.
  4. Items you have chosen are shown in the Details pane as shown in the picture below. Just double click on an item to start playing it.

You can also customise how items are shown in the Details pane:

  • Click the Library tab
  • Click View Options
  • Select the display you want from the list shown

Search for an item

If you have thousands of items in your library, the search function is a quick and easy way to find what you need

  1. Click the Library tab
  2. On the address bar, click Select a category and then select the media type you want to view (for example, music, pictures, or video)
  3. In the search box, type the text you want to find
  4. Items matching your search will be displayed in the Details pane. If you use an online store integrated into your library, their results may also appear in the search results.

Storing other file types on your WALKMAN

Your WALKMAN is not just for storing and listening to music - it can also store other computer data on its built-in flash memory.

When the WALKMAN is connected to your computer, it will appear as [WALKMAN] in Windows Explorer. You can drag and drop files into the folders on your WALKMAN:

  • If you are saving videos onto your WALKMAN, you should save them in the folder called VIDEOS.
  • If you are saving photos to your WALKMAN, you should save them in either the PICTURE or DCIM folders.
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