Sony NW-HD1

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  1. MacMyDay macrumors regular

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    Sony's MP3 player. Merely a quick question: will it work a Mac? I know, I know, I should buy an iPod, blah blah. But everyone has one now! You can't walk 10 yards down the street in London and find someone without an iPod. And I've got a 20GB one, thus fancied a change.
     
  2. BrianKonarsMac macrumors 65816

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    no i dont think it will since sony requires using the atrac format (sony only) and mac's have nothing to do with atrac (require's sony's propietary software sonic stage to encode atrac files). so no, it's not happening, stupid sony. nice player otherwise, but gimped by sony's ignorance.
     
  3. MacMyDay thread starter macrumors regular

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    I recall reading in many sources (their website included - Sony.co.uk) that it plays MP3s....I know that their figure of 13,000 is based upon their crap encoding, though. What I wanted to know was whether I'd just plug it in and be away.

    Sony.co.uk
     
  4. Gee macrumors 65816

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    How about just investing in some non-white headphones?
     
  5. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    NW-HD1 cannot play MP3 files. The companion software (Sony SoundStage, for Wintel only) can re-encode MP3 files to ATRAC3plus and move those out to the player.

    In their press releases, Sony specifically list Mac and NEC PC-98 as platforms that are not compatible with the player.
     
  6. MacMyDay thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks muchly. Guess it's an iPod then (with the different headphones ;))
     
  7. FelixDerKater macrumors 68000

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    It isn't that ugly compared to Sony's other offerings. Still, I prefer the vertical aligment of the LCD screen.
     
  8. BrianKonarsMac macrumors 65816

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    sony's software turns mp3s into atrac files. sony is adding direct mp3 support to it's flash based players...no word on their hard drive based solutions. **** sony. let them hemhorrage money out their ass. they deserve it for screwing their customer base for so long. sony = more expensive for less features, but they sell because it has the sony brand name, which used to be respected (still is in some circles).
     

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