Friday, April 15, 2011

W Series Sony Walkman MP3 Player review and giveaway.

Folks, I'm not one to run with music. I've just never really liked it. I don't like things in or over my ears so headphones and earbuds are out for me.


Happy Runner husband, on the other hand, likes his tunes. And he likes to run with them.


So, when I was approached to review the Sony Walkman MP3 Player, I figured I would turn to him and he would give them a true test. He is, truth be told, a tough customer. Probably tougher than me.


The W series MP3 player is a one-piece player, so it is wire-free, and it is designed to be used during vigorous activity, like running. When we first opened the package, we were both struck by the design of the MP3 player. The W series is slick! Really slick. Just looking at it you can tell that some high-level engineering was going on in the development. Check it out:

MP3 player closed (turned off)


MP3 player ready for action!


























After we finished ogling the player, Owen decided to get it ready so he could use it during his lunchtime runs.


And here he met with the one downside of the player: He had a tough time using the software to load the music. The software isn't the most intuitive to use so it took a while to get rolling to load songs. But, once he got everything set up it was easy enough, it just took more effort than expected.


With his songs loaded, Owen took the player out for a run. Or 20. 


And, in short, he loved it. And continues to love it. He's found that the player fits well, stays in place on his head and ears, and is comfortable. The sound quality is excellent and the convenience of having the entire player right there on your head, with no wires and nothing to hold, is great. A real win in his book.


He's a bit bummed that he can't play entire albums using the player, however. He's an album guy and the player allows you to play on shuffle or using playlists. Since many runners use playlists for their runs, this probably isn't an issue. But, if you like to listen to albums in their entirety then you're out of luck.


Overall, the W series MP3 player gets a major thumbs-up! As I mentioned, Owen is a tough customer so for him to like it as much as he does tells me that it really is a good product. 


To buy:


The W series MP3 player retails for $59.99 at Sony but it is currently on backorder. Amazonhas the player on sale for $49.88 with free shipping.


To win:


Lucky you! I have TWO W series MP3 players to give away. And entering couldn't be easier. All you have to do is leave me a comment with your favorite running song and you'll be entered to win.


Additional entries:

As always, you can gain extra entries. Remember, though, you must complete the required entry first! (Leave one comment per entry for the additional ones to count):

  • Follow this blog, or let me know that you already do (leave a comment)
  • Become a fan of The Happy Runner on Facebook, or let me know that you already are (leave a comment)
  • Link to this giveaway from Facebook or Twitter (do as often as you'd like, just leave a comment each time)
  • Link to this giveaway from your blog (leave a comment with the url)
This giveaway will run through Thursday, April 21 at 11:59pm EST and the TWO winners will be announced on Friday.

Good luck!


And have a great weekend!


~ Felice



Review/giveaway disclosure: I received three W series MP3 players -- one to keep and two to give away. I was not otherwise compensated and the opinions expressed are entirely my own. You can read my disclosure statement HERE.


115 comments:

Karen said...

I'm a follower!

Croughwell said...

i am a follower

merrymishaps said...

I don't often run outdoors with music, but it's a necessity on the treadmill! And I'm always getting tangled in my headphone wires ...

My favorite run songs always change, but Green Day's Holiday is always up there.

Though lately, I've acquired a cheesy pop songs playlist. Hate to admit it, but Ke$ha and Katy Perry are pretty awesome to run to!

merrymishaps said...

I'm a follower!

Croughwell said...

I am a fan!

merrymishaps said...

I'm a FB fan!

Valerie said...

I am a follower!

Valerie said...

My favourite running song (at the moment) is Trooper by Iron Maiden

~K~ said...

Entry 1) fav running song: Light up the sky by the afters

~K~ said...

Entry 2) i follow you!

~K~ said...

Entry 3) I've liked The Happy Runner on facebk

The Q said...

Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes. :-)

The Q said...

Also--I'm a fan on FB. That's how I found out about your contest. :-)

Diana said...

I'm not an official runner...yet! But lately I like to work out to flyleaf songs.

Diana said...

I follow the blog!

Diana said...

FB fan too :)

Ashby Family said...

I follow you!

Ashby Family said...

I like you on Facebook!

DaysRun said...

I'm a follower of your blog.

DaysRun said...

I'm a fan on FB.

DaysRun said...

I love the 80's Hair Bands like Bon Jovi, Def Leppard...but I'd have to say Ozzy's "Crazy Train" is very motivating.

DaysRun said...

Passed along the information to my friends on FB.

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MrsJCH said...

entry 1: Favorite running song is Diary by the Ataris OR Good Charlotte The Anthem.

MrsJCH said...

I'm a follower!

Cécy said...

I yet have to find something I can run with that doesn't fall off my ears so I'm curious about this one.
Now since I dont' run with music I don't really have a favorite song, but I love to workout on Gorillaz at home.

Leah said...

I'm a follower!

Leah said...

I am also a FB fan!

Val's Adventures said...

I am also curious about trying this out. The price seems pretty reasonable, no wonder it's on backorder on Amazon. My favorite running song is "hey ya" by outkast.

Val's Adventures said...

I'm a follower of your blog.

Val's Adventures said...

I'm a fan on facebook.

Val's Adventures said...

I've shared the link to your blog entry on the giveaway on my facebook page. I don't want too many of my friends to enter though. it will diminish my chances. :)

Karyn M. said...

Hmmmmm, my favorite running song is .... All the right moves by One Republic :)

Stacey said...

I already follow your blog.

Stacey said...

I already follow you on FB.

Stacey said...

Favorite song on my playlist right now is More by Usher.

Marlene said...

I have soooo many "favorite" songs. One that gets me going every time is Human by The Killers.

Marlene said...

I follow this blog.

Marlene said...

I'm a fan on FB

Sarah said...

I rarely run with music, but my sister does and her ipod was recently stolen! I would give this to her, if I win it. :)

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

My favorite running song is 2020 by Deltron 2020.

I LOVE the beat.

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

I follow you!

Melissa J. said...

Here It Goes Again by OK Go is one of my favorite treadmill running songs because it makes me smile thinking about the video.

Melissa J. said...

I am a follower.

Chris said...

I have lots of favorites, one of my faves is Under Pressure by Billy Joel

Chris said...

I follow :)

Chris said...

I am a facebook fan

f said...

Favorite running song
More, More More - Andrea True Connection

proudpatriot07 said...

My favorite running song is Don't Stop Believing by the Glee Cast :).

Amy Lauren
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proudpatriot07 said...

Also, I'm a google reader follower of your blog.

Amy Lauren
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Karly said...

Favorite running song is probably Black Eye Peas Let's get it Started!

RunningforTwo said...

I don't really run with music either but would love to give this one to my hubby who does also. I'm a follower.

RunningforTwo said...

I don't really run with music either but would love to give this one to my hubby who does also. Favorite work out song-- Robert Randolph's "I Need More Love" Song

LauraElaine said...

My favorite running song right now is Born This Way by Lady Gaga!

LauraElaine said...

I am a follower of your blog

LauraElaine said...

Follow on FB too!

LauraElaine said...

Linked on the sidebar of my blog: www.LauraElaineDesigns.blogspot.com

Bridget said...

My favorite running song - "I Kissed a Girl" by Katie Perry

Brian Murphy said...

Right Now by Van Halen

Catey said...

Lately my favorite song to run to is Perfect by Pink. I'm also really loving Amazing by Bruno Mars. Usually I need songs that are pretty quick to help me keep my pace, but I find that I'm loving these ones anyway!

Catey said...
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Catey said...

I am a follower

Catey said...

And I'm a fb fan as well!

Lulu and Ruby said...

currently my fav running song is "I Run for Life"

Lulu and Ruby said...

I'm a follower of your blog :)

Lulu and Ruby said...

I like you on FB

Selena said...

One of my favorite songs to run or exercise to is Footloose by Kenny Loggins. It gets me moving!

Selena said...

I'm a facebook fan

Selena said...

and I follow you on twitter :)

Clarice said...

I follow in Google reader.

Sammy said...

I am a facebook fan, I will be following you on twitter shortly and I read the blog everyday. Bulletproof by La Roux is my favorite song for busting through the toughest parts of a run!

Running Librarian said...

I like to run to anything by Emenem or Black Eye Peas

Running Librarian said...

I'm a follower

Running Librarian said...

tweeted

Kathryn said...

My favorite running song is "I'm a Believer", the Smash Mouth version, because it makes me think of the woman who inspired me to run.

I also like "Just Dance", Gaga.

Kathryn said...

I'm a follower.

HudkinsFamily said...

Fave running song isn't too well known, but it's a must for me: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals' SOME KINDA RIDE.

HudkinsFamily said...

I'm a follower!

HudkinsFamily said...

I'm a 'liker' of Happy Runner on FB!

HudkinsFamily said...

One more fave running song: Bangles HAZY SHADE OF WINTER (although songs about winter are about the last thing I want to listen to right now:)

HudkinsFamily said...

Totally love this post b/c I'm getting some great ideas for my playlist from all the comments ;)

Cécy said...

I follow.

JnetRuns said...

My favorite song right now is Viva la Vida by Coldplay.

JnetRuns said...

I'm a follower.

JnetRuns said...

Liked you on FB.

Suzy said...

I'm a follower of your blog.

Suzy said...

I'm a fan of THR on FB.

EricaH said...

i am a follower

EricaH said...

i linked on my blog

dclugston said...

I love to run to Pump It by the Black Eyed Peas

dclugston said...

I am a follower!

Anash said...

Mandatory Entry: my favorite runnite chant is WE will Rock You
Thanks for the opportunity!
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Anash said...

I follow google connect "anash"
Thank you kindly.
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Thanks!!

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I tweeted at http://twitter.com/#!/anashct/status/60150861313224704
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Mary said...

Bad Reputation by Joan Jett is great to run to!

Mary said...

I'm a (new) follower

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

I follow!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

favorite running song: F**kin Perfect- Pink Love it.

Rachel @RunningRachel said...

My favorite running song (at present) is NY2LA by PressPlay. The beat and music really get me going at the beginning of my run. :)

Rachel @RunningRachel said...

I follow you on my google feed reader

Rachel @RunningRachel said...

tweet http://twitter.com/RunningRachel/statuses/60446588086140928

Anonymous said...

I love to start my runs with Against the Wind by Bob Segar...been doing so for years!

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David Huggins said...

I follow on gfc!

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Vanessa said...

I follow on facebook as Vanessa H!

Vanessa said...

http://twitter.com/#!/vsnobsblog/status/60952455420198912

Twitter link, and sorry my first comment was logged under my husbands gmail! However it has my correct e-mail address and I do follow you under it through GFC. So sorry!

Evolving Through Running said...

I'm a follower.

Evolving Through Running said...

I'm a fan on Facebook

retsnom_Adedekutsu said...

My favorite running song is Suicide Sunday by The Friday Night Boys. (:

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I'm a fan on Facebook.

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kinsenzo said...

favorite running song: collide by howie day.. this song makes me relax and make me enjoy the run :)

Lorenz Garabiles said...

i'm a fan of facebook.

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Lorenz Garabiles said...

i shared this link thru my facebook

Lorenz Garabiles said...

favorite running song: collide by howie day.. this song makes me relax and make me enjoy the run :)

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