Friday, April 15, 2011

Sony Walkman W Series Giveaway

Good Morning and Happy Friday!

It's a beautiful day here in the D.C. area and since I'm working from home today, I'm hoping to spend some time out on the porch enjoying the fresh air. Can you tell I'm excited that spring is here?

Fun Friday Giveaway

A little while back Sony sent me one of their cordless mp3 players to review and two to giveaway to readers.


I was really excited to try a cordless player because I've had my fair share of issues with my headphone cords getting tangled around Garmin or twisting around my arm while I'm running. It's annoying to say the very least.

It took me a little while to figure out how to put music on to the device. I have a Mac and I could only find the directions on how to load music from a PC. Once the PR lady got me straightened out, I was able to plug in the player via USB and just drag and drop my music from iTunes. Easy-peasey.

One of my biggest concerns about this player was that I wouldn't be able scroll through a playlist and select the exact music I wanted to play like I can with my iPod. I thought that would really annoy me, but it actually didn't at all.

When you load your music on the player, it shuffles it for you, but there's also a "zappin" feature that lets you play short clips of all the songs. When you hear one you like you can select it.

As far as performance while running, the player bounced minimally and it never felt like it was going to fall out. I didn't have to constantly try to jam a headphone back in my ear like I do with my iPod, even when the little earbud got sweaty.

Functunality-wise, it was easy to change songs and volume on the go. I just tapped the two little buttons on one of the ear pieces.

One thing I couldn't get over was how much it looked like I was running with a giant bluetooth in each ear. Seriously, it's such a strange thing, but initially I felt really silly wearing the Sony player.

Once I got moving though, I stopped caring about how it looked and really loved that I wasn't getting tangled in cords. That outweighed the fact that I felt ridiculous wearing something that looked like a bluetooth.

Overall I was a big fan of the lack of cords and thought the player performed well on my runs.

If you're interested in trying one of the Sony players for yourself, here's how to enter the giveaway:

1. Leave me a comment telling me whether your build special running playlists or rely on shuffle.

2. Tweet about this contest and leave a separate comment telling me you did. (Make sure you include @run_girl_run somewhere in the tweet).

I will select a winner Wednesday morning.

Hope you all have an awesome weekend!

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