SonicStage is Sony’s Achilles heel when it comes to their line of Network Walkmans. The program is packaged with all new Sony MP3 players and it is necessary to get music onto your player. It has improved some over the last year but it is still a resource hog hindered by computer authorization schemes locking your music onto your player.
One day Sony will come to their senses and include UMS support for the Walkman, until then here are some tools to make your experience better.
Vaio Link is a very simple application that allows you to drop MP3 files into a window transferring music to the player. But this is all it will do; you cannot manage media with Vaio Link. Additionally, it does not allow you to get music back from the player. Get Vaio Link
MP3 File Manager
MP3 File Manager is a minimalist approach and it still allows you to somewhat manage your media. The program is a single screen where you drag and drop tracks to the window. The tracks will immediately transfer to the player, but slowly. Unlike the Vaio Link program, MP3 File Manager does allow you to delete media from the device. Sill, there is no option to get music back from the player. This is probably the best solution to transfer music to your player. The nice thing about this application is that it is not installed on your computer, the exe file resides on the Network Walkman so you can run the program on any Windows computer that supports UMS devices. Get MP3 File Manager
GYM – Grab Your Music
GYM is an open source piece of software that will let you to get MP3s off of your Network Walkman back to your computer without authorization. This piece of software also allows you to play music directly from the player through your computer. The interface is slick and easy to use. The downside of this program is you are not able to transfer ATRAC files back, it only works with MP3s. Get GYM