Sonicstage V Updated (v5.2)

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Sonicstage V, the Japanese only music management software by Sony, has been updated to version 5.2. The update includes support for the NWZ-W202, higher screen resolution, and Windows Vista SP2. Sonicstage was once software that was packaged with nearly every portable music player Sony was releasing for several years. Opinions of the software ranged from favorable to intense hatred, and I can say that it wasn’t exactly the greatest at times. Sonicstage in its prime (version 4) wasn’t too bad and I rarely had problems with it. However, Sony’s product strategy shifted away from including Sonicstage with their Walkmans and went strictly drag and drop in most areas outside of Japan. When Sonicstage V was released most observers were surprised at the Japan only release – yet members of our community figured out how to install it anyways.

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  • http://halfaloafoftofu.com/ archie4oz

    Sorry, but 4 was not it's prime. 3.4 would be that.

  • Mark Gillespie

    Sony really need to make at least one version of Sonicstage V available, as a consumer I have been badly burnt by their recent exploits.

    I bought a car stereo advertised as being compatible with Walkman, it even lists my NWZ-A729 on it's website as being compatible. Try it out, turns out I am limited to playing the first 256 folders, so I can only access artist A -J, not very compatible at all!!! Contact Sony, they wash their hands of the problem, tell me when they say “Walkman”, they mean “ATRAC Walkman” (obviously). Fortunately I have my old NW-A3000 in my drawer charge it up, and lo and behold it works with my new Sony car stereo, however it's almost impossible to use as SonicStage 4 is so damn buggy. Resort to installing Japanese Sonicstage 5.1 on, persevering with it in japanese and work out how to copy music.

    Should it really be this difficult to use Sony products? Of course not! Have Sony lost the plot and no longer care what perception they are putting out on the market, when they wash their hands of problems of their own creation due to internal squabblings? Looks like it…

    I'm using my real email address here, as if Sony want to explain the MTP/USB mess they created and how they can get away with claiming Walkman compatibility, when the mean old products, and why 2 brand new items that claim to be compatible don't work together, yet they think they can walk away from the problems, I would be glad to discuss it with them.

  • Silvia

    Connect Player as you all know was a very bad experience.. crashing my computer.. and slow.. it always took a whole morning to trasfer new mp3 to the player and delete some.. so I did it just once in while ..when I had many mo3s to add and a day off.
    afterwards, as I hear of Sonic Stage, I was relieved.. downloaded it immediately.. just to discover I couldn't update my player anylonger!!!! A whole day now to update the player with the new songs is no more enough.. I bought a new computer and 12 hours of crashes are no sufficient to get what I want.. what I want is not that much actually..
    all I got at the end of the day after all my efforces is to have all my mp3 doubled on the player and no more space available to add anything else..
    very good!
    i'm so sorry because the hardware is quite good and very beautiful.. but the software.. really doesn't worth the purchase.. I won't never buy a Sony reader again.. and I will inform the others not to do so.
    I have the 4.3 version.. IM-POS-SI-BLE

  • Silvia

    Connect Player as you all know was a very bad experience.. crashing my computer.. and slow.. it always took a whole morning to trasfer new mp3 to the player and delete some.. so I did it just once in while ..when I had many mo3s to add and a day off.
    afterwards, as I hear of Sonic Stage, I was relieved.. downloaded it immediately.. just to discover I couldn't update my player anylonger!!!! A whole day now to update the player with the new songs is no more enough.. I bought a new computer and 12 hours of crashes are no sufficient to get what I want.. what I want is not that much actually..
    all I got at the end of the day after all my efforces is to have all my mp3 doubled on the player and no more space available to add anything else..
    very good!
    i'm so sorry because the hardware is quite good and very beautiful.. but the software.. really doesn't worth the purchase.. I won't never buy a Sony reader again.. and I will inform the others not to do so.
    I have the 4.3 version.. IM-POS-SI-BLE

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  • http://www.scottmusic.net Scott

    Where can I download SonicStage 5? ATRAC Lossless sounds so much better than Apple or Windows lossless its scary. I have a car stereo that supposedly plays ATRAC as well and a collosal SS library on my pc. Thanks anyone

  • Brainmenpaulo silva

    i have a constan error code 43 how can I solve this?
    help please
    brainmen@gmail.com

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    Sonicstage in its prime (version 4) wasn’t too bad and I rarely had problems with it. However, Sony’s product strategy shifted away from including Sonicstage with their Walkmans and went strictly drag and drop in most areas outside of Japan.

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    Sonicstage was once software that was packaged with nearly every portable music player

  • D. Cainey

    I have a Sony Mini Disc Player that uses Sonicstage, work on my old computer but not with my new laptop that has windows 7.
    Is there a fix or update for this?

  • Belgum_12

    X – Application (Music Player only)  or Sonicstage V is only in  Japanese. You need a Japanese version of Windows 7. Or get Japanese language pack for  Windows 7 to install X – Application (Music Player only) or Sonicstage V. I have a English Windows 7 and I use Japanese language pack for  installing the X – Application (Music Player only) or Sonicstage V to my pc.