Sony W250 Series Walkman MP3 Player

May 8, 2010 · 19 comments

Disclaimer: Sony sent me this product sample to review, however I am under no obligation to do so nor to make the review positive. This review reflects my personal opinion about this product.

I don’t listen to music like I used to when I was younger but I have found that doing so when I’m on the treadmill or running outdoors (as little as that happens lately) really helps me forget about the time - something I find really helps when I am doing something as boring to me as running. The problem is that I’ve never been comfortable with the devices I have had. I’ve been really happy with the Sansa Clip I’ve been using for over a year, and I use that both when I travel (I plug it into my Bose headphones) or when I am on the treadmill. But I don’t use it when running outside.


Because I’m not an ear bud guy. I can never get those little things to fit properly in my ear and they always fall out. So when I run on the treadmill I have these really ugly headphones that I think came from the late eighties, but they are light and don’t get in my way. But they aren’t to be seen out in the public. I did use the Music Infused Headband by i360 for a little while, but while it worked great in the winter when it got warm out there was just no way it was going to work.

Sony Walkman

So when a representative from Sony contacted me about the Sony W250 Series Walkman MP3 Player and told me it integrated the MP3 player directly into the ear buds, with a small flexible wire to keep everything in place, I knew I had to try it out for myself.

And I am glad that I did, because now I’ve got an MP3 player I will be happy to be seen in public with.

Sony designed this unit with the runner in mind. Key features include:

  • Design – its lightweight, water-resistant frame ensures proper functionality during extended periods of activity inside or outside – even in the rain.
  • 2GB of maximum capacity – holds approximately 470 songs.
  • Quick Charge Option – for on-the-go or those who have forgotten to charge, charge 3 minutes for up to 90 minutes of play time. Full battery life is approximately 11 hours.
  • Easy Music Transfer – Content Transfer software allows users to move music files and playlists straight from a PC/iTunes library.

I installed the software as well and can attest to how easy it is to transfer files. Simple drag and drop. They unit also has this feature called Zappin Playback which enables sequential playback of song clips at a preset duration, and it grabs a short recognizable clip of each song such as the most melodic or rhythmical section. I can’t see a good use for this but I’m sure someone must like it!

Suggested retail price is $60, available at, Sony Style retail stores & other authorized retailers nationwide.

One thing I miss having in this unit is a radio. My Clip has a radio and that’s really great for a change of pace. If I could offer one improvement that would be it - give it a radio.

Overall, a great little device that hopefully will help encourage me to get out and run more this year.

CONTEST: But don’t just take my word on it, if you have read down this far you deserve a little something yourself. I’ll be randomly selecting one of the commenters on this post between today and May 13th (US only, sorry) to receive your very own Sony W250 Series Walkman MP3 Player, courtesy of Sony!

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Sean (Learn Fitness) May 8, 2010 at 8:08 am

I can’t wait to give them a shot, they sound and look cool. Please enter me in the drawing.

John's Weight Loss Blog May 8, 2010 at 8:14 am

I’ve got you entered Sean, thanks for stopping by. You’ve got a great blog and great story, looking forward to joining in on your journey too!

mac May 8, 2010 at 9:04 am

Sony must be pushing this product. You’re the second review I’ve seen. I’d like to be entered too.

John's Weight Loss Blog May 8, 2010 at 9:40 am

@mac - It’s a new product for them and like other brands they are leveraging the power of us “journalists”, so sure they are pushing it, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Particularly if you win one, you are entered. :-)

Cynthia May 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I’d love to be entered. Recently, I’ve taken to lugging my new, but heavy camera about with me. A lightweight MP3 player is just what I need! Looks ideal, no wires to interfere with camera strap plus 1GB more than my current player.

Greg May 8, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Definitely cheaper than my combo which consists of a Sandisk Sansa Clip and a Senheiser CX680 but I absolutely love the Senhesier earphones.

Greg May 8, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I’ve seen several positive reviews of this product. Sounds like they’ve got a winner with it.

Annie May 8, 2010 at 9:30 pm

I have the same problem with the bud ear pieces falling out. It feels like I’m spending more time fidgeting with them than exercising. Would be nice to have something that fits properly and stays in.

South Beach Steve May 8, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Well John, you have my curiosity up. I have yet to find a single MP3 player that is suitable for me to use while exercising. I have to admit, I am skeptical of this one too. In fact, so skeptical I seriously doubt I would go out an buy one. However, I would gladly give it a shot if I won it. Now, let’s see if I can be so lucky.

Dan May 9, 2010 at 7:26 am

Sounds like a cool product. I always have trouble finding a place for my iPod on the cardio equipment or in my pocket. This way I don’t have to set music player down.

Brendan May 9, 2010 at 8:34 am

I have a problem with jerking the wire out, so this thing sounds ideal. Thanks for the opportunity.

AL May 9, 2010 at 10:27 am

I’m all about the contests…enter me please.

SDrunner May 10, 2010 at 1:54 am

Odd, I got an email from a rep telling me about the launch of this product, asking if I would be interested in promoting it as well. But when I replied showing interest, asking if I could review the product first-hand, she replied that they, “do not have extra product for your personal review”. I guess they ran out after you?? Hopefully, I can win it from you and possibly review it :)

Dan May 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Looks real nice, I will throw my hat in the ring.

John's Weight Loss Blog May 10, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Good luck @Cynthia, @Greg, @Greg, @Annie, @Steve, @Dan, @Brendan, @Al, @SDrunner and @Dan!

seth @ fitwithapurpose May 11, 2010 at 10:37 am

Enter me to John. Thanks. Sounds pretty neat.

Gjee May 11, 2010 at 12:00 pm

I’d like to participate in the contest too! Thanks!!

John's Weight Loss Blog May 13, 2010 at 10:20 pm

@seth and @gjee, you were added but didn’t win, sorry. Winner was #5, which is…………. Greg from Live Fit Blog! Congrats Greg, I’ll be putting you in touch with Sony for fulfillment. Thanks everyone!

Metroknow May 19, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Hey there John - I’m a couple of months behind in reading my favorite blogs :) , but thought I’d say hi - I also wrote a review for these, and really like them.

Glad to see you’re still writing…lots of blogs I used to read seem to have fallen off the map. Even mine, for a while. Hopefully I’m back in the game.


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