Long story short: Is there any way I can play MP3s on an shitty Sony Atrac player without transfer software???
Backstory so nobody asks me the wrong questions: I’m trying to buy a birthday present for somebody that’s really dumb about computers… actually she doesn’t have a computer. She still uses a CD player, so I decided to introduce her to the 21st century with a digital player. I thought about getting an iPod, but it needs iTunes, which requires a computer that she doesn’t have. The plan was, when she goes to an Internet cafe, I’d mail her an address of my personal hosting site where I have mp3 albums… she could go to a cafe, download that album and transfer it to the drag-and-drop MP3 with no hassle.
So I read reviews on the Sony NWZ-S616. It lets you drag and drop mp3s, and the sound quality is high-rated. Since I’m in Japan, I go to the Japanese electronics store, and pick up what I thought was the exact same MP3 player. It IS the same player, but the model is NW-S616 (no Z), and that means it still fucks with Atrac and SonicStage. The store I bought it from, like most Japan electronic stores, doesn’t have a return policy. So I’m stuck with this POS, I ran out of time before the birthday to try mail-ordering a drag and drop player, and I don’t know of any player sold in Japan that doesn’t need transfer software.
I opened up the player’s mass storage/USB mode on my PC, and it just has an ‘OMGAUDIO’ (audio omg!) folder for music, as well as a PICTURE, VIDEO, MP_ROOT and DCIM folder. I tried running mass storage mode and creating a MUSIC folder, but the player doesn’t recognize any of the MP3s I dropped in that folder (even though the player automatically created a ‘NWWM_REC’ subfolder after I created the MUSIC folder). Now the weird thing is, you CAN directly d-&-d pictures, and video with sound (MP4+AAC), via USB mode.
Is there anything I can do to make this player useful or am I fucked?
PS. I don’t know if there’s an MP3 player thread but Search didn’t come up with anything.