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#1 Ishiyoshi

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Posted 13 June 2005 - 03:41 PM

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I present to you all my VAIO Pocket VGF-AP1L 40GB portable music player. I acquired this little device last Christmas ... definitely an overdue pictorial. Enjoy the pictures. wink.gif

The VAIO Pocket

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The Pocket Remote | RM-VSC2 Remote

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Size Comparison | MZ-RH10 and VAIO Pocket

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Size Comparison | VAIO Pocket and TDK BitClub

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Size Comparison | D-777 and VAIO Pocket

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The Pocket Case | VGP-CKP1

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The VAIO Pocket | Part Numbers
* I will update this section by demand.

Internal Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery
* part numbers by region.
JE: A-1070-173-A
US/Canada: A-1088-554-A
EU/Asia-Pacific: A-1088-555-A

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The VAIO Pocket | Firmware & Music Move/Music Transfer Update

About this Firmware - 3.0.0.C171:
This new Firmware includes a total of 34 updates, from which some of the key updates are:

• MP3 playback feature which will allow MP3 transfer and playback without transfer to ATRAC
• Possibility to change the screen template. Skin features
NOTE: New skins are included, and you can copy additional skin data files to the "VAIO_Skin" folder.
• Faster performance: high speed scroll function
• New LCD backlight brightness and auto-power off settings
• Gapless play between tracks
• Album and group play enhancements
• Lyrics view
• Demo mode feature
• Various display enhancements

Japanese Firmware Version 3.0.0.C171J: click here.

English Firmware Version 3.0.0.C171F:
click here.

Important Firmware Installation Notes: read here.

About this VAIO Music Move/Music Transfer Update - 1.2.00:
In conjunction with the firmware update: 3.0.0.C171 for the VAIO Pocket, this utility allows you to transfer and play MP3 files,
without conversion, on the VAIO Pocket player.

VAIO Music Move (Japanese) Version 1.2.00: click here.

VAIO Music Transfer (English) Version 1.2.00:
click here.

Important VAIO Music Move/Music Transfer Installation Notes: read here.

Note to NW-HDx and NW-E500x/400x users:

For your convenience, the VAIO Music Move/Music Transfer v.1.1 utility is available for download: here; and its version 1.2 update can be obtain from the links above.


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Posted 13 June 2005 - 06:20 PM

That thing's sweet...almost makes me want to spend $10 more and get that over the HD3...

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Posted 13 June 2005 - 07:13 PM

tiiight..

I would have a hard time choosing between that and a HD5.

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Posted 14 June 2005 - 04:59 PM

Update: 99% lint/dust free VAIO Pocket with additional size comparison pictures. laugh.gif

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Posted 14 June 2005 - 09:10 PM

Man that is awesome!
I would love 1 of those!

How much did you buy it for?

Is it a new product?

Can it store just music? or anything up to 40gb, but only play back music?

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Posted 14 June 2005 - 09:26 PM

QUOTE(MZ-NH1 @ Jun 14 2005, 10:10 PM)
Man that is awesome!
I would love 1 of those!

How much did you buy it for?

Is it a new product?

Can it store just music? or anything up to 40gb, but only play back music?

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I paid about $300 for the VAIO Pocket last Christmas. It's relatively cheaper now - about $250. If I remember it correctly, the VAIO Pocket was released during June, 2004.

Besides audio support for the following format: WMA, WAV, Mp3, ATRAC3 and ATRAC3+, the VAIO Pocket provides one with the pleasure to view pictures and album jackets via its 2.2in, 320 x 256 QVGA color screen. In addition, you can transfer pictures directly from digital cameras via USB Cable. However, you will need its cradle to do so; which is not as inconvenient as one would think. But I hardly use this feature.

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 12:54 AM

You say it supports - WMA, WAV, Mp3, ATRAC3 and ATRAC3+.. can it actually play back mp3 files? or does all music have to be transfered to the atrac format before being played?

I recon this model looks really nice and neat!


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Posted 15 June 2005 - 07:14 AM

QUOTE(MZ-NH1 @ Jun 15 2005, 01:54 AM)
You say it supports - WMA, WAV, Mp3, ATRAC3 and ATRAC3+.. can it actually play back mp3 files? or does all music have to be transfered to the atrac format before being played?

I recon this model looks really nice and neat!

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With the release of firmware version 3.0 (December, 2004), the VAIO Pocket allows direct Mp3 transfer and playback; without the need to convert it to ATRAC format.

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 04:25 PM

Very happy that Ishi was the one to create this pictorial wink.gif My photography skills just aren't quite up to par-- he does do the pocket justice-- beautiful pics.

I've had no complaints about the Pocket thus far-- it's actually satisfied me to the point where I use it for everything but at the gym. Sound quality is good, it's small, 40 gigs, awesome screen, easy navigation... the only issue I ever have is if I create a large group, sometimes it can be sluggish listing the entire group. Normal sized groups seem to list just fine though.

I do wish Sony would update the firmware one last time to make playlists a reality. As it is you can create on-the-fly playlists from songs on the unit, but not on the PC. Since you can do it on the unit, it does support playlists... i'd just like to be able to create them in Sonic Stage and give them actual names. But being as this product didn't really take off, I'm skeptical of what kind of treatment it will get with regards to further firmware updates...



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Posted 15 June 2005 - 06:50 PM

Good job Ishii, I've decided that I shall purchase this next week. You just had to do this. Damn you.

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 07:28 PM


At Ishi's request, some thoughtst about mp3 playback. I understand some Sony players don't always handle mp3 playback, especially that of VBR mp3s, very well... whether the audio quality is distorted or what the problem is, I'm not sure.

With the Pocket, I've had no issues playing back mp3s, most all of which are VBR mp3s. Not only do they play back without a hitch (I encode with lame -alt preset standard or alt preset extreme), but they sound excellent-- I was really quite surprised. So from time to time I'll encode an album in mp3 just to get a little more milage out of that 40 gig drive.

Just one reason why I'm so content with the Pocket tongue.gif

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 10:05 PM

I want one now! sad.gif

Can you put movies/videos etc onto it?

And do you have to have SS to transfer the song/movies off the Vaio onto other pc's?

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 10:44 PM

QUOTE(MZ-NH1 @ Jun 15 2005, 11:05 PM)
I want one now! sad.gif

Can you put movies/videos etc onto it?

And do you have to have SS to transfer the song/movies off the Vaio onto other pc's?

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Unfortunately, the VAIO Pocket does not support video playback.

To transfer music, you can use either the Music Move utility (known as VAIO Music Transfer in Europe/USA) or SonicStage. In difference to SonicStage, Music Move is a drag-and-drop utility, which helps facilitate the transfer of music files from your computer to the VAIO Pocket. The utility converts WAV and WMA format files to the ATRAC format and transfers them accordingly to the player. As for Mp3s, it can be transferred in their original format and bit rate.

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 12:03 AM

I know the VAIO can't play back video's, but can it store them?

Say I have a home video I want to show a friend, can I load any kind of file onto the VAIO and just store it on there, and then transfer it over to another pc?

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 12:17 AM

QUOTE(MZ-NH1 @ Jun 16 2005, 01:03 AM)
I know the VAIO can't play back video's, but can it store them?

Say I have a home video I want to show a friend, can I load any kind of file onto the VAIO and just store it on there, and then transfer it over to another pc?

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Yes, the VAIO Pocket can be used as an external portable HDD; serving as portable media. When the VAIO Pocket is connected to a computer via USB, it is recognized by the computer as a removable hard disk, allowing data read and write.

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 12:19 AM

QUOTE(kurisu @ Jun 15 2005, 07:50 PM)
Good job Ishii, I've decided that I shall purchase this next week. You just had to do this. Damn you.

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Heh... welcome to the way of the pocket. happy.gif

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 01:04 AM

QUOTE(Ishiyoshi @ Jun 16 2005, 03:17 PM)
Yes, the VAIO Pocket can be used as an external portable HDD; serving as portable media. When the VAIO Pocket is connected to a computer via USB, it is recognized by the computer as a removable hard disk, allowing data read and write.

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Ahaha very nice! That is what I wanted to know!
The only problem is I don't think this product has been brought out in Australia! ohmy.gif mad.gif I am still looking around for it!

I have found 1 Aussie site saying that is has been discontinued mellow.gif

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Posted 18 June 2005 - 04:36 AM

Holy crap Ishi, your pictorial has convinced me. I don't care about the size. The GUI and the screen is so orgasmic... It's mine.

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Posted 18 June 2005 - 04:49 AM

Went to Sony Central in Sydney, Australia today. This product has never been released in Australia. And it seems it will never be released because "there is no market for it" probably because they know the iPOD would slaughter it? sad.gif

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Posted 18 June 2005 - 08:25 AM

QUOTE(yjs @ Jun 18 2005, 05:36 AM)
Holy crap Ishi, your pictorial has convinced me. I don't care about the size. The GUI and the screen is so orgasmic... It's mine.

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The VAIO Pocket is indeed relatively small; not as big as one would think. smile.gif I hope the size comparison pictures I’ve set up depict its true size accurately.

QUOTE(MZ-NH1 @ Jun 18 2005, 05:49 AM)
Went to Sony Central in Sydney, Australia today.  This product has never been released in Australia.  And it seems it will never be released because "there is no market for it" probably because they know the iPOD would slaughter it? sad.gif

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That's too bad. Perhaps you could try importing its 20GB version (VGF-AP1) from Singapore? I believe Sony Singapore still stocks them.





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