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Sony VAIO Pocket VGF-AP1L Pictorial

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The VAIO Pocket

If you missed my VAIO Pocket Pictorial by MDCF, I present to you all once more. Enjoy the pictures. ;)

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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.

J: A-1070-173-A

US/Canada: A-1088-554-A

EU/Asia-Pacific: A-1088-555-A

Cradle Assy

* part numbers by type: 20GB and 40GB

J/EU/AO (AP1): A-1070-172-A

AM/EU (AP1L): A-1088-556-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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This just came up. Is RM-VSC2 the only compatible remote with this model?

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This just came up. Is RM-VSC2 the only compatible remote with this model?

Yes, the RM-VSC2 is the one and only 100% fully compatible remote for the VAIO Pocket. Notice its special pin configuration; unlike MD remote's 4 pins.

*Please note: some MD remotes can be paired with the VAIO Pocket, however, it's limited to only a few functions - not enough to deem compatible with the VAIO Pocket.

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I am looking for a 3rd party Sync/Charger cable(combined or separate) to replace the cradle for road trips. I don't necessarily need a line-out function so much. There is no chance Sony will come up with one but if there is enough demand, a 3rd party cable may be possible?

I may even try hacking a spare cradle to turn it into more portable size/shape if I can find one reasonably priced. $70 for a Vaio Pocket cradle is just nuts!

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I am looking for a 3rd party Sync/Charger cable(combined or separate) to replace the cradle for road trips.  I don't necessarily need a line-out function so much.  There is no chance Sony will come up with one but if there is enough demand, a 3rd party cable may be possible?

I may even try hacking a spare cradle to turn it into more portable size/shape if I can find one reasonably priced.  $70 for a Vaio Pocket cradle is just nuts!

I don't think we will ever see a 3rd party Sync/Charger cable for the VAIO Pocket. The main unit's cradle socket is truly of a proprietary design. But this does not imply we can't design a connector. As for “hacking” the cradle for such a task, you will obviously need to disassemble the cradle and review how the connector is linked to the AC Adaptor output. According to the VAIO Pocket’s service manual, there are only 6 screws to fully disassemble the cradle. So, you may want to give it a go and report back? :ol_eyeclops:

Check this Powerche-V1 battery pack! I think it will at least work with the VAIO Pocket and its cradle; and would prove to be useful companion for the VAIO Pocket while on the road.

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It doesn't look too complex to open up the cradle. I will take a peak and see(I may not rip the cables apart since I kind of need this to operate my Sony at the moment). If the connector piece can be isolated and there is a part number for it(Sony will sell it for modest cost) and pin assignments are published somewhere in the service manual, then we can possibly make ourselves a 3rd party cable. Perhaps :ol_huh: Stay tuned.

The Powerche-V1 looks very slick. I was thinking of getting this (link) instead since I can also use it for my Dell Axim X50v as well as recharge AA batteries for other portable needs as well.

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It doesn't look too complex to open up the cradle.  I will take a peak and see(I may not rip the cables apart since I kind of need this to operate my Sony at the moment).  If the connector piece can be isolated and there is a part number for it(Sony will sell it for modest cost) and pin assignments are published somewhere in the service manual, then we can possibly make ourselves a 3rd party cable.  Perhaps  :ol_huh:   Stay tuned.

The Powerche-V1 looks very slick.  I was thinking of getting this (link) instead since I can also use it  for my Dell Axim X50v as well as recharge AA batteries for other portable needs as well.

Unfortunately, detailed schematics throughout the service manual are limited to the main unit. There's not much information on the cradle other than location of screws, foot pads and its respective part numbers. However, the service manual does have a diagram illustrating the connector being part of some circuit board. Perhaps, there's a separate service manual for the cradle - I will check with Sony. Regardless, do keep us informed of your endeavors.

The Powerche-V1 is sleek indeed. I am thinking of pairing it with my PSP; and of course will try it with the VAIO Pocket. Semsons' Pocket Power Bank looks very handy as well. Let us know if it works with the VAIO Pocket.

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Well..... Found a good place to buy extra cradle and the remote for the Vaio Pocket. It is at eCost again....

For $199 plus shipping(and applicable sales tax), you can get your spare cradle and the remote...... and it comes with a almost free 40gig Vaio pocket unit with a el-cheapo earplugs. Oh, almost forgot. I think you prob. get some 50 or so of free Connect music clips(worth $50) with the purchase also, if you don't mind the 132kbps singles from the Connect store. :ol_biggrin:

If you didn't get the joke..... eCost is lowering the price of the complete kit to $199. Two weeks after I just paid $239. @#$%^&*

Here is the ..... LINK

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Heh.... I'd noticed that price tag as well. Well, you should be happy to know that when I acquired the VAIO Pocket last Christmas, I paid approximately $300 for it. :ol_glance:

Anyhow, do you need the part numbers for the cradle?

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omg you have got to be kidding me with that $199 pricetag...ugh..

Also...does anyone know how well this device works with the Sony Pocket Vaio in the car?

LineX Wireless FM Transmitter (with PPL Technology)

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Heh.... I'd noticed that price tag as well. Well, you should be happy to know that when I acquired the VAIO Pocket last Christmas, I paid approximately $300 for it.  :ol_glance:

Anyhow, do you need the part numbers for the cradle?

Yeah, I am wondering how much would it cost to buy the cradle alone.

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The part number for the VAIO Pocket, VGF-AP1L (40G) version cradle:

A-1088-556-A (AP1L)

CRADLE ASSY (40G) (S)

Price: $76.15

Note: VGF-AP1 (20G version) cradle: A-1070-172-A.

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The part number for the VAIO Pocket, VGF-AP1L (40G) version cradle:

A-1088-556-A (AP1L)

CRADLE ASSY (40G) (S)

Price: $76.15

Note: VGF-AP1 (20G version) cradle: A-1070-172-A.

cradle VGF-AP1(20G version) is not listed on Sony DPAC parts webpage. Make sense since 20g version is not sold in US.

If you were to buy a spare cradle, a remote, and a replacement battery from Sony part store, it would easily be more or less $199. I am tossing a coin to make a decision to pick up another kit. Now, where is that coin? :ol_lol:

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I have just received the PDair case in the mail today. It's not as amazing as ppl made it out to be. 2 major flaws: 1) The see-through part for the screen is empty...so it doesn't actually protect the screen. 2) the belt clip is screwed unto the case, but it's not nearly deep enough to secure it. I am gonna have to tighten it manually every 2 hours or so. I'd be even scared to ride a bike with this on my belt.

New problem found with the player! When the earbud is plugged to the player along with the remote, I can hear a faint hiss noise when the player is off. 2 other guys I have talked to had also realized this. Is this some kind of current leakage that drains battery?

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I have just received the PDair case in the mail today. It's not as amazing as ppl made it out to be. 2 major flaws: 1) The see-through part for the screen is empty...so it doesn't actually protect the screen. 2) the belt clip is screwed unto the case, but it's not nearly deep enough to secure it. I am gonna have to tighten it manually every 2 hours or so. I'd be even scared to ride a bike with this on my belt.

New problem found with the player! When the earbud is plugged to the player along with the remote, I can hear a faint hiss noise when the player is off. 2 other guys I have talked to had also realized this. Is this some kind of current leakage that drains battery?

woah...the see-through part is empty? that kinda sucks...maybe i should buy like a screen protector sheet and stick it in there. PDAir sells screen protectors for the Nintendo DS for $8...perhaps I should buy one and cut the screen to the size of the Vaio Pocket. And how come in the siliconpop review of the case, it doesn't show the belt clip with the case in one of the pictures? It's not removable at all?

I also haven't noticed the hissing noise but i'm going to see if i hear it now. I hope this doesn't drain the battery. Thanks for letting us know though!

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Yeah, it's fully removable, although I wish it wasn't.

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Hey Ishi, do you know if the Japanese firmware has the English language option, and will it work with English version of SS? I am thinking about flashing it to the J version simply for its sheer coolness and to give the player an import flavor. But I might need to revert back to the English language for referense during the case that I forget the use of each option.

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Hey Ishi, do you know if the Japanese firmware has the English language option, and will it work with English version of SS? I am thinking about flashing it to the J version simply for its sheer coolness and to give the player an import flavor. But I might need to revert back to the English language for referense during the case that I forget the use of each option.

You can employ any regional version of the VAIO Pocket firmware - it's interchangeable so to speak. If you employ the Japanese firmware, naturally all its UI will be in Japanese; and yes, you can pair your VAIO Pocket - flashed with Japanese firmware - with SonicStage English version.

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Will the Japanese version have option for other languages, such as English and Chinese?

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Will the Japanese version have option for other languages, such as English and Chinese?

If I remember it correctly, only in Japanese.

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Hey all, I just got my Vaio Pcket and loving it so far.

I have a question regarding the song list. I have a bunch of songs without Album name under many Artists. When I try to browse through the list on my VAIO Pocket, it somehow combines all the untitled albums into the same list. For example, if I have untitled album under Artist A and B, both untitled album would list all the songs from both artists. I tried renaming the group from SS3.1, but it didn't help. Does anyone know how to get around this other than to name each songs with Album info?

Also, how do you rate each song in SS3.1? I know that there's a listing order by number of stars, but I don't know how to set them.

Thanks in advance!

PS: I just want to add that the latest English firmware supports Japanese Unicode (with simple chinese) for ID3 tag. I tried both Japanese firmware and English firmware, but decided that English one was easier to read for me (My hirakana skill is pretty bad).

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With 3.1, I found that you can't import each individual folder. Instead, it scans your harddrive for files and sorts it according to the album names and whatnot in the songs' ID3 tags. Your only other option is to import individual files, and then create the folder yourself. IMO, it's best that you go back to ver 2.3 for its easiness in importing the folders that you had sorted on the computer.

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hmm... I'm a bit confused. Cuz right now with 3.1, it will import and create separate group for each album even if it has no name (it will just name it untitled), but when I browse by Artist or Album directly from the player, it will combine all the untitled albums together. This tells me that even if I create a special group, the player will resort it back by the ID3.

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Just a clarification for those still curious about the compatibility of MD remotes with the VAIO Pocket

MD remotes in general do not work properly with the VAIO Pocket because the connector is completely different even though you can connect MD remotes to the VAIO Pocket. Therefore, its compatibility is limited to only a few functions at best; not enough to deem it fully compatible.

The only MD remote that can somewhat navigate between tracks, select play/pause and volume control is the MC33EL; however, you can't utilize "stop" function on the remote nor can you enjoy LCD track info. display on the remote. As for other variation of MD remotes, you may navigate between tracks but that's it.

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hmm... I'm a bit confused.  Cuz right now with 3.1, it will import and create separate group for each album even if it has no name (it will just name it untitled), but when I browse by Artist or Album directly from the player, it will combine all the untitled albums together.  This tells me that even if I create a special group, the player will resort it back by the ID3.

That's because SonicStage had already grouped those songs for you according to their ID3 tags. What if a track in the album doesn't have the tag or a different tag cuz it was ripped by a different person? It will group that track to untitled or another album. If you wanna group them by your own groups, you have to import the individual files to the groups of your liking.

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