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    Post HOWTO: Transfer files to/from Sony Walkman MP3 player NW-E003F.

    How to transfer files to/from Sony Walkman MP3 player NW-E003F.

    (Probably works on other Sony NW-xxx models too.)
    I did this successfully on Kubuntu 7.04

    There is a java program JSymphonic which can transfer the files
    in the correct way to the Sony media player.
    (Being a java program it is cross-platform, so should work on Linux, Windows, Mac etc.)

    (There is another related project NW-E00x Mp3 File Manager
    which may be worth checking out too [This just appears to be an older version. Abandoned?]
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/nwe00xmp3man
    )
    How to run JSymphonic

    Download JSymphonic 0.2b

    http://sourceforge.net/project/showf...roup_id=190494
    The file I downloaded is JSymphonic0.2beta.zip

    Unzip JSymphonic0.2beta.zip somewhere, so you will have a
    new directory JSymphonic0.2beta/

    Open a console (eg. Konsole) and change directory to the
    above directory.

    Inside there is a .jar file JSymphonic_0.2b.jar

    Ok, so we have the java application, now we want to run it.
    So make sure you have a version of Java which is compatible
    with Sun's 1.6 version.

    Check your Java version in a console with:

    Code:
    java -version
    It should report:

    java version "1.6.0"

    If not, then:
    Install sun-java6-jre via Adept

    Roughly following the instructions in this page: http://www.thelinuxsociety.org.uk/co...sun-java-jdk-6

    Open a console:

    Code:
    sudo update-java-alternatives -s java-6-sun
    Edit /etc/jvm as root:

    Code:
    sudo nano /etc/jvm
    and add to the top the command:

    Code:
    /usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun
    Now try to run the application:

    Code:
    java -jar JSymphonic_0.2b.jar
    It works!
    The JSymphonic application window should open and after specifying
    the location of the media player (for me it was /media/disk),
    and the location of the mp3 files on your hard disk, you can
    transfer and delete files from the Sony media player.
    (Thankyou JSymphonic!)

    It was recommended to actually copy the .jar file to the
    Sony media player, then you carry the program with you
    wherever you go. As long as the OS you plug into has
    Java 1.6 installed, you can run JSymphonic.

    I found that some mp3 tags were not displaying on the Sony player
    correctly - boxes instead of readable characters. I fixed that by
    first using Amarok to rewrite the mp3 tag header (just make any
    small change, eg. add a space to the comment tag, then save).
    After using JSymphonic to transfer the fixed mp3 to the Sony player,
    it appears correctly. (Thankyou Amarok!)

    Post back if if the above instructions work or don't work for you for any reason.
    Last edited by antonr; June 1st, 2008 at 11:25 AM. Reason: clarification of

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    Re: HOWTO: Transfer files to/from Sony Walkman MP3 player NW-E003F.

    Brilliant, thanks very much.

    I used the alpha version (JSymphonic_0.2.1a.jar) and it worked perfectly.

    One more step towards independence!!

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    Re: HOWTO: Transfer files to/from Sony Walkman MP3 player NW-E003F.

    As a newbie, I don't want to run the risk of trashing my sony NW e005f

    so before beginning this can someone clarify the exact steps to take, ie do I have to format the player before beginning etc, or just delete the OMA files currently on there from sonic stage in windows?

    Thanks

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    Re: HOWTO: Transfer files to/from Sony Walkman MP3 player NW-E003F.

    Hallo tropdoug

    you don't have to format anything. You don't need to delete anything - that is what JSymphonic does. Follow the instructions from antonr and then run JSymphonic (you don't have to use the terminal if you dont want to, it can be started with right click --> open with "Sun Java 6 Runtime") JSymphonic dosen't reformat the player, so you should still be able to use it wit SonicStage, although I haven't bothered trying.

    JSymphonic worked perfectly for me on my NW-E002 and on a friends NW-A1000 (albeit with a error message saying I should use compatible software )

    If you need anymore help, just ask

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    Re: HOWTO: Transfer files to/from Sony Walkman MP3 player NW-E003F.

    Thanks for that, ok all steps have been completed, but I have one problem, when I open symphonic, I cannot navigate to where my player is mounted which appears to be at the very top of the tree, alongside my ubuntu filesystem HD and the Windows HD. (see attachment)

    When I plug the player into a USB port it automatically is mounted there.

    Some advice on either moving it, or specifying the correct path would help.

    Also when I downloaded the symphonic program, I put it in a new file I made in my 'Home' folder named 'Downloaded programs' (you can see my windows hangover hey!) so now I have a program installed there. I did not want that to happen, as all I wanted to keep in that folder would be the unpacked packages, so I still haven't worked out what folder on Linux is the equivalent of the 'Programs' folder in windows? But I guess to keep the integrity of the system, I should install all new programs into the same folder structure, should I not?
    (I will learn linux, I will learn Linux, I willll ......)
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    Re: HOWTO: Transfer files to/from Sony Walkman MP3 player NW-E003F.

    SOLVED! Doh, thanks for the help everyone, I suddenly realised what a dill I was being, and found the path just as Antonr described.

    Anyway thanks again guys.

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    Smile Re: HOWTO: Transfer files to/from Sony Walkman MP3 player NW-E003F.

    Thanks for posting this. I found this post while googling Linux compatible mp3 players . I guess I can keep my Sony NW-E003F for now, but I will get rid of anything sony in the future. That interface is better than Sonic Stage's hehe.

    Ahh viva FOSS. Rock On!

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    Re: HOWTO: Transfer files to/from Sony Walkman MP3 player NW-E003F.

    anyone know if it's possible to compile a 'playlist' onto the sony player. In sonic you can make a playlist which is great, cos I have some deep meditation stuff, and with the playlist you can set it to just play those tracks. with jsymphonic it's a B*tch to be deeply relaxed and suddenly Deep Purple comes on and blows me away!
    Ok ok I know I am, showing my age, but hey good music is ageless

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    Re: HOWTO: Transfer files to/from Sony Walkman MP3 player NW-E003F.

    Thanks for all the feedbacks !

    About the playlist ;
    In the version of JSymphonic that I originally used (0.2b), the readme lists playlist as a future feature.
    I notice now that there is a newer alpha version available, which *may* have this feature. It's worth downloading to read the readme if you're really interested. Otherwise, you could look at the filesystem directly and try to figure out where and how a playlist is stored. I'm afraid I can't help you with that now because it's my friend's player, and he has it !
    An alternative, constant-time, solution is to simply buy a second player (of different colour) , on which you load only meditative music. They are so cheap (I think my friend said it was ~AUD$30) that this should be a viable solution !

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    Re: HOWTO: Transfer files to/from Sony Walkman MP3 player NW-E003F.

    Thanks I will try this.

    Before I was using NW-E00x Mp3 File Manager, but it was buggy after the first addition of songs it was impossible to add any more at a later date.
    So I have been using windows and sonic stage to transfer songs.

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