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Sony Walkman Giveaway & Review!

So I was so lucky to receive a Sony “W”, which is their newest technology in the walkman aspect of things. Remember those? Well now they are so advanced that they take away the cords and put everything in a tiny chip in your ear. It’s so simple to use and I use it when running and working out at the gym. I love it at the gym because cords don’t get caught on weights and nothing has to be strapped onto my arm or anything. It’s practically weightless that I forget it’s there. I also make sure to keep the volume relitivly low when I’m running outside for safety reasons.

I seriously never realized how annoying cords were until I went cordless! One of the most surprising things was the fact that it holds so much music and that it stays put. I have worn it quite a few times in the rain, including the Monsoonal LA Marathon this year and it stays in, and keeps playing the jams. I was worried it might short circuit, but since it’s relatively waterproof (I don’t know about swimming) it was totally fine! I never realized how much I pull my own ear buds out until I didn’t even have that option without cords.  I am a skeptic when it comes to these things, but the wires curve well over your ears and they have no problem staying in. The headsets also come with three different sized interchangeable ‘earbuds’ that can fit different sized ear canals.

Another great thing about them is the fact that they are pretty easy to use. I have never had a problem updating music on my Mac, which I was most worried about since it wasn’t an apple product. I just plug it in and it is simple to drop music onto the player folder. You can see how much space you have left and all the songs on the player as well. There is a small light that lets you know when it’s fully charged and it’s easy to plug into any computer to charge. The only thing I wish it has was a wall charger since I’m not always around a computer. It took me a while to learn was how to turn it off. The first few times I used it, I had to let it play until it died because I’m an idiot and couldn’t figure out how to turn it off. All you have to do is put the little magnetic pieces together like shown above and it will turn off.

So once I figured that out it was really easy to use and I could keep it charged much longer.  I do like the wide variety of how loud and soft the music goes and I feel like it gets pretty loud which is awesome for the gym. I also like how I can listen to just one ear if I’m running in a busy location and I know it also has a “zappin” feature, which changes the song about every 15 seconds so you just get little snippets of each song, but I don’t really like that feature because I like listening to whole songs, but I could see it as being entertaining if you only wanted a few songs.

The thing that really is awesome about the Sony W is the fact that it’s only $59.95. To me, that is a more reasonable price for this product. I really think that it’s a cool product and I’m happy to say that I have shed my iPod for the W! I just love the convenience, and the simplicity of it and how it doesn’t have cords and how portable it is. I also like the price because if it did break, I wouldn’t be heartbroken over $59 bucks. It’s also waterproof and I use it all the time now. I don’t even use my iPod for working out, I leave it docked in the bathroom for morning getting ready jams! If you would have told me that I love this little guy as much as I do, I wouldn’t have believed it but I am seriously glad I checked this out and if you are in the market for something new, I would totally put it on your list! You can find out more here!

BUT you could also WIN one of two right here! You can enter just by leaving a comment with your favorite song. If you tweet the contest, you can get another entry, but only if you include “@chicrunner” and the web address to this giveaway. Then I can count that entry. So you have two ways to enter! Comment and tweeting! I’ll pick the winner next Monday.

Big thanks to Sony to sending me two more to giveaway and my own W to review, because without it I would still be stuck in my cords!

Good luck!


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  • Reply Katie R

    Lately, I’ve been loving the Glee ‘original’ song “Loser Like Me”.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Margot

    “Fake Plastic Trees” radiohead…not a normal “running” song, but it feels perfect for an outside morning run.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply Astro

    You got another thing coming – Judas Priest. Yea, I’m old.

    April 6, 2011 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply Kiley

    My favorite song to finish a race to is Carrie Underwood’s “Ever After” It’s such a great “you can do anything now” song! I love what you were saying about going cordless, I ran the moonson marathon (LA) as well and it was my first full and I battled the ear buds falling about ever mile! Almost ever photo they took is my fumbling with my stupid ear buds super dissapointed! I’d be thrilled to go cordless from now on! Thanks for the great review!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:20 am
  • Reply Olivia

    Favorite song? That’s so hard! Hmmmm, right now I love to run to Pink. Raise Your Glass is my fav!

    April 7, 2011 at 6:32 am
  • Reply RED

    my favorite song is September by Earth Wind and Fire. Yes, the song that’s played at all weddings. I love it to run to too – so upbeat and fun!

    April 7, 2011 at 8:38 am
  • Reply Katie

    I’m currently hooked on Rolling in the Deep by Adele!

    April 7, 2011 at 11:35 am
  • Reply Jennifer

    Im so diggin’ “Dog Days Are Over” by Florecne + the Machine!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    Tweeted! @crave the run

    April 7, 2011 at 4:46 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    Fave song? “Hero” by Pop Evil

    April 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    I love Let It Rock my Kevin Rudolf

    April 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm
  • Reply M

    Depeche Mode, Personal Jesus

    April 7, 2011 at 7:40 pm
  • Reply Tram-Anh

    This looks amazing! Currently, my favorite song is “Keep Us” by Peter Bradley Adams.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Erica H.

    I love running to Lady Gaga. She gets me pumped up!

    April 9, 2011 at 8:31 am
  • Reply Ashleigh Grant

    These look awesome! “The Show Goes On” by Lupe Fiasco is keeping me on track right now.

    April 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm
  • Reply Deena

    adele “set fire to the rain” is phenomenal.

    April 10, 2011 at 6:57 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    My favorite is Let’s Get It Started – Black Eyed Peas!

    April 10, 2011 at 6:59 pm
  • Reply Fawn (milanorunner)

    Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas

    April 10, 2011 at 7:03 pm
  • Reply Erica

    Favorite “pick me up” running song these days is “I wanna be sedated” (ramones). Tx for offering the giveaway!

    April 10, 2011 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply DavidH

    My favorite song while running: Infinity 2008 by Guru Josh Project (used for the 2009 Kona Ironman video on YouTube) – Awesome for motivation on the bike or on the run!

    April 10, 2011 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply Andi

    Summer of 69 — Bryan Adams. Best song I heard on my run today :)

    April 10, 2011 at 7:15 pm
  • Reply Julianne

    Right now, I’m liking the new Black Eyed Peas, “Just can’t get enough”

    April 10, 2011 at 7:18 pm
  • Reply atout

    Lately my favorite has been Kids by MGMT. Great for keeping me spinning!

    April 10, 2011 at 7:33 pm
  • Reply Sean

    AC/DC’s Sin City…

    April 10, 2011 at 8:05 pm
  • Reply Tiffany

    Current faves: “Blow” from Ke$ha and “can’t stop me now” by Pitbull! Love your blog!

    April 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply cindylu

    My favorite song is “Las Flores” by Café Tacuba.

    April 11, 2011 at 12:26 am
  • Reply Donna

    Favorite song…Let’s Get It Started by Black Eye Peas.

    April 11, 2011 at 3:44 am
  • Reply Amber

    My current favorite running/workout/pump-up song is Love the Way You Lie by Eminem ft Rihanna…it’s hard not to sing out loud when I listen to it on a run!

    April 11, 2011 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Jen Papaya

    Currently Generator (second stage) by Freelance Whales!

    April 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm
  • Reply Moshe

    Peter Tosh – Johnny Be Good

    April 11, 2011 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply Megan

    My current favorite song is The Cave by Mumford & Sons! I’m gonna tweet it too ;)

    May 1, 2011 at 6:47 pm
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