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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 Kelly

    Oh I want one!! Obviously, my favorite song is “It’s a Party in the USA.’ Why wouldn’t it be?

    April 5, 2011 at 10:26 am
  • Reply Stacie

    Britney Spears is pretty much KILLING it right now with her new CD. Such great music to run to!!!

    April 5, 2011 at 10:26 am
  • Reply F. Plvan

    Favorite song? “Wild Thing.” Old school.

    F. Plvan

    April 5, 2011 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Lauren

    This week…Kaskade’s Fire in Your New Shoes

    April 5, 2011 at 10:41 am
  • Reply dylan

    Lately, it’s been anything by Ke$ha – her music just pumps me up!!

    April 5, 2011 at 10:42 am
  • Reply Chris

    Favorite song (for running) …. Bad (Live) by U2. Makes it onto every playlist.

    April 5, 2011 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Hannah @ Running In Freedom

    Right now I’m in love with all of Adele’s new cd but my favorite song is One and Only!

    April 5, 2011 at 10:50 am
  • Reply Shelley B

    My newest favorite running song is Glee’s “Hell to the No!”

    April 5, 2011 at 11:00 am
  • Reply Jeff

    Right now that gives me a spurt is Wonderman from Tinie Tempah feat. Ellie Goulding!

    April 5, 2011 at 11:08 am
  • Reply @kimikay

    I am dying to win this! OK, not really dying… but I want it!

    My favorite song to run to is ‘Steady as She Goes’… it’s just perfect for me.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:09 am
  • Reply Joel

    Right now it’s S&M by Rihanna.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:14 am
  • Reply Mollyberries

    Right now my favorite song is ‘Rolling in the Deep’ by Adele !

    April 5, 2011 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Jessica B.

    Pump it by the Black Eyed Peas has been on almost every mix I make

    April 5, 2011 at 11:18 am
  • Reply Lindsey

    I’m a new reader and your review totally sold me on this product! Currently I’m listening to lots of Girl Talk, fast paced poppy mashups make long runs go by much faster. Thanks for the review and new music recommendations!

    April 5, 2011 at 11:20 am
  • Reply Jose Callejas

    lately “I do” by Colbie Callait is stuck in my head. I’ve been married for nearly a decade but I can relate. Given your recent engagement I bet that’s how you feel.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:25 am
  • Reply Allison H

    Every mix I make has Ke$ha in it! We R Who We R is my fav! Gets me pumped, so I put it in the middle of my playlist!!

    April 5, 2011 at 11:27 am
  • Reply Lisa

    My fab song to run to is I’m the best – nicki minaj

    April 5, 2011 at 11:27 am
  • Reply Lisa

    Thanks for the review and the opportunity to win! I’m really bad at naming my favorite things. I had to go look at my running playlist to pick a song. I guess my favorite running song right now would be Dynamite by Taio Cruz.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:28 am
  • Reply 51FeetUnder

    For running I love Bonzo Goes to Bitburg by the Ramones.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:28 am
  • Reply Nicki

    Great giveaway! I recently started running with an iPod shuffle for the convenience, but this looks even easier to use!

    April 5, 2011 at 11:29 am
  • Reply @infamous

    My favorite song is “Mandy” by Ratatat

    *fingers crossed* :)

    April 5, 2011 at 11:29 am
  • Reply Carly D. @ CarlyBananas

    Right now fave running songs are Ke$ha.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:29 am
  • Reply Mararthon Mitch

    one of mine is “Static Age” By Green Day of their 21st Century Album, great song!!!

    April 5, 2011 at 11:30 am
  • Reply Tara Marie

    My fave right now is Bad Romance by Lady Gaga!! so good!!

    April 5, 2011 at 11:33 am
  • Reply Laura

    My favorite song right for running right now is (so hard, so hard) Lose yourself by Eminem.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:34 am
  • Reply CAROLIE

    Right now one of my favorite songs to run to is Dance Dance by FallOut Boy!

    April 5, 2011 at 11:41 am
  • Reply Chanin

    My fave running song is “Nothin’ Better To Do” by LeAnn Rimes.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Stacey

    My favorite on current playlist is Waiting For the End – Linkin Park.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:44 am
  • Reply Tim

    Southern Cross by CSN.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Heather

    I just added Give Me Everything by Ne-yo, Afrojack, and Nayer.
    Love it!

    April 5, 2011 at 11:46 am
  • Reply Prudence

    Shake Me Like a Monkey- Dave Matthews Band

    April 5, 2011 at 11:49 am
  • Reply Anna

    My favorite song for running is “My Body” by Young the Giant.

    April 5, 2011 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Carrie

    my fav song is ‘Pass Out’ by Tinie Tempeh!

    April 5, 2011 at 11:58 am
  • Reply Bridget

    Lately, it’s just about anything by Kanye West

    April 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Christopher

    Oh My God by Ida Maria

    April 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Elisabeth W.

    right now my favorite running song is “crazy” by Seal

    April 5, 2011 at 12:11 pm
  • Reply Kat

    Hands down Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run”

    April 5, 2011 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply Missy

    Spice girls wannabe!

    April 5, 2011 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Ryce

    Miracles by Newsboys!

    April 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm
  • Reply Rosalie

    I loaded my mp3 player with Irish music for a 5k on St Paddy’s day and since then my favorite is Pair of Brown Eyes by the Pogues. I have sony earbuds that look like the ones on the W and they are the best ever. Fits perfectly into my ear.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm
  • Reply Missy

    What an awesome contraption, I use my ipod, but you are definitely right about the cords, they get in they way. Right now my favorite song is Far East Movement “If I Was You”

    April 5, 2011 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply Rommel

    The Time (Dirty Bit) by the Black Eyed Peas motivates me all the TIME!

    April 5, 2011 at 12:22 pm
  • Reply Dominic

    My Favorite power song is METALLICA – BATTERY

    April 5, 2011 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply lauren

    what an intersting little device! my all time favorite song is ‘Soulshine’ by the Alman Bros.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Sesa

    “Think About It” by Stevie Nicks. Crossing my fingers!

    April 5, 2011 at 12:24 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    My favorite song changes weekly, but currently on repeat this week is Love You by Jack Ingram!

    April 5, 2011 at 12:27 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Right now my favorite song is that country song, “wildflower” by the jane deer girls. It’s so fun & happy! :)

    April 5, 2011 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Audrey

    Today I was rockin to Miss Britney’s “Till the World Ends” on my run. :D

    April 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Shauna'h

    My favorite song (to run to, at least) is “Someday” by Flipsyde. It always gets me moving!

    April 5, 2011 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Eva

    Right now I love the song “Porn star dancing”, by My Darkest Days. Great beat for running!! Very sexy sound.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm
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