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A Sony Walkman Review and Giveaway

Just in time for Christmas! I reviewed the Sony W walkman a while back and loved it. It has a lot of great features, holds a lot of music but there were just a few small things that it needed to be worked out. Recently, contacted by those who make the Sony W again to try out the new Meb Keflezighi version, I agreed and before I knew it, I was running with the updated version, which is awesome! It basically has all the small updates that I was looking for.

I really liked the original music player but this one added an on/off switch and a few

If you read my previous review, it took me quite some time to figure out how to turn off the music player… Now with an easy on and off switch, it’s dummy proof. That little OPR light next to it blinks red when it needs to be charged and shows it’s charging when it’s plugged in.

They have also added a button for playlists as well. Wow these look really dirty in this picture but they are not! I changed out the little ear pieces to the smaller size and once I did that they fit and stayed put in my ears.

I really like how loud the music gets and it works out great with no cords. I also like how it’s water resistant, so I can take it with me in the rain and sweat all over it and it stays on and works well. I think the upgrade to the size of the ear pieces and shape of the ear pieces are much better looking. The other ear pieces just looked older and outdated.

Just like before, it’s super easy to plug into your computer, both windows and mac OS and you just drag music to the folder on the device and you are set to go. I still don’t use the Zappin Feature because I like to hear the whole song instead of just a small portion of it, but one of my most favorite features of the Special Meb Keflezighi edition is the fact that there are little sayings and tips that he says to you throughout the workout. They don’t relate specifically to your workout, but are more tips about training in general and how to get the most out of each workout. It’s always fun to hear the music amp up and his voice while you are in the middle of a run or at the gym.

Honestly, the ease of using this thing is what makes me choose it over any other music player. I do like the ipod, but the cords get annoying and I’ve even gotten chaffed from my iPod arm case. This is easy, light weight and it’s all you need, not headphones, the case, the ipod. I love that I can just throw it in my gym bag and leave and not worry about all the other stuff. I also really like that I can plug in, upload music and be done with it. It’s all one in one compact place and I don’t have to worry about it slipping out of my ears or headphones flopping around. Done!

So, Sony was kind enough to send me TWO W Walkman, one for myself to test out, and one for one lucky reader!

So if you wanted to enter the giveaway, just leave a comment with your favorite pump up song RIGHT NOW. I’m in the mood for some new music for the Holiday season and my training for Arkansas.  That will count as one entry.

If you’d like to tweet, just make sure to include @chicrunner in your tweet and also the website: That will count as one more entry.

If you don’t win, don’t be sad, because up until December 24th, they are offering $10 off on You can get your own for only 49.99! Find it Here! Add this bad boy to your Christmas list, you won’t be disappointed!

So lets hear those songs that you are listening to to enter yourself to win! (Contest will close 12/16, but have no fear, I’ll have another one giveaway next Tuesday! Also, Sony sent me one free Walkman and one to giveaway for this review/giveaway opportunity)


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  • Reply kimi

    Right now I’m loving the GLEE ‘We are Young’… it’s not like crazy pump up music but it gets me just pumped for life and living.

    December 13, 2011 at 11:42 am
  • Reply Kathy

    I love Sexy Bitch by David Guetta – or anything by Lady Gaga!

    December 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply Melissa H

    I like “Club on Smash” by Kat DeLuna. They play it at my gym all the time.

    December 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply Joselyn

    “Brainstorm” by Arctic Monkeys keeps me going

    December 13, 2011 at 12:09 pm
  • Reply Stacy

    I love running to anything with a good beat. I rarely update my running playlist, so I’m definitely due for some new tunes!

    December 13, 2011 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply marlene

    I would love love love to try this!!

    Right now I’m loving Headlines by Drake, Last Friday Night by Katy Perry, Sexy and I Know it by LMFAO … to name a few! :)

    December 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm
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    December 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Suzanne

    I’m loving “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People and “Good Ol’ Fashioned Nightmare” by Matt & Kim. I get a boost when these come on during my run.

    December 13, 2011 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply Danielle DM

    I am obsessed with Rihanna’s “We Found Love.” I know it’s been out for a while, but I can’t get enough of the it. :)

    December 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Dominique

    say anything: alive with the glory of love

    December 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Meghan

    I still start every workout with Kanye West, “Stronger”!

    December 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Will Spaetzel

    Old school, It’s Like That: Run DMC

    December 13, 2011 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Caroline

    keith urban “hit the ground running”

    December 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    I’m currently obsessed with Kaskade ft Neon Trees “Lessons in Love”

    December 13, 2011 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply Sharilyn

    What cool headphones!! “Cactus” by the Pixies is my favorite pump-up song.

    December 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply cadi

    I’m on a Rihanna kick…also, I’ve been running early in the a.m. and Sigur Ros is great wake up / pump up music (though pretty low key in general).

    December 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Gay Spencer

    Darius Rucker (Mr. Hootie Himself) love anything that man sings. FAVORITE: theme song from Shallow Hal “This is My World”

    December 13, 2011 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Denise

    The Distance by Cake always keeps my energy up on long runs or races. I also just added the Rocky theme to my player and it gets me going every time.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Emily *@SpunkyRunner

    Your Love is a Song- Switchfoot. I ran to it at the Nike Women’s Marathon like 5 times in a row. I ran the marathon in memory of my dad, so it was empowering, inspirational, and my favorite running song.

    December 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Monika

    I’m on the Sony Walkman Ambassador team and I LOVE my walkman!! they sent us the old one and the new one and I really liked the old one but love the new one since its smaller and has better controls. I haven’t touched my ipod since I got this. I’m jealous of your meb version though. I want him to say nice things to me. :) (Btw i”m not entering your contest. but Good luck to everyone!)

    December 13, 2011 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Jenna

    LMFAO Sexy and I Know It… haha such a fun work out song :)

    December 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply Sharon

    Definitely “Block After Block” by Matt and Kim right now!

    December 13, 2011 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    Anything by Lady Gaga!!! Would love to win this!!!

    December 13, 2011 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Courtney

    Well since it’s December and I’m cheesy, I’ve been loving Ella Fitzgerald’s “Ella wishes you a swingin’ Christmas” album.. it’s upbeat and awesome ;D

    December 13, 2011 at 3:39 pm
  • Reply Daniela

    One of my favourite songs right now is “Tongue Tied” by Grouplove.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm
  • Reply Beth

    My new obsession is “Little Lion Man” by Mumford & Sons. I just listen to it on repeat during intervals. Actually, almost their entire album has great songs for running/giving you a kick.

    Also, “We Found Love” by Rihanna.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply Belinda M.

    My new favorite workout song is Party by Beyonce. The energy is amazing. And it makes me feel like I’m not working out but enjoying what I do.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:33 pm
  • Reply MacKensie Gibson

    I love all songs by the band Fun! They are so upbeat and exciting to listen to!

    December 13, 2011 at 5:10 pm
  • Reply Bob

    We Love Machine by Way Out West

    December 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm
  • Reply Madison

    I am currently loving the song All These Things I’ve Done by the Killers.

    December 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm
  • Reply Kara

    I love “Get Low” by FloRida for some reason.

    December 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    I’m running to Christmas music right now, I love it!

    December 13, 2011 at 5:42 pm
  • Reply Elle

    I am bopping along to I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas….

    works for me!

    December 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm
  • Reply Elle

    And i tweeted. Would love to have this little goodie!

    December 13, 2011 at 5:56 pm
  • Reply Chelle

    A favorite that got me through the Nike Women’s Marathon…..”I Made It” Kevin Rudolf

    December 13, 2011 at 6:24 pm
  • Reply Bonnie

    Right now I’m rocking out to the old school tune “What a Feeling”.

    December 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm
  • Reply Megan

    Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO definitely!

    December 13, 2011 at 6:42 pm
  • Reply Megan

    I tweeted too! (@meganroxanne)

    December 13, 2011 at 6:43 pm
  • Reply Chanin

    Keep On Shinin’ by Third Day

    December 13, 2011 at 6:58 pm
  • Reply erin l.

    If I Die Young by the band perry. Love that song!!!

    December 13, 2011 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply Jen

    I’m not great with song titles, but Rihanna, LMFAO, Katy Perry, Britney, Lady Gaga and Pitbull are my workout staples.

    December 13, 2011 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    Yay! I really want one of these, but can’t justify buying it even with the discount when I already have an iPhone and an iPod shuffle. Anyway, I listen to podcasts when I run, but if I were to listen to music I still like the song Dynamite.

    December 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    I tweeted.

    December 13, 2011 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Natalie

    Bring em out by TI always gets me pumped up!

    December 13, 2011 at 9:28 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    Yoü and I by Lady Gaga is at the top of my list right now

    December 13, 2011 at 10:10 pm
  • Reply Kirby @ DietCokeStr8Up

    I’d love to enter!! Right now it’s Poison’s “Nothing but a good time”. Amazing!!!

    December 13, 2011 at 10:53 pm
  • Reply AwesomeMel

    “Big fat bagg” Britney Spears feat Will.I.Am -femme fatale

    December 14, 2011 at 12:02 am
  • Reply Rudy

    LMFAO – Party Rock / sexy and i know it

    December 14, 2011 at 1:13 am
  • Reply Kate

    I have been rocking out to Party Rock Anthem & a Christmas playlist that includes, Boney M, and Do They Know It’s Christmas.

    December 14, 2011 at 4:42 am
  • Reply Ashley h

    I’m currently loving “ni**as in Paris” by jay-z and Kanye. But anything by Rihanna is great!

    December 14, 2011 at 7:09 am
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