How to Download Music to a Sony Walkman MP3

By Kathleen Estrada

How to download or transfer music, pictures, videos and data from your computer to your Sony Walkman MP3 Player

Music can be downloaded to a Sony Walkman by connecting your Walkman to your computer with a USB cable and transferring your songs with the software that came with your Sony Walkman, or manually transferring the music with a File Explorer. Audio books, video and data can also be stored on your Walkman.

Step 1

Use the USB cord that came with your Walkman to connect your music player with your computer. Turn your Walkman on. Your device will appear under the Computer section of your Windows Explorer.

Computer Section

Step 2

Sony software will automatically run when you plug your Walkman in and turn it on. If the software does not run, double-click the Setup.exe file located in the software folder. Sony Walkman will sync with Windows Media Player automatically. Music not in your Media Player Library will need to be manually transferred.

Step 3

Music downloaded from the Internet will be in your Downloads folder. Move any other music you would like to download to your Walkman to your Downloads folder to ensure that your collection is located all in one place.

Downloads Folder

In another window, open your music directory on your Walkman. Each MP3 player has a slightly different way to access the music directory. Follow the directions of your model to open the folder containing its music. You can also open Windows Explorer and find your player under Computer in the directory. Once you have opened the music directory, Copy and Paste the music from your Downloads folder into the music folder of your Walkman.

Step 4

After your transfer is complete, disconnect your USB cable and play the music you transferred. If you have technical issues, contact Sony support.

File Formats Supported by Sony Walkman MP3 Players

  • .m4a (MPEG-4, audio only)
  • .mp4 (MPEG-4)
  • .3gp (Third Generation Partnership Project)
  • .mp3 (MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 Audio Layer III)
  • .wav (Waveform Audio File Format)
  • .wma (Windows Media Audio)
  • .flac (Free Lossless Audio Codec)
  • .mid (MIDI File)
  • .xmf (Extensible Music Format)
  • .ogg (
  • .AA (Audible audiobook)

Sony Walkman MP3 players also support pictures and videos. When transferring pictures, store them in the DCIM or PICTURE folder. When transferring videos, store them in the VIDEOS folder. Computer data can also be stored, but will not run on the device.