How to Download Music to a Sony Walkman MP3

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

Step 1: Plug in the USB Cord

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


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Step 2: Transfer Music With Sony Software

Sony software automatically runs 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 syncs with Windows Media Player automatically. Music not in your Media Player Library must be manually transferred.


Step 3: Transfer Music Manually

Music downloaded from the Internet is in your Downloads folder. Move any other music you want to transfer to the Walkman to your Downloads folder to ensure that your collection is located all in one place.

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In another window, open the 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. After you open the music directory, copy and paste the music from your Downloads folder into the music folder of your Walkman.



Step 4: Unplug Your Walkman and Play Your Music

After your transfer is complete, disconnect the 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.



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