Product Review & Giveaway: Sony Walkman

I was offered the chance to review a Sony W-Series Walkman MP3 Player, and after being a little skeptical about them in the past, I was excited to give it a shot for myself to see what I thought!  I do love running with music after all and my headphone cord has been driving me insane lately, so this would be a great option to have if it passed the test.

About the Walkman W-Series:

The Walkman W-Series is cord-free and designed to be lightweight and wearable, with a water-resistant frame that fits comfortably behind the neck. 

Other specifications important to runners:

  • Fast charge: ~90 minutes of battery life in a 3 minute charge (for those times you forget to charge it, but need to get out the door ASAP).
  • Long battery life: ~11 hours of total battery life when fully charged
  • Storage: holds 1.68 GB of music
  • Price: $59.99

I am always very excited when I get a box at my door and was extra excited the day I saw it was a box full of Sony Walkmen! 

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I took mine out and the first thing I did was plug it into my computer to get it figured out.  I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to load songs onto, but once you plug it in with the USB cord, a window popped up where you can copy and paste songs from your iTunes music folder (or wherever you store music) into it.  It was pretty simple to figure out and a few minutes later my Walkman was loaded up with songs!

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I tried it on and the ear piece that was on it was too big for my ears.  Luckily it came with 2 other sizes (one bigger and one smaller), so I switched to the smaller one and it fit perfectly.   After that I was ready for a test run, literally.

I haven’t been running with music much lately but made a point to bring this out on a run last week where I would be in daylight to test it out.  I figured out all the buttons (play, track forward/back, stop, volume) and all were very intuitive and easy to use once it was on my head.

Sporting the Sony Walkman
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I started off into my run and it settled into place pretty much immediately.  After that I didn’t even notice it was there.  The sound was great, it was comfortable and best of all there were no wires hanging in front of me driving me crazy! 

No cords!  It just wraps around the back of your head &
I didn’t even notice it was there.
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I was definitely happy with how it worked and was excited to let Chris test it out also since he is a big music runner.  He took it on his long run this weekend and really liked it also.  It didn’t bother him, stayed put, he enjoyed not having cords and the volume met his very high standards.

Overall I would definitely recommend this if you are looking for a MP3 music player, especially if cords make you crazy.  Chris and I will be fighting over sharing this one often.

The best part of this post is Sony gave me TWO additional Walkman W-Series to giveaway to readers! 

To enter the giveaway (you don’t have to have a blog, just an email address!):

  • Comment (Mandatory): leave a comment on this post telling me if you run to music and why or why not.
  • Tweet (+1 extra entry): I want to win a @Sony Walkman from @runnersrambles
  • Link (+1 extra entry): link this giveaway to your blog or facebook or wherever and email me telling me you did.

Just like my last giveaway you might want to like runner’s rambles on facebook, because there just might be extra chances for additional entries.

The giveaway will be open until next Tuesday, March 15th at midnight California time.  I will choose 2 winners randomly and announce them on Wednesday, March 16th.

***I was sent the Sony Walkman at no cost in exchange for my review.  I was also sent two additional free Walkmen to giveaway.

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164 Responses to Product Review & Giveaway: Sony Walkman

  1. Kim Dabbs March 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    I love listening to music while running! I have tried listening to podcasts but I find my pace slows when I do so I stick to upbeat music.

  2. Marlene March 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    I’ve been really curious about these and would LOVE to try it out. The cord on muy iPod drives me crazy too!

    I run with music when I run alone and often bring it along for long distance races. I don’t always need it, but sometimes the right music can give me a big boost!

  3. Marlene March 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    Tweeted!

  4. Todd Shipman March 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    Running and music going side and side with me. Especially for my ultra’s! I strategicly choose my songs, and where they go on my play list, because certain songs get my adrenaline pumping, so i put them at the higher milage to help me out, and slower peaceful songs at the beginning, so i dont jump out too fast. It helps me get into a rythym and stay with it.

  5. Lynette March 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    I would love to try it out on my walks ;) and since I’m such a fan, I’ll be back after I link it on facebook!

  6. Kerry March 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    I am definitely a fan of running with music for some extra motivation; however, I’m pretty careful about where I chose to run with music!

  7. Lynette March 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    Linked on FB too :)

  8. Emily Kay March 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    I used to only run with music on the treadmill, but now that I am starting to actually find a love for running and just signed up for my first half, I am getting into some longer runs and have been running with music outside. I agree my headphone cord is annoying and I don’t know what to do with it. Oh and your blog has been really informative and encouraging!!! Em.

  9. JanaC March 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    I always ask my closest friends & family for “their song” to add to my marathon play list. When that song comes on during the marathon, I focus on them the entire song. Sometimes I am cursing them out if I am in a tough spot, but usually it gives me inspiration and a little kick in my step. I have done marathons with & without music, while I like both, music can be a much needed coach during key moments in the race.

  10. Kristy@RunTheLongRoad March 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    It depends if I run with music or not. Weekday early morning runs – definitely not for safety reasons. But for weekend long runs, music is helpful.

  11. Kristy@RunTheLongRoad March 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    Tweeted :)

  12. Chris March 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    I am a big fan of running with music or podcasts. i have all kinds of playlists for different runs. i find podcasts to be really great for slower efforts or recovery runs. the cord of my shuffle does drive me a little nuts, so this is super intriguing!

  13. N8I March 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    Yes I run with music otherwise my ADHD gets the best of me. With the right tunes playing a good run is tantamount to meditation for me.

    Good writing

  14. JoanS March 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    I definitely run with music. Sometimes that’s what gets me out the door!

  15. The Green Girl March 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    It all depends on my mood – sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t.

    Great giveaway!

  16. Kelsey March 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    AAAAHHH I’d LOVE to try it! If I’m running alone, I run with music. During a race or with a friend I go sound free!

  17. janae@hungryrunnergirl.com March 8, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    SO SO FUN!!! I have been wanting those so so bad. I LOVE to listen to music as I run…I NEED IT!!!

  18. April March 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    I’d love to try this!! I hate the cord on my ipod. It always gets tangled in my arm.

  19. Kelsey March 8, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    I always listen to music when I run at the gym, not always when running outside. It just depends on the setting since I like to be able to hear my surroundings when I’m outside so I sometimes just rock the one earphone :)

    I would LOVE one of these though, I hate the cords and I hate having to find somewhere to put my iPod. I hate it in armbands or pockets, so lately I’ve been wearing two sportsbras and stuffing it in between the two layers haha

  20. Average A March 8, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    Yay for a fun giveaway! Here is my mandatory comment: I can go either way running with music! I don’t run with music when it is dark out, but I’ll listen to music if I’m looking to have a faster run (then I listen to music with a certain BMP). I would love this for longer runs and for using at the gym!

  21. Average A March 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm #

    And I just tweeted! :)

  22. Heather March 8, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    I have been trying to run less with music – when I saw the title of your post I laughed. I used to have a yellow sony walkman. It was my favorite!

    Glad it is a little less cumbersome now – imagine a new product that still used tapes!?!

  23. Lauren March 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    I am a huge fan of running with music!! I have my best runs when I’m powered by my favorite playlist. I really like the sound of this walkman – it just looks like a little bluetooth in your ear. And my headphone cords annoy me so much!

  24. Toronto Girl West March 8, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    What a brilliant giveaway!!! I would love to win one of those! :)

    PS: I just tweeted!

  25. Jennifer S. March 8, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    I would looooove to try that new walkman. Please enter me in the raffle.

  26. Jeff Posner March 8, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    Aron, I lost my Ipod at the seaside half marathon on sunday. This would be a great way to get my music back in my ears.

  27. Mike S. March 8, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    I very seldom get a chance to listen to music except when running, but I try to keep the volume at a level that I can hear what’s going on around me.

  28. Allison March 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    I run with music when I need some extra motivation or if I’m on the treadmill. If I’m feeling excited for a run or I’ve got a buddy then it’s not as necessary, but it’s there to get me through the tough spots!

  29. Amanda March 8, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    I run to music to boost my energy and give me a tempo to keep up with.

  30. Amanda March 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    I shared on my blog’s giveaway sidebar.

  31. Geoff Wieczynski March 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    I have never run to music. One of these days I will..

  32. Layla March 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    I’ve wanted to try this for quite a while now. I have the hardest time getting earbuds to stay in my ears, so that’s why I’m leery of spending money on these kinds of things. And then the sound of the flapping cord drives me NUTS! So, pick me pick me pick me!

  33. Rachel March 8, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    i’m a big music runner, unless i’m running with others. music and running just seem to make such a great combo!

  34. ID March 8, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

    Oh. This looks great. I was actually looking at the ad with Meb recently. I have gone through many earbuds that did not stay put or were not sturdy enough.

    Anyway, I run to music – it helps me to zone out and just run, especially if I’m on the treadmill. I listen to music, audiobooks and my audio Bible. I am trying to do my short runs without music but we’ll see how that goes.

  35. Petra March 9, 2011 at 12:49 am #

    I tend to listen to podcasts and playlists but this thing looks great – my iPhone’s wires have been getting super annoying recently. You’ve even got me to go back to Twitter!

  36. Kathy March 9, 2011 at 1:25 am #

    I would love to win one (I left my shuffle at the Folsom Tri last year!)!

  37. Joy March 9, 2011 at 3:39 am #

    That seriously has to be one of the coolest inventions ever! Cords make me crazy! And although I love my iPhone I’d love to have my music somewhere else!

  38. Joy March 9, 2011 at 3:41 am #

    I tweeted it (I’m always_joy)

  39. Kristi March 9, 2011 at 3:57 am #

    I would love one of these! Headphone cords are annoying. I always run with music while on the treadmill, but I go without during races.

  40. Kristi March 9, 2011 at 3:58 am #

    I tweeted this (karyash)

  41. Kristi March 9, 2011 at 4:00 am #

    I also “liked” runners rambles on facebook

  42. Jenny March 9, 2011 at 4:39 am #

    I love listening to music when I run since I run by myself. It helps pumps me up and keeps me going during a run.

  43. Ilsa March 9, 2011 at 5:20 am #

    I run with music to keep me pumped and focused on the run. Although, the SFMT is teaching me to run socially. :)

  44. Denise March 9, 2011 at 5:23 am #

    i tweeted already about it!!

    i don’t run to music but i like to listen to it on walks and while i’m working.

  45. Jennifer March 9, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    90% of the time I don’t run with music. But sometimes I need that extra push!

  46. Laura March 9, 2011 at 5:47 am #

    I have gotten out of the habit of not running with music…usually just when I really need it..i.e struggling in a race or just to keep me alive on the tail end of a long run.
    great giveaway…these things look so neat!

  47. J March 9, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    Those look so cool! I usually only run with music on the treadmill because when I run outside on the road I like to hear the cars just to be safe!

  48. Siobhan March 9, 2011 at 6:55 am #

    Wow. Cordless headphones?! That’s AMAZING! Nothing is worse than cords getting in the way of your stride!

    I only listen to music while I run! Music is my mantra. When I am just not feeling my run or need the extra motivation- I put on a powersong and my mood instantly changes!

    I’m going to go and like you on facebook now!

  49. Lisa March 9, 2011 at 6:55 am #

    I never used to run with music running outside – there’s something about the rhythmic sound of feet and breathing – but my winter treadmill habits have gotten me started on running with music again. It makes treadmill and track workouts go by fast! I’m a little nervous to run outside with headphones though – unless I have one popped out on the side that cars are driving.

  50. Laura March 9, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    I like listening to music on my long solo runs… and using music as built in interval training!

  51. Sara March 9, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    I run with music sometimes but if I run with my mp3 player I usually listen to a podcast. Especially on long runs, the podcast give me something to think about and not be overwhelmed by the distance.

    NPR has a lot that you can subscribe to for free- Wait, Wait Don’t tell me (a news quiz show) is funny and great to listen to.

  52. Vava March 9, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    Nice! Although I haven’t been running with music for the longest time (mostly because I hate cords flopping all over the place) I have recently started to listen to podcasts while running. This Sony thing sounds like it would be the perfect solution!

    Thanks for doing this, and good luck to all entrants.

  53. Larry March 9, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    Love to run with music. Like the idea of running with no headphone cord. Looks like a good value at less than $60.

  54. Larry March 9, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    Linked on Facebook

  55. Kelly March 9, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    OOH I’ve been wanting to get a pair of these ever since Danica reviewed them. I usually run with music because it keeps me distracted.

  56. Lanny March 9, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    I tried these at the Vegas Marathon booth and loved the concept. Funny how u can be skeptical of great deals. $59 is less than most decent headphones. I hope they last!!

    Enter me in the contest, would love for my first pair to be comped! :)

    Linked to Facebook.

  57. Kiley March 9, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    I listen to music when I run, keeps me distracted & pumps me up (depending on the song)

  58. Tamara March 9, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    SUH-WEET giveaway! couldn’t have come at a better time! My b-day is at the end of the month and I was eyeing these babies as a gift to self after reading your original review.

  59. Valentina March 9, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    I run to music to distract me!! I try to run without when getting close to a race, but during most of my training, I run to music. It motivates me and I find myself going faster when it’s playing!

  60. Will Spaetzel March 9, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    I love music to help power me over the hills and past the tough spots!

  61. Cortney March 9, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    I run with music but sometimes get tired of it during long races (halfs)

  62. Angel March 9, 2011 at 8:37 am #

    I love running to music and cords drive me crazy too! This product sounds awesome.

  63. Jess G March 9, 2011 at 8:43 am #

    Am intrigued by the no cord walkman. I run occasionally with music but the cord and ear buds tend to drive me crazy. I really want to run with music so maybe this invention will be new running buddy. Thanks Aron!

  64. Amy March 9, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    most of the time I listen to music while running. If I am running with a group I tend to leave it behind.

  65. Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 9, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Running without cords is the best thing ever!

  66. Tara March 9, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    Ok since bothy ou and D like this now I want one!!!!! hehe

    I like running with music during races, but most of my weekly runs I run without it except towards the end of my my long runs when I need some extra oomph to push me! :)

  67. Kelley March 9, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    I love listening to music during shorter runs, but for my long runs I almost always listen to podcasts. My two favorites are This American Life and Fresh Air – makes the miles fly by!

  68. Meredith March 9, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    I only listen to music on the treadmill, because the ‘mill is boring! Otherwise, I’m usually content with the sounds of the birdies (as well as cars and cyclists).

  69. Mark March 9, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    On my hard days, I never listen to music because I’m trying to listen to my body and focus on my form. But on my slow days, I’m more relaxed and will listen to music.

  70. Jessica March 9, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    L-O-V-E listening to music while running or working out! Having cordless headphones will make running and working out just a tad easier :)

  71. Jessica March 9, 2011 at 9:42 am #

    I tweeted the give away! @jessywuv

  72. Jessica March 9, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    I ‘liked’ you on facebook!

  73. Brittany March 9, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    Hmm… I would be interested to see how this works. I don’t often run with music for a couple of reasons but mainly because I HATE having the cord get caught in my arms! I think this would be great for long runs when I really need that extra boost.

  74. Shelly March 9, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    I used to run carring a WalkMan, oldschool style. Yeah, I’m old. It had a cassette tape. Along came CDs and my WalkMan got smaller but still a pain to carry. As my miles got longer I willingness to carry anything got less. I simply enjoyed listening to nature and gave up the music. Now I push the jogger when I am outside and it has a built in player for the passenger’s enjoyment. That’s great BUT as much as I love Veggie Tales, I’d love a way to hear something other than how God made me special while I run because I already know that and don’t really need the reminder for 6, 8, 10 miles of running.

  75. katie March 9, 2011 at 10:41 am #

    I run with music because there’s nothing better than some good beats. :)

  76. oz runner March 9, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    this sounds very cool….i run with music about 1/2 the time…

  77. Lisa March 9, 2011 at 11:17 am #

    I’m glad that companies are reaching out to bloggers so much these days. I would never have known about this product if it wasn’t for your review. I almost always listen to podcasts when I run because it helps the time pass more quickly. My main gripe with headphone cords is that I’m short so the cords are extra-long on me. Also cords are the worst when it’s windy. Anyway, this Sony Walkman looks cool and I’d love to try it!

  78. Nelly March 9, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    I’ve never listened to music when I run, but I might try it sometime, I think it might make me less bored sometimes on runs, and thus I might be better at keeping a slower pace since music would be there to distract me, haha

  79. Freya March 9, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    Wow what an awesome give away! I run with music – except my iPod died in mile 1 of my marathon last Oct, and I can’t afford a new one :(

  80. Freya March 9, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    Oh, and I tweeted :)

  81. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair March 9, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Awesome!!! I definitely DO run with music when I’m running on my own. I find that having music on really helps me zone out and “get in the zone”. It also helps me push through tough parts of the run. My iPod cord is always annoying me and getting in the way so these sony walkmens seem VERY cool!

  82. Sharilyn March 9, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    I ALWAYS run to music. Music is a huge part of my life, and something I’m very passionate about. Sadly, my trusty iPod shuffle disappeared a few days ago…maybe the time is right to “cut the cord”, so to speak!

  83. Anamarie March 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Hi Araon!

    I am a long time reader, but first time commenter. I *love* your blog — especially since I was born and raised in Fremont! It’s great to see all the EB Park trails.

    I run to music when I run by myself or race; as I tell my fellow “purist/minimalist” buddies it’s to drown out the pain. Right now I love listening to Girl Talk’s newest album “All Day” — it’s definitely been a mood booster during my training for the MORE Women’s Half in NYC in April. I recently bought a new pair of headphones that aren’t really working out, so I hope I win these!

    Thanks again!
    Anamarie

    PS. Good luck in Boston. Also went to Wellesley, so make sure you are ready for the SCREAM TUNNEL!! :)

  84. Katy March 9, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    I love listening to music. I haven’t reached the running (or age?) maturity to run without tunes. I am hoping to get there some day for the sake of my ear drums because I like it LOUD! :)

  85. Cynthia March 9, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    I’ve become thoroughly annoyed with cords, and would love to try one of these out. I’m definitely a run-with-mp3 player kind of person, and while what I listen to varies, I actually usually listen to news podcasts instead of music!

  86. Lauren March 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

    I love running with music because it keeps me going and gets me out of my head. If I don’t have it I think about being tired or breathing too heavy. Plus there is just something about cheesy pop songs that puts me in a good mood and makes me want to swing my head back and forth as I run. Sometimes I think this is why swimming is harder than running or spinning (although I never use music when I’m on a ride).

  87. Stephanie Croughwell March 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    I have never really run with music. When I first started running a couple of years ago I had to run with my stroller a lot and I thought it was safer without music.

  88. Stephanie Croughwell March 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    tweeted

  89. Lucy March 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    Have been dying to try these out! Love running with music. With kids, that’s the only time I get to listen to what I want to listen to!

  90. Lauren March 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    I usually only run to music when I am on a treadmill. But I have really wanted to try this since it came out!

  91. Mike Dasalla March 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    I usually run with music because it pumps me up!

  92. michelle March 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    Wow Sony walkman is a blast from the past. I sure do run with tunes and love it. It all depends on my mood. Somedays I like to blast the Beastie Boys and other days I dig podcasts.

  93. Eric March 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    I run with music the majority of the time. It was initially so I didn’t hear myself breathing, which made me more tired than I really was. After a while, I learned to love certain songs to run to and give me the motivation when I really need it. The cool thing is I have my running songs, and then I have songs I listen to any other time. I try not to mix the two!

  94. merrymishaps March 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    On the treadmill, music (or TV) is a must. But when I’m outside running with my friends, I prefer to go without. I also won’t race with music since it’s banned most of the time, anyway.

    When running solo I’ll usually bring my ipod and leave one ear open so that I can hear what’s going on around me. That would be a concern of mine using this product … but I suppose at the track it’d be safe enough to drown out everything!

  95. Ana-Maria March 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    Run mostly with music!

  96. Dominique March 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    I love to listen to music when I run, it motivates me.

    I also tweeted this giveaway @dominiqueia

    Here is the link where I mentioned the giveaway (with link) on my blog:
    http://domandtrey.blogspot.com/2011/03/piles-of-paper-drive-me-crazy.html

  97. Laura March 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    I always run with music – but everything I have is so old school. This would be an awesome prize!

    Also – do you have a list of running songs posted – I need some fresh tracks.

    Laura

  98. Karyn March 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    i’ve been getting through some of my easy runs with music lately. good times. and whenever i think of sony walkmans i totally think of the old school versions!

  99. Carrie Winter March 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    I DEFINITELY listen to music! It gets me going and helps the time to pass quickly.

  100. Christopher March 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    Yes Music is a must! I just grabbed one of those sony walkmans of the internet today. Hopefully it’s as great as it sounds. I’m really into great music that I plug into the mp3 player, but I’m really not into the radio so this is a great one for me. 90 min. is great too. my mp3 player I’ve been using only lasts about 45 min. then die’s on me. Thanks for the info!

  101. Keri March 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    I don’t listen to music when I run outside, but I DO listen to music on the treadmill!

  102. Nicole March 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    LOVE rocking out to some jams on a run! :) :)

  103. Alberto March 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    no music for me while I run outside. inside only if it’s a tempo or interval run.

  104. Tina March 9, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    I run with music. I’ve had the same playlist for over a year but its music I love and I most use it as background music. I definately use music less than I used to though.

  105. Tina March 9, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    I did a sweet too!

  106. Naomi March 9, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    I can’t dance so running is my form of dancing and it allows me to be “at-one” with my music! :)

  107. Wendy March 9, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    I run to music because I always have more energy when I do!

  108. Stephanie March 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    I always listen to music when running. It puts me in a zone and the right kind of mood I need to be in to run a distance.

  109. lifestudent March 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    I cant run WITHOUT music! I actually think it is a bad habit, but it makes things move faster when I’m running alone.

  110. brandi March 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    Hi Aron! I ALWAYS run with music. I refuse to run any race that prohibits ipods. The only time I make exceptions is if I am running with a friend or my dad. I would absolutely love this Walkman because I cannot stand the cord!!!

  111. eric March 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    love that it has a quick charge!!!!

  112. Zaneta March 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    I LOVE listening to music while I run… it helps to “keep me company” and i like singing along :)

  113. Maritza March 9, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    I love running meanwhile listening to music since it pumps me up! It also helps me forget the con of living in a city meanwhile running….the sound of traffic.

  114. Shara Jean March 9, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    THIS!!

  115. Shara Jean March 9, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    runnersrambles@gmail.com
    FB and EMAILED you the link — This is Awesome!

    I push through when I have good tunes…. !

  116. Runeatrepeat March 9, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    I just started running with music while training for LB and now I can’t live (run) without it!!!

  117. Zoe March 9, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    I need need NEED to run to music because I just don’t like the sound of me breathing…weird, I know. It bothers me!
    Great review! Does the unit feel heavy at all?

  118. Ali @ Ali Runs March 10, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    It depends. A lot of times I really enjoy running with music because it can be a huge mental booster. But most of my best thinking is done on runs with no music. :)

  119. Alex March 10, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    I love running to music! It helps me find my rhythm and can be a huge motivator — especially on speedwork days!

  120. Jesse March 10, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    what a great giveaway! i LOVE running to music, it helps me to escape and zone out my thoughts and just focus on my run.

  121. Karla March 10, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    I listen to music to escape and zone out! it helps when my mind can’t find something to think about and helps me focus on songs and my running! It is a must if I have to run on the treadmill!

  122. Jodie March 10, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    I love listening to music on my run! Songs keep me focused and keep me going. I find it hard to get through runs without music – especially on the dreadmill!

  123. Jodie March 10, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    Tweeted!

  124. Tara Marie March 10, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    I always run or do any type of exercise to music! It is what I use to keep me excited and focused! I can always count on Lady Gaga to give me that extra burst of energy!!!

  125. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef March 11, 2011 at 8:05 am #

    i run with music but only on training runs…not in races. i like to be distracted by the music on longer runs and listen to up tempo music on hard workouts as motivation, especially if i’m alone & in a safe area.

  126. Stacy March 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    I love running to music. Its what helps me keep going!

  127. Angie Bee March 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    I don’t run with music because I don’t have a music player option right now. I like to run without music until about 2 hours of running and then I need a boost or distraction depending on my mood!

  128. Angie Bee March 11, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    I tweeted!
    @barefootangieb

  129. Angie Bee March 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    I posted a link to my blogs giveaway link list on my sidebar :)
    I totally want to win a player!!

  130. Steel Springs March 12, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

    Awesome giveaway! Thanks for hosting it. I love running to music. Sometimes I barely notice the music and it fades into the background while I’m lost in my thoughts, but I usually run with a pretty empty mind and the music adds to the fun.

  131. Blaine March 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    I’ll listen to podcasts, music, news, etc… just to pass the time. It all depends on the run though. Sometimes running with no additional noise is nice.

  132. Cassie March 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    I HAVE to have music on while I run or I go crazy! I’ve had my ipod die on me at the end of a long run and it was rough going from there.

  133. Cynthia March 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    I tried running to music for the first time in over 20 years yesterday. The jury is still out; I’d love to win this to help with the decision:)

  134. Cynthia March 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    Linked on my blog.

  135. Cynthia March 14, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    Tweeted this one too.

  136. Cellabella March 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    I don’t normally listen to music because all I have is a tiny radio and I can’t get any reception! It’d be great to have a walkman to put in my own music and actually listen to something while I run, besides my own gasping breath ;)

  137. Erica March 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm #

    Yes for the most part I run with music.

  138. Kat March 14, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

    I have a love/hate relationship when it comes with running with music. Sometimes it’s just what I need to keep me going, other times I spend 90% of my run shuffling through the songs annoyed by everything I hear. I’m not nearly awesome enough to run without music as I am horrified by my heavy panting when I run.

  139. Elizabeth March 14, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    I run with music on days that are beautiful. The music just fits the sun and breeze perfectly. Days that are less than beautiful don’t require music because nature provides it all for me! (and also because I don’t want to ruin my non-waterproof mp3 player!!)

  140. Kirstie March 15, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    For the majority of this winter’s marathon training season I have not run with music becase we run on the roads. It’s just not safe to have music while on the roads. But I do use music during closed road races and treadmill runs. I reserved my music for the last 6 miles of my last race, Little Rock Marathon last week and it really helped me. I was starting to dig deep to get through and using music to help push through does have its advantages.

  141. Kirstie March 15, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    I posting a link on my blog.

  142. Lisa March 15, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    Ooh! I think I want one of these! I am sick of my sweaty arm band for my iPod. Like you, I don’t run with music as often as I used to, but this looks like a nice alternative.

    Question: is is possible to run with the headphone in one ear? Sometimes I don’t feel as safe if I have music in both ears. I like to hear traffic, other runners etc. and often only use one headphone.

  143. Lisa March 15, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    I tweeted. Oops…I forgot to tag you on my tweet.

  144. Lisa March 15, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    I posted it to Facebook!

  145. Lisa March 15, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    I already “like” you on facebook. :-)

  146. Mile Posts March 15, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    I tweeted!! MilePosts

  147. Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal March 15, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    I don’t typically run with music outside for safety reasons. I ALWAYS run with music on the treadmill. I’ve never raced with music EVER but am debating it for National Marathon…..hmmmmm……

  148. Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal March 15, 2011 at 9:04 am #

    And I just posted on my facebook page!! YAYAYA – fingers & toes crossed now :)

  149. Kristin March 15, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    I definitely run with music! Not all the time, but on my longer or solo runs I like to have music. Keeps me movin! Great giveaway Aron!

  150. Greta Soares March 15, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    I do like to run to music at times. If I have the right song, it definetely helps to keep me moving. I don’t usually race with music because the wires get in the way. This sounds like a great solution!

  151. Kathrin March 15, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    I only run with music, if I am on a car free trail. Otherwise, I want to hear, what’s going on around me.

  152. Kathrin March 15, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    I just tweeted about the giveaway.

  153. Kathrin March 15, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    And put a link on the sidebar of my blog.

  154. Alex March 15, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    These would work great for cyclists, too.

  155. Claire March 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    Only if I’m on a treadmill – out doors I feel like I should be listening for cars. Haha

  156. Katherine March 15, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    sometimes I run with headphones on but no music. I think it keeps people from stopping me when I’m running or I can pretend to ignore the people around me. the quiet is so peaceful though

  157. Button March 15, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    i tweeted this! @subbutton23

  158. Tracy March 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    I never used to run to music (unless I was on a treadmill…), but lately I have been. That or podcasts.

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