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Sony Support web site has stopped support on some MD models,
however if you visit http://forums.sonyinsider.com/index.php?
you can most likely get all the support you need including drivers and SonicStage, which will work on Windows 7 & 8
The Software used to transfer the songs to the Net MD Walkman is OpenMG Jukebox Software.
Before installing the Software, click here to download the Device Driver for connecting to the Computer.
Once the Device Driver is installed, download and install the SonicStage CP Software by clicking here.
After installing the SonicStage CP Software, install the SonicStage Security update.
These Software will help you in transferring the songs from the Computer to the NetMD Walkman Player and vice versa.
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Your problem is that MiniDisc is only a one-way street. Music can be copied from another device or (with a Net MiniDisc) digitally transferred from a host pc onto the MD unit, but not the other way around. Confusion arises because in older versions of Sony SonicStage, music could be checked in and out of the device. When checking out, a copy was made onto MD along with a digital rights licence. The original stayed on the host pc and could only be checked out on three additional devices at any one time. When checking music back in, the device simply erased the digital copy on the MD and transferred the licence data back into the host pc, so that one of the four possible copies was restored and made available for further check-outs. Later SonicStage software abandoned this clumsy "check-in, check-out" process but tracks downloaded onto an MD under the old process could not even be erased from an MD until checked back in again.
There is no hack or modification for this; the hardware and firmware simply is not provided in the MiniDisc system design to allow it.
A later and brief-lived development of the system was the Hi MiniDisc (Hi-MD). This does allow the user to upload material recorded onto the device to a host pc, but still does not allow you to upload material from pre-recorded sources or from your old collection. This is because uploads are possible only when using a dedicated 1GB Hi-MD, when the system uses older legacy MD's it uses different processing circuitry with all the old limitations.
Your only option is analogue transfer in real time. You can improve the quality if you are able to use the optical transfer provided on some models, you'll also find that some models allow you to bypass the output volume circuitry on the headphone jack by setting it to line output. But there is no way to speed up the transfers, sorry.
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You can download SonicStage CP v4.3 from Sony at the address given below.
In case you need it, the second address is a user manual for the player itself.
Personally, I've always found SonicStage to be buggy and annoying to use so for the last few years I've used RealPlayer to do the same job as it has plugins to support file transfers to NET MD units and seems to operate faster and certainly more smoothly.
You will need to download and install sonicstage as this is the only program that can convert your MP3's to the sony walkman format. Once this has been installed, click file, import, scan folder, settings then choose the folder where you music is stored (i.e. my documents, my music) click ok and you music should be imported into you sonicstage library. Once your files are in sonicstage you can use the red arrow buttons to transfer the music you want onto your connected sony walkman
HI, Go to Sony Support and check downloads area where you can get driver and SonicStage for your MZ-N510 Sony walkman to upload songs on disc. You can download user manual too by clicking User Manual Tab on same page.