Sony Connect (SonicStage)

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    "Its OK if you know its quirks"

    February 23, 2011  |   By gortonandy


    Essential for some Walkman models - ATRAC3plus sounds excellent - better than ATRAC 3 by a large margin. Excellent Gracenote database outshines WMP.


    Slow and unresponsive. No way to separate different genres. ATRAC CDs are best written in small chunks to avoid crashing.


    ATRAC 3 plus is a truly excellent sounding format although it is now defunct. However if you have a Walkman or CD player that uses it you can take advantage of this program's inbuilt conversion to stock up your device with high quality sound. Just remember to alter the conversion standard from normal to high in the preferences - this helps even if you use the lowest bit rate (48kbs)

    Updated on Dec 17, 2012

    UPDATE: Don't download this from Sony.
    Go to the SonyInsider website and get "SonicStage Ultimate".
    This is a modified version and is very stable. It also has drivers for NetMd on 64bit systems - something Sony never got around to providing. Also it runs without any compatibilty issues.
    It will run on Windows 8 but you have to "disable driver signature enforcement" - google it.

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