NW-HD5 - using Windows Explorer to add MP3's - without using SonicStage!

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dimenteep

Guest
I have a question, about the NW-HD5. My friend deleted the OMGAUDIO directory from the player and now he just creates directories such as #00, #01 etc. The player allows him to access the directories and when he wants to add an MP3, he just copies it across directly by using the player as a Hard Drive. It bypasses having to convert to ATRAC3 using SonicStage. I was wondering whether or not anyone else has tried it, because I was thinking of doing that on mine... anyone?
 

rich1068

Active Member
Even if that is possible you're missing out on all the fun! What's the point in buying a Sony player if you're not experiencing the joys of SonicStage or Connect? :D
 
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shadowritten

Guest
dimenteep said:
I have a question, about the NW-HD5. My friend deleted the OMGAUDIO directory from the player and now he just creates directories such as #00, #01 etc. The player allows him to access the directories and when he wants to add an MP3, he just copies it across directly by using the player as a Hard Drive. It bypasses having to convert to ATRAC3 using SonicStage. I was wondering whether or not anyone else has tried it, because I was thinking of doing that on mine... anyone?

Good Lord! Is this true? Can someone else confirm whether or not this works? Be a lovely fix for some if this does work.
 
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tetanus

Guest
I tried to recreate the directories, but no luck; the method doesn't seem to work.

The following is in the help file of Sony's MP3 File Manager program (the program that lets you transfer MP3s to a Sony HDD DAP without the need for SonicStage):

In order to allow playback of MP3 files on your Portable Audio Player, you need to use the MP3 File Manager to transfer the audio tracks. MP3 files copied without using MP3 File Manager will not play back on your Portable Audio Player. Also, once transferred to your Portable Audio Player, you cannot transfer the audio track(s) back to a computer.

And furthermore, even MP3 File Manager translates transferred MP3s to a strange folder/filename convention, and puts them in the OMGAUDIO folder. Seems like the DAP's firmware looks specifically for that folder.
 
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dimenteep

Guest
I should be able to ask him again this week to clarify how he did it, but I will let you know ;)
 

williamvdn

Standard Member
I don't see how that method can work, since the hd5 can't play mp3 files. It needs to convert to OMG first, either by using sonicstage/connect or MP3FM.
 

wilto

Standard Member
extremelydodgy said:
Any idiot can copy MP3's on to the HD5 using Explorer. It just will not play the files, that's all.
Yeah quite handy that though to borrow music from your friends......
 

markyb555

Active Member
williamvdn said:
No you can't actually. You can play mp3 files coded in OMG-format, which is a HUGE difference.:hiya:


I can also play MP3 files format on my HD-5.. after all it is a mp3 player! afaik you have to use sonicstage to transfer them over to the player which is what is being discussed here but you can still play mp3 files.. please read your manual in the additional info.. only common formats it will not play is WMA and MP4.. but how many actually use wma and get good SQ? i have never been able to personally but may be its just me and MP4 is still realitivly new even though its been around for a while.
 

williamvdn

Standard Member
I'm very sorry, but the HD-5 cannot play native mp3-files. If it could you would be able to just drop them onto the hard disk using explorer. Instead, sony uses the OMG audio format, which encodes the files as OMG files. Sure the mp3-files still have the same characteristics, but technically speaking, they are no longer mp3-files. If they were, you could play them with a standard media player couldn't you;) .
 

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