I have the new sony nw-hd3 in front of me. Boxed and unopened. I have been reading forums all week, trying to find out whether or not it will do the things I need. Please help and try and answer some of my questions so that if not, I can return it, without losing my hard earned cash!!.. everything I read says sonic stage is crap. If so, why cant I just downloads realy player v 10 and use this to manage all my music files will the nw-hd3 not work with any software other than sonic stage? I cant actually get a clear answer on whether the nw-hd3 actually plays mp3s? do all mp3 files have to be converted into ATRAC first, before the nw-hd3 will play them? What are the downsides of this is it only that it takes a while to convert to ATRAC? my main hope with this player was that Id be able to go to a mates house, plug into their computer and download new music from their files. Is this going to be possible, say for example if they have an ipod and they use itunes? or will the nw-hd3 only connect and receive from the pc its synced to and containing sonic stage? Please help Im well confused, cant afford to open it and then not be able to return it if its crap.. Tom Ps imagine youre talking to your old gran when explaining stuff to me Im not exactly what youd call clued up with this stuff.. sorry.