Sony MZ-NE410 User manual
3-253-600-12(2)
Portable
MiniDisc Recorder
Operating Instructions
page 11
Recorder Operation _____________________________
page 32
Software Operation ______________________________
“WALKMAN” is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation to
represent Headphone Stereo products.
trademark of Sony Corporation.
MZ-NE410
© 2003 Sony Corporation
is a
WARNING
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do
not expose the unit to rain or
moisture.
Do not install the appliance in a
confined space, such as a bookcase or
built-in cabinet.
To prevent fire, do not cover the
ventilation of the apparatus with news
papers, table cloths, curtains, etc. And
don’t place lighted candles on the
apparatus.
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not
place objects filled with liquids, such as
vases, on the apparatus.
Certain countries may regulate disposal of
the battery used to power this product.
Please consult with your local authority.
Caution
The use of optical instruments with this
product will increase eye hazard.
CAUTION — INVISIBLE LASER
RADIATION WHEN OPEN
AVOID EXPOSURE TO BEAM
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INCIDENTAL OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF
ANY NATURE, OR LOSSES OR
EXPENSES RESULTING FROM
ANY DEFECTIVE PRODUCT OR
THE USE OF ANY PRODUCT.
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For customers who purchased
this product in the USA
Owner’s Record
The serial number is located at the rear of
the disc compartment lid and the model
number is located at the top and bottom.
Record the serial number in the space
provided below. Refer to them whenever
you call upon your Sony dealer regarding
this product.
Model No. MZ-NE410
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Model No.: MZ-NE410
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This device complies with Part 15 of
the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions: (1) This
device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found
to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the
FCC Rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a residential
installation. This equipment generates,
uses, and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may
cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur
in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the
following measures:
— Reorient or relocate the receiving
antenna.
— Increase the separation between the
equipment and receiver.
— Connect the equipment into an outlet
on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
— Consult the dealer or an experienced
radio/TV technician for help.
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in
this manual could void your authority to
operate this equipment.
SONY MZ-NE410
Tested To Comply
With FCC Standards
FOR HOME OR OFFICE USE
• SonicStage, OpenMG and the OpenMG
logo, MagicGate, Memory Stick and the
MagicGate Memory Stick logo,
Memory Stick and the Memory Stick
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On the supplied software
• Copyright laws prohibit reproducing the
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software without the permission of the
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• In no event will SONY be liable for any
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arising out of the use of the software
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• In the event a problem occurs with this
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manufacturing, SONY will replace it.
However, SONY bears no other
responsibility.
• The software provided with this
recorder cannot be used with equipment
other than that which is so designated.
• Please note that, due to continued efforts
to improve quality, the software
specifications may be changed without
notice.
• Operation of this recorder with software
other than that provided is not covered
by the warranty.
Program © 2001, 2002 Sony Corporation
Documentation © 2003 Sony Corporation
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Table of contents
Recorder Operations
Looking at the controls .................................. 12
Getting started! .............................................. 14
Playing an MD right away! .............................. 16
Various ways of playback .............................. 18
Selecting the play mode ........................................................................18
Adjusting treble or bass (Digital Sound Preset) ....................................19
Selecting the sound quality .............................................................19
Adjusting the sound quality ............................................................19
Using the group function ................................ 21
What is the group function? ..................................................................21
Playing a track in group play ..........................................................21
Selecting the play mode for group play (Group Play Mode) .........22
Other Operations ............................................ 23
Viewing various information ................................................................23
Starting the playback quickly (Quick Mode) ........................................24
Protecting your hearing (AVLS) ...........................................................25
Locking the controls (HOLD) ...............................................................25
Additional information .................................... 26
Precautions ............................................................................................26
Specifications ........................................................................................28
Troubleshooting and explanations ................. 29
Troubles and solutions ..........................................................................29
While playing .................................................................................29
While using group function ............................................................30
Others .............................................................................................30
Explanations ..........................................................................................31
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Software Operation
What is a Net MD? .......................................... 33
Basic Operations ............................................ 34
Basic operational flow using the Net MD ............................................ 34
Providing the required system environment ........................................ 35
System requirements ...................................................................... 35
Installing the software onto your computer ......................................... 36
Before installing the software ........................................................ 36
Installing SonicStage Ver.1.5 ........................................................ 37
Connecting the Net MD to your computer ........................................... 39
Storing audio data to your computer .................................................... 40
Starting SonicStage ........................................................................ 40
Recording audio CDs to the hard disk drive .................................. 41
Labeling audio data ........................................................................ 43
Transferring audio data from your computer to the
Net MD (Check-out) ....................................................................... 44
Checking out audio files to the Net MD ........................................ 44
Listening to an MD .............................................................................. 47
Listening to an MD with the Net MD connected to the
computer ......................................................................... 47
Listening to an MD with the Net MD disconnected from the
computer ......................................................................... 47
Advanced operations ...................................... 48
Using other functions! .......................................................................... 48
Using the SonicStage online help .................................................. 48
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Other information ........................................... 50
Settings and Precautions .......................................................................50
Settings according to OS ................................................................50
For users with OpenMG Jukebox, SonicStage, or SonicStage
Premium installed on their computer ..............................52
Note on hard disk drive space ........................................................53
Notes on system suspend/hibernation mode ...................................53
Backing up the audio data ..............................................................53
Note on the battery .........................................................................53
Uninstalling the SonicStage software ...................................................54
For Windows XP users ...................................................................54
For Windows Millennium Edition/Windows 98 Second Edition
users .................................................................................54
For Windows 2000 users ................................................................55
Troubleshooting ....................................................................................56
If your computer does not recognize the Net MD ..........................58
If the installation was not successful ..............................................58
If check-out (check-in) was not successful ....................................59
Information and explanations ...............................................................60
Net MD FAQ ..................................................................................60
On copyright protection ..................................................................61
Glossary ................................................................................................63
Index .....................................................................................................65
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Before using this product
This recorder can only record materials from the connected computer. This manual
explains the recorder operations and the installation and basic use of the supplied
SonicStage software. For details on the various operations, refer to the pages indicated
below.
When using the recorder
Recorder Operation (pages 11 to 31)
Pages 11 to 31 in this manual explain the use of the Net MD as an
ordinary MiniDisc Walkman.
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Software Operation ______________________________
Troubleshooting and explanations (page 29)
This section shows the troubles you may find while using the recorder,
and their solutions.
ìWALKMANî is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation to
represent Headphone Stereo products.
is a
trademark of Sony Corporation.
MZ-NE410
© 2003 Sony Corporation
When using the Net MD (the recorder) connected to your
computer
Software Operation (pages 32 to 64)
Pages 32 to 64 in this manual explain the installation and basic operations of the supplied
SonicStage software. Refer to these pages for details.
Other information (page 50)
This section shows the troubles you may find while using the SonicStage software, and
their solutions. It also has the list of frequently asked questions and answers.
SonicStage Ver. 1.5 Help
This is an online help that you can view on your computer
screen.
Refer to online help for details on the use of the software. To
display the help window, see page 48.
Notes on the “Software Operation” section
• The displayed items in the illustrations that appear in this section may differ from the actual items
displayed by the software.
• Explanations in this section assume familiarity with basic Windows operations. For details on the use
of your computer and the operating system, please refer to the respective manuals.
• Explanations in this section cover general Net MD products. For this reason, some explanations (and
some illustrations) may not be applicable to your Net MD. Please refer to the operating instructions of
your Net MD as well.
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Checking the supplied accessories
Headphones/earphones (1)
Dedicated USB cable (1)
CD-ROM (SonicStage Ver. 1.5 and Net MD Simple Burner Ver. 1.1) (1)*
∗Do not play a CD-ROM on an audio CD player.
Recorder Operation
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Looking at the controls
Front of the recorder
3
4
5
1
2
6
7
8
A Display window
B VOL +* and – button
∗ The VOL + button has a tactile dot.
C 4-position control key
ENT/NX (enter/play/pause)*
. and > (search/AMS)
x/CANCEL (stop/cancel)
∗ The ENT/NX button has a tactile dot.
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D MENU button
E GROUP button
F USB jack
When connecting to your computer,
connect the dedicated USB cable to
this jack.
G HOLD switch
H i (headphones/earphones) jack
Back of the recorder
2
3
1
A OPEN button
B Hand strap hole
Use the hole to attach your own strap.
C Battery compartment lid
The display window of the recorder
1
4
2
5
6
3
7
8
A Disc indication
B Group mode indication
Lights up when group mode is on.
C Track number display
D Battery level indication
Shows approximate battery condition.
E Play mode indication
Shows play mode of the MD.
F SOUND indication
G Disc, group, track indication
H Character information display
Displays the track names, elapsed
time, etc.
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Getting started!
1 Insert an alkaline dry battery.
E e
Slide to open the battery
compartment lid.
Insert one LR6 (size AA) alkaline
dry battery minus end first.
Close the lid.
When to replace the battery
You can check the battery condition through the battery indicator while using the recorder.
Battery power decreasing
r
Weak battery
r
The battery has gone out.
“LoBATT” flashes in the display, and the power goes off.
Battery life1)
When
SP Stereo
LP2 Stereo
LP4 Stereo
playing2)
Approx. 42 hours
Approx. 48 hours
Approx. 56 hours
checking out audio data
from the computer3)
75 tracks (of about 300 tracks (of about 600 tracks (of about
5 minutes each)
5 minutes each)
5 minutes each)
1) When
using a new Sony LR6 (size AA) “STAMINA” alkaline dry battery (produced in Japan).
in accordance with the JEITA (Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries
Association) standard.
3) The numbers of tracks that can be checked out differs according to the computer’s operating
environment.
2) Measured
Notes
• Disconnect the dedicated USB cable before replacing the dry battery.
• The battery life may be shorter than that specified, depending on the operating conditions, the
temperature of the location, and varieties of batteries.
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2 Make connections and unlock the
control.
1 Connect the headphones/earphones to
2 Slide HOLD in the opposite direction of
the arrow indicated on the recorder
(HOLD .) to unlock the control.
i.
HOLD
Connect firmly.
to i
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Playing an MD right away!
1 Insert an MD.
1 Press OPEN to open the lid.
2 Insert an MD to the direction of the
arrow with the label side facing front,
and press the lid down to close.
2 Play an MD.
ENT/NX, .,
>, x/CANCEL
1 Press NX.
2 Press VOL + or – to adjust the volume.
The volume indicator appears in the
display allowing you to check the
volume level.
To stop play, press x.
VOL +, –
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Playback starts from the point you last stopped
playing.
To start playback from the beginning of the first
track, hold down NX for 2 seconds or more.
To
Operation
Pause
Press NX.
Press NX again to resume play.
Find the beginning of the current track or
the previous track1)
Press ..
Press . repeatedly until the beginning of
the desired track appears.
Find the beginning of the next track2)
Press > once.
Go backwards or froward while playing
Hold down . or >.
Search for a point in a track while viewing
the elapsed time (Time search)
While pausing, press and hold . or >.
Search for a specific track while viewing
track numbers (Index search)
While the recorder is stopped, press and
hold . or >.
Remove the MD
Press x, and then press OPEN.3)
you press . twice continuously while playing the first track of the disc, the recorder goes to the
beginning of the last track on the disc.
2) If you press > during the last track of the disc, the recorder goes to the beginning of the first track
on the disc.
3) If you open the lid, the playback will begin from the beginning of the first track (except when group
mode is on).
1) If
Suppressing the skip of the sound (G-PROTECTION)
The G-PROTECTION function was developed to provide a higher level of shock resistance
than that of existing players in order to allow the recorder to be used while jogging.
Note
The playback sound may skip if:
• the recorder receives stronger continuous shock.
• a dirty or scratched MiniDisc is played.
z
• The MZ-NE410 supports DSP TYPE-S for ATRAC/ATRAC3. It thus allows you to enjoy TYPE-S
high-quality sound from MDs recorded in MDLP mode on TYPE-S-equipped MD decks, etc.
• The recorder can play the track recorded by 2 × or 4 × long playing mode (LP2 or LP4). Normal
stereo playback, LP2 stereo playback, LP4 stereo playback or monaural playback is automatically
selected to match the audio source.
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Various ways of playback
Selecting the play
mode
You can select various play modes such as
normal play, single-track play (1 Trk), or
shuffle play (Shuff). You can also select
repeat play with the selected play mode.
MENU
ENT/NX, .,
>, x/CANCEL
1
2
3
Press MENU.
Display A1)
Play mode
Shuff
(shuffle play)
All the tracks are
played in random order.
1) Group play mode (
) appears whenever you
play a disc with group settings. For more
details, see “Playing a track in group play”
(page 21).
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Press . or > repeatedly until
“RepOFF” or “RepON” (playing a
track repeatedly) appears in the
display, and then press ENT/NX to
enter the selection.
If you select “RepON”, “ ” appears
on B and the playback repeats with
the play mode selected in step 3.
B lights up when you press ENT/
NX.
Press . or > repeatedly until
“P-MODE” appears in the display,
and then press ENT/NX.
Press . or > repeatedly to
select the play mode, and then press
ENT/NX.
Each time you press >, the display
item indicated by A changes as
follows:
Pressing ENT/NX while A is
flashing causes the play mode to
enter.
Display B
Play mode
Repeat play of all tracks
1
Repeat play of a selected
track
SHUF
Repeat shuffle play of all
tracks
Pressing > repeatedly changes A.
To cancel the procedure
Press MENU.
To return the preceding
settings
Press x/CANCEL.
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Display A1)
Play mode
Normal
(normal play)
All the tracks are
played once.
1 Trk
(single-track
play)
A single track is played
once.
Adjusting treble or bass
(Digital Sound Preset)
You can adjust the treble and bass to suit
your taste. The player can store two sets
of treble-bass adjustments, which can
then be selected later during playback.
MENU
ENT/NX, .,
>, x/CANCEL
Adjusting the sound quality
You can change the preset sound quality.
To change the preset sound quality, select
“SOUND1” or “SOUND2”, the one you
want to change, in advance.
1
2
1
2
3
Press . or > repeatedly until
“SOUND” appears in the display, and
then press ENT/NX.
3
Press . or > repeatedly until
“SET” appears in the display, and
then press ENT/NX.
4
Press . or > repeatedly until
“SOUND1” or “SOUND2” appears
in the display, and then press ENT/
NX.
The display shows the currently
“BASS” sound setting.
5
Press . or > repeatedly to
adjust the sound level.
Selecting the sound quality
Factory settings
Factory settings of the digital sound preset
are as follows:
• “SOUND1”: bass +1, treble ±0
• “SOUND2”: bass +3, treble ±0
While playing, press MENU.
Shows “SOUND1” or
“SOUND2” is selected
While playing, press MENU.
Press . or > repeatedly until
“SOUND” appears in the display, and
press ENT/NX.
Press . or > repeatedly to
select “SOUND1”, “SOUND2”, or
“OFF” in the display, and then press
ENT/NX to enter the selection.
Selecting “OFF” turns off the digital
sound preset function.
The sound can be adjusted in 8 steps.
(–4, –3, ...±0, ...+2, +3)
6
7
Press ENT/NX.
“BASS” is set and the display
changes to “TRE” (treble) setting
mode.
Press . or > repeatedly to
adjust the sound level, and then press
ENT/NX to enter the selection.
“TRE” (treble) is set.
The sound settings are saved and the
playback display appears again.
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To cancel the procedure
Press MENU.
To return the preceding
settings
Press x/CANCEL.
Note
When using a digital sound preset, the sound
may break or become distorted if the volume is
turned up too high, depending on the settings or
the track. In this case, change the settings of the
sound quality.
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Using the group function
Note
What is the group
function?
The group function is provided to allow
playback of discs with group settings. The
group function is convenient for playback
of MDs on which several albums or CD
singles have been recorded in MDLP
(LP2/LP4) mode.
What is a disc with group
settings?
The recorder can operate various
functions in units of group; that is tracks
that have been recorded on a disc as part
of separate groups, as shown below.
Disc
m
MENU
GROUP
ENT/NX, .,
>, x/CANCEL
Playing a track in group play
Before group settings are made
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
The recorder does not support the recording of
group settings on the recorder. Use the supplied
SonicStage software to assign tracks to group.
For details, see “Software Operation” section
(page 32).
12131415
Track 1 to 5 are assigned to group 1.
Track 8 to12 are assigned to group 2.
Track 13 to15 are assigned to group 3.
Track 6 to 7 are assigned to no group.
In group play, all groups are played in
order, starting with group 1, followed by
the unassigned tracks (“GP --”). Playback
stops after all the tracks have been played.
1
2
Disc
Group 2
12345 6 7 12345
Group 3
123
Tracks that were not assigned to a group
are treated as being part of “GP --”.
You can create a maximum of 99 groups
on a disc.
Press . or > repeatedly until
“P-MODE” appears in the display,
and then press ENT/NX.
3
Press . or > repeatedly until
“
” and “Normal” appear in the
display, and then press ENT/NX.
4
Press . or > repeatedly until
“RepOFF” appears in the display, and
then press ENT/NX to enter the
selection.
After setting the group (group play)
Group 1
Press MENU.
To cue to the start of a group
(Group Skip)
1 While playing, press GROUP.
2 Press . or >.
Pressing the . or > button cues to the
first track of the previous or next group.
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Selecting the play mode for
group play (Group Play Mode)
The shuffle play and repeat play function
can be used during group play mode.
1
2
3
Press MENU.
Press . or > until “P-MODE”
appears in the display, and then press
ENT/NX.
Press . or > repeatedly to
select the play mode, and then press
ENT/NX.
After normal playback (page 18), the
following play modes are displayed.
Display
Play mode
, Normal
(Normal
Group Play)
All tracks in the groups
play back once (starting
with the first track in
group 1).
, Shuff
(In-Group
Shuffle)
Shuffle play starts with
the group that is
currently playing, and
continues with the
succeeding groups.
4
Press . or > repeatedly until
“RepOFF” or “RepON” appears in
the display, and then press ENT/
NX to enter the selection.
If you select “RepON”, “ ” appears
in the display and playback repeats in
the respective group play mode
(Group Repeat Play).
Display
Play mode
,
Repeat play of tracks
within a group
, SHUF
Repeat shuffle play of
tracks within a group
To cancel the procedure
Press MENU.
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To return the preceding
settings
Press x/CANCEL.
Other Operations
3
Viewing various
information
You can check the track name, disc name,
etc. during playback. Group-related items
appear only when a track with group
settings is played.
MENU
Press . or > repeatedly until
the information that you want appears
in the display, and then press ENT/
NX to enter the selection.
Each time you press >, the display
changes as follows:
Display
Meaning
LapTim
The elapsed time of the
current track
T:Name
Track name
G:Name
Group name
D:Name
Disc name
T–MODE
Indicates the recording
mode selected on the MD
recorder used; i.e., “SP”,
“LP2”, “LP4”, or
“MONO”.
ENT/NX, .,
>, x/CANCEL
Notes
A
B
C
Track number
—
The elapsed
time
Track number
Track name
The number of GP
total tracks in
the groups
Group name
The number of
total tracks
Disc name
Track number
1
2
—
• Depending on the group settings, the
operating conditions and the disc settings, you
may not be able to select certain indications or
the indications may appear differently.
• The “T–MODE” indication appears only
during playback. It appears for a few seconds,
and is then replaced by the elapsed time of the
current track.
To cancel the procedure
Press MENU.
To return the preceding
settings
Press x/CANCEL.
Track mode
Press MENU.
Press . or > repeatedly until
“DISP” appears in the display, and
then press ENT/NX.
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Notes
Starting the playback
quickly (Quick Mode)
After pressing the playback button or
cueing to the track, the playback can start
quickly.
MENU
ENT/NX, .,
>, x/CANCEL
1
2
Press MENU.
Press . or > repeatedly until
“OPTION” appears in the display,
and then press ENT/NX.
3
Press . or > repeatedly until
“Power” appears in the display, and
then press ENT/NX.
4
Press . or > repeatedly until
“QUICK” appears in the display, and
then press ENT/NX.
To switch back to the normal
setting
Select “NORMAL” in step 4.
To cancel the procedure
Press MENU.
To return the preceding
settings
Press x/CANCEL.
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• When the power mode is set to “QUICK”, the
power remains on within the recorder even
when nothing appears in the display. This
leads to a shorter battery life.
• If no recorder operation (including opening or
closing of the lid) occurs for an hour, the
power in the recorder automatically turn off.
For this reason, the next time you start
playback or do another operation, the recorder
will not respond quickly. the unit, however,
will return to quick mode afterwards.
Protecting your hearing
(AVLS)
Locking the controls
(HOLD)
The AVLS (Automatic Volume Limiter
System) function keeps down the
maximum volume to protect your ears.
To prevent the buttons from being
accidentally operated when you carry the
player, use this function.
HOLD
MENU
ENT/NX, .,
>, x/CANCEL
1
2
Press MENU.
Press . or > repeatedly until
“OPTION” appears in the display,
and then press ENT/NX.
3
Press . or > repeatedly until
“AVLS” appears in the display, and
then press ENT/NX.
4
Press . or > repeatedly until
“ON” appears in the display, and then
press ENT/NX to enter the
selection.
“ON” appears in the display, and after
a few seconds, the playback display
appears again.
1
Slide HOLD in the direction of the
. to lock.
To unlock the controls
Slide HOLD to the opposite direction of
the arrow.
To cancel the AVLS function
Select “OFF” in step 4.
To cancel the procedure
Press MENU.
To return the preceding
settings
Press x/CANCEL.
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Additional information
On installation
Precautions
On safety
• Do not carry or store the dry battery in the
same place with metallic objects such as
coins, key rings, or necklaces. This may cause
a short-circuit and the generation of heat.
• Incorrect battery usage may cause the battery
fluid to leak or battery to burst. To prevent
such accidents, make sure the battery is
installed with the + and – poles oriented
correctly.
• If a battery leak should develop, carefully and
thoroughly wipe away the battery fluid in the
battery compartment before inserting a new
battery.
• If you will not use the recorder for a long
time, be sure to remove the dry battery.
Never use the recorder where it will be
subjected to extremes of light, temperature,
moisture or vibration.
On the MiniDisc cartridge
• Do not touch the internal disc directly. Forcing
the shutter open may damage the internal disc.
• When transporting a MiniDisc, keep it in its
case.
• Do not place the cartridge where it will be
subjected to light, temperature, moisture or
dust.
• Do not affix the label outside of the specified
area on the MD. Make sure the label is placed
within the recessed space on the disc.
On the headphones/earphones
Road safety
On Handling
• Do not drop or bump the recorder. This may
cause the recorder to malfunction.
• Do not pull headphones/earphones cords.
• Do not place the recorder in the following
places:
—An extremely hot place (over 60°C
(140°F))
—A place exposed to direct sunlight or near a
heater
—In a car with the windows rolled up
(especially in the summer)
—In a damp place such as a bathroom
—Near a source of electromagnetic fields
such as a magnet, speaker, or TV
—In a dusty place
On heat build-up
Heat may build up in the recorder if it is used
for an extended period of time. This, however,
is not a malfunction.
On mechanical noise
The recorder emits mechanical noise while
operating, which is caused by the power-saving
system of the recorder. This is not a
malfunction.
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• Do not use headphones/earphones while
driving, cycling, or operating any motorized
vehicle. This may lead to a traffic accident and
is illegal in many areas. It can also be
potentially dangerous to play your recorder at
high volumes while walking, especially at
pedestrian crossings. You should exercise
extreme caution or discontinue using the
recorder in potentially hazardous situations.
• If you experience an allergic reaction to the
supplied headphones/earphones, stop using
them at once and consult a doctor or a Sony
service center.
Preventing hearing damage
Avoid using headphones/earphones at high
volumes. Hearing experts advise against
continuous, loud and extended play. If you
experience a ringing in your ears, reduce the
volume or discontinue use.
Caring for others
Keep the volume at a moderate level. This will
allow you to hear outside sounds and to be
considerate of the people around you.
On cleaning
To protect a recorded MD
• After wiping the recorder casing with a soft
cloth slightly moistened with water, wipe it
again with a dry cloth. Do not use any type of
abrasive pad, scouring powder or solvent such
as alcohol or benzene as this may mar the
finish on the casing.
• Wipe the disc cartridge with a dry cloth to
remove dirt.
• Dust on the lens may prevent the unit from
operating properly. Be sure to close the disc
compartment lid after inserting or ejecting an
MD.
• To maintain good sound quality, use a soft
cloth to clean the plugs of the headphones/
earphones. A dirty plug may cause noise or
intermittent breaks in the sound during
playback.
• Clean the terminals periodically with a cotton
swab or a soft cloth as illustrated.
To record-protect an MD, slide open the tab at
the side of the MD. In this position, the MD
cannot be recorded. To record again, slide the
tab back so the tab is visible.
Tab
Back of the MD
Recorded material is
protected.
Recorded material is
not protected.
Dry battery compartment
Terminals
If you have any questions or problems
concerning your recorder, please consult your
nearest Sony dealer. (If a trouble occurred when
the disc was in the recorder, we recommend that
the disc be left in the recorder when you consult
your Sony dealer so that the cause of trouble
may be better understood.)
When consulting your Sony dealer, be sure to
bring the recorder and the headphones/
earphones.
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Specifications
MD Player
Audio playing system
MiniDisc digital audio system
Laser diode properties
Material: GaAlAs
Wavelength: λ = 790 nm
Emission duration: continuous
Laser output: less than 44.6 µW
(This output is the value measured at a distance
of 200 mm from the objective lens surface on
the optical pick-up block with 7 mm aperture.)
Recording and playback time (when
using MDW-80)
Maximum 160 min. in monaural
Maximum 320 min. in LP4 stereo
Revolutions
Approx. 380 rpm to 2,700 rpm
Error correction
ACIRC (Advanced Cross Interleave Reed
Solomon Code)
Sampling frequency
44.1 kHz
Coding
ATRAC (Adaptive TRansform Acoustic
Coding)
ATRAC3 — LP2/LP4
Modulation system
EFM (Eight to Fourteen Modulation)
Number of channels
2 stereo channels
1 monaural channel
Frequency response
20 to 20,000 Hz ± 3 dB
Outputs
i: stereo mini-jack, maximum output level
5 mW + 5 mW, load impedance 24 Ω (USA)
5 mW + 5 mW, load impedance 16 Ω (Canada)
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General
Power requirements
One LR6 (size AA) alkaline battery (not
supplied)
Recommended temperature for
check-in/check-out
+5 ° C (+41° F) or higher
Battery operation time
See “Battery life” (page 14)
Dimensions
Approx. 81 × 28.9 × 74.4 mm (w/h/d) (31/4 ×
13/16 × 3 in.) without projections.
Mass
Approx. 106 g (3.8 oz) the recorder only
US and foreign patents licensed from Dolby
Laboratories.
Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
Optional accessories
MDR series stereo Headphones/earphones*
SRS series Active Speakers
∗ When using optional headphones, use only
headphones/earphones with stereo mini
plugs. You cannot use headphones/
earphones with micro plugs.
Your dealer may not handle some of the above
listed accessories. Please ask the dealer for
detailed information about the accessories in
your country.
Troubleshooting and explanations
Troubles and solutions
If you find any troubles operating the recorder, follow the steps below.
1
2
Check this section, “Troubles and solutions” (page 29).
If you cannot solve the problem after you made checks, consult your nearest Sony
dealer.
While playing
Symptom
Cause/Remedy
An MD is not
played normally.
• Repeat play is selected.
, Use MENU on the recorder to change back to the normal play
(page 18).
• Playback mode is changed.
, Use MENU on the recorder to change back to the normal play
(page 18).
An MD is not
played from the
first track.
• Disc playing stopped before it came to the last track.
, Press NX for 2 seconds or more to start playing.
• Group play mode is selected.
, Use MENU on the recorder to change back to the normal play
(page 18), and then press NX for 2 seconds or more to start
playing.
The digital sound
preset function
does not work.
• The digital sound preset is off.
, Select “SOUND1” or “SOUND2” (page 19).
Playback sound
skips.
• The recorder is placed where it receives continuous vibration.
, Put the recorder on a stable place.
• A very short track may cause sound to skip.
, Try not to create a track under one second long.
Sound has a lot of
static.
• Strong magnetism from a television or such device is interfering
with operation.
, Move the recorder away from the source of strong magnetism.
Noise is
momentarily
heard.
• The sound was recorded in LP4 stereo mode.
, Because of the nature of the compression method used in LP4
mode, noise may be output on very rare occasions during
playback of sound recorded in this mode.
Volume cannot be
turned up.
• AVLS is on.
, Release AVLS settings (page 25).
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Symptom
Cause/Remedy
No sound comes
through the
headphones/
earphones.
• The headphones/earphones plug is not firmly connected.
, Plug in the plug of the headphones/earphones firmly to i.
• Volume is too low.
, Adjust the volume by pressing VOL + or –.
• The plug is dirty.
, Clean the plug.
The recorder skips
to several tracks
ahead or behind
when you press
. or >.
• The GROUP button has been pressed (
is flashing in the
display).
, The recorder returns to normal if no operation has made for 5
seconds.
The edited tracks
may exhibit sound
dropout during
search operations.
• This occurs due to the MiniDisc system limitation. The
fragmentation of data may cause sound dropout while searching
because the tracks are played in higher speed than normal
playback.
While using group function
Symptom
Cause/Remedy
The group function
does not operate.
• While using a disc with no group setting, an attempt was made
to select some group-related menu (“No Gp” appears in the
display).
, Use a disc with group setting.
• This is due to the MiniDisc system limitations. Group
A track cannot be
information has been written to the area where the disc name is
checked out to a new
stored. The disc name and track names are recorded in the same
group. A new group
area, which can store a maximum of approximately 1,700
cannot be created on
characters. If the total number exceeds this amount, a new group
the supplied
cannot be created even though group mode is on. It is also
SonicStage software.
impossible to make group settings at this time.
Others
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Symptom
Cause/Remedy
The recorder does
not work or works
poorly.
• The volume is low.
, Turn up the volume.
• No disc is inserted (“NoDISC” appears in the display).
, Insert a recorded disc.
The recorder does
not work or works
poorly.
• The HOLD function is turned on (“HOLD” appears in the display
when you press an operation button on the recorder).
, Disable HOLD by sliding the HOLD switch to the opposite
direction of the arrow.
• The lid is not firmly closed.
, Close the lid until it clicks.
• Moisture has condensed inside the recorder.
, Take the MD out and leave the recorder in a warm place for
several hours until the moisture evaporates.
• The dry battery is weak (“LoBATT” flashes or nothing appears).
, Replace the dry battery with a new one.
• The dry battery have been inserted incorrectly.
, Insert the battery correctly.
• An MD with nothing recorded on is inserted (“BLANK” appears
in the display).
, Insert a recorded MD.
• The disc is damaged or does not contain proper recording (“Rd
ERR” appears in the display).
, Reinsert the disc. If the error message still appears, replace it
with another disc.
• While operating, the recorder received a mechanical shock, too
much static, abnormal power voltage caused by lightning, etc.
, Restart the operation as follows.
1 Remove the dry battery from the recorder.
2 Leave the recorder for about 30 seconds.
3 Insert the dry battery.
Explanations
About the DSP TYPE-S for ATRAC/ATRAC3
This recorder supports playback with the DSP TYPE-S specification for high-level Sony
MiniDisc decks equipped with digital signal processors (DSP). This specification allows tracks
recorded in MDLP mode to be played back with high quality sound. Since this recorder also
supports DSP TYPE-R specification, superb sound is produced during playback in SP (normal
stereo) mode as well.
Suppressing the skips of the sound (G-PROTECTION)
The G-PROTECTION function was developed to provide a higher level of shock resistance than that of
existing players.
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Recording audio data to
your computer
You can record audio data to your computer from
sources such as audio CDs and the Internet (page 40).
Audio CDs
Internet
On the computer
Listening
You can listen to an audio CD in the CDROM drive of your computer, or audio
data in the hard disk drive (page 47).
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What is a Net MD?
Net MD is a standard that enables the transfer of audio data from a computer to a MiniDisc
device. To use this Net MD with your computer requires a software application called
“SonicStage”.
SonicStage software provides a database for managing audio data in the computer and
functions for playing the audio data in various play modes, editing the data, and
transferring the results to other devices and hardware connected to the computer. It is an
integrated software application with a variety of functions for enjoying music.
Transferring audio data to
the Net MD
You can transfer audio data stored in your computer to an MD
(page 44).
To a Net MD
Software Operation
Editing
You can easily edit audio data or add
labels from the keyboard (page 43).
Creating a music
library
You can create a music library of your
favorite songs on your computer.
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Basic Operations
Basic operational flow using the Net MD
The following is the basic steps that you will take following the purchase of your recorder.
Through these steps, you will prepare and set up your computer for use of your recorder as
a Net MD. Do the following steps, and refer to the indicated pages for details.
1 Providing the required system
environment.
(page 35)
2 Installing the software onto your
computer.
(page 36)
3 Connecting the Net MD to your computer.
(page 39)
4 Storing audio data to your computer.
In this manual, recording from an audio CD is explained.
(page 40)
5 Transferring audio data from your
computer to an MD (Check-out).
(page 44)
6 Listening to an MD.
You can listen to audio data that have been checked out from your computer to your Net
MD.
(page 47)
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Providing the required system environment
System requirements
The following hardware and software are required in order to use the SonicStage software
for the Net MD.
Computer
IBM PC/AT or Compatible
• CPU: Pentium II 400 MHz or higher (Pentium III 450 MHz or higher
is recommended.)
• Hard disk drive space1): 120 MB or more
• RAM: 64 MB or higher (128 MB or higher is recommended)
Others
• CD-ROM drive (capable of digital playback by WDM)
• Sound Board
• USB port (supports USB 2.0 Full Speed (previously USB 1.1))
Operating
System
Factory installed:
Windows XP Home Edition/Windows XP Professional/Windows
Millennium Edition/Windows 2000 Professional/Windows 98 Second
Edition
Display
High Color (16bit) or greater, 800 × 480 dots or more (800 × 600 dots
or more is recommended)
Others
• Internet access: for Web registration and EMD services
• Windows Media Player (version 7.0 or higher) installed for playing
WMA files
1)
See page 53 for details.
This software is not supported by the following environments:
• Macintosh
• Windows XP versions other than Home Edition or Professional
• Windows 2000 versions other than Professional
• Windows 98 versions other than Second Edition
• Windows NT
• Windows 95
• Personally constructed PCs or operating systems
• An environment that is an upgrade of the original manufacturer-installed operating system
• Multi-boot environment
• Multi-monitor environment
Notes
• We do not ensure trouble-free operation on all computers that satisfy the system requirements.
• We do not ensure trouble-free operation of the system suspend, sleep, or hibernation function on all
computers.
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Installing the software onto your computer
This section explains the installation of the SonicStage Ver.1.5 software supplied with your
Net MD.
Before installing the software
1 Make sure to note the following before installing the software.
Do not connect the dedicated USB cable before the installation!
The SonicStage software may not correctly load or operate if the dedicated USB
cable is connected to your computer during the installation.
Close all other Windows applications before starting the installation!
Make sure to close any virus-check software, as such software usually demand large
amounts of system resources.
2 Depending on the following operating system or software already installed
on your computer, refer to the reference pages before installing the
software.
Windows XP
, page 50
Windows Millennium Edition
, page 51
Windows 2000
, page 51
OpenMG Jukebox,
SonicStage, or SonicStage
Premium
, page 52
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• To install this software, you must log on with a
user name with “Computer Administrator”.
• If you perform the “System Restore” function in
the Windows “System Tools” menu, the tracks
managed by SonicStage may become corrupted
and rendered unplayable.
• If you perform the “System Restore” function of
the Windows “System Tools” menu, the tracks
managed by SonicStage may become corrupted
and rendered unplayable.
• You must log on as “Administrator” before
installing the software.
• Depending on the version of your software, the
existing software may be overwritten by the new
version or it may co-exist with SonicStage
Ver.1.5. As the installation process will depend
on the version, see the reference page for details.
Installing SonicStage Ver.1.5
1
Turn on your computer and start up Windows.
2
Insert the installation CD-ROM for SonicStage into the CD-ROM drive of
your computer.
The setup program starts up automatically
and the SonicStage Ver.1.5 installation
window appears.
3
Click to select [SonicStage 1.5].
To use this software with the Net MD, you must install SonicStage Ver.1.5 and the Net
MD driver.
Click [SonicStage 1.5]
• When installing SonicStage for
the first time
• When SonicStage, SonicStage
Premium, or OpenMG Jukebox
is installed on the computer
continued
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4
Follow the displayed instructions.
Read the instructions carefully.
The installation may take 20 to 30 minutes,
depending on your system environment
(page 59).
5
After the installation is completed, click [Restart] to restart the computer.
Make sure to restart your computer only after
the installation has completed.
Was the installation successful?
If any trouble occurs during the installation, see “Troubleshooting” (page 56).
Notes
• Do not delete, move, or edit any of the installed folders using Explorer or any other application. Doing
so could cause the SonicStage database to become unstable or corrupted.
• While the installation is still in progress, do not interrupt the operation or take the CD-ROM out of the
CD-ROM drive. Doing so may render it impossible to install the software thereafter.
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Connecting the Net MD to your computer
After the software installation is completed, connect the Net MD to your computer.
Refer to the operating instructions of the Net MD as well.
1
Make sure the remaining power of the dry battery is sufficient.
Note
Disconnect the dedicated USB cable before replacing the dry battery.
2
Insert a recordable disc into the Net MD.
3
Make the power source and the dedicated USB cable connections with the Net
MD and the computer.
To the USB
connecting terminal
To the USB jack/
dedicated jack
Net MD
devices*
Computer
Dedicated
USB cable
* If a cradle is supplied with your Net MD, connect the dedicated USB cable to the
USB cradle and place the Net MD onto the USB cradle.
4
Check the connections.
When the connections have been properly
made, “PCppMD”* appears in the display of
the Net MD.
*Depending on the device, “Net MD” may be
displayed.
Notes
• When using the Net MD connected to your computer, make sure to run the recorder with a new dry
battery. We do not assure the results should there be a mis-operation, check-out failure, or destruction
of audio data caused by insufficient battery power.
• Place the recorder on a stable surface so that the dedicated USB cable does not become detached.
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Storing audio data to your computer
This section explains how to record and store audio data from an audio CD to the hard disk
drive of your computer.
The procedure in this section is used to record all tracks on an audio CD. To record only
specific tracks from a CD, or from other sound sources, see the online help for details
(page 48).
Note
The system may malfunction if your computer changes to system suspend or hibernation mode while
the software is playing, recording, or connecting to an external device or media* such as a Net MD.
Make sure to disable any changes to suspend or hibernation mode. See page 53 for details.
∗ For this software, the word “MD” refers to the built-in MD slot on the computer, and “Device/
Media” to a Net MD that is externally connected over a USB cable.
Starting SonicStage
Do one of the following:
• Double click
([SonicStage] icon) on the computer.
• Select [Start] - [Programs]* - [SonicStage] - [SonicStage].
∗ [All Programs] in the case of Windows XP
SonicStage starts up and the main window appears.
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Recording audio CDs to the hard disk drive
In SonicStage Ver.1.5, the hard disk drive is called the “Music Drive”. The Music Drive
manages all audio data stored by SonicStage.
1
Insert the audio CD that you want to record into the CD-ROM drive of your
computer.
The CD window appears in the display.
Note
When you record an audio CD from your CD-ROM drive for
the first time, the “CD Drive Optimization” dialog box
appears when you insert the audio CD. Clicking [Start]
initiates a check of the CD-ROM drive to verify that the CDROM drive is able to perform the recording properly.
2
Click
.
The recording navigation window* appears in the
display.
∗The recording navigation window makes it easy to make a
recording. Simply by doing 1, 2 and 3 in the next step,
you can select the audio source in the left panel and the
recording destination in the right panel.
3
Select
(CD) for [1 Sources] and
(Music Drive) for [2 Targets],
then click 3
[Jump to Record Window].
The display changes to the recording window.
continued
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4
Click
select the recording mode.
in the middle of the recording window and
When recording data in LP2 mode:
select ATRAC3 132kbps
When recording data in LP4 mode:
select ATRAC3 66kbps
Click here
5
If the list panel is not displayed, click
.
List panels appear under the recording window. The
contents of the audio CD appear in the left list panel.
6
Click
[Record All].
Recording starts.
Upon completion, recorded tracks appear in the right list panel.
To stop recording
Click
([Stop]).
To resume recording, click
. When recording is resumed, it starts from the beginning
of the track that was last stopped.
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Labeling audio data
After recording has completed, you can label the audio data in the Music Drive. Once audio
data in the Music Drive is labeled, the label information will be transferred to a disc along
with the audio data, allowing you to view the data on your Net MD.
1
Start up SonicStage (page 40) and click
(Music Drive).
“All Playlists” appears and all the albums stored on the
Music Drive appear in the Music Drive window.
2
Double click the desired album name.
A list of the audio files in that album appears.
3
Click
in the lower right part of the display.
The editing panel appears in the display.
4
Select an item by clicking [Title], [Album], [Artist], or [Genre], and then
right-click and select [Rename].
You can also click [V] at [Album] or [Artist] to display a dropdown list, and then select
an item from the list.
5
When the track title is highlighted, enter the text data from the keyboard.
z
You can also import names from a database with the
albums. See the online help for details (page 48).
([CD Info]) button for use in labeling tracks or
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Transferring audio data from your computer to the
Net MD (Check-out)
Audio data stored on the Music Drive can be transferred to your Net MD. This process is
called “Check-out”. The number of times a track can be checked out is restricted in this
software for the protection of copyrights (page 61).
Playlist
Checking out audio files to the Net MD
This section explains how to check out all audio files in a playlist*.
∗ A playlist is a container that allows the stored audio files in the Music Drive to be classified by
genre, artist, etc.
Notes
• Make sure the remaining power of the dry battery is sufficient.
• Check-outs should be done at a temperature of +5 ° C (+41 ° F) or higher.
1
Click
2
Select
(Music Drive) for [1 Sources] and
(Device/Media) for [2
Targets], then click 3
([Jump to Record Window]).
to display the recording navigation window.
The display changes to the recording window.
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3
Click
in the middle of the display and select the
recording mode (page 42).
Standard transfer mode: Data are transferred in the format of the original files.
Maximum available transfer space: All data are transferred in LP4 mode.
SP transfer mode: All data are converted and transferred in normal stereo mode. Select
this mode if you listen to checked-out data on equipment that does not support
MDLP mode.
4
If the list panel is not displayed, click
.
A playlist appears in the display.
5
Confirm that the audio files you are about to check out are okay for checking
out.
The music notations beside the track number in the left
panel of the list represent the number of times the file
can be checked out (e.g.
= the track can be checked
out three more times). If
appears beside the track
number, the file cannot be checked out.
6
Click
[Check-Out All].
Checking out of the files starts.
All files in the playlist are checked out to the connected Net MD.
To cancel a check-out
Click
([Stop]).
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Notes
• Make sure the battery power is sufficient before checking out (or checking in) audio data. If the
battery becomes exhausted during a check-out (or check-in), the check-out (or check-in) will not be
completed. If this happens, replace the dry battery with a new one and try again.
• Make sure not to disconnect the dedicated USB cable or power source until the operation has
completed once the check-out (or check-in) operation has begun. Failure to do this may result in the
loss of check-out authorization. Even if a check-out fails, the audio file may be considered checked
out on the SonicStage side and the file’s check-out authorization may be reduced.
• Make sure not to bump the Net MD after check-out has started. If you do, the contents of the
recording may not be stored correctly.
• Due to the limitations of the MD system, you may not be able to record the full amount of remaining
recording time.
• Due to the limitations of the MD system, a maximum of about 1,700 characters can be stored for disc
name, group names and track names on the disc. Take note of this fact when checking out a large
number of tracks.
• The checking out of audio data may take longer if the battery is weak.
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Listening to an MD
You can listen to an MD on the Net MD while it is connected to your computer. When
disconnected from your computer, the Net MD can be used as an ordinary MiniDisc
device.
For details on Net MD operations, refer to the “Recorder Operations” section.
Listening to an MD with the Net MD connected to the
computer
If you listen to an MD with the Net MD connected to the computer, be sure to listen with
the Net MD itself (connecting to the headphones/earphones, speakers, etc.). The MD sound
cannot be heard from headphones/earphones that are connected to the computer.
Listening to an MD with the Net MD disconnected from the
computer
Listen to the MD after disconnecting the dedicated USB cable from the computer and the
Net MD.
Notes
Generally, you cannot erase or divide/combine checked-out audio files. If you want to edit such files,
check them back in first. Checked-out files can be edited on some MD devices; however, erasing a track
will decrease the number of times the file can be checked out, and dividing or combining tracks will
render the file impossible to check back into the computer (page 60).
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Advanced operations
Using other functions!
Using the SonicStage online help
This manual explains only the basic operations of the SonicStage software. However, the
software has a host of other functions that allow you to carry out various operations, such
as importing audio files from the Internet, classifying and managing audio files, and
playing in various play modes. For information and details on the various menus and
operations, go to the online help.
To display online help
Click
(help) while the SonicStage
software is running.
z
You can display the online help by selecting the following:
[Start]–[Programs]*–[SonicStage]–[SonicStage Help]
∗ [All Programs] in the case of Windows XP.
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Viewing online help
The Tabs
The left side frame
The right side frame
Let’s find out how to use the online help first. An explanation on the use of the online help
can also be found in the online help.
1 Double click [Overview] in the left-hand frame.
2 Click [About this Help file].
The explanation will appear in the right-hand frame.
3 Read the text.
Scroll the display if necessary.
Click underlined words to jump to their explanations.
Note
In the online help, “Device/Media’ is the
general term for external devices such as Net
MDs, Network Walkmans (i.e., portable IC
audio players or portable “Memory Stick”
audio players), and MusicClips.
Device/Media
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Other information
Settings and Precautions
Settings according to OS
The settings and precautions will differ according to the operating system being used.
Check the items that apply to your system.
For Windows XP users
Restrictions when running the SonicStage software under Windows XP
• To install this software, you must log on with a user name with “Computer
Administrator”* as an attribute.
• You must log on with the user name “Administrators” or “Power Users” to use the
SonicStage software.
• Both edition of Windows XP (Home/Professional) can be used.
• The NTFS format of Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional (factory
installed) can be used only with the standard (factory) settings.
∗ To check whether the user name has the attribute of “Computer Administrator”
Go to [Start]- [Control Panel]-[User Account], and then check the user name displayed on the
window.
When using SonicStage under Windows XP
If you use the “System Restore” function in Windows “System Tools”, audio data managed
by SonicStage may become corrupted and rendered unplayable.
Before executing the system restoration procedure, you should first back up all audio files
and restore them after doing the system restoration procedure.
For details about backup procedures, refer to online help.
Note
Restoring backup data requires access to the Internet. If an audio file becomes unplayable after
restoring the system, an error dialog box may appear. If this occurs, do as instructed by the message.
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For Windows Millennium Edition users
When using SonicStage under Windows Millennium Edition
If you use the “System Restore” function in Windows “System Tools”, audio data managed
by SonicStage may become corrupted and rendered unplayable.
Before executing the system restoration procedure, you should first back up all audio files
and restore them after doing the system restoration procedure.
For details about backup procedures, refer to online help.
Note
Restoring backup data requires access to the Internet. If an audio file becomes unplayable after
restoring the system, an error dialog box may appear. If this occurs, do as instructed by the message.
For Windows 2000 users
Restrictions when running the SonicStage software under Windows 2000
• You must log on as “Administrator” to install the SonicStage software.
• You must log on with the user name “Administrators” or “Power Users” to use the
SonicStage software.
• Of the Windows 2000 versions, SonicStage is supported only by Windows 2000
Professional.
• The NTFS format of Windows 2000 Professional (factory installed) can be used only
with the standard (factory) settings.
For Windows 98 Second Edition users
Importing MP3 files to the computer or playing WAV files on the computer
Microsoft Media Player version 7.0 or higher is required for importing MP3 files or
playing WAV files. Users of earlier versions can download the most recent version from the
Microsoft website (http://www.microsoft.com/).
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For users with OpenMG Jukebox, SonicStage, or SonicStage
Premium installed on their computer
Note
Confirm whether any tracks have been checked out from your computer.
If tracks have been checked out from OpenMG Jukebox, an earlier version of SonicStage,
or SonicStage Premium, it may not be possible to check those tracks back in with
SonicStage Ver.1.5. It is recommended to check in the tracks before installing SonicStage
Ver.1.5.
Check the following contents before installing SonicStage Ver.1.5.
The installation items and procedure will vary depending on the software installed on your
computer.
Users with OpenMG Jukebox installed
Installed Version
What to do
Ver.1.0~2.1
Install SonicStage 1.5. OpenMG Jukebox Ver.1.0-2.1 is
automatically uninstalled and replaced.1)
Ver.2.2
OpenMG Jukebox Ver.2.2 and SonicStage Ver.1.5 can coexist in the computer.
If you install SonicStage Ver.1.5, then OpenMG Jukebox
Ver.2.2 will be automatically upgraded to the latest version.
1)
Audio files recorded with OpenMG Jukebox Ver.1.0-2.1 are automatically converted to SonicStage
Ver.1.5 files. For safety sake, it is recommended that you back up your audio data with the back-up
tool before doing the upgrade to SonicStage Ver.1.5.
Users with an earlier version of SonicStage installed
Installed Version
What to do
Ver.1.0~1.5
Install SonicStage Ver.1.5. The earlier version is
automatically uninstalled and replaced.1)
1)
Audio files recorded with SonicStage Ver.1.0-1.5 are automatically converted to SonicStage Ver.1.5
files. For safety sake, it is recommended that you back up your audio data with the back-up tool before
doing the upgrade to SonicStage Ver.1.5.
Users with a SonicStage Premium installed
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Installed Version
What to do
SonicStage Premium
Install SonicStage Ver.1.5. SonicStage Ver.1.5 and
SonicStage Premium can co-exist in the computer.
Precautions on the co-existence of SonicStage Ver. 1.5 with OpenMG Jukebox
Ver.2.2 or SonicStage Premium
• Make sure the OpenMG Jukebox Ver.2.2 icon is not displayed in the task tray. If it is, the Net MD may
not be recognized by your computer.
• Audio data recorded on the computer are stored in a common file and used by both applications.
Therefore, if you delete an audio file (e.g., one album) in one application, it will be deleted in the other
software as well.
Precaution on using a computer on which OpenMG Jukebox Ver.1.0-2.1 or
SonicStage Ver.1.0-1.2 is installed
After installing SonicStage Ver. 1.5, make sure you do not replace SonicStage Ver.1.5 with OpenMG
Jukebox Ver.1.0-2.1 or SonicStage Ver.1.0-1.2, as all audio data in the Music Drive may be lost. If you
begin the installation of OpenMG Jukebox Ver.1.0-2.1 or SonicStage Ver.1.0-1.2 by mistake, stop the
installation immediately.
Note on hard disk drive space
120 MB or more free space on the hard disk drive is required. If your computer does not
have enough space, the software will not be properly installed. The required free space
differs according to the version of your Windows OS, or the amount of audio files that you
handle.
Notes on system suspend/hibernation mode
• If the computer changes to system suspend/hibernation mode during the recording of a
CD or the checking in/out of a data file, the audio data may be lost or the computer may
not wake up properly. The computer suspend/hibernation function should therefore be
turned off.
• If you change the media while the computer is in system suspend/hibernation mode,
audio data may be lost after the computer wakes up.
• If the computer changes to system suspend/hibernation mode, the computer may not
recognize the Net MD when it wakes up. If this happens, disconnect the dedicated USB
cable and reconnect it again.
Backing up the audio data
Before doing any procedure that may affect the operating system itself (such as a system
recovery), you should back up all of your audio data with the [SonicStage backup tool]
from the [Start] - [Programs] - [SonicStage].
Note on the battery
• Make sure the battery power is sufficient before checking out (or checking in) audio data.
If the battery becomes exhausted during a check-out (or check-in), the check-out (or
check-in) will not be completed. If this happens, replace the dry battery with a new one
and try again.
• When replacing a dry battery, make sure to disconnect the dedicated USB cable.
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Uninstalling the SonicStage software
To uninstall the SonicStage software, follow the procedures below.
For Windows XP users
Log on with a user name with “Computer Administrator” as an attribute.
Refer to the operating instructions of your computer for details on logging on as an
administrator.
1
Click [Start]–[Control Panel].
The “Control Panel” window appears.
2
Double-click [Add/Remove Programs].
The “Add/Remove Programs” dialog box appears.
3
Click [Change or Remove Programs].
4
Click [SonicStage 1.5.XX] in the “Currently Installed Programs” list, and
then click [Change and Remove].
5
Click [OpenMG Secure Module 3.1]* in the “Currently Installed Programs”
list, and then click [Change and Remove].
Do as instructed by the message and restart the computer. When the computer restarts,
the uninstallation will be completed.
* If SonicStage Ver.1.5 is co-existing with OpenMG Jukebox Ver.2.2 or SonicStage Premium on your
computer, and you uninstall one or the other, make sure [OpenMG Secure Module 3.1] is not
uninstalled since it is commonly used with both software applications.
For Windows Millennium Edition/Windows 98 Second Edition
users
1
Click [Start]–[Settings]–[Control Panel].
The “Control Panel” window appears.
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2
Double-click [Add/Remove Programs].
The Add/Remove Programs Properties window appears.
3
Click [SonicStage 1.5.XX] in the list of programs for automatic removal, and
then click [Add/Remove].
4
Click [OpenMG Secure Module 3.1]* in the list of programs for automatic
removal, and then click [Add/Remove].
Do as instructed by the message and restart the computer. When the computer restarts,
the uninstallation will be completed.
For Windows 2000 users
Log on as “Administrator”, and then follow the instructions below.
Refer to the operating instructions of your computer for details on logging on as an
administrator.
1
Click [Start]–[Settings]–[Control Panel].
The “Control Panel” window appears.
2
Double-click [Add/Remove Programs].
The “Add/Remove Programs” dialog box appears.
3
Click [Change or Remove Programs].
4
Click [SonicStage 1.5.XX] in the “Currently Installed Programs” list, and
then click [Change/Remove].
5
Click [OpenMG Secure Module 3.1]* in the “Currently Installed Programs”
list, and then click [Change/Remove].
Do as instructed by the message and restart the computer. When the computer restarts,
the uninstallation will be completed.
* If SonicStage Ver.1.5 is co-existing with OpenMG Jukebox Ver.2.2 or SonicStage Premium on your
computer, and you uninstall one or the other, make sure [OpenMG Secure Module 3.1] is not
uninstalled since it is commonly used with both software applications.
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Troubleshooting
Please do the following steps if you encounter a problem while using the SonicStage
software. In case a message appears, it is recommended that you write it down.
Step 1: Check the symptoms in this “Troubleshooting” section.
A variety of information can also be found in the operating procedures and “Settings and
Precautions” (page 50) as well.
Step 2: Check the symptoms in the SonicStage 1.5 online help
(page 48).
Check “Troubleshooting” under “Additional information” in the online help.
Useful information may also be found in other sections in the online help.
Step 3: If the trouble cannot be solved after checking the above
references.
Check the following table and then consult your nearest Sony dealer.
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Computer
• Manufacturer:
• Model:
• Type: Desktop type / Laptop type
Name of operating system:
RAM capacity:
Hard disk drive (containing SonicStage and audio data)
• Capacity of the drive:
• Free space:
Installed folder containing SonicStage (if other than the default folder)1)
• Location of the installed folder:
Version of the software (SonicStage Ver.1.5)2):
Error Message (if one appeared):
If an externally connected CD-ROM drive is used
• Manufacturer:
• Model:
• Type: CD-ROM / CD-R/RW / DVD-ROM / Other (
)
• Type of connection to the computer: PC card / USB / IEEE1394 / Other (
)
If another device with USB connection is used
• Name of the device (or devices):
1)
2)
If you do not specify the destination, the software is installed at C:\Program Files\Sony\SonicStage.
To check the SonicStage software version, go to [Menu] - [About SonicStage] in the SonicStage
window, or see the version information on the supplied CD-ROM.
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If your computer does not recognize the Net MD
• Is the Net MD connected correctly to your computer?
— If the Net MD is not firmly connected to the computer, the Net MD will not be
recognized by your computer.
— Reconnect the dedicated USB cable. If the computer still does not recognize the Net
MD, disconnect the Net MD, restart the computer, and connect the dedicated USB
cable again.
• Is an MD inserted in the Net MD?
Check if an MD is inserted in the Net MD.
• If your computer does not recognize your Net MD even when the Net MD is
connected and a disc is inserted, the Net MD driver may not be correctly
installed.
Go to the [USB Controller] in the Windows Device Manager window to verify that your
Net MD is correctly recognized.
A [!] mark in the Device Manager window indicates that your Net MD is not correctly
recognized. Reinstall the Net MD driver.
1 Click [Start]–[Settings]–[Control Panel].1)
2 Double click [System] in the control panel.2)
3 Click the [Hardware]3) tab, and then click [Device Manager].
The Device Manager window appears.
1)
2)
3)
In Windows XP, select [Start]–[Control Panel].
In Windows XP, double click [System] if the control panel is in the “classic” format, or click
[Performance and Maintenance] and then [System] if the control panel is in the “category” format.
Depending on your system, the [Hardware] tab may not be provided. In this case, click the [Device
Manager] tab to display the Device Manager window.
If the installation was not successful
• Be sure to close all Windows applications before you start the installation.
If you start the installation while other programs are running, a malfunction may occur.
This is especially true for programs that require large amounts of system resources, such
as virus-check software.
• Be sure not to connect the Net MD to your computer before you start the
installation.
If the dedicated USB cable is connected to your computer before the installation, the
installation cannot be done correctly. Connect the dedicated USB cable after the
installation completed.
• Make sure your computer has enough hard disk drive space.
120MB of free space or more on the hard disk drive is required. If your computer does
not have enough space, the installation may not be possible.
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• If the installation seems to be stopped
It may take 30 minutes or more for the installation to complete, depending on your
computer or CD-ROM drive.
During the installation, watch out for the occurrence of any of the following problems.
Problem
Cause/Remedy
The installation appears to have Check for the appearance of an error message beneath
the installation window.
stopped before it has
completed.
t Press the [Tab] key while holding down the [Alt]
key. If an error message has appeared, press the [Enter]
key. The installation will resume. If there is no
message, the installation is still in progress. Wait a little
while longer.
The progress bar on the display The installation is progressing normally. Please wait.
is not moving. The access lamp
has not lit for a few minutes.
• If the installation is still unsuccessful after all that you have done.
— The installation can be done by copying all files to the hard disk as follows:
1 Create a new folder on the hard disc.
2 Insert the supplied CD-ROM (SonicStage Ver.1.5) into the CD-ROM drive.
3 When the installation window appears, click [Exit] to cancel the installation.
4 Right-click the start menu and start up Explorer.
5 Select [SS15E] on the CD-ROM drive, and then click [Edit] -[Select All].
6 Click [Edit]-[Copy to Folder] (or [Edit]-[Copy]) to copy all files to the folder that you
created in step 1.
7 Remove the CD-ROM from the CD-ROM drive, open the folder that was copied to the
hard disk and double-click [setup.exe].
8 When the installation window appears, follow the displayed instructions to install
[SonicStage 1.5].
— The installation may be done by installing the software from [Start]-[Run].
If check-out (check-in) was not successful
• Was the battery power sufficient?
If the battery becomes exhausted during a check-out (or check-in), the check-out (or
check-in) will not be completed. In this case, replace the dry battery with a new one and
try again.
• Is the surrounding temperature too low?
During a check-out (or check-in), make sure the surrounding temperature is +5 ° C
(+41° F) or higher. If the temperature is low, the recorder’s operation will become slow
because of the nature of the battery.
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Information and explanations
Net MD FAQ
This section introduces frequently asked questions and answers on the Net MD.
On the Net MD
What is a “Net MD”?
Net MD is a specification that allows audio data in a computer to be transferred to a
MiniDisc through a USB cable.
Till now, MiniDiscs could be used to record only analog sources (through a microphone or
analog input) or PCM sources such as CDs. Recording audio files on a computer was
impossible. However, thanks to SonicStage and other music management software based
on such copyright protection technology as “OpenMG”1) and “MagicGate”2), conversion of
audio files to the ATRAC or ATRAC33) format used on MDs became possible, enabling the
recording of computer files to MDs.
1)
2)
3)
Copyright protection technology for managing audio data recorded on computers, etc.
Technology for verifying the copyright-protection status of audio data in check-out/check-in
operations between a computer and a Net MD device.
File type for recording to an MD.
How does the SonicStage software make using MDs more convenient?
• It allows you to record audio data from your computer to your MD.
• Editing operations are easily done using on-screen operations.
— Labeling: Allows use of keyboard for easy labeling of contents.
— Moving tracks or groups: Allows tracks or groups to be moved simply by dragging
and dropping. Track movements are easy to see.
— Group settings: Groups are easy to create or release.
These operations can be used to edit tracks on a disc in the Net MD. If you want to edit
the contents of an MD, connect the Net MD to your computer, and edit the tracks in the
SonicStage Device/Media window.
Can tracks recorded on the Net MD be checked in to a computer?
No, they cannot.
Audio data that was originally checked out from a computer can only be checked back into
the same computer. Tracks that are recorded on the Net MD using a microphone or through
an analog or digital connection cannot be transferred to the computer or copied.
Computer k MiniDisc : OK.
MiniDisc k Computer : OK only for tracks originally checked out from the computer.
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On copyright protection
The OpenMG technology* allows you to enjoy digital music, while maintaining the
copyrights of its holders. OpenMG Jukebox encrypts audio files in OpenMG format and
stores them on the hard disk of your computer to prevent unauthorized distribution.
* The copyright protection technology of this software conforms to SDMI (Secure Digital Music
Initiative) specifications.
This software places some restrictions on recording and playback to protect copyrights.
You can check in audio files only to the same computer from which they were checked out.
They cannot be copied or checked in to other computers.
For details, see “Features by copyright protection by OpenMG” (page 62).
You can check-in audio files
only to the computer which
they were checked out.
Check-out can
be made for
three times.
You cannot copy or
move audio files to
another computer.
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Restrictions on audio content
High-quality digital audio content is widely available through music distribution services
on the Internet. To protect the copyrights of its holders from unauthorized distribution,
some audio content is distributed with certain restrictions on recording and playback. For
example, the playback period or playback count for the data may be limited. In such cases,
checking out of the audio contents may not be possible.
Depending on the contents, some audio data that could be checked out are subject to
editing restrictions on the Net MD; e.g., audio contents cannot be erased or track marks
cannot be added or erased.
It is not possible to check in tracks other than those that were checked out from your
computer (for example, tracks recorded using a microphone or through analog or digital
connection).
Features by copyright protection by OpenMG
The SonicStage software features OpenMG, a copyright protection technology developed
by Sony to protect music copyrights. OpenMG uses high-level cryptographic technology to
protect music contents with computers.
Users should be aware of the restrictions described below.
• Music recorded on the hard disk using the SonicStage software cannot be played when
copied to other computers.
• Installation of the same SonicStage software to other computers is not permitted.
• Usage Rules
If Usage Rules are included in the music by way of the copyright holder or the distributor,
operation will be restricted to use permitted by the Usage Rule. For music, such as
compact discs, that does not contain a Usage Rule, the Default Usage Rule of SDMI will
apply. This Default Usage Rule states that one file can be checked out up to three times
only.
• On music contents that are not compatible with the SonicStage software
Under the supervision of SDMI, this software prohibits recording of music with a copy
prohibition signal.
• Upgrading SonicStage software
This software was developed in accordance with the current arrangement between Sony
and SDMI. If this arrangement is modified in the future, some of the software functions
may become unavailable. Sony may offer an upgrade kit in this case at additional user
expense.
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Glossary
ATRAC3
ATRAC3, which stands for Adaptive Transform Acoustic Coding3, is audio compression
technology that satisfies the demand for high sound quality and high compression rates.
The ATRAC3 compression rate is approximately 10 times higher than that of the Audio
CD, resulting an increased data capacity for the media.
“Check-In /Check-Out”
Check-out is to transfer music files from a personal computer to an external device/media
(such as a Network Walkman). Returning checked-out music files to the same computer is
to check in. (You cannot move checked-out music files to another computer.)
You can check out a music file, check it back in, and then check it out again an infinite
number of times. The SDMI rules provide that up to four copies of a music file can be
checked out at one time. OpenMG employs a method whereby three copies of a song can
be checked out simultaneously, while the fourth copy is maintained as a master on your PC.
Electronic Music Distribution (EMD) service
EMD is a website that distributes music files which are available for purchase.
MP3
MP3, which stands for MPEG-1 Audio Layer3, is a standard for audio file compression
determined by the Motion Picture Experts Group, an ISO (International Organization for
Standardization) working group. It enables compression of audio files to about 1/10 of the
data size of a standard compact disc. Since the MP3 encoding algorithm is disclosed, there
are various encoders/decoders that are compliant with this standard, including freeware that
is available for no charge. The MP3 standard is therefore widely used in the computer field.
Music Drive
Music Drive is a music database for managing audio data on a computer. In Music Drive,
audio files can be managed along with such information as artist names, track names, and
CD jacket images, or can be combined and categorized in different playlists.
OpenMG
Copyright protection technology for the import and management of musical content from
distribution services or CDs. By using software that are compliant with OpenMG, audio
contents can be encrypted before storage on a hard disk drive to allow playback of those
audio files on that computer. OpenMG also prevents the unauthorized distribution of the
contents via the Internet or other networks.
Playlist
A playlist is like a container that can be used to hold and categorize files stored in Music
Drive. For example, by making a “jazz” playlist and then putting your favorite jazz tracks
into the playlist, you can play all of the tracks repeatedly or check them all out at the same
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time.
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Recording mode (Bit rate)
This is a measure of data volume per second. The rate is expressed in bps (bits per second).
In SonicStage, the bit rate can be selected for recording an audio CD or converting MP3
and WAV format audio files into ATRAC3 format from among three rates: 132 kbps, 105
kbps or 66 kbps. In the case of 105 kbps, 105,000 bits of information is processed per
second. If the bit rate is large, that means a large amount of information is used to play the
music. Thus, 105 kbps data produces better sound quality than 66 kbps data, and 132 kbps
data provides better sound quality than 105 kbps data. However, audio files in formats such
as MP3 have different encoding methods, and so the sound quality is not determined by the
bit rate alone.
SDMI
SDMI, which stands for Secure Digital Music Initiative, is a forum that consists of over
130 companies in the fields of recorded audio content, computers, and consumer
electronics. It is dedicated to the development of integrated copyright protection
technology that can be used worldwide.
SDMI is working to create a framework for preventing the improper usage of audio files
and to promote legal music distribution services. The copyright protection technology
OpenMG is based on the SDMI standard.
Windows Media Audio
This is an audio compression technology that includes the management system called
“Windows Media Rights Manager”.
Windows Media Technology
This is a technology that includes a contents management system called Windows Media
Rights Manager which encrypts contents and distributes music contents along with their
conditions for usage, distribution, etc. Audio files supporting Windows Media
Technologies (WMT) downloaded via EMD* can be imported into and managed by
OpenMG Jukebox.
* EMD may not be available in certain areas of the world.
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Index
A
N
Accessories
optional 28
supplied 11
ATRAC3 60, 63
Audio CD 32, 41
AVLS 25
Net MD 33, 60
Net MD driver 58
B
back up 53
Battery life 14
C
CD-ROM 35
Check-in 60, 63
Check-out 44, 60, 63
Cleaning 27
Connecting 39
copyright protection 61
D
delete (software) 54
Device/Media 44, 49
Digital Sound Preset 19
DSP TYPE-S 31
O
Online help 48
OpenMG 63
OpenMG Jukebox software 36, 52
P
Play mode
group 22
tracks 18
Playlist 44, 63
Q
Quick Mode 24
R
Recording mode (Bit rate) 42, 45, 64
Recording navigation window 41
S
EMD services 63
SDMI 64
SonicStage Premium 36, 52
SonicStage software (earlier version) 36, 52
start (software) 40
System environment 35
System limitations 35
G
T
G-PROTECTION 17
Group
function 21
play 21
skip 21
Time search 17
Transferring
to the computer 40
to the Net MD 44
E
H
hard disk
free space 35, 53
storing 41
HOLD 15, 25
I
Index search 17
Installing 37
L
labeling 43
M
MP3 63
Music Drive 41, 63
U
Uninstalling
Windows 2000 55
Windows 98 Second Edition 54
Windows Millennium Edition 54
Windows XP 54
USB cable 11
W
Windows 2000 55
Windows 98 Second Edition 54
Windows Millennium Edition 54
Windows XP 54
WMA 64
WMT 64
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