Sony Walkman NWZ-E430: Shuffle and fast forward tweaks

September 13, 2010

I have a Sony Walkman NWZ-E436, and it’s generally an awesome MP3 player. It charges quickly, has great storing capacity, and is durable.

However, its “shuffle” function leaves a lot to wish. Basically, pressing “shuffle” just means it’ll create a randomized, but static, new playlist. And whenever you use the “shuffle all” function from the main menu, you have to listen to or skip your (alphabetically) first song before that playlist even starts.

My solution to that problem was to add a one-second silent MP3 file, with a name that’ll put it on top of my list ($$.mp3, song title: $$). Then the actual (albeit static) “shuffling” can commence.

I uploaded my file here. Download, rename it $$.mp3, and place it in any folder. Or just google for a silent mp3 file.

Another problem I had was fast forwarding when listening to podcasts. It’s slow. Anyway, I found that it’s much faster if you pause the audio track, and then fast forward. To my knowledge, that feature is undocumented.

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4 Responses to “Sony Walkman NWZ-E430: Shuffle and fast forward tweaks”

  1. Tim Hall Says:

    Or you have Bigelf’s album “Hex”, which includes a track consisting of five seconds of silence called “$”.

  2. bolsjevik Says:

    Thanks, Tim, good tip. Especially since my Zshare link seem to be dead already. /Admin

  3. Tara Says:

    Wow, thanks a LOT! I’ve been trying to figure out how to make the fast forward faster for ages! :)

    • bolsjevik Says:

      No problem, Tara!

      One can only hope Sony decides to include that feature in the user manuals in the future. /Admin


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