Media Go


Media Go
Media Go
Media Go Logo
Media Go
Screenshot of the older version of Media Go
Developer(s) Sony Creative Software
Stable release 2.0 / October 11, 2011; 40 days ago (2011-10-11)
Operating system Windows XP SP3 (32-bit only)
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Size 90.1 MB
Available in English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Danish, and Russian
Type Media player, photo management, podcast and PlayStation Store manager
License Proprietary software, freeware
Website mediago.sony.com

Media Go is a video and audio player developed by Sony Creative Software, announced at E3 2009 for Microsoft Windows. Media Go manages content on Sony family products such as Sony Ericsson cellular (mobile) telephones and the PlayStation Portable; it can also playback multimedia content, serving a function similar to that of Apple's iTunes. Media Go can access the PlayStation Store, Sony Ericsson's PlayNow Arena and in some cases, third-party online stores (such as BigPond Music, for Telstra customers), while serving as a replacement for the Sony Creative Software "Media Manager" applications, used by the PlayStation Portable, Sony Ericsson and Walkman products in the past.

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Features

Media Go can automatically synchronize various types of content to a compatible device. Depending on the device in use, this can be pictures, music, videos, audio (including audio-books), playlists, games, digital comics and podcasts. Advanced functionality allows music to be tagged with SensMe metadata, and support for track ratings and purchases that can be made from the PlayStation Store, Sony Ericsson's PlayNow Arena or select partner stores (such as BigPond Music, for Telstra customers). Where applicable, Media Go will also automatically download and/or convert certain content (e.g. a podcast) into a suitable format. Media Go can also purchase, backup, and restore PlayStation Portable (PSP) games and other content, including digital comics; the ability to shop for and purchase PSP content from the PlayStation Store without a PSP connected to the host computer is now supported in current versions of Media Go.

Like most similar products, Media Go is also able to "rip" music from a CD and automatically download missing metadata (album artwork in particular) via Gracenote. As of 2011, Media Go cannot "rip" video from a commercial DVD or BD. Media Go also provides "drag from" behaviour: most multimedia files that are displayed can be dragged from the Media Go application to a Windows Explorer folder, an e-mail message or browser drop target. Like most competing programs though, one of Media Go's primary functions is as a computer multimedia organizer and player/jukebox, with a choice of large or compact/mini interface modes; Media Go also acts as a fully functional picture manager, similar to Microsoft's Windows Media Player.

While not supported officially, Media Go can also be used to manage media on many third-party devices including most cellular (mobile) telephones and USB-based multimedia playback devices - as third-party devices are not supported officially however, some content (such as videos) may not convert to a suitable format.

Version history

Version 1.0, released in Spring, 2009, supported many popular Sony Ericsson cellular (mobile) telephone models of the time.

Version 1.1, released on June 2, 2009, added support for, and worked with all PlayStation Portable (PSP) models. New to Media Go was also the ability to integrate with Sony Computer Entertainment's PlayStation Store, Sony Ericsson's PlayNow Arena and in some cases, third-party stores (such as BigPond Music, for Telstra customers); the content and any supported third-party stores varies from country-to-country, however.

Version 1.1a, released on July 29, 2009, included several bug and stability fixes.

Version 1.2, released on October 1, 2009, added support for the PSP Go and additional Sony Ericsson cellular (mobile) telephone models, along with performance, metadata and stability enhancements.

Version 1.3, released on November 18, 2009, added support for several new Sony Ericsson cellular (mobile) telephones and Microsoft's then-new Windows 7 operating system; download enhancements, advanced encoding options and a new photo reel view. Additionally, Media Go added support for digital comics and media playlists, also allowing PlayStation Portable system software updates/upgrades, digital copies of (unprotected) DVDs or BDs to be transferred from Media Go to a PSP

Version 1.4, released on April 22, 2010, included several new enhancements such as adding support for new Sony Ericsson cellular (mobile) telephones (specifically, the Vivaz Pro/Kanna ("U8i"), Vivaz/Kurara ("U5i"), Elm/Elm Greenheart ("J10"), Hazel/Hazel Greenheart ("J20i") and Xperia X10 ("Xperia SO-01B")), the ability to download game extras and themes. Other changes included new icons and categories, enabling users to organise their library better. One of the biggest new features in the 1.4 release however, was the ability to purchase and download content from the PlayStation Store without a PSP connected to the host computer, queued downloads and the ability to playback standard definition video purchased from the PlayStation Store on the computer.

Version 1.5, released on June 28, 2010, added support for a few new devices from Sony Ericsson: the Xperia X10 mini ("E10i"), Xperia X10 mini Pro ("U20i") and Zylo. It also added the ability to playback videos purchased from the PlayStation Store as they download, and the ability to queue multiple items for download including PSP updates/upgrades, podcasts and other media purchased from the PlayStation Store; playlists already on the PSP can now be transferred to Media Go too.[1]

Version 1.5a, released on August 25, 2010, was a maintenance release with two areas of focus: improved support for the transfer of playlists containing Unicode (UTF-8) characters to Android-based Sony Ericsson cellular (mobile) telephones, and installer improvements for both Media Go and its companion components (including the PlayStation Network Downloader).

Version 1.6, released November 23, 2010, added support for creating customized user-media searches, which can be saved as library views. New photo features include crop, color adjust, red-eye fix, and export for easy sharing via e-mail or the Web. It also automatically retrieves album, artist, and artwork information from the Gracenote MusicID online service.

Version 1.7, released April 12, 2011, added support for Sony Ericsson Xperia arc, Xperia Play and Xperia neo devices. Improved device support for devices that play only audio. General improvements for better performance and faster response.[2]

Version 1.8, released August 2, 2011, added Qriocity Video support for Sony Ericsson Xperia phones, and general-purpose support for Walkman A860, S760, and E460 series devices.

Version 2.0, released October 11, 2011, includes a revamped the user interface, support for Sony Tablet, and an automated media backup/synchronization system. Additionally, general device support for the following family of Sony Ericsson handsets include: Xperia active, Live with Walkman, Live with Walkman, Xperia Play, Mix Walkman, Xperia ray.

References

  1. ^ "Media Go version 1.4". TheSixthAxis. http://www.thesixthaxis.com/2010/04/22/media-go-updated/. 
  2. ^ "Media Go version 1.7". Media Go. http://mediago.sony.com/enu/update-info/. 

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