Note: This program contains a mandatory installer. SonicStage was actually a failed attempt by Sony to create a proprietary music format while fighting against Apple.
Although there have been changes to the way Sony deals with file formats, SonicStage is still sometimes required for owners of older model MP3 players produced by Sony. The earlier models only supported the SonicStage format but Sony seems to have loosened up on that.
Unlike competing programs like iTunes, SonicStage does not contain any of the pretty graphics you might have expected.
The program is pretty slow and often produces errors which has largely led to Sony abandoning the project. Even their Sony Connect music service seems to have been shuttered.
In the end: Only use this program if you must, e.g. you have an older Sony MP3 Walkman.
From Sony:SonicStage download is like iTunes for Sony Players. It can be used to Convert Audio-CDs into the WAV, MP3, AAC or ATRAC3 & ATRAC3plus Format (and even convert your Personal Audio Files into ATRAC3 & ATRAC3plus Format.) SonicStage is necessary to transfer ATRAC3 & ATRAC3plus Audio to (MiniDisc) NetMD, Hi-MD and each other ATRAC-Players. Also the PSP (PSP Phat/PSP Slim/PSP Vita) is compatible with SonicStage, too.SonicStage 4.3
is licensed as Freeware
for the Windows operating system / platform without restrictions. SonicStage is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).
SonicStage Virus and Malware Tests:
For security reasons, you should also check out the SonicStage virus and malware test
that has been uploaded; additional SonicStage screenshots may be available, too.