Sony really dropped the ball early on in the PSP's life when there was no official media software available. However, Sony finally came through when they released the PSP's Media Manager, but like many other available software programs, it had problems, too. Well, Sony is giving it another shot with Media Manager 2, and CNET
has had a chance to take it for spin.
- The new interface is "pretty stylish and sleekly designed."
- Features XMB crossbar.
- Better access to system's multimedia capabilities.
- Ability to transfer word documents and view them in HTML.
- Most of the functionality is available in other freeware programs.
- Somewhat high system requirements.
- Can't transfer copy-protected DVD's or audio files.
- Won't encode at 368x208 size.
Overall, CNET gave Media Manager 2 a 6.3
and said if you have a decent understanding of how to run a computer, you'll be better off with a third-party software, such as PSP Video 9
. While it looks like Sony didn't do much better with its latest media software incarnation, its release really begs the question "Do we really need it at this point?"
I manage to do all my file transfers and video encoding through freeware just fine, so I see no reason why anyone should spend the $17 to download the software or especially the $25 for the boxed version. But if you really feel the need to pick this up, you can buy it here