Media Go

Last updated
Media Go
Media Go Logo Media Go logo.jpg
Media Go Logo
Developer(s) Sony Creative Software
Initial releaseMarch 17, 2009;12 years ago (2009-03-17)
Stable release
3.2 (Build 191)
Operating system Windows XP SP3 (32-bit only)
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 8.1
Windows 10
Available inEnglish, Polish, 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

Developed by Sony Network Entertainment, Media Go is a discontinued free multimedia management application that runs on Microsoft Windows. Media Go manages content on Sony family products including Sony Mobile phones, the PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Walkman, and Sony Tablet. Similar to iTunes, Media Go can organize, play, and transfer a wide variety of content including videos, photos, music, and podcasts. Media Go also had a storefront that allowed users to purchase movies and TV shows, PSP or PS Vita games, and PSP or PS Vita Comics. Media Go is a replacement for the Sony Creative Software "Media Manager" applications, used by the PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, Sony Xperia and Walkman products in the past.

Contents

Sony has announced the discontinuation of the software by December 2017. [1]

Features

Media Go has many features that can be used to manage and synchronise content. 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 Xperia'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) and PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) games and other content, including digital comics; the ability to shop for and purchase PSP or PS Vita content from the PlayStation Store without a PSP or PS Vita connected to the host computer is now supported in current versions of Media Go. As of 2014, the PlayStation Store (except the Download List) is no longer available from Media Go, as it redirects to the PlayStation Store website. Game download and activation was completely disabled on October 24, 2016. [2]

Like iTunes and Windows Media Player, 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.

On Media Go, you are also able to copy the media and put it on third party devices (i.e. devices not made by Sony) such as handheld game consoles, smartphones, and MP3 players. To do this you cannot copy from Media Go, you must use a different method unless you are using a PSP, PS Vita, Sony Xperia Smartphone, Sony Xperia Tablet, or Sony WALKMAN.

This software can 'watch' selected folders on a computer that a user selects, such as an iTunes folder and any changes in the designated folder will be matched in Media Go. The program also allows the user to manage imported content, so any changes made by the user (such as a change of a track name after using Gracenote) will then be saved so Media Go can properly find the newly edited file.

Version 2.2 introduced a new audio editing tool, which gives the user the ability to trim and join an audio file if desired.

One of Media Go's main advantages over competing media players is the ability to "Rip" into FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) meaning users can keep a copy of their CD on their computer with no quality loss.

Version 2.7.357 was the last version to support Windows XP.

Related Research Articles

Adaptive Transform Acoustic Coding (ATRAC) is a family of proprietary audio compression algorithms developed by Sony. MiniDisc was the first commercial product to incorporate ATRAC in 1992. ATRAC allowed a relatively small disc like MiniDisc to have the same running time as CD while storing audio information with minimal loss in perceptible quality. Improvements to the codec in the form of ATRAC3, ATRAC3plus, and ATRAC Advanced Lossless followed in 1999, 2002, and 2006 respectively.

PlayStation Portable Handheld game console by Sony

The PlayStation Portable (PSP) is a handheld game console developed and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment. It was first released in Japan on December 12, 2004, in North America on March 24, 2005, and in PAL regions on September 1, 2005, and is the first handheld installment in the PlayStation line of consoles. As a seventh generation console it competed with the Nintendo DS.

Universal Media Disc Optical disc medium for PlayStation Portable

The Universal Media Disc (UMD) is a discontinued optical disc medium developed by Sony for use on their PlayStation Portable handheld gaming and multimedia platform. It can hold up to 1.8 gigabytes of data and is capable of housing video games, feature-length films, and music. UMD was the trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment for their optical disk cartridge (ODC).

SonicStage

SonicStage is a discontinued software from Sony that is used for managing portable devices when they are plugged into a computer running Microsoft Windows. It comprises a music player and library manager, similar to iTunes, Windows Media Player, and RealPlayer. It is used to manage the library of ATRAC OMG/OMA and MP3 recordings on a PC. It was first used in VAIO PCs put on the Japanese market in October 2001, and superseded OpenMG Jukebox. Version 2 was found on 2004 model products, and Version 3 on 2005 model products. SonicStage was required to transfer and manage music on all network-enabled Walkman digital audio players and MiniDisc players, before the software was dropped in 2007.

Media Manager for PSP is a commercial application from Sony Creative Software that managed content on the PlayStation Portable (PSP), serving a similar function to that of iTunes for a personal computer. Media Manager is able to automatically convert and copy certain types of content to a PlayStation Portable, as well as download and copy video podcasts to the device; music could be downloaded from the Sony Connect Internet-based music store, in countries where this service was offered and from version 3.x onwards, the PlayStation Store was integrated directly into the software.

The XrossMediaBar is a graphical user interface developed by Sony Computer Entertainment. The interface features icons that are spread horizontally across the screen. Navigation moves the icons, instead of a cursor. These icons are used as categories to organize the options available to the user. When an icon is selected on the horizontal bar, several more appear vertically, above and below it. They, in turn, are selectable by the up and down directions on a directional pad.

PlayStation Network (PSN) is a digital media entertainment service provided by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Launched in November 2006, PSN was originally conceived for the PlayStation video game consoles, but soon extended to encompass smartphones, tablets, Blu-ray players and high-definition televisions. As of April 2016, over 110 million users have been documented, with 109 million of them active monthly as of the end of March 2021.

Remote Play Feature of Sony video game consoles that allows the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 to transmit its video and audio output to a PlayStation Portable or PlayStation Vita

Remote Play is a feature of Sony video game consoles that allows the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 to transmit its video and audio output to another device; previously this could only be a PlayStation Portable or PlayStation Vita. In 2014, it was expanded to include the use of PlayStation TV, Xperia smartphones and tablets, and PlayStation Now. In 2016, it was expanded to Microsoft Windows PCs and macOS. Finally, iOS and Android are supported. Support for remote play of PlayStation 5 games to other devices was added in November 2020 just prior to the new console's launch.

Gracenote American data company

Gracenote, Inc. is a company owned by Nielsen Holdings which provides music, video and sports metadata and automatic content recognition (ACR) technologies to entertainment services and companies, worldwide. Gracenote's music recognition technologies compare digital music files to a worldwide database of music information, enabling digital audio devices to identify songs. The company licenses its technologies to developers of consumer electronics devices and online media players, who integrate the technologies into media players, home and car stereos, and digital music devices. The company operates five businesses: Music, Video, Sports, Automotive and Video Personalization. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, the company employs approximately 1,700 people in 20 offices around the world.

PlayStation Store Digital media store for various consoles of the PlayStation family

The PlayStation Store is a digital media store available to users of Sony's PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 game consoles via the PlayStation Network.

The PlayStation Portable system software is the official firmware for the PlayStation Portable. It uses the XrossMediaBar (XMB) as its user interface, similar to the PlayStation 3 console. Updates add new functionality as well as security patches to prevent unsigned code from being executed on the system. Updates can be obtained in four ways:

PlayStation is a video game brand that consists of five home video game consoles, as well as a media center, an online service, a line of controllers, two handhelds and a phone, as well as multiple magazines. The brand is produced by Sony Interactive Entertainment, a division of Sony; the first PlayStation console was released in Japan in December 1994, and worldwide the following year.

SensMe

SensMe™ is a proprietary music mood and tempo detection system created by Sony Corporation, and employed in numerous Sony branded products, most notably the Walkman MP3/MP4 players, Media Go, PlayStation Portable, and Sony Ericsson phone series.

<i>LocoRoco Midnight Carnival</i>

LocoRoco Midnight Carnival is a platform game developed and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation Portable. The game was released in 2009 as a PlayStation Network exclusive, and is a spin-off that continues the story of LocoRoco 2.

PlayStation Vita Handheld game console by Sony

The PlayStation Vita is a handheld video game console developed and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment. It was first released in Japan on December 17, 2011, and in North America, Europe, and other international territories beginning on February 22, 2012. The console is the successor to the PlayStation Portable, and a part of the PlayStation brand of gaming devices; as part of the eighth generation of video game consoles, it primarily competed with the Nintendo 3DS.

<i>LittleBigPlanet</i> Puzzle platform video game series

LittleBigPlanet (LBP) is a puzzle platform video game series created by British developer Media Molecule and published by Sony Computer Entertainment on multiple PlayStation platforms. Most games in the series put a strong emphasis on user-generated content and are based on the series' tagline "Play, Create, Share". The tagline represents the three core elements of the series: playing alone or with others locally or online, creating new content using the in-game creation tools, and sharing creations and discoveries online with other players.

Sony has released a number of previously released PlayStation video games, remastered in high-definition (HD) for their newer consoles, a form of porting. A number of related programs exist, the most prominent two being "Classics HD" and "PSP Remasters". The former consists of multiple PlayStation 2 games compiled on one Blu-ray Disc. The latter are individual PlayStation Portable games republished on Blu-ray. These games are not direct ports, but remastered versions in high-definition, to take advantage of the newer consoles' capabilities. The remastering of the games include updated graphics, new textures, and Trophy support, and some of the remastered games released on PlayStation 3 have included 3D and PlayStation Move support. Some HD remasters have also been released individually or in bundles as downloads on the PlayStation Store; others are released exclusively as downloads.

Xperia Play

The Xperia Play is a smartphone with elements of a handheld game console produced by Sony Ericsson. With the marketshare for dedicated handheld game consoles diminishing into the 2010s due to the rapid expansion of smartphones with cheap downloadable games, Sony attempted to tackle the issue with two separate devices; a dedicated video game console with elements of a smartphone, called the PlayStation Vita, and a smartphone with elements of a handheld console, the Xperia Play. Originally rumored to be a "PlayStation Phone", the device shed the "PlayStation" branding in favor of the Xperia brand, running on the Android operating system.

The PlayStation Vita system software is the official firmware and operating system for the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation TV video game consoles. It uses the LiveArea as its graphical shell. The PlayStation Vita system software has one optional add-on component, the PlayStation Mobile Runtime Package. The system is built on a Unix-base which is derived from FreeBSD and NetBSD.

PlayStation 4 system software System software for the PlayStation 4

The PlayStation 4 system software is the updatable firmware and operating system of the PlayStation 4. The operating system is Orbis OS, based on FreeBSD 9.

References

  1. Reserved, Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI) - Copyright 2017 All Rights. "Features - Media Go - Sony Network Entertainment". mediago.sony.com. Retrieved 2017-11-24.
  2. http://www.thesixthaxis.com/2016/10/11/playstation-store-will-not-be-supported-by-media-go-from-october-24th/