Developer(s)Sony Corporation
Initial release2012
Stable release
9.4.12.A.0.6 / June 19, 2023; 10 months ago (2023-06-19)
Operating systemAndroid
TypeAudio player

Music, formerly known as Walkman, is an audio player software for Android. Developed by Sony Corporation (and previously by Sony Mobile), it is the default music player on Xperia devices and comes preloaded on them.

A similar Walkman app continues to exist on Walkman digital audio players, including those that run on Android.


Music was launched as Walkman in 2012, debuting on Sony's first in-house smartphones the Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia U. It replaced the previous Music Player app on Sony Ericsson devices.[1] Before this, the music player on the Sony Ericsson Zylo and Live with Walkman were also called Walkman.

The Walkman app included all the features that were found on the digital Walkman portable music players of the time.[2] It featured an interface similar to the 'Cover Flow' of the iPod. Features included SensMe channels and Music Unlimited integration.[3]

"Smart Playlists" was introduced in a version 8.0 update along with further TrackID integration.[4] There were some UI tweaks in version 8.4 in 2014.[5] Android Wear support was also soon added.[6]

In 2015 with Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Walkman app was renamed to Music.[7][8] A 'Quick Play' feature was later added.[9] SensMe was removed in 2016.[10] Some later visual updates made the player styled like Material Design.[11]

Music also featured (on some models) DSEE HX sound processing.[12] DSEE Ultimate is featured starting with Xperia 1 II.[13]

The app became stripped down eventually with the equalizer and headphone settings disappearing.

As of version 9.4.7 (May 2020), the Gracenote metadata feature in the Music app was removed.[14]


See also


  1. ^ "Sony Xperia S Android 4.0 update starts rolling out, brings new apps".
  2. ^ "xperia". Excitable. May 15, 2014.
  3. ^ "Sony Xperia S review: NXT of kin".
  4. ^ "Sony WALKMAN app update for Xperia Z series devices bring new features".
  5. ^ "New WALKMAN app update (8.4.A.1.4) brings UI tweaks | Xperia Blog". July 8, 2014.
  6. ^ "Sony Walkman app updated with Android Wear support". GadgetDetail. December 1, 2014.
  7. ^ "Explained - Why Sony Renamed 'Walkman' App to 'Music'". April 27, 2015.
  8. ^ "Sony ditches Walkman brand for Xperia music app". Trusted Reviews. March 2, 2015.
  9. ^ "Music app update (9.0.5.A.0.0) adds Quick Play button to stable release | Xperia Blog". October 20, 2015.
  10. ^ "Sony confirms why it removed SensMe from the Music app | Xperia Blog". March 21, 2016.
  11. ^ "Get Sony's New Xperia Music App with Material Design on Any Android". Gadget Hacks. March 10, 2017.
  12. ^ "Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra review: Geared up".
  13. ^ "ソニー「Xperia 1 II」ハンズオン! 画質・音質が飛び抜けた「今すぐ欲しい5Gスマホ」 (2/3)". Phile-web.
  14. ^ "Gracenote service will be removed from Music app | Sony USA".
  15. ^ "Download and Install Sony Music 9.3.12.A.2.0 on Any Android Device". November 17, 2017.