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1. Creative Zen Touch 20 GB MP3 Player
$206.43 list($299.99)
2. Rio Karma 20 GB MP3 Player
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3. iAUDIO M3 20 GB Metal Brown MP3
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7. Nike 256 MB MP3 Player with Upgradeable
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8. iAudio M3 20 GB Digital Music
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9. iRiver iFP-795T 512 MB MP3 Player
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10. Creative Labs MuVo TX 256 MB MP3
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11. Video AV340 with Dvr 100 MODULEMPEG4
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12. Sony NW-HD1 20 GB Network Walkman
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13. iRiver H120 20GB MP3 Jukebox
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14. Archos AV400 20 GB Video Player/Recorder
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15. Archos AV400 80 GB Video Player
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16. iAUDIO M3 40 GB Metal Brown MP3
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17. Creative Nomad Jukebox Zen Xtra
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18. Archos Gmini XS 200 20 GB MP3Player
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19. Creative MuVo Slim 256 MB MP3
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20. iAUDIO M3-20SL-CR 20 GB MP3 Jukebox

1. Creative Zen Touch 20 GB MP3 Player
by Creative Labs
list price: $249.99
our price: $224.19
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00028DJTY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 329
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Zen Touch music player from Creative makes a great first impression. Introducing the revolutionary linear touch-sensitive pad controller that lets you navigate your music collection with astonishing ease and speed. Jam all day and all night, nonstop, with incredible 24-hr. battery life, far more than most players can offer. Combine that with 20GB capacity to hold up to 10,000 songs and it's close to love at first sight. AudioSync lets you seamlessly update your player with new music from your PC at the touch of a button and the 4-band custom equalizer and advanced EQ presets let you customize playback. Now it's love at first listen. Available storage capacity may vary. 1Hx2-7/10Wx4-1/10D". ... Read more

Features

  • AudioSync lets you seamlessly update your Creative Zen Touch with your latest music on your PC at the touch of a button
  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, Me, 2000, and XP
  • 20 GB storage lets you bring up to 10,000 WMA songs (64 kbps) or 5000 MP3 songs (128 kbps) everywhere you go
  • Create and customize playlists on-the-go, unique Search Function locates any song, album or artist
  • Load a song a second with ultra fast USB 2.0 port, compatible with USB 1.1 too

Reviews (201)

5-0 out of 5 stars Question
To anyone who owns this item,
Do you know if the player charges quicker through USB or the adapter? And when the player is done charging, will the blue power light stay on and will there be some kind of message that says the player is fully charged or does the 3 bars simply mean 100%?

5-0 out of 5 stars The Shizz!!
Man this thing is awesome.I spent a lot of time deciding on whether to get the Touch or the IPod, but I chose this one.The touchpad is not that hard to use after you use it for a day or so.
It is really easy to make playlists on the computer, use Nomad Explorer, not Mediasource(its confusing).The sound is great!!And it let me rip songs from my cds and put them all on there.The best, way better than the Ipod.And wit the 24 hour battery, I can listen to it all day. Buy it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great MP3 Player, even better price
The Creative Zen Touch is awesome.For 225 dollars, you get a great 20GB MP3 Player where as with the Ipod, it costs 50-75 more for the same thing... plus, with ipod, the only thing you can really use is itunes.the creative zen touch is compatible with several online music stores.the touch pad isn't as hard as people say it is to use.i figured it out within minutes.you have to stay in the middle part of the touch pad if you want to scroll up or down slowly.the far upper and far lower part of the pad is for scrolling up or down fast.the program that comes with it is very easy to use.it just takes a few clicks to start transferring mp3's from the computer to the zen touch.

seriously, the zen touch is as good if not better than the ipod AND it's a lot cheaper.so unless you want to be a follower and copy what everyone is doing, i'd go with the zen touch.

5-0 out of 5 stars wow!
I got a zen micro a few months ago and i really liked it. The only problem was i felt it was so small and fragile i might break it if i sneezed while holding it. All the broken zen micro reviews on amazon and everywhere else didnt help. But eventually...the headphone jack messed up..and i got my money back. I recently got the 20 gb zen touch. I love it. I like the way it fits in my hand better than the micro...because the micro was so tiny. People put as a con that it is heavy and a little bigger than the micro, but to me it feels very sound and sturdy....THe back is metal..not plastic. This feels like it will last. The Sound quality is very awesome. Unlike any mp3 i have heard. and i guess my favorite thing is the battery life. Initially when i charged it up i wasnt too impressed with the battery life.The first(out of 3 bars) didnt take long to deplete(mostly because i kept turning it on and off when showing ppl) and i listened to it for two days on and off before i got down to only one(out of 3) bars left. So i thought i would run down the battery all the way and charge it up...as instructed to from creative.com. At 8:00 pm last night i pressed play from my "all tracks" list(413 so far)..and it began. I even set the back light time to 30 seconds and the contrast to 100% to pull it faster. Only on 1 bar of battery life....it played ALL NIGHT and till 9:30 this morning(still playing as i type). THat is 13hrs and 30 mins..on 1 bar..and still going.

I strongly recommend this MP3 player..if you are looking for a sturdy, efficient, and awesome sounding mp3 player. It doesnt have the gadgets like the micro(fm radio, address book, calender)...but you really dont use those things much on an mp3 player anyway...seriously.

if you are struggling for which one to buy...get this one(esp. if you are a guy)

4-0 out of 5 stars Testimonial from electronics abuser.
I've owned this mp3 player about 6 months and I think it is great. First of all, I am a person that abuses everything electronic - I've put a few computers/cell phones/CD players in the grave. This mp3 player has held up much better than I initially thought it would. Of course I usually carry a paper-clip with me to manually restart it when I've dropped it on the pavement or flung it off the desk (accidentally). It works fine after I do this. I usually keep it in it's case only when I throw it in my purse and this seems to help protect it as well. I would recommend keeping the firmware updated as this helps keep the functions working.
One of the main reason I bought it was because of the long battery life, and it has not disappointed. I listen to on the commute to/from work and at least three hours everyday at work. I only have to re-charge it once a week.
Another reason I bought this mp3 player was that it accepts multiple music file types. Many of my friends from foreign countries send me music - and as far as I can tell the Zen Touch has been able to play everything except the iPod AAC files(which was easily remedied.)
Even though this player is not perfect, I really think this is the best one available, especially for ones who beat up their equipment. ... Read more


2. Rio Karma 20 GB MP3 Player
by Rio
list price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000AQIFZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Rio
Sales Rank: 3614
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The super-smart Rio Karma 20GB MP3 Player is packed with memory and includes the intelligent Auto DJ to find, mix and create playlists from tracks on command. The versatile docking station supports dual RCA line-outs, Ethernet networking and auto-synchronization with a host PC. Features: plays more than 330 hours of MP3 (about 5,000 songs) or 660 hours of WMA (about 10,000 songs) music with 20GB of memory; USB 2.0 for fast transfers; transfers content between multiple PCs; 15-hour continuous playback; 5-band parametric equalizer with pre-sets; dynamic playlist generation; plays Ogg Vorbis; Sennheiser MX300 earbuds; docking station; USB 2.0 cable; stereo RCA cable; ethernet cable; A/C power supply; installation disk; and quick start guide. Songs purchased from Napster 2.0 are compatible with Rio portables. Please use the Rio Music Manager or the Windows Media Player 9 to transfer songs purchased from Napster 2.0 to your Rio. Napster 2.0 Client users can also use the free Napster Plug-In for the Windows Media Player 9 for an integrated experience. Click on Help at the top of the page, then on Product Rebates where you can download the rebate form. Available storage capacity may vary. ... Read more

Features

  • 15-hours continuous playback with rechargeable LiIon battery
  • Compatible with computers with USB 2.0 (1.1 compatible) ports running Windows 98 SE, 2000, ME, or XP
  • 20 GB HDD plays back over 330 hours of MP3 or 660 hours of WMA music
  • Auto-DJ intelligently finds, mixes and creates playlists from tracks on command
  • 5-band parametic equalizer with pre-sets

Reviews (241)

4-0 out of 5 stars Most of what you need and nothing you don't
Produced by Digital Networks North America (DNNA) (sister company to Marantz Audio), the Rio Karma, although aging, has still not lost its edge on the competition. While other companies are trying to cram as many new features into their MP3 players such as tuner recorders, diaries, calendars and games, the Rio Karma sticks to the basics and does them extremely well.

In the tidy package you get the player obviously, a substantial pair of Sennheiser MX300 ear buds, the drivers CD and a rather nifty dock.

The Rio Karma itself is shaped rather oddly. It's short and rather squat, featuring none of the aluminum or acrylic that is so often found in its competitors. Reminiscent of the old style minidisk players that used AA batteries, the Rio Karma is an all plastic and rubber handle affair, featuring a large clear plastic front plate that is prone to being scratched. Although not the most attractive MP3 player on the market at the moment, this is not a big detraction from the overall package; it's unlikely you will be framing any MP3 player as a work of art.

Build wise, although it feels sturdy, durability is in fact a drawback with the Rio Karma. The plastic casing, possesses very little to hold it together apart from tabs (which you can see if you pry it open, although it's not recommended) and tends to fall apart from time to time after the inevitable dropping of it occurs. However, it has been noted that the Rio Karma is prone to hard-drive failures, don't panic too much, this often doesn't corrupt files, all you need to do is hard reset it, this is more of an annoyance.

The Rio Karma despite its bulky appearance fits snugly into the hand with a rubber handle to grip onto. The combination of the brightly colored red joystick control, jog wheel and dedicated menu button is within easy reach of the thumb and the power, volume and hold buttons are also within easy reach of all other fingers. One concern, however, is the ease of which the joystick and jog wheel are moved so that during play, if it is not on hold it often switches tracks of skips forwards or backwards. This design was mainly built for a right handed user but, there is a left-handed mode for those who are inclined that way, however, it ends up being horribly useless with the controls in awkward positions.

The connectors on the body include a mini USB 2.0 connector, obviously to connect to the PC for music transference, a proprietary connector for the dock (included), a DC power connector that recharges the non-replaceable Li-Ion battery and a headphone jack which has the option of an inline remote. Strangely enough, DNNA never released an inline remote to compliment the Rio Karma and, seeing how long it has been on the market for, probably never will.

The dock that has been included is surprisingly handy as well as being rather "funky", allowing users to easily plug the Rio Karma in for simultaneous charging and transferal without the need for constantly connecting via wires. It features RCA line-out connectors (yes, you can connect them to an amp), a power connector, another mini-USB 2.0 connector and strangely enough, an Ethernet port. This was a stroke of genius on DNNA's part as it allowed the Rio Karma to connect to any TCP/IP based network, enabling sharing of the music to many users (much like Sony's current 20GB network MP3 Player). The funky thing with the dock is that, during charging the dock emits an eerie blue glow, which, while playing music can pulse to the beat.

Getting to the software, unlike most MP3 players nowadays, the Rio Karma doesn't allow use as a mass storage device as its file structure isn't compatible with the normal FAT file structures. Instead, it uses a file format that allows the storage of music identification tags (ID3 tags) and speedy retrieval of them.

The software included is the Rio Music Manager and Rio Taxi, both of which are downloadable free from the DNNA website (no particularly spectacular software inclusions here).

The Rio Music Manager is a simplistic music transferal program that scans the Rio Karma for music and scans your hard-drive for music. Although Music Manager does not possess the wiz bang functions of other programs it is easy to understand and is designed for users to transfer music straight away without the hassles of setting up. Transferal is a simple click and off you go. It's not particularly zippy at 10MB per second but it does the job. Also, some users have found it difficult to transfer music onto the Rio Karma because it can repeatedly not identify itself, simply a problem with the drivers.

Turning the Rio Karma on, the menu was obviously designed with extremely fool proof use in mind. It's practically god's gift to frustrated MP3 audiophiles. It's self-explanatory, it's intuitive, it's quick, it does everything for you and combined with a joystick, you can use a single thumb to scan through 5000 songs which are categorized in several possible ways, and find the exact one in seconds.

During playback the Rio stick is used for pausing or skipping tracks, the scroll wheel to fast forward or rewind. Tapping the menu button will bring up the full menu system or holding it briefly will jump straight to the Play Music option, which allows you to browse by artist, genre, year, etc. Picking Artists will provide a view with letters down the left hand side, with the artists under that letter on the right. You scroll through to pick a letter, and then pick an artist from that letter - for example, L then Led Zeppelin. You'll be given an offer of different albums to play, or the default "Play all tracks" option. Selecting an album will give you the individual tracks or "Play all". If only one album is found, then the player won't waste your time with a choice of one.

Getting past the easy to use interface, the Rio caters for the audio geeks in several ways. Firstly, a full five band equalizer along with a multitude of presets for those who don't know how to use the equalizer, just get there. Secondly, the Rio Karma supports, probably the most file formats in any portable MP3 Player, including MP3, WAV, WMA and for the audiophiles, Ogg Vorbis and FLAC. For those that don't know, WMA support means it can play tracks ripped with Windows Media Player, or tracks bought on-line from every single music store that isn't iTunes. Ogg Vorbis is generally considered as having a higher quality output than MP3 at the same bit rates, and has a firm following in the Open Source community, since unlike MP3 it is unencumbered with patents. And for the high-quality obsessed, FLAC is totally lossless (no CD quality lost) while only taking up half the space that a normal WAV file would take.

Sound quality, although heavily reliant on the type of format being used, using lossless formats, the Rio Karma, while not being particularly bad, is at times unable to handle heavy music, clipping what is outside of its capabilities and creating crackling noises (it has 40 levels of volumes and believe me when I say you wouldn't want it to get any louder). Lighter music tends to be a bit too smooth with the intricacies of some songs such as jazz or orchestral works being glazed over; the difference between the bottom of the frequency range and the top in volume was remarkable. The Rio Karma has a slight bump up in the lower frequencies before leveling out mid range and then quickly falling off towards the higher frequencies. The result is a rather lopsided, bass heavy, slightly muffled sound.

One final feature is Rio DJ. Rio DJ provides some slightly more general playback settings than picking a specific year. For example, you can select all tracks from the 1970's, or for an hour of your top or worst tracks. You can ask for all the tracks transferred onto the player within the last week, or for a simple fifteen minutes of randomly chosen music. Rio DJ also tracks usage and is surprisingly accurate at picking your favorite bands and music.
Rio Music Managers Rio DJ allows you to create custom play lists, and then transfer them to the player as a play list.

Overall, it doesn't have some of the gimmicks of its competitors such as FM Radio or recording, but what you get is a masterful music device, designed specifically for its original use, playback of music. The irreplaceable battery is a cause for slight concern, but Rio HQ in Japan has begun a battery replacement scheme which, hopefully, will soon be available worldwide.

82/100

Pros: Lossless audio codec's, extremely easy to use, 5-band equalizer, intuitive music organization, small and well designed control layout, these are getting cheaper.

Cons: Lack of an inline remote, unattractive, not hugely durable, easy to accidentally press controls, occasional hard-drive failures (more than most), problems with some of the USB drivers, the Rio Music Manager is over simplistic, the sound quality is uneven.

Overall: The cons above are a bit picky (there isn't much to pick with this player) but, the aging Rio Karma manages to hold its flame high above the wind of many other competing MP3 jukeboxes. Very few other players have come to the level that the Rio Karma has reached of pure functionality.

Alternatives: (There are many alternatives in this category, however, the two most popular would be, in my opinion, the iPod and Creative Zen Touch)
iPod: iPod's popularity is warranted, being one of the easiest and most fun to use MP3 players on the market, the click wheel was an innovation on Apple's part, it is easy to see why they are so popular. With billions of accessories and huge support network, beginners to the MP3 world will enjoy this player. However, lacking the ability to support Windows Media Codec's and some other popular codec's as well as the strong protection against music sharing makes this a slight turn off for audio geeks.
Creative Zen Touch: Excellent playback capabilities, Creative who have had a monopoly on the computing audio for some time now, do not let their experience go to waste. The interface and software included may have a higher learning curve than the Rio Karma. This includes many of the gimmicks such as an FM recorder. Surprisingly supports few audio codec's (MP3, WMA) and no lossless codec's, since Creative have had such success in Hi-fidelity computer audio.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!!
What a GREAT player! Besides a false alarm with cheap headphones recently, it hasn't had a problem since I bought it in July 2004.

Charging and transferring music: I'd say charging takes...probably around 5 hours to fully charge it, from no battery life to full. Battery life is definitely a good 15 hours: it played through a round trip to Maui. Transferring music is a dream - I use Windows Media Audio files, and it's very easy to transfer files directly through the Windows Media Player. (I even found it a little faster than the Rio software that the player comes with, on Windows 2000 and Windows Media Player 9.)

Controls within the player: GREAT organization. Music is organized by Artist, Album, Track, Playlist, Year, and Genre, and then within, say, Artist, it has Artists by each letter, and then you can also view all Artists, organized alphabetically. I didn't find it at first, but you can also make playlists on the player, even while music is playing! My only complaint is that you can't change the order of songs, but I realize that that's probably a lot to ask of a portable MP3 player. Unless you're using very quiet speakers or a song is unusually low volume, the volume definitely goes high enough. Also, you can scroll back and forth through a song, or up and down the list of songs playing without changing the song currently playing, with the scrollbar, in the two different views. All the buttons are very solid feeling, and the Rio stick is easy to use.

Physically, the player IS very solid feeling: I dropped it once, on a tile floor, when it was in its cradle. It stuck the next time I started it up, on the startup screen, but when i restarted it after that, it was just fine. It's a little on the heavy side - but for 20GB of music, which is 4 times my whole music collection.

I can't say anything for the Customer Support, because I haven't had to use it yet!

All in all - I highly recommend it; it's a great value and investment! (And mine was $300!)

4-0 out of 5 stars Stuck at the "Starting" screen.
My Rio Karma would get stuck at "Starting" screen and the harddisk would start making weird noises. Hard resetting did not help. After doing a lot of googling, it turned out that many people had this same problem and the solution was to whack it hard. I, of course, didn't believe it at first but it worked. Here is how you do it -
1. Turn the player on. It would keep showing "Starting" screen.
2. Whack the player hard on the backside. You might have to do it 3-4 times. I banged it on the floor.
3. The player would restart itself. You don't have to turn it off and on again.

Hope this helps.

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy and Small
I bought my mp3 player two months ago, and i'm very happy with.

Easy to use and is nice to your eyes, no problems so far.

5-0 out of 5 stars Karma
I Bought my Roi Karma in june of 2004, and it just died on me in may of 05.bakc around december the scroll wheel got pushed in after i accidently droped it and it landed on the scroll wheel.this didnt really matter because i didnt use it anyway.it still worked fine after that.i was quite careless with it, droping it all of the time walking down the street and it falling on the hard pavement.it survived a good 15-20 drops, but the other day it finaly broke.when i turn it on now it makes noises and feezes on the starting screen.

after using my friends ipods, and using my rio karma, i cant tell a difference in the quality.so if its between the karma and the ipod, DEFFINATLY go with the Karma.it dosent matter if it dosent have a carrying case or how ugly it is, beacause its in your pocket or in you hand most of the time.i listened to my karma all of the time.i would turn it on when i left for school in the morning, set up a long play list to last all day, and turn it off when i got home about 8 hours later.

this is a great buy i would rate it the #1 mp3 player out there. ... Read more


3. iAUDIO M3 20 GB Metal Brown MP3 Jukebox w/FM & Voice Recorder w/cradle
by COWON
list price: $369.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00028WFKI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: COWON
Sales Rank: 36482
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

iAUDIO M3 is a ultra-slim MP3 jukebox with FM Radio, Voice Recorder and Direct MP3 Encoder. Carry thousands of songs in your pocket. Enjoy the highest-quality sound powered by BBE and 14 hrs of continuous playback with built-in rechargeable battery. ... Read more

Features

  • iAUDIO M3, AC Adapter, Ext. Kit, Remote, Case, Earbuds, CD, Manual, Line-in & USB Cable, Cradle.
  • Ultra-slim jukebox of 4.8 oz, 4.08 X 2.39 X 0.56 inches body.
  • MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV Player, FM Radio, Voice Recorder, Direct MP3 encoder, USB Portable HDD.
  • Up to 14+ hrs of continuous skip free playback on a built-in rechargeable battery.
  • Sound Effects of BBE, Mach3Bass and 5 Bands EQ. Remote Controller with 6 Lines LCD.

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!
I'll try to keep this short but try to read between the positive lines!

I researched MP3 players for a month...tried so many it was ridiculous...what I found was that there are some very nice players that just didn't fit my needs and, I'm sorry IPOD fans, the IPOD is overpriced for the feature set and sound quality...it rated #4 with me but was "good" across the board...

I chose the M3 and I haven't looked back...many reviews say that the separate remote with a screen is a "con" but then go on to say that, in practice it worked out beautifully...that was my experience...it's not a "con" it's a big "PRO"...it's just different and innovative...

The features you get for the $$ on this machin (I got it for $270) blows away all others...(FM, longer battery charge, line in and out, the transfer/conversion speed is #1, sound flexibility, the remote, the included cradle, and so on)...

The sonic capability of this machine is second to none (the buds were actually decent but replace them if possible...this machine "sings" with my Ultrasone HFI-550s)...and I've tried Creative, Iriver, Sandisk, & Apple...in rank order:JetAudio, Creative, Iriver, Apple, & then Sandisk...

Jetaudio products are second to none and the company actively provides updates through firmware...a hidden but important factor when buying...

There is a CON but this is only a nuisance and it's like taking one step back to go 20 steps past the competition...THERE IS A LEARNING CURVE ON THIS MACHINE WHEN IT COMES TO NAVIGATION...again, fair warning...THERE IS A LEARNING CURVE...but take your time because once you get the hang of it you've got one of the best players out there...

A second CON could be true for nearly all MP3 players with the exception of the Creative 5G micro...for the $$ these machines should have a removable, replacable, rechargable battery...(Apple charges $100 to replace their battery...you have got to be kidding me!!!)...

There's more but all I'm going to say is to NOT be a lemming...do your research...there are great players out there that fit your needs at a reasonable price...while I love and use all my M3 features...your needs may be different so don't get caught up in the "gingerbread"/accessories...but...again...

DO YOUR RESEARCH AND AVOID THE HYPE/COST OF OTHER PLAYERS!If you like the features of the M3...you can't go wrong.

Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars possibly the most useful piece of machinery...
i have purchased in over a year. this iaudio deal seemed like a bad gimmick at first...but after 2 or 3 hours of looking around i was hard pressed to find a negative opinion about it. i could not stop myself after finding out that it is also compatible with .ogg files, and can process&output audio at above 256kb and 16 bits (it can pretty much process your audio at any rate conceivable) i was convinced, i jumped right in and bought a 20gig iaudio M3. for one this little electronic box is about 1/3rd of the weight, height, width, and depth of the ipod. second off, it comes with a great program called jet audio to obtain and transfer music with, but even better is, unlike the ipod YOU DO NOT HAVE TO USE THIS PROGRAM to use the iaudio, using the software is optional! it is the definition of plug and play. you just plug it in to your usb port and windows doesnt even prompt you to install a driver, the same goes for macs. you computer will recognize it as an external mass storage device and you can just drag and drop your audio files into the drives window, no configuration necessary, and no waste of space on your computer. the iaudio m3 has even fallen over, and been dropped in my apartment and outdoors at least 3 dozen times and it still works perfectly, aside from this the digital interface is not integrated into the main device, it is a wonderfully small remote control type device which i just snap to the inside of my pocket. so when i do accidentally drop it, i dont have to worry about the screen being scratched, punctured, or generally damaged. the machine lets you fully control the organization of your audio so there is no need to fuss around getting your iaudio to play your music in the order that you want. it charges in about an hour, and yields about 6 hours, sometimes more playing time, it never over-heats, play my audio crisper than many at home or car stereos i have hears and is far better more reliable and functional than any of the 100's of other products i have seen on the market. GO BUY IT NOW!

5-0 out of 5 stars Truly impressed with this product!
Well, I've had this the 20GB M3L for about 3 months now. I bought it from Amazon (jetaudio) and have taken it to Europe, long car drives, etc. First, yes, the battery truly lasts 30+ hours. Second, the remote screen for the unit is what I truly like. I know there has been some concern about it, but let's think about it for a moment. If the screen were to get damaged on the main unit - that would be it. You'd be forced to buy a new player. With jetaudio/cowon, you can replace the remote screen for a nominal fee ($30-40). But even more importantly, because the screen is not attached to the unit, I don't have to keep pulling it out of my pocket to make a change. It just clips onto something I'm wearing and off I go. The unit is durable and tough. The product is VERY WELL supported by jetaudio with frequent firmware updates. The user forum at jetaudio.com is extraordinarily helpful with answers to your questions/problems coming quickly. What I like most about the M3L is that I can put any format of music on it, I can store files or pictures, or actually any file type at all. AND, you just plug it into any computer and off you go. Thus, there are no proprietary programs to install or navigate and you can move music/files to another computer by just plugging it in. Your computer will recognize the unit as a new, separate hard drive. You just drag and drop to add/delete files. Yes, it is that easy. So, do your homework, read the lousy reviews of the competitor products (specifically lousy product support) and you'll likely come back here to buy this. Now, if you're not in a rush, I hear the M5 will be coming out in December and has some very cool features. Guaranteed it will be VERY EXPENSIVE though.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic product
I've got the 40gig version but it is the same as the 20 gig one. Has an amazing sound with all the audio enhancements that are easily changed from the remote which is very light and easy to use. It is the smallest hard drive mp3 player by quite some way. The software took a while for me to work out as the instructions wern't brilliant but once i worked it out it is so simple and quick! Patches and updates are available from the web site. An excellent buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best of the bests!!!! best than ipod!!
I sthe best product that you can find, is a excelent mp3 player. The smallest size in the market, with display remote control, you can record from any source, even from the integrated fm receiver!!!! Wonderful, is realy thin, great product ... Read more


4. iRiver H140 40GB MP3 Jukebox
by iRiver

Asin: B0001BRITE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 16653
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

iHP-140 is one of the first MP3 players that supports the new upcoming, and very popular, music file format Ogg Vorbis. Another new feature of iHP-140 is the ability to plug-in an external mic, using the players mic-in. You now have the ability to encode MP3 files directly in the player, or if you like you can record to a high quality WAV file. Use the iHP-140's optical line-in and get those crisp and ultra clear recordings, either by hooking up your player to your portable CD player or your home sound system. The iHP-140 will give you 100% quality each time and of course you can set the bit rate on your recordings just as you want it to be.Absolutely packed with superb and powerful features that with no doubt will satisfy even the most fastidious hi-fi enthusiast. It's nothing less then a phenomenon that this small and extremely portable HDD MP3 player can present such a powerful list of features. ... Read more

Features

  • Integrated FM tuner
  • Plays over 1200 hours of digital music
  • Up to 16 hours of battery life
  • Supports MP3, WMA, ASF, WAV and OGG music files
  • Ultra-fast USB 2.0 transfers (up to 40 times faster than USB 1.0)

Reviews (84)

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Player 3.5 Stars
I have own my unit for about 5 months and it's
been pretty reliable.I like to record my old
minidiscs onto it and with in-line recording
features that's possible.I like the black design,
the sound quality is pretty good, and battery life
is good.I have not gotten 12-16 hours of playback
on a charge yet but I'm always playing this in shuffle
mode so I imagine that may use more power faster as the
unit does do alot of spinning. I really like the remote. I'm not happy with the lack of firmware updates.These units need to have an option to create playlists on the fly.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed with this Very Hard to Use MP3 Player
After using a 20 MB RIO that died on me (hard disk failure after 5 months) I decided to purhase the iRiver iHO140 becuase the hardware sounded top notch.While I agree that this is a very solid player it's been quite difficult and very frustrating.

I have not been able to get Playlists to work and I've also noticed that none of the On Line songs I purchase will work on this unit.When I sent an e-mail to tech support asking if the iHP-140 will sync with Windows Media Player They took 1 week to return an answer and they said this player doesn't currently Sync and they don't forsee it working this way anytime in the future.So basically if you buy music on line DON'T purhcase this player. I should have bought an IPod.

3-0 out of 5 stars Yes its great.....but I still had to return it :-(
So the good news, yes you can record (although not off the nice radio)...yes it plays almost all the formats under the sun....yes its reasonably compact....but heres the thing, its impossible to make play lists on the fly. Sure you can play through the songs in a folder that you have preset on the juke box, sure you can even cue a song one song ahead of the one you are listening to.....but suppose you go to the gym and want to listen to this song then that then another and don't want to fiddle....well unless you had the foresight to organize your songs in a folder exactly that way and upload them (admittedly straightforward) then it can't be done....I really liked this player, I really wanted to keep it, but I couldn't make it play my songs in the order I wanted when I wanted and sadly that was a deal killer so back it had to go....Fortunately Amazon service as always was great and it wasn't a problem....given iRiver solved all the hard problems it seemed amazing they hadn't solved this easy problem, but I spent hours on the discussion boards and ultimately with their help people (a patchy experience) and they confirmed it....on the fly play lists cannot be created....so sad.....

1-0 out of 5 stars More Garbage from iRiver (the "iPOD Killer") : /
"IPOD Killer"? Puh-leeze. Start by not immitating even the name of Apple's player. Then invent a navigation system as cool and easy to use as a scroll wheel. Next, work on getting some decent sound. Follow this with a jukebox even half as eficient as iTunes (no, you don't have to buy all your songs from Apple to store them on iTunes or iPOD). Then, while you're at it, work on a cool design (read, not clunky). Finally, try concentrating on making a few funtions perfect instead of a load of half-baked extras nobody wants anyway. And i'm only talking about last years' iPOD, not the new models. Don't waste your time and hard-earned $ on a throw away like this folks, spend a little bitxtra and get a keeper. If this sounds harsh it's only becuase I was dumb enough to fall for iRiver's hype last year. But I since switched from one of the many the followers (iRiver, Creative, etc.) to the leader (IPOD) and have never looked back. There's a good reason why IPOD is #1. It leaves the rest in the dust. Just wish I'd waited a little longer for the new 60GB photo/music IPOD :(.

5-0 out of 5 stars blows away iPod
Almost perfect.ipod comes nowhere close.I mean really, this thing RECORDS.

Cons: The joystick design is really dumb.Doesn't have gapless playback, but this will hopefully be available in a firmware upgrade.

For all you people having trouble with the menus- geez, what the heck do you want?For a service rep to come to your house and hold your hand while they open the instruction manual for you?Makes perfect sense to me.

And if you are reading this, YOU NEED TO START USING OGG VORBIS RIGHT NOW.www.vorbis.com.If you like this concept, it's going to get killed by Apple and Microsoft when they start being able to demand more and more money for this.Steer the digital music revolution YOUR WAY and USE OGG!!!! ... Read more


5. Archos 500507 Video AV140 with DVR100 Module
by Archos, Inc.
list price: $499.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000A0BPK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Archos, Inc.
Sales Rank: 38949
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (4)

2-0 out of 5 stars A title for your review
In brief:
Dont like it. dont recommend it. dont want it anymore.
At length:
Battery life:
Set to charge at 7:00am. unplugged at 9:00pm. Next day 9:00 am it was at half-charge. - never used it for the 12 hrs. still went down.

The "DVR100" module:
Remote stopped working on the 31st day. (just kidding - it actually worked for 2 months - and then stopped)

very satisfied with the video quality for my recording, just as the product review says.

audio quality of recording - poor. too much static noise.

Audio quality overall

Horrible. I always felt my ear wasnt THAT trained to be fazed by some noise. I know better now. After using my CD player, I cant hear the same song on this system!!!

Advice to potential buyers:
Please check the system to see if you are ok with the reduction in quality. otherwise go in for a piece with less features (if need be) but do not compromise on the audio quality!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than the iPod
I'm a Mac-user and Apple-lover at heart.I really did want an iPod, but I ended up getting the Archos.I'm very happy.The reason the Archos is better is simple.No digital rights management to be a nuisance.It's your music.It's hour drive.Do what you want with it!What can I do with my Archos that iPod users cannot?
1) All my music is stored exclusive on the Archos.The iPod stores the music on your computer and puts a copy of it on the iPod.With the Archos my entire music collection exists on the Archos itself.My computer has 40 gigs extra free space because I don't have to store a copy of my music on it.
2) I don't have to use iTunes.As a Mac user, I mount the Archos as a hard drive and play music off it through iTunes.When I visit a friend who uses Winamp, she can also mount the Archos and play music without a problem.
3) No DRM.Once the Archos is mounted, friends can copy my music off it and they can copy their music onto it. It's called fair use.
4) I can share my music everywhere with iTunes.When I mount my Archos on my Mac at home, I can share its music through iTunes to everyone else.When I take it to work and mount my Archos on the PC there, I can also share the music through iTunes.The iPod doesn't let you share the Music that's on it.
5) MPEG Video.It is possible to download video from the internet and then use the included copy of VirtualDub to reformatted it to the Archos, but it isn't easy.I don't use it much, but I have recoded programs off my TV onto the Archos to watch later on it's little LCD screen.

So what does an iPod give the Archos doesn't?
1) iTunes Music Store!The number one complaint I have is that I cannot download and play music from the iTunes music store without jumping through hoops.I have to burn it to CD and then rip it back again.But Audiobooks have 90 minute long tracks and iTunes makes you burn it to two CDs and it's just a pain.
2) It's smaller, lighter and prettier.The Archos is light, but it's not as small as the iPod.
3) The iPod's user interface is wonderful.It's easy to play what you want.Using the Archos is like browsing around in Finder to play music.It's not bad, but it's not slick.
4) The iPod syncs playlists with iTunes.You have the same playlists anywhere.With the Archos, if you use a program that uses M3U playlists (Winamp or Musicmatch) you'll have no problem.If you use iTunes, it's not easy or automatic to make your iTunes playlists appear on your Archos.(Find a friend who knows AppleScript and XSL, and it can be done)

4-0 out of 5 stars would be five stars, but...................
If you are crazy about MP3 music this one is the best you can buy. Although you can also look pictures on it and even films this is not the reason why I bought it. Nice to have, but need to be??? No, I bought it for the music, the 40GB is great and in price absolute better than the Apple Ipod.... The extra feature using it as a extra harddisk is great. The sound setup is good en easy. All together great but It looses 1 star because the batterylife is not that great. Only to use with a AC adapter will cost 1 star. 7 hours???, I doubt it, it charges fast so that is a good thing but if there would be a possibility to use normal batteries it would be a winner forever... Still great too bad for the batterylife.............

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product, great service
I can't believe the folks at Archos aren't getting more press - they are fantastic!I have the AV140 w/DVR100 and Camera module, and the interface is great, music quality is fantastic, and video quality is stellar.You have full control of the sound (treble, bass, loudness, bass boost, balance, etc).Transferring music from CDs or downloads is really easy, drag and drop.Plus, you can use the Archos AV140 as an external hard drive!And best yet, the Archos doesn't convert music into some proprietary format (ahh...like the iPod).Tech support is fantastic.I cannot say enough good things about this company or their products. ... Read more


6. Archos AV320 Video and MP3 Jukebox Recorder
by Archos, Inc.
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B00009XFVT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Archos, Inc.
Sales Rank: 29876
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Music, photos, video and data on the go! The ARCHOS Cinema to Go is an amazing handheld personal entertainment center. It combines a modular MP4 video player and recorder, MP3 music player and recorder, digital photo wallet and data storage in a compact device that fits in the palm of your hand. With the enclosed DVR attachment, you can record off your television, VCR or camcorder directly into MP4. What you will playback is an AVI format file with MPEG4-SP VHS quality video and MP3 stereo sound. It's like having a handheld TiVo! With hard drive capacities up to 80GB, you'll have more than enough room to enjoy your favorite movies while you're on the move. Complete MP3 functionality is also included: record directly into MP3 from any audio source! Listen to your MP3 tracks while the unit is connected to your home stereo, or take your tunes with you. You never need be without your favorite music as your entire CD collection fits on the Jukebox' hard disk, in the palm of your hand! The built-in microphone also enables you to use the unit as a voice recorder, so you'll never lose track of important thoughts when you're on the go. With their sizeable storage capacity and large LCD display, these units are ideal for your digital photography needs. Store thousands of photos for easy viewing by your family, friends, customers or colleagues. Connect your Jukebox to a TV and view videos and photos at full screen size. ... Read more

Features

  • Combines a modular MP4 video player and recorder with an MP3 music player and recorder
  • Holds 40 hours of near-DVD quality MP4 video with MP3 sound
  • Record directly into MP3 from any audio source, including stereo-set or computer
  • Record video off of your television, VCR or camcorder directly into MP4
  • Functions as digital photo wallet or a data storage device that can store up to 200,000 photos

Reviews (26)

4-0 out of 5 stars AV320 Good, but AV420 Great
When I first purchased my av320 a while back I thought it was a good product. The AV420 is leaps and bounds above the 320. First off the loading times for photos are much faster - almost twice so. The built in CF slot is also a nice feature. When viewing images on a standard television the quality is much better than the previous unit.

Loading video is much faster as well, and playback is in true DVD resolution.
and the following link is a great tool for getting your DVDs onto the AV420

Music playback is great and the new smaller size of the unit makes it more portable.

No matter how you get one of these multimedia players, I'm sure anyone looking for a top quality product of this nature will not be disappointed.Definitely consider the AV420 as well, the price difference may be worth it to you.

1-0 out of 5 stars Caveat Emptor:Poor Quality Control-Horrible Customer Service
Anyone considering purchasing this or any Archos product should be aware that based on my experience (4 Archos jukeboxes) their quality control is spotty at best.This used to be bearable because they used to have a fairly liberal warranty policy and would repair or exchange defective products no questions asked.That has changed.Now you have to go through an elaborate process of providing documentation of purchase, mailing the unit back at your own expense, insured, and waiting in silence while they decide what to do.In my case the little joystick that is the key control of the unit fell off.When I returned the AV320 to them for repair (they would not simply send me the part) they decided to keep the 80 gb hard drive I had installed in my AV320.Because they claim installing the drive voided the warranty they now say that they will not return MY drive to me unless I pay them $125 for the repair.Won't take back the replacement they sent me, won't send me a replacement part, won't give me my property back.Worst customer service I've ever seen.I think it would be a serious mistake to buy anything from them.

5-0 out of 5 stars So much better than an Ipod
When I first started researching mp3 players I was drawn to both this one and the RCA Lyra.I loved that I could play movies on either one of these instead of just music, like the Ipod.Although the Archos is slightly larger than the RCA Lyra, I think the Archos is a much better find.I've had mine for about 8 months and I love it!I bought it so that I could watch movies or listen to music on the bus for long rides instead of puling out my laptop and this has performed in every way possible.Archos has also updated the software for the player and posted it on their site so the operating system can be updated.

All of the reviews I read before buying said the controls were very confusing at first, I didn't think so.I liked that fact that there was a joystick-like cursor.I also love the DVR attachment becuase if I wanted to I could record movies or Tv shows and take them with me.

I already have almost 2,500 songs on it, 6 movies, and lots of pictures on it and have barely made a dent in the 20GB.One of the other things that really drew me to the Archos was that both the battery and the harddrive could be replaced, unlike an Ipod.

But, the major selling point on the Archos was the AVcam.This is another attachment that turns the player into both a digital camera and a digital video camera.I love this part!I'm not a big picture taker so I wasn't looking for any high powered, high megapixel, super fast camera and this one works fine for me.The pictures turn out great and this video on the player is wonderful.The one disappointment about the camera is that it doens't take very good night pictures but if you change the setting to "flurescent" it works much better.I know that Archos is no longer making the AVcams but if you can find one and just want a simple digital camera I would highly recommend that.

After using this for a few months I have just a few complaints.When watching a movie during the day sometimes the screen is hardto see, but I guess that happens with all screens.Also, the missing case was a little bit of an issue becuase I used to throw this in my backback butwhen I bought the AVcam it came with a really nice case, otherwise use a PDA screen protector, they are the perfect size.My last complaint is about the AVcam becuase it takes forever to boot up into camera mode but as long as your not using it to take action shots it's fine.

Overall, even though it is larger than the other digital players on the market, I would say this is well worth the money.

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
Do not buy this!!!
It craps out in about a year, of course once the warranty is up.
Like several other people, mine doesn't turn on unless it wants to and it shuts off when it wants to.The battery life also lasts about 10 min. after four days of charging it. From the time I got it to now, it kept getting worse and worse.It is nowhere near the money that this thing is going for.Buy an ipod or something sturdy with good battery life.If you really want video, wait awhile until better video technology comes out, because you can only watch video on this in mpeg4, which is hard to encode and doesn't get a good picture.

5-0 out of 5 stars AV320 Does Exactly What it is supposed to do!!
After reading so many of the poor reviews I wanted to through my hands up and scream.You people must have got hold of bad equipment,damaged it somehow or are just generally clueless.I've had mine for a month.I backed up my entire hard drive from my laptop on the AV320.I plug it into my TV and record old Seinfeld and Raymond shows...or Chapell's Show or South Park.I plug it into the DVD and record full lenght movies to take with me when I travel.I've already dumped my punny 500 song collection from my Dell DJ to the AV320 and I have tons of room to spare.Now, granted it gets complicated if you want to rip a DVD to AVI on your computer to later pull over to the AV320, but there are legions of 3rd party software out there on the market that make if doable if not exactly fun.

Stop your caterwauling or donate your device to a smart person today.(FYI I'm just having some fun with you here...no need to bomb my email or anything ;) ... Read more


7. Nike 256 MB MP3 Player with Upgradeable Memory
by Philips Consumer Electronics
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B0001KCI9U
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips Consumer Electronics
Sales Rank: 21076
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • MP3, solid state
  • 128 MB up to 256 MB
  • LCD id3 Readout
  • Splash proof
  • 5 button remote

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
I use this MP3 player to run or in the gym. I did some research and there are actually not that many options for a sport, 256 MB player. I liked this one in the store and after using it, this is what I think...

The good:
* Nicely designed
* Arm band is adjustable and comfortable
* Price -Not really expensive
* Equalizer -5 pre set options + custom
* Easy to use
* Easy to download music (or files) to the player

The bad:
* Construction quality is not outstanding
* Sound could be better

And worst of all...:
* Battery duration - a rechargable only lasts 6 hours
* Sport headphones are REALLY tight and NOT adjustable

All in all I think it's the best option out there and good value for money... ... Read more


8. iAudio M3 20 GB Digital Music Player
by JetAudio, Inc.
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00028VKJ0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JetAudio, Inc.
Sales Rank: 35707
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Born for conquering your ear! The iAUDIO M3 features the ultra slimmest and luxurious body. Feel the difference that you never imagine... ... Read more

Features

  • Supports MP3, OGG, WMA, ASF, WAV and OGG
  • Lithium rechargeable battery
  • Ultra Slim Design
  • 20 gig storage capacity
  • Full control remote control with LCD

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Probably the best MP3 player
How do you weed out the best MP3 players from the abundance of models and brands on the market? I had done some quite in depth research into this, as I wanted to make sure that if I'm going to spend a fair bit of money, it's going to have to be something that lasts and performs to a very high standard indeed.I wanted great sound, great style and build quality, ease of use and compactness and lightness. Well, the Cowon IAudio M3 certainly fulfils all those requirements to a really high standard and good value for money when compared to other players (you don't have to fork out extra for protective casing or a cradle, it's all included).

I initially narrowed my selection to an IPOD, an IRIVER and this one from Cowon. I've not listened to IRIVER's sound quality but I have listened to the IPOD and I do feel happier with the IAudio's sound.

I've had it now for 3 months and I'm still over the moon with it. The feature that really sold it for me was the small remote, from which all controls are made. It means that the actual main body can stay hidden away in your pocket safe from accidents and those dastardly `hoodies' you get nowadays and you can clip the remote to something within easy reach. The actual remote is a really great idea and not at all difficult to control as some reviewers have suggested and is rather stylish. I like the fact that the two main buttons can also be pushed in as well as from side to side...

The equaliser settings are superb and the MP3 enhance and the surround sound effects work to really fantastic effect. The built in FM tuner is another added bonus and the voice recorder has also come in very handy - other features that sold it for me. I also really like the fact that the IAudio M3 automatically encodes to MP3 format as you record directly to it, which comes in handy for when you want to record from cassettes.

The only criticism I do have is that the instructions are really bad and do not explain well enough the ins and out of the JetShell software and if like me, this is your first foray into the wonderful world of MP3, and unless you've had experience with encoding to MP3 before and file management, you will probably get rather frustrated and there will be an element of trial and error before you work out how it all works. However, it's a small criticism and not enough to warrant a reduced star off the overall rating.

In short, this is a nigh on perfect MP3 player and used in conjunction with a set of Sennheiser PX200's (although the earphones it comes with are rather good), you'll have a stunning jukebox set up.

4-0 out of 5 stars Price vs. 20GB IPOD
I'm not an IPOD proponent, however, I feel the need to correct the previous review that claimed this product is "considerably less" than the 20GB IPOD.This is not true.The 20GB IPOD is EXACTLY the same price as this unit.That being said, I would still rate this higher than the IPOD simply because its true plug and play with no driver necessary - that is, it will show up as a drive letter in Windows without loading any proprietary software.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it...
I bought my I Audio about 6 months ago and have not had one problem with it, the sound quality is great (although the headphones that come with it suck), and it's got a good battery life.The one negative thing about it is that the software that comes with it is very confusing, and the little toggle keys on the screen can be very confusing and hard to work.However, if you're okay with putting up with that, it's a great little MP3 player.

5-0 out of 5 stars simply the best
This is quite simply the best music player ever made.It has more built in features than an ipod, longer battery life, faster transfer speeds, can act like a USB drive - the list goes on and on.All for a price that is considerably less than a comparable 20 GB ipod.Some may say that not having a screen on the base and only the remote is a downside - but I say absolutely not.It genious in design.You never really want to take that out of your pocket or belt and fumble around with it anyway.You'd risk dropping it - esp if you're walking or running.

The controls on the remote are ellegantly designed - with a minimum set of dials and buttons serving muliple purposes.You can even manage your files through those controls too.What I like most is that there is a lock on both the remote and the base.If you lock the base, and unlock the remote, you can still turn it on though the remote but not through the base.Simply brilliant in that you can leave the controls on w/o risking a mis-press when it's in your pocket. ... Read more


9. iRiver iFP-795T 512 MB MP3 Player
by iRiver
list price: $129.99
our price: $113.99
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Asin: B00024VTAE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 632
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The iFP-795 combines advanced iRiver sound quality with a stylish, wearable design. It features 512MB of internal memory for up to 17 hours of music, extended battery life up to 40 hours on one AA, a built-in FM tuner and voice recorder. It also records music from any audio source. Plus, this ultra-light, skip-free player can be used to store music or transfer files of any type. ... Read more

Features

  • Built-in FM tuner and voice recorder
  • Record music from any audio source (no PC required)
  • USB 2.0 for fast transfers
  • 512 MB of internal memory for up to 17 hours of MP3, WMA, and OGG music files
  • Extended battery life up to 40 hours on one AA

Reviews (31)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Item- Controls are hard though
I purchased the iRiver iFp - 795... it looks the same as the iRiver iFp-795T. I got mine at Circuit City a few days ago for around $130 and it works great. The controls are confusing at first though. But i figured them out just a few hours after I purchased it. Sometimes the joystick moves where you dont want it to go and when you slip it into the case, it turns it off or on. that is kinda annoying. But other than that, it's a great item. I highly reccomend it. It has great sound quality and just the right amount of space (512MB). The voice recorder and radio is handy too. I hope this review helps you, Aaron

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent!
I have had this player for 3 months and love what it does. I was immediately impressed with the sound and the display. I was not impressed by the price of the sports armclip (optional).The only problem I have is getting certain stations. This is the best mp3 player i have seen at this price. I liked it so much I brought to...one for club music and one for gospel! Well worth the price and more. ... Read more


10. Creative Labs MuVo TX 256 MB MP3 Player
by Creative Labs
list price: $179.99
our price: $72.98
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Asin: B0001UEHOE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 7112
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Creative NOMAD MuVo TX MP3 Player - Voice Recorder - 256MB Flash Memory - LCD - Portable - SilverMuVo TX is an ultra-light, high-performance Digital Audio Player with super fast USB 2.0 that lets you enjoy hours of WMA or MP3 digital music anywhere. Offered with 256MB of built-in flash memory, MuVo TX is equipped with super fast USB 2.0, so now you can transfer music and data up to 40x faster than conventional USB 1.1. And, because it gives you skip free playback, it is designed for flawless performance during exercise and other rigorous activity. Simply attach MuVo TX to any PC or notebook with the built-in USB 2.0 connector and drag-and-drop your music files to your MuVo TX in lightning fast speed. You can also use it to carry documents, photos and any other data files between computers at home, work or on the road. Use the handy built-in mic to record up to 16 hours of voice messages, notes and conversations. Plus the high-resolution backlit LCD provides full track information (ID3 tags), access to custom settings and allows easy folder navigation with the convenient rocker button. Load it, snap it and go!Nice electronics is your source for everyday low prices on theCreative Labs 73PD051000031 - 256MB NOMAD MUVO TX MP3 PORTABLE AUDIO PLAYER W/ HEADPHONES and all other Creative Labs Digital A/V Devices ... Read more

Features

  • 5-band custom equalizer or 4 presets, full play mode control including Shuffle and Resume
  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, 2000, Me, and XP
  • Plug-and-Play removable drive
  • Super fast USB 2.0 - transfer music and data up to 40x faster than USB 1.1
  • Skip-free audio, perfect for active exercise

Reviews (44)

1-0 out of 5 stars Only 90 Day Warranty?!?!?!
This player was great for the first 6 months I had it.Then the headphone jack on it went bad.I figured, "Ok, no big deal, I'll just get it replaced under warranty.Creative claims a one year warranty on their web site."I call them up, and was told that since I was past the 90 days parts and labor warranty period, that I would have to pay $40 to get it fixed.I only paid $60 for the darn thing!And now they want me to pay to fix it when it's still under warranty?I'd just like to give a big F you out to Creative.They will not be getting my business in the future.They are producing disposable products, and their customer service is sub-standard.I do not reccomend buying anything from them.

3-0 out of 5 stars Sudden Death...
I bought this unit (MuVo Tx FM 256MB) exactly 110 days ago.After getting familiar with the functions, features and controls, I was quite pleased.Sound was very good, at least when using a decent headset (junk the ones that came with).FM reception not so good, espaicially with weak stations or on a moving platform like a bus.256mb enabled about 3-4 hours of music.Software provided was very good on any relatively recent platform like XP with multimedia.Battery life was decent, but plan on investing in NMH batteries and recharging if you use it alot.My main complaint is that yesterday (day 109) the playback of mp3 failed - only one channel weakly, the second far away and like underwater.Plays back OK, both channels, from USB on my computer, but not using any of a variety of headphones I have around.I called tech support/warranty (long wait, but nice person), and wouldn't you know it, they only cover the first 90 days after purchase!After that pony up $40 dollars for labor, plus shipping to (not from however).Parts are free (gee thanks).Tech guy after reviewing my symptoms agreed it was hardware related.So it looks like a disposable item, however I suppose it can still function as a flash USB device.I recommend maybe going for the insurance for first year ($15) since reliability is an issue.I'm disappointed in that it didn't get through at least one year of service and that Creative Labs doesn't prorate the life of the product somehow.Looks like an excellent job of designing to the minimum specs (90 days), after that caveat emptor!

2-0 out of 5 stars Failed after 6 months
I really enjoyed using this during workouts- portable, sound was decent, and it was easy to use. However, the other day it just stopped working. I got a "File System Error" in the display window. So, I pulled out my manual and sure enough, there was a suggestion on just how to fix that error- reformatting the unit. HOWEVER, that didn't work!! I plugged the USB in and the device shows up on the computer, but that's it. Can't reformat, can't do anything. Creative's website didn't offer any more suggestions on what I should do, either.

If you want a player that's going to last a while, don't choose this one. Spend the money and get a higher quality unit.

4-0 out of 5 stars Didn't survive the washer
Watch out for the washing machine. This thing is small enough to forget it is in your pants. Mine didn't survive a washing. Though amazing it still works as a USB key the mp3 player is shot.

WHen it worked I wasn't impressed with the voice recording quality. My old creative Nomand MG was better.

4-0 out of 5 stars Volume "blues" keeps this little guy from being a rock star.
Some reviews on this device allude to the volume not being loud enough. After owning it for a month, I agree whole heartily. I'm a rocker..what can I say..I like my music loud(not insanely loud) but loud nonetheless. I have the much larger Zen and although I dig the reduced size of the 512TXFM, I honestly miss the volume of the Zen. I know, I know, you can mess with the equalizer..done that already..still not the same..I know, I know, you can run your MP3's through an external gain software like MP3 gain..love that MP3 gain, but why should I have to add another step before uploading my tunes into the MuVo? So, what I have been doing is uploading my tunes and then during playback I find the ones that are really low in volume(most 70's stuff) and then go in take it out, MP3gain it, put it back in......bummer..
Otherwise, this is a great little product and well worth the $$$ ... Read more


11. Video AV340 with Dvr 100 MODULEMPEG4 Video & MP3 Play/rec 40GB
by Archos, Inc.
list price: $549.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000A3KY4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Archos, Inc.
Sales Rank: 27487
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Enjoy your entire collection of videos, photos, music and data on a device that fits in the palm of your hand
  • Store up to 80 hours of your favorite movies in near DVD quality and view them on the high resolution 3.8" color LCD or on a TV
  • Record directly from VCR, DVD or camcorder or from TV thru VCR or DVD connection
  • Store up to 600 hours of MP3 music
  • Store up 400,000 digital photos

Reviews (19)

1-0 out of 5 stars All wrong
Listen to this, I am an old amazon customer, I send the request for buying the product and a week later the company sends me an email telling me that the product is out of stock and they dont sell it anymore!!! Bad for you Amazon for still showing it in your place!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A versatile tool for the electronic age
I've had mine now for about six months.I never read the instructions have had no problems getting it to do what I want. I have around 100 CD's stored on it for listening to music with headphones or by plugging into a stereo or a stereo TV.I also have my own movies from my camcorder on it for easy sharing.Lately, I've figured out how to rip DVDs and store them on the unit for watching on the road or by plugging into a television.The quality is quite impressive.It took some time to learn how to convert DVDs into a useable format, but it is quite satisfying, now that I can do it.Don't ask me how, figure it out yourself; it's part of the fun.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not Everything Can be Perfect (apart from me)!
Im a kid so i had to save for ages to buy the light of my life, my archos av340!I'd read looooads of reviews on the thing and it all seemed fab!
Getting music on to it is a piece of cake, and so is movies, providing you are doing it via your tv- I am still clueless as to how to use all that software to digitally convert your dvds.???????
Movie quality is really really good- all my mates are really chuffed- and the sound is perfect. Mp3 player is fantastic too- dont go wasting your money on a common, mere ipod!! everyone has one of those! stand out from the crowd and impress those people who havent heard of an mp4 player! (really good to flash about at school! every one gets jealous!!!)
My one and only complaint about it is the battery. 8 hours????!!!! i do not think so!!!!! im lucky to get an hour out of mine!!! reaally peeving when you are watching a good movie, eg.(lord of the rings)
Enjoy!!! i am!!!!!!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrible Warranty
I bought the AV340 on June 30, 2004. I even purchased a 2yr extended warranty from the retailer I bought it from. On August 23rd, I found that the screen image shifted to the left by 1" I called techsupport for assistance. Before I could explain what the problem was I was placed on hold for at least 3 minutes. The tech came back and told be that I had dropped it and it was not covered under warranty. I was mad. First I treated the unit with great care. I had not dropped or in any way treated the unit roughly. I asked for the manager. After about 5 minutes a supervisor came on the line. He read what the tech had written which was not what I had told him the problem was, and he began to tell me that I had dropped the unit. Boy was I annoyed. After Iexplained that the unit had not been dropped and that the problem must be with the video card as every thing else worked fine. I got an RMA#. I followed all the detailed instructions on how to return the unit. I just got a call from the Tech supervisor telling me that I must have droped the unit for it to behave the way it does and they are refusing to honor the warranty. I just paid nearly $600 for a device that I have hardly used. A device that I have taken the greatest care of and now I am being told that my warranty is not going to be honored. I asked to talk to his manager. I was told he was not available. I was given his email address. I asked for the name, number and address of the president of the company. The tech supervisor refused to give it to me,and told me that I could quote him on it.

I had read all the negative review on the ARCHOS AV series technical support and felt that there must be some exaggeration.... was I wrong. I can't believe it. What can I do??? Am I out $600?? Do I complain to the better business bureau, which one??

All I can say is beware if you are thinking of buying an ARCHOS AV, you could end up like me spending a lot of money and being told that they will not honor their warranty because you created the problem. It seems to me that from the start the tech was told to say that the problem was caused by me and that the company would not take responsibility for a defective product. I still can't believe it. When it comes to ARCHOS Caveat emporum!

3-0 out of 5 stars Too many flaws mar a great feature set
I've had mine for less than a year and the internal non-replaceable battery has degraded significantly.I've recharged the battery probably ~100 times total, since I don't use this thing every day.In the beginning I used to get about 2 hours of video playback (encoded at 1.5Mbps) and around 5 hours of continuous MP3 playback (at 128kbps).But now, not even a year later, I get no more than 30 minutes of video usage and a miserable 1-2 hours of audio.This is just very disheartening considering I paid almost $700 for this thing last year.

The other big complaint I have is the user interface, which is totally confusing.To erase a file, for example, you have to press four different buttons.To use the MP3 playlist, you'll need to pull your hair out.JPEG files take forever to display on this.

The big plus side, is you have true video-on-the-go.Unlike portable DVD players, this is almost pocketable and people can't look over your shoulder to see what you are watching, so great for adult-themed content.

I simply don't understand the people behind Archos.They have great ideas, but are really dumb when it comes to implementation.Their new AV400 doesn't look that much better, either, and it's even bigger and heavier than this! ... Read more


12. Sony NW-HD1 20 GB Network Walkman Digital Music Player
by Sony
list price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002T3UPG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 5608
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Keep the music playing for up to 30 hours with the Sony 20GB Hard Drive Digital Audio Recorder/Player. Thanks to 20GB of built-in hard drive space you can store up to 13,000 tracks (900 CDs) at 48kbps when using Sony’s ATRAC3 Plus audio format. Enjoy skip-free G-protection technology and a USB 2.0 cradle for recharging or connecting to your PC. Also includes headphones, music management software, 1.5” 7-line backlit LCD display, carrying pouch and AC power adapter. ... Read more

Features

  • USB 2.0 cradle for PC connection and recharging
  • 20 GB hard drive digital music player that fits comfortably into the palm of a hand or in a pocket or purse
  • Stores up to 13,000 tracks (900 CDs) at 48 kbps when using Sony's ATRAC3plus audio format
  • Up to 30 hours of playback with built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Skip Free G-Protection Technology provides quick recovery from both horizontal and vertical shock

Reviews (46)

1-0 out of 5 stars Do not buy this MP3 player
I never write reviews, but I felt that it was necessary for a potential consumer considering forking out almost $400 bucks to be aware that this is not the product to do it on.

Here's why:

Terrible software: Read the review prior to mine. When you first get a hefty mp3 player like this you cannot help being a little happy. At first you live with the small problems but eventually they are just too annoying.

Playlists: If you want to make a playlist be prepared to copy the same song twice to the player. Now since you have so much space mB aren't really the problem. The problem is when you go to play an album or songs from a particular artist. Both songs are entries and thus you get duplicate tracks.

Firmware: The standard model shipped cannot play mp3 formats. Eventually you get an e-mail from Sony telling you you can send your mp3 in for a software upgrade allowing it to play this format for only $20 plus postage and handling. WHAT! Are they out of their minds? Why can't I just download it.

SonicStage: Oh this is the second most irritating aspect of the player. Now this might be a particular bug related to the usage of the integrated browser which I am guessing uses the Firefox rendering engine. It results in Sonic Stage not working. Some of the links are disabled and I cannot purchase tracks or redeem my coupon code. You get 30 free songs from Sony with a mail-in coupon... it takes about 6-8 weeks before it arrives. It could have taken about 100 years cause I still can't get my free tracks. I am not computer illiterate either.... running a dual boot system XP/Fedora Core... using XP only for the musts like Photoshop CS and SonicStage.

Display: If you plan on using your player on a sunny day be prepared to spend fifteeen to thirty seconds to find out what the heck is on the screen. If you are like me and carry yours in a plastic zip lock baggy forget about it cause your chances are slim to none and slim just got on the bus.

Worst of all: When I first purchased it in December it crashed about a week later. I took it in and got it exchanged. Four months later it wouldn't charge. I recently brought it in for repairs (I bought mine at Sears and the Sony Service Center works via them). There is a one-year parts warranty but only three months on service. I was all bummed that I had to pay for this but hey what can you do. I told the clerk what had happened and he said you know what I'll just swap it with a new one. He couldn't cause Sears discontinued carrying it... I wonder why.

Well lucky for me he swapped it for a player of the same caliber. It was the iPod+hp... and I am telling you this mp3 player blew the Sony right out of the water. Wow... it had a color display, incredibly easy user interface, real playlists, slideshow, easy hookup to tv and tuner, and more.

I wasn't going to buy the iPod either but it was all they carried in order to satisfy me as a customer. Boy did I let my prejudices push me into making the wrong decision... DO not buy Sony NW-HD1 player cause you'll really end up pulling your hair out.

I guess I am writing this cause I'd imagine there are people out there who like myself who just don't have $400 bucks to throw around for fun. It's hard earned money... and when something doesn't function properly you feel cheated and aren't sure what to do about it cause forking out another $4000 is not really an option you'd want to pursue.

I hope this helps you make find the player that works for you.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good lookin', but fails to shine in more ways that one...
Upon reading the blurb on the box you think you're getting a really good deal, right? How horribly wrong I was! For starters, the actual quality of the sound that the player gives out is atrocious mainly due to the lack of volume. Full blast volume gives you the same amount of sound coming out of a talking birthday card. This is an incredible let down, especially when you're using speakers with the player.Whilst searching for a this player on E-bay, you're more than likely to come across little scams for about £4 or £5 for them to send you instructions on how to open the hidden volume control on your player.

The installation disc supplied contains the actual instruction manual (which I did not discover until a month of installing the player) and a program called Sonic Stage which is the method of transferring files to your player. When you open this program, you think it's all incredibly straight forward: select music to be transferred, press transfer and you're done! This is the case if you're happy listening to the headache fuelling 48kbps which is the default quality for transferring data. You may also think that this can be overcome with the simple click of a mouse by changing the quality to a more regular 130kbps, but it still transfers as 48kbps! I had a headache before even listening to anything!

The actual process you have to partake in to change the sound quality is incredibly long winded and tedious as you have to select individual files, convert them into the sound quality you'd like (roughly 30 seconds per song seems reasonable enough, but then you have to do that for every song you want transferred) and then you're able to transfer them onto your player. Despite the USB cradle developed for high-speed transfers, it doesn't seem any faster. The Sonic Stage program also freezes when you transfer more than 5 albums at a time and crashes your computer on a regular basis. The player is also used as an external storage unit which means you can just copy and paste files into the unit that's shown within 'My Computer' and they can be removed from there.

The players aesthetics may be one of the very few ups of this player. The players petit physique allows you to fit it snugly into your pocket and not notice that it's actually there, although it's surface area is too big to wear around your neck. The design of the players jukebox is very confusing and frustrating too as every song is arranged by 'composer' not by artist. Whilst I'm complaining about the design of this, I found myself stopping to admire the lovely backlight display which is a very minty green colour. The player [as most do] has the hold function, although if you pause the player for 30 seconds, it turns itself off therefore wasting battery life turning it back on again. Now, other than the incredibly unreasonable volume and the hassle to transfer music onto your player.

One of the reasons the world has turned to MP3 players, is for easy sharing or file transferring between work/friends/school, but once again, this player fails to deliver by only allowing the files placed within the external storage folder to be shared and even when you do wish to share them, you have to carry your USB cradle and USB lead (connects the cradle to the computer) which defeats the entire object of easy file sharing and also makes it incredibly obvious that you have a very expensive piece of hardware on you and are begging to be mugged.

When you're paying such an amount for a rather poor piece of equipment, you'd expect Sony to provide you with insurance against theft or external damage and you're just lumbered with the usual Sony warranty which covers a faulty product or damage within the products operating/storage system and leaves you having to pay £20 more to get the player insured against theft through an unreliable company as Sony Centres don't allow you to insure a product unless it was purchased at that particular time within that store.

Overall this product is a poor investment and a complete and utter con! I'm nothing but disappointed with it. Although I may be the coolest cat in town with it, I'll always feel cheated and unhappy with the player.

Ups - The best aesthetics within an MP3 player yet.
Downs - Pretty much everything else is a let down.

Want more? www.thetechaven.com

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome compact mp3 player
I have had this mp3 player for about a year. It is very very small, about the size of my palm. The best part is the battery life. It exceeds the 30 hour limit listed in the specs. I did not like it at first when I had to convert my mp3 to ATRAC format. Then I sent it to the Texas service center for a firmware upgrade and now I can upload mp3 directly. They also sent me a new Software which is much better than the one that came with the player. I am really satisfied with the product at this time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get it now for about $200...
...or get it later for $400.The forthcoming model, NW-HD4 is already being declared the iPod killer.Same features as this except NW-HD4 (and the colorful NW-HD3) can play mp3.This one can be modified to play mp3 (you'll need to send it to TX to get firmware installed).But I'm more than happy with SonicStage software.I've got about 400 CDs on mine and it's half-full.The sound quality is excellent, long battery life, lightning-fast downloads, sturdy construction and easy to use.Anyone who thinks it's difficult to operate or use the software probably struggles with any technology.It's about the size of a deck of cards.Match it up with JBL On Tour speakers and you've got the ultimate system for the travelling music enthusiast.It was originally $350.Get it before it's gone!

1-0 out of 5 stars Hardware small and long battery life but software sucks
I just bought NW-HD1 for my dad and he is a 67 year old chinese man who loves to hear his chinese music.Even though he loves the machine for it's size but he can't read what is being played because the stupid machine will not support Chinese characters.Prior to the purchase of the NW-HD1, I have other mp3 players (IPOD and Rio) that display chinese characters and I never suspected that the NW-HD1 would not have the same function being Sony a big Asian electronic company with long history.What a dispointment from Sony!!From now on, I can not assume that anything from Sony is always good, they're no longer what Sony used to be. ... Read more


13. iRiver H120 20GB MP3 Jukebox
by iRiver
list price: $399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000EI9VR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 13310
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

OGG Support Anyone? Could this be the MP3 jukebox you've been waiting for? Listen to hour after hour of your favorite MP3, WMA or OGG files tucked away on the unit's hard drive. Or if you're in the mood for your favorite afternoon DeeJays, just fire up the built-in FM radio. A definite plus for folks on the go, the rechargeable battery lasts up to 16 hours on a single charge. How often are you away from a power source for longer than that? Ultra-fast USB 2.0 file transfers make uploading files a breeze so you can spend less time setting up your player, and spend more time actually listening to your tunes! Models H140 40 GB of internal storage Up to 16 hours of battery life Supports MP3, WMA, ASF, WAV and OGG music files Ultra-fast USB 2.0 transfers (up to 40 times faster than USB 1.0) Integrated FM tuner Backlit remote control with 4-line display Built-in voice recorder Intuitive music navigation Real-time MP3 encoding (no PC required) Store or transfer files of any type Extra-large, 8-line, backlit LCD Rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery Optical input and output Upgradeable firmware for future formats and features Compatible with Win98SE/Me/2000/XP Includes: Backlit remote control with 4-line display, iRiver earphones, Carrying case, Installation software CD, AC adapter, USB 2.0 cable, Line-in cable, External microphone, Printed user manual Dimensions: 2.4" x .7" x 4.1" Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year ... Read more

Features

  • Backlit remote control with 4-line display
  • 20 GB of internal storage
  • Play MP3, WMA, ASF, and WAV formats
  • Includes built-in FM Tuner, voice recorder, and optical In/Out
  • MP3 Encoding

Reviews (206)

5-0 out of 5 stars My best purchase ever!!
Some people have been conditioned to think (by the media) that the Ipod is the ultimate jukebox-carry-along-music-whatever-device. WRONG!!!! I am of the opinion that the Ipod is highly overrated, so when I went looking for a hard drive player, I didn't even bother to check it.
But enough of the Ipod; this review is about the incredibly magnificent Iriver H120. The pros outweight the cons by a large and considerable margin: sound, user-friendliness, features, the gorgeously engraved leather carrying case, etc. I managed to equalize my Iriver so now it sounds the same, if not better, than a Bose sound system. The buttons only need 5 mins. to get accostumed to, and in the remote, everything is at your finger's reach, literally speaking.
The only problem I see with this device is the tangled cords between the remote and the earphones (which, by the way, are not that crappy as everybody says, once you equalize the sound to get the best out of them). Other than that, is the best spent US $250 ever.

I recommend this player with my eyes closed; it has been the best Xmas gift I could have ever given myself.

5-0 out of 5 stars iRiver H120 20GB MP3 Jukebox
I decided to get this player for my christmas, previously thinking of getting the iPod mini because of the cool design and bearing in mind that I had never owned an MP3 player before.
After seeing this "iRiver" i decided to check it out. I was totally astonished at the features this player had to offer ESPECIALLY the fact that it was 20gb and that it's battery life surpassed the iPod mini by far.

Here's a tip to buyers who can't decide between the iPod and the iRiver -

If you want it for the music - Go for the iRiver
If you want it for the design - Go for the iPod

-Mike

3-0 out of 5 stars Great Player, Poor Company
I decided upon the iRiver H-120 after looking at a bunch of various brands. I liked the fact that the player had 20 gig space (I listen to audiobooks mostly) and liked the remote feature; with the ability to pop the player in my pocket with only the remote and headphones hanging out. After having the product for 8 months here's my few observations-

1)Cords are tangly- I spent many minutes just trying to unravel the cords every morning. A retractable cord/headphone would certainly help this.

2) remote is finicky- that is, sometimes the buttons press as you anticipate, and other times they seem to have a mind of their own.

3) Customer service is ABYSMAL. Somehow the hard-drive crashed on me already and I'm chalking it up to bum luck. We'll see IF I ever get the replacement. I'm not sure how it really died, as it was working fine on my commute into work, and that eve it refused to boot. So, I returned it. Seems they don't tell you anything about what is going on with your return- ie: they've actually recevived it, when a new one is coming out, etc. I sent many emails asking for any update, and they don't even update a website help location they assign to you when you get an RMA. Trying to get through to their 800 number for phone support is equally if not more horrible. I've called at various times of the day, and have spent from 30 minutes to close to 2 hours on-hold- if I even got though!

In short- the player is good, but had I to do again, I'd explore Dell, or an IPod. At least if the product has an issue with them, they have the customer service to deal with the issues.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best mp3 player out there
I bought this baby almost 2 years ago after doing extensive research on all the mp3 players out there. I'm convinced that people only buy the ipod because it is the best advertized and, therefore, trendiest. However, the iRiver puts the ipod to shame. Not only is it an mp3 player, but it is also an external harddrive. That means you can hold any files you want on it. If you want to transfer 10 movies from one computer to another, just drag em onto the iRiver and it's that simple. For those of you who want to know about the recording function (that the ipod does NOT have), I just bootlegged a concert last week. I was in the middle of the audience and I just used the external microphone it comes with, and the recording came out great for an audience recording! I had to boost up the volume a bit with a wav editing program, but the sound quality was good and clear without any maxing out. And you can record it either wav or mp3 format. Besides that, the battery life is great. The size is basically identical to the ipod, except the ipod is all white and feminine, while the iRiver is black and cooler looking with a sick blue LCD screen. All in all, if you want the best price for the best player out there, get the iRiver.

3-0 out of 5 stars its good but there ARE problems
i bought this mp3 player for 3 reasons
1. the voice recorder
2. the built in radio/ gigage
3. its something different (other than an ipod)

things that are wrong about this product
1. the catagoization of the songs. an iriver is a drag and drop system with a DB scan that will enable you to browse through artist, album, ect. the only problem is if you dont have your mp3 files properly ID Tagged it wont even recognize it. (dont get scared they will still go on the mp3 player just it will be slightly harder to find which is a slight inconvience that is noticible) and even if your files are tagged sometimes the Iriver
still wont recognize it. that was frustrating, where as the ipod has a system through itunes i believe that is somewhat better.

2. the voice recorder. it comes with an external mic and a built in mic. the problem is with the interal mic. about every 30 seconds the iriver will sahy, "load" or "refresh" and that produces a noise. so if you listen to your recorded work about every 30 seconds a distinct wizzing sound will appear. and that was extremely annoying.

3. the button control is much more complex and at sometimes confusing. i applaud the ipod for staying simple.

4. the remote gets in the way with its LONG cord. plus if it is a remote why does it have a cord at all??

5. the earphones/carrying case is a piece of crap

6. although i havent timed it out i find hard to believe that the so called 16 hour battery life actually lasts 16 hours. dont get me wrong it lasts longer than my ipod. but not 16 hours.

THINGS I LIKED.
1. its not an ipod
2. the quality of the sound is DEFINATELY improved. much more than the ipod
3. the radio works great!
4. the radio/recorder combo if you want these in an ipod. you will have to pay extra $$
4. so some of my songs that skipped the iriver elliminated it.
5. its unique! if you buy this people will notice it and you can brag about it.
6. tech support always answers my questions within 24 hours
all in all i am pleased with this product
i would recommed it if you are a man who is very familiar with technology. if you a clueless simple guy go with the ipod. i still like it more than the ipod because it does more for me. ... Read more


14. Archos AV400 20 GB Video Player/Recorder and MP3 Player AV420
by Archos Inc. dba Archos Technologies
list price: $449.95
our price: $398.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002IHP3K
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Archos Inc. dba Archos Technologies
Sales Rank: 1628
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

She works fulltime like the rest of us but never misses an episode of Oprah. What gives? This 20GB video player from Archos makes recording TV and tailoring entertainment to your schedule easier—and more portable—than ever. It starts with the convenient one-time setup TV cradle. Record up to 80 hr. of video directly from TV, VCR or a cable/satellite receiver. Take the player with you on the go and watch recorded shows or videos, view digital photos and enjoy music too. It's powered by internal rechargeable Li-Ion batteries but comes with an AC charger/adapter, too. Available storage capacity may vary. 8/10Hx4-9/10Wx3-1/10D". ... Read more

Features

  • Connects to TVs, VCRs, and cable/satellite receivers
  • Watch video on 3.5-inch LCD screen
  • Store and play MP3, WMA, and WAV digital audio files
  • Archos 500619 AV420 20 GB Video Player / Recorder and MP3 Jukebox Player
  • Record your favorite video programs--up to 80 hours on 20 GB hard drive

Reviews (28)

4-0 out of 5 stars Really Nice Device
I just purchased this device a few days ago and I have to say I am very impressed.I had been thinking about this purchase for about 6 months, doing research weighing the pros and cons, etc.I finally deceided to take the plunge and I am glad I did. It does have a few drawback but the good far out weighs the bad.I won't bore you with the obvious stuff if you are looking at this device you already have a pretty good idea what it is all about.So I will just stick with the highligts and my thoughts.

The Good Stuff

Recording VHS tapes are a snap no problems really at all quick and easy set up and you walk away and a few hours later, you have it.

Playback is incredible, it is so clear it is almost easy to forget how small it is.

The size, fits right in your shirt pocket.Can your portable DVD player do that?

Music, just send it over create playlists and you are set.Protected music too.Just add the plug in.

Pictures, again just send them over and start the slide show.

The Not So Good Stuff.

The Manual, I am pretty intuitive but even this manual left me stumped at times.But if you are patient and go over it a few times most things can be figured out pretty easily.

The TV cradle and remote, I am still trying to figure out how to get the IR transmitter to work with my VCR after about 2 hours I deceided to try again later.You can still set up scheduled recordings you just have to leave your VCR on and on the channel you want to record, not the most ideal situation but workable.

The WMP plug in, it doesn't say so but you have to download some stuff from the site and copy it to your ARCHO's then run the set up, after I figured that out it took no time at all.

Overall this is a great device, the biggest knock most people have is the encoding and transcoding of movies (getting around the whole copyright thing).I am no fan of the number of restrictions that Hollywood and the music indrusty wants to force upon us.But that is not why I bought it.I want to record tv and vhs and dvd's and watch them on the Archos and for that it works just fine.

One last thing on this whole coping DVD thing, one other nock I have heard is that to record a DVD you have to do it in real time.I hate to tell people this but to rip a DVD, it can take a few hours just to do that so the whole time issue is a moot point.DVD's take time.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great product but 20GB is not enough
It is a great product as mentioned already by other reviews.But with all these great features, the 20GB is not enough...maybe for an iPod.

Considering how bigger and heavier it is compared to most MP3 players, plus the fact that it records and stores video, sound, music, etc.. you would want to store more videos and music so you always have a wide variety of choices and minimize the need to keep on re-recording or re-connecting to your PC.Better go for the 80GB or better yet the 100GB models.

3-0 out of 5 stars Hope nothing goes wrong!!!
I gave this three stars because it is a great device, but cross your fingers if something goes wrong. Hopefully you will not have to deal with their customer service. They give customer service a whole new meaning.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Device!Meets my expectations for Video.
This is a great little device.Very easy to figure out and the OS is intuitive and easy.I bought it a couple weeks ago after 2 months of researching and reviewing.So far, I am impressed. I wanted to take video with me when I travel and wanted a convenient way to store photos when I take a camera and leave the laptop home.

Took a look at the MSI Mega View 566, but it does not support Memory Stick Pro or provide such an adapter. They will have one this summer for that but I didn't want to wait.

The build quality seems excellent.I have mostly copied DVD's from my collection off my DVD player with absolutely no problems with either the video or audio part; no problems with dialogue matching the video.I can only assume that the "learning curve" and problems others here refer to with video is for downloaded movies from the internet which may need converting. I have put the entire series "Band of Brothers" and a couple surfing movies on this with still about 9-10 Gig left. Have not loaded any music yet.

The only reason I did not give 5 stars was due to the fact I use a Memory Stick Pro for my camera and the firmware (I have the latest as of today) apparently does not support that yet.I purchased a 4-in-1 compact flash adapter (not thiers) and with MS Pro I get an "Invalid Card" message. The technical help at Archos told me that they were having issues with Memory Stick even with their own CF adapter that they sell, and that the firmware would be updated (didn't know when, hopefully soon). He said regular Memory Stick should work, but I got the "Invalid Card" message with that too. Alas! I'm leaving for Europe next week and was hoping to use this to store photos; guess I'll have to find a place to burn CD's. But I'll still be able to watch movies on the plane!

I'll give it 5 stars when they update the firmware.Otherwise, I highly recommend this device. You won't regret it!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Choice!
I also did a lot of online research, and found that the Archos was the best choice for me.Samsung, MSI, RCA & Creative all make similar products, but the Archos unit makes it easy to record TV shows in from TiVo or other sources.To my knowledge, this is the only unit of this kind that has an IR Blaster to hook up to a video source.You set the timer (like a VCR) on the AV420, and at the right time, it will switch your video source to the correct channel, and record for the specified time!It was also very simple to set up a Yahoo calendar, add shows I want to record into the calendar, and drop a copy on the system folder in the AV420 unit - that creates a recording schedule, and is even easier to use than a VCR.I am convinced that for anyone that wants to take TV shows on the train, bus or to the gym, this unit is by far the best choice!! ... Read more


15. Archos AV400 80 GB Video Player / Recorder and MP3 Jukebox Player AV480
by Archos Inc. dba Archos Technologies
list price: $649.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0002IHP62
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Archos Inc. dba Archos Technologies
Sales Rank: 8846
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

She works fulltime like the rest of us but never misses an episode of Oprah. What gives? This 80GB video player from Archos makes recording TV and tailoring entertainment to your schedule easier—and more portable—than ever. It starts with the convenient one-time setup TV cradle. Record up to 320 hr. of video directly from TV, VCR or a cable/satellite receiver. Take the player with you on the go and watch recorded shows or videos, view digital photos and enjoy music too. It's powered by internal rechargeable Li-Ion batteries but comes with an AC charger/adapter too. Available storage capacity may vary. 1Hx4-9/10Wx3-1/10D". ... Read more

Features

  • Watch video on 3.8-inch LCD screen
  • Store and play MP3, WMA, and WAV digital audio files
  • Archos 500648 AV480 80 GB Video Player / Recorder and MP3 Jukebox Player
  • Record your favorite video programs--up to 320 hours on 80 GB hard drive
  • Connects to TVs, VCRs, and cable/satellite receivers

Reviews (19)

1-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
The AV400 worked fine for me for about a month or so. I saved all my very important files onto it and then, after about 50GBs were used up, it was unable to establish a connection with my computer. I figured it was my computer that was causing the problem so I rebooted it without saving any of my files to CDs or floppy disks. This was a very bad idea because after that I still couldn't establish a connection between my computer and the AV400. I emailed the archos website and told them this exact story and they just told me it needed to sent in for repairs and they couldn't even garuntee that files would be saved. This really made me mad because I spent $700 on this thing and it doesnt even work and I'm going to lose all my files. Does anyone out there know of anyway I could fix this problem and save my files? IF there is please email me at Smojo245@yahoo.com Thank you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost the perfect device...
Overall the AV480 has been an excellent investment, however there are some nagging issues.

Pros:
-Large HDD
-Full color display
-Large display
-Optional FM with 30second delayed recording
-CF card support
-Usual pros for a robust media player

Cons:
-Very sensitive to static shocks.It doesn't seem to have any permenant effect on the device, but a small shock will require a reboot.Shuffling your feet in the winter is a bad idea.
-Inability to play music with photos.(email to Archos has cornfirmed this will NOT be fixed with a firmware upgrade)
-Lacking a scroll wheel (or other way to quickly peruse long lists)
-Slightly bulky

5-0 out of 5 stars All you'll ever need!
After purchasing my Av480 a few weeks ago, I'm still grinning ear to ear every time I power it up. This is definatley for someone who wants the all-in-one player that can do everything! ... Read more


16. iAUDIO M3 40 GB Metal Brown MP3 Jukebox w/FM & Voice Recorder w/cradle
by COWON
list price: $399.00
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Asin: B0002JAWP2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: COWON
Sales Rank: 41808
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

iAUDIO M3 is a ultra-slim HDD jukebox with FM Radio, Voice Recorder and Direct MP3 Encoder. Carry thousands of songs in your pocket. Enjoy the highest-quality sound powered by BBE and 14 hrs of continuous playback with built-in rechargeable battery. ... Read more

Features

  • iAUDIO M3, AC Adapter, Ext. Kit, Remote, Case, Earbuds, CD, Manual, Line-in & USB Cable, Cradle.
  • Ultra-slim jukebox of 5.3 oz, 4.08 X 2.39 X 0.72 inches body.
  • MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV Player, FM Radio, Voice Recorder, Direct MP3 encoder, USB Portable HDD.
  • Up to 14+ hrs of continuous skip free playback on a built-in rechargeable battery.
  • Sound Effects of BBE, Mach3Bass and 5 Bands EQ. Remote Controller with 6 Lines LCD.

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars I love this SO much more than my iPod
I am a Windows user and the iPod was driving me nuts. What I wanted was an audio player that would act like a regular hard drive when connected to my computer. That's what I love about the iAudio. I connect it to my computer via USB, and drag and drop files into it. Nothing could be more simple. No jukeboxing (Music Match and iTunes), no need to tag my files.

This player does work with tags, you can switch from regular file names to tags at will. The remote has a bigger and in my opinion better display than the iPod. Updating the firmware is simple. The player supports many more file types than the iPod. It's smaller and lighter than the iPod and has more storage.

The bad? Well, I don't really care for having an in-line remote, so there is a lot of cable running around once you add in the headphone cord. The interface is no where near as good as the iPod, but I use playlists, so I don't really care about the interface as much as a person selecting songs as they go along.

5-0 out of 5 stars i audio does it again.
When the ipod came out it was unmatched. Not anymore the iaudio cranks.

Pros:

40 gigs of storage.
Comes with decent headphones
Cheaper than the ipod.
More features than the ipod.

Including:
BBE Mach 3 bass equalizer.
Built in Microphone.
Ability to record and listen to FM radio (signal is weak in some places)
Line in recorder (which lets you record direct from source like tape decks and CD players.

Cons:

If you lose the remote it is useless. (extra remotes can be purchased.)

Its small if you drop the unit kiss 300+ bucks goodbye.

Headphones although good could be better. Fine if you have big ears small eared folks may find earphones awkward.

Remote can be confusing. You will get the hang of it with continued use.



It is hard to find any real flaws. This unit is amazing and its unique. Don't think of it like an ipod it has its own style and flare.
I find it much better than the ipod. I gave my ipod away.

The company is small and their customer service lacks. I suggest ordering from Amazon.
The package came to me in a timely fashion but the box was damaged. The player however was fine in the box.

Those of you who may be thinking ipod might want to check out the M3.

I am 5 star satisfied with this product.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good player but not the ultimate DAP....
Basic Information

The iAudio M3 I tested has 40GB storage space. There are 3 models, called M3 and M3L. There are two M3 player, one holding 40GB and the other 20GB. The M3L has 20GB of space and has an estimate battery time of 35 hours while the M3s' estimate is 14 hours.

The player supports the formats; OGG, WMA, WAV, and MP3. The player also has a FM tuner. The M3 can record; voice, andanything played on the radio. There are alsoLine-Out/In output/input if you would need those functions.
The player is a bare bone player, to connect it to a power source or to the PC you have to use the small adapter that plugs in at the bottom. This goes also if you want to use the Line In / Line out functions. However the microphone is built in the player. For basic things such as playing files you will not need the add on.

The LCD holds 6 lines with a blue back light. There are several nice functions such as adjustable 5 bands EQ, BBE, Mach3Bass, 3D surround. It can work as a transportable HDD. Win XP will detect is an extra HDD with no additional software needed. The player out of the box supports Korean, Chinese Japanese and English characters. You are also able to change the start up screen with different ones from JetAudio.

Cradle
The cradle is very stylish and the player just fits in. This ensures that there is no risk of the player moving. The design of the cradle fits perfectly with iAudio M3 in regard of the design. The 20GB M3 is smaller and I am not sure how stable it is with the cradle. However, reading from the thetechlounge.comit states that it wiggles around and might bother some users. But do not see that as discouragement to get the 20 GB one as you can use the small black add on which will not cause any problems at all.

Carrying case
The carrying case fits snugly around the M3 player. The inside of it is soft and ensures there are no scratches to your player. It also has on the back a loop so you can put the case on your belt.

The Looks
There are 3 LEDs on top of the player covered with a plastic transparent window. These LEDs indicate different functions being carried out (Charging, Playback, ect). The port for the add-on/cradle sits on the bottom covered with a small plastic plop to protect the port when not in use.
The M3 is in metallic brown with a black stripe running around the side of the player and with black surround the buttons. There are also metallic silver players. The are three buttons at the front; Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Next and Reverse/Previous. On the right side there is one button, a switch and a Jog Dial. The Jog Dial is used for navigational purposes and for volume control. The button is for recording and the switch is to put the player in hold mode. On the left you will find the remote/headphone jack. You can plug in straight the headphones into it but then you will not be able to plug in the remote.

The Player in Action
The player plays very well the files and has great Line Out quality. However, if you skip a couple of songs or you decide play a song from another album which is not in your play-list, you will have to wait couple of seconds before the file is played (2-4 seconds). The HDD makes a bit of noise when it loads the files into its buffer. However it is not loud enough to hear if you are playing some music. You can hear it a bit if you there is absolute silence and the player is around 30 centimeters from you.
There are several nice settings you can choose for you playback in the "Jet Effect" area. These are; 5 band EQ, 3D surround, Pan Effect, MP Enhance, BBE, and Mach3Bass. The earplugs given with the player will not show the players best sides.

The Remote

The remote has only 6 lines and is rather small. Meaning you have to know fairly well what files you have in your play list or in your folder to be able to find it fairly quickly. Some users might feel claustrophobic with the size; however I found it to be to on the minimum adequate. You can set the horizontal scroll to a faster speed so you can quicker read the full name of your file. You can also set to see the ID3 tags which makes it a lot easier for those with long file names but with short ID3 tags. You can hold the move button to move quicker through folders. I have many albums with the similar name with the difference being just at the end (EG,Alternative Times Vol 45,Alternative Times Vol 56) so I have to stop at the different folder names to see which album I am at. (Have to wait out the scroll to read the whole folder name). The remote has one alligator clips that holds well enough.


Line in and the line out is out of great quality and the mic is "ok", you have to be fairly close to get good quality recording.

Interface
Takes maybe 10 minutes to learn by the one who is not used to it. The interface is very easy to use.

Software
The software is very basic and I prefer to use WinAmp for my pc and I dont use the JetShell as you can transfer music to the player with out.

FM Mode
You can have 24 pre sets, the navigation with the remote is very easy as there are not too many functions you can do. I found that it needs strong coverage to have good playback. Most stations however had a sufficient good quality to be enjoyable.
Battery Life
I get around 8-11 hours of playback time. I have my backlight set to 8 seconds and I have mostly mp3 files set at 192 KBPS.





Conclusion

The Good
The iAudio M3 is an excellent player, it is small, low weight, supports several format, has agood build quality with good features. You also get decent ear buds with the player, normally companies include low quality earphones. However, I did not use them as I have better earphones. JetAudio is supporting the player well via updating the Firmware giving new features and improving old ones. You get a remote, which makes your player more mobile then those with out one as it allows you easily and quickly change any setting you want with out having to take out the whole player out.

The Bad
It lacks however support for DRM files, and you are toast if you loose or break the remote. It does not have an ID3 database as the Karma does which makes going through your songs a lot easier. The remote lacks a scroll wheel making navigation from one album to another one to take up some time. And if you skip a couple of songs or play a song from another album which is not in your play-list, you will have to wait couple of seconds before the file is played (2-4 seconds) ... Read more


17. Creative Nomad Jukebox Zen Xtra 30 GB MP3 Player
by Creative Labs
list price: $219.99
our price: $197.59
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Asin: B0002BRMNA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 444
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Available storage capacity may vary. ... Read more

Features

  • Removable, high-capacity Li-ion battery -- up to 14 hrs continuous playback per charge
  • Compatible with Microsoft Windows 98 SE, Me, 2000, and XP
  • 30 GB storage lets you bring up to 8,000 WMA songs (80 kbps) or MP3 songs (128 kbps) everywhere you go
  • Use AudioSync to synchronize your music on your player with your PC at work, school and home or on the road
  • Load a song a second with ultra fast USB 2.0 port, compatible with USB 1.1 too

Reviews (156)

2-0 out of 5 stars Zen Xtra Review
Well, I my parents got this for me for my B-day in January(after I convinced them) and it worked....until about mid april, when the Hard Drive Shut Down...I had to call tech support which had me send it to be replaced. THis took about 10-12 days total. After I got it back around May 1st, it was problem free until now, when I got the "Hardisk-Problem" message again. I personally regret getting this and today, I will call Tech support to request a refund. I'll Prbobaly buy the I-pod Mini. Overall, expect it to break down alot. It is a cheap piece of C*** so don't buy it unless you want to go through a lot of repairs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works great, does not disappoint
When it comes to all the new technology of MP3 players, palm pilots, etc., well it's all a bit over my head.So when I decided to finally join the rest of mankind and get an mp3 player, I just figured I'd get an iPod.After all, everyone has one (my sister included), they have a cute design and the commercials make them seem so cool.But because I am a research fanatic when it comes to most purchases, I first decided to read reviews, etc. on the Jukebox.I soon learned that the iPod is not, in fact, the best of the best (the Apple marketing team certain has certain done a great job, most people think of 'ipod' when they think of mp3 player).

So I decided to base my decision on what features were important to me:(1) Hard drive capacity of player - you really cannot beat the 30gb of the Jukebox compared to the 4gb of the minipod (which was in my price range).I wanted to be able to put all of my cds and then some and carry them around with me.The Jukebox serves that purpose.I have many of my cds (I'd guess about 90 at this point - a small collection compared to some I know)on the Nomad thus far, and still have PLENTY of room to spare; (2) Price - of course one of the biggest factors for me.But when you compare the price of the 30gb Jukebox to the 30gb Ipod, well, there was clearly no more comparison, the Jukebox was for me.Only small downfall for me was it's size - it's definitely bigger than the Ipod; it's similar to the size of a Palm Pilot.I'm more concerned with quality and durability, so size wasn't a deciding factor; and (3) Battery Life - I wanted something that I wouldn't have to charge often (not to mention have to send to the manufacturer to replace).My sister has had battery problems with her iPod, which seems to be somewhat frequent regarding the iPod.At the most, I use the Nomad about one to two hours a day during the week and have to charge it about once a week.Perfect for a commuter like me.

I've now had my Nomad for over six months with no problems.The original leather case has softened a great deal.I still use the standard headphones, which I think sound perfectly fine.I also use a car adapter and unfortunately some of the songs don't sound so great in the car, but I think it's more the quality of the songs than the player itself.I also use it while running and have had no problems (even dropped it once), however, because of its size, I do carry it in my hand (thereby being the only con of this player for me).I did try to use the hook that's on the case once to attach it to my clothes/jacket, but it didn't just feel secure enough.If you're looking for a player to use primarily for running/exercise, I certainly wouldn't recommend this mp3 player.The Nomad definitely needs to be handled with care, so if you're prone to drop/break things or exercise, maybe you should look at something else, i.e., non-harddrive based mp3 player (I plan to soon).

The software program that comes with the player could be a little more user friendly, but once you tool around in it, it does becomes easier.The instruction booklet could also use a little finetuning, I remember being frustrated in the beginning trying to figure some things out.For an advanced user, it might not be a big deal, but for someone non-technical like me, more detailed instructions would be helpful.

Sometimes the scroller button on the side can be a little tricky, it moves fast and so you have to be careful you're not entering a menu you don't want to.Other than that, it's very easy to maneuver within the mp3 player itself.Right now, I only have music on it, so I cannot comment on the photo storage, etc.

Overall, I'm very happy with my first mp3 player.

1-0 out of 5 stars Confusing software
Good hardware.Bad software.Time consuming to play around with the menu.If you have infinite time to toggle with it, I guess it will be a good buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars This really is a great item
I love this thing.I have put about 400-500 songs on there and it works fine. I run with this in my pocket, change and stuf usually inside. The headphones that came with it were pretty bad,but i have my ow, so i just used those.

It was a bit bulkier than i expected, but i had a juicebox that was about 2 timesbigger so i really didnt notice

Considering that the ipod is $100 more and you have to convert all your songs to workwith it, this is great.

The battery lfe is amazing. I have gotten at least 16hours if i turn off thebacklight.

Great buy, just consider it before you buy an ipod

4-0 out of 5 stars This can take abuse.
Don't let people fool you buy saying this product is junk.

I'm very happy with it.

I got this because i'm always on the road and at any given time i would have about 40 cds or so sitting in my car getting sat on, scratched, broke, etc.. I don't take very good care of my stuff.

I take this with me everywhere, In the winter I plow snow, so When i'm plowing long nights the long life battery works great.
In the the summer I mow lawns, I use walk-behind mowers, riders, weed whip... I'm always running around getting this this covered in grass.

I put this thing through all sorts of abuse. I've dropped my nomad around 10 times(I'm very clumsy). I've even dumped coffee on it one day in my truck, All i had to do is take the face plate
off and let it dry out. I was listening to it an hour later.

Don't let people fool you. This is a great sturdy product that is easy to use.

I only gave it a 4 because i did not like the headphones that came with it. They have good sound, but don't fit in your ear very good and the foam does not stay on the earphone ... Read more


18. Archos Gmini XS 200 20 GB MP3Player and Recorder
by Archos Inc. dba Archos Technologies
list price: $229.95
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0002U0JP4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Archos Inc. dba Archos Technologies
Sales Rank: 2616
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Available storage capacity may vary. ... Read more

Features

  • Package includes: Gmini XS200, USB 2.0 cable, AC power charger adaptor, headphones, quickstart sheet (in-depth manual on Gmini XS200 HD)
  • Play MP3, WMA, and WAV music files
  • Store up to 300 hours of music -- equivalent to 5000 songs
  • Quickly organize songs with the ARCHOS ARCLibrary and view by artist, genre, title and year (ID3 compatible)
  • 2-inch display level gray scale LCD, 128 x 128 pixels. 9 lines of characters Intuitive menu with icons

Reviews (19)

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Darn Cool
I've had mine for a few days. They put these out with firmware bugs, so I've already been to Archos.com for the update which was pretty painless. Well, it's very small, almost too small for my medium sized, hands but managable. I like the bright LEDs and screen as it doubles as a night-light. I've used my kid's Ipod and have had several players including the Zen Xtra and Touch. The software used to load and manage music for these devices is a royal pain, freezing, not being able to find your device and on and on. This nice player acts exactly like a hard drive on your PC really, exactly. It will also create database inside the machine to access your tunes by the ID3 tag. So, you can look at your music as if it was on your PC in folders and files or the Gmini's library organized by Artist, Album, etc. VERY good. No clocks, alarms, or recorders, no radio, it's a very compact music player and portable hard drive, plain and simple. The sound is pretty good too, maybe not as good as the Zen, but decent for sure, with a fully adjustable 5 band EQ. The screen is real big and easy to see. The buttons feel solid and work like they should. The case is some kind of textured metal and very solid. The main joystick is a bit tiny and slippery and hard to work one handed, it needs a little square grip on it, but it works well if you can get your finger on it to push it in the right direction. The AC adapter is rather big with a huge cord which is kinda weird. The firmware, or software on the machine is a bit slow and not greatly thought out, hopefully new versions will be coming. It especially needs a better 'back' feature and faster scrolling. Battery lasts about 6-8 hours which is too bad but I guess that's where space was saved. but.. But, it looks great, feels bulletproof, sounds good, is really really easy to use and is very reasonably priced for 20GB of disk. I assume there will be tutorials online to upgrade the HDD to 100GB soon. I'm keeping mine.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent performance and size
i wanted a reliable mp3 player----no calendar, alarm clock, or other unecessary items. the gmini performs great, has no clunky software packages, and sounds great through my home or car stereo.music transfers are very fast and organizing music in folders or playlists is a snap. there is no downside as far as i can tell, especially given the price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Me too - a few small changes could make this 5 stars...
I concur entirely with the review: "a few small changes could make this 5 stars, May 9, 2005"

This device works astonishingly well.All prior issues relating to the firmware have been resolved, and if your device is not current, the firmware update is available free download at http://www.archos.com/.

I just returned from a desperately long trip to the Russian Far East on too many planes without any entertainment, and the XS200 was priceless and performed flawlessly.

Needs:

- USB enabled recharging (this is the most obvious oversight)
- neck purse or something like it (belt case) to hang the dang thing from when seated on aircraft.
- less brilliant LED's.The blinking blue "recharged" light can wake a sleeping dog.

But, in-spite of those few gripes, I cannot believe this thing is not EVERYWHERE.

It is brilliantly easy to load - it is truly an external HDD and so you can copy mp3 format right to the drive through Windows Media (or other) players direct from CD.No fussing around.

The software is very clever, and sorts / archives ALL data available on the CD's - artist, performer, group, etc.If you want, you can play one artist's work even though it spans dozens of CD's.As well, you could store non-music data for other uses in-transit.A VERY capable device.

4.9 stars!!

3-0 out of 5 stars a few small changes could make this 5 stars
I'll start by saying that I've been shopping, comparing and testing for months.And finally, despite the few things that keep it from 5 stars, I've decided to hang onto this little gadget. (I've already returned an RCA lyra.)

It works great.I find the Explorer type file navigation and simple joystick control highly intuitive - I have yet to read the instructions.Just opened it up and started using.I love that there are no drivers or special software required.I can plug this bad boy into any computer and drag and drop my files with no problems.Also, haven't had the freezing that happened with the Lyra (except when I mistakenly loaded w4a files onto it.)

Also, you can delete, rename, and make playlists without going through your pc.

BUT- why in the hell wouldn't Archos make this thing charge through the USB cable?Especially given that the battery life is obviously shorter than other comparable devices?Now when I travel I have to remember both the USB cable AND the needlessly bulky AC adaptor.Even that cheapo Lyra charged through the USB cable!!!

The other star-eliminator is Archos' deplorable customer support.First of all, they do not list the xs 200 in their product compatibility tables on their website, meaning that if you want to order accessories such as a car lighter adaptor, you need to guess whether the one on their site will actually work for this model, which is conspicuously NOT listed in the list of compatible models.SO, you'd think that a note to customer support would solve my problem? Nope.It's been 1 month and 2 emails, and still no response.

Shame on Archos.While this price point is lower than the Ipod- it's still a big chunk of change for me. There should be more customer support. (I'd take ANY customer support!)

Last gripe- no accessories such as carrying case or sport case (armband style for running).I'm still shopping around for something I can adapt for the purpose.

Overall, I'd recommend this device.BUT, I could see how any one of the shortcomings I've mentioned could be the deciding factor to push someone in another direction.There just isn't a whole lot to choose from right now.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not an MP3 RECORDER
Despite the title, if you go to Archos website you'll find that this device is NOT a RECORDER.The Gmini 120 and Gmini 220 models are MP3 recorders.
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19. Creative MuVo Slim 256 MB MP3 Player Black
by Creative Labs
list price: $99.99
our price: $69.98
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Asin: B0001UEHJY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 4776
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Pack 8 hours of your favorite music comfortably into your pocket, purse or backpack with this ultra-portable CreativeLabs Nomad MuVo Slim 256MB MP3 Player. The stylish super slim player also works as a storage device for other files like presentations, pictures or word processing documents. Features include: 256MB built-in flash memory; USB 2.0 for super fast file transfer; built-in FM radio and FM recorder with 32 presets; built-in microphone for voice recording; 5-band custom equalizer and 4 presets (Jazz, Rock, Pop and Classical); high quality neodymium earphones; removable Li-ion battery that recharges via USB connection; simple drag-and-drop for music and data files; ID3 tag display; and Creative MediaSource Software to convert your CDs to MP3s or WMAs at the touch of a button. Available storage capacity may vary. 55Wx85Hx7Dmm. ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, 2000, Me, and XP
  • 256 MB holds up to 8 hours WMA or 4 hours MP3 music
  • Super Fast USB 2.0 transfers music and data up to 40x faster than USB 1.1
  • Built-in FM and FM recorder with 32 presets
  • Built-in microphone for easy voice recording

Reviews (29)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Little MP3 Player
With all of the hype over Apple's IPOD, many people have seemed to overlook the large number of MP3 alternatives on the market.The MuVo Slim is definitely one of the best products out there.The slim and lightweight design is perfect for carrying or putting in a pocket while exercising and the 256 MB capacity is more than ample to store enough songs for numerous workouts.If you're looking for a portable MP3 player that is smaller than any of Apple's options, this is definitely the best product on the market.

4-0 out of 5 stars MuVo-S Blue replaced my Sony NetMD Walkman
My faithful 3 years old Sony Net MD Walkman had decided to retire before the long Easter weekend. After I was told about the hefty repair & part replacement charges by Sony Singapore, it seems wiser toshop for a replacement portable music player.

After some careful research and price comparison, I have purchased the Creative MuVo Slim 256MB flash memory MP3 player [MuVo-S] for USD95 in Singapore.

PROs
1 OVERALL AN EXCELLENT machine from the maker of SoundBlaster PC audio card.
2 GREAT OVERALL PACKAGE is great value for the price & bundled with essential accessories & software.
3 SOFTWARE INSTALLATION is EASY.
4 ULTRA COMPACT SIZE & ROBUST FORM FACTOR.
5 ENERGY EFFICIENT. My unit plays for 15 hours non-stop onfirst full charge!
6 ECONOMIC to operate, saves tons of money on purchase of dry
cell alkaline batteries! The MuVO-S pays for itself as it works for you!
7 ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY because it uses 1 QUICK CHARGE userreplaceable rechargeable battery which charges from the 5volts USB port of your PC via the accessory USB cable provided. First full battery charge takes 3 hours, subsequent charge takes much lesser time.
8 FEATURE USER FRIENDLY PACKED includes a JOG DIAL for operation, FM radio, Equaliser, built-in Mic/recording...
9 GREAT companion for active outdoor workout without temporary losing the music to movement shakes.
10 ROBUSTNESS,the absence of moving parts like hard disk makesthe MuVo-S a tough portable product.
11 DOUBLES as storage for other important computer data files.
12 SLIM CREDIT CARD SIZE, its probably the thinnest any flash MP3 player could be.

CONs
1 USD95 PRICE COULD BE LOWER, but it is already currently the lowest priced branded 256MB MP3 flashplayer with same feature from reputable Japanese & Korean competitors. The latest 1GB silver MuVo-S costs USD180 but I don't need a jukebox.
2 Would be happier if a small matching color HAND STRAP or NECK STRAP is included with the MuVo-S to fit on its built-on eyelet for strap.
3 NICE blue backlight LCD display BUT I would like to see a COLOUR LCD DISPLAY in future MuVo-S if it is energy efficient enough to have one that will be real COOL.
4 You can't compare the sound quality of the MP3 format with audioCD but should be good enough while you are travelling.
6 NOT A STANDALONE PRODUCT, avoid if you are not in tune with the digital evolution and is unfamiliar with MP3.

This end user review would not be complete without some small talk about the close MuVo-S competitor, the chic Apple iPod Shuffle 512MB flashplayer. The MuVo-S is NOT an iPod Shuffle (iPod-S) killer. IMHO, the iPod-S appeals as a differentiated product which is designed to be a premium minimalist fashion accessory cum bare-bone music player. I have avoided the USD99, 512MB iPod-S because it lacks a built-in FM radio which I would have to replicate.Moreover,the plain iPod-S lacks an LCD display and may well cost me the price of a feature rich MuVo-S or another iPod-S just to replace the rechargeable battery of the iPod-S in the future.

Overall, for a little more than the current price of a 512MB/1GB flash plain memory stick or thumb drive, the MuVo Slim is a great choice for an ultra compact portable audio solution and it has successfully replaced my Sony NetMD Walkman, thank you for reading my person user experience of the MuVo-S.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad quality, worse warranty
The headphone jack went bad after 5 months, and I had to pay $40 for repair - they only give you 3 month wararanty on labor.

2-0 out of 5 stars Creative Needs to Recreate this Model
I received mine for my birthday.It was great for the first week.My recordings were clear with decent quality.The battery was exceptional for an mp3 player.Unfortunately, the latch to close the door on the battery broke after the first week.It will no longer work unless I tape the door closed.I tried to replace it, but the store (Staples) acted like I was a thug who stole it, instead of a professional working on my Ph.D.I'm stuck with a broken model I've had for a week.

5-0 out of 5 stars Now I can hear the Dali Lama chant and much more!
My husband wanted to buy me a fairly expensive MP3 player for Christmas--but I asked for this one instead. It has wonderful sound and I have had great fun downloading the free MP3s from Amazon and listening to them on walks. My son installed the software for me and showed me how to use it in less than five minutes and it is very easy and I can do it all by myself.
I love the small size--but the lit screen is big enough for me to see without my glasses. At first, I wondered about the main settings--two of them are immediate volume control--but after using it with headphones while walking and also in the car--I've found it helpful to have it set up this way.
I have also listened to a audio book on this player which is nice too. It has a little voice recorder which I plan to use to record traditional tunes that I want to learn. I already have access to a professional studio and don't need my MP3 player to be of professional recording quality--just good enough to remind me of melodies. :)
I bought a set of headphones to wear as the ear plugs that came with this MP3 player hurt my ears. I had already read the reviews about this--so was expecting to buy a new set.
My sons all have Ipods and paid about triple what I paid for this, and will pay even more for extra mic hook ups etc. They are very pleased with them--but I could tell that my oldest son was very impressed with the price and quality of my selection.
Many of today's new techie items are wonderful, but have so many bells and whistles that it takes me a long time to figure out how to use them easily. The learning curve on this was really fast. There are still menu functions I have not used yet--but I'm pretty comfortable on the main ones already.
This charges up fast on my computer with a USB cable. I can use the same cable with it as my digital camera--so I just leave it hooked to the computer and it is very handy.
My favorite free MP3 on Amazon is the one where the Dali Lama says a prayer over you. It is very nice to hear some wonderful music while walking, and then to suddenly hear the Dali Lama chant. I have never seen the Dali Lama and it seems a wonder to have a $99 MP3 player bring him to me with enough clarity to feel like he is really there. :) ... Read more


20. iAUDIO M3-20SL-CR 20 GB MP3 Jukebox with FM Radio and Voice Recorder with Cradle (Metal Silver)
by JetAudio, Inc.
list price: $309.00
our price: $275.49
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Asin: B00028UMN0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JetAudio, Inc.
Sales Rank: 4935
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Super-slim and portable, this all-in-one iAUDIO M3 20GB MP3 jukebox fits snugly in your palm or securely inside a pocket and holds up to 5,000 songs. Not only does the jukebox play up to 14 hours (35 hours of M3L) of continuous playback, but it also has an FM stereo radio with 20-station preset and a voice recorder with microphone. The player is also a cNet Award Winner for their new industry first, MP3 file filtering and sound enhancement technology. iAudio's proprietary MP3 chipset is now redefining MP3 sound and taking the MP3 audio experience to the next level. The player includes a wide LCD remote control that displays 6 lines of information and powerful sound effects that include BBE, Mach3Bass and 3D Surround. Jukebox can also be used as a hard disk drive to store documents, photos and any other data files. Available storage capacity may vary. Imported. 4Hx2-2/5Wx1/2L". ... Read more

Features

  • MAC OS support for data transfer
  • Features MP3, OGG, WMA, ASF and WAV (Up to 44.1khz mono) playback, voice recording, FM radio, and direct MP3 encoding
  • Up to 14 hours pf continuous play
  • Includes AC adapter, remote, case, earbuds, CD, manual, line-in and USB Cable
  • 40 levels of digital volume control

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice
I'm not going to waste space debating this vs. Ipod, etc. Instead, I'll tell you that I've been using this player for about 5 months and enjoy it very much.Pros: small size, don't need to take the whole unit out of your pocket/bag to change stuff, intuitive and easy to use controls once you get used to them, lots of extras (FM radio, voice recording, radio recording, supports Ogg Vorbis and others), frequent firmware updates (the company cares about the users of their product), good price. Cons: some people may not like the extra wire that's needed for the screen, not supported by online music stores (that last one is a biggy if you plan on buying music online- I still buy CD's and then rip them (using CDex into Ogg) and put it on this). Even though there are a few other companies that have bested this one (barely) in terms of size and battery life since it's release, I still think this player has the most to offer for its price than any other on the market. Don't be scared off by the lack of the screen on the main unit; once you use it, you really wouldn't want it any other way. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't seem to be offering it for $259 w/o the cradle anymore (the cradle is redundant to the small adapter it comes with which is much more travel friendly, but some people like it and at $289, it's still a great deal).

1-0 out of 5 stars Wish it would have worked
I have Windows XP and I use the USB port for many devices (digi camera, printer, other audio device). This MP3 Player is advertised as XP compatable. It comes with a dedicated USB cable, and an explorer type program "Jetshell". I never could get XP or its own program "Jetshell" to recognize the device. I exchanged the MP3 player for a another new one thinking the one I had was defective. I had the same problem with the new one. I spent a lot of time with customer/tech support to no avail. (I noticed on their support forum other customers with the same problem, but no solution offered) I finally gave up and returned the unit. Too bad, it was a small, compact and attractive device. Wished it would have functioned.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best MP3 players
I have been reviewing the market for a multi-functional MP3 player, which could store most of my music collection. Being a student I also wanted a voice recorder that could record my class lectures. For the price and quality iAudio definitely beats everything out there. The FM radio has excellent reception, and the variable bit rate voice recorder is very beneficial. I was tired of waiting for Apple to include these functionalities in their IPOD, and when I came across the IAudio, I absolutely fell in love with it. This is a great product and is highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't be an IPod sheep
I was torn between the IRiver, IPod and the IAudio. The IRiver was about to go out of production and was just a bit too big so no thanks. I read sooo many reviews and came to one simple conclusion. People who buy the IPods are sheeps - Baaaah! Loads of people slated this product who hadn't even used it and they all seemed to be IPod owners - Heeelllloooo! I admit the IPod looks cool but that's about it - For the record I think the IAudio looks better!

I purchased the IAudio M3 and haven't looked back. With a pair of decent Sony headphones the sound quility is quite amazing! You get all the equipment in the box including 2 docking units, remote control and carry case. It is plug and play on any PC with Win ME plus so no need for drivers - simply drag and drop the MP3's (or any other files). Also records and has a radio....need I go on?

Don't be duped into an IPod just cos everyone else has!

Only small downfall is no screen on main unit - a very small issue.

5-0 out of 5 stars appreciated by an ex ipod user
If you are a person that is not technically inclined and is incapable of reading a manual I might recommend the iPod. However, taking the minutely more confusing path pays off exponentially. The features offered by the m3 are far more powerful and useful than those of the iPod.

Before buying the unit you might want to get familiar with possible problems, resolutions and features over at iaudio.com.

A friend of mine uses the iRiver. The most significant difference I can find between them is the fact that the iAudio has no primary screen on the unit and looks much nicer. I am quite happy having made the change to a unit that is not a cliche status symbol (as is the iPod); the iAudio M3 is cool on its own merits not because "everybody else is doing it".

One quick reminder: update the firmware straight out of the box (if this sounds hard, don't worry; it's not) ... Read more


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