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$142.49 list($169.99)
1. Philips MCM530 150-Watt, 5-CD
Too low to display list($199.99)
2. Rio Carbon 5 GB MP3 Player
$224.19 list($249.99)
3. Creative Zen Touch 20 GB MP3 Player
$208.99 $169.99 list($299.99)
4. Philips/Nike 256 MB Solid State
$206.43 list($299.99)
5. Rio Karma 20 GB MP3 Player
$259.78 list($479.99)
6. RCA Lyra Audio/Video 20 GB Jukebox
list($369.00)
7. iAUDIO M3 20 GB Metal Brown MP3
8. Creative Labs Nomad Muvo MP3 Player
9. iRiver H140 40GB MP3 Jukebox
list($499.95)
10. Archos 500507 Video AV140 with
list($599.99)
11. Archos AV320 Video and MP3 Jukebox
$89.00 list($199.99)
12. Nike 256 MB MP3 Player with Upgradeable
$79.90 list($189.99)
13. Nike Sport ACT300 Audio MP3-CD
list($299.99)
14. iAudio M3 20 GB Digital Music
15. SoniqCast Aireo - Radio / digital
$113.99 $111.99 list($129.99)
16. iRiver iFP-795T 512 MB MP3 Player
$72.98 $65.95 list($179.99)
17. Creative Labs MuVo TX 256 MB MP3
$110.00 list($189.99)
18. Panasonic Sv-SW30S Silver Digital
Too low to display list($499.99)
19. Samsung Yepp YH-999 20 GB Portable
$78.95 list($149.99)
20. Creative Labs NOMAD MuVo NX 128

1. Philips MCM530 150-Watt, 5-CD Micro Shelf System
by Philips
list price: $169.99
our price: $142.49
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Asin: B000278KKI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 5541
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Philips MCM530 micro shelf system offers power and great listening features in a very sleek, compact package. For starters, the five-disc CD changer plays regular audio CDs as well as CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and MP3 music files. A single MP3 CD can hold up to 10 hours of music--that's 50 hours of music with five CDs. Bored with your recorded music? Sync it with your Windows PC and stream audio directly from your laptop or desktop to the MCM530.

Each two-way bass-reflex speaker has a 5.25-inch woofer and 2-inch tweeter and is capable of 75 watts RMS per channel for stereo sound at 150 total watts. Philips' own enhanced MAX Sound boosts both highs and lows for louder, cleaner sound. The built-in, digitally-tuned AM/FM radio has room for up to 40 programmable memory presets, so finding your favorite stations takes nothing more than pressing a button.

What's in the Box
Micro shelf system, two speakers, FM and AM antennas, 32-key remote control with two AA batteries, AC power cord, 3-meter USB cable, installation disc of USB PC link driver, MusicMatch and Sound Agent software, and owner's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • 2-way bass reflex speaker system with 5.25-inch woofers and 2-inch tweeters; 75 watts per channel
  • MP3 micro hi-fi system with 5-CD carousel changer; measures 6.9 x 10.6 x 12.4 inches (W x H x D)
  • USB PC Link for MP3 streaming from your PC and playback of up to 50 hours of MP3-CD music
  • Class D digital amplifier and MAX sound enhancement technology for instant power boost
  • Connections include an audio aux and USB PC Link inputs and a 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack

Reviews (27)

4-0 out of 5 stars Makes a great computer setup
I purchased this unit for a desktop stereo and plugged in my Mac Dual G4.The sound quality is great.I did not use the USB input option because it is PC only, but just plugging into Aux is great.There is little comparison to standard computer speakers, but these are obvioulsly a little bigger.

The only negatives I can add about this unit is that it does not allow an external subwoofer.There appears to be a sealed off port for it on the back of the main unit, but there is not an option.Also, I would like to have an extra Aux input.It would be great to plug in a XM unit or my iPod directly into the back, along with my computer.

Overall I have to say that this a great system for listening to music in the office.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best for price... cool sleep and wake up function!
Ok, yes the CD player is a little noisy, not while its playing, but as you turn the power on. Its like it needs to cycle itself through. This takes some getting used to. However, all the functions are awesome, I can hook up my mp3 player and it is great! Sound is good and so is radio reception. My new love however is the sleep and wake up function. I love to go to sleep to soft music. but previously I couldn't do that without being forced to wake up to a buzzer or separate (and usuually hideous clock radio)... BUT this stereo has it all figured out.. You sleep to the soft sounds and wake up to a louder and building volume. Maybe I hadn't looked around enough before, but I've never had a stereo that did this.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great sound
I'm not an audiophile, and I'm sure this system is no substitute for a much more expensive professional system. But it really does produce a great sound, even at a high volume. There's not much hiss or distortion. This is quite a bargain for the price.

As other reviewers have mentioned, it does take a long time to queue a cd. (My only complaint with the system.) But let me assure you, this is a MAJOR annoyance. Sometimes I just want to hear one particular song, and nothing else. From the time you turn the unit on, until you are able to play the song, is nearly 40 seconds. Even if the unit is already on, and you want to put a new cd in, it's over 20 seconds. (No, I'm not including the time it takes to find the right cd.) This may not sound like a lot of time, but all I want to hear is one 3-minute song! It's very frustrating to have to sit and wait while it makes all kinds of noise, like it's just teasing you!

4-0 out of 5 stars excellent value
I've had this stereo for about half a year now, and I'm ridiculously happy with it.When my last stereo went kaput, I decided I wanted one of these microsystems, but I was wary about the sound quality.So I went to 3 or 4 stores and took along a CD that had some strong bass lines and I tested it in just about every microsystem I could lay my hands on.This had the clearest, most well-rounded sound of all the systems under $200.Sometimes I'm sad that it doesn't have a tape player, but I've been looking at it as a transition piece - I'm making more mix CDs than tapes lately, anyway.:)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great little stereo for the price
If you are looking for a small stereo with BIG sound, this is it! It does have its problems, so I'll list them first.

1. When you turn the unit on, it searches through ALL 5 trays to see what cd's are loaded. While it does take some time, which is a little annoying, it is loud when there is no other noise in the room! If you have this stereo in your bedroom, your other half may not appreciate the shuffling noise late at night when they are trying to sleep!

2. When you are in the shuffle mode, you can not hit the left arrow to go back and replay the last song. No big deal, just have to learn that's the way it is.

3. The color of the speakers! I would have prefered Black, Dark Wood Grain, Cherry, or something else.....The pale-blonde-looking speakers are just corny, especially with the funky grills. Why couldn't Philips cover the entire front of the speaker with the grills like just about any other speaker I have ever seen?


4. Unlike my expensive Pioneer Home Theater System, when you plug your headphones in, you can still select bewteen all the available audio modes. Why is this bad? Because it is easy to kill your hearing, this thing rocks!

Ok, now for the good points.

1. This thing rocks! It puts out some really strong tunes with such puny speakers. Yes, it isn't a Bose, but it also costs FAR less than anything else for the sound quality it delivers.

2. No Bass/Treble controls needed. There are plenty of preset equalizers and sound modes available that any type of music will sound great. I have everything from Folk, to Country, to Classical, to Jazz, to Rock, etc.... on MP3's and they all sound great!

3. This unit will actually display the MP3 information correctly, so you will know the track # on the CD, the group/band, and the name of the song. You can also re-display this info at anytime, not all units will allow you to do this.

4. See number 4 above. Just watch the volume when you're wearing headphones. It's easy to over-do your ears with this baby!

I liked this thing so much I bought a second one! ... Read more


2. Rio Carbon 5 GB MP3 Player
by Rio
list price: $199.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002UB2P0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Rio
Sales Rank: 154
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Rio Carbon 5GB Player is super thin with super big memory so you can listen to tons of tunes without worrying about bulk. Easily sliding into any pocket, the player is capable of holding up to 80 hours of MP3 (160 hours WMA) music and features a battery that lasts up to 20 hours on a single charge. The Rio Carbon also features USB 2.0; voice recording; compatibility with both the PC and Mac platforms; 64MB RAM; 35MB available hard drive space; USB port and CD-ROM drive. Includes carrying case, high-quality earbuds, power adapter, USB cable, installation disk and Quick Start guide. Available storage capacity may vary. Made in USA. 2-1/2Wx3-1/3Hx3/5D". ... Read more

Features

  • Rechargeable battery offers up to 20 hours of battery life on a single charge
  • USB 2.0 for faster downloads; built-in microphone for voice recording
  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, XP and MAC OS X v10.2 or later
  • 5 GB storage capacity holds up to2500 songs, 80 hours of MP3 , or 160 hours WMA
  • Plays MP3, WMA, and Audible audio formats

Reviews (118)

1-0 out of 5 stars Oh, where to start....
I received the Rio Carbon as a Christmas gift from my parents. From the moment after I had spent thirty minutes maneuvering my way through the insane, theft-proof plastic bubble to retrieve my Carbon, I loved it. The Carbon is really a very beautiful gadget. Though, as I would come to learn six months later, you forget beauty very quickly when your mp3 player passes away to the next realm (mp3-player heaven...? DO mp3 players go to heaven...?).

Don't get me wrong, for the six months that my Carbon worked, it really did do me proud. Besides the fact that none of my headphones were compatible with it (apparently, if headphones have a metal ring at the base, they produce this ear-splitting static and make it impossible to listen to music). And the fact that the battery life didn't exceed more than an estimated 10 hours (even when I wasn't blasting it - which leads me to mention that the volume really doesn't go that high, even when you turn up every setting in the custom equalizer). And the fact that all you had to do was LOOK AT IT and it would scratch. And the power adapter/charger? Yeah, it exploded in about four months. Yet even with the previous complaints, I still enjoyed the look, the sound quality, and the overall performance of the Carbon.

Six months later: I placed my Carbon in a cushioned area of my purse, which doesn't contain any sharp, pointy, or otherwise harmless objects. When I went to retrieve it again, the jog wheel was broken! How that happened is beyond me. In any event, my dad decided to call the customer service. They wanted $140 to fix it. Do yourself a favor and go to eBay. You can get a BRAND NEW Carbon on there for $140. But you know what? I wouldn't, because I refuse to spend that kind of money on something that's going to break six months later. In any event, Dad took it apart and glued the wheel back on (WARNING: DON'T TAKE IT APART UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE DOING, OR IT WILL BREAK). After not only gluing the wheel back on, but piecing the entire thing back together, I used it for two weeks before the wheel came off again, and my poor Carbon completely died.

I did not, IN ANY WAY, abuse this product the way I have seen other people abuse theirs. Seriously, I dropped it maybe TWICE in the entire time I used it. The only thing I'm guilty of is blasting my music, something characteristic of my age group and something that shouldn't cause the mp3 player to completely meltdown.

So I give this product one star. What's the use of slapping some shiny gold paint on a rock? Underneath the pretty exterior, it's still only a rock, and I don't think I'll give the Carbon even that much credit. Please, PLEEAAASE, DON'T BUY THIS!!! Think of it this way: I went through the pain of it so YOU wouldn't have to go through it. Redirect your search to the Creative Zen Touch, it looks like a much better product.

1-0 out of 5 stars Quality Control Issues With RIO PRODUCTS
There is a history of Rio's that fail right after the short 90 day warranty period.

The Carbon is no exception.

I've gotten the dreaded 'Upgrader' Error Message and the unit will not work without the charger attached to the USB Port on the unit.

I've tried everything, including updating firware apprx. 5 times with no success.

Stick with Creative or Apple products. Their quality control is much better.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good with WMP 10
Most of my songs are high bitrate WMAs of beethoven, mozart, and mendelssohn (terrific concerti, by the way!) - which makes Ipods a bad option.This Rio Carbon comes with Rio software, but it's not necessary as it's Mass Storage compliant (you can even use it with Linux if you want!)On the PC, Windows Media Player 10 (free download) lets me synchronize the library, transcoding everything down to 96 or 128kbps WMA, even modifying the ID3 tags as you go. Sound quality is (very) good.Okay, I hear people trash about Windows Media format, but reality is it's as good as OGG at sensical (low) bitrates, the encoder is free from microsoft, Pocket PCs all over can play it nicely, and even Linux machines can play it with Xine, so I'm gonna stick with the format.)

(Edit: WMP10 wouldn't allow transcoding to 96kbps, feasible choices are just 64kbps or 128kbps.Rats.I guess 128 it is.)

Some niggles:
- I agree with Erika Moore's review: the 20-hr battery life is for stupid 128kbps MP3 at soft volume.With my kind of files, i'd say 10 hours is about right -- which is still pretty good.
- During playback there's a gap between songs, but it's only about 1/3 of a second of a gap.Furthermore, it seems like sometimes (most of the time?) the first 0.2 second of the song is cut off.This isn't a big deal for Brittany Spears, but it's annoying for continuous tracks like between the third and final movements of Beethoven's 5th Symphony.
- Star ratings aren't transferred from WMP10 to the player, and the auto-playlists aren't there either (i.e. you can't play your most favorite songs unless if you create a playlist manually).I think the Auto-playlists are WMP10's most useful feature, letting you play your favorite songs during the daytime, nighttime, weekend, etc.
- I can't figured out how to create playlists for the Carbon through WMP10.I had to use the Rio software for this (ugh).
- The headphones included are garbage.I have a $9 Philips earbuds I got from Rite-Aid that sounds a lot better.Do yourself a favor and spend $20-30 on a Sony or a Sennheiser.Don't waste your money on the premium 'phones; remember diminishing marginal returns (just my suggestion, YMMV).

I also wish it had an AM/FM radio (so I can tune to the Phillies games), but nobody does AM radio anymore so I understand.Creative Zen Micro has an FM radio, which is halfway there.If that thing had any battery life and MSC compliant, I probably would've gotten that over the Rio.

4-0 out of 5 stars Problem with Battery Life
I've had the player for about a month, and it has worked very well thus far.I have about 650 mp3s on it, usually ripped at 128 kbps but sometimes at 192, and it is slightly more than half full.I estimate I will be able to get about 1100 or 1150 on there.I have experienced very little skipping, but I have had a problem with battery life.I can only get 8-10 hours out of the thing.I always charge it fully when it needs charging and I don't leave it on.I went to the Rio website, and found out something they mostly hide from prospective buyers - the 20 hour guaranteed battery life is playing tracks at 128 kbps at 15 volume.15 is only half volume, and is not nearly loud enough to hear your music outside.I usually play my music at 25-28 volume.This is certainly part of my battery life problem - so consumers beware that the 20 hour battery life is not completely accurate.I've been very happy with the other aspects of the player, though - and would recommend it to the average listener.

3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Customer Support
While the unit may play MP3 songs without any major problems, for anyone considering using it to play audiobooks, I would look elsewhere. The unit randomly freezes at the end of an audiobook and must be reset with a paper clip (I keep one in my pocket at all times now)to continue working. Sometimes that doesn't even work and must be reconnected to a computer to delete the audiobook before the unit will begin to operate again. Trying to get customer support to recognize the problem and provide a solution is a waste of time. They are more concerned with selling a product than supporting it. Last email indicated that a supervisor would contact me, and that was over 2 weeks ago. Haven't heard anything since. Total lack of customer concern. ... Read more


3. 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


4. Philips/Nike 256 MB Solid State MP3 Player
by Philips Consumer Electronics
list price: $299.99
our price: $208.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0003NGSQY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips Consumer Electronics
Sales Rank: 2519
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The MP3RUN combines music and monitoring to allow athletes to track their progress over time.Using a wireless speed and distance sensor, data is stored on the player and later automatically uploaded to the nikerunning.com training log.Designed with athlete insights and technology innovations features audible feedback lets you hear time, distance and pace during your workout on-demand, a state-of-the-art illumination technology strobe light that enhances the users visibility in low light conditions.Featuring 125 songs of skip-free audio, and a FM radio with 10 station presets onboard, you'll never run out of new music to inspire your daily workouts.Nike + Philips introduces the first skip-free Wearable Sport Audio player to combine music, and wireless sensing to help fitness consumers reach their personal best through the motivation of music. ... Read more

Features

  • Ear clip headphones
  • MP3, solid state
  • Self Improvement
  • 256 MB Memory
  • Armband/waistband remote

Reviews (8)

2-0 out of 5 stars Glorified radio.
How confusing. That's all I will say about this gadget. I always thought I was good at figuring things out. I help my boyfriend with his phone and blackberry, I know my way around computers. Yet this gadget has only caused me grief. It was a gift from said boyfriend, and boy do I wish I could take it back! The good thing about it? Um....well...the radio? The one he bought for his daughter was much cheaper and MUCH easier to use. I have always been a firm believer in "you get what you pay for" and I never try to cheat myself when it comes to technology. But I think this time, I may go for cheaper. None of the MP3s I have on my computer will work but it works on hers, so I don't believe it to be a file problem. Only buy this product if a person asks for it specifically or you want it yourself for the fancy running feature.

4-0 out of 5 stars A True Runner's MP3 Player
I don't know what product the first two reviewers were using or how tech-savvy they were, but I am more inclined to agree with the other two. The Philips/Nike MP3Run is a solid performer that successfully integrates an MP3 player with an onboard electronic coach to help you with your workouts. As a distance runner who loves to have tunes to train to on long workouts, I found this product hits the spot.

I first read about it while stationed as a soldier in Iraq and bought it a few days ago on this site after being home a week. I set it up in two hours last night, calibrated it on a track this morning, and ran my first workout it with it this morning. It was wonderful to hear my favorite tunes, occasionally paused by a lady's voice through the headphones who gives your distance, time, and pace on each mile (or on-demand at the press of the feedback button). Wow! That's impressive. When I got done, I not only had a great workout to some entertaining tunes, but I found out the true distance of my usual Saturday morning circuit that I've been running for four years. Truly impressive device! I RECOMMEND IT FOR SERIOUS RUNNERS!

Set-up: MP3Run comes wih a foldout setup card, that if followed, step-by-step, makes the installation and setup a breeze. One small complaint on setup - the arm band. No instructions were given, so I included a user uploaded picture for you. The two velcro ends don't attach to each other, but rather fold back on the ends around the rubber container loops.

SDM and Calibration: Worked flawlessly and was spot-on accurate. When I hit 440 yards on the track, the calibration distance read exactly 440 yards. So, the shoe pod (called the SDM) and the unit synch well together.

Player: Easy to use, menus are intuitive with mostly left and right button pushing. One small improvement would be having the selected screen stay on a little bit longer rather than flicking back to Music Mode after 5-7 seconds. Otherwise, I don't see why the others were complaing. Believe me, there are players out there that are nightmares usage-wise when compared to the MP3Run.

DMM Software: Easy to use and almost too simple. A bit limited, but works well. Once again, I don't know why the complaints. I had my songs loaded very quickly. And, BONUS, it can play WMAs, which are much smaller than the IPOD's AACs. I bought an IPOD Shuffle this past week too. I like it, but I prefer working out with the MP3Run. So, my user tip, convert your MP3s to 112-128 kbps WMAs and you'll have lots of room for songs on your player, enough to easily run a marathon with. And the MP3 will "shuffle" your playlist like the IPOD Shuffle does.

Headphones: I like the swing-around arms that hold the ear buds in place, but the buds themselves are HUGE. I'd get a different set of earphones. I like my Sony phones, because they have a volume control wheel right below your neck, which reduces the amount of reaching across your body to the unit for volume control.

Price: Like I said, I bought the MP3Run and the IPOD Shuffle (1 GB version) and the Run was only $10 more than the Shuffle. So, why people were complaining about the price is beyond me. Good value for the money!

NOTE: See my photos of the SDM, arm band, and workout display. Have fun and enjoy MP3-Running.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't do it!
I read the mixed reviews before making my purchase in January 2005, but it sounded like such a great device I took the chance. DON'T. Unfortunately life was busy and I let the return date pass before I ever moved MP3s over to the device. As soon as I did the device never worked again when off of the power charger!
I returned the device to Philips in March, today it is May 12th and was put on hold forever waiting to find out why they still have not returned my device to me. Then told they would have to call me back from the Status Desk but there was no direct number to that desk, So if they don't call me back I have to call the person I just got off the phone with back and have him ask the status desk to call me? WHAT????
So my brand new device had to be sent back and I am probably going to get stuck with some beaten up refurbished device. When you pay almost $300 for a device it should be of high quality not NO quality.
More importantly I purchased a device in January and it is MAY and I have not run with it once yet.

2-0 out of 5 stars not recommended
I unfortunately bought this thing and have come to hate it.The buttons are mediocre and not easy to press.Whenever you do anything, like scroll through the menu or try to change radio stations, the menu/ backdrop are slow and the interface is stupid... for some reason, they decided to add in goofy little details to the user interface, such as making whatever choice you have selected "bold" and flash around like a little video game.This just slows the interface down and makes it hard/ annoying to scroll through the menu or change the station.The end result: every time I have to adjust this thing, it is slow and annoying.Moreover, the rest of it is mediocre at best... the entire thing is just lackluster.This thing is not a good seller and never will be... that is a good verification of what I am saying.I regret getting rid of my old (although it was quite junked after four years of use) Creative Labs Nomad (just the old basic model).It was fast to get through the menu, easy to adjust, small, and came with a belt clip, which is great for jogging or running.I am not a fan of the armband attachments and would not recommend them.The Phillips/ Nike has a belt band, but it is also stupid... rather than just a clip, it is a complete elastic belt.Overall: average/ poor product all around, do not buy.Take it back to the drawing board, Nike/ Phillips.

5-0 out of 5 stars The absolute best mp3 player for runners!!!!
I got the mp3run in December, and it has been so great and easy to work with. Although initially it was hard to get set up, it is much easier now that I know how to work it. I believe the software is quite nice (I agree with others, however, that it is difficut to set up. I got this player because I had been looking for one for a while, and I was afraid about breaking an expensive iPod. When I came across this player, and saw it was designed for running, I immediately bought it. The pedometer is amazingly accurate, and it perfect for runners. The quality of music is also very nice, and so is the 'strobe light' feature for running at night. The armband is very comfortable to run with; you can barely notice it when it is on. I really enjoy the feature which you can touch one button, and a voice will tell you what distance you've run, for how long you've run, and what speed you are running. Although this is a bit expensive (especially for only 256Mb), I believe it is worth every penny. Ever since I've bought the Mp3run, I can't run without it. It's absolutely the best solution for athletes (especially runners), and I would definitely reccommend this to everyone. ... Read more


5. 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


6. RCA Lyra Audio/Video 20 GB Jukebox
by RCA
list price: $479.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00008VFCU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: RCA
Sales Rank: 5993
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

This portable lightweight RCA Lyra Audio/Video 20GB Jukebox does more than play music, it also handles computer files like word processing, presentation, spreadsheets and JPEGS. Features: 20GB hard drive; MP3pro ready; USB 2.0 connection; MusicMatch music management software; headphones; USB cable; AC/DC adapter; carrying pouch; car kit; audio line-out cable; stereo headphone jack; mini USB jack; stereo line-out and line-out jacks; external DC power jack; composite video in/out; 6 Play modes; 4 DSP modes; hold function; track search; digital volume control; MP3, Windows Media Audio and AAC compatibility; 3.5" backlit adjustable LED display; battery level indicator; software upgradeable; compact Flash (type 1) slot; zoom and rotate functions; and slide show mode with MP3 playback. Available storage capacity may vary. ... Read more

Features

  • Comes with MusicMatch personal music management software
  • Uses USB interface to connect to you computer
  • 20 GB hard drive and digital multimedia player
  • Plays MP3 formatted audio and is MP3pro ready
  • Stores any file type, including word processing documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and more

Reviews (118)

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent
This jukebox isn't too bad. It works as a harddrive, in fact, the storage on this device is actually a labtop hard drive. It uses music match, which isn't too bad. You can also just drag music/video/pictures onto the system. The screen is pretty nice. Pictures and video come out pretty clear, although it only plays mpeg video files.

It records from the tv also. This is a really neat feature.

What i hate about this item is the battery. I would say it lasts about 90 minutes of continuous play for music. For video, its much less. However, if you turn it on or off, it cuts down the battery time by about half. I wouldn't reccommend this simply for its battery life. Its horrible.

The menu is also slow, and can be hard to navigate. You cannot navigate through the menu while listening to music, which is highly annoying.

When recording video, the audio and video is not always synchronized. RCA def. needs to fix this.

Overall, i would not reccommend this device, not until RCA releases new firmware.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy a Lyra AV Jukebox - it is a piece of junk
I reviewed my Lyra on this site a year ago after buying it.It has good functionality and was quite good at storing photos, the principal reason why I purchased it.However, during that year, I found much not to like about this product.It has a short battery life, only fair sound, is rather large and many of the small buttons, particularly the volume control, are hard to accurately press.None of these problems are that bad but what is bad about the Lyra is its unreliability.It has a flaky operating system and froze up repeatedly during the year that it worked.At times, it would not accept a download from a compact flash card until it was reset.One brand of compact flash card crashed the Lyra everytime I tried to use it.When I bought a new camera with an xD card, I purchased a CF adapter to download photos to the Lyra.Bad idea as this arrangement only worked 1 out of 10 times and on the other occasions also crashed the Lyra.Finally, after 13 months, my Lyra developed the well-known "USB Transfer Mode" failure where it stays in transfer mode and will no longer boot.RCA will exchange it for $100.Forget it, I have no desire to start over again with another Lyra that is certain to give me trouble and fail prematurely.I finaly did what I should have done originally: I bought an IPod photo and I am extremely happy with it.

1-0 out of 5 stars A total waste of time
I bought this item to 1- use it to store my music library, 2- watch and record my favorite tv show, 3- store data on the go.

The "thing" failed on all the above!

-The music interface is slow and hard to manage.
-When playing mpeg4 movies, the sound is out of synch with the image.
-the data transfer takes HOURS!!!!

Don't even start me on the battery life.....

Just don't buy it.

1-0 out of 5 stars RCA Support I Abominable
2 Lyras broke at the same time. RCA support required me to send them back at my own expense for replacements promised back to me 10 days from the day RCA received them.After 27 days from the day they received them, I decided to call for the status.They said they were backordered with no delivery date in site.I requested my money back.They said the could not start a request until exactly 30 days have elapsed.They said IF a refund was approved it would take 8 to 10 weeks to process the check.
Now I'm out $280 including tax and shipping without even having the units in hand for paperweights or skeet targets.
Also tech supoprt said it supports 1 gig sd cards but aftger testing many brands and sizes I found it only supports 256k cards.
DONT BUY RCA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Learn it and Love it
Yes, It is bit complicated to learn to use at first- But the time spent learning how to work it is well worth it. I wanted something I could record TV shows "on the fly" without using a computer, as well as my music files and this does it dandy! As for looks, it has a look and feel of quality- real chrome trim sets off an overall classic good looking design making it appear to be something in a far more expensive class. The price is great, and for what you get I would choose this over an Ipod any day. Connecting to my 3 computers went fine on Win98, Win ME, and Win XP Pro. ... Read more


7. 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


8. Creative Labs Nomad Muvo MP3 Player
by Creative Labs

Asin: B0001F0VLC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (237)

1-0 out of 5 stars HERE'S WHAT YOUR BUYING!
YOUR BUYING 128 MB WORTH OF FRUSTRATION AND $10 WORTH OF GAS FROM BACK AND FORTH TO WAL-MART.

I bought my Creative MuVo and had it for a month or so. LOVED IT. had everything i needed, great mp3 worked great. One day, plugged it in to put a song on it and all of the sudden it starts smoking. Big hole in it from all the smoke. So, i return it at walmart for a new one. TWO DAYS LATER i plug it in my usb to put a song on it - smokes again!!!!!!! i returned it and got my money back... got an ipod shuffle, buy that much better mp3 player wont start on fire...

4-0 out of 5 stars Really Nice To Have
This has been working great for me. The headphones aren't the best so it sounds a whole lot better with good ones. Once the USB stick has been formatted on a Windows machine, files (audio or other) are easily transferred using a Mac in OSX. Having the removable USB stick to transfer files between computers is a huge bonus.

4-0 out of 5 stars Awww...c'mon...alive and still kicking
I received this device as a Christmas present last year.It was my first and I didn't have a clue about MP3.I have not had a problem with this device at all.<br /> <br /> Things I liked:<br /> <br /> Easy to understand.I downloaded through Window Media-never an issue.<br /> <br /> Small and durable.I have dropped this device a million times.<br /> <br /> Great sound-----if you use other headphones than provided.<br /> <br /> Only took a AA battery.<br /> <br /> Things I wished would happen: <br /> <br /> better headphones<br /> a display<br /> ability to change the order of songs in transfer<br /> <br /> Otherwise, I have had no issues. I will be purchasing this item for my 14 year old daughter.

5-0 out of 5 stars How to get it working again!
True, this little guy freezes from time to time when you forget to dismount it properly (NOT creatives fault!). It's pretty easy to reformat if you people who say it's 'broken' used LINUX and not windows! Simple as that guys - no need to bother with with wasting your money on repair costs. Unbelievable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just what you need, but not much more than that.
It doesnt have a display, which was my only concern. Once I got it though, I found that I could careless. Im to busy listening to music and forwarding and rewinding tracks are just a button push away.
Synch went great with windows media player 10 (xpsp2 also installed).
No problems what so ever, I went from taking it out of the package to walking out my door listening to music within about 20-30 minutes. MOst that time was spent realizing I had to "synch" not burn onto the Nomad.(im a goof).
I used it all night and worked great. Only draw back that the earbuds wont stay in my ears.
Could be just me but I ordered some new headphones anyway so not a problem for me.
Bottome line, if what you want is a dependable MP3 player to strap on and listen to music, this player does just that without breaking your bank account. ... Read more


9. 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


10. 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


11. Archos AV320 Video and MP3 Jukebox Recorder
by Archos, Inc.
list price: $599.99
(price subject to change: see help)
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


12. Nike 256 MB MP3 Player with Upgradeable Memory
by Philips Consumer Electronics
list price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
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


13. Nike Sport ACT300 Audio MP3-CD Player PSA
by Nike Sport
list price: $189.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009QSDR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Nike Sport
Sales Rank: 36107
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Athletes don't just listen to music. They use it. Introducing Portable Sport Audio by Nike and Philips, the worldwide leaders in sport and technology. This mp3-cd player is specially designed for runners and riders. It's wearable, durable, features remote with display, hand/belt strap, plays small-format CD-R disks burned with mp3 files and features 8 minutes of shock protection. At last, Portable Sport Audio: after years of listening to athletes, they finally get to listen to us. ... Read more

Features

  • Dynamic bass boost selectable
  • Plays small format [8cm] CDs and CDs containing MP3 files, for up to 3 hours of music per disc
  • Electronic skip protection [480 seconds for MP3-CD] [200 seconds with audio CD]
  • High resolution LCD screen
  • 8 hour battery life using 2 AAA

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best sound quality/durability of any portable I've owned
The Nike Sport ACT300 is built by Philips for Nike. I've found this a pretty tough and excellent sounding portable. So tough I brought it to Iraq with me and used it throughout my year-long stay there.

Drawbacks? There are a few. The battery life is terrible and the lack of AM/FM is something that I wish would be remedied. The absolute worst drawback is the difficulty in placing and extracting the AA batteries. Terrible, especially considering the thought put into the rest of the design.

On the positive side sound quality is excellent for a portable cd player, the anti-skip works well and it gives the user several options such as repeat and shuffle. The Nike's build quality is also of a much higher standard then even most "sports walkman" players.

I highly recommend the Nike ATC300.

3-0 out of 5 stars A better option than the Act400
Smaller and less noisy than the Act400. I managed to trade my Act400 for this for the weekend to try out, and found it much better for sporting activity.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great - but a few setbacks
B"H

ok - listen up - this piece it great - it is really small and the sound is perfect it also has amazing antiskip.

pros:
small size
anti skip
remote
id3 tag
case

cons: (this is the setbacks)
battery life STINKS!!!!!!!
the LCD is not backlit
remote doesn't have id3 tag
the price

basically this is a great piece - if you care about the size.

i suggest you get the gamecube CD carrying case - it is a perfect match.

enjoy - but think about it

Moshiach Now! ... Read more


14. iAudio M3 20 GB Digital Music Player
by JetAudio, Inc.
list price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
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


15. SoniqCast Aireo - Radio / digital player - HD 1.5 GB - WMA, MP3
by SoniqCast

Asin: B00026GEXO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: SoniqCast
Sales Rank: 19254
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Your music, your way! Advanced features found only on Aireo are now at your fingertips. Aireo now provides access to your music through Wi- Fi (wireless) technology. Aireo's hard drive will store more than 300 4- minute songs for you that can be refreshed when you wish through wireless synchronization. Aireo's other notable features include a built-in FM transmitter for wireless broadcasting of music over home or car stereo systems and two headphone outputs for multiple-party private listening. ... Read more

Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Item!The BEST way to hear Audible content!
I love my Aireo!!I can download books from my Audible account anywhere I can connect to a wireless connection.No longer do I need to download my books to my PC - what a memory saver!

The FM transmitter is awesome.This is the first time I have experienced an audio player transmitter that can use any FM frequency available.Since my commute is so long, I need to change frequencies about 1/2 way home (or to work) because of the available stations in the area, and it is easy to find and set the frequency using the preferences menu.Also, I can adjust the transmission level, which is so helpful with different types of audio and different receivers!

I did not give the item 5 stars only because I know that the smaller, but greater memory Aireo2 is coming next year, and I have some suggestions to improve the Aireo (these suggestions may be incorporated in the Aireo2 - I don't know).

First, I would like the unit to be smaller.It is almost the size of my pocket PC, but thicker.A smaller unit would better fit in my purse or pocket.

I would also like a larger buffer.It seems the hard drive is always rotating, so the back of the unit gets warm. This is not a problem, just a nuisance.

I would like to be able to load single MP3 files instead of playlists.Maybe I can do this but I don't know how yet?

I would also like to load books directly from Audible Manager and load music directly from Musicmatch instead of using Soniqsync.This is a preference, and not a problem with the software.It would just be easier to load a single or a playlist from the same software that created it.

Great job, Soniqcast!I love the features and performance!

5-0 out of 5 stars Exceeded All Expectations...
I bought this unit out of frustration with my inability to listen to Audible.com's content in my car.I toyed with buying a mini Ipod but I am sooo glad I bought this unit instead...here's why:Imagine sitting in your car in the garage of your home, about to leave for work, and deciding to "download" your newest Audible content (e.g. that day's New York Times) though your home WIFI network into the unit before driving off....imagine a FM transmitter that actually works and broadcasts a crystal clear signal to your car's stereo (even overriding conflicting weak stations)....

It's true, this thing will connect directly to Audible.com through your WIFI network (or any available WIFI connection) without any computer involved and without any cables.The connection with Audible - even with a cable - is different than most other Audible players (hint - you don't use Audible software), so please be sure to read the directions, those who don't will be very frustrated (applies also to the WIFI connectivity options).

A "must-have" for all Audible.com audiophiles....but if you're just looking for an MP3 player, this unit would still serve you well but you should also look at competing players...

5-0 out of 5 stars Great toy and cuts the wires
Love this thing, with one exception.I bought it to play Audible.com books, based on it being listed in audible's compatible player list.Nope.Audible doesn't support all the players on their list.There seem to be ways to get around this, but audible isn't working on it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cut the cords
I started trying to find one of these from the moment I read about them. Being from a Minnesota company, I was even more interested. The device promised to address a couple of key things for me. The wifi link would allow me to put new music on without worrying about leaving an adapter at home or at the office, and the built in FM transmitter meant that I wouldn't need an extra gadget to use it through my car stereo.

I won't bore you with the hassle of trying to buy it at the "national electronics retailer" who had the initial exclusive on distribution, but I finally did get one. It has basically met all of my expectations. I have a couple of minor quibbles about the firmware, but they have been releasing some patches to it quite quickly, all seeming to tweak the usability, so I imagine these quibbles may be all gone by the time you are reading this.

Battery life seems OK, but it's tough to get a precise sense of it. I use it both in the car through the radio (the ability to have it use any FM frequency plus the ability to find the most "open" frequency is great!!) and with headphones while working, and I don't think I've had it down past the halfway point for power.

If I have any complaint, I guess it would be that the included case isn't so great. I would have preferred a clear/flexible plastic front over the display and controls. Then I could more easily use it while gardening while keep it protected.

An additional aesthetic consideration. A couple of friends who have seen it don't like the look of it so much. I agree that it could probably be better in some ways, however, it looks great in a car with a brushed-metal dashboard.

5-0 out of 5 stars At the price, it just can't be beat...
I'll keep it short and simple.Small player, somewhat small drive, LOTS of extra features.Syncing over Wifi is cool.SoniqSync app refreshes 'mixes' on the device on scheduled updates (i.e., overnight).Decent FM tuner, digital scanning.Decent headphones.FM broadcasting built-in, full range of the dial, auto-scans open frequency.With the new price, if you're a gadget freak, you should have one of these. ... Read more


16. 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


17. 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


18. Panasonic Sv-SW30S Silver Digital Audio Player 256mb
by Panasonic
list price: $189.99
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Asin: B000255IAU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 32656
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The SV-SW30 is water-resistant and designed to deliver outstanding audio entertainment in tough, outdoor conditions. It is rugged enough to withstand shock and vibration, yet easy to use. If your life is action packed, pack a player that's built for action!Listen to all your favorite FM radio stations on the SV-SW30 in addition to your MP3 and WMA tunes. You can even program up to 20 stations into the player's preset memory for easy access while you're on the move.At less than 3" tall, the SV-SW30 Digital Audio Player can be conveniently worn on your arm or clipped to a belt. This ultra-compact player can store about 8 CDs worth of MP3 files (128kbps) or about 11 CDs worth of WMA files (96kbps) on the 256MB of built-in memory. You can also store a variety of data files on the SV-SW30, since your computer recognizes it as an external drive. All it takes is just one AAA battery for you to enjoy up to 9 hours of music playback on the SV-SW30. Great for long trips or vigorous workouts. Just don't hurt yourself trying to outlast that little AAA battery.Find out what you need to know about the music in your SHOCKWAVE Digital Audio Player in just one glance. The large LCD can display mode, track number, elapsed time, battery and more. You can also see the artist and title of the MP3 song currently playing in the SV-SW30 thanks to ID3 Tagging.Just connect the SV-SW30 to a compatible PC with the included USB cable and the player will be recognized as a separate drive. Then drag your songs from the PC to the Player and you are set to go. Easy, fast, and convenient. No software required for use with Windows 2000 or later. ... Read more

Features

  • 256MB Memory
  • MP3/WMA Multi-Format File Handling
  • Ultra Compact Design
  • 4 Lines Easy To Read LCD
  • 10HRs Playback

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars WORST player ever!!!
this outdated player may look great with its OUTDATED features, but I am warning you that it's not as great as it looks.
multi file format-->It's been featured on Iriver and even iPods years and years ago.
storage???-->256mb, that's not enough. These days, flash memory based mp3 players come up with at least 512Mb of memory to 2Gb of memory.
10hr battery???--> even iPod, which is a hard drive mp3 player, tops that. iriver's battery lasts 40hours.
small???--->compared to iAudio or samsung yepp items, this isn't even near "small".
water resistant-->I have to admit. this is the only original idea that panasonic has brought up with. but a lot of better players come with water resistant kits that allows you to take the player when you are diving.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best flash player for exercise
Shopping for an MP3 player is truly a daunting challenge. There are hundreds of brands and models to consider, each with countless features and capacities. The really bad part is that most of the time you can't really handle or operate them before your purchase. And given the large capacities, limited display and controls, how the thing really operates is of utmost importance, at least to me.

The choices get easier if you can be honest about how you're actually going to use your player. If you're the kind of techno-wannabe jackass 'early adopter' who thinks its just too hip to walk around downtown with a pair of white iPod earbuds hanging off your empty head, you probably don't normally spend a lot of time carefully considering your purchases and thus, this kind of question is not for you. For me the clear answer was, 'while exercising', so a more reliable, no moving parts, flash based player was the inevitable choice. It wasn't easy to accept though, the incredible size of the hard drive based players at only a minimal additional cost was tantalizing. I drooled over the thought of ripping my hundreds of CDs and carrying my entire music collection in my pocket. For instance, while I consider the iPods too expensive, not to mention the lack of a replaceable battery, high capacity players such as the Creative Jukebox offer 30 GB and up starting at $200, that's only $20 more than my 256 MB Panasonic. Therefore unless running is on your agenda, I'd go with the disk based player.

Although there are 512 MB flash players available, Panasonic didn't make one, and none of the others had the right mix of features I was looking for. So I decided this was enough space. At 128-bits I can fit about 6-8 albums on the player, which is pretty darn good.

In general I'm not much of a brand snob. However, when it comes to consumer electronics, I am a strong believer in Panasonic gear. I have a phone, VCR, two DVD players, TV, and CD discman that have all served me unusually well. Obviously you can't argue with the quality of Apple built iPods, but I keep coming back to the stupidity of the battery situation. Otherwise the field is wide open, everyone from Dell to Sony to companies you never heard of are making players. I personally started out at Panasonic, but then wasted a lot of time comparing others, only to end right back where I started. Many of the other players I looked at had many complaints about battery door covers that break off, headphone jacks that failed, and buttons that broke off. I just didn't feel like taking a chance on quality at this price.

So here are the final features that made the ultimate decision for me:

* Removable Battery: this is a serious problem in my view with the iPods and other disk based players from the likes of Dell. It just shows how insane Mac zealots are that have bought the iPod that the inability to change the battery for no good reason was not a deterrent. That or the iPod is just that good, your call. Mine uses a single AAA battery, a NiMh rechargeable that cost $8 a pair. Its worth noting the Creative disk based players have removable Lithium Ion batteries which is a major bonus if such a player is on your list, but if your going flash, its really a non-issue.

* Waterproof: whether sweat or rain, a player used during exercise is bound to get wet, so a water resistant player like the Shockwave is a must for me. Its also has heavy duty shock resistant casing. Some feel the disk based players can stand up to running, but I just don't think so.

* FM Tuner: a no brainer to me, yet still absent from iPod, what gives? Digital tuner and 20 presets on mine, although setting them up was a bit confusing.

* Drag & Drop File Transfer: basically, you plug the player into your USB port and it shows up as a removable drive, you then copy files over using Explorer, I like this simplicity. Most other players require some software to accomplish this. Though this may be comforting to noobs, I just consider it a waste of my time and a hassle. Plus, if you're away from your home computer, you're screwed unless you carry around the installation software if you want to transfer files.

The players blue backlit 4 line display is nice and simple. I do wish it provided the ability to navigate subfolders, because as it is now you have to track forward and back though the entire contents of the memory, which can be a real chore if you're trying to get to song 98 out of 99. I can live with it though.

The player includes a set of wrap-around earphones which have excellent sound and are very comfortable, a USB cable, a plastic belt clip carrying case, and a really nice elastic adjustable arm band - by far the best I've seen on any player. I also bought some tiny earbuds for incognito use, and a pair of running buds with little support arms that grab your ears. They work ok, but slide out sometimes and allow too much wind noise. I think the regular wrap headphones included, while bulkier, both sound better and stay on your head more surely.

So that's about it, the Panasonic player gets my recommendation. No complaints so far. ... Read more


19. Samsung Yepp YH-999 20 GB Portable Media Center
by Samsung Electronics
list price: $499.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B000294HDU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Samsung Electronics
Sales Rank: 3749
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Samsung portable media center is a Windows Mobile-based portable device that makes it easy to store and play up to 80 hours of TV and movies, 5,000 songs and your most prized photos. Features MP3, WMA, WMV and JPEG playback; 3.5" TFT LCD screen; 20GB hard disk drive; USB 2.0 interface; and much more. System Requirements: Windows CP and up. Includes A/V-out cable, earphones, USB 2.0 cable and charger, install disk, carrying case and user manual. Available storage capacity may vary. Imported. 4-1/4Lx3-3/4Wx3/4D". ... Read more

Features

  • USB 2.0 compliant
  • Rechargeable li-ion battery
  • Stores up to 20 GB of audio and/or video, in MPEG4, MP3, JPEG, and Windows Media formats
  • 3.5 TFT LCD display
  • Connects to a TV through composite output port

Reviews (9)

1-0 out of 5 stars pretty useless
watching videos on the samsung yh 999 is below adverage because it doesn't play .avi files and videos that would play clear on my computer will lag sometimes on the yh999. if you bought your yh999 to view photos and play music,i recommend you try a 30gb ipod photo for a better experience and cheaper price tag.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Handy Portable TV, Photo and Music Player
I have used this now for over a month and I love it.It's stylish, easy to use and works well.I use it for music (I subscribe to an online music service) and I transfer TV shows to it (I have a media center PC) and watch them when I'm flying.Theoretically, you could rip your DVDs, transcode them to DivX and transfer them to this device and take them on the road or on vacation or whatever.This takes a bit of doing (you have to get the DVD Decrypter and Dr DivX programs), but if you do it this could hold about 20 movies.That'll keep the kids occupied for a while!And they could even watch the movies on the TV, not on the player, because the Yepp has normal TV outs just like a DVD player/VCR.I would definitely rather do this than buy for instance a Sony PSP and have to buy special discs that only work in the PSP...and then I guess have to buy a regular DVD to play it in my DVD player??How about no to that.

The Yepp is too big for jogging, and is bigger for instance than an iPod, but it's not ungainly.In fact I would say it's pretty sleek.I do carry it in my pocket from time to time and it's no big deal.One nice feature by the way is the kickstand on the back that allows you to set it up when you're travelling or something and watch it without holding it up.Also, if you're just playing music it actually is kind of cool to have the screen because it shows the album art so if you're at a desk doing work you can set it up and it's a little more fun than an iPod or a screenless mp3 player.

The only problem I have had with the Yepp is that while songs transfer easily from my PC, playlists, so far, have not.Bummer for me.I blame Real's dumb Rhapsody to Go service.It's very buggy.So I blame Real.I wish I could review that >:()

This thing works great.I love it.It's really user friendly.I recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT PRODUCT !!
I've tested and read about them all and the Samsung, overall is the best out there. The transferring of DVD movies and television can be a little difficult. For individuals that are somewhat computer savy, it should not be a major obstacle. I have downloaded everything on it. Pictures, movies, television and music. I transfered my whole CD collection which consists of 400 CD's and I have yet to fill up the memory space. If I had to pick a flaw about this media player, it would have to be to battery life which is a little limited. That;'s most due to it's small and sleek design. On the go, this player can fit right in your back pocket. A must get, you will not be disappointed!!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Look Sleek But Quality Is Very Poor
I would not touch this product. Look at Archos instead which is cheaper and has less issues. The technical support at Samsung was horrible. I would not recommend Samsung MP3 players for the general public. They make pretty good TV and Monitor displays but avoid other products.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Damn Good
I tihnk it's a great system, it's very sufficient, and is able to do a lot of formats, which ISN'T listed (For Example, AVI). AVI was supporting it, and I was shocked, it fit my anime onto it just fine. The only thing I don't like is the USB, and perhaps its a defect, but it barely works on my PC for some reason, it doesn't want to appear "Connected", on my laptop it's fine though. It's not the device, it's probably the cord, or something from the PC I gotta reinstall, not sure yet, but it's not the device, because it works excellently ... Read more


20. Creative Labs NOMAD MuVo NX 128 MB Flash Drive MP3 Player
by Creative Labs
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B0000AVF7X
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 17370
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Meet the newest MuVo! The MuVo NX is a tiny, ultra-light MP3 player, removable USB storage drive, and 8-hour voice recorder all-in-one. With its skip-free flash memory and included sports armband and case, the NOMAD MuVo NX is designed for flawless performance even during exercise and other rigorous activity. Simply attach the NOMAD MuVo NX to any PC with the built-in USB connector and drag-and-drop your music files between your PC storage and the NOMAD MuVo NX. Use the MuVo NX to carry documents, photos and any other data files between PCs at home, work or on the road (sure beats carrying around floppies...) The handy built-in mic allows the Muvo the be used as a convenient voice recorder for voice messages, notes and conversations. The high-resolution backlit LCD provides full track information (ID3 tags), access to custom settings and allows folder navigation with the convenient rocker button. ... Read more

Features

  • 128 MB of flash memory holds up to 4 hours WMA or 2 hours MP3 music when recorded at 64 kbps (WMA) or 128 kbps (MP3)
  • Works as a USB Flash Drive with any PC or Mac with USB 1.1 port, holds the equivalent of 176 floppies
  • Built-in microphone records up to 8 hours of high quality monaural voice recording
  • Connect to any Creative Speaker system with the M-PORT interface for instant music playback through your speakers
  • Compatible with Windows 98SE, 2000, Me, and XP

Reviews (25)

1-0 out of 5 stars Cash your paycheck and flush it
Take your friend out for beers before you waste your money on this thing. If you don't use it, it could last a very long time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent MP3 Player
I purchased a Creative MuVo 128 NX about six months ago.Since then it has seen moderate use (2-3 hours a week) and I have no complaints.You get just what it says: a truly tiny MP3 player that holds a couple hours worth of songs.Also, the player is so light that you won't notice it while running/walking.

Pros:
- tiny size and light weight
- decent battery life (approx. 9 hours per AAA)
- ease of use
- several play modes (shuffle, repeat, etc)
- voice recorder
- plugs directly into USB port for file transfer

Cons:
- 128 MB only holds a couple hours of songs
- no built-in FM tuner (available on other models)
- horrible provided headphones

Notes:
I have "outgrown" this player and upgraded to the MuVo 512 TX FM.You'll be suprised at how quickly 128 MB fills up.

4-0 out of 5 stars Small little MP3 playa
This is a great little gadget at a good price. Thumbdrives are replacing floppies and the fact this has that options is great.Just pop it in the USB port and bam, a new drive pops up on "my computer." The folder options is a plus but can be better. It only recognize up to one subfolder level. The size is incredibly small and yet they still managed to offer an LCD screen with the song title rollin. Unfortunately, my headphones were a waste, I never even listened with them because they were stuck together at an unbalance point. Or in other words they just cheap, so use some other headphones. I definately recommend this product.

2-0 out of 5 stars Fragile and bad sound
I bought this player a week ago, when I opened the box I was suprised for all the stuffes that comes with it...software, belt, two colors battery bases, etc.I plugged it in my portable and copied some music.The sound was not good enough ( if you compare this with the RCA Lyra's one for instance ) , I tried by setting the equalizer but it did not make big difference.Some time later it started to sound worse, one channel was unavailabled because I could barely hear the singers in the song. I thought in replace it with a new one, but I asked for my money back instead.It's a really weak player, it seems more like a memory stick than a real MP3 player.I love music, and a like listen it very loud with my headphones or my car stereo, and this "thumb-drive" doesn't work for that.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!!!
I love this product. I searched for a long time for a small MP3 player I could take to the gym with me. I read a ton of reviews and decided to take a chance with this one. I purchased this item 4 months ago and no complaints at all. I run and workout 5 times a week for 1-2 hours. The muvo 128 is perfect for this kind of use. I never hear the same song, the arm band is very comfortable, and the batteries last. I recomend this product to everyone who is interested in a reliable MP3 player. ... Read more


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