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1. Apple 30 GB iPod Photo M9829LL/A
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1. Apple 30 GB iPod Photo M9829LL/A
by Apple Computer
list price: $349.99
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Asin: B0007KX4TC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 2
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Picture this: an iPod that holds your entire photo collection along with all your music! Carry up to 25,000 digital pictures or up to 7,500 songs anywhere you go with the 30GB iPod photo. View and share your pictures easily on the high-resolution 2" color display. Synch your music and photos for music-accompanied slideshows, right on your iPod or on your TV. Improved battery life gives you up to 15 hours of music playback or 5 hours of photo slideshows with music. The included iTunes software (for Mac and PC) allows you to efficiently and creatively manage your digital photo and music collections, and makes it easy to add to your music collection via the Apple Music Store. Includes earbud headphones, AC adapter, USB 2.0 cable and Getting Started Guide. Compatible with both Macintosh and Windows computers. iPod photo for Mac requires a Macintosh with built-in FireWire or USB 2.0 port (USB 2.0 requires Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later) and Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later (Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later recommended). iPod photo for Windows requires a PC with built-in FireWire or USB 2.0 port or a Windows-certified FireWire or USB 2.0 card and Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) or Windows XP Home or Professional. Supports AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV audio formats. Supports BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, TIFF and SGI image formats for Mac. Supports BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG and TIFF image formats for Windows. Available storage capacity may vary. ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Mac OS X v10.2.8 or v10.3.4 or later; or Windows 2000 with SP4 and XP with SP2; FireWire and USB 2.0 interface for fastest digital transfer available
  • Comes with earbud headphones, AC adapter, and USB 2.0 cable
  • 30 GB model holds up to 7,500 songs; supports AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV
  • Holds 25,000 photos and displays them on a 2-inch diagonal 65,536-color LCD screen with LED backlight
  • Up to 15 hours battery life when fully charged (which typically takes 5 hours); fast-charge in as little as 3 hours

Reviews (31)

4-0 out of 5 stars GOOD BUT BE CAREFULL
I have no too much to say becouse my englush SUCKS, i have this baby since 1 week ago, it's just fine, nothing new, same as any other mp3 player, just more hard drive, and more size as well, I remember gozilla prewiew SOME TIMES SIZE DOES MATTERS,,this thing is extematelly big and heavy, hard to keep on you, forget about running with it,,, also, for those that have a computer with small hard drive, you better upgrade it to a biger capacity, you will need it, becouse when you upload your music to your computer from cds or from net and you put it on your ipod you will have to keep these music always on both devices,pc and ipod, if you delete any song on your computer, or make any change, it will affect your library on ipod as well,,so, if you are having 25gb of music on your ipod you need to have at least40 gb free space on your computer, it sucks to me, doesn't it,,, well, see you later, if some one finds that Im wrong or I am using this thint the way I don't supssed to be, let me know, I may need some orientation,,, thanks,, jose_ambriz@yahoo.com

5-0 out of 5 stars 20 GB v. 30? Go with 30
I bought a 20 GB iPod a couple months ago and i was very sad when it was stolen. But now i bought a better, color Photo iPod and im definitely happier. The screen, while the same size, is color, and for only 50 bucks u get 10 more gigs and acolor screen. It's practically the same size so its pretty much the same. Great Price Too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cool, simple and endearing
What do you say for one of the most popular products on the planet? You can't but fall in love with it.

I had bought a iPod mini thinking 4GB is all that I want to store my music. With a few hours, I had used up more than 30% of the space! I decided to exchange the mini for a 20 GB iPod ($299). At the store, I saw that you get an extra 10GB and photo-storing/viewing abilities for $50 extra. I don't regret that decision.

There are many credible reviews that compare the features of the flavors of the iPod and I am not going to do that here. This is my first impressions, much like 'Love at first sight'.

Most of us know the iPods to be a MP3 player. The iPod Photo variety isn't as much familiar or advertised. The color screen is extra sweet compared to the B&W regulars. You can transfer your digital photo images to the iPod Photo using the same iTunes software but setting some additional options - it is pretty straight forward. The photos appears delightful on the 2 inch screen. It is a great pleasure to carry around all your photos in your pocket. Next time I visit my grandmother, she can look at all the photos I have without having to use a computer.

The photos can be viewed as a slide show. As with the music, the photos can be displayed in a random order. Different transition effects while switching between photos makes the viewing interesting. Coolest thing is that you can connect the iPod to a TV using an optional Audio/video cable and play as background music one of your playlists.

The color screen makes a lot of difference when you use the other features of the iPod Photo - calendar, contacts, games, etc. With 30 GB space there is plenty to store music and photos and data. I wish all iPods were compatible with earlier versions of USB ports. It comes with earphones, a firewire to USB 2.0 connector and an adapter for charging. The product description gives you a thorough description of the accompanying parts, so I won't re-describe them.

Apart from the A/V cable, you will want to buy a sleeve for the iPod and preferably a scratch protectant for the screen as you will be using the iPod to view your photos quite a bit.

Music and photos to carry along wherever you go - yummy! Now what can we expect more from Apple? An iPod Photo that is a cell phone too and cool like nothing else but an Apple! Just Love it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ipod 30G Photo
I have a first generation Ipod, and decided it was time to upgrade.The ability to save photo's without a PC was key.
the Ipod ships with a USB cable.Now, I have friends using the USB cable with no problem, but, the ipod would not recognize for me (I use a Belkin USB/firewire card).It would recognize in another PC using Usb 1.1.In looking at Apple's discussion forums, I wasn't the only one with USB issues.I went to the Apple store, picked up a Firewire cable, and it worked like a champ.I wish Apple wouldn't even bundle a cable, and let the user pick up the cable they need.I now have a USB cable that is useless for me.Other than that, this thing ROCKS!

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm glad I waited.
I have wanted an iPod for a long time, and was planning on getting the 20gig B&W.Not that there's anything wrong withthe 20gig version, but for just a few dollars more, you can get the 30gig version.I have not put any pictures on the iPod, but its nice to know you have the capability of doing so.I apprecite the color screen, even if it is just for making the music slelection.The include iTunes software is pretty awesome.It took a little time to copy almost 300 CD's to my computer, but the iTunes interface between the computer and the iPod always updates the iPod with no hassles.I have used about 17gog, so, with the 30gig iPod, I will never have to worry about running out of space.The iPod is also very versatile.I hav an adaptor to play it through my boom box, and an adaptor to play it through my car's cassette player.It makes long drives very bearable.Finally, I like the way the iPod autmatically organizes all of your music, by artist, composer, genre, album, etc......The shuffle function, and the playlists are also great.This is one of my best purchases. ... Read more


2. Apple iPod mini Second Generation - 4GB
by Apple Computer

Asin: B00083XCUY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Apple iPod mini music player just got better, brighter and longer lasting. The Apple iPod mini can easily manage about 1,000 songs on 4GB of space. It features the Click Wheel-enhanced durability and sensitivity (complete with color coordinated icons), and uses little space, so you can scroll single-handedly. The iPod mini plays up to 18 hours of play on a single battery charge, which is more than twice than the last version. Plus, with up to 25 minutes of skip protection, you won't have to worry about missing a second of your music. You can also charge and sync the mini via one simple USB 2.0 connection. Using the included iTunes software you can easily manage your digital music collection. Organize your music by genre, artist, or album; or build your own dynamic playlists. Music and playlists transfer quickly and automatically from a Mac or PC to the iPod mini. The anodized aluminum case resists stains and scratches. Also includes a Text Notes function for reminders, 4 popular games for on the go, a sleep timer and calendars and to-do lists to stay organized. System Requirements: iPod for Mac requires a Macintosh with USB 2.0 or FireWire port and Mac OS X v10.2.8 or v10.3.4 or later. iPod for Windows requires a PC with FireWire or USB 2.0 port or a Windows-certified FireWire or USB 2.0 card and Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2. Supports AAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF, Audible and Apple Lossless audio formats. ... Read more

Features

  • Stores about 1,000 songs on 4GB
  • Play up to 18 hours of tunes on a single battery charge
  • Seamless integration with iTunes for Mac or Windows
  • Compact design, only 3-3/5Hx2Wx1/2D" and 3.6 oz.
  • Includes Earbud headphones, belt clip and USB 2.0 cable and iTunes software for PC and Macintosh computers

Reviews (86)

4-0 out of 5 stars As usual, Apple scores again
The iPod has been an extreme success over the past two years and it seems no matter what competition comes in, Apple is still going to win.

This is the second edition of the iPod mini. It still has the same, durable, and fashionable design, and the easy click wheel to navigate from music to the calendar to the games.

The battery life is up to 18 hours, which is excellent. Some other MP3 players won't even last 5 hours, which is pretty lame becuase you need (or as I'm agreed with) at least 5 hours of playback.

The sound quality is very decent. Not the best sound quality, but still has bass and clear treble to it.

The price has been lower to $199, but still, the price seems a bit overpriced...as most 4 GB MP3 players are lower priced.

Another big drawback is that the AC adapter and the FireWire cable is unincluded. THis means you need to pay an extra $50 for these needed accessories. Also, the iPod Mini can ONLY be used with iTunes, though, iTunes is a nice software, if you haven't used it before, re-iding your tracks will become a pain.

Also, as most people know, all iPods are FM tuner free. This is poor because 80% of MP3 players out now have some tuner in it.

Overall, the iPod may not have FM tuner, the decent sound, stylish design, game features, and a strong battery life to be happy about. If you really careless about a radio tuner, and have some cash on hand, the iPod Mini is a fantasic choice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great sound at a fair price
I got my silver 2nd generation 4gig last month. The sound quality is great and I'll end up being able to hold around 850 songs with my better quality files.

Battery life is good-- around 15 hours with some backlight use in my experience. I wouldn't have bought a first gen mini with only 8 hours of power at most.

A great buy if you know you'll use it a lot. If not, get a Shuffle.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good MP3 Player for Decent Price
If you don't want to pay $299 for a regular iPod. I would go with this. It holds about 1,000 songs. I bought a silver iPod mini about a month ago. It worked perfectly. Yesterday I just exchanged it for the 20gig iPod because I wanted for room, but if you think 1,000 is enough...buy this. You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars A teen's review
I have to admit that I absolutely adore iPods. I have what you could call a "fetish" with them. I remember early last year, when I first saw the advertisement for the Apple 20GB model, I was almost drooling. Every time I saw a picture of an ipod on the side of a bus stop or an apple store, I would linger and wish I had one. Because the iPod is more than just a music player- it's a fashion accessory, a symbol that you're cool and up with the trends, and an amazing little piece of technology that lets you be yourself, no matter what type of music defines YOU.

At first, the prospect of owning an iPod was a dream. I can't tell you how many people I freaked out on the street, spotting the distinctive white earbuds and staring at them 'til I lost sight. About halfway through last year, a friend of a friend signed onto MSN Messenger with the screen name, "OMG I HAVE AN IPOD!". My reaction was nothing short of overwhelming for her. I attacked her with questions, everything from "how much does it weigh?" to "does it look nice?", only to find out it was actually an iPod mini, and a PINK one at that. I was seething for a week. Guranteed way to make a teen girl jealous- tell her you have the latest piece of technology in a colour she absolutely loves.

Towards the end of last year, the dream slowly start to take place as reality. I watched as one by one, my closest friends slowly started to fall into the iPod mini trend. The 20GB version seemed too much- it was a little too big, and only came in white- but the iPod mini was PERFECT for giggling schoolgirls. I made sure to take note of what colour everyone was buying- the agony of choice between all the pretty metallics was the hardest part of buying one. In my spare time in between school and daydreams about iPod players, I moved over my Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne cds, and began to pay a lot more attention to my dad's enormous cd collection. (Now, I have to admit, that I am the biggest 14 and a half year old Beatles fan that you have EVER seen.) My dad noticed the considerably larged-sized dent in his collection, and that was how I finally got to tell him about my love for the Apple iPod.

Christmas came and went, I gathered cash slowly and steadily. My birthday was approaching, my father made a deal with me ("ok, you be good and i will pay for half of it"), and I realised that in late February I was really and truly going to have an IPOD MINI!

It was surprisingly difficult to buy one- we must have gone to about seven stores until we were told that the second generation of iPod minis were about to be realeased, which was why there were no first generation iPod minis in stock. I ended up ordering an iPod mini off the Apple website, along with a Griffin FM transmittor, and recieved it delivered to my door only 3 days later.

I figured out how to work it extremely quickly, for someone who has not even grasped the concept of the cheese grater yet. On the first day, I'd gotten about two-thirds of my beloved Beatles collection on it, as well as my still-loved Avril Lavigne. Four months later, I now have 542 songs on it (and there are more to come!).

PROS:
1) The battery life is very good, in comparison to the first generation of iPod minis. I listen to my iPod mini for at least 5 hours a day (straight), and it lasts me approximately 5 days until I have to charge it again. I do think it lasts longer than the advertised 18 hours, and it only takes about an hour for it to be three-quarters charged (if I don't have four hours to wait for it to be fully charged).
2) For some reason, it's quite a bit cheaper than the previous model as well. (and I had a good reason to laugh at all my friends who went out and bought the previous models.)
3) It's well-sealed in a gorgeous metallic case, and VERY durable indeed. I've dropped my iPod countless times (even on tiled floors), gotten the headphone cords stuck on doorknobs, had it bouncing around in my schoolbag, etc, and it still looks as new as the day I got it.
4) It's MINUTE- about the same size as my mobile phone, with a bigger screen- and incorporates a whole heap of features into one little package. I can easily fit it into the pocket of my school uniform or my jeans, so it goes everywhere with me.
5) Navigation is wonderful- it's so easy and so fast. The click wheel is a wonderful idea, I can go all the way from "A Day In The Life" to "Your Mother Should Know" in my Songs list in seconds. Plus, on iTunes it's so easy to organise playlists. I have a playlist of songs I listen to when I'm sad, one for when I'm happy, hyper, angry, etc....
6) The colours on the new model are just plain cute. I chose a silver one, and don't regret my decision one bit, as it goes with every outfit, is a totally classy colour and I love buying colourful cases for it. I had a tough time choosing though, because the sweet blue and pink ones are adorable. And wherever I go, I can always be guranteed an, "Oh, wow, you have an iPod!"
7) It's extended my love of music considerably. With my old cds, I couldn't be bothered changing cds so often. Now I can flip to any artist or genre I want so easily- and I have discovered so many new artists that I love, trying to build up my music collection, that now Simon and Garfunkel cds have replaced my Hilary Duff ones.

CONS:
1) I only have one complaint, and that's about the charger- you always need a computer handy if you want to charge your iPod, and that's not always possible. I recommend buying a power adaptor for wall outlets, as that's often easier and you don't have to leave your computer on for hours at a time. My family also travels a lot, and I like buying the wall-plug converters you can get at the airport for ten dollars, so my iPod will definitely work in every country.

I've read reviews complaining about the battery life, comfort of the earbuds, etc, but have to say that I haven't had any difficulties with these issues whatsoever. Battery life will depend on how you use your iPod (don't keep the backlight on... it's a waste of battery and really unneccessary unless you're listening to it in bed :D). And with earbuds, it's personal preference- I find them very comfortable, as does my brother (who, having limited music tastes, owns an iPod shuffle) and my friends, but if they really bother you, it's a standard headphone jack and you can fit any pair into there.

Overall, I love this thing. I take it everywhere and listen to it all the time (my parents think I'm antisocial, but I'm not really!). Apple iPods were definitely my first love.

3-0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear Lord. Ok music player.
Ok. I just bought the silver 4GB model iPod mini. There is some good features and some bad ones.

Pros:
-Light and Compact.
-Backlight
-Easy touch pad.
-Stores lots of songs.
-Comes with iTunes.
-Earphones are good, light.

Cons:
-Litheum battery is not good. Lied about battery life-"Up to 18 hours of music playback." But I tested this thing out and it only lasted about five hours. After five minutes, the battery bar goes down 1/4. Then after five more minutes it's halfway down. And if you have the backlight on, it doubles the battery use. I think it's a waste of money to buy a popular music player that everyone has that only lasts about 5 hours.

-Too expencive. One hundred ninty nine dollers for a hard drive that only last five hours. I bet iPod makes a profet because it's so cheap to make them. My Sony Cd player owns the iPod mini, 53 hours of batter life.

-Head Phones. Personally the headphones suck. They don't snug into my ears. They feel very loose. I know I said the headphones are good on my pros, because I've heard people say they fit perfectly.

-iTunes Store. Rip off for one single song. Think about it fellows, 99 cent for one song. You could either go to the go to the library and wait for the album that contains your favorite song and add the track/tracks to your music library and update the songs on your iPod. Or for you obsessed impatiant people who can't wait, waste 12.00+ on that CD that contains your song. The only thing I like about iTunes is the free weekly single track, even they all suck, it's free and you don't have to wait.

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Even though I'm a kid, these facts are all right except for the headphone one. Trust me, think about it before you buy an iPod. I can't believe people say "AMAZING" "SPECTACULAR PLAYER" ect...the good comments, because all out, the Apple iPod need's redoing.
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-Adrian ... Read more


3. Apple iPod mini Second Generation - 6GB
by Apple Computer

Asin: B00083X75E
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Apple iPod mini music player just got better, brighter and longer lasting. The Apple iPod mini can easily manage about 1,500 songs on 6GB of space. It features the Click Wheel-enhanced durability and sensitivity (complete with color coordinated icons), and uses little space, so you can scroll single-handedly. The iPod mini plays up to 18 hours of play on a single battery charge, which is more than twice than the last version. Plus, with up to 25 minutes of skip protection, you won't have to worry about missing a second of your music. You can also charge and sync the mini via one simple USB 2.0 connection. Using the included iTunes software you can easily manage your digital music collection. Organize your music by genre, artist, or album; or build your own dynamic playlists. Music and playlists transfer quickly and automatically from a Mac or PC to the iPod mini. The anodized aluminum case resists stains and scratches. Also includes a Text Notes function for reminders, 4 popular games for on the go, a sleep timer and calendars and to-do lists to stay organized. System Requirements: iPod for Mac requires a Macintosh with USB 2.0 or FireWire port and Mac OS X v10.2.8 or v10.3.4 or later. iPod for Windows requires a PC with FireWire or USB 2.0 port or a Windows-certified FireWire or USB 2.0 card and Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2. Supports AAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF, Audible and Apple Lossless audio formats. ... Read more

Features

  • Stores about 1,500 songs on 6GB
  • Play up to 18 hours of tunes on a single battery charge
  • Seamless integration with iTunes for Mac or Windows
  • Compact design, only 3-3/5Hx2Wx1/2D" and 3.6 oz.
  • Includes Earbud headphones, belt clip and USB 2.0 cable and iTunes software for PC and Macintosh computers

Reviews (27)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!!!!
Ok, I bought my iPod mini 6gb (Pink)to hold my favorite songs to listen to on the go, in the car, etc. I cannot stress enough how much fun this amazing little thing has been. This is the best thing I have ever spent my money on.

iTunes is incredibly easy to use. I was able to easily convert my songs from Windows Media Player over to Apple's iTunes with no problems. Just make sure you go to the Tools Option in the task bar on Windows Media Player, then to Options and then to the Copy tab and turn off the Copy Protect music (for all you Windows Media Users). Windows, by default, automatically protects your music to keep you from being able to use other formats.

I have around 1200 songs loaded on my iPod and still have a little over 1 gb left. I like to keep it in the shuffle mode to mix up music and listen to things I have not heard in a long time. I am actually purchasing my husband one for his birthday/Father's Day because he loves mine so much. He owns an iPod shuffle, but would prefer a mini.

The iPod mini seems sturdier than my 20gb iPod. I use a case for it occasionally. It has yet, knock on wood, to be scratched. It works superbly and right now I am getting over 24 hours on one battery charge. I find my iPod mini impossible to live without. I take it everywhere and use it for hours every day. It comes in handy when you have to wait in long lines or shopping alone, etc. I also use it in the car with the Belkin TuneBase FM modulator for the iPod mini. It works well and holds the iPod in a slot so it does not slide around the car and get scratched. It also works as a charger.

I feel you will not be disappointed with this purchase. It can be pricey for some people, but it will be well worth it in the long run. If you have a really large music collection, I recommend buying a 20, 30 or 60 gb iPod. But, if you have a smaller collection, or only want your favorite songs in one place, the iPod mini is perfect. I know most people eventually own two. A large one for the entire collection and the mini to hold your workout, driving, etc. playlists. So, good luck and have fun with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awsomelittle gadget
I just got a silver ipod mini for my 13th b-day, and it is way cool! I was going to get an ipod shuffle, but I am so glad I went with the mini. I was frusterated at first, because I couldn't figure out how to transfer songs onto it. However, my mom finally figured it out. It sounds great! I did not use the headphones that came with it, 'cause they didn't seem very good. It can fit in my pocket, and I don't have to worry about getting to many songs on it. Way to go, Apple!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product
The iPod mini is a wonderful invention - thank you Apple.I'm a Windows user, so when Mac came out with the Windows version of iTunes, it was the greatest thing since sliced bread.The iPod mini is the best music product on the market for people who only have time to list to 1000+ songs - you never get through them all.

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5-0 out of 5 stars practical and easy to use
let's put it this way, if you want to store all your music in your ipod ( and when i say all your music, i mean ALL), thenthis ipod mini is not for you, 'cause as you guys know, this ipod mini only holds up to 1,500 songs (6gb). Now,that's a lot of songs if you ask me, that's an entire week of music, i love classic rock and i filled my ipod mini with all of my favorite songs, you know how cool it is for me to take this everytime i go to the beach or if i'm having some company, i can just press shuffle and enjoy without the hassle of getting up everytime, you know to change cd's??, so if you're looking for something that's not that expensive and just want to have a good time and easy to use then i recomend this little item!! Respeta a un varon!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding MP3 player.
I began looking into an iPod purchase over a year ago, and was almost sold on the 4th generation iPod.I liked the colors of the mini and was okay with 4 GB of storage (though that was a tad on the small side), but the main thing that deterred me from the mini was the less-than-desirable 8-10 hour battery life.

Then the 2nd generation mini was released.Apple seemed to fix and improve every little thing I had held against the original.They made the colors brighter, increased the hard drive space to 6 gigs, and most importantly, at least to me, increased the battery life two-fold.

The 18 hours that Apple advertises is EXTREMELY conservative.If you're content listening to music and don't need the backlight for more than a minute or two every hour, the battery can run for about 24-25 hours.I can go a week and not have to worry about recharging my battery.I could listen every waking moment of my day and never have to stop and recharge before I went to bed.It's a wonderful thing.

The blue is very bright and pleasing to the eye--I've seen the pink and silver versions and they too are visually appeasing.6 gigs is nothing to shake a stick at--on the contrary, I've found that 6 gigs is just about the perfect size for someone who has a vast number of interests musically but doesn't have thousands upon thousands of CD's to rip and upload.Unless you have literally hundreds of CD's in your collection that you plan on putting on your iPod, I'd recommend the mini, since you'd more than likely end up with half the space on your regular iPod sitting unused.

Despite the fact that the iPod scratches easily, there are several cases which work extremely well...I'm partial to the ones made by Power Support, though you have to import them from Japan.Uploading your songs is quick and easy.Navigating the menus takes about 15 minutes to master.There's really nothing more I can say that can do the iPod mini justice.

I will make a quick note and add that I'm not an Apple fanatic.I think that Apples are good computers, but I'm still attached to my PCs.However, when it comes to MP3 players, there's really no comparison; it's going to take many many years before Microsoft or any other competing company can put out any MP3 player nearly as nice as the 2nd generation iPod mini.

Also, if you have a friend that's a teacher in a school, look into the education discount on the Apple website.It ends up being 20 or 30 dollars off. ... Read more


4. Apple 60 GB iPod Photo M9830LL/A
by Apple Computer
list price: $449.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007KX4TM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 195
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Picture this: an iPod that holds your entire photo collection along with all your music! Carry up to 25,000 digital pictures or up to 15,000 songs anywhere you go with the 60GB iPod photo. View and share your pictures easily on the high-resolution 2" color display. Synch your music and photos for music-accompanied slideshows, right on your iPod or on your TV. Improved battery life gives you up to 15 hours of music playback or 5 hours of photo slideshows with music. The included iTunes software (for Mac and PC) allows you to efficiently and creatively manage your digital photo and music collections, and makes it easy to add to your music collection via the Apple Music Store. Includes earbud headphones, AC adapter, USB 2.0 cable and Getting Started Guide. Compatible with both Macintosh and Windows computers. iPod photo for Mac requires a Macintosh with built-in FireWire or USB 2.0 port (USB 2.0 requires Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later) and Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later (Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later recommended). iPod photo for Windows requires a PC with built-in FireWire or USB 2.0 port or a Windows-certified FireWire or USB 2.0 card and Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) or Windows XP Home or Professional. Supports AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV audio formats. Supports BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, TIFF and SGI image formats for Mac. Supports BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG and TIFF image formats for Windows. Available storage capacity may vary. ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Mac OS X v10.2.8 or v10.3.4 or later; or Windows 2000 with SP4 and XP with SP2; FireWire and USB 2.0 interface for fastest digital transfer available
  • Comes with earbud headphones, AC adapter, and USB 2.0 cable
  • 60 GB model holds up to 15,000 songs; supports AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV
  • Holds 25,000 photos and displays them on a 2-inch diagonal 65,536-color LCD screen with LED backlight
  • Up to 15 hours battery life when fully charged (which typically takes 5 hours); fast-charge in as little as 3 hours

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars It's about the iPod, not the reviewer...
Just ignore the simpleton from June 12, 2005 who talked about the iPod charger being incompatible with overseas 220v.Like your laptop, all you need is a cheap adaptor and plug it into the wall socket.There's absolutely no risk of damaging a US spec iPod if you travel outside the country - I`ve done it plenty of times.On the other hand, taking your iPod on vacation without your charger is a tad foolish - hardly Apple's fault!

I'm often discouraged to see people who post reviews on Amazon that are more to do with their own shortcomings rather than the product itself.The 60GB Photo is my 2nd iPod.Yes it's a little expensive, but I use it daily and find it to be a first rate MP3 player.

2-0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for quality and -1 star for design = 2 stars
The Ipod is great only when you are being around your house or the car. What about people, who are going camping, or flying overseas (the charger is not compatible with 220V) The battery is not removable!!!

I went on vacation and forgot my charger. Boy was I disappointed especially finding out that I didn't charge the unit before I left.

Apple did not make the battery removable at least I could buy an extra one, like Treo 650 a cell phone and MP3 player.
After a year or two the rechargeable battery needs to be replaced with the new one by sending the unit to Apple. Is Apple moving back to 30 years old technology???
I am sure that a lot of people thinking about it, but they are still buying Ipods because of the marketing and good sound of the unit.

3-0 out of 5 stars Unacceptible
My music collection spans well over 5000 songs, very close to 6000. The ID3 tags in my collection are an utter mess.Some songs are from Japan and their ID3 tags have the original kanji for their title/artist/album.Some of the artist tags are mispelled, which makes an extra entry in the artist list which makes lists longer and finding specific songs harder.Some songs just don't have any tags in the artist/album field at all.

For a library as large as mine, I use a broad genre>artist>album nested format, which means I never have to look at more than 50 choices at a time and I can use any folder manipulation to make broad changes instead of having to find id3 tag editors and correcting each and every file.Unfortunately, I have to abandon all of this and spend countless hours fixing all 3000 or so incorrect tags if I want to get any usefulness out of my ipod. Singles, normally stored away in their own folder just for such, instead add an extra entry to the artist or album lists just for one or two songs.

To add icing on the cake, there doesn't seem to be any meaningful manipulation of the music library possible with the ipod itself.If you messed up a playlist, you're stuck with it until you can get to a computer.There's an "on the go" playlist that can be built with the ipod itself, but that's about the extent of its usefulness.

It'd otherwise be a nice, stylish and compact player, but there's no way to make use of 60 gigs with an interface this clunky.

1-0 out of 5 stars Great iPod .....but
I bought my iPod Photo 60GB last week and it gave me a lot of problems from the start. I charged the battery for over 5 hrs until fully charged and 5 mins later the ipod was telling me to charge again saying the battery was empty.I got a new replacement within 3 days and charge the battery to full.The next day I was listening to my ipod for almost 2hrs & 15 mins and the battery icon was down to red meaning the battery was almost empty.This didn't make me happy at all when the ipod was suppose to last anywhere from 12-15 hrs.I will return the 2nd ipod I got from Amazon.Too bad....I really wanted to keep it, but with the battery trouble....I'm returning it.

5-0 out of 5 stars the scoop on the good, the bad, and the ugly
Apple Computer's iPod Photo: GOOD.

Getting sucked into an unscrupulous marketing ploy: BAD.

The flood of unwanted email, telemarketing calls, and faxes you'll receive after signing up for an "offer": UGLY!! ... Read more


5. Apple 512 MB iPod Shuffle M9724LL/A
by Apple Computer
list price: $99.99
our price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002ZAILY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 20
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Who'd have thought a music-listening revolution could come in such a sweet, compact package? Apple, again, leads the charge with the new iPod shuffle, a digital audio player about the size of a pack of gum, that mixes things up with the new random "Shuffle Songs" play mode. The iPod shuffle serves up the songs you've selected in a different order every time. Or, when you want to assume DJ duties, switch back to Play in Order mode. Carry about 120 songs, thanks to 512MB of storage, and enjoy up to 12 hours of continuous playback per battery charge. The shuffle supports MP3, MP3 VBR, AAC, Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store, M4A, M4B, M4P), and WAV files. It's USB 1.1 and 2.0 ready and has an integrated USB connector. Includes earbud headphones, lanyard and USB cap. System Requirements: iPod for Mac requires a Macintosh with built-in FireWire and Mac OS X v10.1.5 or later (Mac OS X v10.3 recommended). iPod for Windows requires a PC with built-in FireWire or USB 2.0 port or a Windows-certified FireWire or USB 2.0 card and Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) or Windows XP Home or Professional. Available storage capacity may vary. Imported. 3-1/3Hx1Wx1/3D". ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later (Mac OS X 10.3.4 or later recommended for use with low-power USB ports) and Windows 2000 with SP 4 or Windows XP Home or Professional with SP 2
  • Earbud headphones, lanyard, and USB cap included
  • 512 MB model holds up to 120 songs; supports MP3, MP3 VBR, AAC, Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store, M4A, M4B, M4P), and WAV
  • Up to 12 hours of battery life, with approximately 4 hour charge time
  • USB 1.1 and 2.0 compatibility through integrated USB connector

Reviews (188)

3-0 out of 5 stars Great player, but some big negatives
The iPod shuffle is a great little MP3 player.First I must say I have the iPod mini (which I think is by far the best MP3 player around), but I use my friends' iPod shuffles a lot.I must say for some people buying the iPod shuffle is a great use of their money, but for others it is a total waste of money.The iPod shuffle is for you if you:
-like the shuffle mode
-want to listen to it when you work out
-like to listen to whole CD's, no skipping songs
-don't mind not having a display
The iPod shuffle is NOT for you if you
-want to always have total control of what song is played yet
-will put more than 50 songs on your iPod shuffle
-want to put audio books on the iPod shuffle
-mind not having a display
One way to see if you will like the iPod shuffle is play a CD on shuffle mode.I hope this review was helpfull for you!


3-0 out of 5 stars Ipod, The Cheap Way
MP3 players have really come in a long way since they were so popular a few years ago. It seems like everybody wants to buy one of these agdgets. but the prices are just too steep for just so many to afford. Apple definitely has known what it is like. With the mammoth success of the Ipod MP3 players, many people who want those MP3 players get them anyway they can. Although it has been a great ordeal, many just want a little more convience in the price, and also the size. Most of the Ipods are about the size of a walkman. Well, there is one that could be better, but is a good value for those who want the MP3 craze of their own.

Apple's Ipod Shuffle, is a more compact size MP3 player who want not just the convience, but the price as well. The device can hold as many as 100 different songs that can be downloaded from the internet, or burned to the computer from compact discs. The device is a little trickier to operate and is a little more of a hassle. One reason, is that it has a very short battery life. Only 12 hours of musical playback, where other MP3 players like Rio or Sony can have their devices with double, and possible triple the length of battery life. Another disadvantage is there is no LCD display. Unlike the other Ipods that show what is playing on the Ipod, this one makes it seem like a mystery to others who want to just guess on what the song is on the player.

All in all, the Apple Ipod shuffle isn't really all what is said it was cracked up to be. For those who want the MP3 craze, I honestly suggest you pass this one up, and consider with the Ipod Mini, or another MP3 player. This one is shuffled out of tune.

Price: B+

Easy To Operate: C

Convience: B-

Overall: C 1/2+

5-0 out of 5 stars ITS AWSOME!
I bought this today (6/13/05) AND ITS SWEET! im 14 and its perfect for stuednts that r on the run and cant take a cd palyer everywhere... love your music? same here! its skip free and its smaller than a pack of 35 cents worth of juicy fruit! its soo cool and im amazen that the 200.00 ipod mini only has 25 mins worht of skip protection, but the 100.00 is skip free! its soo amazing

1-0 out of 5 stars Shame on you Apple!
This piece of crap REQUIRES iTunes to load the music on it. If you don't use iTunes the iPod will not work.

Good design and nice looking but I regret my purchase because I don't want to feel limited in any way.

Also, sound with the included headphones isn't good.

Buy a Creative Zen instead (or anything else)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased!
What an awesome little device!I love it!It does exactly what it is advertised to do.I can't believe how great the sound is and how SMALL this thing is....3.5" x 1" x 3/8".It truly is the size of a pack of gum.It is so light too...probably weighs one ounce.

I completely filled mine up with songs and it does hold about 120.It is easy to use and if you have basic computer skills, you will find it very easy to figure out how to transfer songs to it.The only negative I have experienced is that the ear buds are rather uncomfortable...they are very hard plastic and they hurt your ears after awhile.The little soft removable foam covers that came with it don't stay on and they don't make a big difference in comfort anyway.

But otherwise...I just love it - especially for the price!Great design, great sound, great price and tiny as can be. ... Read more


6. Apple 60 GB iPod photo
by Apple Computer
list price: $599.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002ZAEY0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 3865
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Picture this: an iPod that holds your entire photo collection along with all your music! Carry up to 25,000 digital pictures or up to 15,000 songs anywhere you go with the 60GB iPod Photo. View and share your pictures easily on the high-resolution 2" color display. Synch your music and photos for music-accompanied slideshows, right on your iPod or on your TV. Improved battery life gives you up to 15 hours of music playback or 5 hours of photo slideshows with music. The included iTunes software (for Mac and PC) allows you to efficiently and creatively manage your digital photo and music collections, and makes it easy to add to your music collection via the Apple Music Store. Includes iPod Photo dock, earbud headphones, carrying case, AC adapter, FireWire cable, USB 2.0 cable and AV cable. Compatible with both Macintosh and Windows computers. iPod Photo for Mac requires a Macintosh with built-in FireWire or USB 2.0 port (USB 2.0 requires Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later) and Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later (Mac OS X v10.3.4 or later recommended). iPod Photo for Windows requires a PC with built-in FireWire or USB 2.0 port or a Windows-certified FireWire or USB 2.0 card and Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) or Windows XP Home or Professional. Supports AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV audio formats. Supports BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, PSD, TIFF and SGI image formats for Mac. Supports BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG and TIFF image formats for Windows. Available storage capacity may vary. ... Read more

Features

  • Up to 15 hours battery life when fully charged (which typically takes 5 hours); fast-charge in as little as 3 hours
  • Compatible with Mac OS X or Windows 2000 with SP4 and XP; FireWire and USB 2.0 interface for fastest digital transfer available
  • Comes with iPod photo dock, earbud headphones, a carrying case, an AC adapter, a FireWire cable, a USB 2.0 cable, and an AV cable
  • 60 GB model holds up to 15,000 songs; supports AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV
  • Holds approximately 25,000 photos and displays them on a 2-inch diagonal 65,536-color LCD screen with LED backlight

Reviews (23)

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I bought my first Ipod for my wife birthday gift and was stunning with the amazing exclusive shape of the product. I can say this product has been well manufactured. It is really beautiful & looks expensive. Mine comes with craddle, power adapter, A/V cables, firewire cable & usb2 cable (60GB Ipod Photo,1st edition). Great deal for $389(shipped).I don't think this product different than the 2nd generation ipod photo. the only different is the packages that comes with ipod (much better on 1st generation) & the ipod firmware. The firmware itself is upgradeable and very easy to do it. You can store all photos, songs, even you can use this machine as portable hard drive to store any type of files. Some review said this machine can only be used for 1 computer only and I found this is not true. you just have to play with it for a while. Simply Great product & worth of penny!

5-0 out of 5 stars A proud owners testimony
There are a lot of great reviews on this post, describing the functionality, pros and cons, etc., that I won't be repetitive. I've decided to share my personal testimony on the 60.

I've been on the fence with the entire iPod series since it's introduction. It wasn't until 2/05 when I finally took the hit with the 20 gig iPod.Once getting it home and syncing the unit to my Apple G4 (via iTunes), I began uploading all my CDs until I realized that I was starting to get the fever for what the iPod was beginning to do . . . CHANGE MY LIFE and the way I would listening to MUSIC forever.

I slept on it for that initial night and I couldn't help but to realize that 20 gigs wouldn't be enough for what I was getting myself into.Instantly I packed up my 20 gig iPod and headed for the apple store for a quick return and upgrade to its big sibling 60 gig iPod photo.As I hinted before, I was that consumer that despised forking out $300 for the 20 gig but once I understood what meaning and functionality these units would play into my needs . . . it wasn't no thing to pay the difference on the upgrade to the 60 gig.The expression on the sales associate when he said to me "Oh, it didn't work out for you . . ." and I replied, "Well it actually did but . . . I NEED MORE SPACE", "Give me the biggest iPod you have"!!! What an expression he had, quite funny.

At that time I paid $599, but with the current price reduction this creates a whole new temptation for those of you who haven't acquired one yet!

I use my iPod for various applications and its versatility is amazing.It's my jogging partner, my continuous music playing at home, my business sidekick when I take music business meetings.That's the coolest part because prior to the iPod, I've always had tons of CDs and artist pictures/promos in my attaché case.Now before I walk into an executive's office I will brief them that I will bring my iPod Photo to display songs, tracks, and pictures . . . and they're happy to say just plug in and let's hear what you have and let's see the pictures of artist I'm producing or managing.
With the iPod Photo being a hard drive, I've had the ability to transfer and backup Pro Tools sessions and omit providing several DVD-Rs to the engineer.

Along side my activity in music business, I also play in several bands.With the iPod on my hip, I've taking last minute gigs as a substitute that I wasn't quite sure of the music and will listen to the tunes with one ear bud in on stage, or listen to recorded practices.I've played piano for many open mic nights and I can't list how many people who asked me do I know this song or that . . . I simply say to them "I have my iPod and that album, let me listen to it real quick".Very nifty!

I haven't showcased to my family yet, but I'm looking forward to this year's gatherings to display our family pictures via connecting my iPod to granny's television. Showing pictures (in slideshow format) archived on my iPod I have the option to play some of my family's favorite tunes simultaneously.


I can go on and on with how my iPod fits into my daily regiment but I'll end with this last note.The iPod and iTunes has provided a way for me to continue studying music history, for instant I've purchased more music CDs or downloaded music in the iTunes music store.Sometimes we hear something on the radio we're not familiar with or forgot about one of those songs we adored as a youngster.I believe I have to tools to research and collect the music I enjoy or even an artist I haven't tapped into yet . . . I can import their selections on my iPod and listen to it in any environment to become accustomed to their music.

I'm a proud owner of the 60 GB iPod photo and I'm currently at 10,000 songs.The moment I max out the 60 (probably in a few months) I hope Apple release a 100 GB iPod.If not I'll just purchase another 60.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great deal
When Apple first released this 60gb ipod it was $599. They came out w/ a newer model 60gb for $449 but they striped out about $70 in accessories (dock, some cables, etc) This deal is for the old $599 release marked to $399 - its a great bargain on a great ipod.

very happy w/ my purchase. This is the 2nd ipod i've bought, and both times amazon has had the best deal.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is it, folks
This is the best MP3 player on the market. 60GB of storage for your MP3s and data files? How can you go wrong. Add to this the color screen and you have a player that is unmatched. Personally, I don't care for carrying photos, the color screen and size are all I'm after. I originally purchased the 30GB model and decided that this fit my needs better. I carry about 20 or so music albums and a ton of personal and professional development audio on my 60GB. As the previous reviewer stated, do yourself a favor and get a case the moment you get this. Another essential item to purchase with this is the Griffin iTrip FM transmitter (also available on Amazon).

5-0 out of 5 stars 60GB is just the ticket!
I just got my new 60GB iPod Photo (soon to be renamed iPod color so I am told) and I must say that I am absolutely ecstatic about this thing. Sure its a few millimeters thicker than the 30GB but for the extra capacity you will be far happier with this one, trust me!

My only gripe is that the boffins at Apple didn't think to put a protective screen film on as they have with the click wheel. Get a protective case the moment you open this thing (preferably before you open it!) as it marks-up really easily. ... Read more


7. Apple 1 GB iPod Shuffle M9725LL/A
by Apple Computer
list price: $149.99
our price: $144.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002ZAIM8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 41
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Who'd have thought a music-listening revolution could come in such a sweet, compact package? Apple, again, leads the charge with the new iPod shuffle, a digital audio player about the size of a pack of gum, that mixes things up with the new random "Shuffle Songs" play mode. The iPod shuffle serves up the songs you've selected in a different order every time. Or, when you want to assume DJ duties, switch back to Play in Order mode. Carry about 240 songs, thanks to 1GB of storage, and enjoy up to 12 hours of continuous playback per battery charge. The shuffle supports MP3, MP3 VBR, AAC, Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store, M4A, M4B, M4P), and WAV files. It's USB 1.1 and 2.0 ready and has an integrated USB connector. Includes earbud headphones, lanyard and USB cap. System Requirements: iPod for Mac requires a Macintosh with built-in FireWire and Mac OS X v10.1.5 or later (Mac OS X v10.3 recommended). iPod for Windows requires a PC with built-in FireWire or USB 2.0 port or a Windows-certified FireWire or USB 2.0 card and Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) or Windows XP Home or Professional. Available storage capacity may vary. Imported. 3-1/3Hx1Wx1/3D". ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Mac OS X v10.2.8 or later (Mac OS X 10.3.4 or later recommended for use with low-power USB ports) and Windows 2000 with SP 4 or Windows XP Home or Professional with SP 2
  • Earbud headphones, lanyard, and USB cap included
  • 1 GB model holds up to 240 songs; supports MP3, MP3 VBR, AAC, Protected AAC (from iTunes Music Store, M4A, M4B, M4P), and WAV
  • Up to 12 hours of battery life, with approximately 4 hour charge time
  • USB 1.1 and 2.0 compatibility through integrated USB connector

Reviews (140)

5-0 out of 5 stars Snaps to you, Apple
This shuffle ROCKS!!I have been an iPod owner from the very early days of this wonderful age of music-on-the go.I only wish I had gone with my gut and invested big in Apple when I bought my first iPod.

The shuffle is special and I would recommend it highly to anyone who travels and/or exercises.Its portability and (lack of) weight is truly liberating.Above all is the random thrill of what's next.I really don't need a display because I spend time every 3-4 weeks to download an eclectic mix of tidbits (8 hours at 192 bits per second on the 1 gig'er).Switch to random and turn sound check on (which levels the sound levels across songs) and enjoy the surprise of what will be next.

Although the earbuds are very good, if you are doing any quantity of listening and don't care about be sociable - consider upgrading the earphones, as this stick will push better headphones very nicely.Though it is a matter of personal preference, I recommend the Etymotic ER-6i cans.They are (a little) pricey and slightly awkward to insert, but you'll be walking through an airport with a secret that 99.9% of the Type-A's will not fully understand.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for exercising, but beware of sweat...
I've had my Shuffle for about 2 months, and I wouldn't want to exercise without it.It's very lightweight, and very inobtrusive.It holds more than enough songs to keep me happy for at least a week without hearing the same song.

As far as some of the complaints regarding the lack of a screen, I couldn't care less about not having a screen.Since I use this while exercising, it is not important to me to know the name of the song I'm listening to.The selling point for me was the size and weight, and the lack of a screen is a plus for me.It would be similar to me complaining how much I love my new RollerBlades, but that they are lousy for my morning commute on the highway.To me, having a screen or 4GB is not necessary for the Shuffle to serve its purpose.

That all being said, you will need to take precaution if you work out strenuously, as the Shuffle will fry if it gets wet from too much sweat.I originally purchased the Ipod Armband along with the Shuffle, but I fried two Shuffles.I have since bought another "waterproof" armband that encloses the Shuffle, and that is working fine.On a positive note, the Apple store has been absolutely great about replacing my previous shuffles with new ones they had in stock.Great service from the Apple store.

If you are looking for a small, lightweight music player for exercising, I would highly recommend the Shuffle.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect little device for big music
Okay, I just had to get this little thing.Suffice it to say, that I have had at least 5 different mp3 type players.. and they were all at least good, some were frustrating, but good.Some better than others...

BUT!!!

If you prefer an Mp3 player that does NOT have confusing menu's .. useless menu's, or menu's that just seem to be outright dumb and nonsensicle... some menu items and screens are there I feel, for self serving promo reasons (with our mp3 player you get 10 thousand menu options!!! -who cares)... but with this device, it is all about the music.

All of the menu options (and no silly screen to tell you the name of the songs that you put on the player..) you will use.Volume up and Volume down.Previous song, or in case one stinks, Next song.A little sliding device in the back so you can have either shuffle, or not shuffle.So, what else does a human need?NONE MORE FOR ME PLEASE.

I bought the gig version to get the max out of it, and I am presently listening to u2 right now.

I found it funny that when I Auto filled the shuffle, the first song it played was u2.Ha.

O, yes.The iTunes software is quite good.You can autofill from your library, or you can make a playlist of whatever you want, and have the default fill from that .... quite nice.

easy.

Have fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars ITunes suck, but you don't need it.
The player is great. I never used iTunes, but as far as I'm concerned I'll nerver have to. I hated my previous sony mp3 player because the softwere had, just like iTunes, a lot of copyright bouls***t.
When I won my shuffle as a gift, I was really supicios that I would have the same problems with iTunes. I use win98 and, as a music fan, I love winamp: it's light, fast, practical... THE FACT IS: SHUFFLE WORKS IN WINAMP AND WIN98. All you gotta do is download the win98 driver and the winamp plugin. And the best part is, it works great! All you gotta do is select the songs you want form the library, right-click and "send to ipod" (winamp is the greatest!!!) It's realible, doesn't have any copyright bouls***t and its fast. I use standard usb, and it takes about 15 min to upload 1GB.

The ipod itself is great.
+ : Practical, cool, very very light, no unnecessery cables, fine sound quality.
- : None.

Waht I think about the lack of display:
Some people think the lack of display is due economical factors. In my opinion it was a desing decision. Ipod shuffle is the best looking mp3 player on the market and a display would compromise significantly its looks. As a music fan, I know the name of all my songs, so i don't need a dyspaly to inform me that. The problem of finding a specific song can be solved by loading your songs in alphabetical order.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love it!
I needed something that would allow me to listen to music at the gym (since I workout 6 days/week). I looked at the other options, the Shuffle fit the bill. I was originally going to get the 512mb version but opted for the 1gb model since it's not much more.

Pros:
-This thing is tiny, not much bigger than the USB thumb drives I use.
-No moving parts means no skipping while I'm on the treadmill.
-Very easy to use and install (took several minutes). The shuffle I purchased needed an update to Itunes, which was a quick download.
-Ready to use out of the box. Includes the Shuffle, headphones, 2 sets of pads, some Apple stickers, manual, CD all in a very bright green box.

Cons:
-Small enough so you don't know it's there, gotta be careful not to sit on it.

A lot of folks seem to be concerted about the lack of a screen. If I'm working out I don't need a screen. No reason to complain about lack of a screen if you look at it and see THERE IS NO SCREEN. Buy one of the other models if you need a screen.

When you register it you'll be required to enter the serial number. It's located on the Ipod itself and is tiny but it is also on the bottom of the box next to the barcodes and is much easier to read. I've seen (on other sites) people complaining about the side of the serial number on the unit. You now know that it is on the box. :)

After you install it it will need to charge, so don't plan on using it immediately. ... Read more


8. 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


9. iRiver H340 40 GB Digital Music Player with Color Display
by iRiver
list price: $429.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00065W74Q
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 1262
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Available storage capacity may vary. ... Read more

Features

  • Rechargeable battery lasts up to 16hrs
  • View JPEG or BMP images on color display
  • Plays up to 1200 hours of digital music with 40GB of internal storage
  • Large, vivid color display, Ultra-fast USB 2.0 transfers
  • Supports secure transfers from Windows Media Player

Reviews (30)

5-0 out of 5 stars iRiver H340 - An excellent choice
I just received my iRiver H340 from Amazon. The packaging, manual, and most importantly, the player are top notch. iRiver doesn't skimp on things like cables or a solid leather case (which now is the new open face design they used to sell as an accessory, that surprised me since I expected the old solid faced (over the display) case. The unit is solid and well finished. Unlike the Creative Nomad Zen I played with locally, the H340 is built very solidly. This player does not require any drivers (other then for win98) and is immediately recognized as an external HD as soon as it is connected. I found the menu and navigating where I needed to go, quite intuitive. In about a 1/2 hour, I felt comfortable with it. The sound options and equalizer setting allow custom adjustment of your music. The FM radio and ability to record off of it is wonderful. The sound quality and maximum obtainable volume level will not disappoint anyone. The color display is excellent, very clear and crisp and for someone like me who uses reading glasses, I find I don't need them with this display.I have yet to try out every feature on this player (and there are many) , but, plan to in the next few days. I did research the iPod 40-60Gb players, but, Apple wants to charge you for every single extra accessory, the player feels flimsy in your hand, rather fragile,and the iPods require installed software/driver to be used on your PC. Bottom line, buy the H340. It appears to be the best of the best in the current market right now. My 2-3 months of shopping and comparison paid off and I feel I have certainly made the right choice.

4-0 out of 5 stars iPod Photo vs. H340
Contrary to the review by "S. Shah Hi-Fi 4 Ever", all iPods (at least 4g+) can function as storage devices without the need for additional software. If you plug an iPod into any PC (I have done this), you will be able to use it as a storage device. However, the iPod Photo cannot play video, and currently, this seems to be the H340s selling point. Admittedly, both players have such tiny screens that the value of such a feature is somewhat questionable; or maybe not - people used to watch those tiny portable TVs didn't they? There's not much difference in screen size and the H340 has a display far superior to any portable TV! What it lacks is a framerate to match. At 10 frames a second, you'll get better (or similar) quality from streaming in RealPlayer. However, there is that radio thing! Additional devices are available for tuning into radio stations from your iPod, but at a cost. Now, I know what you're thinking; isn't the idea of MP3 players generally that you listen to MP3s rather than the radio? However, the H340s inbuilt record function is very handy. Record your radio shows (or anything, for that matter) and listen to them later. Brilliant! Especially if your university lectures are broadcast over radio frequencies for those in the audience hard of hearing.

The iPod Photo is available in 30 and 60gb models compared to the H340s 40gb. 40gb is still a lot of data, but it is interesting that a device that supports video has less space available to store it.

Contrary to the H340s gimmicky advertising (sound that somehow embraces physics in an exceptional "3D" manner), the iPod Photo and H340 are of equal quality in audio playback. Needless to day, the H340 is a dream to listen to, and that's the important thing, right?

The H340 can last for 16 hours when playing MP3s at volume 20. Impressively, it can last about six hours playing video! The iPod Photo can last up to 15 hours playing music and does not support video.

Like all well planned devices, including the iPod Photo, the H340 is Firmware Upgradable, enabling potential support for future audio formats.

The H340 is slightly shorter and slightly thicker than both iPod Photo models and weighs 1/5 of an ounce more than the 30gb model. It doesn't have a Click Wheel, of course, which some consider a cumbersome gimmick anyway, but instead has a frontpiece of rather geeky, rather fiddly buttons that are actually harder to operate through a shirt pocket than the compass points of the Click Wheel. The entire device is, like all iRivers, actually rather ugly. It looks somewhat like an old portable television that's gone on a diet.

The devices are aimed at different operating systems is the short answer to the question of file type support. iRiver is not, however, the tool of Microsoft in the same way that iPod is very obviously the tool of Apple. It supports the Windows Media files, but most impressive and commendable is its support of Ogg Vorbis

The display, small though it is, is very clear, very colorful, very bright, very good. Needless to say, better than the iPod Photo. The navigation, however, is not. This is partly because the device's buttons are so small and clustered together. If you're a beefy chap and have ever tried using a poorly designed cell phone, you'll understand my problem. The remote on the headphone cord, however, is very helpful.

Notably, especially for those considering transferring a lot of data (like, 40gb), although there is no FireWire support for the H340, the iPod only supports FireWire 400, slower than USB 2.0's 480 Mbit/s (60 Mbytes per second) where Hi-Speed USB is supported.

In short, you'll get more bang for your buck from the H340, but its navigation and presentation is nowhere near as well thought out as the iPod's. Additional devices are available for the iPod to do most of what the H340 does that the iPod doesn't, and some of those devices are of superior quality to the ones provided with the H340. The one thing the H340 does that iPod can't is playing video, and having seen how poorly the H340 does that, I can honestly say it isn't worth it. Handling the device feels a little like handling one of those `does it all' flashlights. You know the sort I mean, the ones JC Penny's stocks at Christmas: it's a radio, it's a flashlight, it's solar powered, it has a crank handle, it's a TV, it's a microwave oven, it's a karaoke machine! And guess what? All of those features get in the way of each other and you end up with a device that, while it does a lot, does none of those things exceptionally well. The H340 isn't quite like that because it does do one thing exceptionally well: it plays music. And that's what's important.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great player accept for the manual and customer support
Sounds great! Easy to navigate! The unit does not correct to PC
easily in order to transfer data if you follow the manual's directions. You have to play withdifferent configurations plugging inot the PC concerning the USB2 connection and the power adapter. Customer Service is terrible. I tried to call and e-mail Customer Service but to no avail. Left messages but they never e-mailed me back concerning the problems I was having.

5-0 out of 5 stars Most bang for your buck.
I bought the unit in late November 2004 and have loved it ever since. Many of the reviews have told you what the features of the product are so I wont repeat them.

I bought this product for several purposes, the main one being to be able to dictate my consultation services directly into MP3 format because cassette tapes are now obsolete. I found that if I wanted to do this with the iPod I would have to pay extra for this from a 3rd party and as of my last research (May 2005 edition of Mobile Computing) it would only record in WAV format at 8kb/sec which just doesn't cut it.

The iRiver records directly from the internal mike and did so better than my professional quality external mike. I would like them to improve control on recording levels like I was able to do with my Sony professional quality cassette recorders. Still it was very good.

You can also record from the built in FM radio. I don't listen to radio so have not tried.

But I have successfully recorded various important tapes to MP3 and the iRiver worked flawlessly

I found that many of the things I wanted to do with an MP3 player I would have to pay extra for with an iPod and get them from 3rd party vendors and in the end make the iPod bulky and unsexy but these features are standard issue with the iRiver.

For those of you who think the iRiver is not as "cool" or sexy looking as the iPod I say to you what is the good of it if it doesn't do what you want it to do? Or that you have pay big bucks extra for it to be as functional as the iRiver.

Would you really be impressed with a person who was impressed with you just because you had an iPod? That is pretty shallow thinking. But I guess there must be a lot of blondes out there who think this way. (-:

Because of the functionality my iRiver literally paid for itself in the first week I had it because I was able to record my work on it and send it to my clients at $200/hr.It has by now paid for itself many times over and will continue to do so.

I also use the iRiver as a back up hard drive, and I use it to store about 20 Gigs of lectures and eBooks.

One complaint I have is that with the shipped carrying case the controls are not usable but the new case allows you to reach all controls.

Another complaint is the built in battery pack forcing you to buy something new when the battery doesn't recharge or stay tied to your adaptor. I only use the battery at the gym anyway. But this complaint seems to be there with most MP3 players.

3-0 out of 5 stars Lots of features, but very thick, very ugly, and no scroll
H340 is slightly thicker than H320, thus falling in the very thick category. Rest of the review is applicable to both 20GB and 40GB versions, as I ordered both (accidentally), and then instead of keeping one, decided to return both, as they were not suitable for my needs.

So, if you want to save time and skip to the next review, then in summary, this is a v. good Mp3 player with gr8 sound and lots of extra features, but its a little too ugly,too bulky, and lacks a good scroll wheel or click wheel for easy navigation.

OK, here are the details.
If you buy this unit, you get:
1)An MP3 player which sounds excellent
2)An FM radio with 20 presets possible
3)Picture viewer and potentially a starter video player
4)An excellent Recorder which does the following
a) Voice Record through In Built Microphone
b) Radio Recorder
c) Line in Recorder. Which means, you could feed input from a cassette player, external radio, external microphone, electric guitar, electric piano, record TV's audio, basically anything that could feed your Line-In.
5) Portable Harddrive.

So, yes, in terms of features its extremely rich. Unfortunately, it looks very ugly. If looks are even slightly important to you, you might want to stay away from this player. But if you are willing to trade looks for features, only then is this player for you.

One more important feature its missing is a scroll button, or click wheel. Dell has it, Creative has it, IPOD has it, why not this player? I think no MP3 hardrive player should be without one. How do you expect me to get to the 106th song in my folder or playlist by clicking the next button 105 times. You should be able to even zip through 300 songs without much trouble. I have used these scrolling buttons in DELL and Creative, so I can tell you, its v. important in a Mp3 player.

I grant this player has lots of additional and good features, but if you are looking for a mp3 player which is easy to use (not talking about learning curve here), then this player is not your perfect choice.

I gave it 3 stars, because this unit may be perfect for some but not so great for others..I fall in the others category, so I will be returning it. Sure, all the features # 2,3,4 & 5 sound very appealing to me, and things I could put to good use, but for me, #1 is the most important. I need an Mp3 player which is easy to use, which looks acceptable, not too bulky or ugly to carry around, and most importantly offers easy navigation. So in the future, if they improve the styling and offer easy navigation of your songs,I will be ready to get this again.

I may have offered two criticisms, which broke the deal for me, but if you can live with those two flaws, then this player may be a really good player, because it offers great sound quality, and all those additional features which are so cool.
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10. iRiver iFP 799T 1 GB Flash MP3 Player
by iRiver
list price: $179.99
our price: $156.74
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00024VTKE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 185
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The iFP-799 combines advanced iRiver sound quality with a stylish, wearable design. It features 1GB of internal memory for up to 34 hours of music, extendedbattery 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

  • Extended battery life up to 40 hours on one AA
  • Built-in FM tuner and voice recorder
  • Record music from any audio source (no PC required)
  • USB 2.0 for fast transfers
  • 1 GB of internal memory for up to 34 hours of MP3, WMA, and OGG music files

Reviews (61)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good player - get the online upgrade!
I bought an mp3 player to listen to on my morning subway commute, as well as when I lift weights at the gym. I bought the iRiver 799 after comparing it with the iPod Mini for about a month. It came down to weight and battery life. Price was also a factor in the end. Three weeks later, I am happy with my purchase.

So far, I am impressed with the battery life. Though it didn't last 40 hours on one AA, it still lasted pretty long. I also did play with it a lot in this period. That said, the menus and interface take a few days to learn and I still refer to the instruction manual on occasion. The player is very light weight and small-- much more compact than the iPod mini. I don't create playlists on the player itself. Instead, I create them on my computer and transfer them easily (and quickly) via Windows Media Player or Musicmatch. Though I use them less frequently, the FM radio and voice recording are nice bonuses.

The player comes with plenty of accessories, though they are all pretty mediocre. I don't use the armband, as the way that the player attaches to the it seems clumsy. I do use the soft plastic case that comes with it, as it protects the player from scratches, etc., but it's pretty cheap and ugly. I use my own headphones, so I cannot comment on the ones packaged with the player.

Like some other reviewers, I was initially very disappointed with the shuffle mode. I loaded about 250 songs, but the player shuffled through only 20 songs in the same order. However, after navigating the iRiver website, I found that you can update the player online, which solves the shuffle problem. It was easy to do, even over my modem connection, and I haven't had a problem since.

Overall, if you are looking for cute and flashy, get the iPod mini, but if you are looking for reasonably priced mp3 player with multiple functions, this is a good choice.

4-0 out of 5 stars No Complaints!
I have had this player for roughly 3 months now, and it's great!I am a newbie with the whole MP3 player thing, so I wasn't sure how I would adapt to it.After days of deciding which one I wanted I chose this particular one.Reason being, I definetly wanted an FM radio.Radio plays OK, not the best, but it's listenable...when I'm tired of my own files.The player was easy to understand and connect to the computer...I had NO PROBLEMS.One other good thing about this player, is the batteries are just regular double AA, so you don't have to go searching or you don't have to charge any up...just buy a pack and it will last a long time!The battery life is great also...but it does take up more juice when you are transferring songs to the player.Microphone works good too!I would totally recomment this product for people like me, who aren't familiar with these gadgets!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great product in a small package
I usually do my homework before I purchase. I chose this for it's portability, use of common AA batteries,(never have to send it in for a battery replacement at big $). and the ability to record off of outside sources as well as sound quality.
On all of these points I was not disappointed. I looked at the HD players but deemed them to fragile for active use and running through airports, so I chose the 1GB flash model.
The sound quality is good although I upgraded to a "normal" set of ear phones from the small ear buds.
Set up was a breeze and so was the initial firmware upgrade.
Uploading MP3's was also very easy with the drag and drop.
I can't rave enough about this player. Stick it in my pocket and GO!
Some complaints were about small buttons and large hands, well I will tell you I have large mechanic hands and I have no problem at all managing.
The only change I would make is a larger enclosed carry case, I don't like the one included, and would like somewhere to carry all the accessories at the same time, and the arm band case is too small for my arms, I am a little oversize in the upper body. But the neck strap or just stick it in my pocket works well.
All in all I would recommend this to anyone who wants a great product in a small package with great sound quality.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Solid Player
This little mp3 player is very well built, solid, and has many features.


Pros:

Looks good
customizable
sharp screen
LOUD volume
Great Sound quality
FM tuner and Voice recorder work better than expected, very well
can record directly from radio

Cons

bundle just plain out sucks
earphones are made weird, with one sides wire MUCH longer than the other and it feels very awkward

the little joystick is very small.hard to press down on correctly.

It hurts your finger a little bit after screwing around with it for a couple of minutes

the USB cover is flimsy and comes loose every other minute or so

the battery cover is also flimsy, but it doesn't come off.Just very flimsy

The thing with the voice recorder is that it works TOO well.say you put it down on a table and try to record your professor.Sure, you'll hear ur professor, but you'll also hear the paper rustling on your neighbor's desk and every other little noise in the room.

Overall, a good solid player.No regrets here on purchasing.I first ordered a SONY 405 player, but it had no features.IT was play, rewind, and stop.NO other features.

4-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely worth every penny, love it
Since I have bought this I have used it to record music, record lectures and ofcourse listen to the music.Absolutely worth every price because of thoughtful line-in feature to record absolutely anything.I hook it into any music service I have and can record any song I like for free over net, I can record from FM, can convert my old tape recorder cassettes to mp3s, record lectures and its 1 GB which is about enough for my needs.Quality is absolutely THE BEST and size is quite small.Highly recommend it for its many uses.Haven't found any problems yet.However if I HAVE to list issues then the headphones that come with could have been better, the cover is not the greatest, but that is about it. ... Read more


11. Creative Nomad Zen Xtra 60 GB MP3 Jukebox
by Creative Labs
list price: $299.99
our price: $278.34
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Asin: B0000EW9M8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 864
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

This sleek Nomad Jukebox Zen Xtra MP3 player by Creative has a large, hi-res, blue backlit LCD and 60GB of storage for up to 16,000 songs. It features fast USB file transfers, Quick Scroller navigation and playlist creation so you can load and organize your music quickly and easily. Compact and portable, it can also double as an external hard drive for storing photos, documents and other data files. The quick-charge battery offers up to 14 hours of continuous playback, while the anodized aluminum body is sleek and durable. Compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1 for quick and easy file storage and transfer. Includes earphones, travel pouch and USB cable. Available storage capacity may vary. Imported. 4-2/5Hx3Wx7/8D". ... Read more

Features

  • Removable, high-capacity Li-ion battery -- up to 14 hrs continuous playback per charge
  • Compatible with Microsoft Windows 98 SE, Me, 2000, and XP
  • 60 GB storage lets you bring up to 16,000 WMA songs (80 kbps) or MP3 songs (128 kbps) everywhere you go
  • Use AudioSync to synchronize your music on your player with your PC at work, school and home or on the road
  • Load a song a second with ultra fast USB 2.0 port, compatible with USB 1.1 too

Reviews (79)

4-0 out of 5 stars Creative's player almost perfect
I have had this player for a little over a year, bought originally through Amazon, and found it to be pretty much everything that I wanted. I have loaded about 11,000 songs (variably recorded between 192kbps mp3 and 128 kbps wma) into it and still have about 6gb of memory left, enough for probably another couple thousand. I have used it almost on a daily basis, more often than not I use it plugged into portable speakers, the sound has been excellent. I ditched the accompanying headphones early on in favor of better quality Bose ones, far more comfortable. I don't fiddle with the audio options much, just switch the advanced EQ to pop or rock and I'm set. I was never able to figure out the smart volume feature, the match volume worked fine if I ever wanted to use it but the smart volume settings for train, car, plane just seem unnecessary; as are the sound environment settings for cathedral, auditorium, bath room, etc., it borderlines on silly. Perhaps in a future version Creative can focus on sound quality and not sound effects. The Creative Mediasource and Nomad Explorer software included was easy to use once you figure out the basics; I especially liked the Nomad Explorer software, which allows you to use drag-and-drop to put the music from the player back into your computer (or another) and vice-versa. That was a deciding feature between buying this and an Ipod, the ability to transfer the music out of your player, something you can't do (at least not easily) with an Ipod. It also plays wma files, something that also can't be done with an Ipod. My only concern now with the player is the battery, while initially I had a good 14 hours of playing time, now I'm lucky to get a couple hours before it quits. Anyways I'm now looking for a replacement battery so hopefully I'll be good for another year, by then maybe I'll be ready for an 80 or 100gb version as I'm sure they're around the corner. Otherwise this has been a great player, well worth the money and much more practical than an Ipod.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality/value for this product!
Don't believe the negative reviews. I have the 40GB Ipod of Apple and this Zen Xtra of 60GB. So I will try to set the plusses and minusses together.
It simply is such, that there is not super perfect mp3 player on the market today that combines only the plusses on both models, so if you are still looking for an as good can be one, I recommend both types. Its up to your taste. To me, they both work to my satisfaction. Isnt it incredible, to fit hundreds of cds in them without loosing soundquality?
The ZenXtra is a lot cheaper, but not less versatile. The very big plus is the search option (song, artist, album), with the scrolling wheel on the side. The Ipod 40GB does not have this option, maybe because the clickwheel goes very fast to the song you are looking for. Some like the clickwheel better, but the negative point is, that with a case around it you need the remote control to operate it, because then the clickwheel is covered. Not with the Zen, you can reach the wheel on the side also when the protection case is there.
Fair enough, the Ipod looks a bit more sturdy, and the Zen Xtra case is a bit more fragile plastic. So keep them in a protection case and you don't have to worry about damage anymore.
For both models, you simply have to make sure your music dbase is consistent: not Abba and ABBA and AbBA or so, because then it will place songs under those 'different'artists. There are a lot of tag editors for free on the net anyway, so it pays to do it right from the start.
Ok, the Ipod with 60Gb (which I have not) has colours, not the Zen, but the price is almost double! The screen on the ZenXtra is fine, blue, and clear. Both models (Ipod 40GB and the ZenXtra 60GB) are sort of equal in size and weight.
The ZenXtra has EAX, a system that can control a same volume for the songs selected, very handy!
Both models have good sound quality.
For software, it both worked for me. I have not discovered how to put data on and back on the Ipod, but I managed to put a DVDmovie on my Zen as storage in the datalibrary, and back again on my computer.
If I would have to buy a 60GB model again, I would always go for a ZenXtra. The only reason to go for the 60GB Photo to me is the colourscreen and the model which looks a little bit more flashy. But hey, it also cost money! Apple is not cheap.

2-0 out of 5 stars Go iPod...
This is the 6th month with (or was) my Nomad Xtra. I absolutely loved the product and it was totally worth it... until now. I remember correctly that I didn't drop it even once, and I went extra protection for my Nomad. The cover kept popping off but I didn't care, putting it back on wasn't much of a chore. But the headphone jack went awol and I was in the middle of a song when it went totally blank. I thought it ran out of battery until I realized that I left a few minutes ago fully charged and ready for my day. Then I went everywhere online to see what happened and saw countless ppl with the same problem. I was sad. I lost hope in the product, I even tried calling customer service who advised me to "stick my headphone end into the jack and wiggle it violently" or "bang the jack against the wall." it scratched and scraped my player but i just wanted it to play. After a month of grueling I pondered whether to pay 175 bux to fix a product that wasn't really reliable, or buy an iPod 20GB. I went with the 20GB and to say it still hasn't had any problems. Go iPod or Dell, iRiver at least. Save yourself while you can.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heavily researched all of them, VERY happy with my choice.
I spent about 8 or so hours online researching all the mp3 players available.I was looking for a 20 or 40 GB player, but ended up getting the 60GB because it was only about $30 more than the 40GB.

Every mp3 player has its pros and cons, I can live with the 'cons' of this player, no problem.I chose the Zen Xtra because:
1-It has the most bang for its buck..

2-It comes with a battery that you can replace, Ipod doesn't and neither do some of the others.

3-It comes with volume normalization, others don't.I have obtained mp3's from all over the place, and some are way louder than the others, this will set them all at the same volume.

4-You can buy a car DC adapter, some others don't.

5-The sound is very crisp...I did buy some $30 headphones, and the sound is fantastic.But even with the earbuds that come with it, the sound is still very good and crisp.

I don't know why people complain about the software, I'm no computer person and I figured it out in no time.It's a bit bigger than the Ipod (and they say you can't run with it), but it's not crazy big at all and I don't run with music anyway.My carrying case (included) has a window for the screen and I've had absolutely no problems with the player.The battery life is about 8-10 hours, depends on how much fiddling you do with it.

Other than that, all I can say is that I'm very happy with this product, no question.I picked it up for $279 at buy.com I think.I would highly recommend this to anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars QUESTION TO THOSE THAT OWN IT!!
Hello,
I am seriously considering buying the Creative Nomad Zen Xtra 60 GB MP3 Jukebox, but I could not deal with not being able to have my music organized by album with songs IN THE ORDER THAT THEY COME ON THE ALBUM. Can it be possible that they designed this product with no way to have your songs stored in the correct order by album?
Someone please tell me there is a way to have songs organized by artist with all songs from each album together, in the order they are supposed to be!?!

Thanks,
Hannah ... Read more


12. Apple 20 GB iPod U2 Special Edition
by Apple Computer
list price: $349.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0002ZAEYK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 635
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Are U ready 2 rock? The U2 Special Edition iPod will get it done for you. The cool jet black face and deep red Apple Click Wheel stand out and match the prominent colors on U2's new album. The laser-engraved autographs of each U2 band member appear on the iPod's silver-colored back. It comes with an exclusive U2 poster and enough storage (20GB) to hold every U2 song ever released (more than 400 tracks) plus thousands more. Enjoy up to 12 hours of battery life and charge your battery in just 4 hours with USB 2.0 or FireWire. Compatible with both Macintosh and Windows computers. iPod for Mac requires a Macintosh computer with FireWire port; Mac OS X v10.1.5 or later (Mac OS X 10.3 or later recommended); USB 2.0 requires Mac OS X v10.3.4. iPod for Windows requires a PC with FireWire or USB 2.0 port, or FireWire or USB 2.0 card; Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 or Windows XP Home or Professional. Supports AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV audio formats. Available storage capacity may vary. ... Read more

Features

  • Up to 12 hours battery life when fully charged (typically 4 hours); fast-charge in as little as 2 hours
  • Mac OS X or Windows 2000 and XP compatible; FireWire and USB 2.0 interface for fastest digital transfer available
  • Comes with earbud headphones, AC adapter, FireWire cable, and USB 2.0 cable
  • Black enclosure with red Click Wheel and autographs of all four U2 band members on back
  • 20 GB model holds up to 5,000 songs; supports AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV

Reviews (41)

5-0 out of 5 stars STUPID KIDS GIVE DUMB ADVICE
those kids giving advice to not sign up for free offers are stupid.please leave negative feedback after reading their review.their review is not only useless, but it wastes space, and there's no need for them to review something they don't even have.btw, i have an ipod, it's great, innovative, and in the future, i will add more to this review to inform you readers with more information.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very nice
First, let me talk about the internal elements of this special edition iPod. This is pretty basic, as it is really just a 20 GB iPod. It doesn't download quicker or anything. It has the same great iPod quality, and my favorite iPod distinction, it feels sturdy in my hand. Now, on to the true selling point- the physical attributes of this beauty. First of all, I dig the black and red color scheme, which corresponds to the bands latest alblum, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (don't dig the name). I know it may not be for everyone, but this is what sold me on it, even though I am not a big U2 fan. Another thing I liked was the glossy finish of the U2 edition. Now the downside- black shows scratches easier. This, however, is not to big of a problem. My solution is to just by a case (clear, preferably, to show the brilliant colors). Another cool feature is signatures on the back by the band members. These laser-engraved autographs are pretty nifty, and are a distinctive feature.Overall, this is a great iPod. A little overpriced at, but the $50 off the complete U2 at iTunes sort of makes up for it. Just remember, this isn't for all. It really makes you standout!

5-0 out of 5 stars U2 iPod Rocks!
I got this device for a Yule present this year.I did not know how much I needed it until I actually got it!To be perfectly trivial, I like the color scheme because it is so striking.And, what's inside the device is even better.Yes, it's probably a bit of a rip in terms of MB's, etc.. but hey, it's very pretty to look at.Aesthetics combined with excelent engineering is hard to come by these days.Be aware that you are buying a "special edition";sometimes you gotta pay for looks as well as intelligence.Overall, since it was a gift, I feel rather happy about the whole deal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't get something for nothing
Decide for yourself what you think is better:

1) Fall for a bogus offer and sign up for a bunch of trial offers which are impossible to cancel. Tons of spam. All for the "promise" of a refurbished iPod.

2) Ignore too-good-to-be-true hype and find a legitimate way to save money on an iPod.

5-0 out of 5 stars The truth about iPod "offers"
Don't fall for the "get an iPod for free" scams in the fake "reviews" posted here. It's spammers harvesting email addresses for their ridiculous products.

Think about it for a moment. How can somebody afford to give away $250+ gadgets just for signing up for some trial offers? Answer: they can't!

The San Francisco Chronicle also says these offers are bogus. Search sfgate.com or Google for "David Lazarus Free iPod not really" and you will see what the people running these programs are really doing. ... Read more


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

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

Features

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

Reviews (28)

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

The Good Stuff

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

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

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

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

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

The Not So Good Stuff.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


14. Creative MuVo TX FM 1 GB MP3 Player
by Creative Labs
list price: $149.99
our price: $134.98
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Asin: B000779T4Y
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 322
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

plays MP3 and WMA files * built-in FM tuner with 32 station presets * built-in microphone (1GB holds approximately 64 hours of mono voice recordings) * up to 15 hours playback with included "AAA" alkaline battery * 1GB embedded memory holds approximately 16 hours of music at 128 Kbps; 32 hours of music at 64 Kbps * ... Read more

Features

  • Built-in microphone for easy voice recording
  • Transfers music via USB 2.0; compatible with Windows 98SE, 2000, Me, XP
  • Powered by 1 AAA battery; provides up to 15 hours of continuous play
  • 1 GB holds up to 32 hours WMA or 16 hours MP3 music -- weighs just 1.1 ounces
  • Built-in FM and FM recorder with 32 presets

Reviews (29)

5-0 out of 5 stars Creative + Amazon Rulz
I got the Muvo TX 1G about one month ago, I want to write some lines about it.

First of all, I got the device 1 1/2 days after my purchase in Amazon, I can say that's quick enough for me.

Second, The device itself is wonderful, I was thinking about buying an IPod instead, but since I would use it mainly for working out, I thought I would hate myself if something happened to the IPod's hard disk for using it during excercise. Thus, the MuVo appeared as a great solution. Besides, I love the fact that it is also a great jump drive with no extra software required.

I've been a faithful customer of Creative for about 6 years and so far I have had no problem at all with the devices I've bought, some people complain about Creative's customer support, I guess I am lucky I've never had to use it, and I really trust the quality of their products.

As for the MuVo, I love the memory size, and I also love the easy to use on screen menus, I could say a lot of good comments too but I guess that those are already written in other comments here, so I won't waste your time. I can also say that there are a couple negative points, the earphones have a different length for the left and right ears... I don't know if that's a weird design or just a factory error. I was also getting upset about one week ago when the MuVo would not start at all, or play music, that was scary and I thought about having to use the warranty, but then I read a little bit of the FAQ's in Creatives site, and found that I COULD SOLVE THE PROBLEM BY REINSTALLING THE FIRMWARE WHICH IS A REALLY SIMPLE AND FAST PROCESS - AFTER DOING IT I HAD MY MUVO BACK AND I'M VERY HAPPY ABOUT IT.

Other than that I consider the MuVo is a great device, and since my main problem was easily solved in Creative's website...

5 STARS FOR THE MUVO!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great, lightweight, easy to use mp3 player
I'll keep this short and sweet. Read the other reviews for the pros - the're true. Great sound out of a mini sized player. The controls are intuitive. One big improvement to this player is the creative media source software available for download from creative.com. The update and the plug-in (MUVO Pack) now allow playlist capability to an extent. By creating new folders onto the muvo from creative media source then creating a playlist and dragging it to the Muvo TX, it will place those songs into the folder in the order as you made in your playlist. Before this updated software package I would only give this item a 4. The FM feature isn't that good but I bought this as a mp3 player.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good device, but n200 is slightly better
Please read the positive and negative qualities of this player at my Creative n200 review, because, both TX FM and n200 are exactly the same in most respects, except ;

MOST IMPORTANT REASON, I PREFER N200 over TX FM
a) creative tx fm may offer you the benefit of directly connecting to your laptop or pc, without a cable (very good feature), BUT it does not offer line in port, so no recording from external sources like walkman, cd player, mic, etc. Although, both the models (n200 and tx fm) have internal mics. So, I prefer the n200 anytime over TX FM.

b) create tx fm is slightly bigger and slightly heavier.

If you don't want to goto my n200 to get the full picture, I shall give you a brief rundown of the TX FMs positives and negatives.

+1) Excellent sound
+2) Very poratble
+3) Connects to the Windows XP OS without any additional software
+4) Appears to be fairly energy efficient
+5) Removable AAA batteries is a great boon
+6) You could use it for a jog or workout without worrying about damaging the player
+7) Arm band and case are quite cool.
negatives
-1) Can't switch to the next song without automatically stopping the current song. most hard drive mp3 players allow you to scroll through songs while playing the current feature.
-2) This one offers voice recording, but no line-in recording. That's a shame and a deal breaker for me.

I returned this player, and got myself a shiny n200. Go get one for yourself too.

But wait, if you could live with slightly bigger size, and dont need to run your player on AAA batteries or use it for workout, then please check out CREATIVE MICRO first. Otherwise, I bet you, you will be pefectly happy with the n200 or TX FM.

4-0 out of 5 stars A nifty little device for the price
I have had this MP3 for a few days and I like it quite a lot but it does have some little quirks that take a little getting-used-to. A lot of excellent reviews have covered most of the ground about the player.
I did quite a lot of research and settled on this one largely as the best intersection of price and features (the 1 GB flash drive being a huge plus). Plus you are not tied to iTunes/AAC format etc. With this player you have access to all the other online music (stores).

Pros:
- 1 GB Flash memory player, so unlike a hard drive player you can use it while jogging w/o any fear of damage.
- Drag and drop of files is extremely convenient. Windows immediately recognizes it as a drive and you can easily create folders and move files around. I found the software provided to be quite redundant especially if you use some other audio software. As another reviewer pointed out, it is rather large compared to say a thumb drive and so it might be cumbersome to fit into a USB port especially if your other ports are occupied. You might be better off with a USB hub or cable.
- It is surprisingly small (about the size of a jumbo pack of chewing gum) and light (~62 grams/ 2.2 oz).
- An arm band is also provided which is a nice touch.
- Sound quality is excellent and the equalizer is good.

Cons:
- One of the primary reasons I selected this player was because of its the FM radio capability. I must say that the biggest disappointment with the Creative MuVo was the poor reception on the mp3 player. It didnt pick up many stations (I live in a metropolitan area) and the reception was really poor. Almost immediately fades out in most places indoors and the static in certain places becomes unbearable. I must admit I kind of expected it to work in the subway (a bit of a stretch but like some cellphones do) for my commute but I was sorely disappointed !!
- I would agree with quite a few of the reviewers and say that you really need to get better headphones. The earbuds are HUGE and very uncomfortable. The sound is ok but its a pain (literally).
- The inability to shuffle play is a bit irritating especially if you have songs in a single folder.
- The toggle switch is a bit tricky (I am still afraid of breaking it by not handling it gently enough) and moving around the menus is not very smooth. For example, if you are in FM mode and you want to sample other stations, it is difficult to move to a station that is not a preset.
You have to get used to holding the on/off switch for a few seconds before it turns off.

Overall, I think this is a great MP3 player and packs quite a punch in a small package. I hope a firmware update is all that it takes to get a shuffle feature. That in itself would earn 1/2 a star. An improved FM receiver would give it my full vote.For the price and the features it is hard to beat. AND it looks great which is always a plus !!

5-0 out of 5 stars Most reasonable for the size and price.
I am pretty pleased with my new mp3 player. I originally bought a Rio Forge 128 with expandable card slot (up to 1 G). I couldn't get the card to show up on my computer but it died after 5 days so I didn't have to worry about it anyway. Here's the lowdown.

Pros-Great radio (presets), small size, easy and fast filetransfer(drag and drop), easy to convert files into different formats, sound quality is very good, the player remembers exactly where you left off(in the middle of the song), it's fairly lightweight.

Cons- I have to unplug other USB plugs to plug in my player (it's too wide to fit in one hole). You can't create playlists on player itself, only for listening on the computer.

The player allows you to either shuffle folders only or the whole music collection. I was able to separate jazz and rock music by creating a folder labeled jazz and and one for rock and then shuffle folder. I haven't discovered another way to separate the two.Overall, I am pleased with this purchase. ... Read more


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

Available storage capacity may vary. ... Read more

Features

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

Reviews (156)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Great buy, just consider it before you buy an ipod

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

I'm very happy with it.

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

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

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

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

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


16. Archos Gmini 400 20 GB Digital Audio/Video Jukebox
by Archos Inc. dba Archos Technologies
list price: $349.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002U0JPE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Archos Inc. dba Archos Technologies
Sales Rank: 1037
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Calling the Gmini400 from Archos merely a music player is like calling the Grand Canyon a pothole. This quality music player offers more than sound output. Start with a color LCD display for viewing photos and music videos. Add a built-in CompactFlash reader for storing photos and data and the ability to play Mophun games. You can also connect to your TV to view and share photos and watch videos. It's ultra slim, and ultra light and the cool, silvery aluminum cover and distinct horizontal design show it's no fashion dweeb either. Play multiple formats, connect to your stereo, watch, listen and enjoy! Available storage capacity may vary. 7/10Hx4-1/5Wx2-2/5D". ... Read more

Features

  • 20 GB hard drive stores up to 300 hours of music
  • Play MPEG4 video back on the 2.2-inch LCD or connect to a TV
  • Built-in CompactFlash slot
  • Archos 500637 Gmini 400 20 GB Digital Audio/Video Jukebox
  • Hard drive-based digital audio and video player and gaming device

Reviews (36)

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good..
First impression of Gmini 400. I got this player 2 days back and here is my first impression.

The utility value of this device is amazing.This could surely keep you entertained for a while with its video capabilities and its primary function of mp3 play. Here is some information that could help your decision
a) You can copy photos directly from your flash memory card.
b) You have the ability to add this as an external drive to the pc and directly deal with the files.
c) Audio recording is possible.
d) Though there is NO inbuilt FM tuner, with the add-on it should be possible. I am yet to try this. I read this is a pretty useful add on and gives you the ability to record music off your Radio. Also the buffering feature of the add-on helps record the entire song, even if you could manage to start recording after the song has played for a few seconds.
e) The video picture resolution is great and it is very much watchable. With the new firmware release (version 2.1 released in may-05) plays many of the video formats (.avi files). Please make sure to download and install this version of firmware or the latest before you try to play your own video files. Some of the movie clips that did not play initially worked after I installed this firmware.
I heard this has fixed a few other bugs apart from providing the capability to play videos of many formats.
f) More information about this device, tutorials on many 'how to's, other expriences can be found at these links
www.gmini400.com -- a community site
www.engadget.com/entry/6213210442242855 -- more than 200 user comments.

The Cons..

a) The controls are not intuitive..should consult the manual often.
b) THe back button does not always take you to the previous screen and sometimes takes you to the page where u initially came from..





5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest Gadget!
This Media Player is Fantastic.

I've settled with listening to my MP3 player at the gym for several years now. What would come in handy doing those long boring cardio workouts is to be able to watch a video right there, and not be stuck with whatever is playing on the TV gym.The versatile Gmini makes video very portable.I wanted something similar in size to an Ipod, but with much more to offer.Music alone isn't enough anymore.

Portability was a big factor for me, so realistically, the 3.5" inch or larger screen media players seemed too bulky to watch videos doing cardio, then slapping it on my arm to listen to music working out.This device is perfect.

Videos on The screen look excellent.
After a quick lesson in converting files, you'll watch your 3 gig file shrink down to about a 300mb file with excellent quality.Dragging and dropping files into the Gmini is simple.Excellent sound quality.

This thing is GREAT.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ho my!!!
This is the best mp3 player, photo viewer; game device; and video player. Or is it the best video player, photo viewer, game device, and mp3 player?. Like most all-in-one devices the buttons are design to be suitable for all tree functions, which makes it a little ackward to operate, it seems almost that the device was design mostly for game playing. Once you get the hang of it is very easy to navigate, although you have to hold it with both hands.
>very good sound
>videos play amazingly good, very smooth and if encoded at the right settings will sound excellent. You will need the divx codecand pocketdivxencoder which are freelly available tools.
when encoding video:

>run pocketdivixencoder, choose archos device in the first window, then on the next window that opens up choose the one on the far left hand side. then click ok when promps alerting you that the resolution is only up to 352x258.
>change video quality to 15
>audio quality to 8
>output dimentions to 252x184 (click where it says change)
You are ready to watch videos, keep in mind that this settings are optimal only to be viewed on the device not so good when sending the singnal out to the TV. for that you would have to increase video quality and output dimentions, but when you do that also the size of the file increases quite a bit.
So rule of thumb better resolution bigger file size.
The source of my videos where from files encoded mpeg2
The original file was 700 megabytes and it was reduced to a mere 70 megabytes. ( which is like half hour worth of video)
I described here many things that might be helpfull for people that bought this thing with the intention to watch videos. Once you get the thing working you won't ever get tired of using it.
I use it all the time except for games, all in all an excellent gadget.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why buy an IPod
Bought it, love it!!!
Facing the media bias in favor of IPods, I thought I'd give a word for my Archos Gmini 400. There was about 6 months ago a full on article about how IPods will add the feature of picture viewing on their equipment. Big Deal!!! Archos has been selling multimedia player able to dipslay pics and view movies for a while now. The argument of the form factor is not valid anymore with the Gmini400 which is as small as an IPod. The truth is this little player does it all and more.
I strongly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Archos Shrinks Down To Compete with King Apple
While all of Archos's products have been great, the gmini really raises the bar. With a bundle full of features including full movie and music playback, as well as games and picture viewing, the Gmini 400 beats all other units of its type. Also the fact that it has a compact flash slot leaves it with unlimited storage capabilities. I have transfered and watched many movies on the unit with no problem. Music transfer is suprisingly fast and battery life has been great as well. I really feel that the Gmini400 has really overcome any product out there and while the price is slightly greater then some other units, its well worth it! ... Read more


17. 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


18. iRiver AFT 100 Mobile FM Transmitter
by iRiver
list price: $49.99
our price: $34.67
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Asin: B00067LYFW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 53
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

iRiver (AFT-100) iRiver Mobile FM Transmitter ... Read more

Features

  • Connects to the headphone jack of portable MP3 or CD players
  • Easy-to-read blue LCD display
  • Mobile FM transmitter for listening to portable audio devices through car stereo
  • Transmits to all FM frequencies (88.1 to 107.9 MHz)
  • Plugs into standard car power socket--no batteries required

Reviews (35)

5-0 out of 5 stars this transmitter rocks....
I've used both the iTrip and the iRiver tranmitter with my ipod and was blown away by how much better the iRiver product was. The iRiver gave much better sound, produced less static and importantly, did not suck up my ipod's battery life. From the user's standpoint, the iRiver setup was also a breeze. You didn't have to fiddle with 'preset stations' or have to install software on your computer to sync the stations to your ipod playlist prior to using. You just basically plug it into the car cigarette lighter, hook it up to the headphone jack on the ipod, punch the buttons on the device to set it to a particular radio frequency (88.9 works great in the Chicago area) and set your car radio to it and hit "play". Though, make sure that the ipod vol is set to about 60-70% -- any more than that would produce static. Anything less will cause the transmitter to power-off automatically.

1-0 out of 5 stars Shuts down after 30 seconds!!!
My buddy and I each got one and both have the same problem - the device shuts down after 30 seconds of normal operation, even though our MP3 players are cranked up to full volume to prevent it from turning off (according to the manual). iRiver support email bounces back an error and no one picks up their support phone line. Be wary!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best
This is going to be a simple review because the product simply worked exactly as I hoped it would.The sound is crisp and I have not had any problems with interference even taking into consideration that I live in New York City and every single station frequency is basically taken.

I assume that the performance is better than others that I have seen/heard because it benefits by plugging into the cigarettle adapter.The stronger power must help it overwhelm the radio signals in the area.My brother uses the iPod iTrip configuration and he is constantly changing stations to enhance performance.Though the iRiver has 3 programmable stations, I have not had to use any but the first one to great success.

One more thing...people have complained about the auto off resulting in loud static when it kicks in; try this instead: use a station that comes on just somewhat poorly and the iRiver can still overwhelm its signal.However, when the auto-off feature kicks in, you don't get static; rather, you just get a pretty weak signal station.Food for thought.

I am completely psyched with this product and only wish that I had purchased it sooner.

FIVE out of FIVE stars.You can't go wrong with this product.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just as expected
I had read the reviews here, before buying this product. I am glad that the product is functioning just as expected.

I was concerned that the transmitter might not just fit into my cigarette lighter, as it looked bulky in the photographs. But, in reality it is very small and light. I have added some images of the AFT 100 attached to my cigarette lighter.

The transmitter produces little or no static, except if you move the connecting audio cable a lot, while playing. The ability to set any desired frequency is very good. I have set it at 88.1 and never have had any interference.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't do it.
I use this with an ipod.In both of my vehicles, the unit continuously shuts itself off.Incredibly annoying.I returned the first unit thinking it was a lemon.The second does the same.I contacted I-River to no avail-no response.I dont get all of the positive feedback I am reading about it.Dont do it. ... Read more


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Asin: B00086I5FS
Catlog: CE
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Bang for your buck.
When trying to decide what new mp3 player to purchase, I was very torn between the Ipod Mini and the Zen Micro. In the end it came down to one thing: bang for your buck. In order for Mac to reduce the price of the 5 gig Mini to about $199, they stopped including a charger in the package. The Mini will still charge while hooked up to your PC, but if you plan on going anywhere for a day or two and will not have access to your computer, you're out of luck. Now you can shell out the extra $40 bucks for a charger, or you can use the $40 to purchase the Zen Micro (as in, there is less than a $40 difference in price, the Zen being more expensive.), which not only includes a charger, but an extra gig of space (about 200 songs) for a total of 6 gigs of space, a hard case to protect from the inevitable butter-fingers moments, and two attatchments for the hard case which enable the Zen to either clip to a belt or stand upright on a flat surface, such as a desk or table. The Zen also comes with software that makes it exceptionally easy to add or remove music from your player and/or your PC music library. The software also manages your entire music library, allowing you to burn and copy cd's, create playlists for use on your pc, etc. And, finally, the Zen comes in a greater variety of colors than does the Mini, which is an added bonus. So, which sounds like the better buy to you?

3-0 out of 5 stars Sad Day
I was looking forward to this product so much!! But, I was let down...a lot.It looked great when I got it out of the box, and sounded beautiful for the full 15 minutes it worked.I turned it off, and then couldn't get it to turn on again--ever. I called the company and asked them about it, they were nice, but couldn't solve the problem so they told me to send it back in--which meant it would be at least another 2 weeks before I could get the replacement.I opted to return it instead and get my money back.I'm now looking at the Iriver, but I may buy another Zen Micro, but this time I'll be buying it at a store so if it dies on me again, I won't have to wait 2 weeks for a new one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Why I Decided to Buy A Zen Micro Instead of An iPOD
I've been using the Zen Micro 6GB for about 3 weeks now. I spent some time before the purchase with a ZM and an equivalent iPOD. I chose the ZM for a number of reasons. Both are fine players, but here is what sent me to the ZM.

Design
ZM is sturdy, with an easy to read screen. Similar case volume to IP but thicker and shorter so feels more compact. I can nearly hide ZM inside my fist. (I have big hands). Case is very smooth. Replaceable battery is a huge advantage over IP. But, design is not as MOMA artsy as IP.

Battery Life
The first few charge/discharge cycles with the ZM were short, about 4-6hours. But after that I started getting 10 hours at full volume, 12 at normal human volumes. Seems the battery likes to be conditioned a little. Do a couple of full charge and then fully discharge before recharging cycles.

Audio Quality
Playing compressed music on audiophile systems is a waste. So I used Sennhesier PX100s (which I think sound much better than the Senn PX200's - but that's another review), OEM Toyota Car Audio and Tivoli Model One Radio. Although I restricted the ZM to only 128kbps WMA, to my ears, the ZM was noticeably better, with greater presence, better dynamic range and more accurate transients. This was true whether direct link via miniplug, cassette adaptor (SONY adaptor -lower noise) or FM broadcast (Belkin Tunecast II - lower noise better signal more options). Some of the quality difference may have been the different encoding schemes used by IP and ZM rather than the players themselves.

Capacity
Virtually identical. I have nearly 50 hours of 128kbps WMA music and the ZM is only half full. ADVICE - Like all hard drives, both IP and ZM minidrives need some free space to perform housekeeping and other duties. I don't recommend filling either an IP or ZM drive to 100% capacity.

Accessories.
IP wins hands down in number and variety of accessories. Colored covers, bags, pouches, plastic overlays, lights and more. For me, if it doesn't improve the playing experience, I'm not interested. Anything beyond that is a fashion issue. (Think $2000 car with $5,000 worth of trim, wheels and chrome.) You may have other priorities. At a minimum, get a good car charger, wall charger and remote. Both IP and ZM have excellent products available. However, I prefer the standard USB power/PC interface of ZM over the unique IP connections because I've been trapped in proprietary connectors and formats too many times before.

Music Download
Although the iTunes site had a great selection of music, I didn't like iTunes for Windows client or being essentially locked into the iTunes site. I liked the ability to use lots of places to download music for ZM. Creative Organizer software was usable for me without reading the instructions.

Controls
Had no problem with the touchpad controls on ZM even at medium sensitivity. But my notebook PC uses a touchpad and I'm very comfortable with a control interface that does not provide tactile feedback. IP wheel gives you that feedback. ZM alternative response is their wired remote which provides tactile feedback in a more traditional way.

Suggested ZM Product Improvements (Are you listening Creative?)

1) Silicone Cases - I use BoxWave Flexiskin because it makes the case less slippery and allows me to cover the white back of the case with a color. (My ZM is Black on Black).
2) Hard Cases - Look at the sweet Altoids hacks people have created. The demand is there.
3) Wireless remote - Who needs more wires in their life?
4) A Dock - The interfaces are all on the top, so invert the unit in the dock. A simple firmware mod would allow the screen to invert when docked. Dock is much better than loose wires on the counter.
5) Electronic Manuals as Adobe documents are okay, but format them for 8.5x11 paper so we can print them out if we wish. Leaving them formatted as 7x4 because the summary instructions are like that is wasteful.

I'm very happy with the product and feel I made the right choice for me. Your experience and opinion may vary. Enjoy!!


5-0 out of 5 stars Nice is an understatement
I've had the 4GB version of thisplayer for more than 4 months and I'm very happy with it. I use it on an average 5 hours a day I hook it up to my Belkin FM transmitter in the car or to my Logitech 2.1 Speakers at home, I rarely use it with the earbuds, though they are much better than the ones you normally get with other mp3 players.

The Look & Feel:
I have the black one and the contrasting neon blue on the buttons add a very nice ambience. The light pulsates when you are charging it almost as if it were breathing. The player itself is tiny , it gets a bit bulky when you put it in the hardcase, which you need to do if you don't want to get scrathes on the back(its a nice looking back too ). It feels tiny in the hand without it. The stand that comes with it is very usefult to prop it up on the desk. The belt clip however is not very useful if you move around a lot. The blue backlit LCD looks really neat and is easy to read. The touch controls took a little getting used to but now I wouldn't change it for the scroll wheel.
The touch buttons are textured so that your finger sdon't slip which was very thoughtful.

Reliability & Build

I dropped the player once from about 4 ft, and it fell hard, but kept on playing. The hardcase they give with it must work well.
It feels solid and not flimsy like the carbon.

Sound

I'm no audiophile but I was amazed by the clarity the player had, it was much better than the sound card on my Computer and louder too. I have had the ipod mini and it performs on the level with my sound card but the micro beats it outright.
Best of all the WMAs(I have a lot of them) sound great.

Utility
Its got a huge list of features including an FM Recorder a Calender and contacts list. Its not convinient to enter name of course but synchronise it with outlook and it becomes a gem of a address book. The songs recorded with FM are as good as the original signal. The interface takes 2 secs after you press record to show up but its actually started recording at the moment you press record.

Software
The software that comes along with it is not very intuitive but once you are used to it,it does the job well. Creating and modifying playlists is easy and clean.

There are 2 things that need fixing
First is the battery life. It will run for 6 hrs without problems with medium usage of the buttons.
Second might be a problem I might have with my PC but not too sure, when the player is connected on the USB and I start playing on it and also using the windows explorer, it sometimes pauses by itself and tries to synchronise with the PC during play, which is a bit irritating.

5-0 out of 5 stars .....AWESOME PRODUCT.....
NOTE: this review is for the 5gb player. I wrote this lengthy review for that model, and it didn't show up and I can't re-submit it now. DARN thing! All the specs should be the same though.

I've been behind the times using the same portable CD player for the last 6 or 7 years... so this was really a BIG step up for me. Hopefully this review will be helpful if you have never owned an mp3 player before....
I have no idea how this compares to the ipod, but here is a list of the lesser known features of the zen micro:

PROS
+++ It tells you the number of tracks, albums & playlists uploaded. Total Mb & Mb remaining.
+++ FM radio.
+++ Removable battery & micro hard disc.
+++ If you're halfway through a song (or paused) & you shut it down (or it shuts down after being inactive for a while, IT RESUMES WHERE IT LEFT OFF in the middle of a song when your turn it back on again!! :-)
+++ You can change the idle shutdown time, backlight time, contrast, touchpad sensitivity, language (there are 15 languages installed!!)
+++ sleep timer
+++ You can personalise (configure) menus, much like with mobile phones.
+++ PLAY MODES: normal, repeat track, repeat all, shuffle, shuffle repeat & track once.
+++ You can find songs by albums, artists, genre, playlist
+++ DJ menu: album of the day, random play all, most popular & rarely heard tracks.
+++ There are 10 bookmarks, which I have absolutely no idea how to use, but it must be put onto this list anyway. ;-)
+++ 12/24hr time, alarm, calendar, date (several date formats and you can even choose between the following separators: space, dot, dash, slash)
+++ Variable microphone sensitivity.
+++ Organiser; tasks + contact lists. (synchronised with creative sync manager)
+++ Smart volume + Equaliser (numerous modes: Off, custom, acoustic, classical, disco, jazz, new age, pop, rock, or vocal)
+++ master reset.:-0
+++ track name, title & artist on LCD display.+ battery indication, and various other on-screen icons while a song is playing, such as EQ & repeat modes.
+++ Gives the length of a song as a bar graph so you can tell the progress of the song...
+++ A lot of stuff in the box: remote control, belt clip & cradle, pouch, usb cable, charger, earphones, software (easy enough to figure out).....
+++ Last but not least: a cool blue glow + white backlit screen!!!
+++ There ISN'T a one second delay between playing each song.
+++ My zen micro hasn't crashed on me yet (and I have been sucessful in crashing every computer product known to man, eg: my Ericsson T39m phone several times!)

CONS:
--- The touch pad can be annoying sometimes. So you either have to hold it by the edges when playing a song or put it on hold mode, otherwise your palm will set off a whole bunch of menus.
It's okay when you're using it though.

--- You can't hear any music while fast-forwarding through a song. I am used to being able to go by ear while doing this, but you can't do that with this thing. Maybe a future firmware upgrade will fix this issue? Please??! Creative???!!

--- I walked all around sydney and couldn't find this in *ANY* shop. So I had to buy it online. All the photos of the zen on the 'net are front on.... and I didn't realise until I opened the box that the back & sides of the zen micro were coloured WHITE!!! ARRRRGHHHH! I hate white! Aaaahhh well, I suppose I'll get used to it soon enough.

--- I find the lowest volume setting isn't all that low. I can still hear songs well in a fairly quiet room during the daytime. At 3:00am I think this might be just a tad louder than I would have liked. [This is with panasonic earbuds though]

--- You have to first aportion (partition) the HDD to be used as an extrenal flash drive. Available sizes are: 128, 256, 512Mb, 1, 2Gb. You should be able to just use whatever is available. This isn't a big problem though.

--- Earbuds are too thick for my ears. Wearing them is like stuffing a peanut lengthwise in your ear. It pulls your earlobes out.

--- There is practically zero information (on how to use the menus) in the instruction manual. ... Read more


20. Apple iPod USB Power Adapter M9837LL/A
by Apple Computer
list price: $29.00
our price: $27.55
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Asin: B0002ZAIMI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 45
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Charge your iPod at home, on the road, or whenever your iPod is not connected to a computer with this convenient USB-based adapter. All you have to do to recharge is plug the adapter into a wall outlet and connect to your iPod. The iPod shuffle can connect directly to the USB Power Adapter or the optional iPod shuffle Dock. Also supports iPod mini, iPod photo and iPod with click wheel (all require the iPod Connector to USB cable). For world travel, convert the adapter with an optional World Travel Adapter Kit (sold separately). Imported. ... Read more

Features

  • Connects directly to an iPod shuffle
  • Convenient USB-based adapter to charge your iPod at home, on the road, or whenever your iPod is not connected to a computer
  • Compatible with the iPod (with click wheel), iPod photo, iPod mini, and iPod shuffle
  • Plugs into a wall outlet
  • iPod mini, iPod photo, and iPod with click wheel also require the iPod Connector to USB cable

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great companion for your iPod Shuffle
This is an excellent way to recharge your Shuffle away from the computer in a hassle free manner. Just plug it into the wall and you are done, no wires. The plug also folds in for easy storage, just like any other Apple or Canon Elph charger.

Say you ran out charge in the gym or in a non-tech-savvy friend's house, just pull this out of your bag and ready to go in a few minutes!

It can also be used to charge any other device which has a USB recharging capability. I have tested in on Palmone's Zire PDA so far and it works great. I am already looking for a USB cable for my Sony Ericsson phone. A possible to solution to mutiple chargers on your next trip.

Maybe a little bit overpriced but it still is affordably priced. Nice addition to your iPod Shuffle!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Idea
Thisis a great thing for when you are traveling without your laptop. You can just plug it in at the nearest outlet, and charge your ipod (or whatever).
Great Idea ... Read more


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