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    1. Apple 20 GB iPod M9282LL/A
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    2. Apple 30 GB iPod Photo M9829LL/A
    3. Apple iPod mini Second Generation
    4. Apple iPod mini Second Generation
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    5. Apple 60 GB iPod Photo M9830LL/A
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    6. Apple 512 MB iPod Shuffle M9724LL/A
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    7. Apple 60 GB iPod photo
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    8. Bose SoundDock System for iPod
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    9. Apple 1 GB iPod Shuffle M9725LL/A
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    10. Altec Lansing inMotion iM3 Portable
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    11. JBL On Stage Speaker System for
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    12. Creative Zen Touch 20 GB MP3 Player
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    13. iRiver H340 40 GB Digital Music
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    14. SanDisk 512 MB MP3 Player Blue
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    15. iRiver iFP 799T 1 GB Flash MP3
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    16. Rio Carbon 5 GB MP3 Player
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    17. Creative Nomad Zen Xtra 60 GB
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    20. iAudio U2 1 GB Digital Music Player

    1. Apple 20 GB iPod M9282LL/A
    by Apple Computer
    list price: $299.99
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    Asin: B0002OZXHO
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Apple Computer
    Sales Rank: 7
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The Apple iPod 20GB digital music player puts a world of music in the palm of your hand. Able to store 5,000 songs and weighing just 5.6 ounces, the newest iPod gives you up to 12 hours of playing time on a single battery charge. It also now incorporates the same touch-sensitive Apple Click Wheel that debuted on iPod mini. Playlists and thousands of songs can be quickly accessed without lifting a thumb from the wheel. Features an intuitive user interface, a 2" backlit grayscale LCD screen, 25 minutes of skip protection and seamless integration with iTunes. iTunes allows you to efficiently and creatively manage your digital music collection, and makes it easy to add to your collection via the Apple Music Store. Compatible with both Macintosh and Windows computers. iPod for Mac requires a Macintosh with built-in FireWire and Mac OS X v10.1.5 or later (Mac OS X v10.3 or later 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. Supports AAC, MP3, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless and WAV audio formats. Available storage capacity may vary. ... Read more

    Features

    • Feature upgrades from previous version include new Click Wheel, slimmer case, and easier navigation
    • Comes with earbud headphones, AC adapter, FireWire cable, and USB 2.0 cable (dock not included)
    • 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
    • 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

    Reviews (300)

    2-0 out of 5 stars COMPLETE,UTTER.........
    HYPE! the ipods good, but not that good. it looks nice and thats its main selling point, but it is actually below average as an mp3 player. no fm radio or extras like that, rubbish battery life (apple seem to think that people don't want a lot of battery life to listen to their music, when the battery dies they can just stare lovingly at their ipod instead...), and when your battery finally goes completely kaput, you've got send it to apple and shell out $100. the logic in that please??????? oh yeah apple get money...but what about the customer and their music? they can wait can't they, and then they can stare at their ipod in beautiful green or whatever. EVERYONE HAS ONE THEY ARE BORING AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT THEY CAN DO YOU REALISE..not much. there are way better mp3 players out there, so my advice, ignore your friends and do a little research. only for people who like to follow the crowd and like being told whats cool e.g morons. Good luck to you if you choose to buy this. and no i'm not apple's rival company, i'm just tired of people dissing other mp3 players and saying that ipod is the best, just cos evryone has one! Enough with the sh*t!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Breakthrough in digital music!
    This is by far the best MP3 player on the market. Please don't be fooled by the price. It can hold up to 5,000 songs, which is approximately 357 CD's. If you were to go out to the store and by 357 CD's, it would cost you about $4,285!!! So rethink the price. It's a good deal.

    When I first bought my iPod, I was worried that I wouldn't understand how to download and transfer the songs to the iPod. About a half and hour- fourty-five minutes after I took the iPod out of the box, I was a master at transfering songs from my CD's to the iPod. About an hour after I took it out of the box, I was downloading songs off of apple.com.

    The iPod is really simple to use. Just pick the order that you want to list your songs(by artist, alphabetical order, by album, etc) and pick the song that you want to play. Or choose randomize to play all your songs in a random order. There are also extras to the iPod like a calender and a couple of cheap games like bricks and a quiz.

    The iPod has a very neat design. It has a wheel on which you move your finger to scroll. As your finger moves around one way, the iPod scrolls down through your playlist. As your finger moves around the other way, the playlist scrolls up your your playlist. You also do that to change the volume level.

    The iPod is better than iRiver, Creative Labs, Sandisk, and Dell. As simple as that. I have listened to all of them and found that the iPod has:
    Better sound
    Is more durable
    EASIER TO USE!!!
    SO BUY AN iPOD ALREADY!!!

    1-0 out of 5 stars The Software Interface from Hades
    This is my 3rd iPod 20GB unit .. won't even begin to address the problems with the first two, except to say most (not all!) problems have been related to the software.This third one works fine, except for one small detail .. every time I try to add songs from an updated iTunes, I get a message saying "...this iPod needs to be reformatted for use on your PC.Check the update button..." which then forces only one option .. a complete reformat of the unit.In other words, if I have 1000 songs loaded on the iPod and wish to add 2 more, the required protocol is to completely erase the existing 1000 songs and then upload 1002!!Again, this happens EVERY time, even if the next update attempt happens immediately after the previous one is concluded.
    What an overpriced piece of junk!Fortunately, I have 2 other MP3 players .. a Creative Zen 5 GB Micro and an iRiver 1 GB 899 flash player, both of which are outstanding and are BUTTER SMOOTH when it comes to software interfaces.My plan for this iPod is to just leave it as is and use it as a "jukebox"; i.e., just keep the same songs on there and use it as a traveling automobile player.The iPod is great as long as you already have songs loaded on it and have to connect it to your PC as little as possible.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 20 Gig Just Right!!
    The Apple iPod is a great little invention. I love the click wheel and the backlight is perfect. 20 GB of space is HUGE, capable of holding some 10,000 songs, and iTunes is relatively simple to use. However, I don't recomend buying and iTunes, because you can just download music and get music off CD's. Besides, who would pay a $1 for ONE song?!?
    I already have some 2,000 songs on my iPod and have only owned it for 5 days.

    It's great!
    Buy one...or a mini.

    3-0 out of 5 stars love - hate relationship
    Love: I got my ipod 4 months ago and have loved it dearly. I have grown very dependent on it and bought some of the accessories to go with it, it has become quite an investment. I even use it for work. It is very easy to use and I can't tell you how easy it has made carrying around my music as opposed to carrying all those CDs.
    Hate: However, a few weeks ago my ipod completely froze (remember it is 4 months old),thank goodness I bought the service plan! So, it was sent back for repair. That was 2 weeks ipod-less, very upsetting when you have a dependancy. I was happy to see it arrived back to my house after the repairs (without my music of course) so I reloaded all my music and 4 days later the exact thing happened (that was this morning so I am still fuming!).Of course, the store I bought it from could careless, thier 30 day refund/exchange plan has expired, all they will do is ship it off to who knows where for 2-3 weeks. Now that I have read all your reviews about how horrible Ipod service is, I am not expecting much from them either. So, just wanted to put a warning up to those thinking of purchasing ipod. I love it (3 stars for its ease and potiential to be great if it worked) but hate that is may still be a very unreliable product. You might want to wait to see what else comes on the market or at least shop around. ... Read more


    2. Apple 30 GB iPod Photo M9829LL/A
    by Apple Computer
    list price: $349.99
    our price: Too low to display
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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


    3. 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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    4. 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


    5. 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


    6. 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


    7. 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


    8. Bose SoundDock System for iPod or iPod mini - White
    by Bose
    list price: $299.00
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0006VX1G8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Bose
    Sales Rank: 205
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The Bose SoundDock digital music system was specifically designed to expand and enhance your enjoyment of the music stored on your iPod or iPod mini. Just slip it into the docking cradle for the Bose sound your favorite songs deserve. The iPod charges as it plays, so you enjoy music without interruption. Its sleek, slender design fits almost any rooms décor. And the included remote lets you control the SoundDock system from across the room. Bose performance meets your iPod. Enjoy the songs on your iPod or iPod mini like never before. The SoundDock system is designed to play your favorite tracks with crisp clarityallowing you to discover subtleties in your music that used to simmer beneath the surface. A host of proprietary technologies adds vitality and realism to your tracks. With Bose proprietary acoustic design, you enjoy a full, rich sound thats greater than youd expect from a system this small. Easy to use. Easy on the eyes. Easy to love. The SoundDock system is easy to operate. Just plug it in, pop in your iPod and play. Your iPod works as long as it has a dock connector on the bottom. There are no extra wires or adapters. The included remote allows you to control your music at the push of a button. And a stylish, sophisticated look means it can be the center of attention or blend in wherever you place it. The SoundDock system and your iPod share a commitment to simplicity, quality and above all, music. Now just introduce them and watch this pair become best friends. ... Read more

    Features

    • Renowned Bose sound from your iPod or iPod mini
    • Docking cradle charges the iPod as it plays, with no cables or adapters
    • Credit card-sized remote controls volume and basic iPod functions
    • The iPod is not included with this system.

    Reviews (18)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good but overpriced
    First I would like to say that I am not an expert on speakers. I am just someone who loves listening to all kinds of music.

    The SoundDock from Bose actually delivers pretty good sound for its size. I like listening to music at high (but not extremelly high) volumes, and it performs quite well. Once in a while I do hear some distortion. But anyway, it handles bedrooms and small rooms easily. For larger spaces it lacks the punch delivered by larger speakers and subwoofers.

    If size is not crucial for you, you are probably better off with cheaper but larger speakers.

    I am satisfied with my purchase. If it costed a little less (200-249) I would have given it 5 stars.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Expensive but good sound
    Many of the Ipod based system do not deliver on the sounds. The sound on this system is very good and much better then the other systems. That being said the other ipod systems are geared to be mobil. This system requires that you plug it in and does not have a battery option. I knew this before purchasing the unit so I have no complaints on the unit.This system is super easy to to install and get going.

    The only reason that do not get this unit 5 stars is because of the remote control. The remote works fine, but only has forwards/backwards plus stop/play with volume control. It would be nice to be able to select multiple playlist without having to get up and change it on the ipod.

    5-0 out of 5 stars WOW GREAT MACHINE
    It took me a couple of weeks to decide if I wanted to buy this. With all of the different reveiws of it. Well let me tell you I am so happy that I did. IT SOUNDS GREAT. It fills the whole apt. The sound is strong and clear.This is the best you can buy for external speakers for you ipos. It sounds just like a stereo. I am so totaly happy with it

    1-0 out of 5 stars Overpriced GARBAGE!
    My mother gave me one of these for my birthday and as much as I love her, I was really disappointed.See, I am not an audiophile but I have had a fair bit of experience with good audio because I used to work in a small audio store, and in the audio industry is full of little dittys about Bose: "BOSE=Buy Other Sound Equipment" or "Bose blows" or "No highs, no lows, it must be Bose."I am not saying you have to go out and buy a $5,000 system to get good sound, but only that you can get far better sound for half the price that Bose will gouge you for...they are NOTORIOUSLY bad, the only thing they have going for them is massive and relentless advertising campaigns, and cute compact little designs.

    So I plug in this Sound-Crock thing, and jump out of my skin...never in my life have I heard MP3 sound so bad!!!This is exactly what a lot of doomsayers were warning about when MP3 first came out, that its musical quality would be horrible.It was simply unlistenable!

    Well, I plan on eBaying this thing as soon as a few months pass and my Mom forgets that she gave it to me.Maybe I'll just tell her that my dog ate it or something...but then I'd have to kill my dog, and I don't want to do that.So maybe an irate girlfriend smashed it to pieces, yeah Mom will like to hear about that drama, she loves soap operas as I suspect that most Bose-buyers probably do which explains their buying disasters.

    Anyway right now I have my iPod plugged into my Aiwa AWP-ZX7 boombox and for just two hundred dollars it blows this THREE hundred dollar Bose hunka-junk clear out of the water!I highly recommend you do the same, a boombox is also far more versatile, can play normal CDs, radio and cassette, plus way better sound quality.

    Oh, I forgot...it's not as cutesy as this little Bose.GAG!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible sound!
    I ordered the Soundock online and received it within 5 days.It is unbelievably easy to set-up - just plug in the adapter for your size iPod, plug in and enjoy!The sound from the notebook sized speaker is amazing!The remote doesn't have a ton of functions available, but I find it's not really needed.Overall, I would definitely purchase again and am considering a second unit to keep at the office.Excellent sound quality! ... Read more


    9. Apple 1 GB iPod Shuffle M9725LL/A
    by Apple Computer
    list price: $149.99
    our price: $144.99
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    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


    10. Altec Lansing inMotion iM3 Portable Audio System for iPod
    by Altec Lansing Technologies
    list price: $179.99
    our price: $128.24
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    Asin: B0006G0RSI
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Altec Lansing Technologies
    Sales Rank: 74
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Altec Lansing's ultra-small, ultra-sleek portable speaker and charging system with built-in docking port for iPod lets you enjoy your digital music collection without earbuds. This versatile system also connects to other audio devices, including laptops and other MP3 players, with an auxiliary input jack and included 3.5mm stereo cable. A highly efficient Class D amplifier powers four full-range micro drivers to deliver excellent sound; MaxxBass technology booms the deep notes so there's no need for a separate subwoofer. Simple operation is as easy as placing your iPod into the dock or connecting it through the auxiliary port. The dock recharges your iPod, too. The inMotion iM3 comes with a remote control, a 3V lithium battery and a protective carry case. Measures 1" x 8" x 5 1/2" and weighs 15 oz. One-year warranty. No-hassle 2- or 3-year Product Replacement Guarantee available (see order form). ... Read more

    Features

    • Built-in docking station holds, recharges, and synchronizes iPod
    • Includes wireless remote and carrying bag; measures 8 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches (W x H x D)
    • Portable audio system designed specifically for use with iPod and iPod mini
    • 4 full-range 28 mm neodymium micro drivers produce rich, crystal-clear sound
    • MaxxBass technology delivers quality bass performance without a subwoofer

    Reviews (20)

    1-0 out of 5 stars iPod photo 30G did not fit
    Great concept but...One previous review stated that the ipod photo did not fit.I found the same thing.I contacted Altec Lansing by phone and despite removing the adapter my ipod would still not sit in the dock.It seemed "off center"and would not seat.The tech continued to tell me that it would fit, no luck.

    4-0 out of 5 stars MiniIPod system on the go
    This puppy also works great with 40GB IPod too as we found out recently on an evening of Frank Caliendoimpressions and jokes. The ultra compact remote is way cool, almost futuristic-JamesBondish in sleek design. Plug your Ipod inon the desk and you almost expect a hologram to appear and start speaking to you. Seriously though this is one little impressive unit. This is a nice accessory for the IPod that looks good and sounds pretty decent, not great mind you. For the less discerning listener this is a perfect system for being on the go. In some ways the fact that the sound won't blast the doors of a room is a blessing. I bought this forone ofmy sons and he likes it to take into every room to play outloud . When he goes to visit grandma he takes his little system. He loves to take it to the bathroom for showering and I don't have to tell him to turn it down! The latest version (im3)does have DC so that takes care of the battery complaint. However rechargeable batteries do the trick for places without DC. The carrying case is very cool, a sleek little lightweight case that will protect the surface with velcro closures . It is only slightly padded(wouldn't want to bulk it up!) so care should be given while your Ipod is stowed away or traveling. Total size is about 10''x 6" which is amazing since it is super thin as well. I would recommend this little package for a cool little addition to your IPod to take your tunes on the road. Besides it looks so darn cool on a desk when you dock your IPod and let your music library play on shuffle.

    4-0 out of 5 stars for using with 30g ipod photo
    The instruction maual is not clear on this, but you must remove the factory installed 40g adapter in order to seat the ipod photo in the dock.Otherwise the speakers works fine as an office radio for me.Soundwise it is certainly no stereo system, but that is not what I was looking for.

    1-0 out of 5 stars NOT Compatable with iPod photo!
    My 40gb iPod photo DOES NOT FIT in the dock.Altec Lansing tech support claims by removing the installed adapter it will fit, but in fact IT DOES NOT...Altec Lansing also claims that the iM3c is compatable with the iPod photo.Amazon apparently does not carry the iM3c only the iM3...

    DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT IF YOU HAVE AN iPod Photo!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars WORKS Greatif you want a portable system for travel
    I love this inmotion set up it is perfect for travel here and over seas. Sound is great only destorts at higher volume. It is perfect for hotels and bedrooms. The remote is a little quirky but figure 50 dollars for just a remote if you buy any other porduct. I would recommend the im3 to those looking for portablity and quailty sound for size matters people
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    11. JBL On Stage Speaker System for iPod
    by JBL
    list price: $159.99
    our price: $102.12
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    Asin: B0006SD4PE
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: JBL
    Sales Rank: 77
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    compatible with iPods and iPod minis (not including iPod photos) * compatible with portable devices and computers with minijack output * four Odyssey Neodymium drivers (2 per channel) * 6 watts x 2 channels * charges iPod while docked * ... Read more

    Features

    • Charges iPod using wall charger or computer connection
    • Measures 7 inches in diameter and 2 inches tall; 6 watts per channel
    • Docking speaker system compatible with iPod & iPod Mini (not with iPod Photo)
    • 4 aluminum domed Odyssey drivers provide rich, full-bodied sound
    • Easy-to-use touch volume control, with mute and unmute functions

    Reviews (51)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware! Speaker broken-No JBL Customer Support
    The sound is decent for its small size, the best among its competitors including the much more expensive Bose iPod speaker. After 6 months of operation, the speaker no longer works. The touch volume controls appear to be shorting out. The JBL website says that this is a recognized problem, but when I entered the serial number, the website reported that my unit was unaffected!I emailed customer service and have not received a response 72 hours later.There is a customer service number that is nearly impossible to find: 516-255-4JBL.I will call tomorrow but I bet it will be hours on hold--the company made every possible effort to hide the number on its website.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Sounds fine, but re-charger dock stopped working
    I didn't have the chip problem, and I like the sound that goes with this little doughnut, but I have been troubled to discover that the re-charger dock no longer works while the iPod is docked. It conked out after a couple of months of use, so now I'm back to plugging the iPod into the computer or the wall socket in order to keep it charged. Perhaps this product wasn't ready for prime time.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great for frequent travelers, but....
    Terriffic unit with great sound.Super for making life in hotels a bit more home-like.

    However, has some potentially meaningful shortcomings:

    1.The power adapter is unusually large and heavy (weighs more than the On-Stage unit itself) and it doesn't work with 220 volt electrical systems.Therefore, to use in Europe and Asia, you'll need a step-down voltage transformer, thus adding to the weight and bulk of the total package.

    2.When used with a remote control (e.g. Griffin i-Click), volume commands don't work if unit is in the charging dock.For volume control to work, must use provided audio-in cable to connect iPod to On-Stage unit.

    Bottom line, though, these are fairly minor considerations whencompared to the overall benefits of the unit -- primarily compact and attractive form factor, good clear sound with respectable bass and not having to wear earphones in order to enjoy your iPod.

    5-0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD PRODUCT
    I bought my speakers in March and have had absolutely no problems with them. I would not recommend any other speakers due to the output and versatility of these speakers. My serial number showed a non-defective chip so I send my sorrows for all the other people unable to enjoy their iPod, but hey they work great!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Sound from a Small Portable Unit
    I LUV this speaker! It's small and light enough for easy travel yet packs a good sound punch! I keep it by my bedside for charging my iPod each night and listening to music before falling asleep. Easy to transport to different rooms and supply unlimited music for parties. I highly recommend for it's versatility and sound quality. ... Read more


    12. Creative Zen Touch 20 GB MP3 Player
    by Creative Labs
    list price: $249.99
    our price: $224.19
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    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


    13. 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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    14. SanDisk 512 MB MP3 Player Blue
    by SanDisk
    list price: $179.99
    our price: $92.14
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    Asin: B00066EK3G
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: SanDisk
    Sales Rank: 135
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    A small, portable player that uses embedded flash memory instead of a rotating hard drive and plays for up to 15 continuous hours on a single AAA battery. The new Digital Audio Players combine crystal-clear sound with a sleek design and sport a three-button/one-joystick design and easy-to-navigate user interface. They feature MP3, Windows Media® file and Windows Media-based DRM file playback, FM radio and voice recording and can double as a USB data storage device.

    Features
    • Plays MP3, WMA, and WMA DRM
    • Digital FM tuner with 20 preset stations
    • Voice Recorder with built-in microphone
    • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port for fast and easy transfer of files
    • Up to 15 hours continuous playback using one AAA battery (included)
    • Indigo backlit multi-line LCD display
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    Features

    • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port for fast and easy transfer of files
    • Compatible with Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, XP; Mac OS 9.2x+, 10.1.2+
    • Includes stereo earphones, 1 AAA battery, belt clip, CD software
    • Plays MP3, WMA, and WMA DRM
    • Digital FM tuner with 20 preset stations

    Reviews (62)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Sound and Features
    This is one great MP3 player. In just a few minutes I had it out of the box and playing my music. (You needn't bother with the troublesome, hoggish MusicMatch software, just drag and drop your tunes!) With lit LED screen, case, armband, handy USB cable, FM radio, voice record -- this has so many good features that I'm really glad I picked this instead of an iPod! And the sound is great, too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exelent player
    I bought this for my Girl and it works so well That Im going to buy myself one.

    4-0 out of 5 stars GOOD VALUE, GREAT SOUND, NOT INTUITIVE
    This is my first MP3.I didn't want to spend big bucks but wanted great sound. This unit exceeds my expectations. My only gripe is that the controls are not intuitive.I don't use the arm band but I did get a lanyard for it in blue to match the unit perfectly and this works for me.I elected to replace the ear buds with a Sony headset to avoid having to deal with the buds falling out. I think that they improve the sound which was terrific with the buds anyway. The battery life is excellent.I have used it abut 10 hours so far with the same battery. I recomend this unit if you just want a great sound at a very attractive price.

    4-0 out of 5 stars help please!!
    Not being very up on mp3 players the question is - can you copy cd's to it from your computer? Thanx.

    4-0 out of 5 stars bestbuy
    as my personal preference, I wanted to get the ipod photo, but i just couldnt spend that much money on it. So decided to get non-ipod mp3 player. I just got mine today, and I'm pretty happy with my choice. it has the screen to see what's playing, can play the FM radio, record the voice. ipod shuffle does not have this features. the armband-it's adjustable to any sizes of arms. i dont have to download the iTunes-simply just copy and paste music files as if copying files to another drive. I'm not too crazy about the case, it's not the best but it would do. ... Read more


    15. iRiver iFP 799T 1 GB Flash MP3 Player
    by iRiver
    list price: $179.99
    our price: $156.74
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    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


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

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

    Features

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

    Reviews (118)

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The Carbon is no exception.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    17. 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


    18. Shure E3c Sound Isolating Earphones
    by Shure
    list price: $199.99
    our price: Too low to display
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    Asin: B0001NNLHK
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Shure
    Sales Rank: 168
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Get these Shure Sound Isolating Earphones for when music really matters. They produce an audiophile listening experience with their studio-quality sound, and they are small and ultra light with a compact design, making them ideal for active listening while you're on the go. These high-energy micro-speakers deliver great tonal balance across the entire frequency range, revealing the subtle details of original recordings, and the foam and soft rubber sleeves customize your degree of isolation and reduce outside noise. Imported. ... Read more

    Features

    • Compatible for use with 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) audio output ports
    • Smallest of Shure E-series Weighing only 0.9 ounce - less than 1 ounce
    • Instead of bulky headphones, E3 wearers get form-fitting earpieces that stay securely inside the ear without uncomfortable headbands
    • Sound isolation prevents outside noise from interfering with the music, and creates a quiet space for exceptional audio clarity
    • The studio grade, low mass, high energy micro-speakers employ balanced armature technology for more efficient output and extended high frequencies

    Reviews (57)

    5-0 out of 5 stars great dynamics for mp3s, perfect for iPod
    Seeing that most stores won't allow you to stick these earphones down your ear canal, I had to rely on reviews which made me buy these.Usually with mp3s and other compressed audio formats, sound quality is not as crisp as CDs are.But the e3cs make up for that by using an even and close to flat frequency response, and wide dynamic range. I can turn the volume almost all the down and still make out all the instruments!If you use them right, they will block out almost all external noises.Some people complain about the bass, but if you want more bass muddying up the sound you can adjust your eq.

    5-0 out of 5 stars More expensive, but worth it!
    I upgraded from a set of Sony MDR-EX71SL to this.Wow, what a difference!Yes, the bass on these isn't as artificially pronounced, but everything else is far clearer.You can always dial in more bass in your equalizer if that's your preference, and these will pump it out.But more importantly, these are very efficient earphones.I had to run my Sony 71s at 16-17 volume level (out of 20) in a gym on my Zen Micro to fully hear the music in a noisy gym.I can run these at 11-12 - which also nearly doubles my battery life.

    For those of you having thinking about tight in-your-ear headphones, I recommend you try an inexpensive set first.They're not for everyone.I wear these with the smallest earplug attachments - haven't tried the foam yet.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Good sound, but would not stay in my ear
    I really tried to make these work.No doubt that the sound quality of these earphones is phenomenal IF you can get them to stay in your ear.

    I tried for 10 days, and tried the fit of every different end piece.No matter what I did, these earphones would not stay seated in my ear and the seal would eventually loosen causing the bass frequencies to drop.If I moved my head too suddenly, they would just fall out.Even the foam end-pieces wouldn't stay seated.I followed the instructions exactly and tried dozens of things.

    I talked to Shure's technical support but nothing they recommended worked for me.My ears do not look at all abnormal however my guess is that my ear canals just don't work with this product and the Shure tech support suggested this as well.

    Ultimately I had to send them back.What a shame because I will certainly miss the nice sound.Hopefully I can find something else...

    Shure offers a 30-day money back guarantee so I guess it doesn't hurt to give them a try, and this is why I give them a 3-star rating even though I am disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best earphones by far!
    First off, if you're scared by the price, you won't appreciate what these earphones offer you.Otherwise, these are the best earphones I have ever tried (though I haven't tried the Shure E5C).

    Simply put - the sound is crisp, flawless, and flat.Too many consumer earphones falsely boost the bass or rolloff the treble frequencies (intentionally or not).These give you a wonderfully flat response, so you hear the music as it is recorded and was meant to be heard.

    Keep in mind, these are designed to be on-stage in-ear monitors.They're rugged, lightweight, and solidly built.The method of routing the cord (over the ears, down the back of the neck) is designed to conceal the cord behind a performer and inside their clothing.However, I have found that the E3C's work in any position that is comfortable to the wearer.

    The E3C's do a remarkably good job of blocking out ambient noise.I am looking forward to the next time I can fly to try them out in that grueling environment.In fact, the first night I had them, I missed 3 phone calls because I couldn't hear the phone ringing - and it is only 6 feet away from where I was sitting!

    As well as keeping sound out, they keep sound in - meaning artists in my project studio can have the monitor volume they want without it bleeding into the microphone at all.

    To recap - a well designed earphone that is one of the best earphones out there.For audiophiles and recording engineers, it is well worth the money!

    5-0 out of 5 stars These earbuds stink...
    If you are tone deaf or have ears stuffed full of wax!

    These are UN-BE-LIEVE-ABLE!

    I don't typically write reviews or post my opinions. BUT, I have to.I am sitting here working late at night, and I have these on.I can't truly express how they make me feel.They make you feel like I'you are at a concert.Really.

    They are amazing.They TOTALLY isolate you from anything else. I have 3 kids and yes, the E3C's give me that "Calgon, take me away" feeling! They have just perfect highs and the bass isn't BOOM-BOOM-DROP YOUR HONDA DOWN bass, it's full, solid tight sounding low end frequency.

    The little yellow foam inserts work the best for me.I don't know I'm wearing them until I take them out and miss the music.

    The only thing that is a little strange is the way you have to wrap the cord over the back of your ear and route the cord aroundthe back of your neck.This is really not a big deal.It actually makes more sense MOST of the time. You must Definitely purchase the Shure E3C's if you are using an MP3 player, or walkman,or a boombox, 8 track or electric autoharp...

    If you can afford these bad boys, go for it and buy em.If not, steal the money from someone... ... Read more


    19. Apple 20 GB iPod U2 Special Edition
    by Apple Computer
    list price: $349.99
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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


    20. iAudio U2 1 GB Digital Music Player
    by JetAudio, Inc.
    list price: $179.99
    our price: $161.49
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    Asin: B00063G0BO
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: JetAudio, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 154
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    This platinum black and ultra-slim iAUDIO U2 1GB MP3 player includes an FM radio and is palm and pocket portable. iAudio is a cNet Award Winner for their new industry first, MP3 file filtering and sound enhancement technology. iAudio's proprietary MP3 chipset is now redefining MP3 sound and taking the MP3 audio experience to the next level. The player has up to 20 hours of continuous playback, an FM stereo radio and voice recorder with microphone. The player also includes a wide graphic LCD with an indigo-blue backlight that displays lyrics. Also has high-speed USB 2.0 downloading at 20Mbps and uploading at 25Mbps; an easy-to-use 5-direction navigation jog button; an AC adapter and high-quality Cresyn earphones and fashion carrying case and necklace. Supports MP3, WMA, ASF and WAV formats, plus is Mac and Linux OS compatible. Available storage capacity may vary. Imported. 7/10Hx1Wx2-9/10L". ... Read more

    Features

    • USB 2.0 Interface
    • 4 Lines of Graphic LCD (Indigo Blue Backlight)
    • Supports MP3, MP2, WMA, ASF and WAV; Playback, Voice Recording, FM Radio, Listening and Recording, Direct MP3 Encoding, Removable Disk
    • Built-in 1 GB Flash Memory
    • Long Playback Time: Up to 20 hours

    Reviews (17)

    5-0 out of 5 stars They should rename this MP3 player
    Like most people, I would hate for my cool modern gadget to be associated with a horrible band.

    Seriously, that's like calling it iAudio VanillaIce

    Ridiculous, in fact, iAudio should sue Interscope Records for possibly losing out on sales by people that might think they're are affiliated with horrible music.

    Because remember, we buy stuff like this to play good music, but this is automaticaly putting a warning that says, "Hey, the music on this player is going to suck because we named it after a band that can't play good music if their lives depended on it!"

    1-0 out of 5 stars Hope that U2 doesn't sue them
    The product should have a disclaimer on the box for using the name U2.I have to give one star to any product that does not obtain proper permission to use the U2 name, no matter how good a product. iAudio has not been affiliated with U2, they have not been authorized or given permission in any way by Paul McGuinness or anyone in the band U2 to use their name on this product.There is only one company authorized to use their name on an electronic product.Interscope/UMD, are you ready to prep the lawsuits?

    4-0 out of 5 stars just like I5 version, but with Li Polymer battery.
    This review describes the complete thought/research cycle for deciding a digital player. It includes hdd based, flash based, different flash based capacities, features, battery life etc. The features etc for any player are already available on the detail pages and else where so I'm not including those, instead doing the comparison exercise. I've also written this review for other flash players which I considered in the comparison.

    I've been using iRiver SlimX iMP-CD350 CD/MP3 player for quite a while now and decided that its time to move to a smaller player which is more versatile and portable. I'm just not a CD person, and as soon as I buy a CD, I rip it and get the files all over my computers/laptops.

    There are lot of smaller digital music players available in the market. My first decision point was to decide between HDD (hard disk drive) or Flash memory based players. HDD based are available from 4GB to 60 GB and since it has a mechanical drive, it's not suited well for my activities (gym/running etc). While flash based don't suffer with this draw back, they come only in 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB.I wasn't buying a player to make it a permanent repository of all my music and having up to 1GB of music (16 hours of CD quality, 32+ hours otherwise) was good enough for me. For this reason, I decided to go with Flash based player. Plus, most flash based players have direct USB connectivity and some of those can also be used as a regular flash disk for document transfer and storage.

    Next step was to decide the capacity. I was inclined for a 2GB player since it'll store even more songs, but found some warning in iAudio (Jet Audio) site where a 2gb version can store only up to 450 (files + folders) and the player cannot address the last 260MB memory of the player. I had also used a flash based 2gb usb storage device which had similar storage problems. So, I went with 1GB version and decided to give more time for 2GB+ technology.

    Next was feature sets and brands. I had following things in mind in terms of features: formats capable, battery life, firmware upgradability, and FM player. I considered Creative (MuVO Micro N200), iRiver (iFP 799),Apple (iShuffle 1GB), and JetAudio (iAudio 5, G3, U2).

    iRiverhad drawbacks were not being able to work as USB storage device, limitation on Ogg audio and MP3 VBR files. Apple was not just my thing since it lacked a display, FM tuner etc and accessories like FM player are added cost/size/weight too. Creative was also limited only on WMA amd MP3. It seemed like most of the players butiAudio/Jet Audio have format limitations.
    Jet Audio (iAudio) had most of the formats available (MP3, WMA, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, ASF etc), firware upgradable, trendy size, good reviews, USB storage deviceand good choices. And, I was totally bought on iAudio.

    The last step was to decide on the model. I considered iAudio i5, G3, and U2 version. The main differences are that I5 is based on 'AAA' batter and lasts only 15-20 hours, G3 is slightly wider but less longer model with 'AA' battery and supports up to 45-50 hours on one cell, and U2 was similar to '5' but had internal Lithium Polymer battery and the same 15-20 hours playback time. U2 model also lacked Ogg Vorbis format capability.
    If I was travelling long distance and not able to charge LiPolymer battery, it's a waste. And, 15-20 hours just doesn't turn not ecnomical with 'AAA' battery, so I ended up with iAudio G3 1GB player and I'm very satisfied with the player itself.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Flash Memory MP3 Player Alternative
    This Korean made U2 IAUDIO Flash 1GB Mp3 player has replaced my previous Sony MD player, and was a better alternative to the Ipod Mini or Shuffle.If you like larger, hard-drive based MP3 players that require proprietary software and formats in order to use them, then by all means buy an IPOD. If you dont like having a convenient Display on your flash player then buy an IPOD shuffle with its incredible 'random' feature. The U2 Iaudio Flash player is for people who hate superfluous and bulky transfer software programs and enjoy a particular disdain for conformity. I can drag and drop Mp3 or other audio format files and transfer music from CD's (quite literally) in a flash. Yes I can only hold about 250 songs, but who wants to hold their entire CD collection. I'm constantly changing the music on it, every couple of days. The battery is charged while its connected to the USB and performs well.

    The sound is crisp and it has several options for Bass, Equalizer and Sound Enhancements. Not to mention it has Voice Recording abilities on MP3 or WAV, and FM Radio that can be recorded as well!

    The menu is easily navigatable and all controlled with one simple and small shuffle button.

    The best part: I bring it to work and use it as a USB Memory Key. I dont need anything extra to be able to store any other document or miscellaneous files that are under 1GB!

    Now the only CON I can think of: the shape and design are way too boxy and utilitarian, and not nearly as stylish as the other players out there. But I can live with that. This player is awesome!

    5-0 out of 5 stars its great
    This thing small, easy to use and sonically very flexible...the voice recording at 128kbps is very good...I even use it to jot down guitar and vocal ideas...I am looking forward to using the line in to make sound board recordings :) I also love not having to buy batteries for this thing...the FM reception is good, but can get interference in crowded buildings. ... Read more


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