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1. Samsung Yepp YH-999 20 GB Portable
$78.95 list($149.99)
2. Creative Labs NOMAD MuVo NX 128
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3. Samsung Pendant Yepp 128 MB MP3
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4. Rio Forge 512 MB Sport MP3 Player
$324.88 list($399.88)
5. TAPWAVE Tapwave Zodiac 2
$199.88 $85.99 list($149.99)
6. Sony NW-E75 Network Walkman Digital
$85.49 list($99.99)
7. iAudio U2 256 MB Digital Music
$219.00 list($349.95)
8. Sony NW-MS70D Network Walkman
$119.00 list($199.99)
9. Philips/Nike 512 MB Solid State
$75.99 $71.80 list($99.99)
10. iRiver iFP-190T 256 MB Digital
$69.98 list($99.99)
11. Creative MuVo Slim 256 MB MP3
$59.88 list($169.99)
12. Philips KEY0010/17 128MB 2MP USB
$89.88 list($149.99)
13. Philips/Nike PSA220 256 MB MP3
$48.95
14. Creative MuVo TX 128 MB MP3 Player
15. Creative Labs Muvo NX MP3 Player
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16. Samsung YP-55V 256 MB Digital
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17. Yamaha MCX-A10 MusicCAST Digital
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18. iAUDIO 4 1 GB Metal Silver MP3
$128.00
19. Panasonic Shockwave® 256MB MP3
$12.34 $11.67 list($29.95)
20. RCACRF910 Auto Switching RF Modulator

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

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

Features

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

Reviews (9)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Features

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

Reviews (25)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


3. Samsung Pendant Yepp 128 MB MP3 Player
by Samsung
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B000069K9D
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Samsung
Sales Rank: 26000
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

As a global electronics leader and the creator of the world's leading digital phone technology, Samsung applies over 60 years experience and the power of 25 production centers and 59 subsidiaries worldwide to lead this remarkable new era. Samsung begins with creativity, adds genius, and ends with products so innovative that they shatter the boundaries of conventional technology. Products that make your life easier, richer and more fulfilling... products that make your life more fun. YP-30SH comes equipped with 128MB built-in flash memory and enables MP3 playback as well as voice recording. This stylish player is provided with a backlight LCD display, bass booster and a 4-mode equalizer. A belt clip, an armband, and a neck strap come supplied with the product. YP-30SH provides full USB support. ... Read more

Features

  • Line out for home or car stereo connections
  • External battery pack adds 16 hours of playback
  • Includes headphones, USB cable, music management CD-ROM, neck and arm straps, belt clip, and AAA battery
  • 64 MB of built-in flash memory; no moving parts means no chance of skipping
  • Doubles as a digital voice recorder

Reviews (17)

2-0 out of 5 stars Korean can't make mp3
I bought it and 3 hrs later I decided to return it. Why?
- It was easy to install the software into my computer, however cannot find the program that can transfer the file from computer to mp3, the program that was install in there was how to format.
- No FM radio (well I know this when I first look at it)
- The piece is small, but seem so fragile, felt like you can crash it by just holding it tight.
- The design was good thou, small and convinent
- Made my computer crashed, after installing the software
- Not user friendly

1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT
Bought the Yepp player today.Got it home, had trouble installing the drivers and once they were installed, the device slowed my computer's performance GREATLY.Then had to call technical support to get help transferring files over.Had to "Copy" then "Paste" every single mp3 file to the player.I removed the player from the USB port and went to turn it on and it would not!A fresh battery did not solve this problem.Called tech support again and they told me to return the item to where I bought it--said it was "defective" and did not act surprised about it.DO NOT BUY THE SAMSUNG YEPP MP3 PLAYER!!!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars What a piece of crap!
Had it one day and made three calls to tech support- wouldn't take files- wouldn't do anything! Kept playing REM while not even in loop!

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time or money
Useless software...it wasn't even written specifically for the yp-35H....The manual is useless.It and the help software refer to buttons and actions that don't exist.when I called Samsung about the buttons to file manager that said software not loaded, I was told that they took those functions off.I stated that it would have been nice for the manual to state that certain buttons didn't work instead of leading me to believe that there was a malfuntion and he said, "It didn't cost you anything to push that button...."The EARBUDS are so large, my ears ache after wearing them for more than a minute.I could go on, and on, and on....but DON'T BUY THIS PRODUCT.

3-0 out of 5 stars Let the buyer beware
I bought this model 'cause I wanted a pendant.
(Mine is a YP-N30H, which looks identical to several other models).
However, there is limited functionality with the software on this product - it needs improving.
For example you cannot arrange the order of the songs.
You can't copy anything across from the player onto a PC because of the security key.
So forget about uploading a fav. song for a friend.
A shame since mp3 is designed to be portable. There are other annoying (small) bugs.
For some reason the playlist on the player doesn't always start at the first song
(it always starts at the last track that was playing, which I like).
After loading new songs, turning it off and unplugging from the PC, it starts automatically,
you have to wait the several seconds for the operating system to load, then turn it off again.
Sound quality : Good Enough
Looks: Good
Earphones: Good enough
Functionality: It works but it doesn't thrill
Software: Fair

Postscipt: To their credit, Samsung (Hong Kong - I bought this player duty free in HK) have responded with the following:
Hi Richard,
After discuss to our MP3 Engineers, here are solution and for your reference.
1. Sorting Problem.
sol: Numerical sorting function in our MP3 player.
When you create a file name, pls add a index for this
file. (example:"My Song"modify it into"01.My Song" )
After adding it, the MP3 player will sorting this index automatically.
2. Song can't upload.
sol: Samsung works with the music industries to prevent
uploading of music to any form of storage devices in order to
protect copyrighted material. In assuming all customers have
the original music tracks, our company aims is to encourage
our customers to respect copyrighted music.
3. Normal playback function
sol: The feature of MP3 player is not similar to another
portable device (such as Discman, MD Player). MP3 player need
a start index signal to operate real time decoding data when you playback MP3 song. So there are not many MP3 players have
Normal Mode playback even other brand (for example: Sony,
JNC,etc).
4. Machine restart
sol: Maybe you think this function is quite annoying. But
anyhow this software implement can improve the stability of
data storing. This action will refresh the flash memory once
again to improve consistency of MP3 data to prevent mistake occur.
Pls feel free to contact our service hotline if you need further assistance ... Read more


4. Rio Forge 512 MB Sport MP3 Player
by Rio
list price: $139.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0002UB2Q4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Rio
Sales Rank: 1300
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The ultimate gym or running companion, the Rio Forge Sport combines rugged design and practical flash-based technology. With 512MB of memory, you can store up to 16 hours of music and a 24-hour battery life ensures a nonstop workout. The Rio Forge features grippy, protective rubber and a shiny stainless steel faceplate; simple menus and intuitive controls; stopwatch; lap timer; USB 2.0; FM tuner and FM record; USB port; CD-ROM drive; 5-band adjustable equalizer with presets; 64MB RAM; 35MB available hard drive space; upgradeable memory up to 1GB and compatibility with Windows and Mac platforms. Includes comfortable sport clip earphones, carrying case with armband, installation disk and Quick Start guide. Available storage capacity may vary. Made in USA. ... Read more

Features

  • Upgrade up to 1 GB
  • Stainless Steel Face
  • 512 MB
  • Stopwatch
  • 16 hours of Music

Reviews (30)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great pick for serious runners
I'm a collegiate distance runner and I train an average of 100 miles per week.I've had the Forge for three months now and have used it almost everyday.It has all the features you would look for in a mp3 player: small profile, large memory capacity, great performance, and durability.I couldn't be happier about the size.It clips perfectly onto my running shorts and stays firmly attach even through tempo runs.The expandable memory slot is also a great feature.With a 1 gig flashcard I can fit around 400 songs.This is especially nice because when you run as much as I do, having a variety of music on hand ensures that you will always have something fresh.I never have to worry about skipping and I normally only have to change the single AAA battery once every 3 weeks.It works in nearly all conditions.I've ran with it in temperatures of -5 degrees F and as long as it stays close to your body and under a couple layers of clothes, it doesn't freeze up.I try to avoid getting it too wet but I haven't had any problems running with it in the rain.If it slips off the clip while your running you don't have to worry about it falling to the ground because the headphone wire is securely attached to the unit.The outer coving of the unit is fairly durable.Once while running I slipped on some ice and fell on top of the unit.Besides some scratches on the face, the unit was undamaged.It's not indestructible though.Ironically I did drop it once while I was not running and the button to lower the volume no longer works.But this is not a problem since I like my music loud.The point is that I use and abuse this thing so much that when it finally breaks, it will be well worth the money to replace it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Can not be recognized by my computer
My computer (using winxp sp2) can not recognize it, taking it as an unknown device, and their tech support have no idea to fix it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor quality all the way around
1. the first 512 i ordered from rio on line, had a bad volume switch, it would increase but not decrease, after 4 phone calls and nearly 2 months it was replaced.
2. the new one continues to be a problem, the database corrupts as you add and delete songs.
3. the operating system corrupts and has to be re-added, usually when changing batteries, so for me thats once a week.
4. the arm band does NOT work, your rio WILL fall out of it, i tied a string around it and wear it around my neck.
5. it will NOT hold the correct time or date.
6. pre-setting channels on the radio is a pain.
7. i dont know how it manages this but somehow on a audio book when i selected a long track it managed to combine several other tracks into the one that was playing. i had to reformat and add the track again to get it to play properly.
8. it is cheaply made and for a device for runners it is very open to the elements.

my 1gig samsung works much better, however i use my rio for bicycling tours and being able to carry extra memory cards containing audio books would be nice, however i now believe this isnt possible as i am sure the rio will corrupt rendering it useless. i also cant use my ipod or archos as they are too large and need to be recharged.I may have to buy another one gig samsung and take both of those and be content with fewer books on the ride. ... Read more


5. TAPWAVE Tapwave Zodiac 2
list price: $399.88
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Asin: B0002DOXKI
Catlog: Video Games
Publisher: Tapwave
Sales Rank: 4851
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The award-winning Zodiac is the perfect combination of fun andfunction in a sleek ergonomic design that you will want to takeeverywhere. Listen to music experience console-quality 3D gamingview photos & video and sync your personal organizer data withMicrosoft Outlook. You can also customize your Zodiac withthousands of Palm OS applications. The Zodiac comes with the 1.1 Zodiac software suite designed togive you a wide range of entertainment and information managementtools. From multimedia games calendars and contacts. It is allhere. Includes Zodiac Handheld with protective flip cover Wrist strap USB Sync cable Power adapter Rechargeable battery Stylus Earbud headphones Getting started guide and software suite.* SEE MORE OF THE ACTION A high-resolution (480 x 320) 3.8-inch 16-bit color (65536 colors)display delivers incredible graphics for still images and full motionvideo. Listen to music play games view pictures & video and organizeyour life.* TAKE ON THE MOST DEMANDING GAMING & MULTIMEDIA APPLICATIONS The Motorola i.MX1 ARM9 processor provides uncompromised performance ina very power-efficient design. What is more the i.MX1 processor isoptimized for multimedia and Bluetooth functions making it the idealengine for Zodiac.The ATI Imageon graphics accelerator delivers advanced 2D hardwaregraphics performance. And the FatHammer X-Forge 3D graphics engineexpands on that performance to deliver advanced console-quality 3D gamesand other rich 3D content.Between these smart power-saving technologies and high-capacitybatteries you will be able to go do and play longer between charges.It all adds up to a potent platform for mobile entertainment. * TRUE ANALOG CONTROL Pressure-sensitive joystick provides total control. * LISTEN TO MUSIC VIEW PHOTOS WATCH VIDEOS Full-featured digital music player makes it easy to organize and playall your favorite MP3s. Play music in the background while doing justabout anything with your Zodia... ... Read more

Features

  • High-resolution 3.8 inch screen offers amazing, crisp graphics for games, digital photos, even videos
  • Powerful new processor optimized for multimedia and Bluetooth functions
  • True analog controller with full complement of ergonomically-placed triggers and buttons
  • 128MB internal memory
  • Expandable memory with two expansion slots for SD and SDIO card - preview video or photos, or pump up your gaming with up to 1GB of memory

Reviews (23)

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent PDA for business, multimedia, and gaming
If you are like me, you are a tech junkie who wants premium options at a great value.Recently, prices on the Zodiac 2 have made a nosedive and thus became, pricewise, a much better option than the Palmone Tungsten line.

But price is not the only thing that led me to purchase a Zodiac. Here were my criteria: I knew I wanted a palm, because the medical community is still heavily palm-based.Plus, palms are very fast and tend to have a long battery life.I was unsatisfied with the options I had before me in the PalmOne line. The T3 looked good, but its availability was low. The T5 was ok, but clearly not good enough for the price (for which I would have expected built-in wi-fi, maybe a keyboard, maybe the cool slider from the T3 - and altogether, more options than simply 256megs internal memory).

Then I heard about the Zod - motorola processor, great battery life, analog joystick, several options to customize, strong multimedia capabilities and nice soundcard, 2 SD slots, built-in bluetooth, 128 megs internal RAM --> altogether it looked like a great option.

And I am very happy with my Zodiac 2.It is a great little machine which allows me to play emulated games when I'm not busy studying. It has a really nice interface, and it's way cooler-looking than the palm-based PDAs I see around the hospital.The landscape format is fine, and in no way inconvenient, as I supposed it might be. In fact, I think I prefer using landscape to portrait.

As far as tech support goes - I haven't had to contact it, and anytime I have any problems I go to tapland.com, as well as other websites which have a large community of zodiac users. I'm looking forward to Tapwave releasing a new zodiac in the future, though I know that this one will last me a good long time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brand new to the PDA world, but catching up fast!
The Tapwave Zodiac 2 is extremely user-friendly.I have no background in computers and gadgets but I wanted something that was simple and unintimidating.I did the research and found the Zodiac had the memory I would require to download some of the reference books I would need for school.It has tons of other applications that have made me a handheld fan.It is a rugged little device and the ample screen saves your eyes from straining.I'm looking forward to the publication of the user's guide so I can explore all it'spossibilities.

2-0 out of 5 stars Look elsewhere...
I've owned a Tapwave Zodiac 2 for over a year now, and I'm having it replaced via RMA for the 2nd time.Which means I'll be on my 3rd unit.

My first one wouldn't sync with the PalmDesktop.My second one developed a screen calibration problem just as the warranty ran out... thus the reason for the return.

The idea for the Zodiac is a good one, but poorly implemented with low quality (IMO) parts.At any time you can look up Zodiac 'fan' sites and search the forums to see the complaints.One I visit regularly had a poll asking if the Zodiac you owned was still fuctioning.25% answered no.That's a LOT of Zods not working.And many, many people have had theirs replaced at least once.

Tapwave has also not held with their promise for a multitude of game titles.And many applications must be 'optimized' for the Zod's special Palm version.Plenty of applications just 'lock' it up.

Among the most common issues are analog thumbstick calibrationand screen calibration problems.It's picky about what memory cards it will use, producing bad results with those not on it's user friendly list.

Prices for the Z2 are dropping all over the net.I suspect that Tapwave isn't doing as well as they had hoped.And what happens if they go out of business.. There's no one to honor your warranty.

Also, their customer service it outsourced to India, which irks me on a whole other level.

My final suggestion would be to steer clear of the Zodiac and go for a PalmOne unit.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best PDA/PPC for the gaming needs!
Well.. I am a fan of Windows mobile 2003 and so, as well as knowing the large selection of games and programs for it.

This is my first palm device. I bought it for one reason.. the layout! I mean this is PERFECT for gaming on emulators and so, since you can get LJZ and play SNES, Sega, GB, NES for starters. The volume and stereo sound on this thing is quite loud too. All though not perfect on battery life, it can last you a full day if your not too heavy on it.

Palm desktop for the pc is very easy to install and use. However its much better when you install Filez to your Zod and browse it through there and use a SD card to install to, works faster.

This device isnt the fastest, only 200 mhz, but its enough to do what you want.

With the bluetooth, I hook it up to my T-Mobile 3650 Nokia and get online with it.

Also recently tapwave.com just added support for the 256+wifi SD cards! So you can use wifi on your zodiac too now! Which is very fast and good now with this beta driver.


For those who are looking at the PSP from sony.. dont know what to tell you.. just know that this thing is worth it for what I do, which is internet, vnc, emulators, divx, mp3, sms, and email.

But still, very worth getting and very good to have since it works for all you need.. and Im happy cause online banking works with it! Heh..

4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome PDA - but lacking "console-quality" games.
When a PDA has an awesome screen, a sleek, high-tech look, lots of internal memory, a great OS interface and the ability to run thousands of Palm games and applications, it makes me feel VERY stingy to deduct even one star from its rating.But I have no choice, because of the maddening lack of titles that come anywhere close to taking full advantage of this very impressive device and fulfilling Tapwave's promise of "console-quality 3D gaming". Palm apps are great, but even the best are not what I'd consider to be "console-quality", even by the standards of consoles that are now several years old.While a few of the current Zodiac-specific titles may arguably approach this level, there are very few of them on the market - and the snail pace of Zodiac-specific releases in 04 doesn't give me much optimism that very many more will hit the market this year.

Don't misunderstand me - If you're a gamer and are looking for a Palm-OS PDA, there is none better for you.But if you're considering this device as an alternative to the PSP or Nintendo DS, or even the GBA, you may be disappointed.I bought this as a PDA, expecting that I'd be able to pick up at least five or six good console-quality games for it.I feel like I got and incredible PDA at a bargain price - but without the games I'd hoped for.For me, it is a relatively minor disappointment with a truly unique and wonderful little device.
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6. Sony NW-E75 Network Walkman Digital Music Player
by Sony
list price: $149.99
our price: $199.88
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002T3UOM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 30954
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

This Sony ultra portable 256MB digital audio recorder/player lets you record and carry up to 11 CDs of music thanks to 256MB of internal flash memory. Small enough to fit in a pocket, the NWE75 features up to 70 hours of playback on 1 AAA battery charge, music management software, 1-line backlit LCD and USB compatibility. Acrylic finish. ... Read more

Features

  • Supplied music-management software lets you import, manage, and easily transfer your digital music collections
  • Ultra-Compact design fits comfortably into the palm of the hand or is easily carried in pocket or purse (1.5 x 2 x .75 inches, W x H x D)
  • 256 MB built-in memory stores up to 170 songs (4 minutes per song at 48 kbps)
  • 1 AAA battery provides up to 70 hours continuous playback (with ATRAC3 audio playback)
  • Compatible with ATRAC3, MP3, WMA, and WAV audio files; connects to USB port for high-speed data transfer

Reviews (8)

1-0 out of 5 stars poor product
broke on the third day sent back to sony haven't seen it since would look for somthing other then sony

5-0 out of 5 stars Great MP3 Player - Sony Now Supports Direct Load MP3
Once and for all this is a great unit.The only true con has been the Atrac format. Here is your answer.

Sony is now supporting an MP3 File management utility.Go to Sony's site and go to support for the NW-E75.Find the MP3 File Manager Application and run it to automatically load to your player (make sure you unit is connected).Open 'My Computer' - open the ESYS directory and run the utility.You will be presented with instructions on how to use the utility to drag and drop MP3 files directly to your player.You will be able to load and play MP3 files in just a few minutes.

This is a tremendously simple utility that does direct MP3 transfers. You don't have to load SonicStage.If you do, the NW-E75 will load and play both file formats.Just put them in different groups.

With this new MP3 utility, the Sony NW-E75 is about the smallest, full function, longest battery life unit on the market.It is well designed and easy to use.Read the rest of the reviews - they sum it up for you.

Now for the really good news.Check out Amazon for the new NW-E99 that is about to release.It is the same unit as the NW-E75 but will be 1gb memory.Research at Sony site shows the new model will come packaged with the new MP3 manager.I can't wait - have one on order already.

So for all you folks that say the only con is Atrac3 and the clunky SonicStage software, load the MP3 manager, be pleasantly surprised and try to find something else that might be wrong with a brilliant piece of work from Sony.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Okay first of all, I would like to right a few wrongs with the reviews. Before getting this product for Xmas this year, I read several reviews that warned me against buying this product. The reasons? Software was too difficult to use, and you had a limited resource base of mp3s.
WRONG!!!!
This was by far the easiest software package I have had to use. Mind you, it's a tad slow compared to mp3 files, but there's a good reason for this. The atrac file is a tenth the size of an mp3 file, which is what allows you to enjoy it on a sinlge battery for up to seventy hours. It first transfers, then compresses the file to it's tiny size for your advantage. I've been listening to mine for about a week now and the battery indicator hasn't flinched. Mine somehow came with 512 MB not 256, so the space is amazing. I've put hundreds of songs on it, quickly, easily and efficiently.
Contrary to popular belief, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO USE THE SOFTWARE TO TRANSFER MP3 FILES TO YOUR DEVICE!!!! Do you have to install the software? Yes, you do for ANY mp3 player, so dont complain about that, people. You can use the sonicstage software to transfer them as atracs, or you can transfer them as mp3's using another method.
One thing people haven't hit on yet is the brilliant design of the device. Looking at the oddly shaped thing your first time, it seems a little off, but every button is placed in the appropriate position. Holding it in your left hand, you can use your pointing finger for the play/stop/pause button. Your thumb will hang down in position for the other three buttons, which is awesome. The point of all this is simple....it's easy to use. I can stick it in my pocket and not even bother having to take it out, and it took me about five minutes to become a master of the control system.
The software package also allows you to search by the artist, genre, title, or album. My previous mp3 players made me do it myself. A great price, and a two year warranty make this little jewel a safe bet and a fun player for anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars I finally found
After contemplating purchasing an MP3 player for the past six months, I finally went out and bought this little wonder: the Sony Walkman NW-E75.It measures 2" x 1," and comes in chrome (think of a rectangular, silver cigarette lighter).It's so sleek, stylish, and small that I haven't stopped playing with it ever since I brought it home three hours ago.I haven't read the manual at all, but have had no problems with figuring out how to program the time and date, backlights, and other settings.

My only gripe seems to be a recurring theme among the others: the Sonic Stage software.It wasn't difficult to transfer files or convert them to ATRAC.Rather, it was the time it took.As a gen-Y-er, I expect my technology to take no more than 10 minutes to do its task.However, the transfer of 256 MB worth of songs from computer to player took about 1.5 hours.I suggest doing this before bedtime rather than waiting around for it to finish.

(...) its size is unrivaled, and great sound quality surpasses all my expectations (I was very worried that the bass would be washed out and weak, but on the contrary, it actually booms in my ear!).For a great deal on a great product: buy this little player.I promise--- you won't be sorry.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Think I'm in Love
I may be "challenged" in this regard, but last year I bought an MP3 player and never could get it to work. Wound up selling it on ebay. Thus bruised, I stayed with my CD Walkman until now. Based on my faith in Sony, when I saw this player I decided to give digital another try and it is super! I see that others are complaining about the difficulty of the MP3 to Altrac switch, but I have found the Sonic Stage software completely sensible. The sound quality of the NWE75 is excellent and it's so small that you can put it in a change pocket. Controls are intuitive, and the battery life is amazing. For the price-- iPod who? This little baby is a jewel. ... Read more


7. iAudio U2 256 MB Digital Music Player
by JetAudio, Inc.
list price: $99.99
our price: $85.49
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Asin: B00063G0B4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JetAudio, Inc.
Sales Rank: 2618
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

JetAudio's iAudio U2 is one versatile MP3 player and recorder. The device sports 256 MB internal flash memory for about 4.25 hours of 128 kbps digital audio playback or recording--its direct MP3 encoding is perfect for generating digital files from your analog formats like LPs, cassettes, and VHS tape. Encode the files with the U2, then download them directly to your PC or external hard drive for future listening. And with the U2's high-speed USB 2.0 interface, you'll enjoy download speeds of up to 20 Mbps and impressive 25 Mbps transfers when uploading files to the device.

The U2's super-slim body fits easily in your hand or pocket, and the its 5-direction key makes operation a snap, affording one-handed control of most common functions. You can use it for file transport and/or storage, too. The U2 also features a FM Radio and a full-function voice recorder with multiple bitrate options. Preset your favorite FM channels (with custom channel names) for one-touch access to your favorites.

Enjoy high-end sound reproduction with support for multiple codecs, including MP3, WMA, ASF, and even high-quality linear-PCM WAV files with brilliant reproduction (Ogg Vorbis compatibility is under development and will be supported by a firmware upgrade). Using Macintosh or Linux platforms? You can still use the U2 as a portable hard drive (file transfer only).

View all your file information on the unit's bright, 4-line graphic LCD, which features a bright and cool-looking indigo-blue backlight. At-a-glance function icons make interpreting the display a piece of cake. A cool new feature even supports the display of song lyrics (via associated ALC data).

Tiny and light like the U2 itself, the unit's rechargeable lithium polymer battery provides up to 20 hours of continuous playback. You can charge the battery using the supplied AC adapter or through your computer via a USB connection. Charge time is 2 hours in normal mode, 6 hours in slow-charge mode.

Discover true, rich bass sound using onboard BBE Sound, which JetAudio selected for its the clarity of its enhancement. With a total of 6 top-of-the-line sound effects (5-band EQ, BBE, Mach3Bass, MP Enhance, and 3D Surround and Pan), the U2 can create up to 1.2 trillion different sounds.

You can search playlists through navigation while listening to a different song. The user interface is as simple as the Windows OS. You can create folders by favorite musicians and manage all your songs, files, playlists, and settings directly from your computer. CD ripping, file transfer, and even radio channel settings are controlled via this simple interface.

You can also create and edit playlists directly on the U2. Random, repeat, and other playback modes are available. (The player will support M3U playlists via a Firmware upgrade.) The supplied JetLogo program lets you design and transfer your own animated logo to the player.

As technologies change, your audio player shouldn't be left behind. New codecs and functionality will be supported with regular firmware updates available from JetAudio. Cresyn-brand headphones are a standard accessory, and the U2 also comes with a carrying case and a convenient neck strap.

What's in the Box
MP3 player, stereo headphones, an installation CD, a user's manual, a carry case, a carry necklace/lanyard, a USB jack, USB and analog line-in recording cables, and a power adapter. ... Read more

Features

  • Wide graphics LCD with lyrics display
  • Supports MP3, OGG, WMA, ASF, WAV and OGG
  • High speed USB 2.0
  • Lithium rechargeable battery w/20 hours of playback
  • Voice recorder with FM radio

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome MP3 Player
I own this MP3 Player and it's totally awesome. And that coming from a guy who's had or tried many players. This player has all the features that others don't. Very well made and designed.<br /> But most of all the sound Quality is AWESOME. It makes mp3's, wma's, ogg's sound uncompressed. The earbuds aren't that great, but who cares I didn't buy it for them. If you want some cheap great sounding earbud/phones get the sony mdr-j10, if they fit your ear correctly they sound awesome. If you buy this player you won't be sorry afterward.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great Sound - Spend a Day Gettting to "Know" it.
I am amending my previous (now deleted) review after spending the majority of a day learning how to use the player.

The print instructions that come with the player are severely lacking, so it can be very frustrating trying to figure out how to use the player based on those instructions alone.However, the player comes with a CD that contains a more detailed set of instructions that you can download onto your computer.I would recommend doing that first.

What's good about this product is the sound.It's incredible.It's size is both an advantage and disadvantage.It's small enough to make it very convenient for traveling.But the screen is very small, making it difficult to read. Even with my glasses on, I still cannot see all the screen details that well - or at all.I like the toggle switch.It's nice to have what you need to operate the player in one central location.

What could be improved is tech support.It's virtually non-existent.A toll-free number is provided in the instructions; however, no one answers the phone.You have to leave a message and then wait days for someone to call.The best bet is to leave a message on the manufacturer's web site forum tech support board.Someone usually answers questions there.

The ear buds are too big.I cannot keep them in my ears.They have a good sound, however.

The first day I got my player, it froze up on me twice.This problem appeared to be related to a song I downloaded from a music store online.It also turned itself off one time while I was recording.I don't know if that was due to operator error or the player, although I have heard of this happening to others (and not just with the JetAudio player).

This is the first Mp3 player I have owned, so I have nothing to compare it to.However, as I became more familiar with the player yesterday, I grew to like it more and more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Very Pleased!!!!
Just got this mp3 player and it sounds amaaaaazing. I had another mp3 player for a year and just recently it stopped working, however the sound quality on that one was nothing compared to the iAUDIO. The iAUDIO actually has some base which sounds pretty good! It is so small and compact and it looks great. Having had one before that was not as good makes me realize just how amazing this little player is. The only down side is that the ear pieces are a little large and didn't stay in my ear for the duration of my working out.Had to adjust it 2 times. However I can overlook the headphones as this player sounds and looks so good!A definate buy!!!! ... Read more


8. Sony NW-MS70D Network Walkman
by Sony
list price: $349.95
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Asin: B00008W7LR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 33380
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Whether you're commuting, working out, or just out for a walk and a little solitude, Sony's NW-MS70D Network Walkman digital music player is perfect for listening to digital music on the go. Small enough to carry in a hand, pocket, or purse, this titanium-finished device comes with 256 MB of embedded memory so you can store up to 12 hours of favorite music (encoded at lowest resolution). If you want the same amount of music at higher resolution or simply more music, no sweat--the NW-MS70D offers a Magic Gate Memory Stick Duo expansion slot for an additional 64 or 128 MB of memory (Memory Stick not included).

The NW-MS70D plays MP3, WMA (Windows Media Audio) and WAV files, as well as Sony's own ATRAC3 and ATRAC3plus audio files, which deliver listenable quality at bit rates as low as 48 kbps. The player comes with music-management software for creating music mixes and transferring them from your PC at super-fast speeds through a plug-and-play USB connection. A supplied USB recharging cradle connects directly to your PC.

"Easy Skip" group/folder functionality fosters easy navigation between multiple file folders transferred from original playlists. Sony's automatic volume limiter system (AVLS) conserves batteries and guards hearing by capping listening level, while a backlit LCD shows track number, bit rate, elapsed time, song title, artist name, an audio-frequency spectrum analyzer, play mode, bass setting, AVLS setting, and remaining battery life. The unit's skip-proof design uses no moving parts, so music will play smoothly right through your most energetic activities. Its embedded rechargeable Ni-MH battery provides up to 33 hours of continuous playback (when playing ATRAC3 files) and can be charged in the supplied charging stand and AC adapter. ... Read more

Features

  • Includes headphones and USB recharging cradle
  • Compact Design fits comfortably into your palm, pocket, or purse
  • 256 MB built-in memory (up to 12 hours' storage) with MagicGate Memory Stick Duo expansion slot
  • Plays MP3, WMA, WAV, ATRAC3, and ATRAC3plus media formats
  • Fast USB connection; includes music management software for compiling and transferring custom playlists

Reviews (24)

4-0 out of 5 stars Used it for 2 years! Great!
It actually is really good, quality and other wise. Although the memory is a little small and its disk (blah! Download a new one from their site) is really bad. It is easy to use and its size is TINY. Inever thought about changing an mp3 until 2005, when by ear phone started breaking. It could be brought on vacation and it has absolutly no skipbacks and its charge is lightweight. Although it is expansive it is durible, absolutly worth it. (I bought it at 299.99 USD) I still suggest you get something like iRiver because this is an expanzive device!

1-0 out of 5 stars Why have you done this to me, Sony? Why?
I get the sense that Sony rushed to get this product into the market when they realized the inevitable ipod invasion.It seems that product testing was simply skipped altogether in order to sell as many units as possible before ipod completely took hold.I sincerely urge you to avoid this terrible product and wish the resulting frustration upon noone.I will admit that the sound quality is superior to Mp3, but the difference is not enormous and if I wanted the best quality I would play an uncompressed format on my home stereo (duh).As with all Sony products, aesthetically the product is beautiful with clean, smooth lines and innovative (though I fear somewhat breakable) controls.The software was blatantly Sony's last priority with countless flaws and a mind-numbing transfer rate.Atrac3 is not compatable with the rest of the civilized world and Sony Support is non-existent.Do not spend a cent on any of these players and with hope Sony will be forced discontinue this pathetic product line and get back to doing something they actually know about.Hopefully for mankind something that doesn't require software - like good ol' VHS.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do Not Buy the Sony Network Walkman
I received the Network Walkman as a prize and it has made my life miserable.Contrary to what the box & Sony Customer service will tell you, it does not play MP3s.The computer will confirm that I downloaded the files, but the player displays "No Data" when I try to listen.Therefore, I need to use the SonicStage software, but the software does not work.Every time I try to load music into the music library, I get an error message and the program shuts down.Customer service was difficult to track down and could not help me when I got through to them.The Network Walkman looks good, but it is a very expensive paperweight.

1-0 out of 5 stars Run for your lives
What a mess.Sony missed the boat big time with this one.The software is a mess, buggy and doesn't work well with Windows.My puter crashed a minimum of 15 times in 2 days.Support?I had to hunt them down and then it took, no lie, 6 hours on the phone.Seems the CD was missing a .dll file and windows would not recognize their .inf files.In addition, the unit itself had to have the memory reformatted, a manufacturing issue.Now that it works, beware, unless you rip your own CDs or want to buy from the Sony Music Store, which, by the way, uses a different version of the software and will also crash your puter, you are pretty limited.I wish I had purchased another product, the use of this will be very limited and I cannot recommend it to anyone for any reason.

2-0 out of 5 stars Complete waste of money...or so I thought [edit]
I used to be a loyal Sony customer...until I recently had issues with both of my Sony DVD players and my VAIO desktop (Sony support SUCKS). I am also now mortified that I spent $300 on this "MP3 player."

As other reviewers mentioned, this thing doesn't play MP3s. You have to use the ATRAC3 format, which is fine I guess--if you don't mind having 2 copies of every song on your computer so you can use a normal MP3 format on other devices. And yes, the SonicStage software has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. It's junk, bottom line.

The size and weight of the player is great, but the shape is weird. I used to use the Sony NW-MS9 (which was OK but the batteries were horrible and inconsistent), and it had a perfect shape to hold in my hand. This one is kind of square, and the big bar for the "hold" function is just ridiculous. I have not had it stay in the hold position one single time after putting it in my gym bag. And now after about 6 months of use the bar is getting loose and makes it feel really flimsy.

Another thing about Sony Network Walkmans in general that stinks is that they don't make belt clips for them. The only place I use these players is at the gym, and I don't have pockets in my workout gear. So I end up stuffing the thing in my waistband when I need both hands, and since this one has an odd shape it doesn't stay put very well. Sony included a necklace-type thing to go with it, but personally I think it's totally lame. I don't want that plastic rubbing on my neck when I'm working out, and if I'm jogging forget it...who would want that thing slapping on their chest constantly?

The player has 256MB of internal memory, which works out to be 8 to 10 CD's worth. That's OK for the gym, but when I do decide to switch out the songs it takes way too long for everything to transfer. And the memory stick slot is for a 'memory stick duo,' so of course all of the other standard memory sticks that I bought for other Sony products are useless now.

The one thing about this product that I can say is flawless is the batteries. I use it 3-4 hours per week at the gym and I think I charge it less than once a month. For $300 though, one would hope for more "pros" than that. I'm replacing this thing with an iPod next week!

[edit]
OK...so the grass is not greener with the iPod. I have never owned an MP3 player other than Sony...and there are some good features to the Sony that I did not realize until I used another brand:

1) You can do just about everything you need to without having to look at it. I really like the fact that you can switch between albums, not just songs...and it's very easy to do so without having to watch what you're doing. On the iPod you can just hit the forward button 15 times to get to the next album, or you have to look at it and backup a couple menus to switch. Very cumbersome when you're on the treadmill or something.

2) The sound quality is not bad at all, and you can set the EQ to where you want it. The iPod just has a bunch of preset EQ settings w/hardly any bass...I was very disappointed with the sound quality.

3) It's not such a bad thing (for me anyway) to have just 8-10 CDs on the player. Usually I swap them out every month or two. It's nice not having to search forever to find another album to listen to...having up to 1000 songs on the iPod is just a pain. Takes way to long just to find something I'm in the mood to listen to, then once that album is finished I get to do the search all over again.

I returned my new iPod mini after using it at the gym only twice. The belt clip was awesome...but that's about the best thing I can say about it, and that's certainly not worth $250. If I could edit my rating here I guess I'd change it to 3.5 or 4 stars. ... Read more


9. Philips/Nike 512 MB Solid State MP3 Player
by Philips Consumer Electronics
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B0001KCV2E
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips Consumer Electronics
Sales Rank: 7382
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Designed with athlete insights and technology innovations the product can be worn securely on the arm. Pure solid-state means no moving parts for 100% skip free sport audio. Automatic tuning with 10 station presets onboard, you'll never run out of new music to inspire your daily workouts. Essential for walk/run training programs, the stop watch can be used to increase your performance. State-of-the-art illumination technology strobe light that enhances being seen in low light conditions. The product's design is compact and features a soft touch keypad, co-molded rubber and high-impact plastic housing and electro-plated shell for sport-tested protection and durability.PRODUCT FEATURES: 512MB built-in memory; Plays MP3, Windows media formatted content and future formats; FM radio with 10 presets; Remote control waist belt; Dedicated stopwatch; Strobe light for low light conditions; Backlit LCD display; 4 EQ presets and Dynamic Bass Boost; Up to 12 hours of playback time; 1-hour rapid [4 hours full] battery recharging time; Audio manager software included. ... Read more

Features

  • Ear clip headphones
  • MP3, solid state
  • 512 MBmemory
  • PMP3 or WMA
  • Armband/waistband remote

Reviews (8)

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't Do it!!!
I was given this product as a gift and it has been a royal pain.I'm not computer illiterate in the least; however, I've spent HOURS trying to effectively download songs to this device.Its like trying to solve an unsolvable puzzle (even with the musicmatch software--which I used prior to acquiring this player).

I've spent enough time on this miserable player so I won't spend anymore time on its review.Heed this warning!Buy anything else.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great product poor radio
I have trashed both an Iriver and a yepp at the gym.This thing is build like a tank.The software isn't the best, but it is very usable for someone with some basic computer skills.The sound is very good.The size is bigger than I was used to, but for a workout player it is great.The bigger size gives you a bigger display and controls. This is much better for adjustments while running.My only complaint is the radio reception.I work out at a gym that broadcast TV channels over the radio and quite often I have problems tuning and getting stations to stay tuned in(no problem with the previous 2).It does get good reception of regular stations.When I purchased this I did not realize it had a recharable battery.At first I was dissapointed, but have really come to like that feature.The battery life is great, and I don't have to carry spares in my gym bag anymore or have the battery compartment pop open in the middle of a run.This is not an MP3 for everyone, if you are looking for a durable MP3 for running or for the gym this is great.

1-0 out of 5 stars user-UNfriendly software ruins ownership experience
The best thing about the PSA250 is the excellent build quality - durable metallic casing and rubberized buttons - much better than the cheap plastic most other MP3 players are made of. It also has a built in rechargeable battery (lithium, I think), which is nice. FM radio, bass boost and strobe light are all great features as well.

Unfortunately, the software interface is so horrible as to be nearly unusable. Seems like Nike/Philips spent all their R&D money on external construction then slapped together some truly slipshod software as an afterthought. While XP does recognize it as a removable flash drive (meaning you *can* drag and drop MP3's directly onto the unit via Windows Explorer), the PSA250 does not natively read the MP3 format. Ironically, the PSA250 is an MP3 player that does not play MP3's.

You have to load your MP3's using the Nike/Philips Digtal Media Manager (DMM) program that, uninvited, loads itself into the background every time you boot up, hogging system resources and aggravating people like me who hate software bloat slowing down their computer.

DMM starts by creating a database of all the MP3's on your computer (takes a long time if you have gigs of music like I do), then translates your MP3's into a proprietary format that the PSA250 can recognize. Also, the software only reads embedded IDv3 information, not filenames, which means it will probably report many of your MP3's as "No Title Found" if you ripped them from CD's you own. This all turns out to be a very long and frustrating process, especially when all you want to do is add a couple songs to your playlist before going on a morning run. The DMM interface is also ugly, with none of the style of the PSA250 itself.

I'm no engineer, but I do custom system building and am no stranger to working with various electronic devices, from Pocket PC to configuring complex wireless networks. Even for me, using the DMM software has been such an upsetting experience that I simply leave the PSA250 sitting on a shelf gathering dust while I go running in silence. The crazy thing is that if Nike/Philips had just made the PSA250 to read and play MP3's natively, there wouldn't be any need for a separate software interface and you'd have one heck of a product. This seems to be a problem with many other Nike/Philips products.

The PSA250 looks and feels great, but spend your money on something you will actually use.

3-0 out of 5 stars Purchase with caution
I did not have any trouble with software, although I find the software extremely annoying.I think many people are having trouble with the software because for some reason Phillips decided that it should change your refresh rate, among other things, when you run the software.I don't understand why the standard Windows "drag & drop" wasn't good enough.My main trouble with this item stems from the hardware itself.The volume adjustment is way too sensitive; you press the button slightly and it makes a very huge difference.I'm not too certain if the "Shuffle" settings do anything at all.The instructions are sparse and fails to mention what some of the more dubious settings (like DBB) does.The waistband remote buttons are extremely sensitive also; a slight touch is more than enough to activated an unintended control.I purchased one from Best Buy and 45 days later, I had to return it because the waistband remote stopped working.The one it was replaced with has some issues with the waistband remote also, and I am considering exchanging this one as well.Philips has a bad reputation for making "innovative products."It seems that "innovative" to Philips means making things more difficult than they need to be in order to call themselves "original."On the plus side, it is a very durable unit, while finicky & sensitive, the waistband remote is a good feature, for some that is.The strobe light is welcome as well.After an initial depletion & recharge cycle, I am getting about 12 hours of playtime.On my first unit, the earbuds were very tight (in a good way) and stayed place in your ears during the most vigorous sprints.On the current unit, they are loose, but that may be able to corrected with a little tightening.Back to "innovative;"Instead of commonly availible mini phillips head, or mini allen, Philips decided that a mini torqx head was the ideal solution for the fitting in the hearbuds.It's hard to find a torqx head smaller than 1/8" in most stores, let alone anyones home tool box.I wish I had purchased another model, but soemone else may like the PSA250.

***EDIT ON MARCH 6, 2005***
As it turns out, the 2nd units remote belt was defective also, and I went to return it to Best Buy.The PSA-250 is no longer stocked at Best Buy, although some stores have a limited remaining supply.The Electronics manager who worked with me stated that their particular store has had a lot of returns on the PSA-250 for various comlaints.Although he did not know for certain, the fact that the PSA-250 is still being made and it did initially sell well at Best Buy, & the fact that it is no longer offered by Best Buy, led him to beleive that Best Buy stopped selling it as a result too many returns.At anyrate, they didn't have it anymore so I got an iRiver H10 (5GB; USB 2.0), which is outstanding!I do miss the rugged construction & sturdy wearing characteristics of the the PSA-250, but I don't miss the long load times due to the USB 1.1, and file conversion process.I can load 100 MP3s with USB 2.0 in 6 minutes, compared to 15 minutes or more to load 70 into the PSA-250.If I could rescore this item, I would give it 2 stars.

4-0 out of 5 stars Ignore Computer Illiterate People
The people below obviously are the kind of people that use AOL.I am sorry that they do not know how to operate their computer, however I got my MP3 player today and it has been great.I did decide to download Musicmatch because of the below reviews, however I have had no problems with the transfer at all.The upload rate is pretty fast, I got 180 songs on it in around 20 mins or so, and I was able to get over the 8 hours advertised music time on it.

My only complaint is that the system could have been drag and drop like some reviewer stated, however that makes the software inside the MP3 player more complicated as well.Being an Electrical Engineer myself, I understand the need to have your software come into your hardware in an expected manner, so I can understand their desire to have the songs "treated".

Regardless, it is an excellent system and it comes with the lovely arm and waist bands, as well as a cool little waist "easy access" volume/selection control for your belt.Overall the sound could be louder, but I suppose if I want to get volume control headphones I could adjust that. ... Read more


10. iRiver iFP-190T 256 MB Digital Audio Player
by iRiver
list price: $99.99
our price: $75.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00008N6VM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 1367
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

You'll never leave home without your tunes and with 256MB of internal storage, that's up to 8 hours of music. The iRiver 256MB Portable MP3 Player with FM Tuner also has an integrated FM tuner and a built-in voice recorder. Features: 256MB internal storage; MP3, WMA, and ASF compatibility; integrated digital FM tuner with presets; 4-line graphical text display with bright backlight; record to player directly from FM tuner; built-in voice recorder; iRiver Music Manager for simple music transfers; USB connection; can be used as portable drive to transport any file type; Sennheiser MX300 earphones; neck strap; PC installation CD; USB cable and a printed manual. Available storage capacity may vary. ... Read more

Features

  • Supports playback of MP3, WMA, and ASF music files
  • Integrated digital FM tuner with presets and built-in voice recorder
  • Record to player directly from FM tuner
  • Comes with Sennheiser MX300 earphones, neck strap, AA battery, USB cable, and printed manual
  • 256 MB built-in memory

Reviews (131)

1-0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I did a lot of research on the different players below $100.This one seemed to be the best.It took a while to receive from Amazon.com.I've had it for 4 days and must have spent 10 hours trying to get it working.The iRiver website and customer service are unacceptable.The customer service line rang busy for 20 minutes.When I did get through, I waited on hold for an hour and 4 minutes for someone to come on the line.When I did get someone, he was rude.He did not want to stay on the line and walk me through the steps to address the problem.As soon as I got off of the phone, I had another problem.Called back and got busy signal.Held again.After a few minutes on hold, a message came on that they were closed.Only open for support M-F 8-5.(And only then when you can actually get a live person.)The CD that comes with the device is not up to date.You have to go to the iRiver website to download the latest version and then update firmware.Then, you cannot use iRiver Music Manager.You have to go to Windows Media Player.Sometimes it would recognize the device and, other times, I had to reboot the computer to have the device recognized again.I was finally in a position to download music and had the songs selected.When I tried to sync, I got a message that said there was an unknown error.After hours of frustration, I decided to pack it up and send it back.I gave 1 star because it is small and seems to be a good device, if only it wasn't such a hassle to set up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Durable, lightweight, great sound, yadayadayada...
Well, here's what I have to say: I've had this little sucker for over a year now, and thus far, this is what my mp3 player has been up against:

1. NW Washington weather. Need I say more?

2. It's been dropped onto hard marble floors from chest height (roughly 5' 7") TWICE, and worked (although it developed a minor joystick anomaly that lasted about three days to a week) just fine, still works like a charm.

3. It's been on several camping trips in NW Washington (again, need I say more? This place is WET).

4. It's survived a day in Hana, Maui (even wetter than WA).

I'll tell you, this thing is pretty tough for a little device such as this. I also use it to play music in the halls, on my own sound system, and because my sub is a little funky, I have to readjust my equalizer, and it's VERY simple, once you get the hang of it (if you're having trouble with the custom equalizer, just hold the knob straight down for three seconds, and from there you can figure out how it works).
It's been with me all over the country, and in all sorts of situations. This mp3 player is like a Timex (takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'!), and the best part is, it gets GOOD sound, too. I have a pair of Sony (also a year old) headphones, and a set of Bose QC2, and the sound through both is phenomenal. I am thinking about trading up to a bigger mp3 player, and I think an iRiver is where I'll be aiming.

P.S. My advice on music transfers is to stick with the provided software, and get the firmware upgrade, and still stick with the software. WMP10 has the strangest ability to add clicks and whops to songs saved at 192 kbps, that are then transferred to the player. The iRiver software does none of that. That's all for now! Tata!

3-0 out of 5 stars good sound and bad interface
I just got this player for exercising. It's small and light enough to carry around. The sound is excellent. The interface is bad, the buttons are confusing. Everytime I tried to lower the volumn, it took me to the menu. USB 1.0 is slow. But I will probably buy it again, just for the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mac users, have no fear about upgrading firmware!
If you are a Mac user and are apprehensive about how to upgrade the iRiver's firmware, have no fear. It's very simple (a lot simpler than Windows--sorry, PC guys.) You use the iRiver Music Manager for Mac (included on the CD or downloadable from the iRiver'sWeb site). File>Firmware Upload. That's all. By upgradingto the UMS, you can use the player just like a regular flash drive-- drag and drop MP3 or any other file. (The UMS version also gives you a lot more features and functions of playing music than the Music Manager. I'd recommend the UMS upgrade.)

I like everything about this iRiver! One of the iRiver's best features that I don't find in many other MP players around this price range is the RESUME function, which starts a file exactly where it stopped the last time. It's especially very convenient if you listen to audio books. (...). ... Read more


11. Creative MuVo Slim 256 MB MP3 Player Black
by Creative Labs
list price: $99.99
our price: $69.98
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Asin: B0001UEHJY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 4776
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

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

Features

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

Reviews (29)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


12. Philips KEY0010/17 128MB 2MP USB Key Ring Camera
by Philips
list price: $169.99
our price: $59.88
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Asin: B0001GV5F2
Catlog: Photography
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 93
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

A wearable camera--who'd have thought? The tiny 2.0-megapixel, 128MB Philips keyring camera is just that. While not the most stylish accessory one could want, the camera is tiny enough to carry conveniently or to conceal, and also small enough that users will frequently be met with "That's a camera?" upon taking it out to shoot a picture.

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The best picture we took with the Philips Keyring camera.
(See larger image.)
Because it's so easy to take anywhere, we tried taking pictures with it everywhere, with widely varying results. We concluded that it's perhaps best to think of this camera as something of a novelty item--not something you'd want to rely on for births, weddings, holidays, and so on, but something that's fun to have for taking quick, fun snapshots on the fly.

Our best results with this tiny device came happened while we were using it at a cafe: The sky was overcast, we were sitting in a window seat, and we snapped a picture of a friend who was facing the sun. When the camera was in our friend's hands, though, and it came time to snap a picture that was ever-so-slightly backlit, the results were much less exciting: A lot of dark and a lot of bright and not a lot in between.

Taken with the Philips 2 MP Keyring Camera
This shot was framed very differently in the viewfinder.
And creative framing? Forget about it. With the camera back in our hands, we set about composing a picture of what we thought would include our friend, the windows behind her, and a beautiful piece of cake sitting on the table in front of her. Instead we got the photo you see at left.

Taken with the Philips 2 MP Keyring Camera
A photo from sunrise in the mountains--nice, except that the climbers (circled) were meant to be in the center of the image.
In addition to problems with framing, which occurred frequently due to the camera's simple viewfinder and lack of LCD, we also found that with the camera's one-exposure-fits-all internal settings, we could never quite guess what our shutter speed was. Pictures with complex lighting--in the snow, at dusk, inside, in bright sunlight, mixed bright sunlight and deep shadows, etc.--tended to be muddy. They also tended to have a mysterious gradient effect, which could be a function of some problem with our particular sample.

But despite all this, we enjoyed using the camera and found that if we weren't precious about making every shot a keeper, we could enjoy the ease with which the camera could be pulled from a pocket or from around our neck and a nice moment captured almost instantly. It's almost a camera phone without the phone part--or perhaps in this case, like a mass storage drive that just happens to have a lens. Since the camera is charged and photos are downloaded via a capped USB interface, the camera can also be loaded up with 128MB of images or data for easy storage or transfer.

In summary, this is a handy, fun little camera, worth its price for the novelty factor but not a serious enough piece of equipment to be your main camera.--Sarah Sternau

Pros

  • Tiny enough to be carried anywhere
  • Just flip open the shutter and it's ready to go
  • USB interface for photo transfer and recharging is extremely convenient

Cons

  • Picture quality is low
  • Focus, framing, and exposure are unpredictable
  • Cover for USB interface is not attached to camera and is easy to lose
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Features

  • Picture file format: JPEG
  • Ultra lightweight, strong and durable magnesium body
  • Direct USB for easy file transfers without cables
  • Snap up to 300 quality 2 Megapixel pictures
  • 128 MB built-in memory

Reviews (9)

1-0 out of 5 stars DOA
I didn't "need" this camera but I am leaving on a week long trip and thought it would be fun to take along so I ordered it. I did not expect great things of it but I did expect it to work. I was disapointed.

Upon arrival, I installed the driver and plugged it in. The lights came on like they were supposed to. I was then infomred that it required a reboot to be fully functional. I rebooted and it has been completely dead ever since.

I spoke with a Philips representative and went through the diagnostic routine. At its end, I was told that nothing can be done and it would have to be returned. At this point, I suppose my dissapointment is as much with Amazon as with Phillips. I would have been willing to pay express rates to get a replacement in time for my trip but there seems to be no way to contact a real person and the menus do not give that option.

The camera may normally work even better than my already low expectations for such a small device but there is no way for me know know that. I got a lemon that does not work at all.

*******LATE BREAKING NEWS**************

After submitting the review above, I decided that I still wanted one of these gizmos to take on my trip with me so I went out and bought one.

It worked...for almost 3 hours and then died completely. The Philips people came to the same diagnosis. UPS picks up the Amazon return tomorrow and then I have to take the store bought one back.

STAY CLEAR OF THIS TURKEY!

4-0 out of 5 stars good camera
It is small, handy and decent quality, take your photos as if its a disposible camera (i.e. what u see through the lense is what you get!) and you will enjoy this camera.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Camera !
I received my Key010 camera a little over a week ago and I have been more than pleased with it. I took pictures out in the sun and with overcast, even some inside with lights turned on, and all of them came out great. The colors and picture quality was better than I expected. I compared the pictures to my much larger one that takes 2meg pictures and this little one is equal to it. I even printed out on photo paper some 6"X8" prints and they look great. Sure it's not as high a quality as a much more expensive camera but the photo print are much better than from most cameras I have seen. When a picture is taken what you see in the lens finder is what you get. So it's not good for long distance. Overall I am impressed with it.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good picture quality but some limitations
I'm really torn with this product, because it's really nice to have, the picture quality is good, it's small and easy to carry around and it didn't cost too much.However, I think I would get more pictures with a real digital camera (including flash and LCD).

The upside is that the image quality is really good, it's easy to transfer the images to PC (as it goes straight in the USB slot and appears as a drive) and there's no worry about batteries as it's internal battery charges over USB.

The flaws are as follows:
- What appears in the viewfinder isn't always comletely in the image - chops peoples heads off on occasion for instance).
- No LCD to preview images - a big deal when it chops peoples heads off and you don't know!
- Doesn't work well in low light conditions
- Not clear if/when the image is taken

I think, if you have an extra $50, look for a real digital camera with zoom, flash and LCD, unless you really need the ultra-small formfactor of this device.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Camera for the price
Great 2 megapixel take an where camera. It is the size of a lighter or maybe a bit bigger. There is some color issues around the edges, but can be corrected with picture editor. The camera must be used outdoors. It WON'T take pictures when there is not enough light. The camera also beeps everytime you take a picture which is annoying. The quality is true 2 megapixel, much better than my VGA camera phone. Battery charges through USB and lasts a good couple of hours. The device says it holds 300 images but I have only taken up to 88 at one time. I would not recommend for only digicam. I have a high quality camera for those must-be-perfect situations. This is a good always in your pocket camera. ... Read more


13. Philips/Nike PSA220 256 MB MP3 Player
by Philips Consumer Electronics
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B0001KCV1K
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips Consumer Electronics
Sales Rank: 7356
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The MP3 is pure solid-state which means no moving parts for 100% skip-free wearable sport audio.Designed with athlete insights and technology innovations the product con be worn securely on the arm. Featuring 125 songs of skip-free audio, and a FM radio with 10 station presets onboard, you'll never run out of new music to inspire your daily workouts.Add a dedicated stopwatch, a state-of-the-art illumination technology strobe light that enhances the users visibility in low light conditions end you've got the ultimate wearable sport audio player that combines music, workout features and sport-tested durability. ... Read more

Features

  • Ear clip headphones
  • MP3, solid state
  • 256 MB memory
  • MP3 or WMA
  • Armband/waistband remote

Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good exercise mp3 player.
This product has been great and worth the price.Once I bought the psa220, I downloaded to the updates from the website and read the instructions and have had NO problems.Downloading music onto the MP3 player is easy, deleting and replacing songs is easy.....excellent product.The armband is comfortable and the stopwatch works great.I haven't had the need to use the radio, so I don't know about that.The headphones work well and has good sound quality (I'm using this for exercise, not for a home theatre experience).

Overall, a good product worth recommending.

1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS PIECE OF S***
I am so mad right now I cannot believe that you people cannot write a program that works on you psa220.I had you DMM and it wouldn't load mp3's.I went to their website ( http://www.nike-philips.com/product_support.jsp?lang=en_US&product=MP3psa220) and did everything as it suggested.Now the problem is even worse.

I AM A COMPUTER PROGRAMMER.I know for a fact the people didn't even TEST the damn software.There is no excuse for you to not have a program that can load an mp3 file onto an mp3 player.It is as simple as 1) driver 2)write a LIST command 3) write a WRITE.I am running Windows XP.So there's no way its my OS. This thing could load everything except mp3 and I don't even think the new download can even copy burned cd's.

I want tell the programmers (i use that term losely) to stop working when they are drunk.I will NEVER IN MY LIFE BUY PHILLIPS.If they can't write a program for this piece of crap why anybody in they're right mind buy something more complecated from them.

1-0 out of 5 stars MAC users beware
First of all let me say that the design of this MP3 player is very nice - the hardware is thoughtfully designed and the built in stopwatch and strobe light are great for running.

The 1 star rating is because of the software - MAC users beware!The box clearly states support for MAC OS 10 but the software that ships with this player is archaic!It is very non-intuitive and extremely buggy. I had multiple software freezes, system freezes and never successfully downloaded a song. I'm baffled as to how Nike/Phillips actually released this to the public. After 4 hours of fighting I finally gave up - NO gadget should be this frustrating to get up and running. Returned the item and got an iRiver instead and had it fully up and working with downloaded songs in <20 mins

Sorry Nike/Philips, I really wanted to like this product but you need to go back to the drawing board on your software.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good product by philips
Its better than the ipod. I had the first generation ipod but the battery died on me. I had to spend about $50 to replace it. A few months ago i lost it. I wanted a cheapper mp3 player and this was one that met my category. Its durable strong and easy to use. It also comes with good headphones

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice device, bad software. Perfect for runners.

It is really made for runners:

-- You may attach it to your arm or waist with the included bands and holder.
-- It has a bultin stopwatch, which however only offers start and stop; no lap timers or anything advanced.
-- A builtin flashlight (can be switched off) makes you visible during night runs.

The device plays MP3 (even VBR) and WMA files with good quality.

If you switch it off during play, it resumes at exactly the same position, within the piece (which is nice).

All in all I really like it.

However, I really dislike the included software; you dont even have a chance to assign a name to your playlists.
Probably the situation will improve, if (and when) Windows Media Player 10 gets support for the device ...

In the meantime I have written a free linux software to load this player, that can be downloaded under

www.yabasic.de/toPSA220.htm

(This is possible, because the device usese the free and well documented database sqlite to store its playlists.)


regards, Marc-Oliver Ihm

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14. Creative MuVo TX 128 MB MP3 Player
by Creative Labs

(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001UEHK8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 7883
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

MuVo TX is an ultra-light, high-performance Digital Audio Player with super fast USB 2.0 that lets you enjoy hours of WMA or MP3 digital music anywhere. Offered with 128MB, 256MB or 512MB of built-in flash memory, MuVo TX is equipped with super fast USB 2.0, so now you can transfer music and data up to 40x faster than conventional USB 1.1. And, because it gives you skip free playback, it is designed for flawless performance during exercise and other rigorous activity. Simply attach MuVo TX to any PC or notebook with the built-in USB 2.0 connector and drag-and-drop your music files to your MuVo TX in lightning fast speed. You can also use it to carry documents, photos and any other data files between computers at home, work or on the road. Use the handy built-in mic to record up to 32 hours of voice messages, notes and conversations. Plus the high-resolution backlit LCD provides full track information (ID3 tags), access to custom settings and allows easy folder navigation with the convenient rocker button. Load it, snap it and go! ... Read more

Features

  • Built-in USB 2.0 connector
  • USB Flash drive
  • Built-in microphone
  • Headphone jack
  • Blue backlit LCD display

Reviews (6)

2-0 out of 5 stars Stylish junk
This is a very compact unit, using only a single AAA battery for power, with a built-in USB connection for downloading music.Unfortunately, that's where the compliments end.

I've found this device to be unreliable and generaly flakey.Some music files cause playback to simply freeze, requiring a "reboot" (unplug the battery) to continue.Often the unit will simply stop playing "for no reason".The tiny amount of power available from the single battery is insufficient to produce any kind of volume, even on very efficient headphones.Operating at higher volume levels (more than 3/4 of the way up) results in the unit shutting down after a few minutes.Even the most efficient external speakers elicit the same result.I would expect that all of the other MuVo TX family members are just as flakey, but this is the only one I've tried.I wouldn't recommend this unit or any of it's siblings to anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use
I bought this before a deployment while in the Army and I loved it.No wires to mess with while downloading music and it can be add to almost any computer as a generic storage or jump drive.Very light weight, very compact, and very easy to use.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply. Great.
I got this as a present and it is fantastic, it can even handle my DRM protected online purchased music and the earphones are really THAT great ;)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I love the MuVo TX.I've read many reviews about it on many different websites, such as amazon, bizrate, and epinions before purchasing it, and I'm glad that I did.The only problem I had pertained to the defective earphones.I have no idea whether or not they were meant to be that way, but the right earphone stretches quite a bit further than the left one.Other that that, the MuVo TX rocks.I jog just about everyday, and it stores me enough music to last a few miles.I highly recommened it.

5-0 out of 5 stars WWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWW
All i can say is that you need this. wow wow. ... Read more


15. Creative Labs Muvo NX MP3 Player
by Creative Labs

Asin: B0001F0VJY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (59)

5-0 out of 5 stars love it!
I bought the Nomad Muvo NX 256 over one year ago, and I loved it so much that I am upgrading to a TX 512.

I love the fact that the USB connector is built right in. That was the biggest factor that influenced my decision to buy this unit. No cables to carry around (or lose), just plug it in and go. If I am at a friend's house, and they have a song I want, I can just plug into their computer and take it! It is SO EASY! You use it as you would any other removable drive.

Don't bother with the Creative software, it sucks. Just drag your music over and go. The "problem" of playing alphabetically can be overcome by putting numbers in front of music filenames, I already do this with all my CDs.

The headphones that it comes with are not great. I use Sony's MDR-ED21LP headphones, which cost about $20 (buy them online, I can almost never find them in stores), and the sound is great.

The unit is very durable, I dropped it many, many times and it survived with no problem. Battery life is pretty good, but if I am going on a trip or planning a long day at the beach I usually bring an extra AAA along, just in case.

One word of caution: I upgraded the firmware a few months ago, and it slowly began to crap out on me after that. I would have to push the power button twice to make it turn on, and it would not always be recognized by my computer. It was fine until I upgraded the firmware... So if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Overall, I love the Muvo NX 256, however I would probably recommend the TX series to a new buyer, since TX has USB 2.0 and NX has USB 1.1.

2-0 out of 5 stars worked well while it worked
I thought this was the best thing ever. I loved the capabilities to carry data at the same time as music. I loved being able to run with it (with no skipping or problems at all) and it was easy to transfer.
I don't like how the songs play in alphabetical order. and MOST OF ALL- i hate the fact that they only have a 90 day warranty! Mine stopped being recognized by computers a month ago, and creative labs (terrible cust. service by the way) is telling me i have to pay 40 bucks to get it fixed. I really have a hard time trusting in these products when creative labs themselves can't trust the products they make enough to give them at least a 1 yr warranty. I suggest not taking the risk on this one... and just spend a bit more money and get something w/a better warranty and something that's better -- Ipod.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Product
I really like my MP3 player, it is small and comes with an arm band so I can work-out with it.My only complaint is that the battery compartment is a bit flimsy and the cover comes off all the time.

5-0 out of 5 stars PERFECT MP3 PLAYER
This little thing is awesome.Basically, it is a Walkman, but about the size of cigarette lighter.It holds approximately 70 songs.I'm using it for running.First thing I did was ditch the ear-buds that came with it.Those things will never stay in while you're running.My old Walkman headset fit in the jack.Runs off 1 AAA battery.I went to this because it was less than $100 and I've been reading all kinds of horror stories about getting the I-Pod battery changed by mailing it in.Not worth the effort.

The Nomad 256 fits easily into the USB port of your computer, though some computers will not allow you to slid the oversized flash drive in because the plastic case blocks it from seating property.Shove it in the back and you should have no trouble.

Holds a lot of music and its easy to click through songs you don't want to listen to.If you make a mistake in typing in info it will carry over to the Nomad and you have to delete and rename the file.Editing won't do it, for some reason.You'll love this thing.Cheap and easy to use.I'm going to buy one for my wife.

3-0 out of 5 stars overpriced for a lack of features.
while creative has a hit on their hands with their latest Muvo solid-state MP3 line, there is absolutely NO reason to choose the Muvo NX 256MB player over the Muvo TX FM 256MB player.

The NX is more expensive, utilizes USB 1.1 to transfer files and lacks a radio/radio recording.

The TX FM is CHEAPER for the same memory size/usb stick configuration, utilizes USB 2.0 for MUCH faster speeds AND HAS FM RADIO INCLUDED AS WELL. seriously, the NX right now is a ripoff until the price drops the TX to match.

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16. Samsung YP-55V 256 MB Digital Audio Player with FM Tuner
by SAMSUNG
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B00008PC4X
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: SAMSUNG
Sales Rank: 25713
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Features upgradeable firmware to support future file formats
  • Includes FM tuner and voice recording
  • Backlit LCD display
  • 256 MB built-in flash memory
  • Supports playback of MP3 and WMA files

Reviews (31)

5-0 out of 5 stars keeps going
It plays 30 -40 hours per week on a regular basis in a factory-and sometimes more than that . 1 AAA batery goes for about 8 hours,-never had a problem in the 15 months that I owned it. Can download on average of 54-64 songs, depending on how long the songs are.Very trustworthy item

5-0 out of 5 stars The IPOD Hype
This Samsung yepp player is the real deal so i just had to opine-

if you have a pc - the ipod is not for you. it requires high speed usb ports and several costly accessories for a trendy and bulky item.

i've owned this YEPP for almost a year and thought the IPOD with eye tunes was supposed to be great - so needless to say i bought one and the first wouldn't charge; the second charged and let me download songs - then would not stay charged for more than a couple hrs.

the third one just shut down one day after i disconnected it during a DO NOT DISCONNECT phase. it would not even do a hard reset.

stick with the yepp - it works with media players (yeah - i know WMP can be funky sometimes) but if you have a late model PC and want to copy files quickly...run to this and don let the Apple fall on your head. I have NEVER written a review before so I hope that this at least helps someone. My wife won't beleive me because she is SAVING UP for an IPOD.

disgusted in DC

3-0 out of 5 stars bad finish...
The sound is great, with the surround sound, but there are two things that really pisses me off.

1. I bought this, just opened it, held it in my hands, looked into the display... What? Is there dust inside the display?How did they do that?U gotta crack it up to fix that.

2. The unit scratches easily, like all Yepp units.

These are the cons, but if U dont care about how the player looks, U can buy this as a great buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great little mp3 player!
Wow, I chose this model over all the other mp3 players offered on Amazon because of the reviews. It's very WYSIWYG, small, functional, portable, and for the best 256mb player for the buck.
It comes with everything you need, including a battery. The carry case is economical like the player, small and not much room for anything else, I end up winding my ear buds around the closing flap to keep all my things together. It feels like a sturdy player, I love that you twist the end to move between songs and the bright blue scrolling display, everything makes it feel like a quality product.It ofcourse comes with so-so headphones that I don't recommend using, and you really don't have to install anything, you just plug and drop things in. I use it mainly for work, it's plenty loud and the sound quality is great, all the dynamics and you get a very rich and full volume out of a tiny thing. Battery life is better than expected, a new AAA will last you as advertised 15 or so hours, I recommend rechargeables for environment's sake. The few buttons you see do all the work, you do need to flip through the manual to get a feel for the unusal functions of each button, particularly the volume slider which does most of the work. If you have big big fingers it might take some more effort, I have small hands and I still need to use my nail to dig in sometimes...you do have to remember that you are buying a very very small product! It dissapears in my hands and easily into pockets, it's very cute and it's not orange like you see in the detail photos, but just silver. The FM radio wasn't great from where I tried it, so I can't say much about it yet, voice recording is so so but I don't see myself using that function any time soon. Recording/encoding capabilities though is pretty nice.
In all I recommend it to everyone who's looking to not spend too much on a HD player like the 20GB iRiver iHP-120 which is the best rival to an iPod out there just yet. I think the only thing left to be desired is a FF function and it wouldn't hurt to include one or two more buttons in future models.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great = Simple functionality
Myself, I like this player because of its simple design.The player doubles as a USB jump drive.First this means that you can store data other than MP3s on it for transport to other computers.Second, it means that you do not need to use the management software.This makes the player compatable with Windows as well as Mac and Linux (my own choice).You can also share with others without the need for them to have the manufacturer's software on their PC.The line in record and FM record are nice functions also.Of course the ear buds are not great, but then no player near this price will include nice headphones.The only truely bad feature of this player is the included case.It is terrible.Small complaint though! ... Read more


17. Yamaha MCX-A10 MusicCAST Digital Audio Terminal
by Yamaha
list price: $599.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0000C7LA1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Yamaha
Sales Rank: 17439
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Amazon.com Product Description

Designed for use expressly with Yamaha's MCX-1000 80 GB MusicCAST digital-audio server, the MCX-A10 MusicCAST digital-audio terminal (or "client") is a wireless or wired receiver/amplifier for the music broadcast from the central server. You can use up to seven clients per server to enjoy music in every room of your house, and the MCX-A10 offers a strong 17 watts per channel (x 2) through clip-type speaker


Learn about the MusicCAST system in detail
terminals for powering nearly any loudspeakers, including Yamaha's matching MCX-SP10.

You can think of the MusicCAST system as a digital jukebox for every room in your home. The MCX-A10 provides instant access to the massive library of songs (in MP3 or linear PCM) you've stored on the MCX-1000 server. With your client, you can easily create playlists to complement special occasions or gatherings, or simply enjoy selections from your entire CD collection at random, all without having to leave the room--or even cross the room--to select the music.

The MCX-A10's efficient graphical user interface and slender remote control put the ability to organize and browse your collection right at your fingertips. You'll even enjoy visual access to all server features through an onscreen display (when connected to a local TV).

Connections include one each stereo analog (left/right) audio input and output and a dedicated subwoofer output in case you want to enhance the system's low-end output with a powered sub.

The client features speaker and line outputs, a LAN connection for optional wired communication with the MusicCAST server, and video outputs for displaying the onscreen menus on a TV or monitor.
What's in the Box
Digital audio terminal, remote control, remote battery, a stereo analog-audio interconnect, a monaural subwoofer interconnect, a composite-video cable, an AC adapter, a power cord, a stand, and a user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Includes LAN connection
  • Digital audio client supports wireless music transmission to anywhere in the home. Can use with MCX-SP10 MusicCast Speakers (optional) and MCX-1000 MusicCast Digital Audio Server
  • Communicates with IEEE802.11b music servers (Use with Yamaha MCX-1000 MusicCast Digital Audio Server)
  • Built-in hi-fi digital amplifier supports multitude of speaker configurations (Can use with Yamaha MCX-SP10 MusicCast Speakers)
  • Onscreen video out, line-out audio output, subwoofer output, and audio input

18. iAUDIO 4 1 GB Metal Silver MP3 Player w/FM & Voice Recorder
by COWON
list price: $349.00
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Asin: B0002AOPS6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: COWON
Sales Rank: 53147
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

iAUDIO 4 is a ultra-compact digital music player with FM Radio, Voice Recorder and Direct MP3 Encoder. Enjoy the highest-quality sound powered by BBE, 124 colors backlight and 15 hrs of continuous playback with 1 AAA battery. You can also create MP3 files ... Read more

Features

  • iAUDIO 4, Armband, Case, Earbuds, Battery, CD, Manual, USB Connector, Line-in & USB Cable.
  • Ultra-compact player of 1.1 oz, 2.9 X 1.2 X 0.6 inches body.
  • MP3, WMA, WAV Player, FM Radio, Voice Recorder, Direct MP3 Encoder, USB Flash Drive.
  • Up to 15+ hrs of continuous skip free playback on a single AAA battery.
  • Sound Effects of BBE, Mach3Bass and 5 Bands EQ. 4 Lines Wide LCD with 124 colors LED backlight.

Reviews (5)

1-0 out of 5 stars Mine will not stay on!

Any little bump and the one I bought will go off.The only way to get it to work again is to pull the battery out and reinsert it, sort of like re-booting a computer.Pull the headphone jack out and it will go off, put the headphone jack back in after you get the thing back up and running, it will go off.touch any of the other buttons, it will go off.
My advice, buy something a little better made, something with more QA at the factory.

4-0 out of 5 stars Armband included
In a couple of reviews the customers did not receive an armband. I just received the product with an armband. It was not inside the box. It was in a ziploc bag outside of the original packaging. I did not get charged for the armband. Guess I'll have to return the armband I ordered separately based on previous customers' experiences.
Since this is a gift I cannot review the product so my star value is questionable here.However I did do a lot of research and this product seemed to have great reviews. It did get shipped to me within a week after I purchased it.

5-0 out of 5 stars awesome little mp3 player
I purchased this item on 10/3/04 and received it on 10/7/04. It bothered me that UPS left it outside my front door, but Amazon or JetAudio don't always have control over that. I purchased my iAudio4 from Amazon instead of directly from JetAudio because the shipping was $3 cheaper on Amazon. I debated between the 512MB and the 1GB units, but finally decided on the 1GB unit because I felt the extra 512MB was worth another $50; so, instead of being able to store about 8 hours of mp3 music, I can store 16 hours of mp3 music with the 1GB model (which is much more than I'll need, but it will keep me from deleting songs so that I can add new songs; this way, I can keep all the songs I like without having to add/delete).

The quality is very good.Here are some points:
1) Be careful opening the battery compartment; be sure to just slide the compartment open a little bit and then lift it out (as opposed to sliding it completely back to expose the USB connection).If you slide the compartment all the way back and then lift up, then you will break-off the little tab which keeps the compartment housing attached to the unit for USB use.You'll see what I mean when you handle the unit (just be gentle).
2) The buttons are well positioned and they all worked just fine. The menu structure is simple to learn and easy to use.
3) The unit was smaller than I had expected, which is great.
4) The screen is big and clear.The colors are cool.
5) The battery indicator works well, and if you click on the Information menu, you can see the actual battery voltage (a really neat feature, I thought).
6) The sound is excellent.There are several ways to adjust sounds (as indicated in the product details at the beginning of the Amazon webpage).
7) The radio worked great.
8) The voice recording also worked great.
9) The product does NOT include an armband as indicated in the product details section.It does include a neck strap.I have reported this inaccuracy to Amazon.You can purchase an armband from JetAudio for a reasonable amount...see their website.
10) I connected to Windows XP without any problems (after turning-off my virus scanner and the Windows firewall).
11) I was able to download mp3 songs to the unit just fine; the download speed is fast.
12) I did not install the software CD.You don't need it to copy files to the unit (just use Windows Explorer).
13) I did upgrade the firmware to version 1.60a (which you can download from the iAudio or JetAudio websites).
14) The unit is very attractive; I purchased the metal silver (they also have a model with a black face plate).
15) Check-out iAudio's website for a lot of helpful info like user forums, where folks post helpful stuff about iAudio units.
16) The unit comes with 1GB of memory, but due to the firmware and special effects, 983MB is available for music/file storage (which is still plenty for me).

I'm very pleased with my iAudio4 1GB unit.I purchased it for my partner for Christmas.Yes, I'm doing my Christmas shopping really early in order to avoid out-of-stock situations (and in order to get the best price).The Amazon price was the best price I could find on the web.This Amazon purchase is not directly through Amazon, it is through JetAudio.JetAudio promptly sent me an email to confirm my order and then sent me another email with the UPS tracking number.They did an excellent job of processing my order quickly and correctly.

My only complaint: This unit is pricey when compared to other units.I seriously considered the Creative Labs Muvo TX FM 512MB, but it is not available yet.Only the 256MB version is available.Creative Labs prices are much more reasonable and after doing much research, I learned that this particular Creative Labs product also received top marks from consumers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for an MP3 user
I bought my IAudio4 and I am very impressed with the signal to noise ratio, the colors, the storage space, and many other options.I used it to record a mix that I heard on the radio with excellent results.I suggest this unit to all music lovers, especially if you want to use it to work out with!

CON: I did not receive an arm band with the unit.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect player
the sound on this device is extraordinary. i recorded my class. the recorded sound is also great. this is like weapon... "i spy"...

size is small, very light, amazing colorful display. base is wonderful.

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19. Panasonic Shockwave® 256MB MP3 Player with FM Tuner (SVSW30A)
by Panasonic

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Asin: B00021OBO8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 68513
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Panasonic's vision of the digital future is driven by the needs and aspirations of its business customers and millions of consumers around the world who use its products every day. The company shares their dream to live a fuller life by providing ways of working smarter and enjoying the rewards of technological advances. ... Read more

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars This Is The One You Want For The Gym
I read the reviews here before buying. Music helps me power through my most intense workouts. In the past, I've used Cassette and CD Walkmen, but they have at times been cumbersome. This thing straps to my arm and hangs with me. (A bigger armband would be nice though.) The sound quality is excellent and it can get loud if you want it to. The fact that it only plays in alphabetical order is very easy to work around. I either number the tracks in the order I want to hear them, or just forward/reverse to he song I want to hear. You can also choose to loop a certain part of a track, repeat a track or play tracks at random. I like the rugged, water (sweat) resistant design too. If you're looking for something to listen to get you pumping, I have two words for you. GET ONE! This is the best thing that's happened to workouts since Gatorade!

5-0 out of 5 stars Oustanding Sound Quality!
I found the sound quality of music that I downloaded from my computer to be demonstration quality!!!(I can't understand how the other reviewer found it to be poor).And the FM radio radio works great with outstanding ability to pick up stations(even better than some tabletop radios) and the sound quality was prestine clear.It was a little hard trying to figure out the instructions and how to use the different buttons but over all I felt that this a great MP3 player worthy of a 5 star rating.

1-0 out of 5 stars Maximum frustration,poor sound quality
The FM presets of this unit are set by an infuriating combination of button presses and exact timing.I found it impossible - perhaps my unit is defective.The instructions are pathetic at best.Loading tracks to the player is a very simple drag and drop using Windows XP.However, sound quality is flat under any Sound Quality preset or with any adjustment of treble and bass.One would expect much better from Panasonic. ... Read more


20. RCACRF910 Auto Switching RF Modulator with Gold - Plated Connectors, Coaxial and S-Video Input
by RCA
list price: $29.95
our price: $12.34
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Asin: B00008X5DC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: RCA
Sales Rank: 4596
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Thomson provides a wide range of video technologies, finished products and services to consumers and professionals in the entertainment and media industries. Offering an array of state-of-the-art digital products and services, Thomson adds value to hundreds of millions of consumers around the world every year.PRODUCT FEATURES:Gold plated connectors;S-Video input;Composite A/V input;Antenna input;Antenna output. ... Read more

Features

  • Stereo input
  • S-video input
  • Gold-plated connectors
  • Auto-switching
  • Horizontal & vertical design

Reviews (5)

1-0 out of 5 stars CRAP
Works great at first!But just over a year later... it bit the dust.Hmm.... ironic.... the Warranty only covers the first year.I would have thought I just recieved a bad one, but then I was over at a friends house, and we wanted to watch a movie, but his RF modulator stopped working a few weeks prior.Low and behold... same exact model and same exact symptoms.The red light turns off after being plugged in for 1 second.If you want something that will last for less than a year, get this, otherwise, get something other than RCA.

2-0 out of 5 stars RCA quality strikes again.
Yep, I thought $30 was a pretty good price.I thought $25.99 on sale was better, so I bought it.Good looking, versatile, easy to use.We really liked it (frankly, we never thought about it again) for the 10 *** Months *** that it lasted.Yes, correct, months.But what can you do, there aren't a whole lot to choose from.Found a replacement for $20.Hooked it with no prob, same as before.It worked great for 4 hours and 35 minutes.Then it turned off, never to function again.Good luck finding one that works for a while.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great item
I had a 1995 tv that could not be hooked up to my Ps2.then, i got this, and it worked like a charm.VERY VERY VERY easy to use and install, and most importantly, it just plain works.Inlcudes the coaxial cable required to hook to tv.The instruction guide is useless, but honestly, you dont need it

5-0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get much easier!
I purchased one of these when we wound up with an extra DVD player due to a TiVo purchase.(The TiVo has one built in!Anyway...)We moved the DVD player to our bedroom TV which is an older set--old enough that it lacks the required connections that would make it compatible with our DVD player.

One snazzy feature of this unit is its autodetect feature.It doesn't have an on/off switch--it just waits for signal to come through from the DVD player.Once it detects a signal, it turns itself on and starts outputting signal to the TV.This is especially nice for our situation, because who wants to get out from under the covers to turn on the RF modulator?Not me.

If you have an older TV that's still going strong, you really can't go wrong with this RF modulator.It's small enough that you can plug it in, tuck it behind your TV, and forget about it.I've even recommended it to my sister for the old TV in her basement that she wants to use for workout DVDs.

Keep an eye out at your local Mega-Lo-Mart for this unit--we found it for $10.

5-0 out of 5 stars why buy a brand new TV?
For a mere thirty bucks this nifty little thing lets you hook up a VCR, DVD player, video game, etc. to that ancient-yet-still-going TV you've grown very attached to but which doesn't have any RCA input plugs.

And don't worry, you can still keep your external antenna---it plugs right into the back of this box!

Phillips also makes RF modulators, I got mine from Walmart for the same price, it's got prettier Channel3/Channel4 lighs.: )

I'm sure all those slimy TV salespeople at Best Buy or Circuit City don't want you to find out about this device, though! ... Read more


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