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1. PHILIPS HDD100 Recording Audio
$58.89 $49.99 list($99.95)
2. Lexar JumpGear MPC064-231 MP3
list($159.99)
3. Archos 10 GB Studio MP3 Player
$164.95
4. SAMSUNG YP-T5Z Portable MP3 Player
$45.00
5. Classic Portable MP3 Jukebox with
6. Toshiba MEG50AS 5 GB Jukebox Digital
list($219.99)
7. Archos Jukebox 10 GB MP3 Player/Recorder/Hard
8. Apple 10 GB iPod (M8737LL/A, July
9. Apple 10 GB 2nd Generation iPod
10. Apple 5 GB iPod (M8513LL/B, July
$189.99 $176.95 list($229.99)
11. Samsung YH-820MC 5 GB Digital
$127.22 list($229.99)
12. D-Link DMP-HD610 Roq-it MP3 Player
13. Apple 5 GB 1st Generation iPod
14. Apple 10 GB 2nd Generation iPod
15. Apple iPod mini Portable MP3 player
list($399.99)
16. iRiver iHP 100 10 GB MP3 Jukebox
$29.99 list($59.99)
17. i2Go eGo Compact Flash Upgradeable
18. Apple 5 GB iPod (M8697LL/A, July
19. Apple iPod mini Portable MP3 player
list($249.99)
20. Creative Labs NOMAD Jukebox 10

1. PHILIPS HDD100 Recording Audio Jukebox - 15GB
by Philips
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B0000C4LNZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 39076
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Philips HDD100 is a recording audio jukebox. You can record directly to MP3 files via built-in microphone and digital or analog line-in connection. You can play MP3 files as well as Windows Media Audio files. Double action search buttons allow easy speed control when scrolling through large libraries. You can choose to move through your playlist one song at a time or just press and hold down a little harder to SuperScroll swiftly to your desired track. Depending on the genre, the player can automatically select the desired equalizer setting. And with 4 traditional presets: Rock, Pop, Jazz and Classic, you can easily tag your music by genre. So the next time you play a particular track, it will instantly recognize your chosen setting.HDD100 supports the USB 2.0 standard enabling the speedy transfer of data between USB connected devices at 480 kbps. It is also backwards compatible with the old USB 1.1 standard, so a USB 1.1 computer port will work with HDD100 using the same by packed cable and connectors. HDD100 connects through USB to be used as a spare portable HDD storage via Windows Explorer. Large storage capacity allows you to pack an entire world of music and data into your HDD100. ... Read more

Features

  • SuperScroll Navigation - Move through thousands of songs easily and smoothly with this intuitive, innovative soft-key function
  • Stunning high gloss magnesium and hardened glass design
  • Create your own MP3 files and personalize your music library. Record anything, anytime, anywhere!
  • Sing, dictate, record notes or reminders for work, school, or just for fun!
  • Super-fast USB 2.0 interface transfers files up to 40 times faster than previous USB 1.1 standard (while remaining USB 1.1 backward compatible)

Reviews (21)

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice system, yet too many minor flaws

I honestly think this system looks visually better then the iPod. As a matter of fact, this system uses a 2 color LCD screen. It is exactly like a game gear system screen or a small portable hand held TV screen except the actual Philip's hardware on this unit only permits 2 colors. However the iPod is only a regular Dot Matrix screen with the regular green back light screen (kinda like your watch.)
With that aside what irritates me the most is the freakin' software provided. You can't drag and drop files on to you unit. You have to use this slow program provided and ONLY this program. Perhaps most of your mp3 selection you cant use because philips created a thing that prevents you from downloading certain audio files that have been encrypted on the unit (something to do with Digital Rights Managament). Of course, this should not be much of Philip's concern if they want to stay in the audio business unless hassled by the government.
Also one would think if you have a 20gig HD on your jukebox with a nice quality screen, that I'm sure they could reserve a couple MB for games and programs. Think about it, perhaps a calculator, calender, about 2 dozen games (ya know, tetris, solitaire, frogger)and perhaps a screen saver - several of them - for viewing pleasure while sitting on that chair of yours. OK, now I'm just pushing it, since a lot of companies leave out just the simple essentials - the simple CHEAP essentials - that could give them better leverages over the competition.
Any who, the unit's own software is uncomfortably slow. It was a cool design to add animated menus and so forth, but if they move 2 frames per second, then what is the use. The fast forward doesn't fast forward really, it merely seems to distort the audio while it is moving 1/2 a second faster. But perhaps I'm picky, but, It would have been nice to separate the Play/Pause button from the Power button. How do you pause without powering off, or at least stop taking off certain needed buttons for aesthetic reasons.
But other then that, this is a fine piece of machinery.
O yeah, why do they always package the rather expensive audio players with cheap crappy headphones?

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent gadget, great looks, smooth display
I have to admit, the DMM software it came with is clumsy and slow, but it never froze on me. I am also using the Sveta Portable software which you can dowload from here: http://forum.dbpoweramp.com/showthread.php?t= 4628

This program allows you to do drag and drop in both directions and organize the player's playlists and songs.

The sound is great, (remember, junk in - junk out, so bad rips will sound bad as in any other player), it's small, light, great looking and sooo easy to use. I am impressed and really surprised about what other people wrote here.

1-0 out of 5 stars terrible software ruins a great player
Hmmm... beautiful player, very Philips... but one big problem.

Misguided digital rights managment means you can only play tracks uploaded through the supplied DMM software. It is appalling. Slow, prone to glitches and clumsy, the software makes uploading files tiresome and time consuming. You wait, you hope and sometimes it works. To add insult to injury, the software stops you freely moving tracks from your player to another computer and fiddles with track orders if you don't have ID tagging; a big problem with audio books which I have yet to resolve. Downloading firmware/PC software updates is not very intuitive and can improve the function or crash the system. One particular download locked the player and corrupted the music files on the PC. Very exciting and an opportunity to try out my extensive vocablary of swearwords.

The player itself is a quality product once the music is downloaded. Occasional lock-ups can be cured with a soft reset and the rest of the time it is a joy. I particularly like the in-line recording straight to mp3 and the sleep timer. Output volume is too low, but after market earphones help this and the sound quality.
Overall perhaps one star is a bit harsh. But the painful truth is that Philips have created a beautiful ipod competitor with more features and real quality of construction ... and then flushed it all down the toilet with misguided DRM and amateurish software. Oh yes, don't bother asking Philips for help either. After my aforementioned software disaster they didn't reply to my detailed questions by email; except to send me later a customer service questionnaire asking about the quality of their reply. Oops.

2-0 out of 5 stars BAD
I Purchased this in order to listen to my music....(of course its an mp3 player) the sound quality was bad u didnt have enough options there was no stop button (to my knowledge) and it was a pain. heres the really bad part. Normaly u can rip music from cd's and send them to well mp3 player with this you cant i called philips and asked them for help and they did they simply said with this philips model you have to download seprate software.....i was like what?! i spend good money on this product and i want the same i shouldnt have to download seprate software for this to do what i want.i personaly had a 20gb model but itsprobally as bad as this model here anyways i wouldnt recommend this mp3 jukebox to anyone .

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time and money
The software is the worst of 6 different mdesl that i have tried. The phillips does not work with anything but their DMM music software which is extremly slow and there is no drag/drop feature for windows explorer among other problems. ... Read more


2. Lexar JumpGear MPC064-231 MP3 Player with 64 MB JumpDrive Sport
by LEXAR MEDIA INC
list price: $99.95
our price: $58.89
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Asin: B0001CFSXG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: LEXAR MEDIA INC
Sales Rank: 17913
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Lexar's JumpGear MP3 product is a full-featured digital music player that lets you play music stored on your JumpDrive Sport, and create personal playlists on one or multiple JumpDrives for added flexibility.And of course you can still use your JumpDrive Sport to store and carry business documents, school work, photographs, or other information, in addition to your favorite music. Lexar's JumpGear MP3 supports MP3 and WMA music formats, and includes customizable user settings for equalizer and backlight. Available in two configurations: One including a 64MB JumpDrive Sport (this item), and the other as a stand-alone accessory for JumpDrive Sport. ... Read more

Features

  • Customizable user settings (Equalizer, Backlight)
  • Create personal playlists on multiple JumpDrives for added flexibility
  • Use your JumpDrive to store and carry business documents, schoolwork, photographs, or other information, in addition to your favorite music
  • Supports MP3 and WMA file formats
  • Compatible with Microsoft DRM for playback of downloaded songs from popular on-line music services

Reviews (3)

3-0 out of 5 stars Player has some problems with WMA files, some MP3 files
The idea of an mp3 player that uses removable storage is great. You can take a half-dozen jump drives with you in your pocket and have access to enough music for an entire vacation.

But the Lexar media player has some problems:

1) The USB drive seems loose when it is plugged in. Also, it seems to be getting looser - wearing out (as a previous reviewer has noted).

2) The interface is terrible - very clumsy. The navigation wheel is also a button, but pushing it has no effect most of the time. I end up having to push the button a dozen times to get the song to play.

3) The preset EQs are not very effective - none of them have emphasized bass, for example.

4) Some mp3s play with a lot of background noise - like a low-level white noise or static. There is nothing wrong with the mp3s - they play perfectly on my iRiver player, in winamp, Windows Media Player, etc. Only the Lexar player has trouble with them.

5) WMA support is very very poor. Most of my WMAs (encoded at 192Kbps) pop and skip when played through the Lexar media player. I have pretty much given up trying to play WMA files with it.

6) Surprisingly, battery life isn't very good. The player takes two AAA batteries. I use 750mAh rechargables and get about 8 hours of playing time with them. By comparison, my iRiver player takes a single 2100mAh AA rechargable and lasts more than 20 hours. I am guessing that accessing the jump drive is expensive in power terms - not navigating around a lot (i.e. just letting the player play through the whole drive sequentially) could lengthen the battery life.

Overall, I am happy with the price of this player and with the convenience of being able to load media to it without special programs (such as the iRiver players require). I am hoping that the player is flashable (though I don't have any reason to believe that it is) so that when Lexar works out the bugs that cause some mp3's and wma's to play poorly they can post a patch.

1-0 out of 5 stars WAIT....BETTER DEAL
Buy the "empty" player for 37, then get a 128 mb card....its only 5 bucks mopre total......

5-0 out of 5 stars A good MP3 player and a great value
The Lexar Media Jump Gear MP3 player is a fine player at a great price.It works with JumpDrive Sport USB Flash Memory which can store all types of files, not just mp3's.You can purchase as many of these memory drives as you like and make different collections with them.

As far as the player goes, it is compact with adequate volume and sharp display.I was even able to use it in my car with a cassette adapter.The earphones are buds and may be uncomfortable if you aren't used to them.

You have the choice of purchasing the JumpGear with the 64MB starter memory or purchasing it without memory and ordering the JumpDrive seperately.Even though I got it with the memory I found that 64mb wasn't enough to hold an entire album.The prices on larger capacity JumpDrives are coming down and you can purchase 128mb, 256mb, or 512mb for a better value.

The JumpGear MP3 player is one of the best deals around. ... Read more


3. Archos 10 GB Studio MP3 Player Jukebox
by Archos, Inc.
list price: $159.99
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Asin: B0000633EM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Archos, Inc.
Sales Rank: 22094
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Can connect directly to your stereo with optional cable
  • Supports MP3 files; Windows and Mac compatible
  • Dual 10 GB digital audio player and hard drive
  • Stores over 150 hours of CD-quality music, or approximately 250 albums
  • 2 MB memory buffer stores from 30 to 100 seconds of music to prevent interruptions

Reviews (66)

1-0 out of 5 stars Pathetic piece of trash!
It constantly hangs. Shuts down for no reason. And its recording capability is so unreliable that if it does not hang randomly in the middle of the recording, chances are you will simply not find the file after the recording is done (the file's just not there!). I am quite a wired guy, so you can be sure my problems are not because I am digitally challenged. The Archos is a very poor piece of engineering. Period.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice quality, price, but a bit bulky
I received this player for Christmas of 2002.I have since then put all of the songs from my CDs on to it, as well as some extra songs.The quality of this mp3 player is great!I recorded the songs onto it at CD quality and still have over 9GB left.The headphones that come with this player are nice too, except they can irritate your ears if worn for over about 15 minutes.A charger is also included, as well as a carrying case (though the headphones don't fit in it).

The price is very good for a 10GB player!You can also use your Jukebox as a hard drive to store all of your data files.However, the USB 1.1 connection is not fast and takes awhile to transfer songs if you record at a high rate.This means that if you put the songs on the player at CD quality or higher, it takes awhile.

It is also quite obvious from the picture that this MP3 player is not small.This is not a good device to use while jogging or doing active things, etc.This player is more for those who have quite a large amount of music and want to carry it with them.

So here's the review in brief:

The Good:
-Lots of storage for the price!
-Charger, case, headphones included
-Good playback quality
-Doubles as a hard drive for data storage

The Bad:
-Heavy, not good for listening to while playing sports
-USB transfer is slow (but I recorded at 128-224kbps)

Summary: If you like having nice quality music with you and hate bringing your CDs everywhere, this is for you!Especially if you want something inexpensive, yet has a lot of storage.This isn't for the person who looks to enjoy his/her music while active, though (Ocassionaly it freezes while I am mowign the lawn while listening to it).

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Player/ External hard drive
If you're looking to store a large sum of MP3s this player is for you.Over all play quality is not bad. If there is a lot of noise around, like when your cutting the grass the volume just does not put out to hear the music. Getting a better head set helped out a lot. Battery life is good, on the down side the battery is internal and cannot be removed. I travel a lot to different countries were I can't recharge the player. Overall This is a good player and it makes a nice external hard drive as well.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good for the money....... until the hard drive crashes
If your looking for an economical way to carry a whole bunch of music around with you, and be able to listen to it with pretty good quality, then this player may do. Don't try to do anything physical though, a little jostling and it'll lock up on you. The sound quality is pretty good, especially with some decent earphones. Download Rockbox firmware for a better interace and some cool new features. Also, be prepared to buy a new one every couple of months. Me and a friend of mine both bought this player at the same time. His lasted about a month b4 succumbing to a "HD ERROR" and mine lasted almost 6 months b4 doing the same thing. On the plus side I spent under 150 on the thing, and got a lot of use out of it over the past half-year. In the end, though, I would recommend shelling out the extra cash for something smaller, lighter, and more reliable.

3-0 out of 5 stars Alright
When it's not broken, it actually works pretty well. It's broken three times, though, in the time I've had it. ... Read more


4. SAMSUNG YP-T5Z Portable MP3 Player
by Samsung

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Asin: B0002VKQHE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Samsung
Sales Rank: 68781
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Amazon.com Product Description

One of the smallest digital audio players ever made, the elongated cube-shaped Samsung TP-T5Z measures 0.91 by 2.13 by 0.91 inches and weighs just 0.85 ounces (without battery). You can easily slip it into a breast pocket and never notice it's there. In addition to MP3 files, the TP-T5Z is compatible with WMA, ASF, and Secure WMA--enabling you to download content from online stores and subscription services. The 1 GB of internal flash memory (non-expandable) will hold approximately 16 hours of CD-quality MP3 music (encoded at 128 kbps) or 32 hours of WMA (at 64 kbps). The tiny YP-T5 player also comes in 512 MB (YP-T5X), 256 MB (YP-T5V), and 128 MB (YP-T5H) memory capacities.

The TP-T5Z includes a built-in FM tuner with the capability to record programming directly to MP3. It also has a direct-record feature from other sources, such as a CD or cassette, using the line-in (ENC) port. Other features include a built-in microphone for voice recording, 3D SRS surround sound and TruBass WOW capability for an even more spacious sound, five EQ presets with a user-defined mode, backlit blue, three-line LCD, and ultra-fast USB 2.0 connectivity. It's powered by a single AAA battery, which provides up to 20 hours of battery life.

What's in the Box
Samsung YP-T5Z player, ear bud earphones, carrying case, neckstrap, USB cable, line-in cable, AAA battery, printed user manual, and CD-ROM with software. ... Read more

Features

  • Stores 1GB
  • SRS WOW technology for optimized Windows Media files and 3D Surround Sound
  • Automatic link to lyric database web server -- words are displayed on the player screen
  • Bright backlit 7-color LCD display
  • Voice recording tools

5. Classic Portable MP3 Jukebox with 10GB Memory (CHD500)
by Classic

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Asin: B00007GRLI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Classic
Sales Rank: 69976
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

PRODUCT FEATURES: 10 GB HDD - jukebox stores approximately up to166 hours of MP3 CD quality music encoded at rates of 128 - 320kbps at 8 - 48kHz sampling frequency; WMA playback; Play List Hierarchy enables large volumes of music management by Genre/Artist/Title etc.; Large backlit LCD; Equalizer adds personalized control and optimal audio settings; 8-key control buttons; 4 cursor buttons (up, down, left, right), play/pause, menu, shift, stop, power; In / out jacks - audio out headphone jack, USB port, DC in jack; Extended battery life - up to 9 hrs playback with the use of built-in 8MB DRAM buffer; Rechargeable battery circuit; USB interface for fast (500kbps) and easy connection to personal computer; Downloadable OS for upgrades and extended features such as new DSP algorithms formats and security. ... Read more

Features

  • Supported Formats MP3, WMA
  • Memory Supported 10GB
  • Memory Capacity 166 Hours MP3 Audio
  • Display Type Backlit Dot Matrix LCD
  • Interface USB 1.1

Reviews (8)

1-0 out of 5 stars Low Price Even Lower Quality
-Wow 10GB for around $100
$100 well wasted.
-9hrs battery life
Goodluck with getting 45-60mins of playing time,
not including the mysterious shutdowns during play.
-Uploading new musics
While transfer is rated @ 1.1 Usb. Be ready with a new batch of coffee, for the complete index has to be updated on the player itself with every new file input.
-Quality of craftsmanship
Let just say things start to fall apart in less than a week.Exterior fixtures start to come apart.Interior sounded to have loose parts.
***NOT WORTH THE MONEY/TIME.
***NOT WORTH THE MONEY/TIME.
***NOT WORTH THE MONEY/TIME.
***NOT WORTH THE MONEY/TIME.
***NOT WORTH THE MONEY/TIME.

1-0 out of 5 stars Junk Junk Junk Junk Junk
A friend had the misfortune of buying this hunk of junk. She bragged to me about how much money she saved over buying an iPod. She finally gave it to Goodwill and spent the money for an iPod. She wasted 100 bucks.

So what was wrong?

First, she never could understand the cryptic menu system. Second the case was horribly made, it cracked in 3 places with fairly delicate handling.

Battery problems and other random button problems did not help.

If you are reading this review obviously you want advice, so here is mine....

Consider this review a coupon for 100 bucks off an iPod. You will just throw this thing away and buy a real product later so save the 100 bucks to begin with.

1-0 out of 5 stars This Sucks
This product is total crap.. It messed up almost immediatly after I got it the buttons fell in and the screen blurred.. Don't buy it!

3-0 out of 5 stars Get what you pay for
Let me start with the good things about the CHD500:

1) Price!! (beats the crap out of other HD drive based products)
2) Great for backing up stuff from u'r stuff and laptop with its large memory
3) Sound is good (when it does play) and the line out feature is cool

Now the bad things:

1) It freezes often
2) Baterry life sucks. I can barely get 1 hour after charging for 10 hours. (This might be a problem with just my player because I have read some good comments about the battery)
3) Navigation is way too complicated. Cannot create playlists on the go, cannot play songs at random, cannot browse for other songs when a song is playing
4) Takes a long time to load a new song

Bottom line: If I could turn back time, I will pay the extra $100 and go for an Ipod.

Also I've heard good things about the CHD1000.

1-0 out of 5 stars Cheap and Junky
My friend actually recieved this product as a gift.After only a few weeks, the audio jack had already broken.She gave it to me to repair.I noticed how cheaply the whole thing was put together.The connector was cheap and chinsey and it was only held on with 3 tiny surface mount solders. (No wonder it fell off.)Fourtuanately, I was able to fix it, and it worked fine.A few days later, the battery had come loose, and I again fixed it by opening it up and bending the battery contacts to hit the motherboard.A while longer, and the jack broke off again.This time, it is much worse, and it is impossible to just solder it back on.After much time searching the internet, I found the number and called Classic only to reach a messaging system.They called me back 2 weeks later and told me that they could not send me parts, and that I would have to send it to them.So now I am stuck, without being able to fix it.I will probably buy a broken one on ebay to fix it.Anyway, you could just buy this for the IBM travelstar HDD inside it, since it is probably worth more than the MP3 player. ... Read more


6. Toshiba MEG50AS 5 GB Jukebox Digital Audio Player
by Toshiba

Asin: B000071X5D
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Sales Rank: 46035
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (15)

1-0 out of 5 stars Good price, but NOT recommended
Got this for my girlfriend.It sounded great, and I didn't mind having to convert my MP3s to play them.Unfortunately, it began having problems almost immediately.First, it kept giving an error saying that the hard drive door was open--it wasn't.Then, it kept saying that the hard drive wasn't inserted--it was. Now it only powers up intermittently and will only play one song at a time, if that.

We've called Toshiba and gotten pretty good support (a real, English speaking person!!), but nothing they suggested worked.Now I have to pay to mail it back to the company.To be honest, given the cheap door and hard drive mechanisms (I couldn't believe how flimsy these were!), I'm not confident that this will EVER play for any period of time.

I might just buy a Rio.

5-0 out of 5 stars mp3's work fine!...
i got this item from a customer who didn't want it.it was brand new, but he didn't give me the software.no big deal, just plug in the USB wire and open My Computer.A new Disk will appear.that is the toshiba.just open it and drag and drop any songs you want.it doesn't convert mp3's this way.and you can also transfer back to other computers in the same way with no problems.just don't use the software that comes with it.no reason for that.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good product but has few problems
I own this player for 2 months .it seems to work well.The sound quality is good .Most of all the removable harddisk is a great feature.you can store any type offile from your notebook into this harddisk and transport it.But its a little bit heavier than an ipod,also when the player is in pause mode it switches off in less than a minute.the battery life is really good.Also toshiba properietery software is a headache ,For the MP3 its like one way traffic,once your store the Mp3 files into the player with toshiba software u cant play them again in any other player or computer.Overall its a good player with few problems.i hope this review is helpful to you.

1-0 out of 5 stars Toshiba takes a Bold Step in the anty-piracy market.
This player could have been a big seller but.......
Wonder why it's not called an MP3 Jukebox?!Because it doesn't play MP3's! You must convert your mp3's to a Toshiba encrypted standard, then transfer the newly encryted files to the player.

Seriously, what would be the best application for such a product?Audiobook companies that offer "Free Player" when subscribing to there monthly plan. Then they can sit back and rest assured no one can rip their AudioBook files directly from the player.

Too Late Toshiba.......Much Too Late.......

4-0 out of 5 stars Great mp3 player
The Toshiba mobilphile is a one of a kind mp3 player. Not only does it have a retractable HDD PC Card, put it also has good quality and easy transfer between files. The 5 GB hard drive is "real getter", and it can store about 1000 songs based on the compression settings. Good mp3 player! I have no trouble with it! ... Read more


7. Archos Jukebox 10 GB MP3 Player/Recorder/Hard Drive 500297
by Archos, Inc.
list price: $219.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000633EN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Archos, Inc.
Sales Rank: 34733
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Archos Jukebox Recorder 10 combines an MP3 recording device with a 10 GB hard drive for storing up to 165 hours of MP3 audio. Merge your entire collection of MP3s and CDs into one handheld device. Slip it into your pocket, and listen to all your favorite music wherever you go.

With the Jukebox Recorder 10 you can record from any analog or digital source at bit rates up to 160 Kbps, and you can port your recordings back to your PC without any specialized software. The Jukebox Recorder 10 doubles as a portable 10 GB hard drive for PC or Mac laptops and desktop computers to store all your data, images, and software. The Jukebox Recorder 10 is compatible with USB 1.1.

There's no need for special software to download MP3 songs--just drag and drop MP3 files from Windows Explorer or from the Mac desktop. Update with a simple click at the Archos Web site and download the latest firmware that supports additional software extensions.

The Jukebox Recorder 10 is powered by either AC power (adapter included) or four AA batteries. It also comes with stereo headphones, carrying pouch, USB cable, master software, and driver diskette. ... Read more

Features

  • Can connect directly to your stereo with optional cable
  • Supports MP3 files; Windows and Mac compatible
  • Dual 10 GB digital audio player and hard drive
  • Stores over 150 hours of CD-quality music, or approximately 250 albums
  • 2 MB memory buffer stores from 30 to 100 seconds of music to prevent interruptions

Reviews (52)

4-0 out of 5 stars This is what makes it what it is.
Ok, For all thoes people who put bad reviews about the music Quality, it is fine. This thing is a HARD DRIVE, the quality is EXACTLY THE SAME as the quality on your computer, unless you changed some options in the software to increase Transfer speed/Storage memory on the unit. If you have low quality music on your computer, you will have low quality on the mp3 player. Also, it may be the headphones. I found nothing wrong with this unit, it is cheap, and not all show like the Ipod's are. I upgraded my Archos Jukebox by puting in anew 120 gb hard drive, that you can get for $80.P.S. By opening you'r unit, you will void you'r warrenty. Do not do that unless you know what you are doing. Also, find instructions on a web site. I or Amazon can not be held responsible for what ever happens to you and/or your hard drive and Archos Jukebox.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worthless
I recently bought an Archos off of Amazon.com and recieved it in its alotted shipping time. I was very excited at my new purchase from good reviews and amazing specs, especially for the price! unfortunately, I took the system out of the box and charged it overnight, just as the instructions had said. I took it out the next morning, hoping to put on new music and enjoy my purchase before a n upcoming vacation, but instead, the music turned on for about 30 sec. and shut off. I tried this several times until I relaized that it would no longer turn on at all. I tried to re-read the instrutions and even check the archos website but nothing helped. Eventually, I realized that my batteries would not hold a charge (certainly not rechargable) and even for the time (30 sec.) I did listen to the music, I was disappointed by poor quality. I sent back the product to amazon.com to get a new one and try my luck again. After a prolonged period (and a vacation with no MP3 player) I contacted amazon.com to find that I would not get a new one, but only a refund. I was at first a bit upset, but then realized that after all, wouldn't a refund be better than the hastle of dealing with such a worthless machine again and disappointing myself for the second time?
I still have not found another system with the same specs and storage ability for such a price, but I figure that if I must pay an extra $50-100 for an Mp3 player that works and has better sound, then so be it. I hope we have all learned something; this archos system has sourl disappointed me and I hope you will not make the same mistake as I have.

1-0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware!
- Screen went dead long ago.
- Locks up 2-3 times per use. For some reason, it ust dies
A friend who has one had the same problems with hers. She went out and got an ipod.

1-0 out of 5 stars not user friendly
fragile
poor manual
hard to create playlist
locks up often.

4-0 out of 5 stars Problems with Mac OS 10.2
This little machine is great. When I got it in the mail, it was much smaller than I thought it be. Now that I have it working with my computer, it works great. The battery life is much longer than my other mp3 player and it takes very little time to get started up. As a recorder it works great. I record all my music lessons with it.

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8. Apple 10 GB iPod (M8737LL/A, July 2002 Version)
by Apple Computer

Asin: B00006FDR3
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 28980
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Apple has revamped the now-classic iPod with several exceptional new features. The 10 GB model still packs 2,000 songs and a 10-hour battery life into a stunning 6.5-ounce package, but Apple ups the ante with new iTunes 3 software; a redesigned, touch-sensitive scroll wheel; red-hot FireWire digital file transfers; a wired remote control; and an overhauled calendar/scheduler.

The iPod’s setup and interface are still the same: just plug it into your Mac and all your iTunes songs and playlists are automatically downloaded into iPod at blazing FireWire speed--typically 15 seconds or less. Don’t forget that the player also doubles as a FireWire drive for applications and other files. This new model also comes with a FireWire port cover to protect the player from dirt and other gunk.

In addition to its 10 GB hard drive, iPod has a 32 MB memory cache. The cache is made of solid-state memory, meaning that it has no moving parts, so it's not affected by movement of the device. Skip protection on the iPod works by continually preloading up to 20 minutes of music into the cache.

The iPod has a large, high-quality LCD (liquid crystal display) for viewing up to six lines of text. And the LCD features an LED (light-emitting diode) backlight for clear visibility in low-light situations--indoors or outdoors. Pocket-size and just 6.5 ounces, it weighs appreciably less than the stack of CDs it can store music from.

Featuring Apple's new iTunes 3 software, the iPod can synchronize with newly added music files and playlists. Simply plug the iPod back into your Mac and the changes are automatically updated in seconds. And with iTunes 3, you can rip MP3s, create playlists, and burn custom CDs all from one simple interface. And thanks to a cool new partnership with audible.com, you can now download audiobooks to the iPod.

You can also download your calendar and schedule to the iPod from applications like Entourage, Palm Desktop, and Mac OS X Address Book. Plus, the iPod now has a built-in digital clock.

The iPod's rechargeable lithium-polymer battery is charged using the FireWire cable when connected to your Mac. You can also recharge the iPod using the included FireWire cable and AC adapter when you're on the go.

The iPod supports MP3 (up to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR (variable bit rate), WAV, and AIFF files, and is firmware upgradable. To use the iPod with your Mac, you'll need a FireWire port and you must be running either Mac OS 9.2.1 (or later) or Mac OS X 10.1 (or later).

The unit comes with a wired remote control, revamped earbud-style headphones, a FireWire cable, power adapter, CD-ROM with iTunes 3, and a carrying case with belt clip. It's backed by a 90-day limited warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Mac OS 9.2.1 (or later) or Mac OS X v10.1 (or later)
  • Includes wired remote control, remodeled headphones, and carrying case with belt clip
  • Discontinued by manufacturer, replaced by model #M8946LL/A
  • FireWire interface for fastest digital transfer available; covered FireWire port
  • Download audiobooks from Audible.com; keep up to date with new calendar/scheduler and built-in clock

Reviews (25)

5-0 out of 5 stars I love it
Before I start, I want to say that you should definitely buy the newer ipod (it just came out yesterday), because it is cheaper, and looks to be even better than mine (this one).

I have had the ipod for eight months now, and it is still working perfectly well, showning just how durable it is (i have put it through quite a bit). Also, the controls are incredibly easy to learn and understand, even for the technically inept. another thing that I really like about the ipod, other than the sheer quantity of music that it holds, is the size of the screen, as well as the backlight, which is very bright. The large screen makes it wonderfully easy to see all of the information about the song. The final thing that I really love about the ipod is the fact that you canupgrade the software that it uses whenever apple comes out with a new version of the software.

4-0 out of 5 stars Factor in the cost of new headphones
'Destroy the Neodymium transducer magnets!'

No, it's not a line from Star Trek. Rather, it's the first thing you'll need to do when you unpack your new iPod: throw away the supplied headphones and buy a decent pair.

Although Apple says the 'New iPod headphones are smaller in size, with new Neodymium transducer magnets for enhanced bass response, smoother midrange transitions, and accurate high-end reproduction' I personally found them uncomfortable to wear, and, more to the point, poor in sound quality.

Good headphones will add immensely to your satisfaction as an iPod owner. Be prepared to buy them!

On the plus side, you'll get the hang of using an iPod in about 5 minutes. (It really is possible to use it with just one hand.) And if you have a Mac-iTunes-iPod system set-up, updating your digital music collection is a breeze. (Windows users now have the same ease of use, apparently.) The iPod had a battery life problem which has now been solved, although (I haven't actually timed mine) I doubt you'll get 10 hours playback from a single charge, as claimed.

What about the sound? Hardly a minor issue for a music player, after all.

Apple's copywriters (a group not, on the whole, given to understatement) claim that '...(the iPod's) high-output (60-mW) amplifier provides CD-quality sound with a wide dynamic range. The result? Deep, pulse-pounding bass and sharp, crystal-clear highs.'

Ummmmm...yes and no.

The iPod provides a good, balanced sound for most types of music, with clear (not too trebly) highs. Light jazz and acoustic guitar sound pretty good. However, its bass does lack punch to some extent. (The built-in equaliser doesn't really help.) A Sony Minidisc player (or, if you want to step back into the Jurassic analog era, even a Sony Walkman) provides much punchier, crisper sound, but then again, you don't get to carry 2,000 songs with you.

Pros: Very ease to use; reliable. Clean interface.

Cons: Supplied headphones are a waste of space. Wimpy bass; struggles with some genres of music. Battery not user-replaceable.

5-0 out of 5 stars Those Problems with battery life have been fixed!!
Whoever complained about the iPod earlier now has NOTHING to say.Just recently, an update for the iPod has been released by apple, which improves the battery life problems.The iPod is now PERFECT.

5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST Portable Audio Available
This is by far the best portable audio device I have ever owned. Although the price is a little steep, the ability to have 2000 CD quality songs in a device the size of a pack of cigarettes is well worth it. In addition to the amount of music you can store, if you wish to, you can set the device up as a portable Firewire hard-drive as well. You can use any leftover space from your music collection to store anything you want.I have found that the ideal accessory for this product is a car kit with a 12volt adapter and an FM transmitter to play your music through your car's stereo. You'll wonder why you ever payed extra for a CD deck in your car, and the iPod battery will always be 100% charged when you get to where you are going.

5-0 out of 5 stars 10 Gig Ipod (mac)
I am very pleased with this purchase and with the Ipod its self.Very easy to use.I am able to take it any where I go or hook it into my home audio system.

I have 123 albums( 1775 songs) on my Ipod with 36.9 MB of space left.If I had a larger music selection I would go for the 20 Gig Ipod.

Overall I am very happy with this item ... Read more


9. Apple 10 GB 2nd Generation iPod M8709LL/A
by Apple Computer

Asin: B000065V15
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 29493
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Packing 2,000 songs and a 10-hour battery into a stunning 6.5-ounce package, the Apple iPod is the smallest hard drive-based MP3 player available, about the size of a deck of cards. Just plug it into your Mac and all your iTunes songs and playlists are automatically downloaded into iPod at blazing FireWire speed.

The 10 GB hard drive stores up to 2,000 MP3 song files (at 160 Kbps encoding rate) and also doubles as disk storage for applications and other files. A high-output (60-mW) amplifier provides CD-quality sound with a wide dynamic range, from deep, pulse-pounding bass to sharp, crystal-clear highs.

In addition to its 10 GB hard drive, iPod has a 32 MB memory cache. The cache is made up of solid-state memory, meaning that it has no moving parts, so it's not affected by movement of the device. Skip protection on the iPod works by continually preloading up to 20 minutes of music into the cache.

The iPod has a large, high-quality liquid crystal display (LCD) for viewing up to six lines of text. And the LCD features a white-light-emitting diode (LED) backlight for clear visibility in low-light situations--indoors or outdoors. Pocket-size and just 6.5 ounces, it weighs appreciably less than the stack of CDs it can store music from.

Featuring Apple's award-winning iTunes 2 software, the iPod can synchronize with newly added music files and playlists. Simply plug the iPod back into your Mac and the changes are automatically updated in seconds. And with iTunes 2, you can rip MP3s, create playlists, and burn custom CDs all from one simple interface.

Its rechargeable lithium battery is charged using the FireWire cable when connected to your Mac. You can also recharge the iPod using the included FireWire cable and AC adapter when you're on the go.

The iPod supports MP3 (up to 320 Kbps), MP3 Variable Bit Rate (VBR), WAV, and AIFF files, and is firmware upgradable. To use the iPod with your Mac you'll need a FireWire port and you must be running either Mac OS 9.2.1 (or later) or Mac OS X v10.1 (or later). The iPod is not compatible with Windows operating systems.

It comes with earbud-style headphones, a FireWire cable, power adapter, and CD-ROM with iTunes 2. It's backed by a 90-day limited warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Mac OS 9.2.1 (or later) or Mac OS X v10.1 (or later)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer, replaced by model #M8737LL/A
  • Ultrawide frequency response for high-fidelity sound; 20 equalizer presets
  • FireWire interface for fastest digital transfer available
  • Weighs only 6.5 ounces and measures the size of a deck of cards

Reviews (36)

5-0 out of 5 stars Apple 10 GB Second Generation iPod
This is one of the best generation of iPods I have ever seen. It is what people now consider the "old" iPod even though it's really only 2 or 3 years old. 10 gigabytes holds about 2,000 songs at near CD-Quality. At 10 hours of battery life you can enjoy music on the road or on a plane ride. This is pretty thin especially for a 2nd-Generation iPod. It is .78" in depth while the new 4th-Generation is .57. The battery life in the new generation is 12 hours so there is only 2 hours in difference. This iPod has a scroll wheel. It's much better and not mechanical like the first generation. It connects either through FireWire or FireWire 400. It's mostly metal at the top and there is a cover for the connectivity ports, unlike the first-generation. There was a 10GB and 20GB version for Mac or Windows. Now all the iPods can be compatible with Mac and Windows. It comes with MusicMatch Jukebox as it's software which isn't too bad but iTunes is much better. What is included in the package is the iPod, case, remote control, connectivity wires, power adapter, and software. It costed me around $399.99 which is extremely expensive but back then MP3 Players were still pretty new. It's 6.5 ounces which isn't too bad but is still kind of heavy. You should look into the iPod but not this one. Look into the new fourth generation iPod or any kind of iPod you want. But this 2nd Generation iPod is one of the best iPods in the 4th generation collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best there is!
This is the best!Superior audio quality.Excellent battery life (8-10 hours).Super fast transfer using Firewire.Very intuitive and easy to use menus.Great feature set including contact lists, calendar, games and more. If you know a music lover, this would make a great gift!I take this thing everywhere.I would recommend the Sennheiser PX 100 headphones (available on Amazon for under 40 dollars) as a must have accessory for this.I also like the ability to use this as a firewire hard drive which allows backup of important files from my hard drive.It costs more than the competition but is worth EVERY bit of it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get any other mp3 player and you will regret it
I bought mine a little less than a year ago and it has been great since day one.It is compact, can be used as an emergency startup disk for Macintosh computers, and the controls makes navigation a piece of cake.I also have a Nomad Jukebox and a friend at work has the Archos Jukebox...I can't believe how archaic those things are, if you want to navigate to a certain song it will take you minutes.WIth my iPod and the scroll wheel, it takes no time to find what you want.The sound is crystal, the battery usage is amazing, it still cranks out 8-10 hours after all this time.My biggest gripe was that there were no battery replacements offered, but now for $ you can get a new battery...so all in all I have yet to find a flaw on this puppy.The firewire transfer of songs is simply mindblowing.Buy any other mp3 player and you will regret it even more now that you have just read this :)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Gem of a Product
The iPod is a fantastic MP3 player. From a design standpoint, there is no competition - nowhere an MP3 player as cool. I swear, if there is one piece of electronics that will get you girls this is it (seriously).

You can transfer 10 gigs in under 15 minutes (note that 10 gigs with a USB connection will take hours upon hours). I often visit friends and download their entire iTunes music library onto the iPod in minutes. You can't, by the way, copy iPod music to a computer - only computer to an iPod, for copyright reasons of course.

The iPod has a very intuitive and easy-to-use interface - just 5 buttons and a scroll wheel control the whole thing. I happen to really like the new touch-sensitive scroll wheel. The quickest way to get a feel for the interface is to actually go to the Apple site, where they demo the interface very nicely: ...<

My only complaints with the interface is that long song names will be cutoff (except in play mode, where the song title scrolls across the screen) - this makes it sometimes tricky to view items in the iPod by song title.

In terms of sound-quality, I now import my CDs at 128kbs (to maximize space)... and on the iPod it sounds fine (no hissing, or problems of any kind that I can notice). The iPod will play very loud, which is an improvement over the old model, I have heard.

I listen to my iPod with headphones, in the car (with a audio tape adaptor), and at home connected to our receiver. Again, no complains with volume and sound quality. You might, however, have a number of MP3s that play at different volumes - and this can either startle you or make you think nothing is playing. The "Sound Check" feature of the iPod supposedly addresses this issue - however, it doesn't seem to make to much of a difference in my opinion.

Battery life for me has been at about 5 hours (I think)... but I keep the iPod volume very high on the unit when in the car.

My only real complaint is with how easily the unit scratches, but really, if you take good care of it, scratches will be minimal.

5-0 out of 5 stars IPOD-The Best
Just the best MP-3 player out there..Fast to load, great sound, portable....do yourself a favor ..get it!!!! ... Read more


10. Apple 5 GB iPod (M8513LL/B, July 2002 Version)
by Apple Computer

Asin: B00006FDR0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 40314
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Apple presents iPod - the first MP3 player to pack a countless number of songs and 10 hours of battery life into a stunning package you can literally take everywhere. It's your entire music collection. With no moving parts, the iPod's touch-sensitive scroll wheel is less vulnerable to dust, dirt or sand and more durable. The touch-sensitive scroll wheel is designed to retain its crisp feel throughout the lifespan of your iPod. There's even a clicker that makes a tiny clicking sound when the scroll wheel is moving.Small though it is, the iPod packs a lot of storage. The number of songs it holds depends on the compression rate you choose. At a 160Kbps compression rate (the default setting for encoding MP3s in iTunes), 5GB equals approximately 1, 000 songs, or about 100 CDs. That's how big it is on the inside. And with that much space, you might also find yourself storing documents, files and applications on your iPod in FireWire disk mode. iPod's rechargeable lithium polymer battery gives you 10 hours of continuous playback. In a hurry to get it recharged? Fast-charge the battery to 80% of capacity in an hour, and get it fully recharged in three hours. With an industry-leading 20 minutes of skip protection, iPod keeps playing without missing a beat. iPod has a 32MB solid-state memory cache, meaning that it has no mechanical or moving parts. Skip protection works by continually preloading up to 20 minutes of music into the cache, so your iPod is not affected by sudden movements. ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Mac OS 9.2.1 (or later) or Mac OS X v10.1 (or later)
  • Includes remodeled headphones and support for optional remote control
  • Discontinued by manufacturer, replaced by model #M8976LL/A
  • FireWire interface for fastest digital transfer available
  • Download audiobooks from Audible.com; keep up to date with new calendar/scheduler and built-in clock

Reviews (7)

4-0 out of 5 stars Apple Sets the Gold Standard for MP3 Devices
This particular Apple iPod was one of the first models to come out. Like most techo-gadgets, once you buy them - something better is going to come along within a few months.That is just the way of the world. The nice thing about this gadget is - it still does the job very well for me 1 1/2 years after I purchased it.This is the 5GB iPod.They have discontinued this model in favor of some iPods that hold larger capacity (i.e. 10 GB, 15 GB, 20 GB, and 40 GB) as well as the smaller sized iPod mini (a 4 GB device). I'm hear to say that the 5 GB still does the job and if this is how Apple is going to produce an mp3 device, this is going to set the gold standard.

I run my iPod on a Windows XP based PC.At the time, I had to buy a IEEE 1394 FireWard card for my machine. I was more than glad to add this functionality to my PC because now I can hook up other FireWire devices. At this time the Software used to organize music on the iPod is Musicmatch and not iTunes.Again Musicmatch does a great job for me and I continue to use it. There is no synchronization device with this iPod. Just connect it to your Firewire Cable and the PC and Musicmatch software will recognize it. If your Firewire Card supplies power, you will be able to recharge the iPod as it is connected to your PC.

This thing is as Apple advertises. Apple Advertised getting about 1000 songs on it. I have ripped most of my CDs in 128 kbps format and have about 600+ songs on it so far. With still about 2GB of free space, I should just reach the 1000 song plateau.If I went to 160 kbps format for all of my songs, I would probably see a substantial reduction in the amount of songs I would be able to store.The 128 kbps format should be just fine.This device never skips.I take it in my car and to the gym and it never skips. I advise buying a car adapter for about $20 that goes into your cassette deck (the one that portable CD players use works just fine) and then you can have your iPOd in the car.

The device itself is a nice looking one.There is a jog dial used to navigate the menus. There are plenty of organizations by playlist, album, song, genre, and artist (much of this is configured on the Musicmatch software automatically when you rip your CDs to mp3). It also contains 'extras' for Calandar, Contact, Clock, and a game.The game is actually a version of the old 'Breakout' game. The menus are in standard LCD gray and there is a backlight that can be turned on to see the menu better if needed.A great set of headphones comes with the iPod.It is the type of headphones you right on the outside of the ear and what is nice is they don't fall out of your ear - plus they sound great.You also get a portable charger that only requires the firewire cable. As for the firewire cable, it comes with one as well as an adapter for 4 pin and 6 pin ports.

There are three drawbacks I must point out. The first is the back of the player - it scratches very easily.The back is made of shiny metal and you are going to need to get a a case for it otherwise you will get tons of scratches on that surface.This leads into the second drawback - accessories. No case is going to come with it and of course, like with any accessory - you're going to overpay for them.Be careful when shopping for a case,some of them are cheap leather slipcases and you may overpay. Recently I tried to get a car charger and found one at an Apple Retail Store for $13.00, but remember seeing them in CompUSA for $40.The newer iPods are architected very differently and as a result those accessories won't fit this model of the iPod.I still also advise spending the money for a car adapter (mentioned above) that plugs into your cassette deck.

The third drawback is the battery.The battery will give you 10 hours continuous play when you first get it.Slowly but surely, you will see that erode over time.I'd say I'm down to 5 hours right now.Although I said the iPod does the job well, this is the one major drawback I've seen over the life of the device.To replace the battery - it is $99.00 from Apple and this is a job you are going to need them to do. With some of the newer iPod models, I know by next year I am going to face a tough decision on whether or not to replace the battery or upgrade my iPod. Another note on the battery is that if your iPod is idle and uncharged for a few days, the battery will lose some of its charge.

The plusses clearly outweigh the minuses here.I would give this 5 stars, but the drawbacks make this more of a 4 1/2 star effort. Don't let the drawbacks deter you, but be aware of them - especially the battery issue if you are buying a used one.If you do get this device, you'll be very happy with it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent +++
My Husband gave me a christmas gift, I love it, its stores around 1000 songs but for me 100 songs are more than enough.Sound quality and overall features are excellent, the only bad part is I still didn't found a good case for IPOD I looked everywhere from Apple store to EBAY but they were not good, but other than that I had no problems till now.I hope this review is helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
The wife got me one of these for Christmas and you can't go wrong. Great interface, simple intuitive controls. If you have a huge music collection or plan on using it as an external hard drive go for the 10 or 20 GB model but I am not even close to filling this 5 GB up. Address Book and iCal updates work great with iSync. It even has a breakout game.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great little gadget!
I bought the 5Gb iPod about 6 months ago (when the price dropped upon introduction of the 10 and 20 Gb versions).I can't believe I waited so long!It's changed the way I listen to music:

1. My original intention was to take it walking and running with earphones.For this it works great.Very small and light; no skipping; simple controls that can be handled without any fuss; and the playlists make it easy to adapt to any mood.

2. At home, I plug it into my stereo to play at high volume.I've found that I never even use the CD player anymore!Again, the flexibility of the playlists are perfect for any situation in which you don't just want to listen to an album straight through -- e.g. hours and hours of party music without changing CD.

3. In the car, I use the iPod with an iRock FM transmitter.It's a little kludgy, but I don't have a cassette so that option is out.Anyhow, the hours and hours of music is much better than my 6-CD changer for any distance driving.

I use a Mac at home and work, so I often update the music through the iTunes software, which works seamlessly and intuitively.

My only regret now is that I think I need more storage space!So I'll probably upgrading to the 20 Gb version in a year or so...

5-0 out of 5 stars Apple iPod works great!
I read all the reviews on the iPod, from Amazon, CNet, Mac World, etc, prior to buying my iPod.I was particularly concerned with the criticism and problems attributed to the iPod.However, my personal experience with my 5GB iPod, has thus far, proven very positive. I have not experienced any of the problems that the other reviewers cited.It is easy to set-up and use.The sound quality is okay, though this can easily be improved by upgrading the earphones.My only negative comment is that the unit takes too long to charge up (4 hrs). ... Read more


11. Samsung YH-820MC 5 GB Digital Audio Player
by Samsung Electronics
list price: $229.99
our price: $189.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000294HDK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Samsung Electronics
Sales Rank: 3291
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The sleek and compact 5GB digital music player holds up to 1200 hours of your favorite songs, plus you can transfer and store digital pictures and view them on the 1.6" CSTN color LCD display. It also features 5GB memory; a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 8 hours; enhanced 3-D sound; ultra-fast USB 2.0 file transfers, simple navigation; MP3, WMA, Secure WMA, Janus upgradeable, Ogg and JPEG playback and more. Includes belt clip, earphones, USB cables and in-line encoding wire. Available storage capacity may vary. Imported. Approx. 1/2Wx2Lx3-1/2H". ... Read more

Features

  • Includes ID3-tag update software, stereo earphones, a USB cable, a belt clip, and a line-input cable
  • Compact portable digital music player and voice recorder with a 5 GB, 1-inch HDD
  • MP3, WMA, Secure WMA, Janus Upgradeable, Ogg Vorbis, and JPEG image file playback
  • 1.6-inch CSTN Color LCD (65K color) for Picture Viewing at 128 x 96 resolution
  • Built-in rechargeable battery good for 8 hours between charges

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars No problems here! Great MP3 player
I have been using my YH820 for about 2 months now. I think it is a great value for the money.

Pros:
5 Gb for $200. For now, that is a good deal and certainly a value when you consider the other features the 820 provides

Unlike previous reviewers, I had absolutely no problems getting my unit to synch with Windows Media Player. Select your files and send them to your Synch list, then Synch now, and the files get pushed over. I didn't load NAPSTER, as I don't want 3rd party apps cluttering my PC. Originally I didn't load the Samsung software either, but then I had problems getting the JPGs to show correctly after a direct file transfer via filesystem (not saying that it can't be done, its just easier with the native Samsung software)

Accessible via file system (technical saavy required)

Battery life is satisfactory, about 6-7 hours.

Color LCD and ability to display JPGs and slide shows

Unit has a Line-in, and is capable of recording/ripping from external sources (have a portable CD player, and you dont need a pc to rip songs to your device)

SAMSUNG claims that the software and features are upgradeable on the player, as well as 3rd party apps, but I have yet to see any released software or updates.

CONS

Color LCd, still too small to really enjoy the pictures

Proprietary USB connection integrated into charger. Would have liked a standard micro USB connector.

LOOOONG start up time

Hard drive is formatted with FAT32. Over time, this will prove to be a problem as the file system degenerates.

Takes way too long to synch/xfer files.My first synch was 4.5 GB and took hours.

Overall, I think its great for the price and as a bonus, you get to view pictures (would have been nice to be able to watch WMV's) and record.I bought it and would recommend it to anyone.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Alternative for Ipod
I bought my unit after trying two different units in home.I tried the Creative Labs Jukebox(40GB) and then tried another Creative Labs unit.I stayed with this one because it gave me zero problems.I like the color screen that the unit has.Nice and easy software to uplaod photo's to and from the unit.The player comes bundled with Napster software but the software is not necessary to use th player.If you read the users manual you will realize that you can also use Windows Media PLayer to transfer music to and from the unit.It is a fairly fast transfer to the unit if you have USB 2.0.If you dont have USB 2.0 and are wanting to use the player it is going to be a slow slow process for you.I filled up the player to full capacity in less than three hours(dont know exact time....I walked away and went to do some other things around the house).Unlike the Ipod you can delete track by track listing instead of having to erase the whole players memory.Found that a very cool feature.I have switched out songs a few times and never experienced one problem in doing so.When the player gets to full capacity it does run slow(they even tell you this in the manual).This is a drawback to going with a hard drive based unit in general.Every HD unit has this problem so if you think you will avoid it by going wiht an Ipod think again.While using the player I found a few minor problems.The menu system likes to move slow and seems to get stuck at times.If you excersise patience when you player this shouldnt present any problems.I can't seem to get the two second gap in between tracks out.I listen to techno and this does bother me but I will get over it.I recommend this player to anyone who wants a better deal than the Ipod.

2-0 out of 5 stars A fair player
Pro1:Decent sound with EQ off or on WOW.You can alter the SRS level, the bass level and the treble/mid (focus) level.Compared with the parametric EQ on a Rio Karma, optimized for Sony MDRex71 phones, the sound is fine enough, though still a tiny bit short for me.Also, the sound can saturate and distort easily on low volume when using WOW/SRS or preset EQ settings.

Pro2: It's fairly thin and light for having a color screen.

Pro3: Display is nice, bright and colorful.

Pro4: buttons don't have huge gaps that allow dust under the screen or in other places (at least not yet)

Pro5: recording, mic and line in do work good enough.

Pro6: photo viewer--though I haven't tried it yet.

Con1: While it can act as an USB storage device, the non-standard cable forces you to haul it around.The cable is also the power cord, though it has a separate AC/DC end for plugging into the wall (also non-standard).

Con2: No bookmarks for multiple saved positions.With 5GB this should be a given (I want to have several playlists each with their own bookmark).It does resume position, but only the last one.

Con3: Battery life, due to color screen I presume, is low.

Con4: Startup is slow.My 20gb Karma starts play in about 5-7 seconds from pushing ON.The yepp 5gb yh-820mc takes at least twice or more time.

Con5: A playlist can be created on the player, but I see no way to make multiple ones with the included software.The whole method of playlist creation is a bit confusing too.

Con6: playback options are limited, in terms of selection by album, artist, genre, etc.A lot of players now let you choose by age, date, etc as well.

Con7: No FM radio, no text reader (the smaller flash player has these)

Con8: mic recordings are only set to 8khz, 32kbps.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stinky MP3 Player
Long story short.....I purchased two of these players, one for my wife and one for me.My wifes player was defective so I exchanged it for a new one.Three uses later with her new player and the hard drive crashed.I returned her second one with my player and got a refund.I bucked up a few more dollars for an ipod mini and it was worth every penny.The difference is amazing.With the Samsung the time it takes to transfer music is painfully slow compared to the ipod.Just spend the extra $50 on an ipod and save yourself the trouble.Two defective players out of three....No thanks.Don't buy this player.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than iPod Mini
Smaller than the iPod mini and has a color screen and relatively easy navigation. A little slow to boot up initially, but this is not a detrimental issue. Definitely glad I researched this before plunging into the iCult. I'm not sure what Bill Waff was speaking of below, but the player is indeed WMP compatible and you do not need to be online to manage your library. ... Read more


12. D-Link DMP-HD610 Roq-it MP3 Player and Hard Drive (10 GB)
by D-Link
list price: $229.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005TSUR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: D-Link
Sales Rank: 43296
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The D-Link Roq-it 10 GB is a portable hard drive-based MP3 jukebox as well as an external USB hard drive. With a capacity of 10 GB, it provides 150 hours of nonstop music--approximately 250 CDs. It's compatible with MP3, and the firmware is fully upgradable to support new features.

The large, easy-to-read, blue, backlit LCD displays song title, album name, genre, and other track information contained in each MP3 file's ID3 tag. The LCD also displays status of playback and functions. The Roq-it also provides 2 MB of Electronic Shock Protection (ESP) to ensure constant playing without skipping. And it comes with an infrared remote control to control basic play functions.

The equalizer feature has presets for Jazz, Latin, Flat, Rock, and Dance, as well as a custom equalizer setting. The Roq-it provides an audio jack for connection to earphones or playing through speakers. A line-out stereo jack enables connection to an external audio input. The rechargeable lithium-ion batteries provide about eight hours of music, with an average charge time of three hours.

Use the Roq-it as an external hard drive to store your word processing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and graphics for when you need to be mobile. The hard drive compartment can be opened easily to replace the hard drive with separate 2.5-inch hard drives. The capacity of the hard drive is limited only to the capacity of 2.5-inch laptop hard drives available. The Roq-it uses a USB 1.1-compliant connection for transferring audio files.

The D-Link Roq-it is compatible with Windows 98, 2000, Me, and XP and Mac OS 9 and later. It comes with an AC adapter, head phones, a carry pouch, and infrared remote control. ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with Windows XP and Mac OS 9 and above
  • Includes remote control, AC adapter, headphones, and carry pouch
  • 10 GB MP3 player and USB hard drive
  • Stores over 150 hours of CD-quality music
  • 2 MB of Electronic Shock Protection (ESP) to ensure constant playing without skips

Reviews (46)

1-0 out of 5 stars Worthless
I received one of these as a birthday present from my sister (a couple years ago) and it's proven to be a waste of my time and my sister's money. The warranty was no help at all, as the nature of any warranty is a guarantee that the company will help with problems, not a guarantee that the company will actually solve the problems. The tech support consisted primarily of these two ideas: 1. Charge the battery, and 2. Reformat the hard drive. Sadly, neither worked. The product worked for at most a few minutes at a time before freezing up or some other such problem. Most of the time, turning the unit off and then on again did not help.

The mp3 player always had problems, no matter what tech support suggested I do (repeatedly). They provided support during the product's warranty period, and then the warranty expired and I was left with a product that still didn't work. They refuse to take it back and provide a refund.

The fact that this product is bulky and slow (USB1.1) wouldn't bother me if it was a bulky and slow 10GB mp3 player. What makes me feel lied to is the fact that this product is a bulky, $250 paperweight.

1-0 out of 5 stars Waste of Money
I purchased this for my son when this was a new item.There had been nothing but trouble with this ever since.The unit shuts itself down before the battery is dead and then the unit doesn't turn itself off!Finally, it has the equivalent of hard drive crashes once every 5 times you use it.Save your money and buy something else.Finally, like some other reviewers stated, they do not own up to their warranty.

4-0 out of 5 stars Something Special You Can't Find Elsewhere
This is not the most advanced Jukebox on the market, in fact it's probably one of the oldest ones available.It's also known as the Neo II but is exactly the same player.It's big, too big to carry like an iPod and the battery will last 6 hours if you are lucky.

Here's the part that I find amazing.First: The sound quality is very good and Second: This player has the most wonderful shuttle capability that I've ever seen!

Here's how I use it:I immediately removed the 10 gig drive, it's as easy as sliding off the removable cover and then slipping the drive out.I replaced it with a (formatted) 40 gig drive and loaded it to the max.Then, I turned it on and selected "Rand All" with the program button and it sits on my desk, pumping wonderful music into my Bose table radio all day long!I never hear a duplicate, the device never fails and it responds instantly when you press "pause" on the wireless remote (included) should a phone call interrupt my flow.

Yes, I have traveled with it; It's been to West Africa and Europe, it's been on countless flights criss-crossing the US and on a plane, driving my Bose noise-cancellation headphones, there's nothing but bliss.

It's been retired to my desk because I do carry an iPod now when I travel but sometimes I still take the Roq-It because the display is so big and beautiful, so much bigger than any other MP3 Jukebox out there.

So depending on what you need it for, this jewel is "the bomb" if you aren't focused on size or battery life - particularly for the price.It's been dependable but there may not be support since it is discontinued.

1-0 out of 5 stars I wish they had a choice of less than a star
This is the worst electronic equipment I have ever invested in, this player had bugs and defects packed into it right out of the factory, it is hardly surprising that DLink decided to discontinue the production of this unit. What adds insult to injury is that instead of owning up to their obligation to provide care within the warranty period, DLink customer service is playing games to claim that the warranty is void. This is a sheer case of shrugging any responsibility. As a paying customer I am totally dissatisfied with the product and the customer care(what makes me feel better, is that there are at least 3 other people who share my view and that means that DLink will find it extremely hard to survive in this world of customer delight)
NEVER BUY ANYTHING FROM DLINK!!!a few dollars 25 more(competitive jukebox) is worth a functioning product..

2-0 out of 5 stars Was nice when it worked
The first problem I encountered was a loose battery connection.I soldered the connection back on and it worked again.Then the power connection fell off, so I fixed that also.Now, after a year and a half after buying it, the unit is no longer functioning due to a 'partition' error.Tech support has no help for this problem, so I'm out $$$.

I'm giving this device 2 stars because when it was working, it had good sound quality (with separately purchased speakers) and was convenient.

Overall, there has got to be a similar mp3 player that is constructed better.I would NOT recommend buying this player. ... Read more


13. Apple 5 GB 1st Generation iPod M8513LLA
by Apple Computer

Asin: B00005S0M5
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 28088
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Apple's iPod is the best music player a Mac owner can buy. Small and fast, with high capacity, superb controls, and a sleek appearance, the iPod combines the best features of a Mac with the best features in Mac OS.

The iPod's 5 GB hard drive holds 100 hours of high-quality music, and it connects to your Mac via superfast FireWire. We were able to transfer a single CD in about 10 seconds and a full hard drive in 10 to 15 minutes. If you lack a built-in FireWire connector, which all new Macs ship with, you can add a FireWire PC Card to most older PowerBooks or a FireWire PCI card to most G3 and G4 towers.

Plug the iPod into the FireWire port and the iPod is mounted as a hard drive. The included iTunes 2 software automatically launches and will synchronize your computer's digital audio collection with the iPod. You can also manually manage what files get transferred. The iPod plays the MP3 music format, but it also plays old AIFF and WAV formats.

The iPod's 10-hour-plus lithium battery also recharges over the FireWire port. An AC adapter comes with the unit for charging away from a computer. The battery recharges to 80 percent of capacity in about an hour, full capacity in about three hours. The iPod has a 32 MB built-in RAM cache that buffers about 20 minutes of music. This is extremely helpful when you're exercising, and it keeps battery life high. When we've used the iPod on long trips and travel about town, it's been hard to run the battery down at all.

The iPod is simply laid out with five buttons and a shuttle wheel. The interface uses hierarchical menus that you select from by rotating the wheel and pressing the selection button in its center. The LCD screen was also large and easy to read, and it has a backlight nearly as powerful as a flashlight.

The one slightly vexing interface detail was the lack of an Off button--attributable to the iPod's overall design aesthetic. You won't really need to turn the iPod off, as the unit conserves power when it's not playing. But we did find ourselves using the Hold button often to ensure that we didn't start it playing or stop it playing when transporting the iPod while in use. You can turn it off by simply holding down the play/pause button for a few seconds.

Apple includes a set of earphones that we felt compared favorably with listening to high-quality speakers in an acoustically balanced room. Volume control, always an important point, is in tiny increments that can be easily set up and down while music is playing. A startup volume level can be preset as well.

A few provisos: the iPod doesn't come with a carrying case, the stainless steel back collects fingerprints like an overzealous FBI agent, and the plastic front can scratch if you're as careless as we are. Also, the unit's initial release has no balance control (left/right), equalization panel, or monaural setting. Apple does plan free software upgrades for the iPod, which may add these features.

Considering its range of features and small package, the iPod is definitely a top contender for best Mac add-on. --Charles Kinbote

Pros:

  • High-capacity MP3 player in small package
  • 32 MB buffer enables you to use the iPod even when exercising
  • Utilizes FireWire for superfast transfers
  • Automatically synchronizes with your computer's MP3 collection

Cons:

  • Not compatible with Windows (this isn't a negative to Mac owners--it may even be a plus)
  • No equalization or balance settings

Easter Egg: For a special treat, navigate on the main menu to About, then hold down the center select button for a few seconds. Enjoy the game, which is also a tribute to Apple's co-founder Steve Wozniak. ... Read more

Features

  • FireWire interface for fastest digital transfer available
  • Weighs only 6.5 ounces and measures the size of a deck of cards; compatible with Mac OS 9.2.1 (or later) or Mac OS X v10.1 (or later)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer, replaced by model #M8513LL/B
  • Portable digital audio player with 5 GB of built-in storage
  • Ultrawide frequency response for high-fidelity sound

Reviews (85)

5-0 out of 5 stars The best MP3 player out there
Apple has put together the best MP3 player available today. I just received one as a gift and I love this thing. The quality and features are outstanding. I have the 5 gig version which is more than plenty of space for everday MP3 use and file storage.
The IPOD user interface is well thought out and very easy to use.

The way IPOD integrates with ITunes is amazing. You can enjoy spending time listing to your music rather than time trying to get the hardware and software working. You simply just plug it in and the IPOD moves over all the music in your library to the player, it's that easy. The only thing I wish was made easier is the ability to remove certain music from Itunes without removing it from Ipod. I read of ways to do that but it should be easier for the every day user.

My only other negative is the headphones that come with the unit. For a player that cost as much as the Ipod, the quality and fit of the headphones should be better. Of course, you can always upgrade the headphones but after spending for what the Ipod costs who wants to lay out more money.

Other than those two small complaints, this is a increadible piece of equipment. To have a rechargable battery that lasts 10 hours is amazing as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Legendary Apple support and product
When I first got this iPod, I accidentally dropped it from about five feet off the ground onto hardwood floors. I was horrified. It was completely intact, but when I walked with it attached to the belt clip, the volume went down on its own. I had broken it. I immediately went to the local Apple Store, explained what happened, and was immediately given a new iPod. No questions asked. Didn't even ask to see a receipt. It was the most pleasant retail experience I have ever had returning a product, almost akin to refund nirvana. Why do I mention this story? Apple's legendary support and service. Plus a [great] MP3 player that will leave your friends drooling and bring you hours of happiness every day. Then I went online to Apple's website and registered it and was given a complimentary one-year subscription to MacWorld. Things just got even better. One of the best purchases I have ever made.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I thought
Okay, I'll admit that apple's iPod is a very nice MP3 player for us mac users...but it had one tremendous flaw.The iPod is terribly fragile, which is not very desirable in a product that's meant for use during activity.

My second iPod just broke after falling off my bed and hitting the carpet.The first one broke after falling about [a few] feet from my pocket to the kitchen floor.

It would seem to me if one was going to design a sleek product meant for active use, one might want to make it durabe enough to survive the inevitable accidents that will occur.Sure apple will replace it, but how many times would you want to return your iPod for a new one?

So yes, its a great MP3 player,...

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Mother's Day Present Ever!
There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who have an iPod and those who don't know what they're missing.It's small, it;s light, it's very easy to use, and the sound is incredible.I did order a leather case (online) which protects it and has belt clip, etc.You can even use it in a car with a tape player and an adapter (about $20) for a cd player.The battery holds a charge a long time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Power and Beauty
I bought mine in March and it has worked like a charm ever since. There's nothing like this player in the Windows world. It's a little masterpiece.

Having hundreds of songs in my pocket makes commuting a pleasure. Love this machine! ... Read more


14. Apple 10 GB 2nd Generation iPod M8740LL/A
by Apple Computer

Asin: B00006FDR5
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 21859
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The iPod is not just for Macs anymore. Windows users can now join the iPod revolution, and enjoy several exceptional new iPod features as well. The 10 GB Windows model packs 2,000 songs and a 10-hour battery life into a stunning 6.5-ounce package, and Apple ups the ante with new MusicMatch software; a redesigned, touch-sensitive scroll wheel; red-hot FireWire digital file transfers; a wired remote control; and an overhauled calendar/scheduler.

The iPod’s setup and interface are simple: just plug it into your PC and all your songs and playlists are automatically downloaded into iPod at blazing FireWire speed--typically 15 seconds or less. (FireWire is also known to PC users as i.Link and IEEE 1394.) Don’t forget that the player also doubles as a FireWire drive for applications and other files. This new model also comes with a FireWire port cover to protect the player from dirt and other gunk.

In addition to its 10 GB hard drive, iPod has a 32 MB memory cache. The cache is made of solid-state memory, meaning that it has no moving parts, so it's not affected by movement of the device. Skip protection on the iPod works by continually preloading up to 20 minutes of music into the cache.

The iPod has a large, high-quality LCD (liquid crystal display) for viewing up to six lines of text. And the LCD features an LED (light-emitting diode) backlight for clear visibility in low-light situations--indoors or outdoors. Pocket-size and just 6.5 ounces, it weighs appreciably less than the stack of CDs it can store music from.

Featuring MusicMatch software, the iPod can synchronize with newly added music files and playlists. Simply plug the iPod back into your PC and the changes are automatically updated in seconds. With MusicMatch, you can rip MP3s, create playlists, and burn custom CDs all from one simple interface. And thanks to a cool new partnership with audible.com, you can now download audiobooks to the iPod.

You can also download your calendar and schedule to the iPod from applications like Outlook and Palm Desktop. Plus, the iPod now has a built-in digital clock.

The iPod's rechargeable lithium-polymer battery is charged using the FireWire cable when connected to your PC. You can also recharge the iPod using the included FireWire cable and AC adapter when you're on the go.

The iPod supports MP3 (up to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR (variable bit rate), WAV, and AIFF files, and is firmware upgradeable. To use the iPod with your PC, you'll need a FireWire port and you must be running either Windows Me, Windows 2000, or Windows XP Home or Professional.

The unit comes with a wired remote control, revamped earbud-style headphones, a FireWire cable, power adapter, and CD-ROM with MusicMatch. It's backed by a 90-day limited warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • System requirements: PC with built-in FireWire or Windows-certified FireWire card; Windows Me, Windows 2000, or Windows XP Home or Professional
  • Includes wired remote control, remodeled headphones, Musicmatch Jukebox Plus software and carrying case with belt clip
  • Discontinued by manufacturer, replaced by model #M8946LL/A
  • FireWire interface for fastest digital transfer available; covered FireWire port
  • Download audiobooks from Audible.com; keep up to date with new calendar/scheduler and built-in clock

Reviews (75)

5-0 out of 5 stars Apple's Seeds of Joy
I take my iPod everywhere, I have had it since Christmas, it is the single most useful invention I have ever owned, I have my whole Hip-Hop collection on it. But a few weeks ago it said I only had .5 gb left and I only 800 songs on it, but after a quick reset and reload of songs (it took 5 minutes honest!) it was back to new. You should definately get a case for these, I have kept mine in a case for its whole life and it looks as good as new.

Pros: Holds all but the biggest music collections, great quality in sound and product, long battery life, great software

Cons: Occasionally crashes

For all those people that say by a cheaper mp3 player I used to have the iRiver, and I through it out of my window 1 day because it was so terrible, trust me the ipod is the best designed and for the price you are paying you get more songs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best There Is!!!
Just got the 10-gig I-pod Friday (picked up on sale as Apple is dropping 10-gig in favor of "mini" and "15-gig").All I can say is awesome.I never had Apple before and was skeptical.But all my fears were erased.I have a 6 month-old Compaq at home and had no problems getting the two to sync up.Literally "plug and play".Bonus is, if your Windows PC has a newer fire-wire port, it will even charge the I-pod while downloading music.I have about 250 songs (20 albums) on it right now, and using just over 2-gig.I read a lot about people having problems sync-ing their window-based PCs to I-pod.Based on my experience, I can only guess they are using older PCs (I have a pentium-4, 2.2, 256).One tip, if you're "ripping" CDs to put on your I-pod, be logged into the web.I-tunes will literally fill out all the song/track information for you (a little tid-bit I found by accident).

1-0 out of 5 stars Nomad beats the Ipod by a Mile
I have recently got an Ipod and I thought is was the best Mp3 player until I did a lot of looking around. The Nomad Jukebox Zen Xtra kicks the Ipod so much.

Pros:
1. Eax sound feature which is creatives sound card technoligy so it sounds a lot better
2. The 30gb Nomad cost $300 while the 10gb Ipod cost $400
3. built for windows. No firewire stuff.
4. better features and custmizing
5. no need to use musicmatch or anything just install software and you can put any song on it no matter where the location.
6. big screen with blue backlight.
7. Can replace rechargeable battery
8. Up to 60gb hard drive

Cons:
1. A little bigger than the Ipod

1-0 out of 5 stars Yuck
I bought one of the Windows Ipods when they first came out and have had nothing but trouble with the software for downloading music and books (Audible).Music and books would have gaps or be completly unplayable.I would advise looking at the user comments on Apples own web site before buying one of these.

5-0 out of 5 stars What I Like About My iPod
My Mom Bought Me My iPod In April 2003 At CompUSA.And I Really Like It.After I Unpack The iPod,I Charged It, And I Install The iPod Software.The Software Comes With The MusicMatch Jukebox Program.But My Computer Already Have MusicMatch Jukebox.I Sometimes Use My Remote To Operate My iPod.Someday I Can Bring My iPod To School (...).I Usually Listen To It When I'm Going Out With My Family Or Going To My Friend's House.I Don't Really Store My Friends' Phone Numbers And Addresses In My iPod Because I Use My PDA To Store My Friends' Phone Numbers And Addresses.I Also Don't Store My Appointments And Events In The Calendars Because I Don't Know How To Download It. Also, I Use My PDA To Store It.In The Future, At Least In The Year 2010.My Younger Sister Eileen Could Get Herself One, If She Has Any CDs.Eileen Already Got Herself A Computer And Her Computer Has A FireWire Port. ... Read more


15. Apple iPod mini Portable MP3 player Green
by Apple

Asin: B00022678A
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple
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Product Description

4GB hard drive holds approximately: * 133 hours of music at 64 kbps * 66 hours at 128 kbps * other bitrates also supported ... Read more

Features

  • 4GB hard drive holds approximately:
  • 133 hours of music at 64 kbps
  • 66 hours at 128 kbps
  • other bitrates also supported
  • plays MP3, WAV, AAC, AIFF (uncompressed), and Audible files

16. iRiver iHP 100 10 GB MP3 Jukebox
by iRiver
list price: $399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000C0F57
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 41049
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

This compact MP3 player features a spacious 10GB hard drive that stores your data and music files.PRODUCT FEATURES: Achieve incredible 480 Mbps transfer speeds through the high speed USB 2.0 connection; 8-line graphic LCD with a splendid GUI displays detailed information and provides you with easy navigation; Supports the MP3, WMA, ASF and WAV digital audio formats; the latest features and enhancements can be added to the player with freely downloadable firmware upgrades available from iRiver; Digital optical in and out ports enable you to transfer data both ways without any quality loss; 20 channels of FM tuner can be saved; AGC makes it possible to control the noise level of the environment and enhances the input level of the targeted voice recording source, you can also change the settings of recording quality; Magnesium body is protected from shock and scratches; Easy navigation with ID3 tag enables you to search files by artists, album, genre, title and file; Recognizes a maximum of 1000 folders and 5000 files; The internal rechargeable lithium-polymer battery takes just 3 hours to fully charge and can power the iHP-100 for up to 16 hours of playback enjoyment; Supports 5 preset EQs (Normal, Rock, Jazz, Classic, UltraBass) and 1 user defined EQ. ... Read more

Features

  • Optical input and output
  • Supports MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, and ASF music files
  • Built-In FM Tuner lets you record from an FM radio station
  • USB 2.0 connectivity
  • Up to 16 hours of battery life

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing product
This product is truly amazing.I put in a lot of thought before actually bying it but it is worth every penny. Its best feature is that it doesn't require any type of software whatsoever.Just plug it in and XP recognises it as an external drive so just drag-and-drop files (at super-fast speeds).The sound quality is is great although i would recommend bying a pair of decent headphones instead of using the earphones it comes with.FM reception is also perfect and recording couldn't be any easier with the internal mic and the Line/Optical In/Out ports.Battery life is also a great asset of this player. I load music to it almost every day and listen for about 1.5 hrs and the player can last for 5 days.That's crazy considering that loading music consumes a lot of battery since the player is connected to the pc.Therefore, in terms of pure listening, i think it can last for about 12-13 hrs.The only drawback i found is the way it categorizes songs.Currently the player can only categorize (artist,album,song,genre) mp3 files and since the vast majority of my files are WMA finding a song could potentially be hard at times if u have a very big collection(the songs are, however, categorized alphabetically in each folder regardless of their type). iRiver can probably fix that with a firmware upgrade in the future. Other than that the player is a top gadget!
P-S:It might be worth considering bying the 20G version if u can find it at a reasonably higher price

5-0 out of 5 stars Expensive but has features others don't
The iHP 100 is more expensive as compared to other Gb jukebox players but that's because you get a little more for your money.A backlit remote, built-in FM tuner, multiple platform support (MP3, Ogg Vorbis, and unprotected WMA), and a recorder.It also doesn't restrict you to a certain bitrate (e.g., the Archos Studio series require 128kbps to avoid skips during playback).While other players offer some of these features, most don't offer them all.But the kicker for me was the Digital Optical input.With this, I can plug the iHP into my home theater system and record tunes and soundtracks digitally directly from my DirecTivo, DVD, or CD player.

If you want to do PDA functions on your MP3 player then buy an iPod (or better yet, a Sony Clie).But if you want a compact harddrive player, with the drag-and-drop functionality of an Archos, the IHP 100 is well worth the money.

5-0 out of 5 stars greatest x-mas present
greatest x-mas present that i ever got! love it for traveling and taking (as another reviewer put it) nearly my whole music collection with me. love the long battery life and the earphone adapter, i don't really like those that you have to put in your ear, so i use my better ones that i already owned but didn't work, now they do!

5-0 out of 5 stars iPod is No Competition to the iRiver
I did *tons* of research on MP3 players before I bought the iHP-100. Clearly it and the 20 gig iHP-120 are the best players on the market right now, followed by the iPod.
Pros:
- 16 hours of battery life (3G iPod's get 8 hours)
- Same size as the iPod and smaller than Zen
- *NO SOFTWARE REQUIRED TO ADD MUSIC TO THE PLAYER* almost no MP3 players have this capability. You plug the iRiver into any USB port and you can drop music or files onto the drive. That's it. No installing extra software, nothing. iPod and Zens both need extra software to function
- LCD remote control included (extra on the iPod)
- FM radio (extra on the iPod)
- Simple interface
- Digital recording (and digital output)
- Active support and updates from iRiver, they just added OGG music file format support, one of the few players that can play OGG files

Cons: price, it's not the cheapest player on the market, but I think you get what you pay for here

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny!
I did a lot of research on hard-drive based players (in comparison to MP3 players which don't hold nearly as much space), trying to find the perfect one - this is a huge chunk of money we're talking about here! I was going to buy the iPod, but after reading a few reviews on how it isn't *always* compatible with PCs, which is a chance I couldn't take, I decided on getting this entirely PC-compatible iRiver jukebox. I love it! Aesthetically, it's very sleek looking and I love the silver / dark silver / blue screen contrast. More importantly, it is so easy to get running - I had about a hundred albums, tons of other MP3s, and audiobooks loaded just a few hours after I got the product. It would have been much faster, but that had to do with my USB port; I'll talk about that in a second. Navigation takes a little time to get used to, but once you do, it becomes very easy and intuitive. You can load all types of files on it, from MP3s to WMAs, and even just regular files since it can be used as just storage space as well as a music player. You also get an FM tuner on it with *excellent* reception and voice recording, which I haven't tried out yet. IRiver included tons of accessories - a backlit remote control with 4-line display, headphones, carrying case, installation software CD, AC adapter, USB 2.0 cable, line-in cable, user manual, and warranty card.

As great as this device is, I did have just a few little problems that aren't really big deals. Still, I'll share them anyway. For one thing, even though a USB 2.0 cable is included, if you don't have the USB 2.0 *port,* it won't make a difference. However, that's more of the buyer's problem, not iRiver's, and my little 1.0 is sufficient enough for me. Also, I should have sprung for the 20 GB jukebox - believe me, though 10 GB seems like a lot of space, it really isn't. Especially if you're loading high-quality music with high bitrates. One last thing, the included headphones are kind of dinky and I'll probably have to buy my own pair later.

All in all, a five-star product which I recommend to anyone who's looking for a hard-drive based music player. ... Read more


17. i2Go eGo Compact Flash Upgradeable MP3 Player (BLUE)
by i2Go
list price: $59.99
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Asin: B0006PUDQA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: i2Go
Sales Rank: 74052
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Product Description

Accepts any compact flash card, Type I or II, any size, or microdrive. With optional second CF adapter you can have up to 8GB of storage using 2, 4GB microdrives... This unit has no memory included. Included in package are: - Player - 1 set batteries - car cig adapter with 2 different type cables - permanent car power cable - window mount - removable belt clip - 1 set headphones - Velcro for dash mounting - USB cable - manuals/ CD - original packaging Special features include: - cool internal mini speaker - removable memory expandable to 4GB or more.. - special window mount included - internal microphone and voice recording - IBM microdrive ready - LCiD (liquid crystal intense display)backlit LCD - flash upgradeable operating system - MPEG1/ MPEG2 audio layer 3 (MP3) playback - ADPCM (SC-4) recording and playback ... Read more

Features

  • This MP3 player is expandable up to 4GB or more with many unique features.
  • Comes with cigarette-lighter power adapters, windshield bracket, earbuds, hip-clip, batteries, USB cable and more...
  • Supply your own Compact Flash cards, Type I, Type II, or microdrive. Also availible in clear, black, and silver.
  • Expandable with Compact Flash memory cards. This MP3 player is expandable up to 4GB or more with many unique features.
  • Built-in speaker and microphone, optional 2nd CF slot, ADPCM audio recording, extremely durable.

18. Apple 5 GB iPod (M8697LL/A, July 2002 Version)
by Apple Computer

Asin: B00006FDR1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Sales Rank: 31997
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Apple presents iPod - the first MP3 player to pack a countless number of songs and 10 hours of battery life into a stunning package you can literally take everywhere. It's your entire music collection. With no moving parts, the iPod's touch-sensitive scroll wheel is less vulnerable to dust, dirt or sand and more durable. The touch-sensitive scroll wheel is designed to retain its crisp feel throughout the lifespan of your iPod. There's even a clicker that makes a tiny clicking sound when the scroll wheel is moving.Small though it is, the iPod packs a lot of storage. The number of songs it holds depends on the compression rate you choose. At a 160Kbps compression rate (the default setting for encoding MP3s in iTunes), 5GB equals approximately 1, 000 songs, or about 100 CDs. That's how big it is on the inside. And with that much space, you might also find yourself storing documents, files and applications on your iPod in FireWire disk mode. iPod's rechargeable lithium polymer battery gives you 10 hours of continuous playback. In a hurry to get it recharged? Fast-charge the battery to 80% of capacity in an hour, and get it fully recharged in three hours. With an industry-leading 20 minutes of skip protection, iPod keeps playing without missing a beat. iPod has a 32MB solid-state memory cache, meaning that it has no mechanical or moving parts. Skip protection works by continually preloading up to 20 minutes of music into the cache, so your iPod is not affected by sudden movements. ... Read more

Features

  • System requirements: PC with built-in FireWire or Windows-certified FireWire card; Windows Me, Windows 2000, or Windows XP Home or Professional
  • Includes remodeled headphones, Musicmatch Jukebox Plus software and support for optional remote control
  • Discontinued by manufacturer, replaced by model #M8976LL/A
  • FireWire interface for fastest digital transfer available
  • Download audiobooks from Audible.com; keep up to date with new calendar/scheduler and built-in clock

Reviews (22)

5-0 out of 5 stars Sure beats a clunky portable CD Player
I knew my boyfriend loved me when he got me one of these for my birthday... it sure beats using a mini radio or CD player when I go to the gym because even though it is only 5 gigs, i have over 1200 songs to choose from to help get me pumped up and stay energized during my workout. Of course, the newest models are even flossier, but 40 gigs... that blows my mind! It's like over kill!This model suits me quite well. As my boyfriend, an Apple user for years describes the iPod in one word: "FLOSS."

1-0 out of 5 stars If your a yuppie with a wallet deeper than the oceanitsgreat
Apple iPod is a total waist of money. No way is it worth more than 200 dollars. If you want a good mp3 player you can get one for less than 200. The Arthos 10gb studio jukebox holds 2x the standard capacity of the ipod 5 and costs 1/2 as much. Also the firewire is a pain in the behind its just more money you have to throw away. Get another brand that is designed for windows. The only thing i liked about it before i replaced it was the LCD with 6 lines that was hot. But that doesnt add up. Dont buy it save your money for something better.

2-0 out of 5 stars think twice
I bought my ipod new 1 year and 1 month ago and it has simply stopped working. After days of trying everything in the knowledge base and being blown off by the 'applecare' staff I went to an authorized apple repair service who told me to just forget about it and buy a new one and save the repair expense. He also said to be sure to get a case for it and handle it very carefully because if you happen to drop it or even lay it down on a hard surface with too much gusto, kiss it goodbye. It was swell while it lasted but I can spend a lot less on a disposable product.

1-0 out of 5 stars i love apple but not this apple
the apple ipod 10 gb is alot better it is more classier for people that want one but want to save the 5 gb is right for them

5-0 out of 5 stars 5GB's might not be enough for you...
I absolutely love my iPod. I mean LOVE it! I use it everyday approximately 7 - 10 hours a week, and I've had it for months. It sounds great. It's small. It's awsome. Many other good reviews have already been writtien about the iPod's features and supposed bad points. I'd love to refute some complaints I've read, but I'm going to limit my review to whitch amount of GB's is needed for this unit.

I own the 20GB. It was the biggest I was aware of when I decided to buy an iPod. Let me assure you--it's more than enough memory. I have mp3's on the thing that have been on there since the day I bought it. I have yet to exaust its capacity yet. In my mind, the 10GB would have been an adequate amount, while 30GB is excessive and unnecessary. 20GB is plenty, folks. The only way I could see 30GB being absolutely necessary is if you're absolutely sure you need 30GB. I admit, if I were buying my iPod again, I would go for 30GB; that's just my nature. But it's completely unnecessary. 20GB is a dream. 5GB leaves you wanting.

Enjoy! ... Read more


19. Apple iPod mini Portable MP3 player Blue
by Apple Computer

Asin: B00022677G
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
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Product Description

4GB hard drive holds approximately: * 133 hours of music at 64 Kbps * 66 hours at 128 Kbps * other bitrates also supported * plays MP3, WAV, AAC, AIFF (uncompressed), and Audible files * ... Read more

Features

  • 4GB hard drive holds approximately:
  • 133 hours of music at 64 Kbps
  • 66 hours at 128 Kbps
  • other bitrates also supported
  • plays MP3, WAV, AAC, AIFF (uncompressed), and Audible files

20. Creative Labs NOMAD Jukebox 10 GB MP3 Player
by Creative Labs
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B000063V7N
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 28609
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

With a remarkable 10GB of storage, the NOMAD Jukebox can store an entire collection of digital music - over 2, 500 songs - in a compact, portable player that fits in the palm of your hand. It will revolutionize the way you listen to, store, and carry around your music. In stylish metallic blue, the NOMAD Jukebox is about the size of a portable CD player and can store more than 170 hours of CD-quality music. That's like having a 125+ CD changer in the palm of your hand! NOMAD Jukebox 10GB supports the popular Windows Media (WMA) and MP3 digital music formats, is versatile and easy to use, and provides an extensive array of connections for you to listen to, record, and take your music wherever you go. A complete line of accessories is also available to personalize and extend the functionality of your NOMAD Jukebox. Like all Creative NOMAD Jukebox players, NOMAD Jukebox 10GB offers the best in portable digital audio technology. ... Read more

Features

  • USB interface for fast digital transfer; compatible with Windows and Mac
  • Weighs only 14 ounces and measures the size of a portable CD player
  • Comes with headphones, 1 set of rechargeable batteries, and AC adapter
  • Portable digital audio player with 10 GB of built-in storage (over 160 hours of CD-quality music)
  • Supports MP3, WMA, and WAV files; firmware upgradeable

Reviews (47)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good For A Large Collection
My first portable MP3 player was the Rio Volt.What a piece of junk.So I bought this Nomad Jukebox 10GB player.I don't have 10GB of MP3s in my music collection, but I'm pretty close.With these hard drive-based MP3 players, I was under the impression you could just connect it to your computer, have it show up as a removable drive in Explorer, and just copy over the files.On the contrary, you have to start some bloated software to connect to the Nomad and copy the files over.Unfortunately, navigating a large collection with the Nomad is difficult. For example, you can't organize the files into folders on the original Jukebox models.Fortunately, the computer software does make it a tad easier to create playlists than on the Jukebox alone.

Battery life is short...maybe 4 hours using AA rechargeables.The power adapter doesn't seem to charge them very well, so I use an external battery charger.At least it doesn't use a proprietary battery like the iPod.I've dropped the unit a couple of times.The unit shuts itself off, but I was able to turn it back on with no problems.

If you need to carry your extensive music collection every where you go, the Nomad Jukebox is a good choice.I absolutely recommend you go to nomadworld.com and upgrade the firmware to 4.1.You will have fewer problems.Also, stay away from the Nomad bloatware.There is a freeware app called "MP3-Library" that works very well with the original Jukebox.If you have a the Jukebox 2 or 3, look into Notmad Explorer (redchairsoftware.com) which allows you to move files to and fro in Windows Explorer.It costs a little, but the software is updated every 2 weeks or so with new features and the updates are free forever.Also check out nomadness.net for underground info on your Nomad.

Personally, the volume isn't loud enough to hear over my lawn mower or whatever when doing chores.The Nomad takes a good minute or two to start up which is slower than my computer.I'm constantly rotating in and out the songs I listen to.It takes about as long to copy the files over to Jukebox as it does to burn a CD, so I think I am going back to a MP3 CD solution (Samsung MCD-HM200).It's easier to use and cheaper, so I won't cry when it breaks.

4-0 out of 5 stars A review for the reviews.
Seeing that the reviews here are all really good, or really bad, let me explain.I bought this a short time ago,and have had no serious issues with it at this point.Battery life is only about 4 hours, which is about right when you consider they're running a hard drive (moving part, always uses more power.).Second, transferring music.It can be a little confusing to get your mp3's transferred over, but once you figure it out, it really isn't too difficult at all.Sound quality is excellent, and while some reviews may sway you away from the products, Creative Labs tends to make an excellent line of audio products.I'd say this product is worth buying, at the very least if you see it on sale...and don't worry too much about those who blasted it with just one star...most likely frustrated "Newbies".

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than i expected
I thought this would be a very hard to use player. i was wrong. i have never seen anything easier. the menus are easy to make and the songs are very easy to navigate through. also the space is enormous. compared to other mp3 players i would definitely say that this is the best. using this you don't have to carry all the cds around.

4-0 out of 5 stars Low or no battery
Seeing as I have a large CD collection (250+), it's difficult for me to decide what I'd like to listen to on the bus that goes to and from school. I saw an ad for Future Shop. They said that going back to school is the day you "put 150 albums in the palm of your hand." I thought that was cool, but Future Shop had no idea what it was, maybe a burner. How can you hold 150 albums in just one burner, anyway? I found out later that this machine was an mp3 player, and, using my birthday money, I got it. Disasters kept striking when we tried to set it up. Eventually, it works and now I have something to amuse myself on the long bus rides for Ladner or North Delta. My only complaints would be that it doesn't have enough room for ALL the CDs I like, and has very short battery life.

1-0 out of 5 stars Simply awful
Like many people, I resent shelling out my hard earned money for something which it seems has been designed to be a disposable commodity like an old video cassette tape, which this product clearly has.
Creative have produced an apparently amazing concept without listening to the customer...hmmm, now there's a surprise, another corporation ripping off people with products with short shelf-lives, built no doubt by cheap foreign labour and sold at staggeringly high profits. Sound familiar? Just look around...
This product was ok to begin with, but performance tailed off quickly as soon as the warranty expired...coincidence? You decide.
Creative have seen the last of my money, and I hope others arent as easily conned into buying the latest must-have gizmo like I unfortunately was. My advice? Go with the Ipod, and lets see Creative try being creative with their accounts as their profits disintegrate like one of their poorly assembled products. The revolution starts here! ... Read more


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