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1. D-Link 32MB MP3 Player
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2. Rio One Digital Audio Player (MP3/WMA)
$69.88 list($79.99)
3. DATEXX DV8 VoiceEmail - Digital
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4. Digisette DUO-MP3 32 MB Digital
$29.99 list($49.99)
5. i2Go eGo Compact Flash Upgradeable
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6. Philips SA101 Rush 32MB MP3 Player
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7. Creative Labs Nomad II "C" 32
8. Sonic Blue MP3 Player (psa[play
$79.99
9. Jwin JXMP32 Portable Mp3 Digital
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10. Rio PMP 300 MP3 Player
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11. Creative Labs Nomad II "C" 32
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12. Audiovox MP-1000 MPDJ MP3 Player
13. Pine Technology SM-320V D'Music
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14. RCA RD2209 Lyra 2 32 MB Digital
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15. RCA RD1000 Kazoo 32 MB MP3 Player
16. Audio Logic MP3 Player (MP3102)
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17. I-Jam IJ-50 MP3 Player
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18. Digisette DUO-MP3 / VR-100 MP3
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19. D-Link 16 MB MP3 Player
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20. Samsung YP-E32 Yepp MP3 Player

1. D-Link 32MB MP3 Player
by D-Link
list price: $179.00
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Asin: B00004XRCX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: D-Link
Sales Rank: 85029
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The D-Link DMP-100 is a state of the art MP3 player with an integrated voice recorder. You can listen to your favorite tunes while on the go. And with no moving parts, your music will never skip. It comes with a full 32 MB of memory built in. You can even add an optional 32 MB memory card and double that time! The DMP-100 provides the highest fidelity sound, it evens features a tunable equalizer. The integrated voice recorder will let you record ideas, memos, or even full lectures - it can literally store hours! With download and upload capabilities, not only will it store your favorite MP3s, but it's a great way to store any Windows files and transfer them between two computers. It will even save your recordings to your PC as a wave file. With 32Mb of on-board memory, the DMP-100 can deliver over an hour's worth of digital-quality music and other recordings utilizing the popular MP3 standard. Its voice recorder records over 2 hours of digital-quality audio through a built-in microphone. It can also double as portable storage for any type of file. Removable SmartMedia memory cards can be used to double the fixed storage capacity of the DMP-100 to 64MB, or act as more flexible removable storage. Large buttons on the front of the DMP-100 control all major functions. The buttons can be deactivated with a hold switch to ensure that music is not interrupted accidentally. A 5-band equalizer allows a user to customize the sound to their choice in music, or choose from one of many presets. The DMP-100's scrolling LCD display provides track information including song title and artist. Additional menu commands allow the user to delete tracks or change player settings without being attached to a PC. Available memory and other information can also be displayed. D-Link's intuitive MP3 and file management software writes and reads data from the DMP-100's internal memory or SmartMedia expansion memory cards via a parallel port interface. ... Read more

Features

  • Scrolling LCD display provides track information including song title and artist
  • Requires a parallel port connection to the PC
  • 32 MB MP3 player and digital voice recorder
  • Expandable using SmartMedia memory cards
  • Customize sound with 5-band equalizer or choose one of many presets

Reviews (10)

1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY
DO NOY BUY THIS PRODUCT
1ST IT CAN ONLY TAKE 1 MORE 32MB CARD
2ND ITS HARD 2 SET UP

SO SAVE UR MONEY AND BUY SOMETHING BETTER ....

1-0 out of 5 stars Not a very good product
We've had this player for about a year and it has begun to short out. We really didn't use it that often, the only reason we got this one was it was offered with a rebate which put it (at a good price) at the time.Should have waited and done more research.

2-0 out of 5 stars Sounds okay...but it's design needs work
While the sound quality coming out of the devise is okay...the devise its self (...).

First, The battery cover on the back, is only held shut by a little plastic tab, easily broken with moderate use.

Second, There is no USB support for this product. The only way to transfer music is via a slow serial connection.

Third, While it takes only two batteries, it ought to take more. This thing is a major battery drainer, I can only get 3-4 hours of one charge.

Fourth, No backlight LCD screen. Makes it somewhat hard to see what song is selected in the dark.

Fifth, Only 32mb of space on the player, and while you can get more space with smartmedia cards, a 64mb smart media card costs almost as much as the mp3 player its self.

I would not recommend this player to anyone, unless you are sort of pressed on money. But there are other mp3 players under 200 dollars that are a lot better quality and have more features.

4-0 out of 5 stars GREAT MP3 Player, just short on memory
When I first bought the device, I couldn't figure out how to download songs into the player. I spent 30 minutes on hold with the customer service dept. before they explained how to set the parallel port to "ECP MODE".

After that, downloads were not a problem. I was a bit disspointed that 32mb's translates to about 8 songs (max.) But the sound quality is TERRIFIC. One of the nicer features is the built-in equalizer.

When I bought my new computer with Windows Me, I encountered major conflicts with the D-link software. Their customer service suggested I download the D'music software that was tailored for Windows Me. For some strange reason, I could only download music with the D'music software once, before my DELL computer had conflicts with their software. Despite all the trouble I've gone through with this little device, I give it FOUR STARS because D-Link's website now features downloadable software for all platforms (i.e. Windows Me, 2000 etc...) I download a fresh set of songs into my mp3 player daily now.

But if you're thinking about buying an MP3 player, buy one with MORE built in memory - although the cost may be 50-60 dollars more than this one, you should consider the cost of a compact flash card - 32mb... Wouldn't it be easier to just have it built in? The choice is yours!

1-0 out of 5 stars Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid...
First of all, I bought this thing on a campus web posting at Illinois Tech.... Even at th[e] low price I still feel like I was ripped off. You might think you're going to go cheap just so you can get an MP3 player in your hands, but you need to steer clear of this one.
1.) Upgrade is limited to another 32MB SmartMedia. 32MB? SmartMedia??
2.) Cards used in the player are permanently UNUSABLE by any other device. Forget sharing it with your cheapo camera.
3.) You think you're willing to deal with the slow parallel transfer rates in exchange for a few more bucks in your pocket? You'll be spending that extra money on AAAs.
4.) But you're thinking you'll be really clever and buy some rechargables, right? Regular recharables are not going to cut it. I had to buy a pair of rechargeable nickel metal-hydrides just to keep up with this power leech, and it still maxes out at 3 hours.
5.) The included software sucks. Big time. And of course, you can't use anything else. I run Windows 2000, and the program shuts down after every song is transferred. Wanna listen to 6 songs? Then open the program up 6 times, penny pincher.
6.) The documentation looks like it was written by a cave man.
7.) You'd get better customer service from a prank caller. First, my parallel cable literally came apart, had to almost go through a senate hearing to get another one sent out. When I contacted them about their non-functional Windows 2000 version of the software, they threw accusations of device conflicts at me. Sadly I ended up giving up the fight with the resilient teenage customer service rep and can only offer these warnings to you. ... Read more


2. Rio One Digital Audio Player (MP3/WMA)
by Digital Networks N.A.
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00005NIMH
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Digital Networks N.A.
Sales Rank: 38437
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

SONICblue's lightweight, portable Rio One lives up to its name--you canlisten to digital audio for up to 10 hours on a single AA battery. With its 32MB internal flash memory, you can enjoy over an hour of near CD quality,skip-free music (there are no moving parts). It includes an expansion slot thatenables you to add memory using SmartMedia cards.

In addition to MP3, Rio Onealso supports the Windows Media Audio format, so you can personalize which songsand what format you want to store. Specify playlists and what songs to transferusing the included Real Jukebox and iTunes software and you've got go-anywheremusic.

Connect the Rio One to either a PC or Mac with the included USB cableand transfer songs at speeds five times faster than parallel ports. You can alsodownload software upgrades to keep your player up to date on the latest formats.The Rio One comes with earphones, one AA battery, a USB cable, and a CD-ROM withaudio-management software for PC and Mac. ... Read more

Features

  • 32 MB flash memory
  • Plays MP3 and WMA audio files
  • Up to 10 hours of playback with single AA battery
  • Expandable with SmartMedia memory cards
  • Windows and Mac compatible

Reviews (65)

2-0 out of 5 stars The door is flimsy and will break easily
My sister got this model for me-however if you leave the battery in even with it being powered off it will drain the battery and then it gets a little stressful thinking that it won't ever work-and definitely get a SmartMedia card for it if you do get one (as a gift don't buy one).
I read that the battery door breaks on these models but it was a gift so I was very careful yet it DID break-a small little plastic bit came off on the closing end when I was putting in the battery before use-I can use it if I tape the door and it works fine but it's an inconvenience-and considering purchasing a non-RIO product that does use a Smart Media card-

2-0 out of 5 stars Mine just died (it is the third time)
I bought one when it first came out and it never worked right.Since it was under warranty they sent me a new (refurbished) one and it had the same problem.Then after a two month battle they sent me out a brand new one and it worked great for about a year but then it just died.Actually it isn't totally dead but all it does is blink the amount of memory it has until the battery runs down.I can't turn it off or play any thing.
So the support people do the best they can but I don't think the player is designed very well.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worked for a while, then completely died
I bought this product , because it was my first mp3 player, and I wanted an inexpensive one.It worked fine for about a year, then one time when the batteries ran out, it just stopped working, and complety died.Now, with better models with more memory and durbility on the market, I'd skip over this one.

2-0 out of 5 stars Small and easy use, but built very poorly
I wanted an MP3 player that was small and skip-free, so I bought the Rio One in December 2001. At first it was great. I was very happy that it fit in my pocket and was skip-free (great for working out). Soon after, I bought a couple of 128MB SmartMedia memory cards to hold my music, and I was able to swap them depending on what kind of music I was in the mood for. The battery life was not very good, but I bought rechargeable batteries (and a charger for about $15) and it was not a problem anymore. The only thing I really disliked was that it does not display the song (just a track number, which is useless when you have 100 songs on the memory card), and also that it has no radio (which would have been useful on September 11 because I live in New York City).
I was happy, just like the people who have written 5-star reviews about this player, but then it all went downhill.
Less than a year after I bought it, the battery door (which is a cheap tiny piece of plastic) broke off, so it was useless. Tech support was a pain, but I did manage to send it back and they sent me a new one. However, soon after, the same thing happened. I don't abuse my player, I don't drop or bang it, and it always stayed in my pocket; its just built very poorly.
The best thing about the Rio One is its small size and no skipping. The sound quality is only fair. Rio customer service is even worse (or should I say nonexistent), because they ignored my emails until I called up screaming to the supervisor, and I had to pay for long-distance call just to get nowhere with them (they have no 800 number). I have a couple of friends who own the Rio SP150 or SP250 (this plays regular audio CD's and CDRW discs with MP3 files and it has a radio and remote control) and they are happy with it. The reason I did not buy this model is because I wanted something smaller than a CD player.
After my experiences with RIO's products and service (or lack thereof), I will never buy any RIO product again.!!!
I am looking at several new players I may buy.
Feel free to ask me any questions you may have (Jmendelson@clarku.edu)

2-0 out of 5 stars nervous wreck it'll break again...
I bought the RIO ONE 32mbfor my son for Christmas 2001. It stopped working about 2 weeks later. We had to download new firmware. Then about 3 weeks after that it died completely. We did nothing for months because the store we bought it from said"too bad, call the manufacturer." Then in Nov. 2002 I decided not to throw away a hundred bucks and I sat on hold for about 45 minutes until a tech answered the phone. It was pretty easy after that, I guess there are a lot of problems with these things. They gave me instructions to return it for a replacement, which I did and about 2 months later a new remanufactured one arrived. We still had to download something for it but we have had no problems since (6 weeks or so now). Wish us luck. ... Read more


3. DATEXX DV8 VoiceEmail - Digital Recorder and Voice Email System
by DISCOVERY CHANNEL
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B00023AZV4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: DISCOVERY CHANNEL
Sales Rank: 21730
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Product Description

Save time by speaking your e-mails instead of typing them. This palm-sized digital recorder and voice e-mail system by Datexx lets you send notes, ideas, instructions and greetings to family, friends and co-workers in your own voice and your own words. Just record your message, transfer it to your computer and send it anywhere in the world. Featuring 16 MB of built-in memory, it records up to 7 hours in Normal Quality Mode and up to 90 minutes in High Quality Mode. Includes voice recorder, USB cable and exclusive PC link software. Imported. 4-1/4Hx1-1/2W”. ... Read more

Features

  • DV8 VoiceEmail, comes complete with the Voice Recorder, USB cord, and the exclusive Datexx Hot Link PC software CD
  • Runs up to 8 hours on 2 AAA batteries
  • Records up to 7 hours in Normal Quality Mode
  • Records up to 90 minutes in High Quality Mode
  • Comes with 16 MB of built-in memory that can be used to transport any files including MP3

4. Digisette DUO-MP3 32 MB Digital Audio Player
by Digisette
list price: $129.99
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Asin: B00005KC95
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Digisette
Sales Rank: 52546
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The new evolution in digital audio is here! Only the DUO Digital Player works as both a stand-alone MP3 and digital audio book player, and a digital E-cassette you can play in your car... in a boombox... anywhere! The rechargeable Nickel Metal Hydride battery allows you to enjoy uninterrupted music for up to 6 hours and up to 9 hours of spoken word. USB connection enables fast download speeds, while the sleek aluminum body provides the utmost in portability. What's more, the adjustable head control feature allows you to optimize the DUO for different cassette decks, enabling maximum compatibility and audio fidelity. DUO Players are also AudibleReady. Audible is the Internet's largest, most diverse provider of premium spoken word audio for download or playback on personal computers or AudibleReady mobile devices. Audible has more than 28, 000 hours of audio programs and 160 content providers so one can use their DUO Player to listen to a daily audio digest of The Wall Street Journal, for example, or weekly digests of The Economist and Forbes, or audio books or original audio that isn't available anywhere else.To help manage music, each DUO Player comes with Music Management software. Convert CDs, index your files and create custom playlists. ... Read more

Features

  • Doubles as a stand-alone digital audio player
  • 32 MB built-in memory--expandable to 96 MB using MultiMediaCards (MMCs)
  • Fast USB connection; plays content from Audible.com--including audiobooks, newspapers, magazines, and radio shows
  • Play digital audio from the internet or CDs
  • Use in virtually all audio cassette players

Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars Works well enough and eminently practical!
This unit is discontinued now but for reference purposes: overall it is a decent performer for a basic mp3 player.It DOES come with a USB connection (I think a previous reviewer was referring to the AR-100 Duo player--an earlier model).
I don't listen to audiobooks but as an mp3 music player it has performed well in the cassette mode and as a stand alone unit.
Downloads were easily accomplished using the furnished software.
Customer service through DUO was outstanding.

PROS:*compact size (great portability!)
*practicality(works great in the cassette deck or with headphones)
*good customer service from the parent company

CONS:*low flash memory (expensive to upgrade with mmc)
*no lcd display
*sometimes need to "reboot" before playing or downloading

1-0 out of 5 stars Not as advertized
Liar Liar. Be aware this item does not have USB connection, nor does it allow upgrade to 96mb as advertized.Play audible? No way with this model.

2-0 out of 5 stars Wish It Worked Better
I have had this product since April 2001.When it works I love it; when it screws up [which is often] I want to throw it out my car window. Whenever I get back into my car, it seems to have jumped backwards at least 15 minutes in the book I am listening to & then I have to go through the tedious FF exercise & never quite know whee I am.The most frustrating part is when the machine skips forward.I have no idea if it's a minute forward, an hour forward AAAHHHH.But when it works, it's wonderful having it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Convenient but flawed
The form factor is great for use in the car but note that you'll need a cassette player you can feed the Digisette's power cord into (the result is just like a "cassette adaptor" for a CD player). When the battery dies while playing, the unit remembers where you were when you *started* playing. This would not be an issue if it were not for the Digisette's other problem, when playing audio books the fast-forward and reverse controls are completely useless: they send you to either the start of the program or one chapter from the end (when they change the program at all). This makes using the unit tedious because you can't rewind a little when you miss something.
The bundled software is also pretty lame in that it offers little help for figuring out how much more music you can fit in the remaining space and it has issues detecting the device.
The hardware is fairlycool but it's let down by indifferent software both in the unit and on the PC.

4-0 out of 5 stars Digisette 32MB MP3 player
I love the fact that it plays on the casette deck in the car. I only give it 4 stars because there isn't a lot of memory. it holds about 10 songs unless you buy the memory upgrade. ... Read more


5. i2Go eGo Compact Flash Upgradeable MP3 Player (CLEAR)
by i2Go
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0006TK86Q
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: i2Go
Sales Rank: 17109
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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 blue, black, and silver.
  • Expandable with Compact Flash memory cards. Front mounted display scrolls song info.
  • Cool built-in speaker and microphone, optional 2nd CF slot, ADPCM audio recording, USB, extremely durable.

6. Philips SA101 Rush 32MB MP3 Player
by Philips
list price: $169.99
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Asin: B00004SDRZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 53309
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

SA101 Digital Audio Player is fully shock proof, has no moving/rotating parts providing uninterrupted music playback. It features advanced micro-electronic circuitry encased in an ultra-compact and innovative design for portability and outstanding performance, multi line display for name of song, artist, album, track number, elapsed time, bitrate, play mode when in playback mode, multiple Bookmark function for fast return to your favorite section of audiobooks or newspaper articles. ... Read more

Features

  • Plays audible.com spoken-word content and is bundled with RealNetworks' RealJukebox music management software
  • PC compatible through parallel interface
  • Bookmark function allows instant access to the start of up to 10 tracks
  • No moving parts, so you get uninterrupted playback regardless of jarring or bumping
  • Downloading a 3-minute song to the player takes about 25 seconds

Reviews (25)

2-0 out of 5 stars A waste of money and TIME!
i got this player 2 years ago for christmas...
i like the size and some of the options that it has...
what it sucks about this player is that when you are uploading th songs, your are not uploading MP3...so its gonna take longer...maybe a couple years...
also this mp3 player is based in LPT1 connection, so it makes the player one of the slowest players in the world when you are uploading songs....
also, you CANT use this MP3 on WINDOWS XP...theres no windows xp driver.....
adding to all this, PHILIPS COSTUMER SERVICE SUCKS!! they dont know anything about their products...
so, if u wanna buy a very cheap MP3 player DO NOT think about buying this one, even if is $5....

1-0 out of 5 stars Faulty Product
This product is not really an MP3 player, its an SM3 player. The program that comes with it can only convert songs into 98kbs SM3 format which stinks. Cant try puting an Mp3 on the card because the Rush only looks for SM3 encoded files, not mp3's. The drivers also do not support XP. Grrr...

5-0 out of 5 stars NO software problems with RealONE !
RealONE player is the new version from Real, replacing older versions of Real-Jukebox and Real-Player.It is much, much better than the older versions.However if you install it using the method documented, your Rush player will not work (you may or may not be warned, depending if you are upgrading from Real Jukebox 1 (warning given - not supported), or from Real Jukebox-plus 2 (no warning).

The solution is to copy the previously working file pdphilip.dll from C:\Program Files\Real\RealJukebox\plugins to C:\Program Files\Real\RealPlayer\plugins.Then open RealONE, and click Tools -> Preferences -> Devices -> Philips Rush (Disabled) -> Enable Device?

Note that:
a. above file locations are for Windows 2000 using default locations - other OS may differ slightly.
b. If you have not upgraded yet, save a copy of pdphilip.dll from C:\Program Files\Real\RealJukebox\plugins before upgrading - the upgrade may delete it!
c. If you have upgraded, and pdphilip.dll was deleted, re-install RealJukebox1 from your Rush CD, then remember to install the "Windows 98" Plug-in patch (as others above point out, it is needed for all OS if you use USB!), make a copy of pdphilip.dll, then install RealONE, copy pdphilip.dll as above ....

You may get away with just installing the "Windows 98" Plug-in patch - I did above before thinking of trying that?

I actually have a RUSH SA126 but expect the same applies to SA101 SA107 SA125 and SA126 - they appear to only differ in memory card size, or type of mains adaptor &/or documentation delivered with them in the box.

Does anyone know why Philips don't put a definitive statement on their site (I've emailed them several times, but never got other than an auto acknowledge email back), and work with Real to get the RUSH driver indexed from the Real "Devices" support pages.

The Philips RUSH rates:
5 stars for hardware,
5 stars for performance,
4 stars for Software BUT
ZERO for software installation instructions and
ZERO for manufacturers software support
Overall 5 stars only for those who are willing to work it out for themselves.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good product, but...
I seem to have problems getting the USB (or parrallel?) to work with XP.

2-0 out of 5 stars Too Bad
I purchased my Rush SA107 30 days ago. The unit comes with all the accessories that you would need, however, they are to no avail when the main unit doesn't work. This is my second unit. The first one had a bad connection for the audio output. The unit I currently have also has a bad audio output jack but I learned to live with that.
The unit keeps shutting off after a minute or two. I just got off the phone with Rush support and it appears this one is defective. I will soon be on my third unit.
I bought mine at a discounted price($...) instead of $.... Had I spent the full reatil price I really would be sick.
My advice is to keep looking, don't stop with this unit. It is a slick unit and would be great if it worked as it was supposed to unfortunately, this isn't the case. ... Read more


7. Creative Labs Nomad II "C" 32 MB Digital Audio Player
by Creative Labs
list price: $169.99
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Asin: B00005ICC7
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 133463
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Amazon.com Review

The Creative Labs Nomad II C is one of those gadgets that are so much fun to play with, you find yourself forgetting they're useful, too. When portable MP3 players first hit the market, they were relatively simple devices good for one thing: playing MP3 files. Now, as companies have learned consumers want more than just that, today's devices can no longer be described as just MP3 players.

The Nomad II C's most overlooked feature is that of a digital voice recorder. Since voice recordings aren't the memory hogs that music files are, the Nomad II C can record up to four hours' worth. This feature is perfect for dictating messages to yourself or for the fledging journalist recording interviews, and you can even upload voice files from the Nomad II C to your PC.

From an audio perspective, the Nomad II C couldn't have performed any better. The equalizer had good settings, and the ability to program user-defined settings was awesome. Furthermore, a wired remote control and bass-enhanced, behind-the-head headphones completed the package.

MP3 players are great for music lovers on the go. Because they have no moving parts, they're well known for skip-free music. To test the Nomad II C, we loaded it up with some hip-hop and headed down to the local BMX spot in San Francisco. With the player clipped to a belt, we put it through its paces over a multitude of jumps and with more than enough crashes. We did our best to make it skip, but it performed perfectly (though beware--the Nomad II C isn't scratchproof). Only after the battery started to get low (the Nomad II C offers from eight to 10 hours of playback) did performance degrade. But this was easily remedied by dropping in a new AA battery.

This version of the Nomad II C has 32 MB of onboard memory, but it does include a slot for SmartMedia memory cards. As additional memory is still relatively expensive, and most of us don't have extra cards lying around the house, there will come a time when you'll tire of the songs on the device. And without the presence of your PC--and no additional SmartMedia cards--you're at a loss.

MP3 music--like everything else technology related--is in constant flux. With that in mind, the Nomad II C ships with reprogrammable firmware that should enable it to support future digital-audio formats and software extensions as they emerge. So, you should be able to enjoy your Nomad II C for years to come.--William O'Neal

Pros:

  • Awesome sound
  • Lightweight
  • USB interface makes connecting to your computer simple and downloading fast
  • Intuitive software
  • Supports numerous digital-audio formats

Cons:

  • Simple software could be more robust
  • Navigating the LCD menu can be a pain
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Features

  • 32 MB of built-in flash memory
  • Plays both MP3 and WMA files; upgradable to future formats
  • USB interface for fast digital transfer; compatible with Windows and Mac
  • Expandable using SmartMedia memory cards
  • Comes with one AA battery and USB cable; does not include docking station, carrying pouch, wired remote control, or headphones

8. Sonic Blue MP3 Player (psa[play 60)
by SONICblue

Asin: B00005T38H
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: SONICblue
Sales Rank: 60119
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

REVIEW: Exercise to your favorite tunes with the featherweight Nike psa[play60 digital audio player--weighing less than three ounces--which is compatible with both MP3 and WMA formats. It has 32 MB of flash memory, so your music won't skip no matter how hard you exercise. This amount of memory will hold approximately a half-hour of CD-quality MP3 music (encoded at 128 kbps) or one hour of WMA. It can also be expanded using MultiMedia Cards up to 64 MB. The round LCD displays song title, track number, and time. It comes with music management software for both Windows and Mac, and you can transfer files via USB 1.1.

What's in the Box
The psa[play60 player, remote control, belt clip, AA battery (alkaline) headphones, USB cable, printed QuickStart guide, CD-ROM with music management software. ... Read more

Features

  • Powered by single AA battery; works with both Windows and Mac OS
  • 32 MB flash memory digital audio player; weighs less than 3 ounces
  • Expand via MultiMedia memory cards up to 64 MB
  • Built-in memory holds up to half-hour of MP3 music, or one hoursof WMA
  • Comes with belt clip

Reviews (27)

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst Product EVER!
I bought this thing awhile back because it was small, light, relatively inexpensive (at the time), and was moisture resistant, making for a potentially excellent workout MP3 player. I was BADLY mistaken; this product is inherently flawed. Rio repaired or replaced it no fewer than six times over a one year period; I have also personally repaired the player three additional times in the four months following. The headphones are total garbage; they broke the first time I wore them. Rio replaced them no fewer than SEVEN times. When turned off, the battery continues to be drained for some reason. Once you install a battery don't expect any more than ~24 hours of life out of it, tops, even if you don't actually turn on the player. The case is made of flimsy-feeling plastic. If you want to see track/playback info, you'll need the (clumsy) included remote control as the main unit has no LCD screen, and the remote is not lighted and has the world's smallest buttons. The player reportedly can use a CF card for memory expansion but (a) it won't use a larger-than-64MB card, and (b) card support is REALLY spotty. I've tried at least a half dozen cards and haven't found a single card that works consistently in the unit. I will never buy another Rio product again, EVER. The ONLY saving grace that this MP3 player has: When thrown against the surface of a pond, its rounded shape gave me 12 skips across the surface. My best throw yet.

1-0 out of 5 stars other option's
Check this new little mp3 player. Its called the Wakeman and its the worlds only waterproof mp3 player WWW.drivendistribution.com it holds 128 mb and has pattented water proof headset that can be heard under water as well as above and is available online @ www.drivendistribution.com
Bob Runman founder of Driven Distribution

1-0 out of 5 stars Cludgy interface, Battery sucker, good plastic
The interface to upload music is terrible.Windows media player 9 receives errors everytime I tried to upload new music.Put in new firmware to fix the battery sucking problem and it has not helped.I have a CD player that gets longer time on one battery than this piece of junk.The display is so tiny as to be useless.Stay away...Far away.I felt like a sucker buying this thing.The only redeeming quality is it feels nice.

5-0 out of 5 stars solid
what i was looking for was something durable that i could run with, bike with, and basically never have to think about.it just plain worked.i had this little guy for over two years, took it on a bike trip across canada, dropped it on pavement several times, had it soaked by rain several over & over again.finally, after one too many rainy days, it packed it in (but as of yet, i have yet to find a waterproof mp3 player).

here's what i didn't like:
- the headphones were rediculously uncomfortable and i bought new ones immediately
- i never see the point of remote controls, so i just never used it & can't comment on it
- periodic difficulties usually caused by a malformed mp3 that would play fine on my computer but not on the mp3 player
- the software isn't the greatest, but it does the trick

however, to me, the *only* thing i'm concerned about is durability & battery life.i was very impressed with both.i should also mention that it has a lock so that none of the buttons get pressed accidentally while you're riding/running.

1-0 out of 5 stars THis product bites the big one!!!
So, my husband buys me this great product back at Christmas of 2001, wo we thought!!!Not only has the price gone down since then, but the player itself is worthless!I have never been able to get it to work with WINDOWS XP and now that I have upgraded my Windows Meida Plyer to the newest version of 9.1, it will no longer work on my office computer.I'm stuck with songs that I have been listening to for months now.The sound and quality of the player is good, I love the fact that it has an arm banch, but software and hardware compatability are TERRIBLE!!!!DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!! ... Read more


9. Jwin JXMP32 Portable Mp3 Digital Encoder/Player/Voice Recorder With Builtin Memory & Speaker (32 Mb)
by jWIN

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Asin: B00013BMXU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: jWIN
Sales Rank: 145252
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Features

  • 32 MB internal flash memory
  • 8 hrs recording time

10. Rio PMP 300 MP3 Player
by Rio
list price: $169.95
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Asin: B00000JBAT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Rio
Sales Rank: 27012
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Welcome to the future of personal audio. The tiny Diamond Rio player plays MP3-encoded digital music, the open Internet standard that's shaking up the industry. It stores your music files in 32 MB of RAM instead of on CD or tape, so it has no moving parts and it can't skip.

About the size of a deck of cards, the Diamond Rio player weighs under three ounces and can store up to an hour's worth of music files encoded at 64 Kbps or half an hour's worth of files at 128 Kbps. The supplied Windows software and PC connector cable let you upload new selections, delete old ones, change the playback order, and even create new MP3 files from your own CDs.

What about sound quality? MP3 is a compression technique that discards a lot of the information captured by normal CD encoding. True audiophiles will hear the difference. But the overall effect is surprisingly clean, and the Diamond Rio's extreme portability more than makes up for the subtle degradation.

The Diamond Rio connects to your PC by a parallel-port adapter. In our tests, hardware setup consisted of nothing more than plugging the supplied parallel adapter into our PC's parallel port, attaching the connector cable, and dropping a single AA battery (supplied) into the Diamond Rio unit. The parallel adapter has a pass-through connector so that you can use the port for your printer or other parallel device.

Software installation under Windows 98 also went without a hitch. The default installation puts two applications on your system: the Rio Manager and the MusicMatch Jukebox. You use the Rio Manager to download new selections to the Rio player, delete selections from your lineup, or clear all memory so you can start with a fresh slate. It also lets you view the size of each selection, control the play order, and see how much RAM you have left for storing music. We downloaded a bunch of MP3 music files off the Web to the Windows desktop, dragged them into the Rio Manager, and clicked on Download. Approximately three minutes later, we had stored 30 minutes of digital music.

The supplied software lets you make MP3 files from your own CDs using your computer's CD-ROM drive. You can select 128 Kbps, 80 Kbps, or 64 Kbps encoding. The highest-quality 128 Kbps encoding is definitely worth using for music you really care about, but it creates files that are twice as big as those encoded at 64 Kbps. This means you'll be able to store only about 32 minutes of music at a time.

The Diamond Rio is a computer peripheral, and, as such, it's not quite as easy to install or use as a conventional portable audio gadget. But it delivers great sound, extreme portability, and access to the wealth of MP3 music on the Web. It's a trailblazing technology that's a pleasure to experience.

Pros:

  • Compact, lightweight
  • Won't skip
  • Uses open MP3 Internet music format
  • Allows you to create MP3 files from your own CDs
  • Near-CD quality audio
Cons:
  • Only 30 minutes of play at near-CD quality
  • Requires a Windows 95/98 PC to use. Not compatible with Windows NT or Mac.
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Features

  • Skip free--no moving parts
  • Includes CD music sampler
  • Palm size for easy portability
  • Supports MP3 compression
  • Expandable playback time with removable memory cards

Reviews (273)

1-0 out of 5 stars waste of money!
i got one of these a LONG time ago for christmas. it was the first mp3 player i have owned and it did serve me well for quite some time.

firstly, i have to credit this piece of crap as being the first mp3 player marketed and almost didn't make it for legal problems. sound quality is ok.

now the problems: firstly, there is a MAJOR design flaw regarding the battery cradle (holder, whatever).the door fits over the end of the battery and contains the negative terminal. door is held in place by a small plastic hook and WILL break! i had them replace it once! also, as it gets older and takes even light abuse i found that the solder joint on the negative terminal breaks which forced me to open the damn thing and resolder it to the board. my solution? get a single AA battery holder from radio shack, remove the old battery cradle inside the rio, cut a nice big rectangular pocket out of the side of the case with my dremel (to accompany the new battery clip)and solder the wires of that to the board of the rio. and then i attached it to the case with hot glue. yes its ghetto but it worked way better than diamond's solution!

secondly, we all know about the lack of OS support. just sick there...there's beta thrid party software that'll do it on xp, but it sucks. 32mb of memory isn't enough. i got the 32mb flash card and 64mb isn't enough!

ahh the flash card....would be nice if the rio properly detected it even half the time. something is desperately wrong with the memory controller and most of the time it can't even detect thecard let alone play anything off it. to fix that, i kepthitting it. stop laughing, it worked. but then after a while it started turning the volume up and down on its own....

so in conclusion i can't recomend this piece of crap to anyone. my final solution was to get the creative MuVo TX FM (256mb) and then i gave the rio 300 to my girlfriend. haha i know....but it still works. too poor to buy her a real mp3 player yet.

3-0 out of 5 stars I love it, but...
I have one of these, and I'm very fond of it. It does a good job, and is very durable (I've had mine for years and haven't been incredibly kind to it, but it's still good as new.) The design is plain but classy, and it's easy to use. It takes almost no time to familiarize yourself with the buttons so you can fool with it without looking. There aren't any buttons or switches that are easy to hit accidentally, and in general, it can take being tossed around a little in a bag so long as it's reasonable. Don't crush it and don't spill anything on it, but it's not like it's the Mona Lisa.

As many have mentioned, it holds about 30 minutes of music, unless you can find a memory card (I'm not sure if they are even made anymore, but I have seen them for sale) which will give you a whopping hour. If you're just going to use this for walking the dog around the block, or standing in line, or a quick run in the morning, this isn't such a big deal.

The USB-type cord is primitive and weird, so you'll probably be using the parallel port adapter, which isn't really a problem, but can be an inconvenience if you have a lot of things that use your parallel ports.

I'm pretty sure the company no longer supports this device or its software, since they have gone on to bigger and better things since its debut. Caveat emptor.

Also, it is not compatible with anything after Windows 98, but you can get around that easily by downloading the free program "Dreaming of Brazil" which works with XP, NT, and 2000. (Google search for "Diamond Rio mp3 player" or "Dreaming of Brazil.")

A few pointers from my humble experience with the Rio PMP300:
If the headphones it comes with break, you can replace them with any headphones that fit the headphone jack. You should also take the battery out of the Rio when you aren't using it-- it sucks energy when it's idle. If you happen to need a little bit of misc. storage space, you can use the Dreaming of Brazil program to transfer any items that will fit, which can be handy.

I imagine this is not the best mp3 player you can buy, but if you can get it cheap, it's still a pretty good one. The main problem I have is the tiny amount of storage space and compatibility issues. Shop around for an iPod or a newer Rio or something if you're very concerned with absolute top quality.

1-0 out of 5 stars The Diamond Rio PMP300
Think about this...[quite a bit of money] for a mp3 player that holds max. 9-10 songs.That is the most rediculous thing i have ever heard.You can get a Nomad II for [less money]with 64mb built in.I recommend getting that mp3 player.I just bought a 128mb card for the PMP300 and it doesn't work.This Mp3 Player only takes certain 32 mb cards which are [quite expensive].When i drop the mp3 player it shuts off completely as if there was no battery in the device.Alot of times when you take the battery out and then put it back in it doesn't even register as having a battery in it.It is not a high technology device at all.Something else that made me even more mad was that there is no longer customer support for this product.I think this company should get their act together.I highly recomend buying another mp3 player b/c this one isn't worth it at all.

4-0 out of 5 stars rio mp3 player pmp300
i brought my pmp300 brand new but moved some time ago and have not been able to find the download cables it is a great mp3 player but i am getting bored with the same mucis thats on the player if you have one for gods sake DONT LOSE YOU DOWNLOAD CABLES because you can not get them for love nor money

1-0 out of 5 stars Piece of[junk] if you ask me..
I loved this Rio when I first got it, honest I did. I took great care of it, was careful not to drop it, fed it fresh batteries every time it asked, and all was well.

But then, after about a year, my Rio failed me. The battery compartment flap came loose and refused to stay closed. I tried taping it shut, but as I usually clipped the Rio to my pocket, gravity worked against me to keep the battery continually falling out of the bottom. Every time I so much as shifted in my chair, the song would restart because the battery had gotten loose and caused the Rio to power off.

What's worse is that SonicBlue blatantly refused to replace the player even though it was clearly a product defect and though I had a warranty. Their reason is that this product is a "legacy" product now..so even though they're apparently still manufacturing this thing, they won't do anything to fix it. I'm never buying from them again. ... Read more


11. Creative Labs Nomad II "C" 32 MB Digital Audio Player (Silver)
by Creative Labs
list price: $109.99
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Asin: B00005ICD1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 34359
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The Creative Labs Nomad II C is one of those gadgets that are so much fun to play with, you find yourself forgetting they're useful, too. When portable MP3 players first hit the market, they were relatively simple devices good for one thing: playing MP3 files. Now, as companies have learned customers want more than just that, today's devices can no longer be described as just MP3 players.

The Nomad II C's most overlooked feature is that of a digital voice recorder. Since voice recordings aren't the memory hogs that music files are, the Nomad II C can record up to four hours' worth. This feature is perfect for dictating messages to yourself or for the fledging journalist recording interviews, and you can even upload voice files from the Nomad II C to your PC.

From an audio perspective, the Nomad II C couldn't have performed any better. The equalizer had good settings, and the ability to program user-defined settings was awesome. Furthermore, a wired remote control and bass-enhanced, behind-the-head headphones completed the package.

MP3 players are great for music lovers on the go. Because they have no moving parts, they're well known for skip-free music. To test the Nomad II C, we loaded it up with some hip-hop and headed down to the local BMX spot in San Francisco. With the player clipped to a belt, we put it through its paces over a multitude of jumps and with more than enough crashes. We did our best to make it skip, but it performed perfectly (though beware--the Nomad II C isn't scratchproof). Only after the battery started to get low (the Nomad II C offers eight to 10 hours of playback) did performance degrade. But this was easily remedied by dropping in a new AA battery.

This version of the Nomad II C has 32 MB of onboard memory, but it does include a slot for SmartMedia memory cards. As additional memory is still relatively expensive, and most of us don't have extra cards lying around the house, there will come a time when you'll tire of the songs on the device. And without the presence of your PC--and no additional SmartMedia cards--you're at a loss.

MP3 music, like everything else technology related, is in constant flux. Recognizing that, the Nomad II C ships with reprogrammable firmware that should enable it to support digital-audio formats and software extensions as they emerge. So, you should be able to enjoy your Nomad II C for years to come.--William O'Neal

Pros:

  • Awesome sound
  • Lightweight
  • USB interface makes connecting to your computer simple and downloading fast
  • Intuitive software
  • Supports numerous digital-audio formats
Cons:
  • Simple software could be more robust
  • Navigating the LCD menu can be a pain
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Features

  • 32 MB of built-in flash memory
  • Plays both MP3 and WMA files; upgradable to future formats
  • USB interface for fast digital transfer; compatible with Windows and Mac
  • Expandable using SmartMedia memory cards
  • Comes with one AA battery and USB cable; does not include docking station, carrying pouch, wired remote control, or headphones

Reviews (52)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great little player
I've had the Nomad IIc for about three months and couldn't be more pleased. It's extremely light weight, it's durable, dependable, easy to operate and the quality of the sound is wonderful. The software was easy to load and easy to use. Downloading into the IIc is a snap. I had a 128m card in the desk drawer when I got the IIc and immediately filled it will music. I also had a couple of 64m cards from a previous I-Jam player that I gave away (piece of junk) and I filled those. Changing genres is easy...jazz on one care, blues on another, classic rock on yet another. Using the 128m card, plus the onboard memory, I can get about 3 hours of music into the little guy. You can pay a lot more and not get the features and quality of the IIc. It's a great product from a great company. If you get one, you will not be disappointed.

2-0 out of 5 stars Great player... while it works
I actually bought this as a gift for a friend, and she loved it.The player was small, light, had decent sound, and was working great until just a short while ago.The player just spontaneously died (just sitting on a desk... it wasn't being jostled around while running or anything).To my horror, I've discovered problems with the Nomad II line are fairly common ...To top it off, the unit was past its short 90 day warranty, so there's a [monetary fee] (plus shipping) just to have Creative examine the player for repairs.After they assess the problem, they'll charge extra money for repairs.For all that time and money, you may as well just buy a new player from another company.Stay away from this product.It seems like a great deal, but they are manufactured cheaply and prone to break down.Creative itself doesn't even have enough faith in their own product to back it up with a better warranty.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nomad II "C" Series
This is the BEST MP3 player out there. It is my 1st one and i am completely satisfied with it. I got it for my birthday about 5 months ago. It still works well without any problem.
I use MusicMatch to put music onto my Nomad IIc. With MusicMatch i can compress the audio files so i can get 73 songs onto mine with a 128Mb memory card plus the built in 32 MB. If anyone doubts this player, DONT, buy it its the BEST player for the money...
Much better than a MiniDisc Player. Don't buy one of those.

1-0 out of 5 stars Software doesn't work
We did a lot of research before buying this and saw that a few people had trouble with the software, but didn't hear it from others.Well, we can't get it to work at all, and there's no custoemr support available from Creative since you can never get through on their 800 number - and it took 20 minutes to even find a phone number, it's extremely well hidden.Terrible disappointment!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best player for the money!
I'll keep this short...I did fairly extensive research on portable digital audio players, particularly after trying several other products at the suggestion of friends and colleagues (don't even get me started on Rio...which is a Harvard case study on a company that has excellent packaging/design and absolutely now QC.)

I finally purchased the Nomad IIc (64 MG)and have been 100% thrilled with it's performance. The software, while simplistic and somewhat ham-handed, actually WORKS - and the player delivers on its promise. Bottom line - this is a nice entry level player with plenty of memory for a run, workout, or chill time. ... Read more


12. Audiovox MP-1000 MPDJ MP3 Player
by AudioVox
list price: $179.95
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Asin: B00004RKEX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: AudioVox
Sales Rank: 67769
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Kingston, the world's largest independent memory manufacturer, has over 2, 000 memory products. In today's performance driven environment, memory upgrades provide an easy, economical alternative to increase system performance. Every memory product Kingston offers is designed to help you get maximum performance at the best price to you.This memory is designed for HP Apollo 9000 Series 700 Model 705, 710. ... Read more

Features

  • Durable leather carry case included
  • Runs on 2 AAA batteries
  • 32 MB onboard flash memory
  • Can be used with 32 MB multimedia card (MMC)
  • Resume feature

Reviews (36)

1-0 out of 5 stars Will never, ever buy from Audiovox again
I liked the mp1000 until I upgraded to Windows XP, and was astonished to discover that the company will not support it. The device is now worth scrap metal.Customer Support responded with a form letter to the effect that they feel my pain, but drop dead anyway.Philip Christopher, the CEO, did not respond to my letter at all -- probably too busy making deals to bother with solidifying his customer base.Don't waste your hard-earned money on Audiovox products.

1-0 out of 5 stars I hate audiovox
What a waste of money. I will never ever again buy anything from audiosux!!! I fell for all of the upgrade promises that were on the box and suffered because of it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Agree with others- don't buy this!
Unfortunately, I have to agree with the others- while this is a great MP3 player and it really served me well until I upgraded to Windows XP and found out the hard way that it was not compatible and there is no way around it!

1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS!
I purchased the MP-1000 about a year ago and it worked great.It still does, as long as I keep a computer with Windows 98 or ME.I realized it DOES NOT work with XP after I upgraded.With most new computers coming with XP, the older operating systems will fade away. This MP3 player will go with them.Audiovox discontinued it and has no plans on making it compatible with XP.Now I have to go buy another player. Save yourself the hassle.This thing is now worthless.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do NOT get
This mp3 player does not support XP, which I switched to. Do not get this player if you have XP, which you probably do if you have a new computer ... Read more


13. Pine Technology SM-320V D'Music 3-in-1 MP3 Player (Black)
by Pine Technology

Asin: B00001RME2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pine Technology
Sales Rank: 76052
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Pine Technology offers MP3 music lovers this lightweight, sleek, high-quality MP3 player. The portable SM-320V MP3 Player delivers hours of fun and music with MP3 files downloaded from the Internet. The player is very lightweight and small and you might not even notice it inside your pocket. It runs on 2 AAA batteries, which will last for many hours unlike MD players, which is a battery hog due to the laser head and mechanisms. With all MP3 players, there are no moving parts so even in bumpy roads, your music would not skip. The 2 lines LCD screen on the player is clear. The buttons on the unit are nicely laid out so that you can use one hand to press the buttons. The best part of all is that you can use the player as a voice recorder. So you can record your ideas, lecturers or anything else on the road! You do not have to bring a separate device just for recording! With the D'Music player, you must connect it to your computer using the supplied cable via the parallel port. With such innovative features and design, the D'Music player definitely worth its price tag. The D'Music is the most promising portable MP3 player that any audiophile could get. At this time, no other manufacturer has produced a portable MP3 player that could live up to Pine's D'Music MP3 player. ... Read more

Features

  • Playing time can be extended with 32 MB memory card
  • Compact design in gray
  • Voice recording capability
  • Batteries included
  • 32 MB built-in memory

Reviews (38)

4-0 out of 5 stars its a good player
good sound quality, battery life but its always hard to get the program to say that its communicating with th eplayer. i would recommend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Decent MP3 Player
When i first got this mp3 player it worked fine than after i downloded 5 songs to it i couldent download any more. So i just recoded them and llistened to it of of the computer speakers. This worked for a while then the memory erased its self but then when i put in new batt. it had no songs on it but now it works fine. i would recomend this mp3 plaer to anyone it is also nice and small so it can fit in your pocket (i do that at school) the only problem is the slow download speads becuse it uses a serial port to download but thats not to big of a problem for the convince of it the only other problem is that i still cant find how to get the software to rip the cd music to mp3s so i can download them.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great MP3 Player - needs more memory
I own the sister device to the Pine MP3 player, the D-Link DMP-100.When I first bought the device, I couldn't figure out how to download songs into the player.I spent 30 minutes on hold with the customer service dept. before they explained how to set the parallel port to "ECP MODE".

After that, downloads were not a problem.I was a bit disspointed that 32mb's translates to about 8 songs (max.) But the sound quality is TERRIFIC.One of the nicer features is the built-in equalizer.

When I bought my new computer with Windows Me, I encountered major conflicts with the D-link software.Their customer service suggested I download the D'music software that was tailored for Windows Me.For some strange reason, I could only download music with the D'music software once, before my DELL computer had conflicts with their software.Despite all the trouble I've gone through with this little device, I give it FOUR STARS because D-Link's website now features downloadable software for all platforms (i.e. Windows Me, 2000 etc...)I download a fresh set of songs into my mp3 player daily now.

But if you're thinking about buying an MP3 player, buy one with MORE built in memory - although the cost may be 50-60 dollars more than this one, you should consider the cost of a compact flash card - 32mb costs at least $40.Wouldn't it be easier to just have it built in? The choice is yours!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best MP3 player EVER!
This MP3 player cannot be beat, in terms of price, convienence, quality...It's 32 MB, which is good, expandable to 64 MB, which is quite nice.Supports variable-bitrate MP3's which means you can cram quite a few songs onto it.In regard to previous complaints about the software not working, this is simply a matter of an incorrect computer configuration, something that can be easily remedied.You should also make sure that you don't have any MP3 files in your folders that have invalid dates on them.

Ignore the computer software.This is a small, beautiful, reliable unit; it even records WAV files on the spot!There is no reason not to buy this, and quickly -- I think Pine has stopped producing them.

4-0 out of 5 stars Once i got it to work, it's great!
I recently wrote a review and complained about how the manual never tells you how to connect with the player.Once i changed the printer port to ECP mode, the player connects fine and downloading music is simple.The player is nice and small, and had a hold button wich is needed if kept in a pocket.The only drawback is the earphones, they are really cheap! I suggest you buy a decent pair and the player will be perfect!I love this player and use it daily while jogging! ... Read more


14. RCA RD2209 Lyra 2 32 MB Digital Audio Player
by RCA
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00005NOKS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: RCA
Sales Rank: 51416
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Take RCA's RD2209 Lyra 2 digital audio player on the go and listen to MP3, RealAudio G2, and Windows Media Audio (WMA) files. With the included 32 MB CompactFlash memory card, you can enjoy over half an hour of near-CD quality, skip-free music (there are no moving parts). The Lyra 2 also features an FM digital tuner with 15 station presets and a wired remote control.

The player is compatible with Type I and Type II CompactFlash so you can get larger-size memory cards to play even more songs. (See our selection of CompactFlash cards.) You can use the included CompactFlash external drive to transfer songs from your computer to the memory card.

Rip songs from your CDs and specify playlists and what songs to transfer using the Music Manager CD-ROM software. The RCA RD2209 Lyra 2 also includes headphones and batteries. ... Read more

Features

  • Skip-free playback
  • USB connection for fast transfer to and from PC and Mac
  • Supports Type I and Type II CompactFlash
  • Includes 32 MB CompactFlash card
  • Plays MP3, Windows Media Audio, and RealAudio G2 audio formats

Reviews (7)

4-0 out of 5 stars Adaptable, rugged, serviceable player
Allow this review of a long-standing owner (2 years) to address some of the concerns by those reviews below.Although the Lyra 2 is not as readily available, it is still out there in the marketplace and for those considering it for purchase, get all the information you can, as you would with any MP3 player.

1.)The bitrate issue was entirely related to the MusicMatch software, which has been addressed (removed) through subsequent releases.You have the option of capping bitrates at 96, 128 or 160 kbps if you wish to conserve card space (if you listen to books on tape, OTR or the like it isn't as much of an issue) but you don't have to.You can download at 190, 320 or VBR if you want.

2.)The player still comes with a 32MB CompactFlash card.I also have a digital camera which uses CompactFlash, and part of my decision to choose the Lyra was because of the same memory platform.I can use the cards in either as I need them.Since then, I have purchased additional cards for the camera and now have lots of additional storage to use for the Lyra.A 2GB Compact Flash card holds a lot of music and obviates the need to continually burn CDs.

I've never had functionality problems with the unit, have been able to set up folders on the cards when downloading music to organize it and navigate through them without any issues.The player has taken a lot of abuse, traveling and commuting and being used in the car with the supplied cassette adapter.It's never failed me yet.I do prefer earbuds and never bothered with the headphones that came with the unit.That is just my preference.

It has provided me with great battery life but I do recommend rechargeable NiMH batteries instead of throwaway alkalines if you intend to use it a lot.

Compare it with others and the memory provided, flexibility to upgrade memory and price when you make your decision.At the time it was released this was the only portable on the market with an FM tuner; there is a far greater selection now.

Compact Flash memory still gives you better battery life then HDD players like an iPod or Jukebox.If the batteries die, you can pop in a couple of spare AA's and keep going.With a HDD player, you're out of luck unless you can plug it into the car or go home and recharge it for several hours.

1-0 out of 5 stars Piece Of Crap
I hate this thing. actually it only worked once. i got a few songs on it. now it is incapable of reading anything and i intend on replacing it in the near future. avoid at all costs. id recomend mp3 cd or high mp3 player such as the ones made by Rio and the apple ipod for you mac owners

3-0 out of 5 stars RCA Lyra 2 Review, By: Amal
It's a really good product, that is before the warenty expires. It is really versitile. I love the Compact Flash Media Card. All you do is hook up the external drive to your computer and transfer files to another computer. I have had a problem with it though. Sometimes when you turn it on and hit play or enter for the digital music or radio it wont work. Other times while listning to digital music it'll shuffle through random play, suffle, scan, etc.... and it'll also go to contrast w/o you pressing anything. Also for radio it'll only play your presets it wont let you listen to any other stations.

5-0 out of 5 stars Light, Small, Unlimited Flash Memory and Easy to Use
When shopping for players, I overlooked Lyra2 because it appears on most sites as having only 64 MB, but I recieved it as a gift and it is GREAT! Because the MP3s are stored on a Flash card, memory is effectively unlimited (I just saw a 514 MB card for sale). I carry it while running - it's small enough to tuck into my shorts and light enough that it doesn't bounce all over. The radio tuner is a neat feature that I'm glad to have, as is the "lock" that prevents buttons from getting pushed unintentionally. It'd be nice if it accepted better quality sound files, but it's not as though I listen to it through top-quality headphones while sitting in a quiet room.I recommend this player for people who will be out-and-about (you pobably won't notice anything lacking in the sound). Also, if you're getting your MP3s online, chances are they're 128 BPS anyway.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant!
I got this as a present for Christmas. I was looking into MP3 Players, and I didn't see this one, but I'm SOOOOO glad I got it.
It's nice and lightweight, fully portable, and great for running or jogging as it includes a remote control. It includes a 32 MB CompactFlash card, which sutes me, but you may need to upgrade to a better one, as this can only hold about 10 songs, Max. I never thought an MP3 player could have so many features! It has various modes such as Repeat 1, Repeat All, Shuffle, Program, ECT. By the way, I fully disagree with the only bad review on this product. 128 BPS is great sound quality, especially for a portable audio device. If you want something more, go ahead, buy an MP3 player, and end up having less space on the flashcard then the people who bought this product. Some other features include the digital FM tuner. Actually, the signal for that is not great, but in my opinion, I don't care. I don't pay 150 dollars to buy an FM Radio.
A 6 band equalizer, also including rock and Jazz DSP modes, and a beautiful backlit LCD display rounds out the features. Loading songs onto the card goes So fast! 1 minute, and you can download 32 minutes worth of songs onto it!
If I have to gripe, then I'll say I didn't like the headphones. I bought a pair of sony MDR-W08 Headphones. It makes the sound quality better too.
Trust me, if you buy this, you won't be disapointed ... Read more


15. RCA RD1000 Kazoo 32 MB MP3 Player
by RCA
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00005NHHA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: RCA
Sales Rank: 28958
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Take RCA's RD1000 Kazoo digital audio player on the go and listen to MP3 digital audio files. With the 32 MB internal flash memory, you can enjoy over half an hour of near-CD quality, skip-free music (there are no moving parts). You can also use the MultiMedia Card (MMC) memory slot and insert up to 96 MB of additional memory for even more songs. (See our selection of MultiMedia Cards.)

Connect the Kazoo to a PC with the USB connection and transfer songs from your computer or directly off the Internet at speeds up to 2.4 Mbps. You can specify playlists and what songs to transfer using the included MusicMatch Jukebox and RealJukebox software. Also included are headphones, batteries, a carry bag, wrist strap, and neck strap. ... Read more

Features

  • Plays MP3 audio format
  • USB connection for fast downloads
  • Additional memory slot for MMC cards
  • Windows compatible
  • 32 MB flash memory for skip-free playback

Reviews (70)

5-0 out of 5 stars What's the deal?
I bought this little thing ages ago. Today, I still use it. I have Windows XP and the Kazoo works fine. I've also added a 128 MB MMC memory card into the device and have filled it. Works fine for me. The complaints about operating systems and low memory haven't been a problem for me. Only thing I didn't like is the memorcy card slot ONLY accepts MulitMedia Cards and not the usually compatible SD cards.

3-0 out of 5 stars Needs More Memory
Every thing is good but can't fit more than 10 quality songs on it.

2-0 out of 5 stars No Memory?!?!
I bought this little guy and was really excited.I installed all the software on my Windows 2000. When i tried to put my songs on the player, it said i had no memory!?! I even put in 64 MB extra! Its very annoying. I wouldnt reccomend this product.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent MP3 Player
I just love my Kazoo MP3 Player made by RCA. It is great for plane trips or working out at the gym. I highly recommed it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nice
Pretty sweet gizmo. Not much memory but with the mmc card its pretty sweet. I was able to fit 28 regular songs in it so thats pretty decent. The battery runs out quick if you use it continuously. Just dont loose the driver installation stuff cuz its kind of hard to track down. ... Read more


16. Audio Logic MP3 Player (MP3102)
by Audio Logic

Asin: B00005T3V6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Audio Logic
Sales Rank: 154586
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

PRODUCT FEATURES: Decoding formats: MP3; Built in 32 Mb flash memory; Smart media card slot (supports 16Mb, 32Mb, 64Mb); PC interface: parallel port; LCD panel; Adjustable bass and treble; Play / pause / rewind / fast fwd / repeat; Function hold selector; Digital volume control; Auto power off; Memory card connector; Earphones and PC interface cable included; Playing time 10 - 12 hrs continuous; Low battery indicator. ... Read more

Features

  • PC interface cable, earphones included; blue casing
  • Portable MP3 player
  • 32MB built-in memory, expandable to 96MB with SmartMedia cards
  • 1 AA battery provides up to 12-hours listening time
  • Parallel interface

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Solid entry-level cool on the cheap
I've had my Audio Logic Mp3 player for a year and half now, and I love it.It's not the fanciest mp3-playing gadget out there, but it does the job admirably. It's small & light, perfect for the gym, long walks, waiting in line at the post office, etc as it will fit into any pocket, no matter how small or tight said pocket may be. The expandibility (via smart media card) is nice too.With a 32 meg card supplementing the onboard 32 meg memory, I can fit about 65 minutes of cd quality 128kbps mp3s, and twice that at the lower (but still listenable) quality 56kbps.Battery use is low, and rechargeable AA easy to come by.Controls are pretty basic. "next" and "back" buttons allow you to skip tracks or, held down to skim through a song. A "stop/play/Pause" button also serves as the power button. Volume "up" and "down" buttons adjust the volume level, and a "mode" button allows you to adjust bass & treble, and to select one of the play modes (shuffle tracks, loop all tracks, or just repeat the current track over and over).There's also a hold switch that prevents accidental knocks to the buttons, and of course a headphone jack.A really flimsy/cheap-looking strap attachment is provided, but I got rid of that pretty quick.The display is limited, but functional, similar to a basic CD player. It shows the number and the time of the current track, but not the artist or title. The unit connects to your computer via the parallel port, so I had to switch my printer to a USB to free up that port.It's a little slow, USB would have been better, but it's not bad.The "transfer manager" that allows you to move mp3s back and forth from your computer to the player is very similar to an ftp program and pretty easy to use, if a little on the archaic side visually.I don't have much of an ear for music, so I can't vouch for the sound quality, but it seems just fine to me, especially through better ear phones than the little bud ones provided.To sum up: if you have a free parallel port and don't mind not being able to see the artist/title info on the display, this is the perfect cheap little unit for any situtation where you want a light, portable music source that won't skip as you jolt around. ... Read more


17. I-Jam IJ-50 MP3 Player
by I-Jam
list price: $149.95
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Asin: B00004XRDP
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: I-Jam
Sales Rank: 81714
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The I-Jam IJ-50 MP3 player enables you to take your favorite music withyou wherever you go. It has no internal memory, but it includes an 8 MBCompactFlash memory card, which you can load with music using the USB port thatconnects to your computer. With additional CompactFlash cards, you can carry upto 128 MB of music with your IJ-50.

The IJ-50 comes with an 8 MB CompactFlash card, a USB CompactFlash card port,recording hardware and software that lets you connect directly to your PC or Macfor audio recording and music management, and stereo earbuds. It runs on 2 AAAbatteries (not included). ... Read more

Features

  • USB connectivity for both PC and Mac
  • Electronic volume control, rewind, fast-forward
  • Comes with MusicMatch Jukebox (PC) and SoundJam Jukebox (Mac) software
  • Powered by 2 AAA batteries
  • Expandable using CompactFlash memory cards--includes an 8 MB CompactFlash card

Reviews (11)

5-0 out of 5 stars The cheapest!! And the most powerful! :D
This product is so economic & small! The price is really fair. You can have it for less than [amount] in some stores (without Compact Flash Card & Reader but with earphones).
This MP3 Player has 90mW power output: where mostly all MP3 players has 60mW... It's really useful in a noisy environement (subway, a lot of people talking, etc...).
Some help for those whom owns the JS-50U (the I-JAM CompactFlash Card Reader), you need to update the drivers from Microtech (ZIO Reader is the same) or Delkin (eFilm Reader-2). I guess the guy before who reviewed this product didn't have the correct version of the drivers. Be sure to initialize the CompactFlash cards in FAT (not FAT32 or NTFS).

1-0 out of 5 stars Piece of Garbage
This thing is a piece of garbage. It is a piece of plastic that I cannot tell if it works or not because there is no display -- only some red light. You are better off spending your a bit more money on a real MP3 player.

1-0 out of 5 stars Totally Useless
Bought the I-Jam IJ-50 when it was on sale, and right after receiving a gift certificate. So, I thought, didn't have an MP3 player, had two 128 Meg CF cards (Microtech), so this was a perfect match, right?WRONG!While the sound is decent at best, and the extremely small size is a bonus, there are lots of negatives:

1) wouldn't work with my Microtech 128 Meg CF cards, so I was stuck with 8 Megs. If I bought 32-64 Megs of compatible CF, the price would have been the same as more full-featured players, like the HipZip (which I LOVE and currently own), so what's the point?

2) Flimsy construction; if I kept it longer than the week I had it, I don't think it would have survived the year.

3) Can't fast-forward/rewind within a song

4) no LCD, therefore no idea what song comes after what

5) no tone control of any sort

6) poor battery life (many other players come with rechargeable internal Li-Ion batteries)

Rather than spend $100 on this player, and then another $70-$150 on memory, you're better off spending similar money on a player that actually has some features (at least a screen and tone control/fast-forward, for God's sake).Avoid this one...

5-0 out of 5 stars I-Jam is great
... The card will only hold a couple of songs though, but u can get a stronger card. The sound is great and its fairly easy to hook up. This is a great player and its good quality.

2-0 out of 5 stars For Free it rocksfor ($) maybe3 stars anything above 2
Some confusion on these reviews. The IJ50- has no radio tuner. It's a bare bones plasticky and as your sole player not a load of fun. Though if you already have CF memory lying around, need a usb card reader you basically get the player for ($), assuming a ($) or less price tag. Headphones are as expected useless and uncomfortable to boot.

I was lucky enough to win one of these, only reason I have it,and the sound quality,battery life are excellent. Build quality yuck. Software accompanying it not amazingly useful and I-jam's site, a dogs breakfast. Are they selling MP3 players or DVD's thisweek :-)you decide.This player is hideously outgunned for the price, as such it would not be possible to recommend it for anything other than a clearance price, and then only if you need a CF reader. ... Read more


18. Digisette DUO-MP3 / VR-100 MP3 Player
by Digisette
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B00004XOMO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Digisette
Sales Rank: 52165
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Digisette's Duo-MP3 portable MP3 player, designed also to be usable withconventional cassette players, comes close to being an excellent digitalconvergence product, but its limited memory capacity and high price really hurtits overall value.

Although the MP3-Duo is shaped like a standard audiocassette tape, that doesn'tmean it looks bad. The sleek bare aluminum housing with black accents isattractive and adds a measure of ruggedness to the device that plastic can'tmatch. A compartment for the included rechargeable battery is on top, along witha small power switch. There's a headphone jack on the side for listening to theDuo-MP3 without a cassette player, plus a narrow port for the interface cablethat links the device to your PC via the parallel port. An included CD-ROMcontains software that let us easily send MP3 files from our computer to theDuo-MP3. A typical MP3 file is about 3 to 4 MB, and it took an average of 50seconds for the parallel port interface to transmit that much data to the unit.

The controls located on the face of the Duo-MP3 are very disappointing. Twobuttons are used to raise and lower the volume, another button is used to stoptracks, and a fourth button is used to play tracks. The play button can also bepressed while you are listening to a song to select one of four preset equalizersettings, although two of the presets made all of the music we listened to soundmuddy. Selecting tracks requires the use of two hands, as they require holdingdown one of the volume buttons and pressing play. It's an annoying setup, andthere is no LCD display on the front of the device to let you know which trackis playing--an unforgivable omission on a portable MP3 player.

Fortunately the sound quality is good--as long as you are listening with abetter set of headphones than the tinny-sounding earbuds Digisette supplies.Listening to high-quality MP3s in our car via the cassette player soundedvirtually indistinguishable from listening to the same tracks on CD, althoughthere was some hiss that is unavoidable where tape heads are involved. It isvery easy to use the MP3-Duo in a cassette tape player. We just turned it on,popped it into our tape deck, and accessed tracks by pressing fast-forward andrewind on the cassette player. The included rechargeable battery pack will keepthe unit powered for up to six hours.

Considering the high price of this player one would expect to get a lot ofmemory, but sadly this isn't the case. The built-in 32 MB holds little more thana half hour of audio, and upgrading (via a 32 MB or 64 MB MultiMediaCard) isexpensive. For the money it is possible to get a much more full-featuredportable MP3 player with an LCD display, extra memory, better controls, and acar kit with a cassette player adapter. --T. Byrl Baker

Pros:

  • Works in any cassette player
  • Small design
  • Good sound quality--especially if you use better headphones or a goodcassette player
Cons:
  • Paltry amount of memory, and upgrading is expensive
  • Limited controls
  • Slow file-transfer interface
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Features

  • Includes RealJukebox software
  • For use with Windows 95/98 or later systems with 18-pin parallel port
  • Use as a portable MP3 player, or insert into virtually any standard audiocassette player
  • 32 MB of internal memory, expandable to 96 MB using MultiMediaCards
  • Up to 6 hours of use with rechargeable battery

Reviews (16)

1-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't work with XP
My fiance bought me this last xmas from R. Envelope and he paid $100 for it!
It won't work with XP and they would not accept it back.
It also requires an additional memory card.
Smart Idea this digicasette, but it was not followed through with.I wish i got the chance to use it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Corrupted memory when running on Win XP
Don't buy this product!It was running OK on Windows 2000,
but when I downloaded and used their Win XP software on my
new XP box, their software corrupted my Digisette's memory!
Now I can't use the Digisette at all!!!!!Some problems
are OK when moving from one OS to another, but it shouldn't
ruin the product!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars WARNING - Buyer Beware!!!!!
Digisette will not back the product!!I purchased the DUO-ARIA 14 months ago and it stopped working.It has a one year warranty - after that your out of luck.I called and asked how I could get it serviced and they told me they will not service any DUO product.Basically, you're on your own - I didn't want anyone else to make the same mistake I did..........

3-0 out of 5 stars Good player, but might not be all you expect
This is the older version of the player - it runs on a parallel port connection, which is slow, slow, slow.Also, if you're looking for an Audible.com ready device, this one won't work.You need to buy the newer USB models.Still, it's a solid player, and you can find this one for under [price] on certain auction sites, and you can't beat the ability to stick it in your tape deck.

1-0 out of 5 stars Windows 2000 Problems
This product will NOT run with Windows 2000.If you are running Win 2K and want to buy this, make sure you get the USB version.The Parallel vesion will not work. ... Read more


19. D-Link 16 MB MP3 Player
by D-Link
list price: $119.00
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Asin: B00004XRCW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: D-Link
Sales Rank: 80752
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The D-Link DMP-90 is a state of the art MP3 player. It delivers pure digital quality sound. That means no noise, crackle or pops. Crank it as loud as you want, and all you will hear is the music as it was recorded. You can listen to your favorite tunes while on the go. And with no moving parts, your music will never skip. The DMP-90 provides the highest quality sound, it even features a tunable equalizer. And whenever you buy a D-Link product, you know you are buying a brand you can trust. ... Read more

Features

  • Includes earphones and PC cable
  • Requires a parallel port connection to the PC
  • 16 MB MP3 player and digital voice recorder
  • Expandable using SmartMedia memory cards
  • Customize sound with equalizer presets

Reviews (5)

2-0 out of 5 stars BAD but has got good points to consider
The DMP90 has a lot of cons but have pros that you may reconsider.For the Pros, first of all, it is cheap. Almost every average income family would do. Price over everything !!. It is quite good consider for the money you pay for it. For those who have old computers but have no usb, don't worry, no usb needed. Just parrellel port. It comes with a comprehensive manual and not-so-bad software.
For the cons, there's a lot but i'll name a few. It has this distortion sound. It is quite audible if you listen to music softly. then the dmp is really battery draining. I suggest you use rechargeable ones. then there is the compatibility problem. it doesn't support windows xp. so if have to be stuck with win me or win98. (i learned that the hard way). this thing can only support one format which is MP3. you can't download firmwares or drivers to upgrade. so you would be stuck with an MP3 player forever.and last but not least. it's transparent cover. you can see all the ugly chips and some rusty parts. in terms of product support, i haven't try it because the dmp works like a trusted servant.
On overall, it is suitable for extremely low end users. Which are those who don't mind the cons as long as it is cheap, portable and able to play songs.Definitely not for power-sumers!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for the price, for now
Six months ago this product had an awsome price to value raito (I paid 30.00 after the 60.00 mail in rebate), however times are changing. Memory prices are falling, and you can buy a player with 64 MB for 90.00 to 200.00 , and many of these include a radio and USB connection. The point, this is a good product, but I would suggest you consider another, more advanced product.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good value
It has good sound quality, and cool design.Although it comes with 16M memory, which is not enough.However, I spend a little more to buy a 32M card, and it has became a 48M-player. Most important is that it is still cheaper than most of the MP3 players that are selling in the market.

3-0 out of 5 stars Better than a portable radio
Well, i found this product very good for what i need to for. I basicaly use it for when i go for a ride. Although it is 16mb mp3 player, i found it good. This is because i would normally talk my walkman in my back pocket( only just fitted). This was too big and too heavy, and poor sound quality. The d-link 16mb player is light, small, and retains better sound quality. I didn't want to buy a $400 mp3 player for mountain biking, as i could easily damage it. so I went for the d-link, due to being fairly cheap. The only real problem is the 16mb of memory, but like i said it fair outways a walkman or discman....

3-0 out of 5 stars D Link 16 MB Mp3 Player
This mp3 player is a good, convienent player. It comes with 16 MB. It has good features, but the memory is limited. My friend owns one of these. The sound is good, but again, they should have included more memory. ... Read more


20. Samsung YP-E32 Yepp MP3 Player
by SAMSUNG
list price: $169.99
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Asin: B00003G1QT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: SAMSUNG
Sales Rank: 59550
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Yepp is designed for the young New Millennium generation, which is revolutionizing the way music is heard and experienced. Over the Internet community, the personal computer is quickly replacing the stereo system for providing high fidelity digital quality music and the Internet is becoming a major source of music information and content. Yepp appeals to your energetic lifestyle. With its extremely small form factor, you can take Yepp with you no matter where you go, whether you're trekking through the Himalayas or just jogging around the park. The fact that Yepp has no moving parts and an aluminum front case also means it is better at handing the hard knocks you may experience along the way.Yepp plays MP3 digital audio music files downloaded from your computer. It has a high power output signal (7mW) and a seven-mode equalizer. Yepp is one of smallest and lightest MP3 players on the market. You can connect it to your belt with its handy clip or you can carry it in your pocket and barely notice it's there. Yepp's 3-line LCD display lets you see the titles of the songs stored on your MP3 player. This feature will be useful, since the RealJukebox PC software that is provided with Yepp lets you put together custom play lists of your choosing. Yepp can be used to access a phone directory of hundreds of personal contacts. The information is entered on your PC and is downloaded in the same way that you would download an MP3 music file from your PC. You can record up to two hours of voice using Yepp's voice recording function. You can use Yepp to record your school class or store messages that will remind you of things you need to do. You can then e-mail your voice messages to anyone you want! ... Read more

Features

  • Telephone directory stores hundreds of contacts
  • 32 MB built-in memory with SmartMedia memory expansion slot
  • 7-mode audio equalizer with 3-D audio setting
  • 3-line LCD screen
  • Records up to 2 hours of voice audio

Reviews (31)

4-0 out of 5 stars Some Helpful Information for Other YP-E32 users
I've owned this product for about 2 years and it has been very reliable but there are a few things that could have been added to make it better.The only knock is the interface...parrallel is slow and there's not much you can do about that.I tried using a USB smartmedia writer/reader to download music onto and then tried it in the YP-E32 itself.The player does not recongnize the formate and will not display it nor play it.A friend lent me a 128mb smartmedia card to try and again the player would not read that either.It needs the 32mb cards.I'm still searching for a better interface set-up.Any ideas please post them.
If you want better quality sound you need a good jukebox program that will allow you to rip or write music at or near CD quality.
But remember, the higher the kbs the bigger the file therefore, the number of songs you will be able to download will be less.
Otherwise it's been a great little toy.

4-0 out of 5 stars More Abuot Smart Media card for this player
I want to know, can I put 64mb Smart media card in Yp-E32 player, or to this player fits only 32mb card?? It would be great if I'll get someones answer.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not great, but pretty good
I got this MP3 player a few months ago, and I think it is really good.It works really well, the sound is good enough that you can hear even when it is noisy around you, and when it comes down to it, it is pretty easy to use.The problems are that you can't store a whole heck of a lot on it (I have to figure out a way to compress the music... that might help) and the instructions aren't all that easy to follow.Once you figure it out though, it's a piece of cake.My friends love the MP3 player, and they all want one now.Also beware, it eats up batteries like most electronic things.If you want a player just to listen to music when you are out, and you don't mind not having a million songs to listen to, this is the MP3 player for you.

1-0 out of 5 stars This product ain't ready
I received this from Amazon and it just wasn't a product that was ready to use.I am fairly technical and I couldn't get this thing working on either Win98 or Win2k.Basically, I connected it to my parallel port(s) and it would download and display 1 or 2 files, then when a 3rd or 4th was downloaded it would nuke the second and not accept any more downloads - displaying only the first, no matter how many you try to download.I found I could only reliably download 1 file before the thing went crazy.I am returning it to Amazon.

After this one sucked, I bought a Rio 500 and it is a MUCH better product - it works reliably and sounds good, but you have to be smarter than the software they give you or forget it.I had to tell it to look only for a Rio PMP 500 or it would get confused by my scanner while looking for a PMP 300.

5-0 out of 5 stars Killer Internet Device
The device is very cool.Best things: it's small; it doesn't skip when running; sound is cd quality to me.What is not that cool is: 1) 32K is way too little memory for MP3 files, you must buy the 64K as I had to buy a smartmedia card right away.... Therefore, it's cheaper to buy the 64K device instead.2) The headphones are not that great.3) The device does not work with my 1997 vintage computer (Windows 95), I have to use a co-worker's computer to download the files to the Yepp.4)The included instructions are not intuitive, make sure you read the entire booklet before proceeding.But this is a great product at a great price, I highly recommend getting a Yepp. ... Read more


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