I bought a white version of this player and a 512-mb flash card for my sister on Christmas.
Recommend this product?
Considering I didn't have $xxx to cough up for a trend, I chose this rather than an iPod. She just needed something to jog with, and this fit the bill. It's small, attractive and inexpensive, what am I losing?
Anyway, it finally arrived, the circular package was hard to wrap, Christmas came, et cetera. Now it was time to set it up.
I was struck by how easy this was, it wasn't any more of a challenge than using a flash drive.
I love this thing. I've dropped it on linoleum and nothing happened. Seriously, this MP3 player didn't even get a scratch. It works like I just got it out of the package.
It looks like a modified iPod Shuffle, sort of. If a Nano's screen was grafted onto a 2nd-generation Shuffle (see image).
Now, the usage.
Keep in mind, this thing is 1/2" deep, and about 1.5" on each side. It's tiny.
The buttons are easy to use, and they aren't overly sensitive. Initially, their being unlabeled was confusing, but if you leaf through the instruction book, the controls are very intuitive.
The screen is surprisingly detailed, and has a bright blue backlight. It displays the song name and artist scroll-style, along with the time played in relation to the total time, which repeat mode you're using (if any), and how much battery you have left.
Downloading songs was easy. You drop them onto the player like a hard drive. Just make sure they're .mp3 or .wma files, because iTunes typically labels theirs .m4p. These files are protected, because the idea is that those songs should only play in iPods. Cue tinfoil hat theory. Anyway, it's a hassle to convert .m4p to .mp3, but it can be done. Just google it and you can circumvent this.
An interesting thing I've found you can do is keep different genres of songs on different cards, and swap them out as what you're in the mood to listen to.
Another thing, this player doesn't require a USB port to charge, it uses one AAA battery, so it's easy to keep it going away from a computer. It's probably a good idea to get a set of rechargeable triple-As.
Anyway, that's basically my experience with this player. If you just need something to play music, go for it. I'm very satisfied.
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Amount Paid (US$): 14.99
Recommended for: Athletes - Lightweight and Portable, Perfect for the Gym