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$386.65 list($429.99)
1. iRiver H340 40 GB Digital Music
$89.00 list($129.99)
2. iRiver iFP-190T 256 MB Digital
Too low to display list($249.99)
3. iRiver iFP 799T 1 GB Flash MP3
$288.99 list()
4. iRiver iFP 799T 1 GB Flash MP3
$237.49 list($249.99)
5. iRiver H10 5 GB Digital MP3 Player
$237.49 list($249.99)
6. iRiver H10 5 GB Digital MP3 Player
$560.00 list($599.99)
7. iRiver PMP-140 Portable Media
$237.49 list($249.99)
8. iRiver H10 5 GB Digital MP3 Player
$467.00 $449.88 list($499.99)
9. iRiver PMP-120 Portable Media
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10. IRIVER IFP-790T Portable MP3 Player
$237.49 $212.24 list($249.99)
11. iRiver H10 5 GB Digital MP3 Player
$499.99 list($549.99)
12. iRiver PMC 120 Portable Media
$240.99 $199.99 list()
13. IRiver iFP 995 - digital player
$106.40 list($119.99)
14. iRiver iFP 780T 128mb Flash MP3
$234.99 $179.99 list($349.99)
15. iRiver iFP-195T 512 MB MP3 Player
$192.99 $192.95 list()
16. iRiver iFP-990 256 MB MP3 Player
$312.00 $290.00 list($329.99)
17. iRiver H320 20 GB Digital Music
$429.99
18. iRiver H140 40GB MP3 Jukebox
list($399.99)
19. iRiver H120 20GB MP3 Jukebox
list($249.99)
20. iRiver IDP-100 DataPlay Enabled

1. iRiver H340 40 GB Digital Music Player with Color Display
list price: $429.99
our price: $386.65
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00065W74Q
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 226
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Features

  • Plays up to 1200 hours of digital music with 40GB of internal storage
  • Large, vivid color display, Ultra-fast USB 2.0 transfers
  • Supports secure transfers from Windows Media Player
  • Rechargeable battery lasts up to 16hrs
  • View JPEG or BMP images on color display

2. iRiver iFP-190T 256 MB Digital Audio Player
list price: $129.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00008N6VM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 850
Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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Features

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

Reviews (99)

5-0 out of 5 stars IF FM is important to you and you have $, go for it!!!!
Pros: Amazing Sound, Good FM reception, Very lightweight and small, Good battery Life, superb sound quality, loaded with features, convenient joystick controller, great value

Cons: No armband, ear buds not comfortable, feels rather cheap, Included software is very no-frills: no drag & drop, or re-sampling, complicated menu, flimsy chrome colored plastic, lack of beltclip, maybe a larger hard drive but 256 is good enough for me.

Summary: I tested a few MP3 players and this one is the best for its size. I personally use these for when I work out and jog. This one is very small and works and sounds great. I was going to get the ipod but then I decided I rather have something smaller and less bulky. The ipod is about 4-5 times larger than this unit and heavier. Plus the ipod is very scratchable due to its shineyness. This one is more durable. Plus it comes with a neck piece so you can put it on your neck.

The ipod can hold a ton more mp3s but personally I cant even fill this one up with songs I like. And average song is 5 megs and this unit holds 256 meg. Thats an average of 51 songs (at best quality in MP3)which is 5 hours of songs that you like. To me im not going to listen to this for more than 5 hours so this is perfect. Plus it has a Radio bult in.

I was a little skeptical when I bought this product because I never herd of the company but I recommend it to anyone who wants to use this for workign out or anyone who wants somethign very lite and to listen to there mps. I suggest this unit over any other. This unit also plays WMA files which supposivly compresses better than mp3's (supposivly half the size) So you can actually fit 100+ songs on this if you compress with WMA. But personally I keep everythign mp3 so far because I havent filled this unit up yet with songs I like.

4-0 out of 5 stars Packs a punch without draining your wallet
I have been pleasantly surprised by this MP3 player. Overall, the price is great for the quality and durability. The buttons are easy to use, the music and options are easy to manage, and the software that accompanies the player is simple (although not flashy). Loading songs onto the player is very painless, and it takes only a few minutes to load an entire CD. You will be listening to music within 30 minutes of pulling it out of the package.

The main problems with this MP3 player stem from two words: up to. The packaging suggests that a single AA battery will last "up to" 24 hours! In my experience, the lasting power of a brand-new Duracell is closer to 10 or 12 hours. That easily beats the playing time you get out of batteries in a traditional portable CD player, but it's not quite what I expected.

The manufacturer also claims that the player will hold "up to" 8 hours of music. My player is currently full with only about 4 hours worth of MP3s. That's a decent amount of music, but not as much as I had hoped.
Another consideration is that this player's memory cannot be expanded. You're fixed at 256 MB. Other brands have expandable memory. They are generally more expensive, but may be worth the price if you plan on adding additional capacity in the future.

On the upside, the player includes an FM tuner, and a microphone so you can make voice recordings, which can be uploaded onto your PC.

If you're looking for a solid MP3 player for a good price with a good amount of memory, this fits the bill. Definitely a great buy for anyone looking to make their music collection portable.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good while it lasted
Much and enough has been said about this unit. Was very happy with it for the 18 months I used it. Suddenly, without warning, (as with others) the on/off button ceased to function. Iriver responds with, "oh well, out of warranty and we do no repairs." Do their newer products still have this issue? Who knows, so I am moving on to iAUDIO CW300.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I got this tiny player a while ago and it is the best mp3 player i have ever owned. I previously had two RCAs which both broke within a week and they were far more expensive than this little wonder. I can't even put into words how perfect this player is. The sound quality is amazing! my ONLY complaint are the headphones. They are very uncomfortable and they don't have that great sound. But after having this player for a while i will not buy another player that doesn't have the iRiver name on it. Get one!

3-0 out of 5 stars Too delicate
I bought this model in June 2003 for about $200. Loved it. 5 days after the warranty expired [June 2004] the entire bottom [where the battery is inserted] fell off pulling the red power wire out of the circuit. The little plastic tabs that hold the 2 screws for the cover sheered right off. Very flimsy. iRiver customer service had no suggestions for repair. I guess it's safe to assume they're built to last about a year. ... Read more


3. iRiver iFP 799T 1 GB Flash MP3 Player
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B00024VTKE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 156
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 1 GB of internal memory for up to 34 hours of MP3, WMA, and OGG music files
  • Extended battery life up to 40 hours on one AA
  • Built-in FM tuner and voice recorder
  • Record music from any audio source (no PC required)
  • USB 2.0 for fast transfers

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Big price, but big sound and storage
I wrote extensively about the 790 version of this iRiver model, so see that review for a comprehensive look at these beauties.
Because I liked the latest iRiver model so much, I returned the 790 and got the 799 1-gigabyte version instead.

I paid $190, tax included, for 256 MB at Best Buy. I figured, why not double the price at Amazon ($360) for four times as much space for my music.

It is a minor fortune, to be sure, but I want to be able to keep 20-30 albums on my player at any one time so I don't have to change my music very often. I find that a small inconvenience, especially since there is no simple drag-and-drop function.
I also figure that fewer music transfers will limit potential wear and tear on the USB connector and thus extend the life of the piece of plastic that covers the USB port.

My suspicion is that the cover would be the first thing to go, an event that would surely shorten the practical life of the player. Can't have that happen with such an expensive piece of equipment.
A few other things. The primary difference between the 799 and 790 is build quality. The 799 is somewhat sleeker and the casing seems a bit sturdier. The buttons are smaller and stick out less, especially the joystick.

The joystick is maybe not quite as easy to use, but it has better tactile feel and seems less likely to wear down from constant use. It's a very good improvement.

The USB port now has a sliding plastic door - much different than the rubberish flap on the 790.

The 799 is a better color, too. LA Raiders black and gray. I wasn't crazy about the red color of the 790.

One seemingly small flaw. The inline jack and headphone jack are on the same end of the player - unlike with the 790 -- so it's not as easy to plug in the headphones in the dark.

Otherwise, I repeat. This is a fabulous player, the best sounding portable on the market. Most of my CDs ripped as WMA files encoded at 64 kbps sound terrific. (Classical music might require VBR recording).

I use the free Real Audio (best music lookup success of the dozen programs I tried) and paid MusicMatch. Yet only Microsoft's Windows Media had VBR for WMA files, but the media player kept crashing on me.

Just make sure you have great headphones to match if you are going to use 64 kbps files. ... Read more


4. iRiver iFP 799T 1 GB Flash MP3 Player

our price: $288.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006TIA8O
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iriver
Sales Rank: 5722
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Features

  • 1 GB of internal memory for up to 34 hours of MP3, WMA, and OGG music files
  • Extended battery life up to 40 hours on one AA
  • Built-in FM tuner and voice recorder
  • Record music from any audio source (no PC required)
  • USB 2.0 for fast transfers

5. iRiver H10 5 GB Digital MP3 Player Triple Platinum
list price: $249.99
our price: $237.49
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007LC49C
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 5568
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

iRiver (H10SILVER) H10- 5GB MP3 Silver ... Read more

Features

  • Swappable rechargeable lithium-ion battery with up to 12 hours of battery life
  • Compact, lightweight 5 GB hard drive multimedia player in Platinum finish--weighs only 3.4 ounces
  • Compatible with MP3 and WMA; also Secure WMA from online services
  • View JPEG photos and album cover art via 1.5-inch LCD
  • Built-in voice recording and FM tuner with FM recording capability

Reviews (50)

1-0 out of 5 stars Awful Features for Music Purists!
I uploaded my songs that I ripped from cd's into this player.I must hear the songs in the order they were intended and I must not hear pops, clicks, or lag in between songs, especially on albums that run through seamlessly (ie: The Wall, The Downward Spiral).

Once in the iRiver, they go into some insane order I cannot even describe, and there is about 3-5 seconds of lag in between songs.Unacceptable to me.

I bought this so I could do the whole "rent the song" thing on Yahoo Music (ie: Napster, Raphsody) but after dealing with this and hearing bad things about my friends Creative Labs model, I decided I would go with the iPod 30gig photo.

I am 100% satisfied with it.It is perfect, and the iTunes software is perfect as well.Get an iPod unless you are really into the idea of renting your music.We'll see if iPod crumbles under the competition (with the state of the players, i doubt it).

4-0 out of 5 stars More Features For Less Money
*NOTE* I don't own this player but I did test it extensively while shopping for an MP3 player.

I like the placement of everything first of all.The movement ribbon, forward, and backward buttons are right on the front.Play, pause, next, and previous are on the side.The menu system is very simple and you should know right away where everything is.Aside from displaying album art while playing, which it doesn't do, I can't understand why someone would use this thing as a portable photo album.It's main function is an MP3 player, so you can consider that a bonus feature.Don't complain about it.The text viewing, again, is an added feature so I can't complain there.The FM radio is a nice touch, but with 5 GB of MP3s I don't see myself using it.The file browser doesn't seem very useful to me.It's much easier accessing media through the proper menus.For the most part the music menu and sub-menus peformed much like an iPod.I like the touch ribbon a bit more than the circular one on the iPod.Up and down comes much more naturally than clockwise and counter-clockwise.The only gripes I had were the scrolling speed, which doesn't seem very fast if you're looking through a long list, and the track skipping.If you press the next or previous buttons it takes about 3 seconds to switch tracks.If you're looking for a particular song you're better off scrolling through a list rather than pressing next a bunch of times.You can still press the next button 6 times in a row and be 6 tracks ahead, it just takes a bit for the current track to be updated.I didn't try this out but I know for a fact that this player can be used as a portable hard drive.You can copy files to and from the player via a file manager.Personally, I prefer a more direct handling of files and not using an intermediate program.

Based on my testing of this model I plan to purchase the larger version when it becomes available.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not an iPod... but thats not a bad thing
Yeah fine everybody's got their complaints, but I actually returned an iPod Mini and bought this instead.I will admit that it is not quite as "friendly" as the iPod but it is very powerful.Caveat Emptor: if you have done any research you probably figured it out by now we consumers are caught between Microsoft and Apple in the media player wars... Apple AAC vs. Microsoft WMA.At the moment Apple has no pay as you go service like Napster or the Yahoo service, so that might infulence your decision like it did mine.

I paid about $207.00 on clearance in May 2005 (probably because the 6GB players coming out soon).Right on par w/ the ipod mini 4GB and $43 less the the 6GB.For that you get a color screen that can show photos (albeit tiny ones) and an Fm radio built in.If you hold down the play button while listening to the radio this thing will start to record live radio in MP3 format (pretty nifty).All in a package about 0.1 inch larger on all sides then the iPod Mini.
Okay my gripes
1) few accessories... I can't find an armband for this thing.iriver.com does sell some pretty cool stuff like an extra battery, a cradle that will charge the player and a battery at the same time, and a wired remote to handle some simpler functions, but if you want all that it will cost you about $100.
2) The documentation doesn't explain how to delete songs from the player and I had trouble doing this through Media Player 10. I figured out the device shows up as a removable drive under "my computer" in the XP start window.This is also the easiest way to put .txt and .jpg files on the H10.
3) playlists most be made through Media Player so there is no "on the fly" programming of your song order
4)The supid charger for this thing is in 2 parts so if you want to take it on vacation you have to disconnect the charger and USB cable from your computer, a pretty sloppy thing to overlook.On the other hand iriver will be happy to sell you a travel charger as soon as they get them in stock (insert eye roll here).
Despite all that if your looking for a hard drive mp3 player i would give it a try.I'm pretty happy with it and you could probably do worse.

3-0 out of 5 stars Almost good, but not enough...
Yeah I think Iriver will be ready with the next release, in the meantime I returned mine...

Good things:
- installation and setup with WMP was a snap, really easy, upgradedfirmware easily, everything worked as it should
- good design, pretty machine, impressive screen, convenient skin
- radio works really good, easy setup of preset stations, much better sound than Zen Micro
- like the controls that you can use from you pocket without looking at the player

Bad things:
- How could they come up with such poor design for the cables? You have to connect USB with power, not separately, A/C adapter is HUGE. Forget about it if you're on the road...
- Menu navigation design is poor, very poor. Can't switch quickly between MP3s and radio, have to navigate through 5 screens, so much for skipping commercials...
- no bookmark feature like Creative labs, and worse, fast forward and rewind feature skip only 3 seconds at a time max, terrible!! That means that you can't possibly listen to Podcasts because if you lose your position listening to a 30 minutes MP3 file, you can't go back, big flaw... Would be so simple to provide...
- I do not understand why it doesn't come with a feature to autoatically resize pictures to the creen size... You don't want to transfer a 4 mega pixels picture to be able to watch only 120 pixels or so...
- no option to sort songs

Bottom line: I'll wait until they iron out these details, which are too annoying right now, to justify spending that much money...

3-0 out of 5 stars Had issues, maybe a lemon?
Well, I did lots of research prior to putting down the $240 dollars for this product and thought I was making a good choice.And I still think I did.Unfortunately, though, I don't think iriver has quite got all the bugs worked out of this stylish little player.The features are great, the sound quality is wonderful, and the compact size fit perfectly into my pocket.But like that of a few others that I have talked to/read about, my player froze constantly, got terrible battery life (about 1 hour), had trouble powering off, and wouldn't properly accept music from Windows Media Player (although this may have been a problem on the computer's side, I don't really know).After two days I returned it to Amazon.com.Personally I don't think that the h10 is a bad player and will probably buy one again in a few months when iriver has a little more time to work out the bugs that are inevitable in new technology.Although expensive, this pretty little player is worth it, as long as you get a well working one (like most everyone else does.) ... Read more


6. iRiver H10 5 GB Digital MP3 Player Trace Red
list price: $249.99
our price: $237.49
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007LC4DS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 8983
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

iRiver (H10RED) H10- 5GB MP3 Red ... Read more

Features

  • Swappable rechargeable lithium-ion battery with up to 12 hours of battery life
  • Compact, lightweight 5 GB hard drive multimedia player in Trace Red finish -- weighs only 3.4 ounces
  • Compatible with MP3 and WMA; also Secure WMA from online services
  • View JPEG photos and album cover art via 1.5-inch LCD
  • Built-in voice recording and FM tuner with FM recording capability

Reviews (50)

1-0 out of 5 stars Awful Features for Music Purists!
I uploaded my songs that I ripped from cd's into this player.I must hear the songs in the order they were intended and I must not hear pops, clicks, or lag in between songs, especially on albums that run through seamlessly (ie: The Wall, The Downward Spiral).

Once in the iRiver, they go into some insane order I cannot even describe, and there is about 3-5 seconds of lag in between songs.Unacceptable to me.

I bought this so I could do the whole "rent the song" thing on Yahoo Music (ie: Napster, Raphsody) but after dealing with this and hearing bad things about my friends Creative Labs model, I decided I would go with the iPod 30gig photo.

I am 100% satisfied with it.It is perfect, and the iTunes software is perfect as well.Get an iPod unless you are really into the idea of renting your music.We'll see if iPod crumbles under the competition (with the state of the players, i doubt it).

4-0 out of 5 stars More Features For Less Money
*NOTE* I don't own this player but I did test it extensively while shopping for an MP3 player.

I like the placement of everything first of all.The movement ribbon, forward, and backward buttons are right on the front.Play, pause, next, and previous are on the side.The menu system is very simple and you should know right away where everything is.Aside from displaying album art while playing, which it doesn't do, I can't understand why someone would use this thing as a portable photo album.It's main function is an MP3 player, so you can consider that a bonus feature.Don't complain about it.The text viewing, again, is an added feature so I can't complain there.The FM radio is a nice touch, but with 5 GB of MP3s I don't see myself using it.The file browser doesn't seem very useful to me.It's much easier accessing media through the proper menus.For the most part the music menu and sub-menus peformed much like an iPod.I like the touch ribbon a bit more than the circular one on the iPod.Up and down comes much more naturally than clockwise and counter-clockwise.The only gripes I had were the scrolling speed, which doesn't seem very fast if you're looking through a long list, and the track skipping.If you press the next or previous buttons it takes about 3 seconds to switch tracks.If you're looking for a particular song you're better off scrolling through a list rather than pressing next a bunch of times.You can still press the next button 6 times in a row and be 6 tracks ahead, it just takes a bit for the current track to be updated.I didn't try this out but I know for a fact that this player can be used as a portable hard drive.You can copy files to and from the player via a file manager.Personally, I prefer a more direct handling of files and not using an intermediate program.

Based on my testing of this model I plan to purchase the larger version when it becomes available.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not an iPod... but thats not a bad thing
Yeah fine everybody's got their complaints, but I actually returned an iPod Mini and bought this instead.I will admit that it is not quite as "friendly" as the iPod but it is very powerful.Caveat Emptor: if you have done any research you probably figured it out by now we consumers are caught between Microsoft and Apple in the media player wars... Apple AAC vs. Microsoft WMA.At the moment Apple has no pay as you go service like Napster or the Yahoo service, so that might infulence your decision like it did mine.

I paid about $207.00 on clearance in May 2005 (probably because the 6GB players coming out soon).Right on par w/ the ipod mini 4GB and $43 less the the 6GB.For that you get a color screen that can show photos (albeit tiny ones) and an Fm radio built in.If you hold down the play button while listening to the radio this thing will start to record live radio in MP3 format (pretty nifty).All in a package about 0.1 inch larger on all sides then the iPod Mini.
Okay my gripes
1) few accessories... I can't find an armband for this thing.iriver.com does sell some pretty cool stuff like an extra battery, a cradle that will charge the player and a battery at the same time, and a wired remote to handle some simpler functions, but if you want all that it will cost you about $100.
2) The documentation doesn't explain how to delete songs from the player and I had trouble doing this through Media Player 10. I figured out the device shows up as a removable drive under "my computer" in the XP start window.This is also the easiest way to put .txt and .jpg files on the H10.
3) playlists most be made through Media Player so there is no "on the fly" programming of your song order
4)The supid charger for this thing is in 2 parts so if you want to take it on vacation you have to disconnect the charger and USB cable from your computer, a pretty sloppy thing to overlook.On the other hand iriver will be happy to sell you a travel charger as soon as they get them in stock (insert eye roll here).
Despite all that if your looking for a hard drive mp3 player i would give it a try.I'm pretty happy with it and you could probably do worse.

3-0 out of 5 stars Almost good, but not enough...
Yeah I think Iriver will be ready with the next release, in the meantime I returned mine...

Good things:
- installation and setup with WMP was a snap, really easy, upgradedfirmware easily, everything worked as it should
- good design, pretty machine, impressive screen, convenient skin
- radio works really good, easy setup of preset stations, much better sound than Zen Micro
- like the controls that you can use from you pocket without looking at the player

Bad things:
- How could they come up with such poor design for the cables? You have to connect USB with power, not separately, A/C adapter is HUGE. Forget about it if you're on the road...
- Menu navigation design is poor, very poor. Can't switch quickly between MP3s and radio, have to navigate through 5 screens, so much for skipping commercials...
- no bookmark feature like Creative labs, and worse, fast forward and rewind feature skip only 3 seconds at a time max, terrible!! That means that you can't possibly listen to Podcasts because if you lose your position listening to a 30 minutes MP3 file, you can't go back, big flaw... Would be so simple to provide...
- I do not understand why it doesn't come with a feature to autoatically resize pictures to the creen size... You don't want to transfer a 4 mega pixels picture to be able to watch only 120 pixels or so...
- no option to sort songs

Bottom line: I'll wait until they iron out these details, which are too annoying right now, to justify spending that much money...

3-0 out of 5 stars Had issues, maybe a lemon?
Well, I did lots of research prior to putting down the $240 dollars for this product and thought I was making a good choice.And I still think I did.Unfortunately, though, I don't think iriver has quite got all the bugs worked out of this stylish little player.The features are great, the sound quality is wonderful, and the compact size fit perfectly into my pocket.But like that of a few others that I have talked to/read about, my player froze constantly, got terrible battery life (about 1 hour), had trouble powering off, and wouldn't properly accept music from Windows Media Player (although this may have been a problem on the computer's side, I don't really know).After two days I returned it to Amazon.com.Personally I don't think that the h10 is a bad player and will probably buy one again in a few months when iriver has a little more time to work out the bugs that are inevitable in new technology.Although expensive, this pretty little player is worth it, as long as you get a well working one (like most everyone else does.) ... Read more


7. iRiver PMP-140 Portable Media Player (40 GB)
list price: $599.99
our price: $560.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002KWSS0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 1789
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Amazon.com Product Description

Take your audio and video media files with you wherever you go using iRiver's PMP-140 portable media player, the tiny player with fathomless storage abilities. The media player holds an incredible 40 GB of storage for not just music, but digital photos and full-color, full-motion video, too. The unit sports a 3.5-inch TFT LCD and an audio input so you can load audio content directly into the player from other home or portable devices--no PC required. It will double as a voice recorder, too, generating compressed-audio files from its onboard condenser microphone input.

The unit is PC-compatible, of course: connect it via high-speed USB 2.0 to transfer your media files to the PMP-140 in a jiffy. You can store up to 160 hours of video (using 320 x 240 resolution at 500 kbps, AVI format) or up to 1,200 hours of music (using Windows Media format at 64 kbps). The PMP-140's format compatibilities extend from MP3 to WMA (Windows Media Audio, with full Microsoft Digital Rights Management compatibility) to WMV and DivX (AVI) video and BMP/JPEG image files. Using a USB camera? Use the PMP-140 for on-the-go viewing with a direct USB connection.

The media player offers a built-in FM radio tuner and speaker, making it perfect for sporting events and headphones-free listening (iRiver earphones are included). You can connect it to your home stereo and/or television for additional listening or viewing flexibility. The media player's user-replaceable rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 5 hours of audio/video playback and 16 hours of audio-only use per charge.

What's in the Box
Portable media player, iRiver earphones, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, a carrying case, USB 2.0 device cable, USB 1.1 host cable, line-in cable, TV out cable, a user's manual, an installation CD, and an AC power adapter. ... Read more

Features

  • Plays digital music and video files, including WMV, MP3, WMA, DivX (AVI), BMP, and JPEG
  • 40 GB storage total storage capacity--up to 160 hours of video, 1,200 hours of music
  • 3.5-inch color TFT LCD
  • USB 2.0 support, audio inputs and audio/video outputs, built-in FM tuner and voice recorder
  • Includes rechargeable lithium-ion battery; up to 16 hours (audio only) and up to 5 hours (audio/video)

8. iRiver H10 5 GB Digital MP3 Player Remix Blue
list price: $249.99
our price: $237.49
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007LC49M
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 8657
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Product Description

iRiver (H10BLUE) H10- 5GB MP3 Blue ... Read more

Features

  • Swappable rechargeable lithium-ion battery with up to 12 hours of battery life
  • Compact, lightweight 5 GB hard drive multimedia player in Remix Blue -- weighs only 3.4 ounces
  • Compatible with MP3 and WMA; also Secure WMA from online services
  • View JPEG photos and album cover art via 1.5-inch LCD
  • Built-in voice recording and FM tuner with FM recording capability

9. iRiver PMP-120 Portable Media Player (20 GB)
list price: $499.99
our price: $467.00
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Asin: B0002G81J4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 3326
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Turning the tables on the notion of a portable music player, iRiver's PMP-120 portable media player goes 2 steps further, giving you an incredible 20 GB of storage for not just music, but digital photos and full-color, full-motion video, too. The unit sports a 3.5-inch TFT LCD and an audio input so you can load audio content directly into the player from other home or portable devices--no PC required. It will double as a voice recorder, too, generating compressed-audio files from its onboard condenser microphone input.

The unit is PC-compatible, of course: connect it via high-speed USB 2.0 to transfer your media files to the PMP-120 in a jiffy. You can store up to 80 hours of video (using 320 x 240 resolution at 500 kbps, AVI format) or up to 600 hours of music (using Windows Media format at 64 kbps). The PMP-120's format compatibilities extend from MP3 to WMA (Windows Media Audio, with full Microsoft Digital Rights Management compatibility) to WMV and AVI (DivX) video and BMP/JPEG image files. Using a USB camera? Use the PMP-120 for on-the-go viewing with a direct USB connection.

The media player offers a built-in FM radio tuner and speaker, making it perfect for sporting events and headphones-free listening (iRiver earphones are included). You can connect it to your home stereo and/or television for additional listening or viewing flexibility. The media player's user-replaceable rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 5 hours of audio/video playback and 16 hours of audio-only use per charge.

What's in the Box
Portable media player, iRiver earphones, remote control, remote battery, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, a carrying case, USB 2.0 Cable, USB host cable, line-in cable, TV out cable, a user's manual, a hand strap, an installation CD, and an AC power adapter. ... Read more

Features

  • Plays digital music and video files, including WMV, MP3, WMA, DivX (AVI), BMP, and JPEG
  • 20 GB storage total storage capacity--up to 80 hours of video, 600 hours of music
  • 3.5-inch color TFT LCD
  • USB 2.0 support, audio inputs and audio/video outputs, built-in FM tuner and voice recorder
  • Includes rechargeable lithium-ion battery; up to 16 hours (audio only) and up to 5 hours (audio/video)

10. IRIVER IFP-790T Portable MP3 Player

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Asin: B000285A1O
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 675
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Features

  • Includes -iFP-790T music player, iRiver earphones, Sport arm band and carrying case, Neck strap, Preloaded tracks from eMusic, USB 2.0 cable, Line-in cable, Installation CD (PC/Mac), 1 AA battery
  • Plays MP3, WMA & OGG music files
  • 256MB Internal Storage
  • Plays up to 8 hours of music
  • Transfers music up to 3X faster

11. iRiver H10 5 GB Digital MP3 Player Charcoal
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Asin: B0007L29LK
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Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 13654
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Features

  • Swappable rechargeable lithium-ion battery with up to 12 hours of battery life
  • Compact, lightweight 5 GB hard drive multimedia player in Charcoal finish--weighs only 3.4 ounces
  • Compatible with MP3 and WMA; also Secure WMA from online services
  • View JPEG photos and album cover art via 1.5-inch LCD
  • Built-in voice recording and FM tuner with FM recording capability

12. iRiver PMC 120 Portable Media Center 20gb player
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Asin: B0006GVNSG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 33093
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The iRiver PMC 120 is a mobile media powerhouse, featuring a 20 GB hard drive that can store up to 80 hours of video or 600 hours of CD-quality music. It also has a vivid 3.5-inch LCD for playing your favorite video footage on the go and a TV-out for displaying video and images through a television or display. The USB 2.0 connectivity makes it fast and easy to transfer songs, photos and videos from the computer to the 9.6-ounce device. Other features include an integrated voice recorder, built-in speaker, a "kickstand" support for positioning the device, and USB mass storage capability--enabling you to transfer important documents and presentations to the PMC 120's memory. The rechargeable, replaceable lithium-ion battery offers up to 14 hours of battery life when playing back audio, or up to 5 hours with video.

It runs Microsoft's Portable Media Center (PMC) operating system, which is essentially a portable version of the familiar and intuitive Windows Media Player found on your PC. Use Windows Media Player's AutoSync feature to synchronize content stored on your PC with the PMC-120. It will also play recorded TV programs transferred from a Windows XP Media Center Edition PC.

The PMC-120 supports Windows Media DRM 10 and the ability to play back digitally protected Windows Media Audio and Video files, providing access to the more than 1 million tracks available in Windows Media Audio format from more than 60 online music stores as well as content from the CinemaNow.com online movie site and Major League Baseball's MLB.com.

What's in the Box
iRiver PMC 120, iRiver earphones, quality carrying case, USB 2.0 cable, TV out cable, installation CD-ROM, and AC adapter ... Read more

Features

  • Plays digital music and video files Synchronize your media library with Windows Media® Player Intuitive Windows Mobile™-based Portable Media Center interface 20GB of internal storage
  • Store up to 80 hours of video or up to 600 hours of music* Wide 3.5 inch vivid color display Supports secure transfers from Windows Media Player™
  • Connect to your home entertainment system Built-in speaker Store or transfer files of any type Rechargeable, replaceable Lithium-ion battery
  • Up to 14 hours of battery life (audio) Up to 5 hours of battery life (video)
  • Up to 80 hours of video using 320 x 240 at 500kbps AVI format. Up to 600 hours of music using Windows Media format at 64kbps

13. IRiver iFP 995 - digital player / recorder / radio ( IFP-995 )

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Asin: B0006TIA8E
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iriver
Sales Rank: 4276
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14. iRiver iFP 780T 128mb Flash MP3 Player
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Asin: B00024VTDG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 1231
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Features

  • Plays MP3, WMA & OGG music files
  • Plays up to 4 hours of music
  • Skip-free and sport-ready
  • Record music from any audio source (no PC required)
  • Voice Recorder

15. iRiver iFP-195T 512 MB MP3 Player
list price: $349.99
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Asin: B00008VFDL
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 3640
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Features

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

Reviews (23)

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Portable machine!!!!
I'm actually writing about IFP-395T, not 195T. But I heard that they are built on same mechanism so I guess 195T is also incredibly great product.

First, 395T has joystick like button to make it easy to FF and Fast rewind and change volumes. Further, it works like L3 button in PS 2 controller. (Which means you can actually press that joystick button to open navigation menu.) Blue LCD supporting four lines allows you to locate file by browsing through folder. (Folder system makes it extremely easy for you to find files especially when you are having like more than 100 songs - Typical for 512 MB player:))

Second, the design is sooooo great! This is wonderful. I hate to say this but I think 395T looks way much cooler than 195T. Sound is wonderful!!! I heard that Samsung Yepp 55's sound power is just 5 mW while that of Iriver is 12 mW. You can hear song twice as large as other machines!

I paid like 380 bucks but it is definitely worth it. I may have bought Clie which also support mp3. However, what's the point in having PDA? It would be pain in the ass to keep it whereever i go. I usually wear IFP-395T around my neck. This is sooo light that i sometimes even forgot i wear it.

And I look much cooler with this gadget!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars, a wonderful mp3 player
Pros: Half a gig of memory, FM tuner, FM and voice recording, small size and light weight. It uses a single AA battery and will run for about twice as long as any hard drive player. I'm getting an estimated 12 hours of real world use per battery. Compared to hard drive based units this can't be beat. Since it uses a single AA, you won't have any down time waiting for the unit to charge. The software that comes with this unit is stable, intuitive to use and works as advertised. I use this mostly for audio books recorded at low but adequate bit rates. Usually 24-48 mbps mp3's. Half a gig will hold about 30 hours of audio books. More than enough to take on vacation. Sound quality is as good as my iPod. The controls are not as intuitive as the iPod or Rio500 but if you spend 20 minutes or so with the manual everything will make sense. Navigating through content is a breeze. It's firmware upgradeable to support other formats and add or change features. Battery life is outstanding. Cons: Pricey. Subjectively cheap materials. Metal endcaps and a lanyard ring would have been a nice touch in a product that costs as much as this. I'd guess they used plastic to keep the weight down but I'd gladly sacrifice a quarter ounce for something that has a more 'quality' feel. If you're close to the end of a long audio book and stop the player, it seems to think you're done. It loses the marker and requires you to search for where you left off. Frustrating. A dedicated bookmarking button would have been nice.

Conclusion: this is probably the first go anywhere mp3 player with enough memory and battery life to be truly useful. Battery life far exceeds any hard drive player and doesn't require an electrical outlet. Simply pop in an AA battery and you're good for at least an honest 10-12 hours. Feature packed and mature in design. Hard drive players like the iPod, Karma and Zen are in a different catagory and shouldn't be compared directly with solid state players. If you need gigabytes of storage you'll have to go with a hard drive player. If you're ok with about four hours of high quality music or ~30 hours of high quality audio books, the iFP-195T is probably the best choice at the moment.

4-0 out of 5 stars Technology Not There Yet
This is a very nice player. It's the first one that I've owned so I have nothing to compare to. However, I have used flash memory drives. In retrospect, I should have waited until they came out with USB 2.0 and the ability to PnP without having to install custom drivers (Like flash drive, digital camera etc.) Why they haven't adopted these technologies yet is beyond me.
Good: Usability, Sound, Battery life, Capacity.
Bad: USB 1.1. Packaged software did not work. Had to download latest version from vendor web site. Does not come up as PnP logical drive letter like a flash drive.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Player
I did my homework before buying an MP3 Player, and I'm glad I did as the iRiver iFP-195T is great! No complaints. It fits approximately 75 songs and with just one little AA battery you get at least 20+ hours. Once you get the player I strongly recommend going to iriver.com to upgrade the music manager and firmware so you can "organize" the music files into folders on the player. Nice extra feature is the FM turner....never thought I'd use it, but guess what - I did. Overall, great product, small/compact and has a great user-friendly desktop application for transfer and organization of mp3s.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great things do come in small packages!
I purchased my iRiver iFP-195T unit over six months ago, and all I can say is...I love it! Small, sleek, easy to use...enough storage space for over 100 songs (seriously, who needs more unless they are traveling across country??) Requires one regular old double-A battery which lasts a long, long time. And the Sennheiser ear-bud headphones that come with it are incredible. You won't believe that that much bass can come out of two tiny little pieces of plastic.

If you are thinking about getting an iPod, think again. This little gem does the trick for a lot less money. But hey, if you need to impress your friends by carrying around your entire mp3 library, then look into the iRiver iHP 140 40GB Hard Drive MP3 player. ... Read more


16. iRiver iFP-990 256 MB MP3 Player

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Asin: B0006TIA84
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Iriver
Sales Rank: 9159
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Features

  • iRiver iFP-180T 128 MB MP3 Player
  • Built in rechargeable battery lasts up to 40 hours
  • Integrated FM Tuner with Presets
  • Built-in Voice Recorder with Voice Activated recording
  • USB 2.0 connection to your computer

17. iRiver H320 20 GB Digital Music Player with Color Display
list price: $329.99
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Asin: B00065W74G
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 168
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The sleek and compact 20 GB iRiver H320 digital music player holds up to 600 hours of your favorite songs. Plus, you can transfer and store digital pictures and view them on the vivid color display. It also features a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 16 hours, enhanced 3D sound, ultra-fast USB 2.0 file transfers, and simple navigation. It's one of the first players to be fully compliant with MicrosoftÕs Windows Media Player 10 secure music format that is used by such online music services as Napster. The iRiver 300 series also includes the H340 model, which has a 40 GB hard drive.

The compact H320 plays MP3, WMA, WAV and OGG formats and includes a built-in FM tuner and integrated voice recorder. You can also record, encode and store MP3s or uncompressed WAV files from a variety of sources to the H320's hard drive--no PC required. And it doubles as a standard hard drive, enabling you to store or transfer files of any type. The intuitive navigation system and color interface that makes it effortless to find any song. The H320 supports JPEG and BMP image files, which can be viewed on the crisp color LCD.

The iRiver H320 has longer battery life (16 hours) compared to other hard drive-based digital audio players. The sharp color display. It's also compatible with the latest version of the MoodLogic Software which offers an easy-to-use solution for users to create mixes based on genre, mood and tempo rather than simply by artist and track names.

Other features include:

  • Line-in and Line-out jacks
  • Upgradeable to future formats and features
  • Dimensions: 2.4 x 0.9 x 4.0 inches
  • Weight: 6.9 ounces

What's in the Box
The iRiver H320 comes bundled with iRiver earphones, quality carrying case, installation software CD, AC adapter, USB 2.0 cable, line in/out cable and printed user manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Plays up to 600 hours of digital music with 20GB of internal storage
  • Large, vivid color display, Ultra-fast USB 2.0 transfers
  • Supports secure transfers from Windows Media Player
  • Rechargeable battery lasts up to 16hrs
  • View JPEG or BMP images on color display

18. iRiver H140 40GB MP3 Jukebox

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Asin: B0001BRITE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 1806
Average Customer Review: 3.97 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Plays over 1200 hours of digital music
  • Up to 16 hours of battery life
  • Supports MP3, WMA, ASF, WAV and OGG music files
  • Ultra-fast USB 2.0 transfers (up to 40 times faster than USB 1.0)
  • Integrated FM tuner

Reviews (70)

5-0 out of 5 stars Commuter Dream
I had a small iRiver unit, a 256 MB one that taught me how to play with MP3 files and such. I totally fell in love with it but my frequent commutes to NYC and subsequent subway trips also taught me that ~4 CD's worth of music gets old, especially on a two week trip. I did a ton of research and bought this unit. I am extremely glad I did!

First off, I have only put about 20 CD's in it and it's not even 1/16th used up as far as space is concerned. And let me tell you, loading them couldn't have been easier. You plug it into a USB port and bingo, Windows XP recognized it as an external hard drive so placing files is simply a drag and drop exercise. Of note is that fold and file name information is copied over exactly as you have it on your PC hard drive. Also of note is that this unit sorts alphabetically via the first word in the title so if you're used to sorting by the last name of an artist, you'll have to rename the files accordingly as I've not found a way to correct this once you have copied the files over in their original form. Another bonus, since its seen as a hard drive by your PC, you can copy to it whatever your PC can hold. That is amazingly handy if you want to take work with you from one PC to another, such as Word documents and the like. Edit them to your hearts content and simply copy them back to the unit for transport to your other PC.

As for the size, I held it up against the bigger iPod as well as the 15GB Dell, they're all about the same. It's not extremely sexy or anything and the brown leather case that comes with it is a bit more bulky than I'd like, especially the seams around the edges - but overall, that's a minor complaint.

For usability, this thing flat out rocks. The way I use it is I put the main unit in my jacket pocket or on a belt loop and the hook the remote to a lapel, shirt pocket or even fold a piece of the shirt material over to grip it and put the remote in about the same spot every time. That way I can easily find the buttions and thumb wheels (they don't fully turn so I guess they're technically a rocker switch) without looking. I also like how it eases you into the last song you were playing be starting at a lower volume and then working up to the last volume setting you used. This keeps you from being blown out by a sudden hit of sound. It works that way when you pause it too, I sometimes have to listen to subway information being relayed and simply hit the giant play button once on the remote and the song is paused right where I was and starts back at the same point. Again, with that neat low to normal volume increase.

One thing I can't seem to master from the remote yet is how to browse up and down folder levels. I know it can be done because I did it by following along with the instructions and it works fine, I just can't seem to easily remember how to do it when I'm on the train and want to switch to a different CD. The remote play, stop and volume controls are nice and work well for almost everything. The book says you can do everything with the remote that you can from the unit but I'm using the joystick-like device on the main unit every time I want to change to a different album. When it's freezing cold out and I have to go under the jacket to do it, it's a pain. I guess when I get back home I'll pull the book out and learn how to do all the functions from the remote.

I did notice it picks up a minor amount of electrical interference when the subway train accelerates, probably because of the electric motors used to run it. It's low and not a problem as you only hear it when the song volume is very low or you're inbetween songs.

Lastly, I've read that folks believe the learning curve to be a bit long. I had no problems whatsoeve so I guess I think like an iRiver engineer! My wife got my older unit loves it so much, it has me believing I'll be buying her a larger unit soon.

Let me tell you, if the iPod or Dell are better, I'd be surprised. This unit feels solid, has been totally skip proof for me even though it uses a Toshiba microdrive, and has even been dropped without a problem.

I like iRiver's web site too, go check the product out there and you'll see what I mean. It is really cool and the standard ear buds don't even sound too bad. I bought more expensive Sony ones based on review I've read online but I find the original ones so light and comfortable, I could literally use them all day without a problem.

If you're looking at the Dell or iPod, you may want to consider this one on price alone. It also supports more song file types than the competition and seems like a unit I'll have around a long, long time.

Now, I've got to go rip some more CD's from my collection so I can begin utilizing some of the massive drive space I now have!

If you're on the fence, don't be...buy it!

Steve

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Product, Loaded with Features, yet Simple
I will caveat that I bought my wife an i-Pod last year and she loves it. This was the one rare time that electonics worked as a gift for the wife. Luckily, I was able to use it quite a bit and got a good feel for how it and HD players operate. Anyway, I'm not an apple hater or anything, but a few things bothered me about the i-Pod, so when I went in the market for a HD player, I wanted to see what else was out there. I've owned the iRiver H140 for over three months. Although I wouldn't exactly give it 5 stars, it definitely deserves more than four. I've outlined pros/cons, with some inevitable comparisons to i-Pod.

PROS:
- Long battery life... They claim 16 hours and I've gotten pretty close to that. I-Pod gets about six.
- Plug and play... If you have Windows Explorer (or whatever OS equivalent), you can literally plug in the H140, copy in the tunes, and you're ready to go. I-Pod requires the use of iTunes software.
- Fast transfer... It takes me about 4 minutes per GB.
- Organization... You can organize your music however you want, since it uses a folder file system (like Windows Explorer).
- OGG support... Ogg is way better than mp3, especially for listening to live recordings (make up about 1/3 of my collection). It's similar to VBR mp3, but takes up less space. Also supports WMA, WAV, and ASF.
- Features... There's some good stuff here: built-in voice recorder, line in/out, optical in/out, .txt file reader, FM tuner, and more.
- Firmware upgradeable... They listen to customer feedback and apply some changes in the upgrades. Although it tends to take a while for the releases, at least it's upgradeable. There are two releases due out in the next couple months.
- Fully functional backlit remote... You can see this in the picture and really takes this product to the next level.
- Easy to use... Although people have mentioned "learning curves" and "difficult to navigate" on these reviews, it actually is extremely easy to copy files from your PC, turn it on, and play the music. Yes it's true that you will have to learn how to use the multitude of features, but I was able to read the entire manual online before I even got the player, so I already knew how to use most of it. If you know the difference between pressing a button and holding down a button, you will do fine.
- Big display... Nice 8-line display. The remote has a 4-line display.
- Value... at $379 for 40 GB, you can't go wrong. It's well built and sturdy (no plastic). You can find cheaper players out there, but that's what you will get. I-Pods (all Apple products) are expensive in general.
- Stable... So far I have had zero issues. The i-Pod has frozen up on us quite a few times.
- Stop button... Had to throw this in here because the i-Pod has no stop button and it p*sses me off.

CONS:
- Slower navigation... It's actually not that slow, but when compared to the i-Pod wheel it lags a little. If you can get used to scrolling up to find something near the end of the alphabet (i.e. Rolling Stones) you will be fine.
- Questionable case... it comes with a brown leather case that's kind of ugly and adds to its size, but at least it comes with it.
- Lack of accessories... there are not too many accessories made specifically for the H series. I did find a universal RCA car adapter (couldn't find the same one on amazon though) that works with 5V.
- No clock... this sucks mainly because you can't date your recordings.
- Can't record from FM radio... in case you do this.
- Slower startup time... Here is a big trade-off because the i-Pod starts right up (takes about 2 seconds) because it's always in "standby" mode, which is why the battery drains so fast. The iRiver shuts down to conserve battery power, but still only takes about 8 seconds to start up. There is an optional DB functionality that helps organize your songs by genre, etc., which makes for slower startup time (I've heard), but I don't use this.
- Tiny 1/2 second gap between songs... this sucks but they fixed it and will be released in one of the next two firmware upgrades.

So really what it came down to for me was the pros were big advantages and the cons were minor. I'm not saying this is the best player for everyone (again, my wife loves the i-Pod and I'm not sure how she would do with the H140). It defintely has more power functions than most, if not all, HD players.

I would greatly recommend this product to anyone looking for a HD player, *especially* if you are looking to buy an i-Pod.

4-0 out of 5 stars schedule for firmware update and new features
From the official iriver forum on July 19,2004, I see someone has translated the Korean iriver's announcement of H Series firmware update schedule. (If it turns out that there are mistranslations/misrepresentations, I'll update/delete this review here as soon as I hear). In late July/early August, they expect to have these features/fixes: 1. OTF File Deletion, 2. Propriety Format Support, 3. Playback Speed Control (not as flexible as IFP series, but will be supported)4. Gapless 5. Unicode Support in DB, 6. OGG Support for DB, 7. Hebrew Support, 8. Sub-dir support for Text Folder,9. Enhanced Shuffle Mode,11. Line Automated Lyric Support 12. A bug that occured to the remote when NAVI button is pressed in the PLAYLIST... is fixed,13. Programmable OTF Playlist,14. LCD Screen Bug in Radio Mode Fixed,15. Reduced Noise on the LCD Screen While Using the Remote,16. External Battery Support.

Due in October they are claiming: 1. Volume Control in Record Mode, 2. Recording Without the Infamous "Pauses," 3. Mono recording Support,4. SAD Support 5. Auto Sync Support (??)6. Korean Menu Support

First, for newbies/potential customers, note that iriver easily supports OGG (I'm listening to an ogg file now). The " OGG Support for DB" mentioned above merely refers to the accompanying PC software which apparently doesn't catalog ogg files correctly. Second, let me mention that I can't read Korean, so I can't vouch for the translation. Also, the firmware is really late (and owners are getting exasperated). Still, all of these are significant improvements, and even if we assume schedule slip and the usual marketing puffery, these would be significant improvements. I'm happy to see that they are updating firmware regarding recording for the October firmware update. I would feel good if this second firmware update comes before Christmas. If it comes earlier, so much the better. People on the misticriver forum are speculating that the "external battery support" that either ihp will be offering a battery pack or at least allow thir d parties batteries to be used. Pure speculation.

1-0 out of 5 stars BATTERY
IT'S A GOOD PLAYER, BUT DO YOU GUYS KNOW THAT YOU CANNOT CHANGE THE BATTERY?. THE BATTERY HAS A RECHARGEABLE LIFE OF ABOUT 3 YEARS, AFTER THEN STARTS TO FAIL TO RECHARGE. WHEN I ASKED TECHNICAL SUPPORT THEY TOLD ME THAT THEY WERE CONSIDERING OFFERING TO REPLACE THE BATTERY WHEN NEEDED, FOR A FEE AT THEIR SERVICE FACILITY. BUT THEY TOLD ME THAT THEY WERE JUST STARTING TO CONSIDER THAT POSSIBILITY AND THAT THEY COULD NOT GUARANTEE THAT SUCH AN OPTION WAS GOING TO BE MADE AVAILABLE. I FOUND COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE TO SPEND ALMOST 400 DOLLARS FOR A PRODUCT THAT I'LL HAVE TO THROW AWAY BECAUSE I CANNOT REPLACE THE BATTERY. I RETURNED THE PRODUCT. BEWARE.

3-0 out of 5 stars I could have been a contender BUT
This is a very nice player in terms of many functions, sound quality, battery life and amount of storage. But: it is very cumbersome to use in contrast to iPod, especially with regard to playlist management. There is NO random shuffle playlist - songs always play in the same order as on the playlist, support is poor to non-existent, the unit needs a firmware support desparately to address several problems but it's been over 6 months and no upgrade still. The remote has a really weird recessed headphone jack that requires a proprietary extension cord to fit most headphones. The 12 volt adaptor was out of stock for months, you could not even place a preorder for it but finally it's available. Ergonomics and music management don't even come close to an iPod synched with iTunes on an Apple computer - I use both Windows XP and Mac systems. And this doesn't allow playback of many online music tunes...so forget that option...

Most disturbing: iRiver already has the replacement model (H320 series) about to come out, and yet the firmware that seems as though it could fix some of the major problems in the H140 or H120 has not been released in OVER 6 months and support is close to non-existent.

It's a lot to spend when there's a new and improved model about to come out and customers who've just purchased an H140 feel neglected and insulted. Please check the iRiver discussion groups for confirmation of the many unhappy H series owners, despite what could have been the BEST unit out there and still is a very good unit...If I had to do it again I would definitely wait for the H320 to be released and re-evaluate; if iRiver does fix the H140, they should become available at under $200 which would be a very fair price for this player with the bugs fixed... ... Read more


19. iRiver H120 20GB MP3 Jukebox
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B0000EI9VR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 6277
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Play MP3, WMA, ASF, and WAV formats
  • Includes built-in FM Tuner, voice recorder, and optical In/Out
  • MP3 Encoding
  • Backlit remote control with 4-line display
  • 20 GB of internal storage

Reviews (158)

5-0 out of 5 stars Lots of Features, Memory, and Nice Sound
I just recently got this thing, and im loving every minute of it. I was making my choice between an ipod and this iriver, but I chose this thing, because it was about 100 dollars cheaper and has about the same features and is less than the ipod. Also this battery lasts 16 hours on a full charge, double the ipods battery life.

It has lots of features, An Fm tuner, not many other MP3 players come with an Fm tuner you have to buy them as an add-on. A cool little handy remote. When you upgrade the file manager at iriver.com you can arrange your music by artist, album, Genre, or Titles.

The memory size is great. I currently have 16 cds on here and it only takes up 451mb, i will be adding more. Also this thing doubles as an external Hard Drive. So you can drag and drop your pc files onto this player and transfer it onto another computer. Also the 20gb size allows you to hold about 5,000 songs.

The sound quality is great, even though i have crappy headphones, i can tell the difference from my other mp3 player. I suggest after getting this, buy a pair of nice headphones.

5-0 out of 5 stars Definately a GREAT buy
Positives
-Slick LCD remote. You control EVERY function of the play using that tiny thing
-Amazing SRS/Trubass system. You can clearly hear the difference in sounds. It does a great job of emphasizing bass.
-Directory/File System (Drag and Drop) and a database mode
-One button that controls almost everything
-USB 2.0 = FAST
-Microphone/Recording ability
-LONG battery life
-Nice leather case
-Its amazing to use once you get used to the functions and learn to add songs and create playlists
Negatives
-Somewhat of a learning curve. When you try to add songs into the database, you'll get "Failure" errors and "No DB" errors. You have to search through all your songs to fix them manually. Failure occurs when your song name is too long, and NoDB shows up when your ID3 tags arent the correct version.
-Playlists dont work unless you manually edit them using notepad to delete the directory.For example it would say "H:\Music\Pop\xxx.mp3. I needed to delete the "H:\" part to get things to work. I used Winamp5 to create playlists.
-Wires get out of hand. The combined length of the Remote cord and the Headphone cord creates a mess.
-No extra stuff. The ipod comes with games and news

The largest negatives can be solved within a day of using it. Its a great player that can match up to any other HD based player.20GB isnt the cheapest on the market, but it is small, packed with functionality and amazing sound this deal cannot be beat.

5-0 out of 5 stars iHP 120
I have had my iRiver for about three weeks and I absolutely love it. I have nearly 1000 songs and still have nearly 17GB left. I love that it can read OGG files which are good quality and space saving. From what I know of other mp3 player I have found that this is by far the best because it has an internal and external microphone and a FM radio. The only things I don't like are that once you put a song in it you can't gain space back once it is deleted (kind of obvious but still disappointing) and (this is why you shouldn't buy this product) that iRiver is coming out with the H300 series in America soon (is already released in Japan and Europe) which is nicer looking, a color screen, same space and I think that it will be the same price. The other thing I wish it had was the ability to create a play list anywhere with no host computer but that doesn't bother me much. Overall this product is great and I love it, but once I can get the H320 I will buy that.

3-0 out of 5 stars iRiver H-120 is ALMOST a great MP3 player...
With lots of enthusiasm I spurned my wife's urging and purchased an iRiver H-120 instead of an iPod like the one she owns. The extra features (voice record and a built-in FM tuner lured me to the dark side). I called it my "anti-Pod" music player. Initially I was delighted with my purchase. And in some respects I remain reasonably satisfied. But alas, my dream of a perfect MP3 player remains woefully unfulfilled.

What bothers me about this iRiver player is the unfulfilled "promise" from iRiver of frequent and significant firmware updates which would unlock features, correct problems, and otherwise enhance the usefulness of my iRiver purchase. In as much as I am heavily involved in software development myself, I felt this was a tremendous advandage for the H-120 over the iPod. After all, Apple never plays up their firmware upgrade capabilities - even though they doubtlessly have this capability.

In April, after much talk about the lack of a recent firmware update, iRiver went to the trouble of posting a public notice on the iRiver discussion message board that they would be releasing not one, but TWO firmware updates for the H-120. One in May 2004 and another to follow in June. Much joy was expressed on the iRiver message board related to this promise. Exciptment built and enthusiastic buyers sought out the best deals on these players. Many were sold with this promise of firmware updates. Then May came, slowly passing day by day and what? No firmware update. No new firmware. Oh well, everyone talked it up that they would relase both updates in June. Alas, June came ---- and went... Still NO firmware. Now we're halfway through July, and still no firmware. Nothing. Nada. No revised promise. Nothing encouraging from iRiver. No nothing. The silence is deafening. The discussion on the iRiver forums has soured. Folks talke of returning their iRivers while they can... Makes you wonder if iRiver is unable to support the products as they have promised.

I'll not go so far as to say I'd never buy another iRiver product. But the odds of me doing that deminish with every passing day that no firmware upgrade is posted on the iRiver site.

So if you are thinking of buying an iRiver product with the belief that you're purchase will be well supported with firmware upgrades - as some products truly are - then thing twice and three times before settling on iRiver as your best choice.

The hardware itself (at least the H-120 I am familiar with) is first rate. But the lack of ongoing support leaves me feeling that so much promise is missing from this otherwise fine piece of equipment.

I'd love to report back one day soon that iRiver has kept their "promise." But at this point I'm pretty much resigned to the fact that they either just don't care, or are incompetent to do anything about it. Either way it isn't a good sign for iRiver and their customer base...

3-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Product, Terrible company
This mp3 player is clearly the best that is available. Twice the battery life of an Ipod, line in/out, optical in/out, voice recorder, FM,.. the list goes on.

However, the flaws with teh player relate to the firmware.. there are some bugs that have been posted on the Iriver forums about 4-5 months ago. The company is very irresponsible and does not care about your once u've purchased the product. Take a look at their forums and you will see what i mean. There are at least 10 bugs which need to be fixed and iRiver hasn't released a fix for nearly 4 months, even though they promised to address these issues many many months ago. Bugs such as gapless playback, on the fly playlisting, delete feature, hard disk spinning issue, etc. These are all simple fixes that can be done very easily, but iriver decided to abdanon support for this series now that they have a new model that is color and supports video playback.

If you can live with these bugs, get the player, it is great.. otherwise wait for something else... iPod V.4??? ... Read more


20. iRiver IDP-100 DataPlay Enabled Digital Audio Player
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B00006F7OY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: iRiver
Sales Rank: 34521
Average Customer Review: 2.62 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Somewhere between Apple's iPod and more traditional MP3 players lies the iDP-100 DataPlay unit from iRiver. While this device costs more than a basic music player, it offers some unique features that make it worth consideration.

Employing the new DataPlay media format, the iDP-100 reads music from 500 MB (250 MB per side) optical disks the size of a quarter. Although the disks can only be written to once, they're a fairly inexpensive way (around $10 a pop) to house sizeable chunks of your MP3 library.

But that statement's not entirely accurate. Your MP3s first need to be converted to the secure CK format (DataPlay's proprietary content storage format) before being sent to the player. Files in these formats can't be transferred off the DataPlay disks nor played with any other media players except the included iRiver FuturePlayer (Real and Windows Media Player don't offer any support for the new format yet). You can also buy commercial DataPlay disks--they're like tiny CDs--and play them in the iDP-100, but you won't be able to move any music files from these disks to your PC, either. It's one of the reasons that the recording industry is really pushing the DataPlay format, although time will tell how quickly the technology world embraces it.

The iDP-100 looks like a silver hockey puck wrapped in plastic, and includes basic buttons for playing, pausing, or jumping back and forth between tracks, as well as a handy jog dial for navigating the interface and selecting play modes, including various shuffle modes. Sound output proved excellent, with no skips or pauses during hours and hours of playback, although the basic earbud headphones included with the player were set aside, as we opted for a better pair.

The iDP-100 currently supports only USB 1.1 for connectivity, but even with the conversion and burning as part of the transfer process, we were able to move about 12 MB of files per minute--not a bad rate for any MP3 player. Thankfully, the manual includes a walkthrough detailing the transfer process since it's not intuitive within the software interface. Rather than a Transfer or Send button, you have to click on My Music, then Add Files, then Save in order to send files to the player.

As a data storage device, the iDP-100 allows you to load large amounts of files and then easily transport them to another PC, but the burn-once limitation of the disks means that you'll have to buy some extras if you plan to use the iDP-100 extensively for this purpose.

DataPlay disks can hold up to 12 hours of music, and its rechargeable lithium-ion battery promises up to 12 hours of play time on a charge, so you should be able to get through most of your tracks before having to come back for more juice. In practice, we were able to get between 8 and 10 hours of play time per charge.

The bright, backlit display renders lots of information about individual tracks, including title, artist, and bit rate. A basic equalizer with bass and treble boosts lets users augment the sound output. Other options include adjusting the volume of beeps, turning on a fade-in feature to avoid sudden loudness for the next track, and an adjustable power-off timer. The iDP-100's interface can also be flash-upgraded, allowing the company to add new features or fix any bugs.

While you can find many MP3 players for less, the expandable nature of the tiny, removable DataPlay format makes the iDP-100 a tantalizing choice for taking more of your music with you. --J. Curtis

Pros:

  • Vast, removable storage
  • Excellent sound
  • Rechargeable battery
Cons:
  • Write-once media
  • Proprietary format
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Features

  • Portable audio player, recorder, and hard drive
  • Uses tiny, write-only discs which can store up to 500 MB (12+ hours) or music
  • Supports MP3, WMA, AAC, QDX, and ASF audio formats
  • Upgradeable firmware for next generation music formats
  • Includes earbud headphones and rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Reviews (13)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product
This product works really well and is simple to use. The programs are simple to install and use. The dataplay disks are tiny, but not impossible to use. Yes, the shape is a bit awkward, but I became accustom to it and knew what it looked like before I bought it, like anyone who would research an mp3 player would do. In addition, it says directly on the package "write-once media." Yes, it is more expensive than burning your cds, but it's also smaller, more portable, and a great concept. If you want something that's smaller but is rewritable, get a minidisc player. Otherwise, this product is fantastic.

1-0 out of 5 stars non rewritable
This is by far the worst mp3 player I've every used. The disks are expensive 10 bucks a pop, and the non rewritable. MUST I SAY MORE!!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars AN OASIS(looks good far , dust close up)
I saw the idp and it looked great 500 mb the closet mp3 player to it was a 256 ram version from a different company costing around .... I saw the small "CD" and thought it looked like a great deal.

The set up was a little confusing but that didn't bother me too much

Next step was to download mp3 and transfer them to the idp-100
the speed slow but again i could live with it.

I relized i didn't like a song that i had transferred to the player and opened up the E: drive on the computer to remove the song, no problem right?

After i removed the song i disconnected it from the usb cable and found out that the song was still on the player.
DID I DO SOMETHING WRONG , i looked through the book that came with the player (no sign of how to remove songs) then i went to thewebsite and looked at a FAQ and found out that the player was a "write once device and that there were no intentions to introduce rewritable media"
WHAT this looks like a scam I thought the definition of a mp3 player was the ease to organize,transfer and manipulate your own music.
If i wanted a cd player i would have bought one.
I plan on returning my unit

5-0 out of 5 stars Dataplay DID NOT GO OUT OF BUSINESS
the previous comment is false. the company has recently become partners with other companies such as Toshiba, Samsung, and Universal pictures which has actually expanded the possibilities of the media. many music artists, such as Britney Spears and N'Sync, are actually coming out with albums on Dataplay disks in mp3 format(with more than just songs on the disks).

2-0 out of 5 stars DataPlay has gone out of business, don't buy this product
Interesting product, but DataPlay went out of business on 10/15. There doens't seem any future for this product. I wouldn't buy it.
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