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1. PoGo! Products "Radio Your Way"
$142.49 list($199.99)
2. RipFlash PRO 128MB Super Light
list($189.99)
3. RipFlash DX 128MB Digital Voice
list($209.99)
4. RipFlash TRIO 128MB MP3 Player/Recorder
$166.52 list($199.99)
5. RipFlash PRO2 256MB MP3 Player
$129.99 list($189.99)
6. RipFlash PLUS 128MB Digital MP3
$71.24 $64.95 list($99.99)
7. PoGo! AudioRave 128MB MP3 / WMA
$269.95 list($299.99)
8. PoGo! RipDrive 20 GB MP3 Player
$370.44 list($449.00)
9. Flipster 128 MB Personal Multimedia
$99.84 list($149.99)
10. PoGo! TSR-500 Touch Screen Universal
11. Personal Remote
$199.99
12. Radio Your Way LX AM / FM Radio
Too low to display $129.88 list($189.99)
13. PoGo! RipFlash DX MP3/WMA Player
$366.99 $289.63 list()
14. Pogo Products RipDrive 40 ( PRD200M4
$259.88
15. PoGo! prd200m3 RipDrive MP3 Player
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16. RipFlash 128MB Digital Voice Recorder
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17. RipFlash 64MB Digital Voice Recorder

1. PoGo! Products "Radio Your Way" Portable MP3 Player and Radio Recorder
list price: $149.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009ZY4E
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PoGo! Products
Sales Rank: 585
Average Customer Review: 3.34 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Early Adopters Pick: June 2003. This is the first ever portable digital AM/FM radio recorder.

Addicted to radio but feeling left out of the MP3 revolution? Love MP3 but wish you could listen to the radio, too? Tune in to what PoGo! Products is up to and enjoy Radio YourWay. This device not only stores and plays MP3 and WMA (Windows Media audio) files and provides FM/AM radio reception, but also records any radio broadcast--news, sports, or music--so you can play it back at a more convenient time or transfer it to a PC.

Ten memory presets help you find favorite stations quickly and easily, and timer recording lets you set the Radio YourWay to record shows you'll be unable to listen to live. Recording is as simple as pressing a button, and you can even set it up to record daily or weekly programs. On playback, it's easy to fast-forward through commercials or unwanted material and rewind as often as needed.

The unit offers a built-in microphone, letting you record voice (microphone frequency response extends up to 3 kHz, fine for voice recording) or create MP3 files from analog sources like cassette or CD-player outputs using the Radio YourWay's analog line-level input. Its native recording time is about 4.5 hours with the built-in 32 MB memory, but you can use an optional SD or MMC storage card to increase the recording time to nearly 40 hours (up to 288 MB between the card and the internal memory). When connected through the USB port, recorded radio or voice recordings can be transferred and stored on a computer hard drive. MP3 and WMA files from a computer can also be transferred to the Radio YourWay for playback.

A special monitor function makes it possible to listen in the supplied earphones to what's being recorded, and an HD mode lets you use your 32 MB internal storage as hard-drive storage for whatever file types you need to store. The unit runs on two AAA batteries (supplied), and a DC-input jack accommodates an external power source (AC Adapter not included). Non-volatile memory maintains your time and other settings during battery changes.

What's in the Box
Radio YourWay device, earbud headphones, direct record (analog line-in) cable, USB cable, external FM antenna, two AAA batteries, neck strap, CD software, user's manual, warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • Portable AM/FM radio with 10 station presets that records over 4 hours of FM/AM broadcasts for later playback (32 MB internal memory)
  • SD/MMC expansion slot for adding additional memory; USB port and cable for PC file transfer (plays MP3 and WMA files)
  • On-the-fly or scheduled recording--enjoy unattended recording of your favorite FM/AM broadcasts
  • Record over 4 hours of voice messages using the built-in microphone; line-in analog recording from any external audio source
  • Includes built-in speaker, earbud headphones, 2 AAA batteries, neck strap (AC Adapter not included)

Reviews (38)

2-0 out of 5 stars To put it simply - Not for audiophiles!!!
IT is easy to review Radio Your Way, because it does EXACTLY what the description says. You set it to record shows by DAY and Time and it does that fine.

But be warned, it does not allow you to adjust the Bit rate of the recording. All recordings are recorded in a compressed .RYV format that, for people who understand MP3 sample compression, I would say couldn't be higher then like 20KHZ, The worst thing is that if you have an iPod like me, you then have to convert .RYV -> .Wav -> .Mp3. This sucks, the recorder should just record strait to Mp3 format.

Yes...the recording quality is horrible. DO NOT CONSIDER THIS if you plan to record music radio. I personally bought it to record Howard Stern, as I am a huge fan. Unfortunatly, the RYW audio quality is so low, it is almost too annoying to listen to the recording. If there is any reason not to get RYW it is the awfull recording quality.

Everything else, controls, etc, are adequate. By adequate I mean HORRIBLE...but dueable. The MP3 player does not display ID3 tags. The controls are completely illogical. And OS is jerky at best. But who cares about those things right? As long as I can get my Stern fix everyday? Wrong...because the audio quality is the dagger in the heart.

Simply put: This product is bad. I gave it two stars because it does everything it says it does without deception. But the audio quality is so low, you might not be able to sit through one of your recordings. Wait for something better to come out because this is simply a gimmick.

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I recently read a review that states "all people who think that this is a bad product must work for a competitor." This is rediculous. I can assure you that as a student, I work for nobody! Simply put, this is one of the crappiest products on the market today. I returned mine. The quality is so awful.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this product, but it is not for everybody
The main reason I bought this product is that it is the ONLY MP3 player on the market with an AM radio tuner. Who told the digital music industry MP3 listeners don't like to listen to the ballgame now and then?

As a bonus, this player is like a Tivo for radio. If you don't like talk radio, don't bother with this product. I think it is great. I have it programmed to pick up BBC News, an NPR show I like, my favorite sports program, and my favorite comedy show. I haven't tried to record a music show yet, but I will try it out. Supposedly it doesn't work very well.

In order to get this radio recording feature to work for you, you have to do a few things. I built a small holder for it on my windowsill where the radio gets good reception. Obviously, good reception is key for a good recording. You have to find a good spot for it. I also have the AC adapter set up so it can reach the device when it is in this holder. It will burn your batteries recording the shows. I also have the antenna it came with taped to the window so I get better reception and thus better recordings from this spot.

The recording fuction is great. It can be programmed for 7 days a week, 5 days, or any one day at whatever time slot you want. I can now listen to my favorite radio shows whenever I want, and in locations where I would never be able to get reception... such as in the gym. It is a nice change to be able to mix up the music with some talk radio.

My Radio Your Way came with 128 MB of memory. I don't know if Amazon is selling these yet. I quickly discoverd that if you fill the memory with MP3's, there is no room left for the radio recordings. So I bought a card to expand the memory by 256 MB. I fit about 70 songs on the card, and I am going to put some more on the internal memory as well since 128 MB translates to about 18 hours of radio recordings, and I don't need that much space for them.

I haven't had any problems with the software it came with. Everything has worked great. I love this product to death, but if you don't like talk radio, or aren't willing to deal with the setup for radio recordings (including buying the AC adapter and possibly extra memory if you want a lot of MP3's on it as well), or aren't interested in that function in the first place, or you don't care about having an AM radio tuner on your MP3 player... then this isn't the product for you.

My only suggestions for this product would be a shuffle function for the stored MP3's, and an armband for the gym.

I can't wait until baseball season and I can record all of the Giants games.

5-0 out of 5 stars Batteries last way longer than 3 hours Serivce is GREAT
The batteries on this unit last longer than 3 hours unless you are using used batteries or those sold at the 99 cent store. Batteries on the unit will last from 8-10 hours and if you understand electronics you can get the most life from them. There is an AC adpater that you can buy for 9.99 to record at home (so you only need to use batteries if you want to take the radio with you) Since most recording will be done at home, you will not be using batteries at all. As far as Customer Service goes before you buy the product email or call them and you will see two things.

1.In the case of email a reply usually in minutes.

2.Actually beiing able to get through the phone lines and talking to someone who knows the product.

You can't beat the service. People like "Greg" are just IDIOTS who bash a product with other agendas.

1-0 out of 5 stars Greg
Serious disappiontment. Playback for FM and line-in recording is on voice file with very poor sound quality. Battery life is terrible - 3 hours or less just listening to radio. Pogo Products customer service is the worst I've ever experienced.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mr. Franklin English from Atlanta-how to ressurect your RYW!
Can't comment on MP3 functions of this as I only use it to record plays, phone-ins etc off FM and AM radio. It's very good for this, though the quality of FM recordings is more like 'enhanced AM' and only in mono even if the original FM broadcast was in stereo. But having said that it's literally transformed my listening at home, in the car - everywhere. One word of advice - another reviewer on here - "Mr. Franklin English from Atlanta" - wrote that his Radio Yourway unit suddenly stopped recording for no apparent reason. Mine did too. But all you have to do is press the 'REPEAT' button for about 15 seconds to reset the whole unit (you will lose any shows stored on the internal memory) then it's problem solved, Mr English! (Well, it worked for me anyway!) ... Read more


2. RipFlash PRO 128MB Super Light MP3 Player and Recorder
list price: $199.99
our price: $142.49
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006RVH3
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PoGo! Products
Sales Rank: 23342
Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The RipFlash PRO is a full-featured MP3-WMA player and MP3 recorder with advanced digital voice-recording features plus the proven RipFlash Direct Encode feature. At about .25 inches thin, it is the industry's slimmest MP3 player, and its outer size is about the same as a business card, making it pocket-friendly. The efficient WMA format provides 30 hours of voice quality or up to four hours of near-CD-quality music. RipFlash can detect the "gap" between the tracks of a CD when recording, so each song on the CD is saved as an easily identifiable individual MP3 file.

A chargeable lithium ion battery powers the PRO, and other features include a blue backlight, ID3 tag support, jog dial for navigation, and USB connectivity. Its digital-voice-recorder has a built-in microphone and speaker as well as multi-speed playback. The PRO has a brushed-aluminum casing and quality fit-and-finish. Among the accessories it comes with are a case, earbud-style headphones, and an AC charger/adapter.

Quick voice messages are a snap with the recorder's internal microphone. A high-quality amplified stereo microphone (which is not included) can be plugged in to the RipFlash PRO for recording anything from live music to training seminars. The recordings can be played back through the onboard internal speaker, through headphones, or through any home or car audio system using the appropriate cables. ... Read more

Features

  • First of its kind digital-music player with direct MP3 and WMA playing capability--no PC required
  • Only .25 inches thick, with the dimensions of a business card
  • 128 MB storage holds 4 hours of near-CD-quality WMA audio
  • Over 36 hours storage MP3 voice recording; voice-operated recording and internal microphone included
  • ID3 tag support (shows track and artist names) and backlit display

Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Sound - Very Small
I just got the RipFlash PRO a few hours ago... very small and light! Software setup worked fine on my WinXP SP1 box, no problems. I was listening to songs through it in 15 minutes. It worked fine on all the MP3s I tested, the majority of which are VBR ripped with LAME.
Downloading songs to it is easy and intuitive. You do have to use their builtin file browser to find songs you want to transfer, however. It would have been nice to be able to view the player as a USB drive and then be able to drag & drop from anywhere, not just the included software.
Sound on the unit sounds good, and basic song playing is easy to figure out (didn't read manual :-) All of the buttons are labeled on the back side of the player, making it easy to learn. The unit takes about 6 seconds to power on though... not sure how this compares to others. It does remember where you were in your playlist when you turn it on again.
The headphone plug is *very* secure.. I almost thought it was broken because I had to wiggle the headphone jack to get sound, but it turns out that I just didn't have it plugged in all the way (you have to push pretty hard).
I haven't yet tried any of the recording functions (voice or line-in).

1-0 out of 5 stars Mine was a lemon
Cute design, but the Play button worked intermittently, voice recording quality was poor, and the software was buggy. I had the 256 MB version bought directly from Pogo Products and as soon as I had loaded 160-170 MB, the software crashed and would not function until I erased all of the files on the RipFlash. Customer service was VERY hesitant to issue me a Return Merchandise Authorization. Maybe yours will work better, but definitely don't buy direct from manufacturer. Buy from Amazon or other vendor with reasonable return policy and customer service.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worked fine for while
My RipFlash Pro worked well for a while. It is very small, lightweight, and sounds great, but now the unit freezes up my system when I connect it. I reinstalled the software many times and no luck. Also, the recording quality is very bad as it has no compressor (minimizes and compresses loud sounds so that it won't distort). I'll stick with MiniDisk for recording and will look for another MP3 player.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works great right out of the box
I'm not sure what the other guy reviewing this product did wrong, but it took me 15 minutes to setup/config with my PC and I was ripping CDs and uploading them in under 30 minutes. This device holds about 40 songs, and the rechargible battery goes for hours.

1-0 out of 5 stars Would be great, if it worked
Received Ripflash pro as a gift. Thought it was great until I tried to install it on my computer. I could not get passed the second step in the installation as I kept getting error messages no matter how many times I tried. The directions were useless, as my two year old speaks with more clarity than who ever wrote them. I am having very little success with customer support and will likely be sending this inferior, overpriced piece of garbage back to the out of touch tech geeks who made it. Save yourself the trouble, buy a walkman. ... Read more


3. RipFlash DX 128MB Digital Voice Recorder and MP3/WMA Player
list price: $189.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006RVH1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PoGo! Products
Sales Rank: 23219
Average Customer Review: 3.79 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Early Adopters Pick: March 2003 This RipFlash is the first Flash-memory-based combination MP3 player, MP3 recorder, and voice recorder. It lets you record directly from any audio device, such as a portable CD player, record player, tape player, or even radio, into the RipFlash's 128 MB internal storage without the use of a PC.

This RipFlash is a first-of-its-kind Flash-memory-based combination MP3 player, MP3 recorder, and voice recording device that actually turns analog audio into high-quality MP3 data--without the need for a desktop PC. This allows you to record directly from any audio device, such as a portable CD player, record player, tape player, or even radio, into the RipFlash's 128 MB internal storage. It also has a Smart Media Card slot for additional memory. In addition, you can upload and download MP3s traditionally, using a desktop PC and USB cable.

Quick voice messages are a snap using the recorder's internal microphone. A high-quality stereo microphone (not included) will suffice for recording anything from live music to training seminars. The recordings can be played back through the onboard internal speaker, through the included ear bud headphones, or through any home or car audio system using the appropriate cables.

The efficient WMA format gives you over 30 hours of voice-quality or up to four hours of near-CD-quality music. RipFlash can detect the "gap" between the tracks of a CD when recording, so each song on the CD is saved as an easily identifiable individual MP3 file. The unit is supplied with ear buds (with in-line remote control), a direct recording (line-in) interconnect, a USB cable, and CD software. ... Read more

Features

  • First of its kind digital-music player with direct MP3, WMA encoding--no PC required
  • 128 MB storage holds 4 hours of near-CD-quality WMA audio
  • Over 30 hours storage for WMA voice recording; internal microphone included
  • ID3 tag support (shows track and artist names) and backlit display
  • Offers SD/MMC memory expansion slot and stereo earbuds with in-line remote control

Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars BIG sound. Tiny, exquisite box.
Major stuff: BIG ole sound, even at 64 WMA
SMALL little box, expensive feel.
Really good battery life.
Expandable. Although I have already put
a lot of songs on it and still have memory
left.
Buttons nice and easy to click.

Minor stuff: Earphones about 2 inches too short for
walking with player in jacket waist pocket,
although not jacket vest pocket

Arm band not made for bigger biceps. Could not
get used to wearing player on my wrist.

Bottom line: Small mp3/wma player, wma recorder from voice or
line-in CD player input. VERY few players will copy
your collection of CD's right from your CD player.
Really good sound quality at 64 bit rate WMA. Go
to 128 if you want to.

This player is superbad!! I ordered another for my
son.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great solution for mp3/wma listening and recording
Before I rave on about how great this product, let me just say up front that it is not the best mp3/wma player, nor is it the best recorder... but it is the best for doing both. I purchased the player because I wanted to listen to my digital music away from home. I purchased the Ripflash DX because I wanted to make digital recordings of the high school choirs that I teach. Because the DX records in WMA format, it is able to compress near-CD quality sound and transfer it to my computer without sending it through my sound card using a LINE IN or MIC port. With the ability to change the recording bitrate and the option for another 128MB, the recording options are near limitless.

1-0 out of 5 stars Super sucks!
I bought this product in June 2003. It stopped working 3 months later.
First it turned itself off abruptly with NO REASONS. - 1st month
Then strange characters start showing up. - 2nd month
Then nothing showed up on LED and no key works. - 3rd month
I don't think a 128MB MP3 player is supposed only to work for 3 months.
Be cautious of this product.

4-0 out of 5 stars 8 Hour Voice Recorder at Great Price!
I was looking at digital voice recorders w/ 5+ hrs recording time and they were all $150+, so I decided why not get an MP3 and have some extra bang for my buck? Not only is the quality on this better than my cheapy old recorder, but it was only $120 (not bad considering the dual function!), has 8 hrs recording time, the file types convert and then there is the whole MP3 thing so I can plug this into the CD player in my car. DRAWBACKS: Scratches easily/buttons activate easily (TIP-TRAVEL SOAP DISHES ARE PERFECT SIZE FOR A CASE!!), the software BITES (you'll have to restart your computer, reattach cables, yikes!), and it is kinda fussy about the batteries. I am forever opening and closing the battery door to get it to work for some reason. All in all I definitely got what I paid for and certainly am happy with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars REMARKABLE RECORDER/PLAYER for its size and price.
Hey you CAN'T have everything, especially in such a small package. Simple to use, just always use recharged batteries, use Ripflash DX mgr to upload to PC, Cakewalk Pyro 2003 to convert, and watch your memory available (or put in another SD card), and you shouldn't have any problems. I use mine EVERY WEEK, and I can't express how WONDERFUL this recorder is to carry around and use to record music lessons and live jams. REMARKABLE SOUND FOR SUCH A SMALL DEVICE! ... Read more


4. RipFlash TRIO 128MB MP3 Player/Recorder
list price: $209.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00007BKRY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PoGo! Products
Sales Rank: 16470
Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The RipFlash TRIO combines three products in one ultrathin device that runs on a NiMH "gum stick" rechargeable battery (included). The TRIO is a full-featured MP3/WMA player and MP3 recorder, a digital voice recorder with onboard speaker and microphone, and an FM radio with direct-record capability. RipFlash Direct Encode lets you record from any audio source, without the need for a computer. And while a computer isn't required, you still get USB connectivity to a desktop PC for easy file transfers, and this connection conveniently charges the battery.

The TRIO is business card-size, very slim, and weighs about one ounce, making it one of the lightest MP3 players in the industry. It offers ID3 tag support and a backlit display. Its 128 MB storage holds 36 hours of voice-quality MP3 recording and four hours of near-CD-quality WMA data (two hours of near-CD-quality MP3 record time).

Quick voice messages are a snap using the recorder's internal microphone and VOR (voice-operated recording). A high-quality stereo microphone (not included) will suffice for recording anything from live music to training seminars. The recordings can be played back through the onboard internal speaker, through headphones, or through any home or car audio system using the appropriate cables. The package also contains a rechargeable/removable NiMH battery and rapid charger, earbud headphones, direct record cable (line-in), USB cable and charger adapter, external lapel microphone, telephone adapter, software CD-ROM, and user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • PC FREE Direct Recording does not require hookup to computer
  • MP3/WMA Player, MP3 Recorder , 128 MB built-in memory, 4 hour WMA playback, 2 hour MP3 Record/play time at highest quality
  • FM stereo Digital Tuner with Direct Record
  • Rechargeable/Removable NI-MH battery, can be charged with supplied rapid charger or through USB cable connection to computer
  • ID 3 tag and Backlit Display.Uses Smart Media Card

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars What to buy? Hard drive or Flash Memory? A review of both.
Okay. Here is a write up, that I did, on the comparisons/contrasts on MP3 players. Mainly, the Harddrive versions (I.E. Rio Riot/Apple IPOD -both of which I own) and the flash memory type... (I.E. Memorex 3642 Mp3 Player, of which I own as well).
What prompted this little jaunt (of which you may send to as many people as you like) My (expensive) Apple IPOD died during a sync last month. Just me copying files over to it, and the battery ran out of juice. I would have not attempted to copy music had I known the battery was low, but the battery read FULL STRENGTH. Anyhoo, I called Apple, they said return it for maintenance.
I did. Sent it back.
They returned it, still broke.

To my suprise, there is only a TEN DAY return policy.

TEN DAYS.

I did not realize this at all... and will not ever buy another apple product.

So, after a month or so of messing around trying to find another MP3 player... I decided to go with a flash memory MP3 player, the ones that use memory sticks.

SO, here are the pro and cons of these devices.

Pro's for the Memory Stick Mp3 players

-Cheaper. WAY CHEAPER than Hard drive types.

-If you go into music match and file convert to MP3 Pro and shrink the size of your MP3 to like, say 3o percent... you can really make a good Kompression. Example. My Memorex MP3 player has 32mbs of memory on board. It is expandable to 256mb. 32 mb will basically let you put one cd's worth of music. It is easy to put music on and off of them, due to your computer reading the USB as just another hard drive, so you drag and drop to put on, delete them to take them off. But, after you shrink your files to MP3 Pro 30 percent, you can put twice as many. So, basically a 256mb chip will allow me to put 208 songs on my little less than palm size MP3 player. And it wieghs like 3 ounces.

- More on memory. These little chips are the size of the upper part of your thumb, at least my thumb anyway. They come in 128mb, 256mb, 512mb and even though there aren't any MP3 machines out there to handle them YET, you can even buy a 1.5gig thumb size chip thingy. Considering the size of the chips and the shrinking kompression I told you about earlier, I could shrink my whole KOLLEKTION down to 10 of those 1.5gig chips. At the current shrink rate I am at 5 DVD's, which are way bigger and more fragile than these little chips.

- Not as fragile as hard drive type. You can drop one of these chips and not scratch it. I wouldn't stomp on one with my foot, nor get one in water, but they are encased in plastic. Ruggedish.

- Batteries last for like two days. There isn't much going on here, no moving parts, no laser or hard drive to put power to. Most of these flash Memory types have a single AA battery. I use a rechargeable type, so we are talking very low cost here.
In comparison to the hard drive types, where you will get a solid 8 hours of playing, this really whupps up.

- Size. Small. Very small. Mine is three inches by three inches. A square. But, you can get smaller ones. And the memory chips that go in them are the same ones you use for your camera. And you can put files on them. If you want to put a word doc on your memory chip, you can. Your Mp3 won't recognize it, but it is nifty storage.

COMPARISON/CONTRAST

- Size does matter. In the case of hard drive Mp3 players... lets face it, you can, if you so chose to, put a library of congress on these monsters. They are the caddilacs of the hand held devices, and guzzle batteries like gasoline. But when it comes down to it, size is the only thing they have going for them. I don't mean to downplay the hard drive types, but don't drop them, don't shake them, and after shelling out $499 to Apple you might consider insurance. Apple doesn't care about you or your apple after 10 days of ownership.

- Price/Komparison. IPOD ran me $499 bucks. My memorex MP3 player ran me 45 dollars. The 128 memory chip runs you 50 bucks. Owch. There really isn't a comparison to the two. The memory stick Mp3 players just kick ? on this issue. And, you get MORE than a ten day return policy, since you buy these things at Target/Wal Mart etc...

So, that is my review in a nutshell

5-0 out of 5 stars Ripflash Trio
The Ripflash Trio is everything promised - excellent. There was 1 problem, solved by the Pogo web site FAC Sheet. I had to discard the small UBS jumper supplied to get the Computer/
Ripflash link to work. I have been enthralled by it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not as Advertised
I returned the RipFlash TRIO 128MB MP3 Player/Recorder
by PoGo! for two reasons:

1) Amazon states under the Features section for this product that it "Uses Smart Media Card." Guess what--it doesn't.

2) This product doesn't come with a belt clip or any other way to secure it. I know that if I put it in my shirt pocket, it would fall out in no time. If I put it in my pants pocket, it would get scratched up, or its buttons would get pushed inadvertently. I don't want to spend this amount of money on something that doesn't have some protection from damage of this sort while it is being used.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Overall Product!!
I received the RipFlash Trio about 2 weeks ago and absolutely love it. There are many pros and a few cons, but overall, this is a great product.

Background:
I bought this player specifically to take with me to the gym. I needed something that could last at least 3 hours and play about 20-30 songs. I also needed something that could just fit in my pocket, and able to take some abuse.

Pros:
-Versatile: this player allows you to do anything you want. Record your voice (which I never really use), record from an external source, am/fm radio, and download from your computer.
-Easy: this player is really simple. It took only a few minutes for me to get used to the menu set-up.
-Options: this player allows you to change the eq, shuffle, hold, etc.
-Design: the design is great. It is actually about the size of a credit card (as opposed to many descriptions of it being "business card sized"), and is light weight. It could easily fit into a shirt pocket or even your wallet.
-Software: the software is easy to use and hassle free.

Cons:
-Battery: the battery life is ample for my needs, however charging the unit is kind of an inconvenience. If you want to charge the unit without a computer, you must take the battery out of the unit and charge it in an adapter which plugs into your wall. Personally, I feel that a recharchable battery should be almost fixed into a unit eliminating the possibility of the battery acidentally coming out. The thing about the battery charging from the computer is that there is an adapter that is connected to the usb cord to allow the battery to be charged from the usb port. However, I was unable to load files onto the unit with the adapter attached. So, if you want to load files, you must detatch the adapter and plug in the usb cord directly into a port. It is just more of an inconvenience than anything else.
-Options: ealier I talked about the great options, however there is one option that I wish it had. It does not have any sort of program or selective option to play selected songs from your playlist. So, there are certain songs I enjoy listening to while I am at the gym, but not necesarrily all the time. I am unable to pick and choose the songs I want to listen to at various times.
-External Recording: if you don't have a computer and want to use this unit to record from an external source, I would not reccommend it. Basically the unit records directly from your headphone jack. That means that any sort of feedback or distortions (which can happen through headphone jacks) are picked up onto the unit. The quality and sound just isn't the same as recording from a computer.
-Quality: overall this unit is great, but I'm not sure as to how much abuse it can really take. I have already dropped it once and the battery popped right out.
-Jack: well, the jack for your headphones is a little odd. The unit comes with an adapter for your headphone jack because the unit's headphone jack is smaller than normal. The adapter actually increases the bulk of the unit substantially wich is kind of a pain.

Conclusions:
This unit is an inexpensive mp3 player with great options. It would be nice if it had expandable memory, but I can't complain because I knew what it came with before I purchased it:) 128mb is ample space for my needs anyhow. The batterly life is around 4 hours plus, and is perfect for what I use it for. I did not try the headphones because I use my own set of bang & olufsen headphones with the unit. I would definately buy this product if you want something small, easy, and affordable. I purchased mine for about $.... It has everything you could want, and even things you may never really use. Overall, I would highly reccommend this product.

4-0 out of 5 stars ALL GREAT PRODUCT but has low sound volume
everything that the other reviewers wrote is correct: the trio is really amazing, smallest, and has all features found in more expensive and bigger players.

but one thing is not good about this player: the volume level is somehwat low - and it is probably because the maker of the trio wanted to save the tiny battary' power.

so if you like to blast your ears with music, go somewhere else. ... Read more


5. RipFlash PRO2 256MB MP3 Player and Voice Recorder with FM Radio
list price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009XT13
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PoGo! Products
Sales Rank: 15013
Average Customer Review: 3.58 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Headphone and audio line-in connectors
  • Works with both WMA and MP3 audio formats
  • Equipped with 256 MB installed memory
  • Battery life of up to 10 hours
  • Small size and light-weight for easy portability

Reviews (12)

4-0 out of 5 stars RIPFLASH PRO 256M AWESOME!
I've read a number of reviews while checking out the spec's on this device. It seemed that their were more negative reviews of this device than not. Well, I am here to tell you that you are ALL WRONG. After 3 days of use and dissecting the "reading glasses" manual (Are all Koreans more myoptic than westerners?).
I assimilated the device protocol and it kicked my ASS! Yes! The internal amplifier could be a bit more powerful and their could be a bit more memory. But, this device is one of the most intuitive and comprehensive designs I've seen.
NO MOVING PARTS IS A VIRTUE!
The sound quality really took me and my bros for a LOOP. But, forget about the audio playback capabilities of the device...IT RECORDS!!!!!!
IT RECORDS BOTH LINE INPUT AS WELL AS AN INTERNAL MICROPHONE!!!!
I made tests of the line in from other portabe MP3 players and their was not diffence in quality from it's original to clone.
The size of RIPFLASH is 1/3 the depth of a pack of cigarettes and if that wasn't all...It's got a god damm digital FM radio tuner in which you can directly record broadcasts internally. I love this feature. Dication is a breeze with over 20 hours at 32k with the internal microphone. All in All, a great music/sound machine BAR-NONE! I don't know what all the bad reviews are about the operation of this device...Did you graduate HIGH SCHOOL GUYS? Get off your Playstation and learn the real world.
GRADUATE TO RIPFLASH PRO IMMEDIATELY.

4-0 out of 5 stars Lots of features in a tiny package
I use this tiny mp3 player/recorder primarily as a voice recorder, and it is excellent in that capacity.

I can find no fault with the player/recorder's basic functions -- the built-in microphone is very good, you can select the sampling speed up to 112kbps (music is sampled higher)...even at this high-quality rate, the device will record for hours...a 90-minute lecture doesn't even use a third of the space. FM reception is clear, the player scans and stores available stations so you can find them easily, and allows you to record FM with one touch. The ability to charge the battery via USB is convenient, and I haven't challenged the battery life yet.

Although recharging via USB is convenient for routine office use, it's not so convenient for travelling. Although a travel charger is offered separately, that's not always the best option when you're constantly on the road. A better setup for some of us is the ability to carry a spare fresh battery -- alas, the battery on this device is internal and cannot be swapped out by the user.

The controls could stand a little improvement; first, the names of all the controls are on the back of the device; so you have to choose between looking at the LCD display (front) or the names of the buttons (back). If you use the device enough to memorize all the functions, this would get less annoying.

Also on the subject of controls, the rewind/fast-forward switch has four positions: up, down, in (short) and in (long). I find this switch much less convenient than a freely rotating wheel like that in the center of a mouse or on the corner of my Panasonic voice recorder. Also, there would have been room to put the volume control at the top of the recorder, where you could reach it even when in a pouch, pocket, or case; it is on the side of the device. In general, as with many miniaturized devices, some buttons do double and triple duty; this can make the device less intuitive, but it's the price you pay for such a tiny package.

Some of these small players are criticized for not driving headphones at a loud volume. I find this player's volume very satisfactory; if you listen in environments with lots of ambient noise, you may wish to invest in headphones that block out that noise, rather than increasing the volume of earbud headphones. In an arms race between ambient noise and loud music, your hearing will lose in the long run.

5-0 out of 5 stars simply wow
I ordered this on Thursday March 25 at 1:00 AM on Amazon with the free shipping and I got it on Friday March 26th at 1:30 PM. That's 36 hours! Amazon estimated that it will ship on April 1st and I'd get it on April 9th.

This thing rocks. How can something so small pack so much stuff in it? If I had a complaint it would be that it can do way too many things for me to use! I bought it to record the Howard Stern show and listen to it at night so I can get motivated and exercise (ya, right). At 32 bps, which is enough to hear a talk show, it can record almost 20 hours. Now that's awesome.

It is plenty loud and holds enough songs (almost 80 at 128 bps)to satisfy my needs. I know these new ipods can store a gazillion songs on them but I don't need all my songs with me. I just need a few. It costs less than half of the iPOD and it's way smaller than it. It has no moving parts. WOW!

The only thing:
Where can you get the travel charger the manual mentions?

1-0 out of 5 stars Difficult to locate technical specs for this item
For some reason, the PDF of this product's manual is over 20 megabytes. And once you have downloaded it, Acrobat 5 reader says the file is damaged and unreadable.

Other PoGo products have manuals which are approx. 2 meg; I don't understand why this one is so large. I am trying simply to locate the precise information about the different recording qualities offered by this device, not as vague "good" or "high quality" but as a number of kbps at different settings. So far, I have not been able to locate this information.

4-0 out of 5 stars No major troubles
The controls take a lot of getting used to -- they are very, very tricky to operate. But, the unit works. The software installed without a hitch on Windows 2000. The FM radio has very limited reception. I can pickup the major radio stations in Manhattan, but once in New Jersey, they are very staticky. The built-in microphone worked surprisingly well and I was genuinely impressed with the conversations I recorded. The built-in speaker is quiet, but clear. The user manual is a joke -- the broken English is painful to read. ... Read more


6. RipFlash PLUS 128MB Digital MP3 Player with Voice Recorder
list price: $189.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006RVH2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PoGo! Products
Sales Rank: 10105
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The RipFlash PLUS is a first-of-its-kind Flash-memory-based combination MP3 player, MP3 recorder, and voice recording device that actually turns analog audio into high-quality MP3 data--without the need for a desktop PC. This means it's possible to record directly from any audio device, such as a portable CD player, record player, tape player, or even radio, into the RipFlash's 128 MB internal storage. It has a Smart Media Card slot for additional memory, and you can also upload and download MP3s traditionally, using a desktop PC and USB cable.

Quick voice messages are a snap using the recorder's internal microphone. A high-quality stereo microphone (not included) will suffice for recording anything from live music to training seminars. The recordings can be played back through the onboard internal speaker, through the included earbud headphones, or through any home or car audio system using the appropriate cables.

The efficient WMA format provides over 30 hours of voice quality or up to four hours of near-CD-quality music. RipFlash can detect the "gap" between the tracks of a CD when recording, so each song on the CD is saved as an easily identifiable individual MP3 file. The unit is supplied with earbuds, a direct recording (line-in) interconnect, a USB cable, CD software, and an arm band/belt case. ... Read more

Features

  • First of its kind digital-music player with direct MP3, WMA encoding--no PC required
  • 128 MB storage holds 4 hours of near-CD-quality WMA audio
  • Over 30 hours storage for WMA voice recording; internal microphone included
  • ID3 tag support (shows track and artist names) and backlit display
  • Offers SD/MMC memory expansion slot; accessories include stereo earbuds and an arm band/belt case

Reviews (50)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great sounding, stable, AAA battery-driven gem.
I loved my player/recorder. It sounded great, recorded well, and had good expandable memory with the SM slot. It even looked slick. A friend bought one, seeing mine.
Only downsides: First, no recording level, so you have to experiment with the external source for line-in and use the built-in (very capable) mic for voice. (and you can adjust the recording quality setting beforehand. Second, the order of the songs are unchangeable, playing in the order that they were downloaded using the software designed to use with the player. Third, relating to the second, it cannot be used for an external flashdrive as it does not have a drag-and-drop feature.
Those faults were minor for the price and quality I experienced while I had mine. Alas, after many months of happy use, mine was stolen. I've tried two other players from other companies since (one a flash-drive, one a hard-drive, both with the external drive feature and fm radio, but both exhibiting poor quality). I should have just bought this one again.
So, consider buying the Ripflash Plus for its AAA battery freedom and $100 price (IPODs are a problem for both these reasons). Once you buy it, enjoy its rich feature set and good sound. And now Pogo! has added a a theft protection service. That doesn't mean you'd get it back if it got stolen, but nice thought anyway, Pogo!

3-0 out of 5 stars Great product, puzzling controls
If the RipfFlash Plus wasn't such a good electronic device, its unfathomable controls would have compelled me to toss it off a bridge long ago. I use it for voice recording. There its virtues shine. It is as small and light as a compact cell phone. It records flawlessly in nearly any situation I've tried: one-on-one interviews, lectures, speeches, Internet conferences et al. Even without the accessory flash card, it has the capacity to records hours and hours of good quality voice. Its batteries are readily available and long lasting. Downloads to my home computer take a matter of seconds for an hour-long interview. Those are the virtues.
Here are the detriments: Multi-use controls completely lacking any sense of user friendliness. Every time I have to erase a file, I'm forced to return to the manual and struggle for 20 minutes to follow its unclear instructions. That process of erasing files involves cycling through a menu to an appropriate selection. While that selection remains on the screen, then you must depress another button labeled only with an icon and then press yet a third button precisely the right amount of time to initiate the erasure process. If you lag too long, the menu selection disappears and you must begin anew. If you press the button too long, the whole device shuts down. The RipFlash Plus was clearly designed by the same people who gave drivers the IDrive on the BMW 745 where it takes scrolling through six menus while driving to change a radio station selection. One other gripe. There is no Mac software to use to download digital information. I'm in publishing. We use Macs at work. That means I must first download the digital information from my RipFlash Plus on my home PC, burn a CD and carry it to work.

1-0 out of 5 stars RipFlash Plus: know what you're getting into
I purchased a RipFlash Plus 256 MP3 player/recorder in June 2004 to record voice interviews. Major flaws in its construction and in its download software mean you are very likely to lose your recordings. To make matters worse, customer support is very resistant to issuing refunds for faulty equipment.

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It produces decent sound quality, though the recordings have a constant low-level hum in the background.

Two main problems with the unit make it very problematic for capturing recordings:

1) The software provided (and required) to download the sound files to computer over USB is very flakey - sometimes it works, sometimes does not connect, sometimes downloads only part of the sound file but indicates it is "done." This happens on both of the newer Dell computers that I've tried it on. By contrast, all other devices I attach to the USB ports on these same computers exchange files flawlessly.

2) The RipFlash Plus is able to hold a SmartMedia card and record to it. This would seem to be an alternative to downloading through the USB connection - just remove the SmartMedia card, insert it into your computers card reader, and copy off the files. BUT . . . the ejector button on the RipFlash broke the second time I ejected a card, and appears likely to break on any unit. The ejector button pushes the card out with two very tiny brittle plastic tabs. It takes almost nothing to break one (in my case, just ejecting the card did it.) Then, you can't get the card out, or if you do fish it out, you can no longer position it in correctly without the button in place.

Regarding customer support . . . when the unit arrived in the mail, I discovered that they had thrown in a "voice activated TV remote" - at no charge, and without any advance notice - a device they don't sell on their site. I can't imagine anything more useless than that so I tossed it immediately. After obtaining an RMA from them and returning the broken RipFlash, they at first tried to charge me a "restocking" fee for the useless recorder. After I put my credit card company on their case, they finally refunded the full amount. Then, they decided they needed to charge me $40 for the throw-away remote that they had sent unsolicited, so they made a new charge on my card for it.

You might want to consider the options before you decide to try the RipFlash Plus.

Rob

4-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Gadget, Sound Volume little low but not that bad!
I just received my Ripflash 256 mb. I like it very much.
Opened the box. It had a small mini disc with the drivers, a usb cable, a blue case, a carry cord, an arm band, ear-phones, 2 AAA batteries, a stereo 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm cable for line-in recordings. Immediately installed it on my XP system. Loaded a couple of MP3 files and started playing it. Found the Volume a little low from the speakers but still tolerable, as i was searching for a model with a built-in speaker. For the price what i paid i did not expect the greatest volume..and it is still better than not having a built-in speaker. Other than that everything was great. Also ordered the 128 mb smart-media card for expansion. On some Mp3 files, the sound volume was awsome...i am not sure why. I am guessing it could be the recording. Bottom line, I am very happy with it no matter what other people have said about it. And yes, thanks to all the reviewers out there, it helped me in making my decision to buy it. I bought this after researching almost more than 40 - 60 mp3 players. In case you want to research them, a good place to go to is cnet.com...search for music and click mp3 players. A huge list of all the latest models shows up. Have fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazon reviewers like Fritz Moser are IDIOTS
The product works great and I have upgraded the firmware on mine.
The latest version on the POGO site (2.38) gives you a new feature designed to be used with a pre-amplified mic (POGO SELLS)

That set up is great and I get great quality recordings.

The PLUS is a cool MP3 player with many features. The manual is not well written but common sence will get you buy because the product is so easy to use. You really don't need the manual.

If you are on a budget and would like an MP3 player that can record the RIPFLASH is the way to go.

PoGo also has great support and respond to emails usually the same day. ... Read more


7. PoGo! AudioRave 128MB MP3 / WMA Player / USB Storage Device
list price: $99.99
our price: $71.24
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000AFXJ4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PoGo! Products
Sales Rank: 2371
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • MP3/WMA Player, MP3 Recorder
  • 128MBprovides 2 hours MP3/4 hours WMA play time
  • USB Flash Memory Device
  • Plugs directly into USB (1.1) port
  • Backlit display shows ID3 tag

Reviews (4)

3-0 out of 5 stars Good product but needs belt clip
This is my third MP3 player and it's by far the easiest to load. Didn't even need the install disk. Just plugged it into the USB port on my win2000 laptop and it showed up as a hard drive (E: drive on my system). Then I just dragged songs to it from Windows Explorer. It's loud, light and the battery lasts well.

My only complaint is the lack of belt clip. There's a cheesy strap that you can use to hang it around your neck, but that is not practical when running or working out. A simple belt clip would make this the perfect player.

2-0 out of 5 stars Nice product but not reliable
Last February I bought a PoGo AudioRave because I found very convenient the idea of having an MP3 player and a USB Flash Memory in such a small package.

For two months I was very happy with it because the sound quality was very good, the unit was light and easy to operate and the process of downloading music was very simple (..just drag and drop the files from any computer since the unit shows itself as an external USB storage..).

All my happiness is over. Two weeks ago the volume control stopped working and I ended up with an MP3 Player where I can not hear anything since the volume level was very low when the problem happened.

The bottom line is that today I only have a fancy USB Flash Memory that works quite well. That's half the product I originally bought and that's the reason I give it 2 stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT DESIGN and PRICE
This pogo is a great device. It will become the design standard for the wma player. No software needed, reads as the e-drive, use your windows media player to load songs. Hold 60 songs in wma format at 64k per song. Sounds great. What more can you ask for 80 bucks. Has ubs plug built right in, no cord necessary. Bonus can hold other types of files. Uses battery up after about 5-6 hours play time. Great player. Anyone who says this player sucks mostly likely works for the competition or apple. Why pay 300-400 bucks for a player when you get this for 80. Only con it takes about 10 min to load 60 songs.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's Pretty Cool!
I won this little MP3 player in a prize drawing held on my campus, and I must say it's pretty cool. Its size is impressive (much smaller than I had thought) and it has a decent amount of storage space (128mb). The sound quality is really good, and downloading files couldn't be any easier. I especially like the idea that I can plug the unit directly into the USB drive of a computer, rather than having to carry a cord around with me every time I want to download a file. Additionally, you can download data files onto the player as well, which I really think is cool. I'm a college student, and I find myself always needing to save a paper or some type of assignment on disk, but never seem to have a disk. Now, I can save it directly onto the MP3 player, and it works just the same. In fact, if the memory is clear you can save about 3 floppy disks worth of stuff on the player. The one thing I can't say is how reliable it is, because I've only had it for a little while, but it seems to be a really good acquisition. ... Read more


8. PoGo! RipDrive 20 GB MP3 Player
list price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000DK4LF
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PoGo! Products
Sales Rank: 19367
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 20GB HDD MP3/WMA Player, MP3 recorder, FM digital radio and backup hard drive
  • Stores and categorizes up to 8,000 songs in MP3 or WMA format
  • PC and MAC compatible
  • LiIon battery provides up to 12 hours of playback
  • 7-line backlit EL display shows ID3 information and more

Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great Product
Unlike some I have had the product for more then 5 minutes and it is USB 2.0 compatible and you can transfer a song a second!!!!

It is funny how people who write negative reviews always promote another product.

Anyways here is an unbiased one. Do I have an IPOD or ZEN or another product???

NO

But I do have the RipDrive and the picture AMAZON has is incorrect.

What can I say about it,I love it.

The unit has one great feature no OTHER PLAYER has. The ability to upgrade your hard drive in the future up to 137GB.

I added an 80GB HDD and it works great!!!

1.You can set your own EQ levels, make on the fly playlists and store anytype of digital files in it.

That is just for starters.

I love the fact you need no drivers to use the product and the quality of playback is awesome (especially setting your own EQ levels)

The unit also can record (it is built in) from any audio source.

It has a line in and built in internal mic. I was able to record meetings/conversations and upload those fast using my USB 2.0 system.

It also has an FM tuner and that gets good reception in my area.

The unit weighs 10oz and comes with a cool case that you can attach to your belt or side (much like a cell phone)

It is not heavy at all and feels and looks very durable.

The user manual instructions are easy to follow and written in good english.

So far I love the unit and use it to transfer all my data files.

Look around and you will see a 1GB SD card costs 300+ dollars.

This is an all in one backup solution and portable MP3 player and recorder with an FM tuner built in.

I love it. GOOD JOB POGO!

4-0 out of 5 stars question for people who own this....
I have a few questions before I buy this. I have hundreds of songs downloaded on Musicmatch can i transfer them onto this product? Also it said that this has a built in battery, will it ever run out of "juice". Please email me if you know these answers. rel61@hotmail.com

5-0 out of 5 stars Best deal for the money
I purchased my Ripdrive from J&R Music World through Amazon at a 10% saving. Why is J&R gone now?

Well, let's review.

This is an outstanding player and certainly beats any memory card player. I downloaded ~ 7GB of music (2145 songs) to it in less than 10 minutes, so you won't have to wait an hour or more to load the player (USB 2.0). It is extremely simple to operate and has only ten buttons. For those seriously interested, I recommend downloading the manual and reading it. It has superb playback and volume. I'm currently trying to run the battery down, but it's been playing 8 hrs. and 17 minutes and the battery indicator still shows full (> 70%). However, it took 6 hours to charge from 40%. I purchased a backup battery just in case from Pogo Products for $20.00. If you play it in random (shuffle) mode, it remembers the order it played the songs in, and you can backtrack. Also, if you turn off id3 tags, it will show the previous and next songs even in random mode. The time display can run in either elapsed or remaining mode. The picture of the player is still wrong unless you get to it from ThinkGeek. (See the manual or preferably pogoproducts.com.)

It has a number of repeat options: All, directory, subdirectory, and single. It also has an A-B repeat feature. Transferring files couldn't be easier. Simply drag and drop or select and then move or copy. I simply mirrored my main music directory on it. You can browse through the files or search for a particular file. You can create playlists on the fly. Updating the firmware (mine came with the latest version) is also extremely simple. Download the latest version from pogoproducts.com and copy it into the FIRMWARE folder.

The display is fairly large (160X105) and shows just about everything that you could want. It comes with a belt clip case that allows complete access to all buttons and ports, so you never have to remove it from the case. All cables are provided, along with earbud earphones which I didn't bother to open. I also purchased an FM transmitter (Belkin - seems quite satisfactory) which plugs into the earphone jack so that I can play my music collection through car radios. It has the capability to record voice on its built-in mike or any audio source on the line in jack which can be analog or digital. It can also record from its FM receiver which allows for 20 presets. This player has a number of other features which I won't go into here but which will no doubt pleasantly surprise you. The warranty is for one year, unlike Zen. I did considerable shopping on Amazon and also physically at Best Buy, CompUSA and Circuit City. Whatever you get, be sure and check out the warranty. An Archos that I was considering had one year parts, 90 days labor, which means that after 90 days you'd probably do better to can it.

Usually when I purchase a piece of gear like this, I find a number of points that I disagree on with the designer(s), but I have to say that I really can't find any nits to pick with this player. The price is low, it has more than ordinary functionality, and the performance is great. 5 STARS! Apple eat your heart out. Addendum: I was interrupted while writing this review, and the battery now has 12 hrs. 41 min.and still shows 2 bars (40-70%).

5-0 out of 5 stars RipDrive 20G by PoGoproducts.com
I love it, highly recommended. The battery is very powerful, the features are great and easy to use. The only downside is that it doesn't play protected audio files downloaded from pay services like musicmatch (WMA files with DRM).
I think this is better than the Ipods, why? PRICE!--20G!!. I bought my Ripdrive from Amazon and I paid less than $300, Cool!.
PoGo IT Support (and Customer Service) is great. I am sure you will love this powerful digital auido player.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fits my needs and wants very well
First of all, the picture at the top of this page is not the product (as of 2/12/04). If you click on the link to see the manual, you will see what it looks like.
My overall impression of this product is very good. Getting around with the controls is pretty easy. It has a good display that shows a lot of info. I assume that the battery life is predicated on only listening as the hard drive only spins occasionally then. I have run it for 6 hours max but I have always loaded more songs which makes the drive spin continously.
The FM radio works well, storing stations is easy. Getting around in the menus is also easy. I have used the built-in mic to record my voice and while it was noisy, it was listenable. I have not yet used the line in to encode anything.
It works with USB 1.1. I am upgrading to USB 2 soon as 1.1 is slow. After connecting the unit to my Windows XP machine, it shows up as a drive. So you can drag and drop items easily. You can create folders and put any kind of file you want to transport to another PC. It has several folders built-in. The Text one allows you to put a text file in it and read it on the display. There is a folder to put updates to the unit into which I have used with no problem. There is also a folder for playlists that I have not used yet.
I have noticed that when there are new files on the unit when you power it on, it takes longer to be ready, but if there are not, it takes about 15 seconds or less before you can play music. The volume is the loudest of all the portables I have encountered. It has preset EQ settings or you customize them and that works pretty good.
All in all, if you want lots of capacity (20GB) and you don't mind it being larger and heavier than flash players, I think that it is a good value for the price. I've had it for about a month and am very satisfied with it. ... Read more


9. Flipster 128 MB Personal Multimedia MP3 and MP4 Player
list price: $449.00
our price: $370.44
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006RVH4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PoGo! Products
Sales Rank: 20779
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Smaller than a deck of cards, the Flipster lets you experience full-motion MPEG-4 video on its full-color LCD screen, listen to MP3 music, create real-time voice recordings, view still images, and play games--all in the palm of your hand.

Equipped with Microsoft's Windows Media Player, the Flipster comes with 128 MB of internal memory and includes an expansion slot for additional storage in the form of MMC or SD cards, making memory upgrades a breeze. Flipster ships with drag-and-drop software that makes it easy to download files via a USB connection. Because Flipster displays and plays industry-standard audio, image, and video formats (including JPEG), no file-format conversion is required to enjoy media on the Flipster.

The Flipster's unique folding-clamshell design is similar to that of a cell phone. The device is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion snap-on battery. PoGo! Products has even included an expansion connector that will accommodate accessories you may want to use, such as a digital camera, a TV tuner, and wireless connectivity. Flipster runs Microsoft Windows CE OS, and all content is supported by all MS Windows operating systems, making Flipster compatible with nearly all corporate enterprise systems. ... Read more

Features

  • First of its kind MP4 Player (both Audio and Video) with 2.5" LCD Display
  • Charges up to 4 hours
  • Internal Mic and Speaker: (WAV Voice Rec), MPEG4 Video: (WMA, ASF), Audio: WMA, MP3, AAC
  • Includes headphones, charging Cradle, Adapter, USB Cable, CD Software, Carry Pouch, Manual
  • SD/MMC Slot for Memory Expansion

Reviews (1)

3-0 out of 5 stars Decent, but you can do better
The Flipster looks cool, pretty much like a clamshell cell phone. It works well, too, playing specially encoded video files (a conversion tool for Windows is included) as well MP3, WMA and AAC music files. You can also load various picture formats on the 2.5" screen, which is smallist. But seriously, this is really a half-cripped WinCE device, so for this money you might as well get a Pocket PC that has a built-in SD slot. For example, the Toshiba e755 has both SD and CF slots and can thus support up to 2GB of storage (or more in the future), and comes with wi-fi, AND is cheaper than the Flipster... and, of course, the e755 is a Pocket PC so it can do much more. If the Flipster were hard drive-based, it could be cool for my money. As it is, it arrives too late with too few functions. ... Read more


10. PoGo! TSR-500 Touch Screen Universal Remote Control
list price: $149.99
our price: $99.84
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Asin: B0000DK4LH
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PoGo! Products
Sales Rank: 12363
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 15 component universal remote control
  • Large pre-installed database of remote codes
  • Touch screen is backlit for easy operation
  • Wake up and Sleep mode conserves battery life
  • Programmable for operating multiple devices with one-touch

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware
At first glance, this looks like a good remote. IF it did everything it claims to be able to do, it would be. However, this remote does about 5% of what it claims. For devices that it does recognize, it only ends of having about 20% of the buttons in its' automatic memory. You have to program the rest. When programming, it does not always take, so you are then stuck with a unversal remote that won't stop your movie or allow you to scroll through your digital cable menu. It worked very, very, poorly on my Comcast digital cable remote and in the end wouldn't learn a lot of the buttons. This 'thing' was a complete waste of money in my opinion. If you want a good universal remote, look elsewhere.. ... Read more


11. Personal Remote

Asin: B0001G1138
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PoGo! Products
Sales Rank: 42682
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12. Radio Your Way LX AM / FM Radio Recorder
list price: $199.99
our price: $199.99
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Asin: B0008KL7IQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PoGo! Products
Sales Rank: 15601
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful little radio timeshifter; crufty interface
I've been very happy with the capabilities and performance of this radio recorder, and I would give it 5 stars if the interface (and manual) were better.This product occupies a unique niche, at this time of writing, it is the only stand-alone (non-computer) solution to timeshifting radio that I could discover.Finally I can listen to Ira Glass and Terry Gross and Neal Conan and Science Friday and Elvis Mitchell (public radio geek shows), even though I'm busy when they're on.

It is basically like a VCR for radio, allowing you to timeshift radio shows that you want to listen too later, saving them as MP3 files, with a choice of kbps.You can record onto internal memory, or onto removable flash memory so it is easy to move things recorded to other computers.(There is also a USB interface, but that gives access only to the internal memory). Oh, it is a perfectly respectible MP3 player also.

The sound quality seems good at the higher sampling rates e.g. 256kbps (if there is a good signal).Some of my stations have poor signals where I live, so I record non-musical shows at a lower rate and use the hi-cut equalizer setting to reduce the hiss and static to listen.

But this little box has a few other tricks up its sleeve.You can play back at different speeds, 0.5x, 0.7x, 1.3x and 1.5x.I regularly use 1.3x to listen to spoken PBS shows a little faster than real time.And the 0.7x is good for slowing down someone who is hard to understand.(Fun to do this also with music.)You can fast forward over ads, you get to hear little bursts of sound as it passes over and when the sound quality changes you know you're back to the show.

Also, it will take mic or line in and save it as an MP3 file.This allows you to, say, use the headphone jack of your tv and timeshift the audio of shows you want to listen to later.

The box itself is about the size of a deck of cards, and is pretty lightweight (feels like it contains air), so it is easy to carry it around and use it as a portable source of music and spoken radio.It weighs much less than my iPod.

The interface is crusty, the buttons are numerous and do different things depending on what mode you are in.It is too complex to play with while driving (I pull over to adjust playback).It is also a mystery sometimes under which folder a recording is going to appear, and it doesn't match what the manual says.The file names are long number salads - you can figure out what part of the names are the date, which are the time, etc., but they are hard to read, especially since when you select a filename, it becomes so long that it doesn't fit on the screen and then starts scrolling.The filenames and folder names should be better done.

The manual is like reading a parts list with descriptions (gently translated from Korean); with few exceptions everything is there, but it is not well organized or cogent.I had to go back and forth through the manual and glean new info each time (I'm a computer person well accustomed to lots of complex interfaces).It could really use a "getting started" section.

All in all, I'm getting a lot of use and pleasure out of this product, and find it a great supplement to my iPod.I would like to see a combination product with a better interface design. ... Read more


13. PoGo! RipFlash DX MP3/WMA Player and WMA Recorder (256 MB)
list price: $189.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0000DK4LG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PoGo! Products
Sales Rank: 7901
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • MP3/WMA Player, WMA Recorder
  • 256MB provides 4 hours WMA record/play time, 8 hours MP3 play time
  • RipFlash technology records music or voice without connecting to a computer buy using built-in micorphone and line-in connector.
  • Expandable memory using SD/MMC memory cards
  • Backlit display shows ID3 tag

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic little machine!!
I shopped around a lot before deciding on this player, and have rarely been so pleased with a purchase. This thing has GREAT sound quality, easy and intuitive interfaces, easy to use software, and a huge cool factor. I absolutely love it. It is great as an mp3/wma player, and that it records is just a huge bonus. I have used the recording feature for classes and seminars- it's so tiny it is unnoticable.
Highly recommended. If I could use another I'd buy two.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pogo Who? A Wonder of a Product!
I only buy brand name technology products, because they usually have better support, and they have more financing behind the creation of a new product...I WAS VERY SKEPTICAL OF BUYING A NON-BRAND NAME PRODUCT. THIS PRODUCT HAS SURPRISED ME TO NO END. I am waiting for it to mess up, but is has not yet. Until it does-you have to get this thing-it is smaller than a typical card from a deck of cards(the width and height)...

I will keep it very simple for everybody. This little thing is a portal into the FUTURE. I will explain it this way. I have grown to love putting all of my music on my computer. I play my music for hours by playlists...I have had parties, romantic moments, or just plain background music without the worry messing with scratched cd's or hearing them skip in the middle of the fun moments-life is too short for interruptions.

This little thing records HIGH QUALITY AUDIO FROM ANY AUDIO SOURCE(TAPES-RECORDS) and also from the MICROPHONE-ALMOST STUDIO QUALITY. For some reason, this thing hasnt taken the technology world by storm! But I guess that is the way it goes sometimes. I have archived all of my Stern Audio, old songs from tapes, lectures from school, and even comedy shows from tv.

It is a great mp3 player. Amazon only has the 256mb player, but go to pogoproducts.com and get the 128-I listen to about an hour and a half of music. If you want more, you can buy a SD/MMC card and add space. Get this thing if it sounds good to you. If you want help, I will be more than happy to help.(Call me an altruist)

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good
This product kicks. I havent used it in a while, but I'm getting back into it. And with places like iMusic.com this is a good combo of preforance and memory. ... Read more


14. Pogo Products RipDrive 40 ( PRD200M4 )

our price: $366.99
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Asin: B0001IVB18
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PoGo! Products, Inc.
Sales Rank: 21070
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15. PoGo! prd200m3 RipDrive MP3 Player (30 GB)

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Asin: B0001FSCPY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PoGo! Products, Inc.
Sales Rank: 30267
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Digital FM Radio with Direct Record
  • Plays MP3 and WMA files
  • 30 GB hard drive capacity

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Huge hard drive, everything in mp3
I like that everything gets converted to MP3 format. I also like having 30 GB to record mega hours of voice or music recordings. My first unit had troubles stopping when I was in the record mode. And I also had troubles with that unit hanging at the end of a recording and then having to hard reset and lose what was recorded. I got a replacement and have learned to use both thumbs on the stop button to stop a recording. One caveat: Do not use a computer mic on the unit, it can fry the line in jack. ... Read more


16. RipFlash 128MB Digital Voice Recorder and MP3 Player/Recorder
list price: $179.00
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Asin: B000066HOH
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PoGo! Products
Sales Rank: 13287
Average Customer Review: 3.81 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Outstanding sound quality and a low price make the RipFlash an excellent flash memory-based MP3 player. However, its ability to record MP3s in real time via the built-in microphone or line-in connection takes this player to the next level. Whether you want to record a lecture or convert your old LPs and tapes to MP3, this versatile little player gets the job done.

Smaller than a pack of cards and weighing just 65 grams, the RipFlash looks like an ordinary MP3 player. Installation was simple using the quick-start guide. We just loaded the MP3 Manager software on our PC, then connected the player to our USB port and copied our MP3 and WMA files to the unit.

When we put on the earbud-style headphones to take a listen, we were surprised by what a clear, noise-free, rich sound the RipFlash delivered. The lows were especially robust, giving bass rhythms a visceral feel, and the built-in equalizer let us optimize the sound for classical, rock, pop, or jazz. The unit's small display was easy to read and the buttons on the front and sides were logically laid out and easy to press.

To test the recording capabilities, we simply pressed the record button and started talking. The sensitive, built-in microphone recorded our speech clearly and accurately. The line-in jack on the top of the unit lets you connect it to any audio device, such as a tape player or a CD player, and for us this performed equally well. Using the menu-based interface, you can set the recording-quality bit rate. For instance, you can record voice at a lower quality for up to 30 hours of recording time, or record music at a higher quality for less recording time. Either way, it's simple to copy the MP3 files back onto your PC, so you can send them via e-mail or burn them to CD.

Of course, since the RipFlash uses flash memory and has no moving parts, it's impervious to shocks and jolts. It runs on two AAA batteries, offering about 9 to 10 hours of playback, and comes with a wristband. In addition to its built-in memory, its memory can be expanded via a SmartMedia card.

Low price, excellent sound quality, and, most of all, the ability to record audio directly into MP3 format, make the RipFlash easy to recommend to music aficionados who want to record live audio, students looking to record lectures, or anyone who needs an easy way to record dictation. --Ken Feinstein

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Records MP3s via built-in mic or line-in
  • Excellent sound quality and fast download
Cons:
  • Small display
  • No rechargeable battery
... Read more

Features

  • Direct MP3 recording from any audio source (no computer required)
  • Fast USB transfer speeds (up to 4mbps)
  • Doubles as voice recorder for the business people and students
  • SmartMedia card slot to boost your memory
  • Up to 10 hours playback; runs on 2 AAA batteries

Reviews (47)

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice MP3 player - a few minor flaws
I purchased the RipFlash MP3 play to work out to and not for the digital voice recording features. This is my first MP3 player so I have no point of reference compared to other MP3 players. Given that, here are my experiences so far.

Pros:

- very good sound - especially with the equalizer
- fast transfer rate from my PC - 30 songs in less than 5 min
- very lightweight

Cons:

- no software for ripping CDs. I had to buy some but found a good one called MP3 Workshop...

- can only read MP3 format. Would have been nice if it could read WMA format. Then I could have used the Windows Media Player to rip the CDs.
- earplug earphone sounds good but had trouble keeping them in my ears.

Things you should know:

- If you do want to add a SmartMedia card, the songs on the card will be played separately from the ones in the built-in Flash memory. (this may be important if you want to play randomly)
- The display is small and somewhat hard to read, but did not bother me.
- I haven't tried to Rip CDs with the line-in but I think it is a useful feature.
- Would have been nice to have a belt clip for working out.

Overall, very good player. As I said, I like it very much, but it does have a few minor flaws. I can live with them for working out and would buy it again.

4-0 out of 5 stars good product, with difficult menus
The RipFlash is a good product with a confusing interface.

pros:
* standard interfaces
- native MP3 support
- Flash memory
- Smart Media Card expansion
- USB
- standard jacks for ear phone & line-in
* good sound quality with the built-in microphone,
especially for meetings/interviews
* simple (very basic) software

cons:
* AAA batteries
- I use rechargables and I wish this device
had a recharging/docking station like my Palm.
* confusing menus (see below)
* poor documentation

For the most part, this is a very good device, but the menus are difficult to understand and navigate. The font is the worst device font I've seen in years. But if you can struggle through its basic operation, then you've got a pretty useful device.

I do hope they have a ROM upgrade that fixes some of these UI issues and new manual would help too.

I would buy this product for someone who's resourceful, but not for someone who needs something very simple to use.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing mp3 player
The RipFlash 128MB Digital Voice Recorder and MP3 Player/Recorder by PoGo! Products is a very good buy.
Some of the other reviews had some cons:

1. small display-- The display is not that small!! After about 5 minutes of reading the instructions I understood it.
2. it doesn't show song names--Names of songs aren't really needed that much, they are needed in a mp3 jukebox.
3. the speaker is small--The speaker is small but gets reasonable (mono) sound, remember it wasn't designed as a home entertainment center.
4. it doesn't mute-- The sound does mute, all you have to do is turn down the volume until the sound goes off.

Pros:

1. the player isn't too small. (you can actually see the buttons)
2. the player can take up to 128mb of extra memory
3. it doesn't cost much
4. long battery life
5. very good equalizer
6. the voice recorder (more of an extra feature than main purpose)

1-0 out of 5 stars Think twice before buying a RipFlash
I purchased a RipFlash Plus 256 MP3 player/recorder in June 2004 to record voice interviews. Major flaws in its construction and in its download software mean you are very likely to lose your recordings. To make matters worse, customer support is very resistant to issuing refunds for faulty equipment (I bought mine direct at Pogoproducts.com).

---------------------

Two main problems with the unit make it very problematic for capturing recordings:

1) The software provided (and required) to download the sound files to computer over USB is very flakey - sometimes it works, sometimes does not connect, sometimes downloads only part of the sound file but indicates it is "done." This happens on both of the newer Dell computers that I've tried it on. By contrast, all other devices I attach to the USB ports on these same computers exchange files flawlessly.

2) The RipFlash Plus is able to hold a SmartMedia card and record to it. This would seem to be an alternative to downloading through the USB connection - just remove the SmartMedia card, insert it into your computers card reader, and copy off the files. BUT . . . the ejector button on the RipFlash broke the second time I ejected a card, and appears likely to break on any unit. The ejector button pushes the card out with two very tiny brittle plastic tabs. It takes almost nothing to break one (in my case, just ejecting the card did it.) Then, you can't get the card out, or if you do fish it out, you can no longer position it in correctly without the button in place.

Regarding pogoproducts.com customer support . . . when the unit arrived in the mail, I discovered that they had thrown in a "voice activated TV remote" - at no charge, and without any advance notice - a device they don't sell on their site. I can't imagine anything more useless than that so I tossed it immediately. After obtaining an RMA from them and returning the broken RipFlash, they at first tried to charge me a "restocking" fee for the useless recorder. After I put my credit card company on their case, they finally refunded the full amount. Then, they decided they needed to charge me $40 for the throw-away remote that they had sent unsolicited, so they made a new charge on my card for it.

You might want to consider the options before you decide to try the RipFlash Plus.

Rob

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent compact device
After doing much reading on MP3 players, I decided to go with the RipFlast Plus 128MB recorder. Holds as many songs as a CD, even more if you use .wma (which is compatible with this player). Expansion slot allows you to keep tons of songs on flash cards. ... Read more


17. RipFlash 64MB Digital Voice Recorder and MP3 Player/Recorder
list price: $129.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006J9J2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PoGo! Products
Sales Rank: 26662
Average Customer Review: 3.81 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Outstanding sound quality and a low price make the RipFlash an excellent flash memory-based MP3 player. However, its ability to record MP3s in real time via the built-in microphone or line-in connection takes this player to the next level. Whether you want to record a lecture or convert your old LPs and tapes to MP3, this versatile little player gets the job done.

Smaller than a pack of cards and weighing just 65 grams, the RipFlash looks like an ordinary MP3 player. Installation was simple using the quick-start guide. We just loaded the MP3 Manager software on our PC, then connected the player to our USB port and copied our MP3 and WMA files to the unit.

When we put on the earbud-style headphones to take a listen, we were surprised by what a clear, noise-free, rich sound the RipFlash delivered. The lows were especially robust, giving bass rhythms a visceral feel, and the built-in equalizer let us optimize the sound for classical, rock, pop, or jazz. The unit's small display was easy to read and the buttons on the front and sides were logically laid out and easy to press.

To test the recording capabilities, we simply pressed the record button and started talking. The sensitive, built-in microphone recorded our speech clearly and accurately. The line-in jack on the top of the unit lets you connect it to any audio device, such as a tape player or a CD player, and for us this performed equally well. Using the menu-based interface, you can set the recording-quality bit rate. For instance, you can record voice at a lower quality for up to 30 hours of recording time, or record music at a higher quality for less recording time. Either way, it's simple to copy the MP3 files back onto your PC, so you can send them via e-mail or burn them to CD.

Of course, since the RipFlash uses flash memory and has no moving parts, it's impervious to shocks and jolts. It runs on two AAA batteries, offering about 9 to 10 hours of playback, and comes with a wristband. In addition to its built-in memory, its memory can be expanded via a SmartMedia card.

Low price, excellent sound quality, and, most of all, the ability to record audio directly into MP3 format, make the RipFlash easy to recommend to music aficionados who want to record live audio, students looking to record lectures, or anyone who needs an easy way to record dictation. --Ken Feinstein

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Records MP3s via built-in mic or line-in
  • Excellent sound quality and fast download
Cons:
  • Small display
  • No rechargeable battery
... Read more

Features

  • Direct MP3 recording from any audio source (no computer required)
  • Fast USB transfer speeds (up to 4 mbps)
  • Doubles as voice recorder for the business people and students
  • SmartMedia card slot to boost memory
  • Up to 10 hours playback; runs on 2 AAA batteries

Reviews (47)

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice MP3 player - a few minor flaws
I purchased the RipFlash MP3 play to work out to and not for the digital voice recording features. This is my first MP3 player so I have no point of reference compared to other MP3 players. Given that, here are my experiences so far.

Pros:

- very good sound - especially with the equalizer
- fast transfer rate from my PC - 30 songs in less than 5 min
- very lightweight

Cons:

- no software for ripping CDs. I had to buy some but found a good one called MP3 Workshop...

- can only read MP3 format. Would have been nice if it could read WMA format. Then I could have used the Windows Media Player to rip the CDs.
- earplug earphone sounds good but had trouble keeping them in my ears.

Things you should know:

- If you do want to add a SmartMedia card, the songs on the card will be played separately from the ones in the built-in Flash memory. (this may be important if you want to play randomly)
- The display is small and somewhat hard to read, but did not bother me.
- I haven't tried to Rip CDs with the line-in but I think it is a useful feature.
- Would have been nice to have a belt clip for working out.

Overall, very good player. As I said, I like it very much, but it does have a few minor flaws. I can live with them for working out and would buy it again.

4-0 out of 5 stars good product, with difficult menus
The RipFlash is a good product with a confusing interface.

pros:
* standard interfaces
- native MP3 support
- Flash memory
- Smart Media Card expansion
- USB
- standard jacks for ear phone & line-in
* good sound quality with the built-in microphone,
especially for meetings/interviews
* simple (very basic) software

cons:
* AAA batteries
- I use rechargables and I wish this device
had a recharging/docking station like my Palm.
* confusing menus (see below)
* poor documentation

For the most part, this is a very good device, but the menus are difficult to understand and navigate. The font is the worst device font I've seen in years. But if you can struggle through its basic operation, then you've got a pretty useful device.

I do hope they have a ROM upgrade that fixes some of these UI issues and new manual would help too.

I would buy this product for someone who's resourceful, but not for someone who needs something very simple to use.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing mp3 player
The RipFlash 128MB Digital Voice Recorder and MP3 Player/Recorder by PoGo! Products is a very good buy.
Some of the other reviews had some cons:

1. small display-- The display is not that small!! After about 5 minutes of reading the instructions I understood it.
2. it doesn't show song names--Names of songs aren't really needed that much, they are needed in a mp3 jukebox.
3. the speaker is small--The speaker is small but gets reasonable (mono) sound, remember it wasn't designed as a home entertainment center.
4. it doesn't mute-- The sound does mute, all you have to do is turn down the volume until the sound goes off.

Pros:

1. the player isn't too small. (you can actually see the buttons)
2. the player can take up to 128mb of extra memory
3. it doesn't cost much
4. long battery life
5. very good equalizer
6. the voice recorder (more of an extra feature than main purpose)

1-0 out of 5 stars Think twice before buying a RipFlash
I purchased a RipFlash Plus 256 MP3 player/recorder in June 2004 to record voice interviews. Major flaws in its construction and in its download software mean you are very likely to lose your recordings. To make matters worse, customer support is very resistant to issuing refunds for faulty equipment (I bought mine direct at Pogoproducts.com).

---------------------

Two main problems with the unit make it very problematic for capturing recordings:

1) The software provided (and required) to download the sound files to computer over USB is very flakey - sometimes it works, sometimes does not connect, sometimes downloads only part of the sound file but indicates it is "done." This happens on both of the newer Dell computers that I've tried it on. By contrast, all other devices I attach to the USB ports on these same computers exchange files flawlessly.

2) The RipFlash Plus is able to hold a SmartMedia card and record to it. This would seem to be an alternative to downloading through the USB connection - just remove the SmartMedia card, insert it into your computers card reader, and copy off the files. BUT . . . the ejector button on the RipFlash broke the second time I ejected a card, and appears likely to break on any unit. The ejector button pushes the card out with two very tiny brittle plastic tabs. It takes almost nothing to break one (in my case, just ejecting the card did it.) Then, you can't get the card out, or if you do fish it out, you can no longer position it in correctly without the button in place.

Regarding pogoproducts.com customer support . . . when the unit arrived in the mail, I discovered that they had thrown in a "voice activated TV remote" - at no charge, and without any advance notice - a device they don't sell on their site. I can't imagine anything more useless than that so I tossed it immediately. After obtaining an RMA from them and returning the broken RipFlash, they at first tried to charge me a "restocking" fee for the useless recorder. After I put my credit card company on their case, they finally refunded the full amount. Then, they decided they needed to charge me $40 for the throw-away remote that they had sent unsolicited, so they made a new charge on my card for it.

You might want to consider the options before you decide to try the RipFlash Plus.

Rob

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent compact device
After doing much reading on MP3 players, I decided to go with the RipFlast Plus 128MB recorder. Holds as many songs as a CD, even more if you use .wma (which is compatible with this player). Expansion slot allows you to keep tons of songs on flash cards. ... Read more


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