Summary: This is a great MP3 player, but not for the technically challenged. Archos support is poor at best. After about four months the box started locking up for no apparent reason and occasionally would fail to boot. Archos suggested replacing the batteries which I did to no effect. I replaced the original batteries and installed the RockBox free firmware <[...] Presto! All problems resolved, battery life was longer, and the sound better.
Summary: I have had my unit now for a couple days (V2). My input... What a deal... Where do I start? I used to use a Sony mp3/cd player. I would burn cds and listen to them. This unit blows my previous mp3 experience away. So clean, fast and compact. No need for an EQ. I am an EQ freak. Not here. It sounds amazing. Clean crisp sharp bass and tight treble. I am an audiofile and a bit specific at times. This unit just has amazing sound.
Summary: First off, if your buddy has an Ipod and you want to be cool like him/her then look elsewhere. The Archos is nearly twice as heavy, twice as thick and is a bit of an ugly duckling next to the Ipod. With that said, it should also be mentioned that the Archos battery life is twice as long and you can get the same size capacity HD for less then half the price of the Ipod.
Summary: I have an earlier version of the Archos Jukebox, but it's very similar. The positive: excellent sound quality, very convenient method of storing vast amounts of music (and books on tape), easy to sync with computer via USB, very good battery life (I get around 10 hours), easy to hook up to home stereo or car stereo (requires optional accessory), and it's been reliable -- I've had no problems in the year or so I've owned it, except a couple hangs that required it to...
Summary: I had this archos for two years. Went out and bought an Apple Ipod. No comparison, Archos may not look great but by far is much better than the IPOD. The Archos is easier to use and sounds better also. Who cares about looks when ease of use is more important and the sound is deeper and clearer than the Ipod. Ipod sounds flat in comparison. I gave my 20 gig Ipod to my daughter and went back to good old reliable Archos..
Summary: I have had this for about a year now & it has been great. I replaced the firmware with Rockbox, an open source software for the player. When I say that Archos is better sounding than Apple Ipod, I know it our of experience as I recently bought into the ipod hype & bought an Ipod mini. Archos is definitely not as good looking like IPod or Ipod mini. Howver as far as repoducing the sound is concerned, it beats IPod hands down.
Summary: I have used my Jukebox for over two years. Its main function is to store sampled sounds for my musical instrument keyboard. The secondary function is to back up important files and the quick transfer of files from one computer to another. The Jukebox sits on my keyboard seven nights a week as I play at beach bars on an island in the Caribbean Sea.
Arrived Defective , and Archos Support is Unacceptable
Tom "To many deep silos of interest that have..., Amazon
19 August 2004
Summary: New out of the box this could not be found on my computer as an added drive component as it's supposed to be. This is common because the right "drives" are missing and they give you lots of ways to fix that. But in this case, unplugged, the Archos said it had no "FAT32 file protocol," or some such. That was the reason in my case it could not be properly reconized.
Summary: I bought my Archos on 3/24/04 from Amazon bc I was attracted by the price and the rebate offer at that time. However, my problems started when I got it. First off it was quite heavy and broad, not very portable IMO. Second, the player makes very strange noises when playing the music and it often lags a bit [I think from the harddrive reading].
Summary: I received my jukebox 4 days ago and I've already loaded the latest version of Rockbox and also flashed it in ROM. This way it boots up only in a few seconds as opposed to the lengthy startup time with the stock firmware. Installing Rockbox is really a must to fully exploit the capabilities of this little device. It was certainly smaller than I thought it would be.