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 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.
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: The good: Battery life: Using Rockbox, I'm getting well over the 10 hours/charge advertised when I hook the unit up via the USB port and use Media Player to play music from it as if it were just a USB hard drive. Docs say it's powered by AA rechargeables. That may be true, but you need an Alan wrench to change them. Sound quality: Again, with Rockbox. Decent to very good. Included headphones are useless, though. Capacity: 20G.
Summary: I have had this for more than two months now. Definitely a good toy to have. I use it as a backup device for my home PC in addition to being an MP3 player in the car. The first thing that strikes you is that this is not light. It has a cheap & tough military feel to it. It is actually a hard drive. Takes about 3-4 hrs to fully charge and plays for about 10 hrs in one stretch. It lasts for about a week and half if I use it for 1 hour every day (two half hour commutes).
Summary: Yep, this two-year-old model is heavy, bulky, and butt-ugly. But guess what? For under 150 bux, you are getting a capable 20GB MP3 player that also doubles as an external USB 2.0 hard drive on Windows systems! Plus you get a recorder. Only thing missing is an FM radio, but I never cared for that anyway. Really not bad at all. And it works pretty well. Of course, I still wish the French designers at Archos would do something about the styling on their products...
Summary: Ok, so iPods are shiny. They look really good. But I refuse to pay an extra $200 for shininess. I bought this Jukebox on impulse, after having browsed the market and dismissed 20GB as outside my price range. I've been running a Dell Axim with 256MB of Flash memory as my music player for a while now, and I was getting frustrated with having to load new songs every evening. The screen was a drain on the batteries too.
Summary: I will begin by saying: I am not very experienced with this sort of technology, so if you're expecting great things of this review, please look elsewhere. If you're an average Joe, this review should gain you some insight. This player has 20 Gigs of memory. That's huge and highly comparable to the best IPod on the market, at a fraction of the price. The battery life is great. I plug my Archos in about every 3 days, to recharge, after listening to it for appx. 3-4 hrs.
Summary: Downsides: It is big and clunky (it's built around a slim line hard drive). It tends to skip when I hit a bump while riding my motorcycle (go figure, it's hard drive based). The more you play with the controls, the less the batteries last (about 3 or 4 hours). Upsides: USB based hard drive that I can move files and songs around home, work, friends, family, etc. Small enough to use in my car, on my bike, on my motorcycle, on the plane, etc.
Summary: The bad - poor quality control and build quality (especially solder joints) on most Archos units, the included software is inefficient and ackward, poor tech support from manufacturer The good - you won't even get close to 20 GB for this price with any other unit, huge active user support base out there (check out Archos_devices, archos, archosjukebox6000 at Yahoo Groups), great freeware OS (Rockbox), easily replacable NiMH AA batteries In summary...