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: Ordered the first Archos jukebox recorder beginning of Feb 2004. It came with the Orange V2 sticker and a nice sealed box. I Attempted to charge it, yet after 14 hours it failed to complete the charge, and failed to turn on. Per Archos tech support it was defective. Amazon cheerfully replaced it with a second unit Feb 25, 2004. This one came with a white V2 sticker, and a carry case that was not in the first package.
Summary: If your plans are to sit in a lounge chair and listen to MP3's then this is the item for you. If you plan to do any type of physical activity that might cause the Jukebox to be less than stable, then you want to consider anything but this. I have had it for a few months and am looking for any brand (never Archos again) to replace it. I understand that it has a 20 g harddrive, but I see IPOD users all the time wearing theirs while power walking, jogging etc..