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.
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.
Summary: Basically this is a nice little MP3 player. Also works great for storage of large items I want to move between computers since it functions like an additional hard drive when connected to the computer.
Summary: I read about the bad tech support so I emailed the tech support to see if they were even reading their emails. I did get a response so I decided to buy one. I have had the Jukebox Recorder (JBR) for about two weeks and I am very impressed with the product.
great for listening and storage, so-so for recording.
Amazon Customer "buddyroo", Amazon
22 March 2004
Summary: Just got this last week (...). It is great to be able to store basically all your music on one player (and use it as an external hard drive). And the sound is pretty good, but definitely get other headphones (the ones included really suck), with high sensitivity (with bad headphones some tracks...
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).
If you don't mind the size & weight, it's a no-brainer
10 March 2004
Summary: I had gotten an iriver ahp-120 & decided I couldn't afford it, esp. when this archos unit was less than half its price. Although the iriver unit was good, i felt like it was far from perfect. I hated the joystick controller. The sound options were terrible. There was no clock or calendar.
Summary: It's a bit bulky, a bit heavy, a bit ugly. But 20GB for $129AR and ok firmware available ([...] it's good enough. GOOD: Price, No drivers needed for win2k/winxp, decent battery life, decent firmware, BUILT-IN MIC!!! and Line-in for recording into mp3 format!
Summary: I bought this product because my partner "vetoed" an iPod purchase as too expensive. Less than half the cost of a 20G iPod to start with, plus rebate, plus Gold Box discount, made it a no-brainer. I received the unit today and charged it up.
Summary: I got mine a few days ago. So far no problems. Installed Rockbox and really like the settings available--and after I flashed it into ROM it boots in about three seconds. I'm using 320 bit encoding to get the best sound (it's only a tiny bit better than the max VBR setting in Music Match Jukebox--and...