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 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: 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. Pros: *Large storage (20 gigs) *Functions like a drive when attached to a computer *Does what it is supposed to do *USB 2.0 *Button arrangement easy to use *Rechargeable internal battery Cons: *Plays only MP3 and not other formats like WMA *Record feature takes a little...
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. First thing I did was flash the Rockbox software and I upgraded the firmware. (By the way, Archos should send the Rockbox people a monthly check for making the JBR a worthwhile unit) Get those upgrades here.
great for listening and storage, so-so for recording.
Amazon Customer "buddyroo", Amazon
21 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 aren't loud enough, even at the highest volume setting). The firmware included is okay with the basic functionality; haven't tried out rockbox yet, probably will soon.
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.
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. With my Archos unit running the rockbox firmware, my jukebox experience is so much better.
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. It already had several sample MP3s on it, not to my taste, but enough to tell it worked.
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 most of the time not noticeable--but I can afford the space with the 20GB drive). Had problem with the USB connection on one of the computers I tried it on.