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 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: 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 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.
Summary: Before I start the review, I promise you that I will update this review if anyting else happens that will dramatically change my opinion of the unit. I have had this unit for about a week. I love it for many reasons. First of all the price. I am a poor college student and I could not really afford to pay $300+ for a leisure time device. I had pretty much decided I would have to buy a Discman, even though I really wanted an MP3 player.
Summary: The only reason I bought this was for the price, and its ability to upgrade firmware to open source (Rock Boxx). At $130, this unit is worth every penny. For those complaining about the weight, it's a simple matter of if you'd rather paid $130 for a 20gb music player, or $300 for a 20gb music player. As others have stated. Don't get the Archos if you're trying to be cool and hip. The Archos is bulky, and quite uncool visually.
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.