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: 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: I have used the Archos 15 GB Player/Recorder/HD since last summer. The device actually has a 20 GB HD so is essentially version 1 of this product. Although the device is not well documented, the various buttons are intuitive and easy to master. So far I have found many uses for this amazing device: as a virtual CD player connected to my car radio with a cassete-to- CD converter; a virtual CD player connected to my home stereo receiver; an excellent method of backing up...
Summary: This mp3 player is really good. The difference between it and the ipod can be compared to the early PC's and the macintosh. If you like simplicity go for the apple product. If you like playing with your PC and working with DOS and bat files you will love the archos. It is that configurable. Of course for the price, there doesn's seem to be anything out there that can beat it for the value.
Summary: This model is excellent. Everything that everyone else has said has been false. It is pretty shock absorbant, so you can run with it if you want to. Also, it's headphones are average quality. They aren't the best, but they are effective. If you are annoted by the headphones sent with the product, you can always pull out around 10 dollars and buy a better pair.
Summary: - the product quality is excellent - the interface is relatively easy to use, just takes 2 minutes to learn - the device records high quality mp3's - the playack is crystal clear - doesn't skip in the car - before buying, I contacted tech support for a couple questions and got right through and they were very helpful - i'd recommend the unit to anyone
Summary: I've had my Archos jukebox for over a year and half now. Despite the fact that I've been treating the unit badly, it's still FULLY WORKING. I've dropped my jukebox many times that I think if it were another product, it would have been died long ago, and yet mine is still fine. Do you think iPod would survive with that? (I dont recommend you to drop your unit for testing purpose). As many people have mentioned, I also flash'd the firmware with rockbox ([...