Summary: Every month, manufacturers unleash even more MP3 players to an increasingly confused public. Not only do these devices have wildly divergent features, but ongoing format wars mean the MP3 player you choose dictates where you can buy your digital music. These devices are anything but one-size-fits-all. First, there's the question of design.
Summary: I've been using one of these steadily for about a year now. It is a fantastic device at an excellent price, and I have no regrets about buying it. The only shortcoming it has, just to get it out of the way, is weight. It's larger than some MP3 players out there, including some with similar capacity, like the new iPods. However, I think it has some features that give the iPod a run for its money, especially at this price. #1: RECORDING.
Summary: The Archos is durable, a person would have to try and break this player to get it to fail. It's about 2/3 the price of the other popular MP3 player. With Rockbox, it boots up in 3 seconds. The batteries are standard and easy to replace. The hard-drive is standard and replaceable/upgradeable. The standard 2.0 USB port allows you to access Archos from your PC/Laptop as if it's just another hard drive.
Summary: I bought this device three months ago, and based on reading previous reviews, I gave it some time before I wrote in my review. Overall, I have been extremely happy! The Pros: Sound Quality is great, my entire CD collection is on this device (~200 cd's) with less than 1/2 the capacity used (I played with various mp3 quality levels - all are good - I use near cd quality), unit is very intuitive to use (manual is poor, as noted by other reviewers), battery life with...
Summary: This is a great mp3 player, it loses 1 star for worst documentation ever. A few of the previous reviewers complained about features that are lacking, the features are there, it is the manual that is lacking. So, below are some responses to those reviews. I hope this helps. 1.For those of you who want to use random play for the whole payload: Use rockbox firmware, it lets you have a 10,000 song playlist, just drag and drop all of your folders into the playlist editor of...
Summary: While drooling over Apple's iPod, I'm glad I saw alternatives. The Archos unit has the incredibly useful ability to record. This feature is huge! Newer units have a 20 GB disc and USB 2.0 which only makes things better. Consider this. Remember all those times you needed to record something? Tape recorder, right? 120 minutes at best. Special long-play units degrade quality. Remember scrambling to flip the tape? 10 GB means 10,000 minutes at standard MP3 settings.
Summary: I purchased my Archos Recorder 20 before I went on a long trip to Japan. I didn't have enough room for a bunch of CD's so I bought the JB 20 instead. At first, I liked the idea of not having to mess with CD's, but a little swayed by the weight of it. But the thing that aggravated me the most was the Archos firmware. It's slow and crashes. So I thought I would sell it and start saving up for the iPod which is twice the price.
Summary: ARCHOS JUKEBOX RECORDER 20GB This Mp3 player is very suitable for anyone wishing to carry all music where ever you go. Many people have pounded the Jukebox for a few reasons. 1) The instructions are inadequate, but with a bit of commonsense, the Jukebox is under control within an hour or so. 2) Being dead on arrival, be paitent 3) Some have moaned over the sound quality. If used with the supplied headphpnes, the sound quality is minimal. A new set will solve this.
Summary: I have arranged this review in 3 sections: PLUSES, MINUSES, and HINTS. PLUSES: It is an excellent product and apart from being slightly bulkier and cruder/geeky looking than iPod, is better than iPod in all aspects - espacially at the price. Buy it, you won't regret it. Note that it is USB2.0 compatible but it works with standard USB as well. MINUSES: Yes the manual is too skimpy and yes the OS is buggy BUT it does not have any bugs that would be a showstopper.
Summary: After reading some of the other customer remarks about the Archos Jukebox Recorders, I decided to plunge into this exotic new technology, and I'm happy to report that these machines work very well, although the accompanying instructions could use some help, as most others here have noted. I bought the 15GB JR15, which is similar to the JR20 except for the smaller hard drive capacity and the fact that the rubber feet are black, not bright blue.