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: 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.
Summary: Since portable MP3 players first became available on the market I had long dreamed of having a light-weitght, easy-to-use device that would hold my entire music library. After watching for the prices to come down into my budget range, I began looking at the various products available. My decision came down to two possibilities: this product and Mac's IPod. I chose this product over the IPod because I didn't feel like setting up my computer for Firewire.
Summary: The negative reviews on this site almost caused me to look for an alternative player/recorder. Thankfully I went to Circuit City and played a bit. Most of the concerns raised by previous negative reviews were resolved by this trip. The unit is a 20gig Hard drive but it is reasonably sized and I don't find the wt all that unappealing.
Summary: I originally wanted an iPod, but it was too expensive and was too Mac centric. I did some research on the internet, checking out user forums for Mp3 players ... and found a lot people who like the Archos. The Archos Jukebox is a great alternative to the iPod. It's not as pretty, but has the majority of features you would want from an Mp3 player. The USB 2.0 connection makes transfers quick and the device becomes a general purpose storage device since most PC have USB.
Summary: This is a very good value. Have used the player for 3 weeks with few problems. It operated truely plug and play as a USB disk drive on two Windows XP laptops (Dell & Sony) without installing any new drivers. It also worked with out any problems an a Apple IBook. My daughter and I use it to transfer MP3s between Apple and Windows environments. This bi-OS capability is a great feature that apparently the new Apple IPods won't support.
Summary: My Jukebox Recorder 20 is a wonderful product! I received it as a birthday gift, and it's become indispensable after just one day. Here's a list of pros, in no particular order: 1) Works equally well with Windows 2000 (work) and Mac OSX (home). *Note: this used to be the case, but now it only works with Windows and OS 9...not X. Don't know what happened, but Archos' tech support was not the slightest bit helpful.