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: 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: This is the best hard drive based MP3 player on the market right now, for the following reasons: - Excellent sound quality. Those complaining about the audio quality and volume levels of this player are either judging it using the included headphones, playing poor quality mp3s, or one of those smug audiophile types who do not like the sound of anything unless it's played on hardware made by an some obscure Swedish company. The Archos sounds excellent.
Summary: If you want something pretty, has a mirror on the back of it and costs twice as much, try the iPod. But if you want great functionality, the ability to record from any source at bit rates from 30 to 160 kbps, then the Archos Jukebox recorder is for you. I have gone mountain biking with it and NO skipping, the sound quality is loads better than previous MP3 players, the screen is great, and the menus intuitive.
Summary: This is a fantastic MP3 Player/Hard Disk. It came to me well packaged and well documented. Others said the documentation was poor, but I found it had all the info I needed. But I can see it being confusing if you don't know how to follow instructions very well. I love the idea that I can swap out the Hard Disk at a later date, and it takes standard batteries so you're not searching for a propriotory batteries when these die.
Summary: The Archos Jukeboxes have a unique combination of features and quality which leaves the competition behind. Pros: 1 Extremely durable steel casing 2 Standard AA sized batteries, which are easily accessable 3 REAL 10 hour play life before recharging 4 Excellent sound: bass, vocals, and treble 5 Works with Mac OS 8-9 and OSX, as well as Windows 6 Many installations can use the generic USB storage driver built into the OS 7 Only unit currently utilizing USB 2.0 for maximum...
Summary: I did quite a bit of research prior to making my MP3 Jukebox purchase. I was looking at the Creative Nomad but did not like it because it was as large as a CD player and could not operate as an external HD. The Archos is about the size (little smaller actually) of a cassette walkman. If you are a technical person who likes messing and tweaking things, this unit will be up you alley. When connected to your PC, the Archos comes up as an external HD. It's very easy.