Switchs on player not durable (MTBF about 1-2 years)
Freddie R. Bean, Amazon
15 October 2006
Summary: I owned one of these units and it work quite well for about 16 months. Then the unit stopped working- as it was out of warranty and I could not get it repaired, I disassembled it (I am an Electrical Engineer). The system stopped working because the on/off switch fell off it's pc board- it was not glued or otherwise anchored in way to the card! The switch components are plastic and even moderate usage will produce fatigue that renders the unit useless in 1-2 years.
Summary: This unit lasted about 3 months before it abruptly stopped working. Kudos to iRiver for replacing it with no questions asked, however the replacement unit broke after 2 months. The power button simply stopped working. The sound is good quality, toggle fairly easy to manage, but why bother spending $$ on something that lasts a couple of months. No wonder why Apple does so well with those i-pods.