Summary: I've owned an iRiver ifp series player for over a year. I've been pleased in general with their operation except for the issue that when the unit breaks (which yours may or may not) iRiver has no facilities to repair a unit beyond its warranty period.
Summary: While I enjoyed the sound and small, sleek design of my iRiver MP3 player I will not purchase another one. After only 1 1/2 years from date of purchase the product no longer works. For no apparent reason it will not turn on. I called customer service and they were of no service.
Summary: If you are a Mac user and are apprehensive about how to upgrade the iRiver's firmware, have no fear. It's very simple (a lot simpler than Windows--sorry, PC guys.) You use the iRiver Music Manager for Mac (included on the CD or downloadable from the iRiver's Web site). File>Firmware Upload.
Summary: Are you big on portability? Are you big on sound quality? Do you want a FM stereo with your MP3 player? Then the iRiver is for you. I don't know how much this thing weighs, but it's next to nothing. If you're working out, this is a big advantage.
Summary: This is my first MP3 player so I have nothing to compare to, but I did not buy it for music listening anyway. I bought it as a voice recorder and a small nature sounds machine. I can record nature sounds from my expensive and large nature sounds machine and take them with me when I need a nap or to...
Summary: Unlike most of the other reviewers, I wanted this primarily as a recorder. It does quite well if the sound source is not too close to the mic. This is difficult to judge since there's no way to tell without playing it back. I didn't have to download any drivers to upload the music.
Summary: I bought the IFP-190T for a recent trip to Europe. A few comments... Positives + I like that you could remove the battery, which was key for the travels on the plane and on the Eurail. I considered getting an iPod mini, but didn't want to lug a charger around Europe. + The battery lasts forever!
Summary: iRiver gives you a one year warranty and it WILL break after that one year. Contacted their customer service for repair options. They said, essentially: "drop dead". Same problem as other reviewers: these buttons break. Poor quality and poor engineering - great for a few days.
Owned 3 - All 3 failed with same problem - broken buttons
4 August 2004
Summary: I have owned 3 of these. All 3 failed with same problem - broken buttons. I am SOL with the third. Conclusion: This product (iFP- 190 T) has a very high probability of breaking and becoming useless. iRiver helped is not being very helpful with replacements.