Summary: I have an iFP-799, and man, it's a GREAT unit. Excellent sound quality, very solid construction, excellent battery life. With a firmware upgrade, you can even convert it into a stand-alone unit that hooks up like any old thumb drive. The down side is that it always requires power, and that it does not charge off of the wall... Come on though, if you can switch batteries, why would you need a charger anyways?
Summary: This item works very well for recording and playing back, and it's fabulous that you can record both FM radio and ambient sound with a mic. It works great for music demos, although a real piano can drown out your voice. But, if you want to actually hook it to a computer to send files back and forth, you might be in for a major headache.
Summary: I have two MP3 Players.....A Nano 4gb and the iRiver iFP-790. Hands down the iFP sounds better and louder. Slap a set of Shure E2c ear buds on your unit in it will blow your mind. The iFP battery hase better, navigation just to name a few. For example if you are in the middle of a run or workout and want to hear the song again it takes one button set a loop. No need to traverse the menu like the ipod. If you want to skip a song its one click.
Summary: This is the most awesome MP3 player. I am a certified cave diver and this unit works better than I could have ever expected. The sound is incredible and crystal clear. Can't see myself ever diving again without it. One of the best diving "toys" ever invented and I have one. If you get the chance try one and you will be hooked yourself. These people are geniuses for inventing this.
Summary: Pros: Durable, increadable battery life, brilliant indaglow display, excelent sound quality, simple transfer direct from a CD player Cons:holds only 2560 kbs I purchased one of these for XC training back in 05 for $90. Since then I have taken it running, backpacking and have left it in the bottom of my school backpack. It has stood up to every kind of punishment that I have throne at it , and yet has still served me faithfully.
Summary: I started a pod cast a few months ago and needed a device to record sounds for it. After speaking to many other podcasters, they all used this product. Some even bought more than one so they would always have a backup device to use incase one of them stopped working! I got one and so far it has created many great recordings for my podcast. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars was because the controls are a bit confusing to figure out at first.
Summary: I've had my iRiver IFP-790 for a couple of years. I use it to play my Old Time Radio shows. The Music Manager is a breeze to use and I've never had a bit of trouble with the unit or the software. It has a true resume feature which is a must for OTR. It picks up exactly where you left off when you power down. Sound quality is great. I'm sold on iRiver quality!
Summary: I have had this item now for close to 1-1/2 years. It is all that and a bag of chips. It has never failed me. It has a radio, it runs on one AA battery. Now mind you it has limitations. I rip my mp3's at 56mps so as to get more on the player, I can get around 125 songs on there. Not much you say? Yep you are right my one complaint would be not enough room. However that said for stuff like running which i use it for amongst other things it is perfect.