Summary: Many people listen to music every day. I used to into my twenties. But with increasing workloads, I don't listen to music every day any more but rather infrequently when I exercise. This means that my mp3 players is not always with me, and certainly not always charged.
Summary: I wanted an FM radio player. I bought another MP3 player for the radio, but the battery life was crap, it was one of those rechargeable USB things. I decided to buy the iRiver because I had one years earlier and loved it. I have not used the MP3 portion on this player yet, just the radio.
Summary: I used this as a recorder primarily. I purchased it in about 2004 when I needed a backup digital recorder for my work and I had grown frustrated with the use-ability of "professional" digital recorders back then. We've come a long way, but back then it seemed like we never would.
Summary: i've had this thing for 5 years and it still works great even though i only use around 1/4 of all the features. it once got ran over by an SUV while I was biking in brooklyn. it still worked when i picked it up it got slightly chipped.
Summary: These I-rivers sound great when you plug in an external mic (I use Giant Squid Audio Lab mics and I love them.) They are very handy for podcasts, recording meetings, and even wedding ceremonies. I assume most interested in getting these at this point have these uses in mind.
Summary: We use the 895 for recording wedding vows, Then its audio is synced and added to our wedding video footage,All in all it makes for very good close miked audio.The 895 also is very compact, and easy to set up and use.
Summary: I have had this player for almost a year now working with openSuse Linux and I am very happy. I used libiRiver with Konqueror suport in the beginning, but I am much happier since I updated the firmware to version 1.28 with UMS support, which makes it a simple USB memory stick.
Summary: While researching for a way to put my old vinyl albums on cd, I thought my only option was to invest in a usb turntable (although I already owned a turntable), since I didnt want to hassle with connecting my stereo to my pc. Then I found this Iriver iFP-895 digital audio player.