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. However, I did use the MP3, voice and radio recording on my first iRiver, and I love them all.
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. I sent back a $450 professional recorder that got bad sound and purchased this and it worked like a champ, and continued to for several years.
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. As a MP3 player it is a bit dated and a little tricky to navigate. But perhaps I got a little spoiled on the color video screens you have on the newer MP3 players.
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. The only problem is, this is a discontinued product and you will have to search eBay for it.
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. Two small hints I want to point out: - OGG support is great, but bit rate is only supported to a maximum of 225 kbps.
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. I snatched it up immediately as the model has been upgraded and is no longer being manufactured. It solved all my problems.
Summary: I actually started out with the 512MB IFP-700 series but ended up selling it to my sister and now have this older model so I've spent a year with both models. I primarily got it to play music while I jog, never really got around to using it for that and my armband remains still untouched BUT I can say the iriver players have singlehandedly changed music for me. Currently I use mine at least 6 hours a day, much of that mountain biking(and thats with only 256MB of music).