Beth Beaver Enterprises, Inc. "Beth Beaver", Amazon
6 September 2008
Summary: I received no documentation for this product at all. It may work fine but until I have time to research on line to see if I can find some instructions for it or come across someone that knows how to use it, it is a pretty red box sitting in the bottom of my drawer. Very disapointing!
Summary: I have a different iriver, the ifp 899 which was apparently made before iriver decided to save money every possible way they could, in order to maximize their profits. the T30 costs almost the same as the 899, but has all the worthwhile features taken out. You have hardly any control over the quality of the recording you make, way less ability to navigate--you name it and it is NOT in this machine.
Summary: Incredibly frustrating. I was quite happy with my T30 until I recently upgraded my windows media player to version 11. It became IMPOSSIBLE to add any new music. There is a firmware upgrade on the iriver website, which I downloaded and installed three times. It just doesn't work! I managed to solve this problem only by rolling back to WMP 10. BTW, I emailed iriver customer support about this problem and waited 17 days for a response.
Summary: Just got þis device over þe internet. Ich now realize why þis device wæs so cheap. Þe device would not upgrade to þe latest firmware advertised, would not play any of þe OGG Vorbis files þæt Ich hæd, despite it advertising þe ability, ænd wæs only available wið þe Media Transfer Protocol, instead of þe easier ænd more universal USB Mass Storage protocol.
Summary: I consider myself a well-versed computer user and have used a few mp3 players in my time, including my current 30GB Creative Zen vision M. I purchased (2) iRiver T30 players for my daughters Christmas presents in 2006. Both Napster and iRiver expressed that these players were compatible with the Napster To Go service. I made the choice to purchase based on their compatibility and price, but I forgot the old saying, "You get what you pay for!
Decent player with problematic Audible file implementation
13 October 2006
Summary: I was looking for a "do-it-all" player for music, voice and audiobooks. Although the iRiver T30 handles the first two functions pretty well, I advise you not to buy this unit for its support of Audible files. In this mode it works (sort of), but I have discovered several very annoying quirks. As soon as I use the voice recording feature, the unit: 1) Will not save bookmarks in an Audible file.
Summary: Beware -- this unit does not work with Toshiba laptops. Tech support is non-existent. You will never get through on the phone. Email support is non-existent. You will have to wait weeks to hear back. If it does work with your laptop, this unit does a great job of recording and playing.
Summary: Before this one I had an iriver 899, which had lots of customizing features, allowing the user to change recording bit rate, turn the back light off, etc. I bought this, thinking thta it may be comparable. I am disappointed. 1. Even though the specs page in the manual says that the recording time can go up to 18 hrs (at 32 kbps), there is NO WAY to get the recording bit rate lower than 96 kpbs. There are just 3 settings for recording bit rate and the lowest is 96kbps.