Summary: I bought this product in anticipation of recording my cassette tapes and dance mix CDs. It does just fine, but the software is not as good as my Toshiba Gigabeat U at separating tracks from cassettes. The noise from running the cassette itself makes it impossible for the iRiver to separate any of the tracks which I find to be a disappointment, but on the other hand I appreciate the ability to raise or lower the line-in recording volume and the high and variable bitrates...
Summary: I was looking for an easy to use, low capacity MP3 player that I could easily take with me anywhere. This player fit what I was looking for so I ordered it. Unfortunately, when I received the player it wasn't what I had hoped for. I will tell you the main reasons for this: Software: I installed the driver easily and my pc easily detected the device. I ran into problems however, because I could not sync the device to my Windows Media Player.
Summary: I got this gadget as a gift and been using it for couple of month now. It works well, very light, and has a long battery life. There is only one problem - it only works with Windows XP and Windows Media Player 10. iRiver doesn't make drivers for Windows 2000, OS X, or Linux. So unless you have XP, I suggest you stay away from it.
Summary: I returned this mp3 player (thanks to the great customer service of Amazon.com). Be aware that this model sold it the US and EU does not support Windows 2000. I happen to have a Windows 2000 Professional on my home computer. If you have a Window XP, the mp3 player works great. I tried the device with a notebook at work which has a Window XP Professional installed, it just works fine.
Summary: My only issue is that some files won't play, at random. Reloading the same file generally corrects the problem, but you never know when you're going to run across a "corrupted" song. I understand that even iPods suffer from the same issue occasionally. Also, skip the tedious Media Player sync process and just drag and drop the files right onto the unit. Much easier. UPDATE: a firmware update obtained at iRiver's website corrected my "corrupted" file issue.