Summary: Intuitive, veresatile player (my version is the 8Gb player). I have a large collection of WMA files, so the Apple players were non-starters. Even without that, I would have chosen this because it has a removeable, replaceable Li-ion battery - a vast convenience when compared with the Apple approach. Pros: Clear 320x240 movies, which you can create with the supplied converter software. Picture viewer with zoom-in. Radio with presets. Voice recorder.
Summary: The iRiver X20 is a good buy. I bought it specifically because it offers line-in recording. I use it to record in MP3 from my home stereo. I have an extensive collection of old cassette tapes I plan to convert. I may convert my vinyl LPs as well. And some old reel to reels. I also like the FM radio. I recorded an internet radio station by connecting the headphone jack of the laptop to the line-in jack of the X20.
Summary: Needed to replace my battered RIO Carbon. Thought I would get a Creative Zen but product felt clunky and not very durable. Passing through Hong Kong found this gem. Easy to use, small enough to slip into a pocket and sound quality (albeit with non-Iriver headphones) excellent. WMA file format ideal as straight transfer from RIO. Does not feel as if it has the same tough quality as the RIO, but nonetheless a worthy successor. Extra 3Gb space welcome.
Pros: WMA format, not an IPOD, sound quality (with Sennheiser headphones), ease of use
Cons: No AC charger supplied with player. Not able to find a maufacturer website that has any info on product and accessories!