has great sound, and uses an easy to replace AA ...
A Postal Store Owner, Amazon
20 February 2015
Summary: I've had this for well over 10 years and it hasn't missed a beat. I've taken this all over the world, countless road trips, used it all day, every day for months on end, and, aside from a couple of freezes(cheap batteries), I haven't had any problems with it. I just throw it in my backpack and go. It's small, rugged, has great sound, and uses an easy to replace AA battery. One lithium ion battery lasts me a good 50-75 hours of continues use.
Summary: I got this refurb. off ebay just last December(2012), as this is a discontinued item. I can see why. It has WEAK sound. NO Bass to speak of. Even the Sony am/fm discman I used for years had much better sound. This, I have to turn it up to near max to hear many songs, and even then sometimes it sounds distorted. Having a better isolation earphone helps some at least. Problems syncing to device. I'm guessing this is why they discontinued this player.
Summary: Doesn't get five stars because of the lack of radio and it I'd like it to have come with something I could put it in to go jogging. That being said. Its an excellent mp3 player small but with a AA battery instead of AAA. Excellent long playing time. No major problems in over 2 years of usage. One thing though it has a complex (to me) folder system for compartmentalizing. So you don't have to read the manual to use it but, you may have to in order to get 100% out of it.
Summary: Really, actually does go well over 40, 50, 60 hours using 1 AA battery - also works with almost dead batteries. Does not offer extra features like radio, recording, etc... but great for listening to e-books or music etc...
Great sounding but Windows Media Player 11 killed it.
virginiaplain "virginiaplain", Amazon
2 February 2009
Summary: We have owned this device since it came out. Recently, it stopped working as we remembered it. When you hook it up via USB cable, it would appear with the green icon in the lower right corner, and was recognized as a "Mass Storage Device." If you go into Device Manager, it appears under the Hard Disk section. Everything we loaded on went fine. Flash forward to this month. For some reason, it was coming in as "Found New Hardware" as an MTP Device.
Summary: I've had one of these for two and half years. I've dropped it, stepped on it, and yesterday it fell into a glass of water and sat there for about 2 minutes before I noticed. It still works! Battery life is as advertised. I love this thing.
Summary: I've had many players before, they all had something I didn't like. This one has it all. Here are the things that I liked. The buttons on this really work well. Not spongy like some I've had. The power is unmatched with the larger battery. In fact, the unit's size is almost entirely because of the AA size battery. I have some old rechargeable nihm's that again have a use - they were so weak and wouldn't recharge fully that other devices couldn't use them.
Summary: I have put this mp3 through demanding use for well over a year, and am impressed enough that I'm considering buying another one and setting it aside for the day the one I have finally dies. No need to chime in with the other reviewers, as they explain the features well. However, one additional feature not mentioned is the ability to delete songs "on the fly" without having to connect the player to a computer.
Summary: ...I use my player to listen to books, which brings up a strong negative. With other players I have used, when I held down the search (>> OR <<) button, the forward or reverse went faster and faster the longer I held down the button. Not so with this device. It goes about 10x speed, and that's it. Once I accidentally restarted a book of which I'd listened to 3 hours. I had to push the search button down for a half hour to get back to where I was!!