Summary: I have had this since December. I agree the player is cool and has good features such as the ability to record from the radio but if it breakes down what is the point? I am now having to bring in my player for the SECOND time for servicing. Not a big deal unless you want to wait a whole month for the process and if you don't have all of your music backed up... My suggestion, go with something that has been proven to work that also has good features, not this player.
Summary: I had this MP3 player for about 6 months. Everything was fine & dandy, until now. I had been using Napster & WMP to transfer files. However, when I logged onto Napster yesterday, they forced me to upgrade to this "new & improved version". There is no way to avoid upgrading the product. So, now that I've "upgraded" napster, the thing is ruined. It cleared the 1000 + songs I had in the player, saying it was due to a "serious error".
It started messing up before I even had it a week...
A reviewer, Amazon
31 December 2004
Summary: I hadn't even had this player for a week (I got it for Christmas) before it started messing up. The player itself works fine, it's the software that's required to use it that I have a problem with. Twice now, within three days, all the songs I had loaded onto the player were erased, and I still don't know why. The first time I had 515 songs on it, and the second time 147 because I hadn't had the chance to load them all back onto it. DO NOT install Napster.
Summary: I really wanted to make this thing work. Why? Because it APPEARED that Samsung had done all the right things- terrific on-screen information, above average sound quality, and despite other reviews, I found the unit to be sturdy and have that "feel good" thing when in your hands. But, that's where the good stuff stops- Samsung blew it on several major areas: 1) Perhaps the worst music transfer interface on the market today.
Summary: Songs imported into library alphabetically. Sent 2 email asking for support from samsung website - NO response received; not even stating they received my question. Hisses and pops heard on songs imported from wma 64Kbps but not heard when playing on PC. When I called asking if there will be firmware upgrade to correct song order as it is on the CD, got passed onto tech engineer.
Summary: This device is awesome. It feels solid, the interface is relatively easy to use (although not as easy as browsing a hard-drive, as you are forced to Genre categories, etc). The design of the hardware is also cool. I use this for recording meetings and discussions, and it works great. One click to start a voice recording. Oh man do i want to keep this mp3 player! But, i will be returning it. Why? Napster is required to really make it useful.
Summary: I bought this because I have a large library of MP3s that I want to transfer to a device and listen to. I also wanted a lot of extra storage for other files. What I found was that this player only allows you to listen to MP3s that are downloaded from the Napster application. Even if your MP3s are burned from your own cd, you can't listen to them with this player UNLESS you burn them with the Napster CD ripper.
Excerpt: The Sony NW-MS7 MP3 Player lets you carry your favourite music collections wherever you go. Within this compact MP3 player you can cram plenty of music files. Though it comes in a minimalist look, it offers unrivalled music playback options. With smart features, you get the best output from this MP3 player.
Excerpt: "...I found it odd that Samsung had let Napster brand their new fancy mp3 gadget. But sure enough, they were in cahoots from the start. Not only did the package come with a free CD of Napster's newest software, but this new software was the ONLY software designed to sync music to the YH-920. I really didn't feel like changing from my favourite media player (WinAmp at the time) to this crumby thing... It was all a big scam! I calmed down though, and ...
Excerpt: "My big gripe with this model is the faults that it has developed durng my time using it. However I'll go over my experiences using the player and it's other features before I describe these. Price: £120 delivered - eBay (Apr 2005) First appearances: When I first opened up the box, the player struck me as a fairly stylish and compact jukebox for the cheap price I bought it at. The part-metal outer construction seemed pretty solid and the buttons ...
Pros: Easy menu system, cheap price
Cons: Odd track sorting, various technical faults experienced