Summary: I purchased this for my fiance back in March, and within a couple of months it started acting quirky... not charging well or not holding it's charge, but most of the time it was all right. It has slowly stopped working correctly and now it will hardly turn on. I realize it's not a super expensive mp3 player, but I certainly expected it to last longer longer than this. At $45 every six months it would make more sense to just invest in a better product right off the bat.
Summary: This player was great until It broke down on me. I had it since Christmas or a little after and it broke this past week. I do not consider that a good lifespan for an mp3 player. I expect at least a year out of them. Don't get me wrong, the sound and convenience of the U5 us great and all but I can't give this a better review.