Summary: My entire family has IPOD's and I chose to go with Toshiba gigabeat. Up to now I have been happy with it other than the battery life is not very good. The battery will die even if you aren't using the gigabeat. My biggest problem is finding Toshiba support for this model. I called an 800 number given to me by another toshiba division and was told that they don't support the older models.
(o)(o) ..Very Well Rounded!! almost perfect.. (o)(o)
Carrie Chan "jack", Amazon
24 January 2007
Summary: this is a very well rounded media player... almost perfect... anything ur windows media can play this thing can play... u can store 1000s of pictures on it and barely make a dent in its 30gigabite memory... wat ever videos it can play can be routed through a provided cable to ur telivision set.. it even has its own built in radio tuner... the usb cable is universal so u can plug it into almost anyones computer to upload songs to it...
Summary: The Gigabeat has one overriding point in its favor: it allows the use of subscription music services. For those, like myself, who subscribe to such services because they offer an incredible variety of music for a much lower cost than that of purchasing a limited library of music, the Gigabeat's problems are troublesome but not overwhelming. Most aggravating is the Gigabeat's poor battery life.
Summary: My boyfriend and I got each other the 30G Gigabeat for Christmas. It's really easy to use, has incredible picture quality, and plays the music very clear. It's also so easy to Sync the files with the software. CONS: Battery life is MISERABLE! The first few times I used it the life was pretty good. I haven't had it a month now and I'd be lucky to get 4-5 hours of battery life for audio only. I feel like it always needs to be on the charger.
Good player but battery is not replaceable by user
R. Cole, Amazon
15 November 2006
Summary: I purchased this p[layer after reading the CNET review which gave it high marks. It is indeed easy to use, small, attractive, and performs nicely. But, and this is a BIG but, the player has both a short battery cycle life, and to replace the battery, it must be returned to Toshiba. I called Toshiba to find out the price for battery replacement and I was told that the flat rate price is $140.00. I almost dropped the phone.
Summary: I've had this for about a month now. On the plus side, it's very easy to use, accepts a variety of formats, and does everything as advertised. Some of my iPod-wielding friends have told me they find the Gigabeat easier to use than their iPods. On the other hand, the battery life is awful. I usually get about 4-5 hours. Spoke with Toshiba customer service, very friendly, said that this was the first complaint they'd heard concerning battery life.