Summary: Look, these other reviews...they nailed it on the head. Everything they've said about the Gigabeat is true. I however, am an entirely different consumer. I don't buy my products for their intended usage...I buy them so I can modify them. I can't really tell you what the original Windows based interface is like...or battery life...because the minute I got mine, I put Rockbox on it. That was actually the reason I put Rockbox on it. With Rockbox, it works great.
Summary: The gigabeat is a fantastic MP3 player. It is superior to the iPod in several ways: 1. It allows you to use subscription services, such as napster. This means that instead of paying a dollar for each song, you pay one monthly fee and can access almost any song you want. 2. It is fully photo ready, including the ability to add movies and TV. 3. It has a radio tuner. 4.
Summary: small, firly easy to use, sound quality is great. battery life is poor, i'm getting about 4 hours of use before the battery runs dry. i won't buy ipod because of the way they presume to control how i move my music around, but i'd give a look to the new zune.
Summary: The Toshiba Gigabeat MES60VK has to be the best MP3 player I have owned yet. The software is great, the FM radio ability is awesome, 60gb for around $200 new on eBay is amazing, the screen size is plenty big enough, it's user friendly. The disadvantages though are big ones. I didn't like that the battery life is horrible, using Windows Media Player to organize music was just pure frustrating but it is kind of nice to just drag and drop, and it seemed kind of bulky.
Summary: I bought this last December when my 4gen ipod started dying. Originally, I LOVED this thing. Being a Windows Media Center user, taking my tv shows and my music with me everywhere was great. FM tuner, easily transfering videos, movies, and music was great. However, when you hear that it gets almost no support from Toshiba, you are being mislead. It has never gotten ANY support. No firmware updates.