Summary: I just wanted a cd player to use at the gym. This contraption is much too complicated for my liking. It takes too long to load a cd, the sound quality could be better, and the battery life is too short. It's also made out of cheap plastic that doesn't seem very durable.
Summary: I found out that IRiver itself only lists 7-8 hours of play time on the rechargeable batteries. If you want the 23 hours advertised, you have to dangle a cord out the side and use the EXTERNAL AA battery pack as a source.
Summary: I bought the player for my son. He loves the size and function of the player, except for the battery life. Unfortunately, this problem makes the player almost useless. My son doesn't want to use the AA battery attachment hanging out from a cable. It doesn't look cool.