Summary: I've had mine for several years and it worked well. However, I can't get it to download files to my Windows 7 computer. According to the Microsoft Windows 7 compatibility center (Amazon blocks foreign URLs), Windows 7 does not support the Olympus DS 330. The manual posted online by Olympus reports Windows XP as the latest operating system for which you can use the DS 330.
Summary: Ask me five minutes ago and I would have given this product 5 stars. I used it for college for a few years with a PC and it was great. Now, I find out that all those recordings that I transferred from PC to Mac, useless. The ones I just recorded the other day (just pulled it from storage) useless. The recorder works fine, and it should, as I paid about $100 for it back in the day. Had I known it had an expiration date, I probably would not have bought it.
Summary: Buyer's beware. Olympus support is horrible. If you ever lose or damage your software Olympus will not help you get it. I lost my CD when I moved and you can't download the software anywhere (you can't even buy it from Olympus). Now I have a completely worthless digital recorder. I'LL NEVER BUY OLYMPUS AGAIN.
Summary: I agree with Reviewer: Andrzej Turski "guru" (Redmond, WA) Very poor support: no driver on Internet, October 12, 2004 The drivers should be available from the web. Thanks for letting me know I'm not the only one who had trouble. What a time waster this has been today. I'm better off buying a new one - and not from Olympus ever again. Today, a Olympus tech support told me the base software is "usually there but we're revising our web site.
Summary: We bought DS330 to record interviews for our radio program. While the recorder workes reasonably well, I've run into big problems trying to copy the data onto PC. I was filling in for our regular technician. I was given the recorder with a cable and craddle and expected it to work with the computer. No such luck. The driver for the recorder control wasn't recognized.
DOES NOT WORK WITH MACINTOSH! (and poor audio quality)
Scott Rose "Computer Geek", Amazon
13 October 2003
Summary: BEWARE! This product does not work with Mac OS X 10.2 or later. The software included with the product will launch okay, but it will NOT recognize any Olympus Digital Voice Recorder that you plug into your Macintosh. Even if you get the updated software off of Olympus' website, it STILL does not work. [...] Basically, if you want to get your digital voice files onto your Mac, you're out of luck with this product.
Summary: Olympus told me that the DS330 software could handle multiple hand-helds using 1 cradle. In fact, the DS330 software cannot handle multiple users. When hand-helds are docked nothing happens. The only solution is to reboot the computer with the hand held in the cradle. I have tested this with 6 hand-helds and their cradles, and 3 different computers. I have just spent 2 weeks on the phone with the Olympus help desk and they could not fix the problem.