"Acceptable, but overrated"2.0 starson by ce_reviews
Pros: Small, Looks good
Cons: headphones are junk, only works w/ ITunes, rotating menu doesn't seem to work well, no radio
Summary: This product is pretty average, and exemplifies the standard Apple strategy of non-compatibility.
I picked this up because I got a great deal via audible.com (Which is a GREAT way to listen to books, check 'em out).
This is by no means a bad player. However, there are a few things to be aware of if you're open-minded enough to consider that Apple doesn't have all of the answers.
1. You will HAVE to replace the ear buds. Even if they're more comfortable in your ears than mine, the sound quality is VERY poor. And I'm not an audiophile.
2. I hope you like ITunes. So far, I have been unable to get windows media player to work w/ it. It copies the files over, and they're there in Windows Explorer, but I can't seem to play them. I HATE THAT. It's not that Itunes is so bad as much as it is that I am from a Windows world where I can find other options. Plus, setting up a media library takes a lot of work. I don't feel like going through it again. Additionally, the auto-import feature has crashed on me once, and has some errors as well.
3. The circle scroll idea is pretty good, but I find that it only works smoothly on the very outtermost part of the circle. So far, I've been unable to scroll smoothly with 1 hand with any consistency.
4. You have to eject the ipod using either ITunes or Windows' hardware wizard before you disconnect it. If you're using ITunes, I guess it isn't that big of a deal.
5. Volume is decent, but not fantastic.
6. I want to be able to replace the battery. Planned obsolescence is very irritating.
7. For this much money, I can't get a radio?
8. I want BLUETOOTH!!!
Ok, lest you label me as a close-minded apple-hater, there are a few cool touches.
1. I like that it detects whether your headphones are plugged in or not, and pauses automatically when you unplug them. You'll do this a few times in the beginning while wondering if those earbuds really sound that bad, or is it the song.Updated
A few things I forgot or didn't know the first time:
1. Below is a link to how to reset your ipod when it locks hard, which in a few weeks of light use, it has now done twice.
2. One other thing. It doesn't play wma files. I just found that out when trying to put a radio program on. You're not hopelessly lost, ITunes will convert to mp3 for you (if it doesn't crash, which happened to me a few times), After that you just have to go figure out where ITunes put it, which it doesn't really tell you.
3. Sometimes it gets really slow. This seems to happen most often with my Audible content, but's it's pretty aggravating when you listen to books on a number of devices and are trying to seek to where you left off elsewhere.
4. I'm not sure, but I don't think it supports high-bitrate content either. Is 192kpbs the limit? It seems to convert my music before putting it on. Not too big of a deal so long as it doesn't leave the low bitrate versions lying around on my machine.