"I can't recommend this player highly enough"4.5 starson by wlrube
Pros: Very durable, intuitive, and convenient -- AND USES STANDARD AAA BATTERIES
Cons: Menu is a bit cluttered, controls a tad too small
Summary: I got an earlier, LCD-less version of this player from my aunt, a freebie stamped with her company's logo, and liked it so much that I upgraded to this device. The primary reason I like it is that I can slip it into my pocket and manipulate the controls without even looking at it. With larger mp3 players, particularly the iPod, if you try to do anything without looking at the device, you'll get lost in some menu somewhere. The controls on this device are easy to use and remember. The little "joystick" (for lack of a better word) is a bit small, but it's still easy to locate, remember, and use, and I got used to it in no time.
Physically, this player is ingeniously designed: pop it out of the battery module and it becomes a flash drive, no cables necessary.
Also, this player is very durable. Often, I'll be in a hurry on my way to school and I'll drop the player on the sidewalk, the earbuds will jump out of my ear, and it'll skid down a hill, but when I catch up to it and put the earbuds back in, the music will be playing as if nothing happened.
The menu, accessible by pushing down on the joystick, offers music, radio, recording, equalizers, and others I haven't tried to use. Unless you want to, say, switch to shuffle mode or listen to radio, you don't need to use it at all, and if you do, you only have to use it for a few seconds. It doesn't feel like a "menu" a la iPod so much as a way of tweaking what you're listening to. The player's home is in playing mode, not in the menu, and that's the way I like it in this kind of device.
Overall, as I said, I can't recommend this player highly enough. If you need a place to store your music collection, look at an iPod or one of the iPod clones on the market, but if you're looking for a quick, convenient, inexpensive way to listen to music on the go, this is the device for you.
Finally, a note for people who are choosing between this and an iPod Shuffle. I have used friends' Shuffles, and this is a far superior device. Several reasons for this opinion:
1) It uses standard AAA batteries you can get at the convenience store, so you can use it for years. Apple iPods have never come with replaceable batteries, and the cost of their "replacement service" is as much as a new Shuffle, anyway.
2) It has more features, particularly radio; I consider radio an especially vital feature on small players like this. If you're on a long trip and don't have access to your computer, radio opens up a world of music where you'd otherwise have to hear the same songs over and over again. The Shuffle could have easily included radio without making it too much bulkier or more complicated.
3) This seems trivial, but it isn't: the little cap that protects the USB connector on the iPod shuffle is extremely loseable. You can pop it off without thinking about it (especially if you're the fidgety type like me) and you'll notice it's gone five or ten minutes later. With the MuVo, each of the two parts is essential -- one supplies the music, one contains the battery -- and they stay together or else the music stops. And they won't come apart unless you're consciously trying to take them apart.
4) Three letters: L, C, and D.