"Don't buy it."on by hogfish
Pros Lots of nice features, if only it would have worked.
Cons Small display. Difficult to set up. Didn't work in the end.
Summary After 2 days of loading and unloading software, and 3.5 hours on the phone with a Phillips technician, he and I concluded it was time to return it to the Phillips online store. I really wanted it to work and really tried to make it so. Like others said, the software is very bad. And, at first the player was recognized by my computer as the F drive, then after getting "help" from Phillips, it was never recognized again. Earlier on, with all the upgrades and updates, it would only play mP3's. This was our first attempt at owning a flash player, and it doesn't seem to be worth the trouble. I wasted at least 12 hours of my time on this playerUpdated
The reason the player would not play WMA's is that it cannot play the encrypted or copy write protected wma's that we buy from various online sources (WallMart, Puretracs, etc.) even though they say it will. You must burn the WMA's to a disc, and then rip them back to the computer. This removes the copy protection. Then they can be installed and played on the player.
I learned this after buying a RIO player. I now believe that the Phillips player is superior to the RIO player we ended up with. The RIO is plastic and junky. The Phillips player is substantial and the included accesories are superior.
Pros The look of the player is what drew me in. It looks sturdy, but I don't know how sturdy it is seeing that I only used it one time before I had to take it back to the store.
Cons The sound is lousy. Why would you design an mp3 player with horrible sound? The software is garbage. You're not able to simply drag and drop music files directly onto the player using windows. You're not able to use windows media player to compress the m
Pros Compact design. Very solidly built...rubber cover feels like it can handle a bashing pretty well. 512 MB is pretty ample. FM radio is a plus...most IPODs don't. Oh and definitely buy it online; you'll get ripped off in a store.
Cons You need to get noise cancelling headphones to enjoy music on a plane....noisy airport etc,but most gyms aren't that noisy anyway.
Pros The size is great. philips quality is always good. the overall sound is great if you replace the headphones. That usually goes for any MP3 player.
Cons Radio is not user friendly. Armband design is horrible. They put the player sideways so now my headphone cord gets continnually snagged in the armband.
Pros cheaper than anything apple has put out and works with my mac (even has mac software included)
Cons could be smaller