"Very Cool, but downloading is confusing!"4.0 starson by jefforing
Pros: It's definetely got the Cool Factor! Sounds great! Perfect for movies on plane trips! Very small size for doing so much!
Cons: Downloading content to this thing has been frustrating for me!
Summary: I received an iPod 20GB (U2 version) as a gift for my 50th birthday, and I was just in love with that thing! I mainly used it in my car with a cassette adapter while driving. Now that I had a taste for coolish digital music devices, I started to reserach other devices and other available music download services other than iTunes ('cause I am never satisfied with what I already have!). I discovered Napster's new service called Napster-To-Go, a $14.95/month deal where you can download unlimited music to certain portable devices compatible with their service (I do NOT work for Napster!). In looking at their site, I discovered the Samsung YH-999, which is compatible with Napster-To-Go, and seeing that it held not JUST music, and NOT JUST music and photos like iPod photo, but ALSO stored and played video and TV content on a larg(ish)high-quality COLOR LCD screen, I had to have it! So I bought it on-line for $374.00 (and sold the iPod with it's limited black and white LCD screen) and it is everything that I had hoped it would be! It even has built-in speakers, if you can imagine for such a small device! And a wired remote which i have found to be really handy while driving and changing songs.
I love it! I put family movies on it as well as rental or purchased movies from one of several sites that have specific content available for purchase or rental for PMC's.
Of course, reading is all well and good, but if I find myself eating alone, I pull it out of my pocket, put it on it's built-in "kickstand" (also cool!) and watch movies while I eat!
The only problem that I am having is frustrations in updating (Synchronizing) the device with Windows MediaPlayer 10! It seems to go through the updating process differently each time I update it! And the amount of time it takes to update varies greatly, irrespective of what I am uploading into it. The other day I uploaded several movies and about 400 new songs, and it took only 10 minutes to do so, and I went to add only 5 pictures yesterday and it took over an hour to update! And sometimes, Windows MediaPlayer 10 says that "Synchronization is Complete", and when I use the device, the new movies, pictures or videos that I wanted to add are actually not on the Yh-999. So, I sometimes have to do this synchronization process several times before my content "magically" appears, since I have no idea how to control the synchronization process, other than luck each time. I have spoken several times with Samsung's Help Line, but they do not have any information other than the user's manual, which I also have...
But it IS very cool, and it works very well! Other folks my age look at it and say pretty much nothing when I show them the device and how it works.....sort of like, why am I bothering them with this childish toy? But teens and college kids think it is ABSOLUTELY cool, and they try to figure out how to afford one for themselves!
I say get one if you are in the market....I looked at the other PMC's by Creative and iRiver, and I felt that they looked and felt cheap in comparison. It really is a fantastic technology and a fun and useful product, despite my having some slight uploading issues.