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Comment: If all you want to do is listen to music in high quality, this is the way to do it.
Good: Best sound, batterylife and format support in market
Bad: Controls take a little getting used to, would've liked version with standard battery compartment
Comment: I've had this player for some time and there is still no alternative on the market.
It comes with exceptional sound in a small package with great batterylife and supports many formats, including flac which I require. flac + great audio quality and large flash memory sizes means a great package.
I've got the 8 gb version, I know there is a 16 gb version now.
I have two gripes: First, that they don't make one with a standard (replaceable) battery compartment. Now, since the battery lasts so long it isn't a biggie, but once it starts to degrade - like all rechargeable batteries do - there is nothing you can do about it. Now, this story is exactly the same for almost all devices out there. There may be one or two that is different, but almost all are gone now.
There used to be a iriver that took AAA batteries, but they nevere updated it, I think.
Secondly, the controls are not perfect. They should go back to physical controls and skip the touch thingies, I think. It works without problems most of the time, but 1 / 10 times it does glitch. It is very seldom and only requires a restart of the device so it's a very small annoyance but it is a tiny issue. The menu system is quite good once you get used to it, and the hardware buttons can be tweaked.
Despite these small complaints, the unit is still the best there is. Small, runs looooong and has the best audio quality and format support. Very good.
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