The YH-925 relies on Napster's eponymous software for music management. You can also drag and drop songs to the player, but if you don't install Samsung's driver first, they won't play. Napster is an attractive, full-featured program, and the integrated to-go service represents a decidedly tempting alternative to iTunes. For £9.95 per month, you can fill your player to the brim with songs from Napster's million-plus library. The YH-925 will also work with the more affordable Yahoo Music Unlimited service.
To view photos on the player, you'll need the included Multimedia Studio utility. It automatically converts batches of photos to the proper size and downloads them to the player. Inexplicably, however, the Samsung YH-925 can't play slide shows on its own -- you have to create them first in Multimedia Studio.
Playlists are another story: you can easily create one right on the device just by holding down the Select button for any album, artist or track. Alas, Samsung hasn't fixed the last model's bugs -- when you add an artist to the playlist, only a few random tracks actually show up. And when you add an album, songs are listed alphabetically rather than in their native order.
The bigger problems, however, are sound quality and battery life. The Samsung YH-925 lasted just under than 10 hours in our battery tests -- better than we expected, given the addition of a colour screen, but 5 hours less than the latest iPod. What's more, as with the YH-920, many of our songs sounded ragged and hollow. Something about the player sucks the warmth out of music. And some of the settings actually introduce distortion, so fiddling with the equaliser and SRS settings just makes things worse. At least music transfers were impressive, coming in at a brisk 4.3MB per second over USB 2.0.
If you're less interested in fidelity than you are in a low price, as well as compatibility with lots of music stores and services, the Samsung YH-925 doesn't disappoint. But we think Samsung should work on correcting the player's flaws before introducing a YH-930.
Edited by James Kim
Additional editing by Nick Hide