I bought this mp3 player last year before going on holiday, I opened the box and plugged the player into the computer, no longer had I plugged it in than the computer recognized it and I was adding songs to my mp3 player while it was charging up, and unlike the other review down the page says, it has excellent battery life thanks and when you use the external battery pack that is supplied with the product, it does NOT eat batteries like it says on the other review down the page and some other mp3 players. The only downside is that you have to remember to safely remove the hardware from your computer before unplugging the player as otherwise you will lose all memory on it. I found that it stored about 10 albums with a bit rate of 128, you can get more than this if you lower the bit rate but I really couldnt be bothered, its not hard to do at all if you want to do it. The player worked perfectly after being dropped, kicked, swimming in the sea (although it did have to dry out for an hour or two) and sat on. Its extremely lightweight too, you hardly realise that its around your neck on the cord that is provided, I found that the ear pieces were very comfortable too. One thing that bugged me was that I couldnt simply skip to the song that I wanted and that I had to skip through all the other songs before arriving at the destination that I wanted. I recommend this for a person who is going on a day trip or a holiday who wants to take a few cds with them but not on bulky cds. Its great for the kids too, keeps them quiet on the long roads! All in all a very very good and reliable mp3 player. Thanks Philips!