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4.0 out of 5 stars
Straight forward player and even works with Mac OS X 10.3, 4 Feb 2004
But you'd never know reading the box would you?
This is a device that needs NO proprietory software EXCEPT when you want to (re)format the drive, if ever. The MP3 player component needs the drive formatted as FAT16 (which OS X can't do) or it can't read the MP3s, hence there is a piece of software to do that, but only a Windows version is supplied (doh!). That being said, you'd only ever need to do that if the drive got corrupted, for example by ripping it out of the pc while it's being written to.
Other than that it works flawlessly on Win2k and OS X just by dragging and dropping files onto the drive that appears when you plug it in.
As an added bonus i-tunes on the mac even recognised it as an MP3 player and lets you copy music onto it from within the application, making it trivial to copy play lists.
What I really like about this device is that it can understand folders and play/repeat a single folder contents. This comes into it's own when you want to preserve track orders: simply rip the tracks into files that begin with the track number, and put each album into it's own folder, which a lot of music management software does by default.
I've seen comments saying it's flimsy but I find it to be quite solid. The build quality of the device and headphones is fine for the price.
I bought this because I was looking for a simple no frills device that wouldn't give me software/DRM grief and that I wouldn't mourn the loss of if I dropped it in a puddle while running.
I've found that it's well suited as a device for exercising and comes with a useful arm band. It certainly holds more music than you'd need for a gym session, but not so much that you can't justify buying an iPod for more sedentary occasions :-)
If it came with Mac OS X format utility or could reformat itself then I'd have given it 5 stars (and put my Windows PC in the shed where it belongs).