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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2004
(dropped a star for the god-awful software)
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The Nike MP3 Player is incredibly good value for money. The sound qualityis great and the device has 4 or 5 pre set equaliser settings (rock/techno/ classical etc)plus the facility to customise. But its so small!!My other worry was that it might be very loud, but its certainly plentyloud enough, even when worn running into wind.. I was initially worriedabout chafe from the arm band, but after running with it on for over anhour I nearly forgot it was there. Its incredibly light.
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Now for the negatives. Although the hardware itself is just perfect forthe price (I for one never run for more than 4 hours, so more memory isn'tan issue for me), the huge drawback here is the software which comes withthe player. 'Music Match' is the most awkward, un-intuitive, random half-baked package I've ever come across. Its incredibly slow to copy from CD,it won't import from 'portable device', the display icons make you closedown the whole programme instead of one window, no matter how many timesyou type in the artists name it always says 'artist' and the list goes on.Bizarrely, if you take one oe two tracks from a cd, next time you put thatcd in Music Match doesn't acknowledge you have a cd in at all (no tracklistings appear, track numbers or anything) but it WILL play the cd!Absolutely awful. And to round it all off, half the functions aren'tavailable until you download (and pay for, presumably) the upgrade fromthe internet.
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I imagine this is one reason why the Nike MP3 player is so cheap- thecheap software. If this is the case I don't mind. Even good old WMA filescan be played (but not Sony Sound Stage Audio's), so its an easy fix- binthe Music Match CD.
Once you've done that, you have a nigh on perfect product.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2004
I paid £40 for this little device, just a year after spending £300 on an ipod. I have to admit I am very impressed. You get a lot of kit for your money - headphones, waistband, armband, battery charger, rechargable battery, customisable equalizer, magnetic wire clip, nice crisp display.
Now I'm not saying that it will replace my ipod - it won't. They both serve very different purposes. However, if I were to compare them in terms of sound quality I have to admit that the Nike player is far superior. I imported songs from the iTunes software into Musicmatch that comes with this player, making no changes to the quality or compression of the music. (So basically they are the same file) The quality is much better on the Nike. It also has a longer battery life, and goes much louder.
I don't have the same storage capabilities as on the ipod, but will be able to swap songs whenever I feel like it.
There were some 'issues' when I installed the software - when I first ran the disk it killed my machine, but worked fine second time around. Once I got to grips with the software I found it very easy to transfer songs to the player.
I am looking forward to getting it to the gym and having a workout with it attached to my arm. I have some old Sony 'groove' headphones that have a very short lead - they work like a dream with the machine.
All in all I got a lot more than I expected for my money, and would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2004
This was the first Mp3 player i have bought and it is one of the best i have ever seen. It is superbly well made and it is this ergonomic design that offsets its simplicity.
Ok, it can't use folder systems, repeat or program songs or format them in any way while on the player, but this mp3 player does exactly what it set out to, it can cope with any physical exercise routine flawlessly, its easy to use andthe recharchable battery (included with charger) lasts for a good amount of time. All in all:

Pros.
Robust
Looks good
easy to use
great headphones (even if others say otherwise!)
arm and waist band work well
Cons.
Does not use folders
cannot program tracks

Buy it!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2005
This MP3 has the Gym cool factor, strapped to your arm you look the business, and the sports headphones are slick too. The battery lasts a good 3 or so hours per charge. The unit is tiny and if your not using at the gym or other sporting activity it can easily slip into pockets or the palm of your hand. The transfer of music from PC to unit is easy enough, just like its another hard drive as far as windows is concerned.
I think it fits roughly 20 songs on depending on how long the song is.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2004
This really is a great piece of kit. As a regular in the gym I got fed up with skipping cds and minidisc players.
I can't complain about this piece of kit. No matter what I'm working on it keeps playing and the rechargeable batteries (supplied with the device) really do last as long as advertised.
Excellent!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2004
This is the third MP3 player and it simply blows the socks off everything else. Fantastic sound, features, style and value. Ideal for use with work out. Well done nike for influencing the electronics company into coming up with an mp3 player suitable for the job. Well done phillips for great sound and quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2004
Great design , lightweight, all you need I loaded the Back in Black ac/dc album and around 8 other punk tracks to keep me going on the treadmill, i've worn mine indoors and out running in the rain etc, the only criticism is that sweat damages the earphones, the original ones lasted about 6- 8 months, I replaced them with the wrap over your ear type to avoid excessive sweating on the ear piece.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2003
Simple and easy to use. No fuss download of your favourite tunes. USB connectivity to PC and Mac make this a very versatile piece of kit. Light and small. Wear it on your wrist or arm. No more back ache!.
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on 22 April 2004
I have been looking for a 'anti jog' music system for long runs for awhile and spotted this on Amazon. I decided to give it a whirl and I am soglad I did. Simple to use and very light the arm and waist bands make itideal for all kinds of sport and exercise. File transfer is OK using thesoftware included and I managed to get 2 full albums on with room tospare. Can't fault it so far.
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on 22 April 2004
Excellent MP3 player, Small, Looks great, easy to carry excellent for thegym! Fantastic Sound and at an affordable price. Top buy!!
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