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iRiver iFP-799 - 1GB Flash MP3 Player With Tuner - USB2.0
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The iFP-700 series combine advanced iriver sound quality with a stylish, wearable design. It features internal flash-memory for skip-free, extended battery life up to 40 hours on single AA, a built-in FM tuner and voice recorder. It also records music from any audio source. Plus, this ultra-light player can be used to store music or transfer files of any type.
- Craft Style and miniature size
- 128MB/256MB/512MB/1G built-in flash memory for skip-free audio playback
- Up to 40 hours of playback with 1 AA battery
- Plays MPEG 1/2/2.5 Layer 3, WMA, ASF, OGG, FM radio
- Transfers files through IMM (iriver Music Manager) and recordings (voice,
FM radio, Line in)
- Connects to USB 2.0(iFP-780 supports USB 1.1 only) port for high speed
- Supports not only windows OS but also MAC OS through iriver Music
Antenna type: Headphone/Earphone cord
Dimensions (WxDxH): 87.1 x 32 x 26.7 mm
FM radio: Y
Operating temperature (T-T): -5 - 40 °C
Player media type: Flash-media
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR): 90 dB
Total storage capacity: 1 GB
Voice recording: Y
Weight: 37 g
Top Customer Reviews
Also the device isn't detected by Windows as Mass Storage Device, you have to use some program to transfer files, and you can't transfer them back, so no porting files back and forth to your friends house. There is a UMS firmware upgrade you can download for this player. This allows it to be detected as a Mass Storage Device so you can transfer files like it's a hard drive, problem is doing this downgrades it to a USB 1.1 device (check the website FAQ for this) and file transfers are painfully slow (about 4-5 mins for an album), which seems daft to me, other MP3 players function as USB 2.0 and Mass Storage.
On the plus side it does have plenty of features (voice, FM radio, inline recording etc.), and the sound quality is excellent. However, the skipping and lack of decent Mass Storage support mean this player is useless for me and I have since taken it back.
A firmware update on the iRiver website allows windows to recognise it as an external drive, so you can transfer files with windows explorer.
It's rugged enough for the wilds and the sound quality and battery life make this an excellent choice.
+ Easy to use
+ Sound quality good (but see comment below about noise)
+ FM radio, clock, microphone and line-in, work well and are a nice bonus
+ 1 Gb solid state storage i.e. should be robust
+ Very small and very light
+ Battery life seems to be excellent
The could do (in places very much) better...
+ NO UMS!!@?# I am new to MP3 players, but am flabergasted. I have since learn't that iRiver are not the only ones to make this stupid mistake. What were they thinking? I don't want to have to use a poxy explorer type tool that has to be installed on any PC I wish to connect to the player. File drag and drop, to and from anywhere is the only way to go ... the device should connect as a standard USB memory drive. (iRiver claim to be working on a firmware update to provide UMS, I will be trying to sell my iFP-799 if this does not appear soon.) I would never have bought the device if I had known this.
+ Music files cannot be transfered (using the poxy exporer type tool) from the device back onto a PC. I realise that this is copy protection, but it infringes my rights too. For example it stops me backing up the FLASH contents. (UMS (if it arrives) should solve this)
+ No OGG playback, despite what it says on the box and the websites! I would find this funny, if it wasn't me that was suffering... The supplied (poxy explorer type tool) software can create OGG files but not MP3. The player can play MP3 files but not OGG! (iRiver claim to be working on a firmware update to provide OGG support. It's starting sound like the iFP-700/800 series were rushed out before they were finished!)
+ It is difficult to see in the photographs on the websites but the 1 G version is purple(with sparkles)/silver, not black/silver.Read more ›
Occasionally, Windows XP Pro does seem to be unable to see the device, but by unplugging in, shutting down the software and starting over, this problem is resolved! On the subject of WMA's I would recommend that you convert them to mp3's as the sound quality is much better!
One small thing that I did find annoying, is that some internet downloaded mp3's won't play on it. This is down to the encryption on the files and not the player itself!
I have colleagues with iPods and larger iRiver (40gb) players, but they are all in awe of what this (very) little piece of kit can do!
The radio is crystal clear, there's a function to record from the radio and the voice recorder is clear and simple to use. There's a graphic equaliser, which has presets and is adjustable too, which is great when changing styles of tracks.
I highly recommend the iRiver iFP-799!
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