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Philips should be ashamed!
on 16 November 2013
Stupidly bought as cheap alternative to an iPod. I can't believe this is listed here at the same price as a new 4Gb shuffle! Trust me, you'll be a lot happier checking the abundance of 2nd and 3rd generation iPod nanos on ebay for around the same price.
First problem with this device: doesn't remember where you were, so you can't stop and start at will. Once the device is switched off, the best it can do is remember what album you were last playing.
Second problem is file compatibility. It only accepts mp3, and not the new m4a format used by iTunes. So you'll spend some time converting m4a to mp3, which fortunately is easy with iTunes although you'll end up duplicating in your library and on your hard disk. If you don't download from iTunes then this won't be a problem for you - just make sure you're ripping CDs as mp3.
Third problem is ID3 tags. These tell the player song title, artist etc. But the device only uses v1 tags. You probably won't know what version tags are on your music so it's a matter of seeing what happens when you load it to this device. You'll then need to download an app (free, fortunately) to change relevant tags to v1 of ID3. When I did this, I lost album art in iTunes although that might have been something I did wrong because of all the trial and error.
Fourthly, even after fixing tags as above, the player couldn't properly recognise the tags, at which point I gave up.
The technical issues are really surprising for a manufacturer like Philips. The device itself is physically quite attractive, the controls are easy to master, and the sound seems fine. Now using it as a rather expensive USB drive!