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Archos 20 GB USB 2.0 MP3 Jukebox Recorder
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Archos 20 GB USB 2.0 MP3 Jukebox Recorder

by Archos
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

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Product Features

  • 20 GB hard drive, with up to 300 hours of music and/or data
  • USB 2.0 interface, USB 1.1 compatible
  • Record audio from any audio source
  • Rechargeable NiMH batteries with 10 hours of playtime included
  • Compatible with 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, or Mac OS 9.2 or X

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameArchos
Item Weight2.2 pounds
Product Dimensions10.9 x 8.6 x 3.4 inches
Item model number500577V2
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
Number of Items1
Technical Specification
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #245,887 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.2 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableDecember 16, 2003

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Archos
  • Model: 500577V2
  • Supported Standards: MP3
  • Hardware Platform: PC
  • Component Type: Digital Player

Product Description

The Archos 20 GB MP3 Jukebox Player/Recorder Special Edition is an updated version of the original Archos portable MP3 Jukebox. You can record up to 300 hours of top quality music in MP3 format directly from any audio source--real-time and on-the-fly. Record directly from a stereo, CD player, portable radio, or microphone via the stereo line-in jack without needing a computer. It is also features a voice recorder with a built-in microphone that you can use to record music or other sounds from any analog or digital sources at bit-rates up to 160 kbps. When you're finished, you can copy your recordings to your PC without any specialized software.

The Archos Jukebox Recorder/Player has a real-time MP3 encoder, plus an MP3 Player and 20 GB hard drive that connects to a computer through an ultra-fast USB 2.0 interface with transfer data speeds up to 480 Mbps. No special software is required to download MP3 songs. Just drag and drop MP3 files using Windows Explorer. Merge your entire collection of MP3's and CD's into one hand-held device. Slip it into your pocket, and listen to all your favorite music wherever you go!

The Archos 20 GB MP3 Jukebox Player Recorder Special Edition can be used as an optional hard disk to store all your data, images, software, etc. With a simple click on the Archos website, you can upgrade the firmware and get additional software extensions.

PC and Mac System Requirements: PC: Pentium 233 MHz or higher. Windows 98SE, ME, 2000 or XP32 MB RAM (64 MB recommended). CD-ROM Drive with digital audio extraction support. Mac: OS 9.2 or X. iMac, G3 or higher. USB Manager version 1.2 or higher.

This product comes with a 1 year warranty on parts and labor.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
123 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid, heavy, does what it should, January 25, 2004
First off, if your buddy has an Ipod and you want to be cool like him/her then look elsewhere. The Archos is nearly twice as heavy, twice as thick and is a bit of an ugly duckling next to the Ipod.
With that said, it should also be mentioned that the Archos battery life is twice as long and you can get the same size capacity HD for less then half the price of the Ipod.
I have heard complaints about Archos quality, but I know plenty of people that have had theres for 2 years with out a bit of trouble. I have only had mine a few days, so I can not say how long term reliability is, but I will say that this unit is well constructed, although not the most ergonomic.
Very important is to replace the Archos OS with the free Rockbox OS. Just do a search and you will find it. Simply install the Rockbox OS to the HD like you would a song folder and the Archos will recognize it. With Rockbox installed, the Archos is very customizeable and the sound quality is superior to most postable MP3 players.
I would suggest this player to anyone who will pimarily use it in their car, sitting in their favorite chair, or hooked up to a Stereo system. I would not recomend this player to someone who plans on using it in "active" situations. Not that I feel the quality is not up to par, but because of the bulk.
At a higher price I would rate this unit as a 4 becuase the buttons feel a slightly cheap and the weight and size is above average. for the price it is 5 for 5!
UPDATE FEB 3, 2003
The more I use it the more I like it! Flashing rockbox to the Archos Rom decreases system turn on from about 12 seconds to 3 seconds. I really like the build quality and I have changed my mind about the buttons being "cheap". I think everything has a real solid feel and I think it is a great player. It is still bulky of course, but that is a tradeoff I am willing to take for the price. I would not except low quality and I have not had to with this player. GREAT!
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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works on Linux too!!! February 12, 2004
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Great player. A little bulky, but Simple to operate. Certainly not designed with Jogging in mind... or any exercise that involves rapid movement.
Like most Computer products these days, the Archos ships with Windows-only / Mac software. Here is the quote from "Compatible with 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, or Mac OS 9.2 or X".
But, did you know you can simply connect this player to a USB port & use as an external Hard Drive? Didn't think so. Unlike most MP3 players on the market today (iP0d included), this Archos version allows you to simply drag-n-drop your music folders, files, etc.
What does this mean? First and foremost, Simplicity. No software to imped or derange your well organized music files / lists. I can't speak for everyone, but I hate when an piece of software thinks it knows what I want (a certain software company in upper Washington State comes to mind). You don't have some software trying to tell you how your music should be organized. Didn't know that either, did you? Well if you did, then you probably already have another brand and have to live with such pains. Hey, I am using Linux so living with complexity comes natural.
Buy it and download the Rockbox firmware. Just google for the site "". It really make this player the best.... and improves recording fidelity. Oh, another thing - I own the first version of the Archos 20GB, but don't let that bother you. These jewels are virtually identical internally.
Recommended Accessory:
Archos Stereo Microphone, which I purchased here on Why do you need this? Well, the internal mic stinks. Not literally, but it does pick up the Hard Disk's noise of spinning up to save data. Annoying if you want to keep the recording for enjoying later.
Best of luck!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good overall December 5, 2003
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I have an earlier version of the Archos Jukebox, but it's very similar.
The positive: excellent sound quality, very convenient method of storing vast amounts of music (and books on tape), easy to sync with computer via USB, very good battery life (I get around 10 hours), easy to hook up to home stereo or car stereo (requires optional accessory), and it's been reliable -- I've had no problems in the year or so I've owned it, except a couple hangs that required it to reboot. Very good bang for the buck!
The negative: I don't think the Jukebox's OS firmware is particularly good in terms of user interface and the information it provides. It is quite primitive compared to the Ipod, which is the gold standard for these types of devices. For example, the Ipod sorts music by Artist, album, genre, user-defined playlist, etc., while the Archos just provides a DOS-like nested tree structure for filing music. This means it's much easier to find and sort the music you want to hear on the Ipod -- something you shouldn't underestimate in terms of the overall usefulness of the device. The Ipod also has a much better display that's easier to read.
Note that alternative firmware is available for some Archos Jukebox models from Rockbox. I haven't tried it yet, but I've heard it's superior to the standard Archos OS.
Conclusion: The Archos Jukebox costs much less than the Apple Ipod. It provides comparable sound quality and reliability, in my opinion, but it's not as easy to use. I highly recommend the Archos to anyone who doesn't want to pay the Apple premium.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Item functioned well, though was rapidly outdated due to newer technology.
Published 4 months ago by Jorge D.
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st MP3 player.
Ahh, my 1st MP3 player...lasted quite a while. I loved it...
Published 5 months ago by Tai
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Music Player For Its Time!
Bought this player from Amazon in 2004 for $149 with a $50 rebate. Easy to use, easy to install songs, just connect to your computer and drag and drop to your hearts content. Read more
Published 23 months ago by oldeczeczeho
5.0 out of 5 stars Archos is Awsome
Not only is this a great player, recorder,storage device.... It came preloaded with just about every song that has been recorded. I am extremely happy with this purchase!
Published on November 4, 2012 by Enchanted Angel
1.0 out of 5 stars Stopped working after few days...
It was having this small little glitches from the beginning and It stopped working after few days completely.
Published on September 12, 2007 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars No good
It worked OK for about 20 days and took a dump. There is a problem with these units.
Thankfully Amazon took it back without a complaint.
Thanks Amazon!
Published on July 14, 2007 by T. Stroud
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I had this archos for two years. Went out and bought an Apple Ipod. No comparison, Archos may not look great but by far is much better than the IPOD. Read more
Published on January 28, 2006 by Linda
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok! for a while...
My dad bought this product for me. it was ok for a while then it started stalling and not working at all. Read more
Published on June 29, 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars May not be good looking but BETTER than iPod
I have had this for about a year now & it has been great. I replaced the firmware with Rockbox, an open source software for the player. Read more
Published on March 18, 2005 by Girish Hegde
5.0 out of 5 stars Poster Child for Jukebox Abuse
I have used my Jukebox for over two years. Its main function is to store sampled sounds for my musical instrument keyboard. Read more
Published on March 1, 2005 by Dennis C. Wolfe
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