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iAudio U2 1 GB Digital Music Player

by Cowon

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  • Supports MP3, MP2, WMA, ASF and WAV; Playback, Voice Recording, FM Radio, Listening and Recording, Direct MP3 Encoding, Removable Disk
  • Built-in 1 GB Flash Memory
  • Long Playback Time: Up to 20 hours
  • USB 2.0 Interface
  • 4 Lines of Graphic LCD (Indigo Blue Backlight)
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Technical Details
Brand NameCowon
Item Weight1 pounds
Product Dimensions10.7 x 7.6 x 3.5 inches
Item model numberU2-1024BL
Number of Items1
  
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Additional Information
ASINB00063G0BO
Shipping Weight2 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableJune 12, 2004
  
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  • Brand Name: Cowon
  • Model: U2-1024BL
  • Digital Storage Capacity: 1 GB
  • Supported Standards: WAV, WMA, Other Audio Formats, MPEG, MP3
  • Hardware Platform: PC, Mac, Unix
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Product Description

iAUDIO U2 is a ultra-compact 1 GB digital music player with FM Radio, Voice Recorder and Direct MP3 Encoder. Enjoy the highest-quality sound powered by BBE, 4 lines wide graphic LCD and 20 hrs of continuous playback with a built-in rechargeable battery.

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Customer Reviews

The sound quality is great, the interface is easy.
Steve M.
The sound quality is fantastic and is further boosted by the addition of some really useful sound enhancements (bass boost, equalizer, etc.).
Amazon Customer
The iAudio is worth the money and my advice is to buy it.
Kevin W

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228 of 253 people found the following review helpful By H. Sachan on May 21, 2005
This review describes the complete thought/research cycle for deciding a digital player. It includes hdd based, flash based, different flash based capacities, features, battery life etc. The features etc for any player are already available on the detail pages and else where so I'm not including those, instead doing the comparison exercise. I've also written this review for other flash players which I considered in the comparison.

I've been using iRiver SlimX iMP-CD350 CD/MP3 player for quite a while now and decided that its time to move to a smaller player which is more versatile and portable. I'm just not a CD person, and as soon as I buy a CD, I rip it and get the files all over my computers/laptops.

There are lot of smaller digital music players available in the market. My first decision point was to decide between HDD (hard disk drive) or Flash memory based players. HDD based are available from 4GB to 60 GB and since it has a mechanical drive, it's not suited well for my activities (gym/running etc). While flash based don't suffer with this draw back, they come only in 128MB, 256MB, 512MB, 1GB and 2GB. I wasn't buying a player to make it a permanent repository of all my music and having up to 1GB of music (16 hours of CD quality, 32+ hours otherwise) was good enough for me. For this reason, I decided to go with Flash based player. Plus, most flash based players have direct USB connectivity and some of those can also be used as a regular flash disk for document transfer and storage.

Next step was to decide the capacity. I was inclined for a 2GB player since it'll store even more songs, but found some warning in iAudio (Jet Audio) site where a 2gb version can store only up to 450 (files + folders) and the player cannot address the last 260MB memory of the player.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By ej76az on February 19, 2005
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The U2 is the best flash memory digital music player on the market.

Pros: VERY solid construction; easy user interface; great manual (the one you download, not the puny one that comes in the package); many accessories included; cool display; good 'phones.

Cons: Writes files SUPER slow. Rechargeable battery is built in, not removeable. USB cable doubles as recharger, but it's slow. Normal plug-in-the-wall-outlet battery recharger is available, but costs extra.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By N. Bangera on May 12, 2005
This Korean made U2 IAUDIO Flash 1GB Mp3 player has replaced my previous Sony MD player, and was a better alternative to the Ipod Mini or Shuffle. If you like larger, hard-drive based MP3 players that require proprietary software and formats in order to use them, then by all means buy an IPOD. If you dont like having a convenient Display on your flash player then buy an IPOD shuffle with its incredible 'random' feature. The U2 Iaudio Flash player is for people who hate superfluous and bulky transfer software programs and enjoy a particular disdain for conformity. I can drag and drop Mp3 or other audio format files and transfer music from CD's (quite literally) in a flash. Yes I can only hold about 250 songs, but who wants to hold their entire CD collection. I'm constantly changing the music on it, every couple of days. The battery is charged while its connected to the USB and performs well.

The sound is crisp and it has several options for Bass, Equalizer and Sound Enhancements. Not to mention it has Voice Recording abilities on MP3 or WAV, and FM Radio that can be recorded as well!

The menu is easily navigatable and all controlled with one simple and small shuffle button.

The best part: I bring it to work and use it as a USB Memory Key. I dont need anything extra to be able to store any other document or miscellaneous files that are under 1GB!

Now the only CON I can think of: the shape and design are way too boxy and utilitarian, and not nearly as stylish as the other players out there. But I can live with that. This player is awesome!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By D. G. Ahn on November 10, 2004
I bought this player 4months ago through a friend in Korea. It plays superbly.

The player is very small(smaller than it looks on your screen). The battery lasts about 20hours and the only downside is that I can't replace them once they drown out because the Li-ion battery is integrated into the player(just like the ipod). You can also charge the device through usb just by connecting to the usb port. You could also make a use out of USB 2.0 ports if you have it on your computer and transfer files at 25Mb/sec.

A gigabyte lets you hold about 300 songs on your device with 128kbps.

The sound output is powerful and clear. Plus, the device provides 999+ Equalizer settings. Through new firmware updates, this player is OGG compatible, and the digital clock will be added.

design 85%

ease of use 95%

compatability 100%

price 80%

OVERALL 90%
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Ken M. Haggerty on March 25, 2005
The iAudio U2 is truly a stunning player; its sleek and "elegant" design is sure to capture the eye of any passer-by. The player itself is a flash device, meaning it has no moving parts, so it's great for running and won't skip; this also means that it is so small that it can be worn around the neck like a pendant. The player itself has a built in FM radio with FM recording, microphone, LCD, clock with alarms, and a very good navigation system which can order songs and folders in a variety of ways (not just alphanumerically). It also functions as a storage device for transferring files and even comes with a small USB attachment. It has a built-in battery which, when it dies after 2-3 years, can be replaced by JetAudio for $40. You can even personalize the start-up animation with whatever you want. This portable player has received rave reviews and comes at a very good price, with enough space to carry around a good amount of music.

However, perfection always has a flaw, and in this case, the flaw is something which cannot be overlooked.

The iAudio U2, though as perfect of a player as it is, has major compatibility issues. I have done much research on the issue, and it seems that iAudio U2 is not compatible with ANY major online music store; that includes such stores as RealPlayer (my favorite) and MusicMatch. There has been a great number of complaints regarding this at the Cnet.com forums. I also checked the website for both Real and Musicmatch and the iAudio U2 is not listed as a supported device for either. Since I enjoy downloading single tracks without buying the whole CD, this was a major drawback.

In all, the iAudio U2 is an excellent player with horrible compatibility. If all of your music comes from CDs and you don't plan on downloading any tunes, then this is one of the best players on the market. However, if you ARE going to download music, do not get this one.
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