- Brand Name: Archos
- Model Number: 500277
- Digital Storage Capacity: 20 GB
- Supported Standards: MP3, Other Audio Formats
- Hardware Platform: Mac, PC
Archos Jukebox 20 GB Digital Audio Player/Recorder/Hard Drive 500277
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- Dual 20 GB digital audio player and hard drive
- Stores over 330 hours of CD-quality music, or approximately 500 albums
- 2 MB memory buffer stores from 30 to 100 seconds of music to prevent interruptions
- USB 2.0 interface for transfer rate up to 480 Mbps
- Supports MP3 files; Windows and Mac compatible
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You can record from any analog or digital source at bit rates up to 160 Kbps, and you can port your recordings back to your PC without any specialized software. The Jukebox Recorder 20 hard drive doubles as a portable 20 GB hard drive for PC or Mac laptops and desktop computers to store all your data, images, and software. The Jukebox Recorder 20 is compatible with USB 2.0, with up to a 480 MBps transfer rate; it's also backwards compatible with USB 1.1. (Note that if using a USB 1.1 connection, the maximum transfer rate you can expect is 12 MBps.)
There's no need for special software to download MP3 songs--just drag and drop MP3 files from Windows Explorer or from the Mac desktop. Update with a simple click at the Archos Web site and download the latest firmware that supports additional software extensions.
The Jukebox Recorder 20 is powered by either AC power (adapter included) or four AA batteries. It also comes with stereo headphones, carrying pouch, USB cable, master software, and driver diskette.
Top Customer Reviews
- Excellent sound quality. Those complaining about the audio quality and volume levels of this player are either judging it using the included headphones, playing poor quality mp3s, or one of those smug audiophile types who do not like the sound of anything unless it's played on hardware made by an some obscure Swedish company. The Archos sounds excellent.
- Standard batteries. The battery in the iPod is proprietary, so you have to buy replacements from Apple, that is, if you can figure out how to change the battery yourself. If not, you have to send the unit back to Apple. The Archos uses four standard "AA" NiMh rechargeable batteries you can buy ... and replace anytime.
- Recording ability. You cannot walk into a room, press record on your iPod and capture an 8-hour meeting in MP3 format. You can with the Archos. The player includes a digital in, line in, and a built in microphone. You can record as long as you have drive space and battery power (10+ hours).
- USB 2.0. I was able to transfer 10 gigabytes of music to the player in less than 9 minutes. My testing against a similar "Firewire" interface showed the USB 2.0 faster, but the results are very hardware dependent. Your mileage may vary. "Firewire" may be, on average, faster, but only by a few minutes. The difference in speed, if it exists at all, is certainly not worth the additional $300 you'll pay to get an IPod.
- Standard laptop hard drive. The unit uses a standard laptop hard drive you can replace three years from now when 120 GB drives are selling for a $100. ... Replacing the drive will violate the warranty. So wait a year or two.
- Excellent menu system/navigation. It's a hard drive...Read more ›
1 Extremely durable steel casing
2 Standard AA sized batteries, which are easily accessable
3 REAL 10 hour play life before recharging
4 Excellent sound: bass, vocals, and treble
5 Works with Mac OS 8-9 and OSX, as well as Windows
6 Many installations can use the generic USB storage driver built into the OS
7 Only unit currently utilizing USB 2.0 for maximum transfer rates EXCEEDING FireWire
8 Easy to learn menu system
9 Doubles as a standard USB hard drive - for Windows or Macs
10 SPID digital in/out (use it with your digital amp or Sound-Blaster card), line-in, and earphone jacks, and a built-in microphone
11 No Copy Protection schemes - freely copy your music and data files
12 Supports Variable Bit Rate as well as the other common encoding standards
13 Uses standard 2.5" drive - easy later expansion (currently 60+ Gb), MUCH less expensive than Ipod 1.8" drives (current max 20 Gb)
14 Fairly small form factor - not as small as an Ipod, but you can change the batteries and hard drive easily: a trade-off I can live with.
15 Encodes to MP3 as it records!
16 1 YEAR warranty vs. 90 days for most competitors.
1 User's guide totally inadequate
2 Supplied headphones are awful - but most are. Smaller and lighter Panasonic RP-HS15 ... or HS35 are MUCH better - even better than Sony's offerings.
3 Larger and heavier than Ipod
4 Recording and playlists severely under-documented, need to check user forums
5 From others' comments, Archos tech support seems to be minimal
6 Plays only MP3 format, but firmware is upgradable
Having owned or borrowed MP3 players ranging from Audiovox, Neo (SSI), Nomad, and Rio, the Archos 20Gb Jukebox/Recorder is a great performer which provides excellent value.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had mine for several years now. It is the model with the black feet and finish and it still works. OK the batteries have been replaced and I have installed RockBox but other than... Read morePublished on April 22, 2009 by Alan Johnston
I've had one of these ugly little beauties for over 3 years and it still won't quit! On average I reckon I've listened to it about once per day for that whole time. Read morePublished on November 21, 2006 by Richard Edwards
I have used my device rarely for 2 yrs, sent it for service but with little improvement. Problem seems to be that it can't do anything useful like sound recording or connecting to... Read morePublished on March 29, 2005 by andthu
It's been almost 2 years since I bought this mp3 player... and I bought it used, so who knows how long it had been used before that, and under what conditions. Read morePublished on March 21, 2005 by timeywimey55
I have had mine for about a year and a half now. It is reliably unreliable. There are bad sectors on the drive (apparently of Hitachi manufacture), which are uncorrectable and... Read morePublished on December 4, 2004 by Kenneth Ray
Though it's getting kind of dated already (gee, has it already been two years?), the Archos Jukebox Recorder 20 is still my favorite electronics device I own. Read morePublished on December 3, 2004 by J. Durst
It's not an iPod. It isn't sleek, sexy, and white. It doesn't boast a fancy interface or clever dragging-your-finger-across-roughened-bits controls or third-party aftermarket... Read morePublished on October 31, 2004 by P. G. Simpson
Like so many others, I found the Archos to be money down the drain. It was dead as a brick within a couple of months, and the company's approach with customers in this predicament... Read morePublished on October 22, 2004 by CS
I bought the Archos 2.0. New. It did not work; wouldn't turn on. Sent it in for repair (Archos has no 1-800 number, which means a long wait on your dime). Read morePublished on September 14, 2004 by John M. Livingstone