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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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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Archos
  • Model Number: 500277
  • Digital Storage Capacity: 20 GB
  • Supported Standards: MP3, Other Audio Formats
  • Hardware Platform: Mac, PC
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Product Description

Product Description

This exciting new MP3 player/recorder by Archos is the first portable MP3 recorder with a 20 GB hard drive that works with or without a computer. There's no need for special software-the USB 2.0 interface can transfer MP3 files from Windows Explorer at up to 12 MB per second. Or, with the stereo in-line jack, you can record MP3 files direct from any analog or digital audio source and put them back on your computer with no added software. The 20 GB hard drive stores up to 300 hours of your favorite music and even personal messages recorded with the built-in microphone. It can also be used as an optional hard drive to store data, images, software and more. USB 2.0 PC compatible and USB 1.1 MAC and PC compatible. PC system requirements: Pentium 233 MHz or higher; Windows 98, SE, ME, 2000, or XP; 32 MB RAM; CD-ROM with digital audio extraction support. MAC system requirements: OS 8.6 or higher; iMac, G3 or higher; USB manager version 1.2 or higher. Includes stereo headphones, carrying pouch, MusicMatch Jukebox software, USB 2.0 cable, AC/DC adapter/charger and 1 set of 4 AA. Available only at; not available in Target stores. Available storage capacity may vary. Imported. 4-1/2Hx3-1/4Wx1-1/3D".

The Archos Jukebox Recorder 20 combines an MP3 recording device with a 20 GB hard drive for storing up to 330 hours of MP3 audio. Merge your entire collection of MP3s and CDs onto one handheld device. Slip it into your pocket, and listen to all your favorite music wherever you go.

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.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 11 x 8.7 x 3.3 inches
Item Weight 3 pounds
Shipping Weight 3 pounds
Manufacturer Archos
ASIN B0000633EO
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number 500277
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 167 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #22,720 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Internal Hard Drives
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at March 12, 2002

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This is the best hard drive based MP3 player on the market right now, for the following reasons:
- 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...
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By A Customer on August 19, 2002
The Archos Jukeboxes have a unique combination of features and quality which leaves the competition behind.
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.
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By A Customer on October 14, 2002
The negative reviews on this site almost caused me to look for an alternative player/recorder. Thankfully I went to Circuit City and played a bit. Most of the concerns raised by previous negative reviews were resolved by this trip. The unit is a 20gig Hard drive but it is reasonably sized and I don't find the wt all that unappealing. The sound was great even with the Circuit City background noise(I bought a pair of Sony ear buds) and I did't find the volume controll to be that difficult. The unit was plugged in 24/7 at Circuit City and I experienced no problems operating it. I shook the unit for 2 minutes straight and never got a skip out of it. Overall the test drive was quite positive. After using for a few days I am not surprised that the manual is so small. The unit it extremely intuitive. The fact that people have issues with the manual says more about the users than it does about the unit. In XP the unit shows up as another hard drive so files are loaded by drag and drop (very easy). I have a USB 1 and I have not found the speed of the transfer to be discouraging, don't let people pursuede you otherwise. I spent an afternoon compiling files of mp3's on my computer which I then uploaded to the jukebox. After 3 hours of total work (including cleaning up my data) I had 4 gig of music (800 songs) in the unit. Would have been much faster if my files were in better order/condition (thats my problem not the units). As far as the software,it is OK but I didn't buy the unit for it's mp3 software, so I am not sweating it. I have not used the playlist function yet but by all indications this looks really easy (Archos website has a PC Support FAQ that simplifies activity to a few paragraphs). The playlist is simply a list of shortcuts to the songs already on the jukebox.Read more ›
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