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Archos Jukebox 10 GB MP3 Player/Recorder/Hard Drive 500297

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  • Dual 10 GB digital audio player and hard drive
  • Stores over 150 hours of CD-quality music, or approximately 250 albums
  • 2 MB memory buffer stores from 30 to 100 seconds of music to prevent interruptions
  • Can connect directly to your stereo with optional cable
  • Supports MP3 files; Windows and Mac compatible

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Archos
  • Model Number: 500297
  • Digital Storage Capacity: 10 GB
  • Supported Standards: MP3, Other Audio Formats
  • Hardware Platform: PC, Mac
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Product Description

The Archos Jukebox Recorder 10 combines an MP3 recording device with a 10 GB hard drive for storing up to 165 hours of MP3 audio. Merge your entire collection of MP3s and CDs into one handheld device. Slip it into your pocket, and listen to all your favorite music wherever you go.

With the Jukebox Recorder 10 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 10 doubles as a portable 10 GB hard drive for PC or Mac laptops and desktop computers to store all your data, images, and software. The Jukebox Recorder 10 is compatible with USB 1.1.

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 10 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 10.9 x 8.6 x 3.4 inches
Item Weight 2.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.9 pounds
Manufacturer Archos
ASIN B0000633EN
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number 500297
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3.0 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #41,251 in Computers & Accessories > Data Storage > Internal Hard Drives
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at March 12, 2002

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By Kristopher G. Williams on September 2, 2002
When I first looked into getting an Archos Recorder I was a little worried because of the mixed reviews. What I found once I purchased the item is probably typical of anything you buy, while some of what people said was true others were not so true. First of all anyone who gives this product less than 4 stars is being over-critical. Most of these individuals are upset because it doesn't perform that one little task they thought it would, the way they thought is should or they broke it themselves and are taking out their misuse of the product on the product it self. Here are some of the untrue myths about the recorder:
1. "You can't make playlists on the unit itself"-WRONG. You can use playlists created off unit by Winamp or other MP3 Players OR you can create playlists on the unit itself.
2."Because it's a hard drive it can't be used while running(or any activity that causes the unit to bounce around)-WRONG I bounced it, shook it, and did everything I could to TRY and make it skip and I couldn't.
3."The plastic casing is poorly made"-LOOK PEOPLE, Throw an IPod and this player up against the same wall. They both break the same. It's a delicate piece of technology not a baby chew toy. Besides it comes with a carrying case that protects it from any hazards outside of a warzone(where the rest of us live).
NOW Valid Issues With The Archos Jukebox Recorder
1. "Firmware isn't the greatest"-Very True. The IPod's OS is much better suited for MP3 sorting capabilities while Archos's seems to be suited more for data. For example, when playing songs the player won't play songs outside of the folder you are in. You can solve this by making a huge playlist with all of your songs on it.
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The Archos jukebox series has been bad in the past. Lets be honest, the first jukebox releases came with a backlit screen that allowed you to see three lines of text. That can't possible be a good thing. Lets also recall the output quality of the first jukeboxes. Not too good. No bass, almost like you were playing your music through a tin can. Nasty! But now, the NEW SERIES of Archos high capacity jukeboxes have made a complete turn around. Up to 8 lines of text! This means you can see EXACTLY what you're playing AND whats going to play next! You can scroll through lists and lists of songs. Yes the playlist function still chokes on lists longer than 30 songs. There is a very easy solution: just organize songs into folders. I have over 100 songs in a single folder, the player does not choke! Batteries are also a plus. Yes it takes a skilled surgeon to remove the battery covers, but they're still AA batteries. Other mp3 players have those nasty telephone batteries that cost over fourty dollars to buy! Thats crazy! Just buy a huge pack of rechargable batteries and bring them around with you. Its a lot cheaper, and, not to mention a lot smarter. The screen is backlit AND has a battery saver option. It does scare me a bit that when youre charging your batteries the LCD screen stays lit, but Im sure the fine people at Archos have thought of that...I hope. Firmware is easy to download too. The sound of the player is a million times better than its previous brother. Bass is good, mid range is not so bad, and the highs are perfectly crisp. Ah NOW ON TO THE BOOTLEGGING PART! You can take this device to a concert, set it on your lap and tape the entire thing with very little background distortion.Read more ›
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By A Customer on August 12, 2002
I got this ... after ditching the Nomad Jukebox for its dire battery life and buggy MP3 software. and its a dream come true! Let me tell you why.
1) DRAG AND DROP files from the Windows Explorer! It shows up as an extra Hard Drive in My Computer! No need for slow awkward transfer software!
2) USE IT TO CARRY YOUR OTHER FILES AROUND! Because of the drag and drop system store any files of your choice, such as pictures or software files, applications. I have a folder on it solely for other files, kept away from the MP3s.
3) A DRASTICALLY IMPROVED MANUAL!. Ive read the manual to the original Jukebox and yes it was bad. After sitting down and reading this new manual, it was a huge improvement, step by step flow charts and every feature explaned. The grammar and spelling still has room for improvement, but overall a huge step up. Plus the website has further hints and tips.
4)EXCELLENT SOUND QUALITY!. The supplied headphones are perfectly acceptable, but for even better sound try some of Sony's range. You get loads of enhancements such as Bass Boost, Loudness, Bass, Treble and Balance.
5)RECORD DIRECTLY TO MP3. Use the built in mic or analogue or digital inputs. You even get a free Y-cable thrown in for analogue recording via the Line-in. Nice! And the sound is great as well. you can change the quality from 1 (low) to 7 (CD sound)Plus you can change the sampling rate from 16Khz to 48Khz, and alter the recording level as record. Monitor the clear level meters to avoid clipping or distortion :-)
6)PLAYLISTS! You can create a playlist on-the-fly, or you can use the supplied Musicmatch software for playlist building. I don't like Musicmatch so I use Winamp to make my playlists and I use Freerip to rip my MP3s. RIP DIRECTLY ONTO THE ARCHOS WITH FREERIP!
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