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Philips GoGear Muse 8 GB MP3 Player

2.4 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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  • Be inspired by exceptional sound on the GoGear Muse MP3 player with FullSound and sound isolation headphones. Featuring SafeSound for worry-free listening plus Songbird and an intuitive 3.2" HVGA touch-screen to complete your enjoyment
  • Philips GoGear MP3 Player Muse 8GB SA3MUS08S/37
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Technical Details

  • Integrated Card Reader
  • Touch Sensitive Screen
  • USB Powered
  • Video playback

Product Description

Product Description

3.2" HVGA color display for superb video enjoymentUp to 720p resolution @ 25fps up to 4Mbps in .avi and .mp4 containtersHDMI-output to watch high-definition 720p video on HDTVFullSound technology restores sonic details to pressed MP3 music and pairs it with a Digital Signal Processor (DSP)Features SongBird program discover new artists play personal music library via Inter and seamlessly sync to PCMemory with built-in microSD card slot for expanded memory capacity up to 32GBFM radio with RDS and 20 presetsUp to 24 hours of audio playback or 5 hours of video playbackAudible. features digital audio books and moreFLAC and APE lossless codec support for precise sound quality Includes sound isolation earbuds

The Philips GoGear MUSE 8GB MP3 Player offers a superior sound experience, even in the noisiest conditions. This portable 8GB MP3 player provides superior sound boosted by FullSound and Surround Sound technologies and sound isolation headphones. Enjoy movies on its 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen or connect to an HDTV. The Muse also offers an easy-to-use interface for advanced browsing and a microSD card slot for additional memory capacity.

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At a Glance:
  • Portable 8 GB MP3 player with FullSound and Surround Sound for amazing audio

  • Supports FLAC and APE files for richness and clarity
    of sound

  • Intuitive user interface for fast, easy browsing

  • Touchscreen control for smooth navigation

  • Includes sound isolation headphones

  • 90-day limited warranty
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GoGear MUSE 8GB Product Shot
The Muse supports FLAC and APE formats, which are files that have been reduced without losing audio depth. View larger.
GoGear MUSE 8GB Product Shot
The Muse features an advanced audio technology that delivers surround sound for all your movies. View larger.
FLAC and APE Support for Precise Sound Quality
Enjoy digital music in a compressed format without losing any sound quality. The Muse supports FLAC and APE formats, which are files that have been reduced without losing audio depth. The richness and clarity of the original music source are retained for complete enjoyment wherever you go.

Sound isolation headphones
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Sound Isolation Headphones Minimize Environmental Noise
Sound isolation headphones let you hear greater music detail at a lower volume than is possible with normal headphones. These headphones have an angled acoustic design that creates a perfect seal between the ambient sound source and the ear canal, thus eliminating unwanted background noise while delivering sound directly to your ears. Even at a moderate volume setting, you can still discern music detail without noise distractions from the environment. Earphone sleeves are available in three sizes to provide the best fit.

FullSound feature
FullSound for Richer, Fuller Audio
The Muse uses Philips' FullSound technology so you can experience CD music without any distortion. Based on an audio post-processing algorithm, FullSound combines Philips' expertise in music reproduction with the power of the latest generation Digital Signal Processor (DSP). The result is fuller bass with more depth and impact, boosted voice and instrument clarity, and rich detail.

Surround Sound
Surround Sound Creates Natural Soundstage
Surround for movies is an advanced audio technology that recreates a natural soundstage with sound elements both individually and precisely localized. The processed sound elements are then directly delivered to each ear via in-ear headphones. The result puts the listener right in the middle of the action for an immersive surround experience.

Large HVGA Color Display for Superb Video Enjoyment
A sleek, 3.2-inch, HVGA touch-screen display offers high resolution for superb video quality and crisp, vivid images. Together with a full color menu, the large screen allows easy navigation of media files for a complete multimedia experience on the go. To top it off, a native 16:9 aspect ratio provides video display without bars at the top and bottom of the picture and without the loss of quality that comes from altering an image to fit on a different screen.

HDMI Out for High-Definition Video on HDTV
With the Muse, you can view HD blockbuster movies or homemade videos in resolutions up to 720p on your HDTV. Simply connect your player and HDTV with an HDMI cable (sold separately) and enjoy crystal-clear video and audio entertainment. You can even browse your videos and control playback conveniently on the Muse's screen.

FM Radio with RDS and Presets

Digital Tuning
RDS (Radio Data System) is a communications protocol standard that allows digital information to be transmitted over FM radio broadcasts. RDS-enabled FM radio receivers can display useful information that includes station identity, program details, and song title and artist. With this feature, you can store a desired station as a preset channel on your Muse player. You can store up to 20 preset radio stations and quickly access your favorite stations without having to tune the frequencies.

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Songbird: One Program to Discover, Play, and Sync
The Muse comes with access to Songbird, a simple, easy-to-use program that lets you discover and play all your media, and sync it seamlessly with your MP3 player. Its intuitive and powerful music management features let you discover new artists and music styles directly in the program through music and media stores, services, and websites. Play your own library and media from the Internet and seamlessly sync all of it from your PC to your MP3 player.

Audible.Com Access for More Entertainment Options
Beyond music and video entertainment, the Muse lets you enjoy digital audiobooks, magazines, radio shows, stand-up comedy, and more available for download at Enjoy books in the car, at the gym, or around the house. At you can browse and sample over 75,000 selections, including the latest best sellers and timeless classics.

Small Size with Expandable Memory Capacity

MicroSD Feature
With the Muse, you can enjoy the advantages of a compact size without sacrificing memory capacity just by plugging in a microSD card. The microSD card will show up as a second removable drive when the player is connected to your PC for easy file transfer. Just load your card with the desired content and slot it into your player. And since you can purchase memory cards up to 32 GB to expand your Muse's memory capacity, you'll never have to worry about running out of entertainment choices.

Intuitive Interface for Easy Browsing
The Muse lets you browse through your music with absolute ease. The intuitive and sophisticated software lets you see what you have, and select what you want, without going through multiple folders and files.

Touchscreen Control for Smooth Navigation
The Muse has an intuitive touchscreen interface that makes navigation a breeze, whether you're controlling music playback functions, browsing your video and picture collections, or choosing radio channels. Just click directly on the player's screen to navigate swiftly through menus and flip through your folders.

Warranty Information
The Muse is backed by a 90-day limited warranty.

What's in the Box
GoGear Muse Player, USB cable, headphones, and Quick Start guide.

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    Surround for movies
  HDMI video out, up to 720p
  Touch Screen

Product Information

Product Dimensions 0.4 x 4.5 x 2.3 inches
Item Weight 3.7 ounces
Shipping Weight 4 ounces
Manufacturer Philips Consumer Electronics
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number SA3MUS08S/37
Customer Reviews
2.4 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

2.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2,621 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Players
Date first available at May 1, 2011

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Customer Reviews

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By André Biedermann on November 25, 2011
Frequent crashes / after switching it off (regular, no crash) it needs to press the reset button to boot again sometimes / firmwareupdate was not possible / hotline could not help / exchanged the product through Philips service / spare device came with even older firmware / firmwareupdate was not possible / I found out that the firmwareupdate was not possible on 64bit systems. The stupid songbird software didn't check this and the hotline was totally useless / did the firmwareupdate on 32bit system and it worked finally / This second device had same problems than the first device: / Device doesn't accept screen operations sometimes / It reacts on operations after a few seconds only sometimes. I never know if it got it now or not / Scrolling through albumcovers is very, very very slow. No bar to make fast moves or jumps / The Album cover is always(!) displayed as background screen too. You can hardly read white track information on white covers. This is an absolute stupidity, not only for those who have eye problems. Philips hotlines incredible answer: "You have to remove all covers from your tracks!" They mean that seriously. / Couldn't load the music onto the sd card in the device via usb. I had to remove the card and load the music through a card reader. / The device crashed again. It booted only if i removed the sd card after that crash. / I checked the card in my Pc with several tools. No problems found / Still did't boot with the card. I had to delete the whole music and copy it onto the card again to make the device boot again / If i switch the device on and do not make it play music within a minute, it crashes again --> reset button is my friend again / It crashes occasionally during playback --> reset button/ You can lock the device to avoid unwanted operations.Read more ›
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By EEmajor on August 29, 2012
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A few issues (like the time would keep resetting) and with the songbird software that crashes sometimes, but it's not like there are no problems with the iPod touch and iTune...
That said, I wanted an mp3 with an external card.
Did not try the movie, but for the music and the radio, not problem. Recorder is not bad either.
It's nice to have pictures because the screen is quite nice.
Touchscreen is nice as well.
Sound is great with the headset from the box.
Batteries last a long time compared to an iPod.
I can play all day long and still have more for a few days of listening. That's great because I can move around without being plugged in and get the earphones pulled out of my ears when I get up and forget it's plugged in...
I put it in my front pocket and enjoy it without problems.
It's got all that I need for a great price.
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I really liked the design and features but this mp3 player didn't work even 5 minutes
before it froze after unboxing! can you imagine? I have reset the device, work for another
3 minutes and froze unresponsive again...So far Philips products were on top on my list
in regards of relibility, functionality and design but this is really big disappointment.
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Update 4:23:13 - I just took a ride on my motorcycle and I had to add a star to my review because of the headphones. Going 75+ mph (that's Cat 1 hurricane wind speed)with the volume on 20 (max 31) and could hear the music just fine. All my other ear-buds turn into glorified ear plugs at this speed.

Great Sound!
errr, that's about it for the pros...but again I will say that it does have amazing sound! Even the sound of the built in speaker is more than you'd expect.

Songbird - Very Buggy, crashes all the time and error reports throughout.
- Don't even install it if you get this player. Just drag and drop with windows
- When it is working it still is not communicating with the device properly (needs firmware update see below)
- Tried using WMP with this device and was not able to create or add to existing playlist

Firmware Update - Installation crashes about 95% through, Then device crashes, then windows crashes when you disconnect. The funny thing is that I bet Songbird would possibly work better if I were able to update the firmware.

The price and great sound make this worthy of a 5 star review. I started to put a 5 but the reality is that Philips is a HUGE company with some major $$$ resources so there is NO EXCUSE for sending out a device with this junk software on it that is going to make a lot of people aggravated with their purchase and waste a lot of their time figuring it out.

If you buy it don't let songbird install on your system. You can drag and drop from windows but there will be some error messages from time to time that would most likely be fixed with a good old fashioned Firmware update.
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I think I have purchased every brand of MP3 player that Amazon sells, from $60 to $300. I don't do many reviews but had to review this product. I almost didn't buy this MP3 player because there were some pretty harsh negative reviews and I've been burned before by ignoring them. I just returned a Latte Espresso last week that died after a month of use and just didn't know what else to get. I have my $300 Cowon sitting on my desk that I use every day but I just needed something basic with a touchscreen for the gym, that's it. Nothing fancy. This MP3 player is simply amazing. If it died tomorrow I'd buy it again. The Songbird software is querky but I don't know any software that isn't. The touchscreen is pretty darn good, comparable to my Cowon. This MP3 player is so user friendly, I didn't even need to consult the manual. The sound is great and the screen is beautiful. This is a solid piece of equipment, not what I expected at $100.00. If I had to find something to complain about, it would be the earphones. And only because I have trouble finding any earphones that actually stay in my ears! I'm guessing that Philips did some major updates for all of the "bugs" that other users had issues with, or maybe I just got lucky. I'm one of those people that actually buys an MP3 player to listen to music, period! All of the other features are nice I guess but of no interest to me. I did put my pictures and videos on the MP3 player "just because" and am also impressed with those features as well. Bottom line is I can't say enough good things about this player.
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