- Brand Name: RCA
- Model Number: rd2820
- Digital Storage Capacity: 20.0 GB
- Digital Audio Capacity: 20mb
RCA Lyra 20 GB Jukebox MP3 Player
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- Store MP3 and WMA files on 20 GB internal hard drive
- Supports drag-and-drop transfers; USB connection for faster downloads
- Create custom, on-the-fly playlists
- Can also be used for storing presentations, spreadsheets and other computer files
- Lighweight, compact design makes it easy to enjoy MP3 files anywhere
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Top Customer Reviews
You get a nice set of accessories with this so you can play it in your car -- a big bonus. And it supports WMA. I also appreciate the fact that it is compatible with Musicmatch. The price is all right too.
This thing rocks!
Couple of gripes - the sorting is terrible: can't play songs by genre, can't even play all of the songs by one artist. If you select artist, then press play, it will only play tracks from one of their albums. Guess you could get around this by not putting album names in your tags, but then you couldn't play by album when you wanted to. You ultimately end up having to make tons of playlists, which is fairly easy but still a hassle.
Also, you can't adjust the tags on the player, even when it's hooked up to your computer - if you want to change a tag, you have to remove the file from the lyra, change the tag on your computer, then re-download it.
These are kind of nit-picky problems, but they irritate me. I'm pleased with the player on the whole, and it fulfills its basic functions well - it holds a ton of songs, and playback is fine. I would recommend it, but just with the caveats listed above.
First, I bought the Archos. It sucked, my XP wouldn't even recognize it.
Second, I shelled out the serious cash for the iPod and the $80 firewire card that you have to buy to transfer your music. My computer had a serious difficulties recognizing the iPod too. The iPod is a slick piece of machinery, no doubt...But is it worth the price?
Finally, I'm in mp3 heaven with my 20GB Lyra. It uses a fast USB (it took me about 3 hours to transfer 12GB of music), so I didn't have to buy a firewire card. It's still small enough to take running and it sounds great. I'm happy.
Oh, and I discovered an even better hardware defect. The plug where you connect headphones into got stripped. Basically the metal prongs inside that make contact with the headphone plug have recessed so that I can't get a solid connection unless I hold it in with my hand or use some sort of paperclip while tightening the cord so that the edge of the plug presses against the prongs. How many years have we had this whole "connector plug" technology? 40?
I'm glad some of you haven't experienced any issues, this little thing has put me through hell for the past month. They even refused a return/replacement. Thankfully I bought it on a platinum card, a dispute has been filed with money credited back to me. ... I'd advise waiting for the new generation of mp3 players about to come out from superior companies with up to 100GB and USB 2.
But that's pretty much the end of my serious gripes. Anything else is just a matter of my not having taken the time to sit down and read all the info. And even so, I've done pretty well with it, so I can report that it's fairly user-friendly. The hook-up to my computer went very well, and XP recognized the device immediately. Whoever wrote that you have to be organized when you start working with Music Match is quite correct, but that's not a bad thing. If you want your music properly cataloged, do sit down and spend the time to check all the tags MM applies. They're frequently wrong, or misleading, and there's no consistency to the naming. For example, The Beatles appear variously as "The Beatles," "Beatles," "Beatles, The" and so forth. Thus, they show up on different places in your Artist search. That may be okay for an mp3 player that holds maybe 20 cuts, but for the Lyra, it can make a huge difference in how you listen. Take the time to regularize your file information when you start out, and stick to your organizing principles throughout the process of filling the HD, and you'll be a happier listener.
The sound itself is very good. The device doesn't seem to be affected by jarring. It's quite heavy by comparison to other mp3 players, but of course a HD that size is going to weigh more than than 128k of memory.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have had my lyra for about 3 years now, im a coach bus driver.
to say my lyra has been thru HELL would be an understatement, it has been droped bonched around rained... Read more
I like to listen to classical music, and the RCA Jukebox is NOT the right MP3 player for classical. It is very hard to hear soft music, as the volume does not go up very high. Read morePublished on December 3, 2004 by acellist
Good things I have to say: It holds a ton of songs and for the low price it will be worth it for some people. The battery lasts about 8 hours and charges relatively fast. Read morePublished on November 15, 2004 by Bizzarro Stormy
I'm going to give this product its deserved kudos in the beginning here so I can saturate the rest of the review with the negative this product also deserves. Read morePublished on May 31, 2004
I was able to get this on close-out at Sears for about $200. So far, overall I'm happy with it (after 2 weeks) and plan to keep it. Here's my 2 cents about it:
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This is a cool MP3 player/hard drive for the money. It is simple to use and easily read by my computer. It does have a few minor problems that I don't like. Read morePublished on January 21, 2004 by GWrecker
I purchased this mp3 player and at first it worked just fine for less than an hour. Read more
The cigarette lighter adapter that was shipped didn't work and it would power off after being fully charged. Read morePublished on September 6, 2003 by John Wilson
The downlowding is very slow because it is USB.
It gets frozen a lot (I press restart an average of 2 times a day). Read more