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Jason Dunn
03-10-2004, 02:00 AM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.mobilemag.com/content/100/335/C2564/' target='_blank'>http://www.mobilemag.com/content/100/335/C2564/</a><br /><br /></div>"I decided to wait until after the holidays to get a new hard drive MP3 player. As some of you may know, I get quite a bit to play with, I wanted to use this opportunity to make sure I got the best value for my dollar. After dozens of try-outs, I soon found myself set on the iPod. I had played with it before and had not yet found anything else that really compared. Yes, it was expensive, the 20GB iPod goes for $399 USD, but what else is out there that is so compact, well built and easy to use? I loved the idea of the optional Belkin iPod Media Reader ($99.99 USD) for storing pictures from my camera while on the road. And even the Belkin iPod Voice Recorder ($39.88 USD) Microphone adapter for recording my rather long-winded speeches, it was all I needed. At a grand total of $540 USD before taxes, it seemed like the answer, and it was, until… Archos sent over the $299 20 Gig GMini 220..."<br /><br /><img src="http://www.digitalmediathoughts.com/images/2564_large.jpg" /> <br /><br />Looks like an impressive device! I'm not as interested in this as an audio player as I am in using it to store digital photos while travelling. That would allow me to leave my laptop at home...which I don't know that I'd do anyway, but it's still a great concept. :D

Gary Sheynkman
03-10-2004, 02:11 AM
This looks AMAZING...kinda...

What it is with companies making great devices and then "forgeting" the one feature that would make the device perfect (Rio Carma..no line in...Irive 120...no flac....) This device is great...but why limit it to only 320 wma and mp3??? is Ogg that hard to implement? Or making a networking dock?...grr

Archos is usually at the forefront and it seems a bit strange that they "forgot" these features

03-10-2004, 02:46 AM
I purchased the Jukebox multimedia a couple of years ago. This is the one with the small video screen that also plays avi, as well as mp3's.
Yes, I know it doesn't do everything, but what it does, it does well!

I can transfer any video into avi and take them on the road and hook the device into any component with rca input jacks.

It was one of the first devices with a 20 GB drive.

I guess my only complaint (more of a wish list) is that I could always use a portable flash card reader in this type of device.

Jonathon Watkins
03-11-2004, 12:22 AM
Now *that* is a nice device. I too have been looking for a 20+Gb device that will play MP3, take CF cards from my camera in the field and generally be an all round cool device. This is very close.......:D