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Iriver iFP-195TC 512 MB

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      19.11.2010 02:26
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      This is a great toy from the past, but there are more contemporary options available.

      I owned the 512 MB version of this Iriver MP3 player some years ago when having 512MB worth of music was considered somewhat extensive and a tiny green screen informing you of the song you're listening to was the best you could get on the market.

      At the time of the release of these players, one would generally upgrade from having CD players and the ability to have a small gadget capable of playing so many more songs was truly innovative. True, there were many other types of music players, but I chose the Iriver for its styling, capacity and relatively reasonable price. Now, of course, this player is very outdated which reflects in the low rating I have given it, but this does not stop the memories flowing back and the player will work as well today as it did back then.

      The joystick to the right of the screen is very useful in navigating what is essentially a very straight-forward menu. The screen is clear and simple if not very graphically advanced in comparison to modern counterparts. The 512MB capacity was ground-breaking at the time as it was one of the very first devices in the world offering this level of technology and I was a very proud owner. It would typically allow me to manage a playlist of around 100 songs with constant updates where some were taken out and others replacing them. It did mean, however, that you had to be picky with your music and unlike most moden iPods, you were never in a position where you didn't like 90% of the music on your player.

      There is an added functionality of listening to radio, but whenever I tried to use it (particularly on trains), it did not seem to work properly as the connection was very poor. It also only has an FM-tuner, so no listening to Football matches while the wife is trying on a new frock on a Saturday afternoon.

      Last, but not least, the clip & fairly good shock-proof design have meant that this gadget is very useful as a portable music player. I went running with it and it never skipped a beat.

      All in all, I would recommend this device to either someone who wants to try something different and doesn't mind the limited space on offer, somebody after good value for money or a collector as this was a truly ground-breaking gadget for its time and I do not have a bad word to say about its performance or sound quality. If you are after a genuine music MP3 player and are not on a very tight budget, there are plenty of models out there with twenty times as much space and a bigger screen with a better menu system for very reasonable amounts of money.

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