Well what can I say about the Soulmate MP3 player..., well to start with it is small, light, with a good sized screen. the unit itself is made from high density plastic, which makes it quiet robust, so it will take quiet a bashing, I have dropped mine down the stairs countless times and it has never stopped working once. The Soulmate can hold upto 48mb of MP3 files that equates to about 1 hour of music, which is enough to do even the longest bus ride. Sound quality is nothing to shout about, it can be a bit tinny, but most portable audio devices are. It has all the standard features like track repeat, repeat all and built in EQ. The unit comes with a docking station, which is actually a bit slow for downloading the MP3s as it runs through the parallel port, so it can take upto 20 minutes to download the full 48 megs!. The software you get with the Soulmate is Music Match Jukebox, which in itself is a very good media player for the PC. But be aware, the memory is NOT expandable the 48 megs is all you are going to get! Another word to the wise, once the batteries have been removed you only have a minute before the songs are wiped from the memory. But even though it has its faults I think I chose well from the range available for £50!!
As some of you already know, I am a total gadget head and in being so 'had' to get an portable mp3 player and because of it's extremely reasonable price I chose this one. I had a computer related shop at the time and the Soulmate was on extra special offer from my suppliers. When I opened the box I was fairly impressed by the size of the player and the weight. It fitted nicely into my pocket and was about the same weight of a full pack of cigarettes. Then I saw the rather bulky docking station and was a bit discouraged as i wanted to be able to connect to my laptop on the move and this was going to be just a bit too bulky for me. I installed the MusicMatch Jukebox software that came 'bundled' with the Soulmate and was pleasantly surprised to find a good piece of software supplied with hardware (in my opinion this is very rare nowadays). Within about 10 minutes I had transferred several tracks onto the Soulmate from my PC and was happily 'chilling out'. The volume seemed to be able to handle my preference towards very loud indeed without distorting. Unfortunatly the software did not equalise the volume of the tracks so they were at their original mismatched volumes. After having used the Soulmate for a while I discovered a few other things that began to bug me. Although the battery life is very good indeed, When the battery does run out and is changed the Soulmate does not retain the tracks stored on it. I would have liked the ability to 'get' tracks from the Soulmate to my PC. Also it lacks the ability to record on the move things such as speech, etc. Although it is a very nice bit of kit on a budget don't expect too much from this 'toy'. I bought a minidisc recorder for all the other stuff I had wanted it to do and now just use the Soulmate when cycling or cleaning the kitchen at work or other stuff that would shake up a unit that has moving parts. I sold o ne of these to a woman who was going to travel a long distance who didnt want to carry her entire collection of music with her. I put converted her collection into mp3 and burned them onto cd for her so she only had to carry one disc (excluding the software for her Soulmate of course). I spoke to her a few months after she had left and she said that it was still a really useful gadget whilst on the move.
What drew my attention to the Soulmate was the price! There is no other MP3 player that comes close to the Soulmate's £50 price tag. Although 64Mb Mp3 players are being released, you would be lucky to get one for £150. Even other 32Mb players cost more than the Soulmate, and it has 48Mb of memory. The Soulmate comes packaged with MusicMatch Jukebox. This software is very easy to use and organises your MP3s very well. It also converts mp3s to lower bitrates allowing you to get more music on to the Soulmate. MusicMatch Jukebox is also used to transfer music to the Soulmate, the software does this very well. Battery life is lower than other players because the Soulmate has to be turned on all the time to keep the MP3s in its memory. Unfortunately, when you come to change the batteries, all the music on the player is lost, as you only get about 3 seconds to change them. The sound quality is VERY good, it sounds better than my personal CD player. If you want a player that gives excellent quality sound and is very cheep, and you don’t need all the features of the latest EXPENCIVE players, then the Soulmate is for you.
Well its small, light, skip free, oh yer and cheap what else would you ever want? The soul mate is an incredible 48mb MP3 player, this means it can hold up about an hours worth of digital music. With an MP3 you can download music off of the internet, via your PC, or rip CDs onto your PC and transfer them onto your Soulmate. One thing i noticed about this though was you can only buy it online, which is a bit of a bind because this means you can't see it before you buy it. it only costs £50, so if you buy this, it will save you a hell of a lot of money. The features it has are:Play/pause button,next/previous track button, a menu button which loops the tracks,graphical equalizer,and turn it off by. And of course a volume control. It comes with everything you need to get started. If you want a cheap reliable MP3 player, GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
Being a novice when it comes to MP3s, I was quite dubious about shelling out cash to buy an MP3 player. When I bought it I had just discovered Napster and I had such a slow net connection, that it was taking me 2 hours to download a single song but with a program such as Music Match jukebox, you can convert your own CDs to MP3s. However the price was one of the things which really attracted me to it and I am very pleased with my purchase. It's light, the sound quality is great and it really impressed my friends! The software that came with it couldn't be any simpler. So if you want a basic, run of the mill portable MP3 player, this has to be it. On the down side, it doesn't have a rewind feature, so you have to start the song again, if you want to repeat a specific part. Also, I've just upgraded to windows 2000 and can't seem to download songs to my player. Overall, its definitely worth it. -------- ADDITION: 09/01/01 Thanks to sidneygee for asking me about how I managed to solve the software problems.... The answer is that I haven't! I tried to install the missing software driver but it didn't make a difference. Possibly I will need to download the new version of MusicMatch Jukebox, which I will do when I have access again to my home computer. I'll keep you posted and would appreciate any help/advice from others who have experienced similar problems with Windows 2000!
I purchased the Soulmate shortly after it came out, for some reason I was looking for a portable MP3 player. When I got it I immediatly discarded the supplied earphones, and used some of my own. The controls can be very fiddly and overall performance is less that average. When skipping tracks, you can often miss seconds off the start of a track, which can be annoying. I also found that the automatic switch-off only worked when I first used it, or when there are no tracks in the memory. I haven't used it for about 3 months now and have gone back to using my walkman. This is good if you want a cheap answer, but do not consider if looking for quality.
Let's get this straight, this an extremely good BUDGET Mp3 player, that was available from Jungle.com for a while for less than 50 quid delivered... i saw this and immediately ordered one, and I am still suitably impressed by the whole package. First, the player itself, whilst only having 48 mb will still get nearly an hour of Near CD quality music on it. That's pretty good, as it allows you to have a fair numbr of tracks to listen to in the car or something. Bundled with the player, you get a Docking station to transfer songs onto it, and Musicmatch software to rip MP3s from CDs, and download playlists to the Soulmate. The software is very easy to use, and I have not come across any major problems, apart from a slight miscalculation of the size of the songs when putting them onto the player, but this is easy to counteract. The only problem is that the LCD display can't show song titles, so you have to remember which is which, or just listen to them for a few seconds, not such a chore, and if like me you make extensive use of a random feature, you won't mind a bit! The Sopulmate will very easily fit into a pcket, or clip onto your belt, and is extremely light but surpprisingly sturdy, as I have accidently dropped it on a few occasions, and it is fine!# You can get upto 12 hours of battery life from two AAA batteries, although it depends how many songs are in the buffer, anad how long they've been there... I've been using this pretty constantly for over 6 months now, and I'm still very impressed.. it may not be a rio, but it cost a quarter of the price, now that's a bargain.
I bought this player a while back for £50. Not too bad, but when you open the box and see the player you may think its a tad expensive. The cosmetic design and finish on the player is amateurish in the extreme. You wouldn't find Sony producing anything as basic and ugly as this!! The cover that hides the docking port is a bit of rubber you have to peel back, and you need a screwdriver to change the batteries!!! But maybe I'm missing the point............the main selling point is it's price, and it does come with everything you need, and the included software, MusicMatch, is top notch. However, after 10 secs listening to music, you'll want to buy new 'phones, as the supplied ones are rubbish. It has got 48mb of memory (non upgradable) which is more than a lot of its more expensive rivals from Rio and the like. To be honest, I've regretted buying the SoulMate, as I have no real need of it since buying my CDRW, as I write all my MP3's straight to CD, negating the need for an MP3 personal.
I like the soulmate, not for its christmas cracker like build, not for its custom built annoying battery thingy, not for the fact that its so light and tiny you don't know whether you have it in your pocket or not, not for the fact that it takes up the parallel port in the back of your computer, not for the fact that you have to be left handed to use it, i like it cos its got 48 mb of ram and it cost 50 quid from jungle.com. It comes with a docking station that gives it dc power and attaches it to your computer which is pretty useless but will impress your mum (and mates). The sound is pretty good although the headphones are crap so budget for descent ones. It doesn't have a recharge facility so you will need lots of AAA batteries. The software is very good and its is quick and easy to download about 11 songs into the memory.
I bought a Soulmate MP3 Player in June and i have never regretted it. I have always wanted an MP3 player although i have never been able to get one because of how expensive they are, however, when i saw this MP3 player for £50 i couldn't believe it. I quickly got one and i can tell you that for £50 this player is definately worth it. It has all the basic functions you would expect, 48mb of space which is a lot for a player of that cost, some i have seen cost more but have less space. The player even has a docking facilty that means you only have to plaug the player into a small unit to connect it to the PC - no fiddling with lots of wires. You also get earphones, batteries and adaptor supplied, along with the appropriate software to get you up and running in minutes. The 48 mb of memory allows you to fit 1 hour of near CD quality music. Dave's tip is, record your MP3's at a slightly lower rate (64kbs is fine, CD quality is about 96kbs). This means you can fit many more songs on and you really cannot tell the difference. You might if it was blasting through some massive powerful speakers, but for a small MP3 the loss in quality is minimal. At the moment i have 24, yes 24! songs on my player as opposed to the hour of near CD quality music. This player is great, it might not have a name such as Sony, but for £50 i would choose this anytime!
I bought one of these when Jungle.com were having a sale - for the bargain price of £50! Considering this was relatively new technology when I purchased mine, getting on for two years ago, it has proved to be a worthwhile investment. Obviously this is a budget player so it's fairly basic. However, that said, everything you need to get started is included. An up to date version of Music Match ( not the full cd quality version!) is provided on cd, docking bay and parallel printer cable as well as an adapter to cut down on battery consumption when you are uploading mp3's from your computer. You also get a fairly detailed booklet which gives you step by step instructions for use, these were easy to follow and setting up was surprisingly simple. Considering the price of this player these extras are a considerable bonus! First impressions were fairly positive. The unit itself was much smaller than I expected - about the size of a mobile phone but far lighter and slimmer! and though very basic looking wasn't unattractive. Unfortunately the unit was let down by some very cheap and nasty looking headphones - I instantly binned them and invested in a decent pair! The major disadvantages I've found are battery consumption - more fool me for thinking that mp3 players were economical because they have no moving parts! In theory battery consumption would be fairly minimal if simply removed when not in use, however uploading is fairly time consuming and as I use mine on an almost daily basis this simply isn't feasible. Battery consumption appears to be a major downfall with many players, this one is ok because it has a fairly low memory!!! and whilst this means you can't store many high quality recordings at one time it does mean batteries tend to last a credible week (with my player being used for approx 2 hrs per day.) My brother bought a top of the range player and gave up on it when his batteries were failing to last even a day! Obviously if you were storing lots of cd quality songs on a player then the batteries are going to have very limited life! Other criticisms of this player are mainly design flaws! The covering for the connection is a nasty bit of black plastic that you have to prize open with your finger nail or a knife - not particularly high-tec! And it's a little tricky slotting the unit into the docking bay. That said these are problems that you quickly get used to. Other criticisms would have to be lack of features - you can't even get a listing of the tracks you have stored! On the plus side the sound quality is excellent - even at near cd quality, and you can fit a surprisingly large amount of tracks ( 10 easily) considering the amount of memory. No worries about jumping or skipping - so ideal for joggers! And mine has taken a few hard knocks - I'm notorious for dropping things!! As an introduction to the world of mp3 this is a great starting point. It's a sturdy little player and has proved to be very reliable and inexpensive -Overall I think this was a good buy and would make anyone an ideal first mp3 player.
I bought a Soulmate MP3 player about a month ago, The machine is fine for the price I paid but the instructions were less than satisfactory. On connecting the machine up I realised it had to be connected to the paralell port on my computer here comes problem no 1, like most people I have a printer connected to that port, back to the instructions, connect to the USB port fine but the lead supplied was for the paralell port, problem no 2, a frantic chase to find a suitable lead cost £30.Problem no 3 the software supplied will not recognise the USB port. I e mailed the company they took 5 days to reply! Download the next version of the software from the net, problem no 4, the program is zipped & nothing I have tried will unzip it!. Now I have to discconect the printer every time I want to use it. Moral don't buy a cheap MP3 player!