I might be working early on a Wednesday, and having stress attacks from it, and I might be horribly angry over having to fight off 1984 in my own time…but nothing cheers me up like putting two hundred synthpop tracks into “shuffle” on Rhapsody. Especially when that includes the entire Erasure backcatalogue.
I’m thinking about getting a Zen Micro to go with a Rhapsody-to-Go subscription, just so I can download six gigs of music (including at least 500MB of pure, bouncy synthpop) to go to the gym with. Does anyone have any commentary on whether that is the MP3 player to get, or should I go with the bulkier iRiver H10?
Just let me say that Chorus is one of the best damn Erasure songs ever!
My 2 cents (2.5 cents in Newfoundland)
Funny you mention that. I’ve had both.
I had a Zen Micro, 5GB. It worked fine until the headphone jack started to lose channels, a common problem it seems, from the jack getting lose from the motherboard or some such. Took it back and they gave me an iRiver.
Features of Zen – Has a personalized software interface you need to run to upload music, creating a play list with the software can be a pain.
-Removable battery, and some packages have an extra battery.
-Easy to use touch pad.
-More ability to find the song you want.
-When the backlight goes off, the screen is still visible (like a cell phone when the light is off.
Features of iRiver – Uses Windows Media player to sync songs (which means you need to check your system requirements before using), uploads Media Player playlists.
-Slightly better sound.
-More buttons, less touch pad. I’m good with either.
-Colour screen, for some reason.
-Potential con – the one I got needed a firmware update. Before the update, it was having issues with, you know, everything. But since I updated the firmware, things are swimming.
-When the backlight times out, the screen goes to black. Sort of annoying if you want to see what’s playing without messing with it.
Both have a reasonable ability to record voice and bootleg concerts, if that’s your thing.
And the iRiver may be a bit bigger height-wise, but it’s lighter than the Zen.
To sum up — The Zen isn’t as play-list friendly, and there is the potential headphone problem. The iRiver will probably need an update as soon as you take it out of the box, but it’s lighter.
At this stage in my life, I’m good with the iRiver, after the update. If you are comfortable with Media Player, that’s another tip in iRiver’s favour. Mostly, though, I’d go with the iRiver just because I don’t want to deal with another headphone jack problem.