Some MP3 manufacturers are interested in creating a player that is capable of supporting your entire music library. Others look to create a player that rivals the gold standard in the marketplace, the iPod. After this, a third type of manufacturer arrives, one that looks to create a usable and durable product. This is where the iRiver MP3 player enters the picture.
iRiver has three basic systems for people looking for a basic digital music player. The iRiver T30 series comes in 512MB (120 songs) and 1GB (250 songs) formats with a 24 hour battery life. Both support subscription services, have a voice recorder, and can record directly from a source without using a PC. The 512MB starts at $99.99 and the 1GB at $149.99.
The iRiver T10 series is perfect for the athletic type with a built-in sport clip to make running easy. It comes in the same sizes as the T30 series with a little heftier price tag at $149.99 for the 512MB and $199.99 for the 1GB. The T10 has a color display and an unbelievable 45 hour battery life, with the most useful tool on any MP3 player, the FM tuner and recorder.
In an even more dedicated effort to appeal to the athletic, “sporty” type, iRiver designed a MP3 player that the user can take to the pool! An MP3 player with a water-proof cover that retails at $99.99 that is just as compact and easy to use as the regular version. The system has a sleek design and, believe it or not, waterproof headphones that make swimming and enjoying your favorite tunes possible!
These MP3 players seem to appeal to the crowd that other, more powerful and flashy players do not. They are perfect for the user looking to jog, run, swim, etc. However, they are not ideal for the user looking to store their entire collection and/or have extra data storage with the device as well.
Some complaints about the iRiver product stem from the lack of data storage and the unfriendly format. When trying to delete a single song it sometime deletes an entire folder or the entire collection altogether.