Posted July 18 2004 - 04:44 AM
The more I read about the the ipod the more I realize I'm so much better off with the iRiver. The salesman said when I was browsing last month for a portable player that the iRiver would be the "ipod killer". I'm starting to understand why. Now, I'm not here to shit on the iPod, it has been a great portable player ( I have never owned one but have read all the wonderful things it does). But apple had better get with the times or sales are going to start dropping rapidly. And here are some reasons why.
Line in/out. ipod doesn't have any. What the hell were they thinking? iRiver has both and even optical when chosen.
Ipod - 8 hour battery life
iRiver - 16 hour battery life (but this just isn't true, closer to 10 - 12 hours)
ipod does not support WMA, obviously, being an apple product. But since I prefer WMA's over MP3's, I'm sure glad iRiver supports it. iRiver: MP3, WMA, ASF, WAV and OGG (yes, OGG Vorbis). ipod: AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple lossless and WAV
From a review site:
| However, unless you're using the wired remote for the ipod, you will have to remove it from the case each time you want to change a setting because the holder covers up the iPod controls. You can always buy a 3rd party carrying case that will allows access to the iPod buttons. |
You gotta be kidding me. The carrying case for the iRiver allows all controls to be handled and still does a good job of protecting the unit.
The iRiver also includes voice recording and a FM tuner. The ipod does not.
The iPod 40 GB model is $499.99 at amazon. The cheapest I could find the 40 GB iRiver was at pricegrabber for $359.00
When hooking up the iRiver to your pc, it basicly recognizes it as a external hard drive. Open up the folder and drag/drop songs into the folders you have made. It is just too easy. And, no software is needed although some plugins will soon be available.
The ipod remote, from the pics I have seen , does not include an LCD screen. The iRiver does and it lights up with 4 lines of text.
I'm just giving some food for thought for all you in the portable player market. I also found some decent forums reagarding these devices at
and here's a iRiver website with much info and forums.