IN SHORT > I have owned about two dozen MP3 players, of at least 6 different brands/models, over the past 20 years. This is the best replaceable-battery (1 AAA) MP3 player I''ve owned since the Zen Nano (which was discontinued a decade, or so, ago). I wish...
> I have owned about two dozen MP3 players, of at least 6 different brands/models, over the past 20 years. This is the best replaceable-battery (1 AAA) MP3 player I''ve owned since the Zen Nano (which was discontinued a decade, or so, ago). I wish somebody would bring back the Zen Nano.
> If you prefer a player with a built-in non-removable rechargeable battery, you may prefer
AGPtEK R2 8GB Clip MP3 Player Digital Music Player for Jogging Running Gym(Supports up to 64GB), Black
> Files transfer quickly from your computer. The player is nominally USB2, but transfers are faster than other nominally USB2 mp3 players I''ve owned.
> Powers up quickly.
> Plays most audio formats. That''s great for me since I still have many audiobooks that I ripped to wma format. (Many "mp3" players do not play wma recordings).
> The player also functions as an FM radio and as a recorder – but I have not tried those functions.
> If you turn it off and on, it resumes where you stopped---so it is great for audiobooks.
> You may load folders containing subfolders, and the tracks will play in the correct order (that is, in the alphanumeric order the subfolders are in the folder). So, you can load multi-folder audiobooks into the AGPTEK, or several audiobooks, or group your (sub-) folders of music into folders. With most other inexpensive MP3 players you have to load the lowest level folders one-folder-at-a time to get them to play in the desired order.
> The AGPTEK operates logically, and briskly, with relatively few button pushes – partly because "music" is the default at power-on.
> No unnecessary buttons (such as "lock" or "repeat") to push by accident.
> The ability to use 32G micro-SD cards (purchased separately) is useful---albeit, the operation of the SD card memory is poorly integrated and interferes with use, as described below. The AGPTEK player will accept smaller capacity micro-SD cards (e.g., 8G or 16G). It MAY accept larger (e.g., 64G or 128G) micro-SD cards, but if so will only recognize the first 32G of memory. I use
Kingston Digital 16 GB Class 4 microSDHC Flash Card with SD Adapter (SDC4/16GBET)
. With a 32G micro-SD, you have a total of 40G storage, but not additively – that is, the storage is nominally divided into two different "drives" or "discs".
> Buttons are flat enough and stiff enough that you can''t push a button by accident.
> Packaged in a nice little cardboard box, which makes it particularly suitable as a wrapped gift.
NAVIGATION between the internal and micro-SD card memory
> If you plug the player into your computer, the internal memory and micro-SD card memory (if installed) appear as 2 different "drives" (for example, "Removable Disc (B:)" and "Removable Disc (C:)". In this hypothetical case, "C:" would be the micro-SD card, and "B:" would be the internal 8G of memory. In Windows, "autoplay" will open as usual asking you if you want to "open folder to view files" (and other options), twice (one for each of the "discs"), one window covering the other identical window. The internal memory window opens first, so it is completely covered by the SD card window. You can drag the top autoplay window over so that you can see both. You can avoid this simply by not installing an SD card.
> You can "drag and drop" music, etc. into either of the nominal "disc".
> In "music" mode you can press "M" (menu) and then select either "local" (the internal memory), or "card" (the micro-SD card memory – if installed). After selecting "local" or "card" you can select individual folders. After selecting a folder, you can select individual tracks.
> You can navigate among the folders by using the "M" button. When you''ve found the folder/track you want, you have to press and hold the center button to turn off the player in order to save your selection.
> The mp3 player will remember your place (for up to several minutes) when you change a nearly exhausted battery – but it will forget your place if the battery is completely dead. So, when the APTEK stops because the battery is nearly exhausted, don''t just keep restarting the player until the last electron is sucked out of the battery. Instead, stop and replace the battery as soon as possible.
> Have a fresh battery on hand before you remove an exhausted battery, and make the change reasonably quickly. That is, don''t remove a nearly exhausted battery and then start looking for a replacement.
> Dead batteries are not nearly as annoying if you use rechargeables, and have a spare charged battery available. I recommend
Panasonic K-KJ17MCA4BA Advanced Individual Cell Battery Charger Pack with 4AA eneloop 2100 Cycle Rechargeable Batteries (4 pack)
plus 4 AAA batteries
Panasonic BK-4MCCA4BA Eneloop AAA 2100 Cycle Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries, Pack of 4
> IMPOSSIBLE TO OPERATE BY TOUCH -- For various reasons (some detailed below), a far-sighted person would be unable to operate the player -- not even to change the volume --- without putting on reading glasses. You can''t even pause to briefly speak to someone and then resume play without looking at the display (sometimes you can guess at the click or click-wait-click, or even click-wait-wait-click-wait-click sequence necessary to simply start the player, but half the time you''ll guess wrong). I could operate my old Zen Nano, and many of my previous MP3 players by touch.
> No way to attach a lanyard, etc.
> If you don''t have any files installed in the internal memory, the AGPTEK will just report that no files are installed and shut down without allowing you to access the menu -- to access the memory on your SD card or perform any other function (such as recording or listening to the radio. So, you still must have at least a dummy audiofile installed in the internal memory.
> My smallish man-fingers are much too big to push the buttons selectively or one-at-a-time. I too-easily push "forward a track" (or "back-") instead of "pause" (or "off"). I attached a small self-stick pad (such as those used under objects to prevent scratching tables) to the on/off/play/pause button to raise it, which solved the problem for me.
> The micro-SD card can "spring" out of the slot and get lost if you drop the player. So, it is a good idea to place a small piece of tape over the micro-SD slot (and card) – even if the slot is empty (to keep the contacts clean).
> ONLY ONE BOOKMARK -- If you switch between "local" and "card" memory (or even navigate to another folder within local or card memory) you loose your place (bookmark). For example, if I''m listening to my audiobook (in local memory), and pause to listen to music (in my card memory), when I go back to my audiobook, it will resume at the very beginning of the book.
> Oddly volume "louder" and "softer" work differently from each other. This is one of those “safety features” which does not accomplish its goal, and is more of an annoyance. After pressing "R/V", you have to "click" the > button increase to increase one level (for example from "20" to "21") at a time. If you press and hold the > button down, nothing happens. After pressing "R/V", you "click" the < button to decrease the volume one step, or press and hold it to quickly lower the volume many steps.
> There is a wire beneath the control pad, running from the area of the display and roughly under the < button, which can jam the < button. (I only discovered this by fatally disassembling a troublesome player). You might be able to clear the problem by rapping the player sharply on the side, to move the wire up or down. But it is best to test the players when you receive them and return any players with jammed control pads. Even with my second (“good”) Agptek player, the < button sometimes misfunctions goes ahead a track instead of back – I suspect that this happens when the wire gets caught by its edge. My third Agptek has not jammed so far.
> Both the USB cover and the battery cover are removable, and therefore are losable. I have several old "naked" AGPTEK players with no USB nor battery covers, which are otherwise still usable.
> The display “goes to sleep” if you haven’t pushed a button for the past 30 seconds. You have to click the on/off button once to wake up the display, and then a second time to either pause or resume. It took me a little while to get used to “double clicking” to pause play or (with the player paused) "double clicking" to resume play. However, if you’ve “resumed play” within the last 30 seconds, and someone talks to you, so you need to pause play, a “double click” has no net effect. Similarly, if you’ve “paused” within the last 30 seconds, and realize that you don’t need to pause, a “double click” will not resume play. In such a case, you are likely to assume that the player is off, and therefore press and hold the on/off button to turn it on, but you’ll actually be turning it off. These “miscommunications” between the user and the player happen more often than you’d think, and are annoying.
> I find it annoying that < (back) doesn''t take you to the beginning of the current track, instead it takes you to the beginning of the previous track.
> I find it very annoying that you can''t << ("rewind") farther back than the current track. If you want to hear the last few words of the previous track, you have to go to the beginning of the previous track and fast forward -- which can be annoying if the track is, say, 15 minutes long.
> Unlike the Zen Nano (and many other MP3 players I''ve owned), the << ("rewind") and >> (fast forward) do not accelerate the longer you hold the button. So, it takes a long time to rewind or fast forward in a long track.
> Since < (back) and << (rewind) (as well as > and >>) share the same button, you can''t move back or forward through many tracks quickly. I sometimes fall asleep listening to an audiobook, and need to go back, say, an hour or two -- which may require pressing the < (back) button dozens of times for audiobooks with numerous short tracks.
> The operating logic I describe above my NOT apply to your player. I''ve owned several of these, which had different operating logic, or have developed different logic over time. It appears to me that there are several alternative built-in logics, which are not user selectable, but which may be accidentally selected by random glitches. Or possibly some of the subroutines get corrupted and are bypassed. For example, my first player was "instant on" / "instant off" -- if I pressed the center button, it began playing my audiobook, or (if playing), or, if I pressed and held the button (when playing), it turned off, without waiting for the screen to wake up. Similarly, on some examples, sometimes, the volume control worked "normally" (i.e, both step-by-step for short clicks and both continuously if pressed and held). Fortunately, in my experience, all the subroutines which get bypassed (if that is what is happening) are annoying -- I only wish that I could select that they ALL be bypassed