Hi Michelle thanks for writing this review. I was looking on the internet to find out how to delete files from the very same mp3 player which i bought last week.Could i heck find out how to do it and im not that bad on the computer.Until i came across this review and you explained it so easily thanks very much , now i can put new music on and carry on enjoying it just like you CHEERS. LOUISE HUME TYNEMOUTH
The Alba MP3256D10 is an MP3 player I bought with a £20 gift voucher I received from one of the many survey sites I'm signed up to on the internet! Costing just £19.99 from Argos I thought I had bagged me a little bargain.
It's obviously not one of the higher end of the market Mp3's but as I only use it when I'm travelling the 20 odd minute bus journey to and from college each day it is good enough for me! It has a 256mb memory which many of you will already know holds around 60 MP3 files or up to 120 WMA files, or a mix of both. This is a good MP3 player in that you can add an SD/MMC card up to 1GB which will give you around 4 times more songs.
The MP3 player itself is a pale metallic blue colour with silver coloured buttons and display area. There are 4 buttons around the LCD screen, The play/stop button which also turns the MP3 on and off when you hold it down. Below that is the menu button which when held down changes the sound to pop/rock/jazz/classical/bass or a simple one touch press of it can activate the repeat functions on the player, touch once to repeat one song, twice to repeat all songs, 3 times for the player to play random songs instead of in order, or 4 times for random repeats, touch 5 times to turn this function off.
The other side is the fast forward to next track, or by holding down this button you can fast forward the track playing to a favourite part if you should wish to. Below that is the rewind button which offers same as fast forward.
To change the volume on the mp3 player there is a + - button at the top of the player right next to the SD card part, which is a soft rubber flap which you lift out in order to locate the space to put your SD or MMC card. (I haven't gotten round to buying one yet) This seems quite durable and flexible and so shouldn't break off too easily if you are careful.
At the right hand side of the player is the lock switch, simply push down to lock the player so that you can't accidentally press play when it's in your pocket/around your neck. Likewise push up the way to unlock it. It's not rocket science, my son of almost 8 can work this machine easily!
Coming with this Mp3 player is a set of white headphones which are quite good quality considering the price of the player, they come on a long piece of thin white rope which you can wear round your neck, and fit neatly into your ears.
There is also a belt clip which comes with the player but this is quite flimsy and mine broke off within a week or so of using it.
Is it easy to transfer songs from my PC to my MP3 player? In a word Yes. The mini USB cable that comes with this is simple even for me to use. When you plug the USB into an available port on your PC (connecting it with your mp3 player first of course) you will see removable disk E appear on your screen, this is the folder that you will transfer any tracks from your computer to. Simply copy and paste from your music folder to E:\ Also when you are fed up with the songs you have on your mp3 player, this is how you can delete them too, just plug in USB and delete files that you are fed up with, Adding more from your computer as you go if you wish to.
This also takes just one AAA battery, the little ones, available from any good pound shop, usually 4 for a pound or around £2.50 for a pack of Duracell ones.
So now that's all of the technical stuff out of the way, you will want to know if the players any good?
Well my answer to that is yes, considering this is a 256mb storage for MP3s and WMA's and costs less than £20 with not bad headphones included, then this is a great little player for anyone, what makes it better is that you can add more storage if you should desire.
The sound quality is actually really good too. I have a very eclectic taste in music and so have various types of songs on my mp3 player at any time, and being able to change the sound from pop to rock to classical is an added bonus for me as it really gives the tracks a little bit more!
I found this MP3 player extremely easy to operate and to get used to, it doesn't take long to transfer tracks from PC to MP3, a few seconds for each usually, and so can be changed as much as you want to. I usually change mine once a week or so.
When the battery is running low you will see the battery indicator flashing on the LCD screen, I usually get about 3-4 days out of one battery and that's playing it for around 90 minutes per day sometimes more. So I find that a pack of 4 batteries from the pound shop normally lasts me about 2 weeks.
I would recommend this to anyone who wasn't after a huge amount of songs (even with added storage this would only give up to 1GB more, also to anyone who doesn't mind not seeing the name of the track playing on screen, as this only tells you what track is playing, which can be a bit of a nuisance sometimes, but then what do you want for £20!
I only have one gripe with this and that is when the battery is starting to run a bit low the MP3 player can be difficult to turn on, I conquered this problem by holding down the on/off (start/stop) button whilst opening and closing the lock ..I don't know why but this seems to help it somehow! Sometimes you have to hold the button down for ages before it will go on or off too but it does eventually so not a major problem!
The instructions are included in the box and are also easy to follow. This also comes with a CDrom if you should need it (If you are on XP you will not need to use it)
Thanks for reading