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I like music, I mean, who doesn't? especially when I'm on the move or even in the gym, but I've never been one to inflict my type of music onto others as I feel that doing so is totally inconsiderate and show little to no respect for those around you. So I have spent several pound over the years buying an array of music players so that I can listen to music on the move and keep those around me happy as well.
Some of these players that I have used have been quite good players indeed, with some being so bad that it would have been better to sing to myself in the shower instead of trying to listen to music through those useless devices.
One particular MP3 player that I have used in the passed, although I don't use now for reasons I will tell you about later, is on fact from a company that I had never heard of in my life, and still don't know anything about the now really, even after looking on line for them. The only thing I know is that it is a company that speciallises in making electronic device such as tablets, PC's and more, including this device, an MP3 player.
This MP3 player goes under the full name of the Idisgo MP507 MP3 player, with the one I had being the 2GB version, even though there are a few different GB versions ranging from a smaller 1GB to a larger 4GB. I don't think it goes larger but I could be wrong. Let me know if I am so I can add it to this piece.
So what does it look like then..?
To be honest it looks like quite a few player out there, and to be honest it works in the same way as several I have used over the years.
It's small, being about 100mm long, 30mm wide and 25mm deep, which is bigger than some players yet smaller than others. It fits nicely into a jacket pocket without stabbing leg muscles.
It looks nice, having a mainly black body with a dash of silver around the controls and on the buttons themselves.
There is a little screen that sits behind a larger piece of glass which is there to make the screen look bigger than it actually is.
Above this screen there is a small round button which houses the the play and pause button. There is a small set of tiny holes around the play button, which aren't damage to the bodywork it is on fact the microphone for the recorder device that is built into this unit.
On one end there is the cap that covers the USB connector and on the other end there is a small loop so that you can attach one of those bits of string to it in order to stop you losing it in the street.
On one side there is the volume control, together with the hold button and the earphone port, which is a standard 3.5mm jack connector.
On the other side there is the mode switch which is controlled using the flick method so that you can scroll through the settings.
There was also a little sticker to tell me that this was in fact a 2GB version but this sticker was lost within a few days as the stickiness turned into nothing more than water.
Is it easy to use..?
Well, after you get passed the initial horrors of the 'set up' scenario syndrome then yes, it is easy to use.
What I mean by that is that when I first used this I was a little irritated by how trick this was to actually get to a particular track using the push/slide method on the mode button. The mode button being very, well, very temperamental, shall we say, with a mind of its own, until I got the hang of using it, giving it the correct pressure so that when I slid it it didn't assume I had pressed it.
Getting it started is a matter of pressing and holding the play button until the little display illuminates. Then you're ready to go.
All you have to do is select your track using the mode button, this is done by sliding the button from one side to the other, which scrolls through your uploaded tracks.
When you press the mode button it will take you into an option, such as the microphone, or scroll through any files and folders that are on the device. Then, when you open a file or folder, hopefully one with your music in, you simply select the track you want and then press play.
Simple as that really.
The easiest thing about it was actually transferring the track from my PC on this, which you can only do if your PC has certain specs, such as windows 2000 and above and a spare USB port of 1.1 and above.
Well, to give you a more pleasurable experience when listening to your music it has a few selections of music methods, or as they call it, the equalizer options, such as Rock, pop, jazz, classical and the one I mainly use, Normal.
As for the storage size, you only have the internal memory as there's no chance of adding extra with an SD card, mainly due to the fact that there's no slot for it. But 2GB is not too bad for many tracks.
Also, apart from the player you also get a single AAA battery to get you going, plus a CD ROM, to get you set up to a PC, and a user guide which gives a brief idea of how to use this.
This started off as a fine music player, even if it was a little frustrating to get going in the initial stages. It held enough to keep me going for a while and made my songs sound like they were worth listening too.
Sadly though it was not built to last, which can be a bit annoying especially as you think an MP3 player should be able to withstand a few knocks during your daily life. This one fell short more or less on the first drop, which wasn't even a long drop either, it was only a few feet, yet when it hit the wooden floor it seemed to explode like an egg in a microwave, a can of beans in an open fire, a sneeze from an elephants trunk... you get the point...
When I picked up all the pieces I tried to put it back together, which, even though less confusing than the initial start up, didn't do it any good at all.
The MP3 Player had met it's match with its battle against a wooden floor and there was no turning back.
RIP music player and my all the tracks on you live on forever...
But before it did go to the big music player graveyard it did give me a fair bit of satisfaction and enjoyment.
It's far from being the most sophisticated machine that graces the market these days. The screen displays a fraction of the information that some players show, but what this does show is enough for me to understand what is happening.
The screen itself, albeit quite small, tells you what you need to know regarding what the player is doing. It displays such things as the track format, be it MP3 or WMA. Then there's the track duration, whether its playing or recording, the volume levels and more, quite a bit more in fact.
The sound is not too bad, although I do tend to use my preferred earphones rather than the ones that came with this player, but those weren't that bad from what I can recall so if you haven't got any spare earphones then you'll still be able to listen to your tracks straight away.
The sounds do differ quite a bit as you scroll through the different equaliser functions, with the bass giving some thumps into my head.
There are several functions which can be found on most MP3 players, so if you've used one then this one will be easy to get the hang of. Some of the functions are repeat a single song, repeat all songs, shuffle through the track so that the player decides what you are going to listen too, which gives you a bit of a surprise really.
The play button is easy to press and seems to stand out quite well so that your fingers can find it without having to keep looking at the player. This is brilliant when it is in a pocket and you don't want to take it out in order to press the button.
The hold button is genius, in a way, as it stops any accidental knocking of any of the controls so that you can listen to the music without any hassles.
I have spent a lot of time with my music collection on my PC, making sure that every track is named and in the right place. Sadly though when I have put the tracks onto this device the name of the song doesn't even come up, all I get is a number coming up on the display that tells me nothing about the track at all. So if I want to get to a certain track I have to remember what number that track is going to be under.
This isn't a big problem but it can get a little annoying when I have t a lot of tracks on the device and I can't for the life of me remember what track is at one number.
Using the mode button can be a little bit of a hit and miss process as sometimes when I press it thinks I've pushed it forwards and takes me to a track that I never intended to play. This has happened a few times, mainly when I first started using this, but after a little bit of practice I got the hang of pressing the mode button without pushing it left or right.
The cap that covers the USB connecter is well constructed and does a good job in protecting the metal of the connecter itself. The only downside is that the cap can be lost easily as it isn't strapped to the player unit itself. I mean, what's wrong with adding a small strip of runner or something to keep the two pieces together.
There is no built in rechargeable battery but it uses one AAA battery which is easily replaced with another one.
Plus, there's no clip to attach this to a belt so you do have to either carry this in your hand or pop it into a pocket.
I have given the voice recorder option a good running and it is not a bad thing at all. It is capable of picking up my voice from a good foot away and is easily used as a Dictaphone if you want to. I've even tried it in a pocket, seeing if the microphone can pick up a voice when the unit is behind some cloth, and it did a fine job, a little muffled but quite audible. So if you want to become a spy after watching the latest James Bond nonsense then this is the start.
The manual is well written but is about as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike. It tells you things that you don't want to know and when I did understand something in it I'm sure it was referring to a totally different type of MP3 player.
In the end I found it easier to throw the manual onto a fire and give the old 'trial and error' method a go. Getting used to the player as I went along, which took no time at all really as it is the same as quite a few players that I have used.
So what about the price then..?
This MP3 player is cheaper than chips, (where does that saying come from?). Sells for around a tenner. Yes £10, which is good money in anyone's books.
I know that this did eventually fall apart on me but I did have quite a while with it. So for a tenner I do think it is good value for money, and, if you don't drop it, it might last you longer than mine lasted me.
In all, it may not be an ipod, then again you don't have to pay the ipod price tag either, but it does what it is supposed to do, that is play music into your ear when you're on the move.
Would I buy another one?
If I didn't have the player that I use now then I would seriously think about getting another one of these. If I did then I'd try and be a little more careful with it.
I remember when all MP3 devices were simple and in many cases, smaller than they appear to be today. They all had small screens which weren't touch sensitive, and they all had small plastic buttons built into their plastic casings usually located on the sides of the device. This 'iDisgo MP507 1GB' takes me back to the old MP3 models we were once used to. It is a small, rubber covered plastic device with a very small (but practical) LCD display used to trawl through the different music and sound files located within the MP3 players memory.
With just 1 GB of internal memory, this seems extremely small in comparison with newer more advanced players readily available on the market. There is no hope of increasing the memory because you can't attach additional SD cards, Micro-SD cards, memory cards or USB devices to increase it. The device is as it is and this is a major disadvantage to the product. The player only supports two formats as well: MP3 and WMA files (probably the most commonly used).
Perhaps the only attribute to this player which is still widely accepted and utilised within more modern products is the USB connectivity it has. USB 2.0 is still going strong, and that is exactly how thisplayer connects to a PC or Mac. Hidden beneath a protective cap which clicks into position well is the USB head which has a moderate speed, though it doesn't need much speed when only moving around 1 GB maximum of data.
Using the device is a simple process. All the necessary buttons are made apparent around the edge of the device, from volume controls to play, pause, stop and change track. The screen isn't big enough for the interface to allow you to look down various lists for your next track (like newer alternatives do), but the way it has been set up is good enough to do the job.
I like the look of the thing, and given its size, it is very portable. One disadvantage is the fact you can't recharge the product, it takes batteries (and one is included). The styling is good and it is easy to connect headphones/earphones via a normal sized jack on the side.
I would say that I got this about 18 months ago. I sometimes go out cycling and I don't want to take my phone or iPod just in case something happens to it so this product being a cheaper thing was ideal for me. It is still going strong now anyway.
I bought this from Amazon and I think with postage included it cost around £20. Not sure how long this has been sold for, but it was quite averagly priced when I was looking for 1.
This plays MP3 and WMA files and as the name suggests it is a 1GB which depending on lenght of song and quality it should hold over 200 Songs easily, if not a good bit more.
Within the box you get the unit, Headphones, 1 AAA Battery, CD Rom and Manual. This works with PC systems from Windows '98. Not sure of the Mac specifics.
This looks like the picture. Perhaps not all that fancy looking, but slimline enough and there is the button on the front which is the play button and the little buttons on the top which are skip forward, skip back and volume. It seems to be good enough quality for the price, and it doesn't seem to be the cheap plastic that goes shiny when you rub it a lot. The little screen is adequate for you to see the writing of the track that you are playing.
The sound that comes out of here is alright. it goes loud enough and although you won't get a huge amount of Bass or that from this, it is a good enough sound for a little thing.
Battery wise this does ok. There is a little battery symbol on the screen and you will know when the Battery is getting low by the indicator.
So any bad parts to this? Sometimes I find if I skip forward or back a song, then instead of moving forward or back it won't do anything, then I press it again and it can go forward or back a few times, which can be a bit annoying but this seems to only happen just after you put this on and your first skip back or forward.
I believe this is still for sale and I would say it is a good player for a good price.
I bought this MP3 player a while back after my old one kept turning off. I wanted one that was cheap with a decent amount of memory. This is 1GB and it cost me £9.99 from Amazon. If I remember right it was from Amazon themselves and had free postage. For some reason I can now only find the 1GB version in blue (mine is black) and it is priced £11.95 plus £4.59 shipping through the Amazon market place.
About the MP3 player:
File Types: MP3/WMA
Repeat: Repeat one, repeat all, A-B repeat
Windows Compatible: 98/ME/2000/XP/Vista (and most likely Windows 7 too)
Extras: User manual, quick start guide, CD ROM, earphones and 1 AAA battery.
Design and features:
This MP3 player is much bigger than I expected, at roughly 10cm long, 3cm wide and 2.5cm deep. Luckily size wasn't that important to me, but it would have been nicer if it had been smaller. Despite its size this MP3 player is very light. It does feel quite cheap, although it looks solid enough and looks like a good quality player.
It has a small ring on one end so you can attach it to a keyring. I've never used the ring for anything other than spinning around due to having to hold it at times when it has been too big to fit in my pocket. I can't imagine anyone using it to put on their keyring as the mp3 player would almost certainly get in the way.
On the opposite end is the USB which you can get to by simply sliding the top off, which is sometimes easier said than done. Having said that the fact it stays on well is good as you don't want to lose the top.
The top of the player has the play/pause button and the screen, which is rather small. It also has an arch of small holes around the play button which is the mic so you can record things.
On one side you have the earphone slot, the volume button and a hold button. The hold button is useful as it is easy to accidentally change the track when the hold isn't on. The volume does go quite loud, but this does drain the battery faster.
On the opposite side there is the mode switch. This allows you to change songs and select other features, or at least that is the idea. It doesn't work as well as it should. As you may be able to tell from the photos, the mode switch has broken on mine and you can see a small gap on one side where it should be, but it has twisted slightly.
Using the player:
Adding tracks to the MP3 player is easy. It does come with a CD ROM, but it isn't really needed (or at least, not for Vista and XP. You might need it for older Operating Systems). You can plug this into the USB on your computer then drag files across or just copy and paste them. It supports MP3 and WMA file types, but you can also use it as a memory stick/flash drive and store other file types on it.
To use the MP3 player you press the play/pause button to turn it on then use the mode switch. The mode switch can be pushed side to side to select tracks or pressed down and moved to select other features such as to record (using the mic). Once you've found the track you want you can press play. You can then change the volume and put the hold on to stop you accidentally catching a button and changing something (most likely the track).
When the player turns on it will say Hello and has, what kind of looks like, a disk spinning around. To the right of the screen is the time so you know how far the song has played through. The numbers are quite big and easy to see. Above it there is a small arrow that curves around, which I assume is to tell you whether it is on repeat. You can change it to Repeat one, repeat all or A-B repeat.
Below that there is small text and what looks like a battery. Mine says normal, which is to do with the equaliser (normal, rock, pop, etc), and the battery was full although as I was typing this it decided it didn't have any power left and switched off so I don't think it works properly.
So having turned it back on and apparently gained a full battery again, the left side of the screen has 3 symbols. At the bottom it has a number which is the track you are on. It doesn't tell you the name of the tracks or artists, just a number. This is annoying, but I pretty much memorised what order songs went in anyway so I never found it too hard to find the song I wanted.
Above that is the volume which is shown as small square-like shapes that appear and curve up when you turn the volume up or disappear when you turn it down. About 3 appear or disappear at a time but you can press it a few times in between before it changes so it isn't very accurate. It's also very distracting changing the volume as the main thing you notice is the screen going through a number of different colours (e.g. blue, green, purple, yellow). It also changes colour at other times like when flicking through songs. In bright light you can sometimes just see a hint of colour, but in normal light or darkness it is rather bright and as it flashes through them all whenever you press a button it can give you a headache if you continue to look at it for too long.
The colours are nice enough when you can only see one and it stays on it. It's possible that somewhere there is the option to stop it being coloured or just make it one colour, but if there is I've never found it.
Above the volume line is a small circle which is split into sections. I get the feeling it is meant to tell you something such as what feature you are on (e.g. tracks or recording) as it does say MP3 above it. However, it may just be there to fill space and make the volume look better as it curves around it. It also says MP3 next to the song time. That might change it you play a WMA song, but I've never noticed it change. If it doesn't change then it says MP3 twice for no reason at all - after all you are highly unlikely to forget it is an MP3 player. Just in case you do though, above the screen it says Digital MP3 Player.
If you have bad eyesight trying to read anything other than the time could be difficult as some of the text is very small.
As I already said, there are other features on this MP3 player. You can get to them by pressing down on the mode switch and pushing it to the side. This is not as easy as it sounds. It wasn't easy to keep it pushed down and move it to the side and when I did I never knew what I'd switched it to. I found some rather random recordings that I never knew I'd recorded and obviously put the repeat on at some point, although I have no idea which repeat option. I'm pretty sure it was meant to just keep playing through all the songs but it never did. It even got stuck on some files for no reason and after playing them I had to manually click it to the next track.
According to the product information this can record up to 64 hours, but I've never tested this out. It also states the battery life is 8 hours, but I think this varies a lot. It depends largely on what battery you use and how high you have the volume. It is also affected if you keep pausing it or turning it on and off or generally just causing the colours to keep flashing at you. I'd say it often lasted more like 6 hours.
I did read that someone bought this for the radio, but it didn't give a very clear signal. I don't know if it does have a radio, but either way I wouldn't buy it for that reason.
I am usually very good with technology/gadgets/computers, but this MP3 player did confuse me and whenever I wanted to find another feature I always had to look at the manual to see if I was on the right thing and more often than not I'd give up. While the manual did explain things it just wasn't always obvious what things were on the screen and getting it to change to the other features was often more trouble than it was worth.
This MP3 player may have a few features, but getting to them is complicated, nothing works as well as it should and chances are you'll never bother with them (assuming you can even find them at all).
The sound quality is fine, although will mostly likely be better with better earphones, so long as the songs are good quality. The sound is average with the earphones they provide. I wouldn't use the ones that came with it as the wire is far too short.
For some reason I had to select on here what I thought of the video quality, but this doesn't have a video option. If it did I imagine it would be very poor considering the text. If you do store video files on it you have to watch them through the computer.
After using this MP3 player everyday on the bus to college and, sometimes, at college it has been thrown in my bag and survived through the rain which is good. However it only took one small fall to break it. The mode switch came loose and I'd guess that is one of the weakest parts of the player. For a little while I could still switch between tracks, but now it has become completely unattached from everything inside. So now it rattles and I can twist it around, but it doesn't seem possible to get it out at all. My previous MP3 player has been through much more and survived for a lot longer so I'm not really impressed with this one. It may have been cheap, but there is a good reason for it and I certainly wouldn't have paid the £40+ price tag it had when it first came out.
This MP3 player is now just a memory stick to me as I can no longer use it properly due to the mode switch breaking after dropping it once. As an MP3 player it is way too complicated and fiddly to use if you wish to do anything other than flick through tracks. Nothing is clear on the screen either which doesn't help. If you want a cheap MP3 player and don't care about size or doing anything other than letting it play through songs this is ok. For anyone who wants more look elsewhere. I certainly won't buy anything else with the name iDisgo.