I am a Mac user and a frugal parent of a 10 year old. We are 'upgrading' her from a cd player to mp3 player. I love our Mac..so much we have 2. I just could NOT justify an iPod because I refuse to spend that kind of money on any gadget for a tween. Good thing she has no previous experience with mp3 players or she could be very upset with this player. It is Mac compatible, but that doesn't say much really. It basically means it is storage for files. I can drag and drop any file to it, but it will only play Mp3 and jpeg...anything else, you need to convert. The biggest pain is the movies/videos. It only recognizes MTV files...the software sent with it doesn't work with Mac. So it will not play youtube or wav, etc(not a huge deal, she won't know the difference) I loaded the music but had to make my own files files for them. I can't sync the music, so once the music/photos are loaded, it is all manual. It is a large player for the price, so I have plenty of room to store a ton of photos and music. It plays with no troubles, BUT will freeze if you play it the 'normal way'. I have to scoll down to the system folder to access the files I put on, then select the music from there. It still plays the music. The tuner is great, a must have in my opinion. The photo quality isn't too nice but still ok for the purpose. This is a great player if all they will do is listen to music and look at photos..and are under the age of 13. At the time, I only paid $24.99 price was worth it, but I bet she has a better player on her Christmas list in a couple of years! IF you are a PC user...then this is fantastic. Mac users may be a bit disappointed..unless like us, you just want to load music for your tween.
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