I have had this radio going on SIX YEARS now. I was purchasing a speaker system and checked to see if Sony still offers it just to see. I bought it in my senior year of High School and was a little weary of spending $50 on a shower radio but I have clearly gotten my money's worth. I use it when in the shower, while cooking in the kitchen, have brought it to the beach a number of times, and everywhere in between. I would say I only have to change the batteries (3-C) every six months or so and I play it EVERY DAY. OTher than the seal on the top cracking bit by bit as the years go on, it still works, clear as a whistle...or a nice radio!