For what I paid, and especially when compared to the cost of an Apple or Sony unit, it just doesn't get any better. As a long time fan of Phillips quality and value, I expected a fair amount from this unit. I received all I expected and then some. The sound quality is excellent, volume more than adequate, and the controls are fairly intuitive and easy to use. For less than $40, with an equivalent 16GB Apple unit starting at just under $150, it's hard to not like the Phillips. Sure the screen is smaller, and no you don't have all the Nano's pedometer, but you do have at least $100 extra still in your pocket and if what you want is an MP3 player, then this is just the ticket. The only negatives I've found thusfar are the bundled "Songbird" application and Microsoft Zune's inability to recognize the device. If you accept the default settings it works just fine, but if you already have a library of MP3s and don't want to move them, changing the settings can be a bit of a challenge due to the lack of documentation for the Songbird application. Windows Media Player recognizes the Ariaz just fine, and will manage the contents. I haven't tried iTunes with it yet, so I can't say if it's compatible. In summary - The hardware is (as expected) exceptional, the software is okay but not great, and the overall value simply can't be beat.
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