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Product Review: RCA Jet Sport MP3 Player

After the iPod boom ended and it stood as the number one player on the market, many people owned one. As time went on, however, athletes, runners in particular, noticed an odd phenomenon with the players – they all started failing relatively quickly. Why was that? It certainly wasn’t a faulty player, as many runners experienced the same problem, but it wasn’t a universal issue amongst all iPod users (read also why ” Creative Labs NOMAD MuVo 4 GB MP3 Player – A Failed Attempt to Rival the IPod Mini“).

As it turned out, the hard drive inside the player couldn’t take the bouncing and jostling that comes with running, as well as biking and boxing and similar sports. This failure is common sense for those who understand how a hard drive works – discs spinning on a bearing with a little arm etching into it – and how failure can results when bumps cause the arms to gouge the discs repeatedly. Also find out the facts “The Zen Stone -The Definition of MP3 Player Broadens“.

The solution came out in terms of sports-oriented flash-based MP3 players. Flash has no moving parts, and isn’t affected at all by bouncing and jostling. These are ideal for runners and other athletes. If you’re looking for a good mp3 player for sports, you’ve likely found the RCA Jet Sport audio player. If you’re considering purchasing it, read on to find out if it’s worth the price or not.

Body
The body is definitely ‘sporty’, though perhaps too much for some people who like their players to be indiscrete. The player is approximately the height of the pinky finger, and the width of two fingers. It is bright orange around the edges, and black in the middle.

The navigation buttons are round and standard, with directional buttons on the edges of the circle and a menu button in the middle.

The screen sits above the buttons, and is black with white text. The screen is bright enough to see, even in the dark, and is invisible when turned off.

The sides of the player have two long holes for arm bands and wrist straps. The device can easily be looped through a belt, strapped to an arm or ankle, or hung from a lanyard.

Features
The player is very basic due to it’s nature of being a sports player – you won’t want to watch video or look at pictures while working out, so they dropped those features.

The player has a capacity of 2GB, which is about 1000 songs – there’s support for both MP3 and WMA (with and without DRM). If you’re the type who enjoys a good audio book over standard music, there is also support for Audible, which is a major audiobook distributor.

If you prefer radio over both of the above, there also an FM radio receiver, which works well enough to pick up stations, though not it’s not the best in the world. You’ll want to be in a location with good reception to get anything worth listening to.
Finally, the player comes with a rechargeable battery, so there’s no need to purchase a continual stream of AAA batteries – simply plug the player in at night and it’s ready to go the next day.

Issues
The menu is the biggest problem with this player – it is buggy. Sometimes, it doesn’t go where you tell it to. Other times, you have to pound the buttons a couple times to get it to respond. It’s obviously a cheap firmware that didn’t have a lot of effort put into it. If you use this to workout, you’ll either want to set it to the radio and leave it alone, or make a playlist so you don’t have to keep switching songs.

Conclusion
If you are the active type, and you need a cheap player to listen to while out and about, this is a decent option. The body is rugged and durable, and there are numerous accessories for the player, including a stopwatch and armband. The player is light, and you won’t feel it once it’s strapped to the arm.

If you don’t mind dealing with the buggy firmware and annoying buttons that aren’t too responsive, then you’ll likely find this device perfect for your needs.