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I got this player in August of 2001. It would be an excellent player, but lacks in features when compared to other players of the day. I do like the mini CD idea and as I like to hoard my music collection, it gave me the ability to haul round more than 3 times as much as my friend on his 64mb YEPP. However, the beatman is quite thick so users who have had a solid state player before are going to find it rather bulky. Personally, coming off a CD player onto an Mp3 player, I wasn't to fussed. It fits into my jacket pocket ok and isn't all that heavy. The mini CDs are great and for a little extra you can get yourself a mini CDRW and re-write your tracks onto it when you've gotten bored of older ones. The sound is great and it can really pump out the songs, especially with the supllied earbud headphones. Its controls are really simple and a monkey could probably pick them up quite rapidly. However, the player eats up batteries terribly fast. The battery life is only somewhere in the region of 6 hours. On top of this, the player did not read ID3 tags, simply numbering the track, and had something in the region of 120 seconds of anti shock memory. I would of really liked to see this player read the tags as when you have 3.5hours of music, scanning through them listening to the first few seconds and trying to work out what the song was can get a little tedious. If you are still interested, the Beatman II is now available for the price this one was retailing for last year. Its the same player at heart, but now has 12 hours battery life and 480 seconds of anti shock memory - a little more appealing I have to say=)