My new iAudio U3 is so tiny and light you’d think it might float away.. but it can carry 1 Gb of stuff. Here is relaxes next to my Shuffle
My iAudio U3 MP3 player/recorder prompty arrived and I am just starting to play with it.
I got this model given the phase out of iRiver models that work with Mac OS X (the T10 lines are Windows only). It is tiny, tiny, a tad heaver than my Shuffle and light (no battery, it recharges via USB).
Moving files to and from are easy, as it mounts as a desktop drive via USB 2.0 connection, so no funky middle software needed. The audio sounds very good, decent bass, so as a player, it is great.
I’ve only done limited testing with the recording– the process is easy (buttons and menus a little more clear to use than iRiver). It may have a little more background noise, and you definitely want to not touch or move it whiole recording with the built in microphone.
My biggest disappointment is the file format it records audio- it is WMA only, so I am left with using shareware to convert these files to something I can use to edit on the Mac. It’s not mentioned at all in the docs– there is some ‘Jet’ software that is Windows only for converting copied files to pther formats (I can always do this on the XP side of my MacBookPro, but that is seemingly a risky venture).
So I have the nifty little device (1 Gb capacity, and because you can move any file, it can act as a thumb drive) but need to push it through some more paces.