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It has video playback capabilities, but given the tiny screen, they're not exactly its main attraction.

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Available in "Noble" white or "Platinum" black, the iAudio U3 has more features than the Apple iPod nanoand that's reflected in its slightly higher price. The by pixel LCD is bright and sharp, but at 1. The headphone jack is on the top end, which also has a 3.


There's also a hold switch, and a soft plastic flap covers the USB 2. The controls are definitely designed for righties, and there's no option to change the screen orientation. The player ships with earbuds, a gold-plated 3. Navigation is fairly easy.


The joystick can be difficult to push straight in without accidentally nudging it on one direction. My favorite navigation feature is that you can customize the Menu and Rec buttons to do things like add a bookmark, add songs to the dynamic playlist, change playback mode, or go to various menus when you hold them down. Another thing I'm especially hot on: Like most of Cowon's players, the U3 has extra features such as A-B repeat, variable-speed playback, an FM tuner with up to 24 presetsa dynamic playlist, and adjustable skip length a handy feature for language-learners. You can bookmark files so you can easily return to specific points without having to scan through the entire file; bookmarking COWON iAUDIO U3 Media Player simple enough, but all your bookmarks disappear after you plug in the U3 to a PC.


The U3 does not perform gapless playback, however, despite its support for OGG and FLAC files, both of which are designed so they can be played back without silence between two continuous tracks such as those found on concert albums. This is especially important if you COWON iAUDIO U3 Media Player to plug to the auxiliary jack in your car. Most mp3's can't accommodate a healthy volume level when plugged in to normal car stereo.

Not a problem for me, as I usually do a tech refresh i. But if you flog your gear until it drops, you will eventually find yourself charging after 2 hours of use, not the 20 that this thing handles when new.

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But those are nits. Part of the problem lies with the screen. Cowon, in its pure geek way, manages to cram a lot of song information into that tiny space, but the result is squint-inducing text, even for users COWON iAUDIO U3 Media Player sharp eyes. As for viewing photos and watching videos, it's cool at first but later feels a bit like punishment. While the capability is commendable, we just can't see using this player for anything except audio functions. Tiny flash players such as the iAudio U3 COWON iAUDIO U3 Media Player but demand to be worn, yet Cowon doesn't supply a neck strap, an armband, or a carrying case, though there's a hole in the iAudio U3 for a lanyard. The only accessories are earbud headphones, a stereo patch cable, a USB cable, and a keychain-wearable USB dongle for on-the-go file transfers a nice touch.

The Cowon iAudio U3 packs more features than you'd expect into its tiny shell. Cowon recently updated the U3 firmware so that it is WMA DRM-friendly, meaning it can play back both purchased and subscription-based tracks.

This format support, in addition to a lower price, makes the U3 much more attractive overall. Fans of FM radio can enjoy the U3's capabilities in that area; it not only plays and records FM but also lets you record at scheduled times. That's a great way to stock up on, for example, your COWON iAUDIO U3 Media Player NPR shows for anytime listening.

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Setting the timer is fairly easy, though you can't line up multiple recordings as you can with a VCR; you're limited to one preprogrammed recording that can be singular or daily. Nevertheless, the COWON iAUDIO U3 Media Player iAudio U3 is an MP3 player at heart (though into your media collection, it's not always obvious how to maneuver. Find great deals for Cowon iAudio U3 White (1 GB) Digital Media Player. Shop with confidence on eBay!

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