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Aluratek CINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player (8")

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Product Highlights
  • 4GB Built-In Memory
  • SD/SDHC Expansion Slot
  • USB Flash and USB Hard Drives Supported
  • 8" LCD Display
  • 720p and 1080i Video Support
  • 720p and 1080i Out to HDTV
  • Enjoy Video, Music, Photo, Text
  • High-Capacity Rechargeable Battery

Think of Aluratek's CINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player as a soothing balm for tired, weary eyes forced to squint at the minuscule screens of most mobile devices. In addition to providing relief for your eyes the CINEPAL is budget-friendly - providing deliverance for your wallet as well. Prevent two painful situations with this big-screen media player and enjoy your videos, photos, eBooks, and media files in good conscience. Your peepers, and your bottom line, will thank you every time the urge to satisfy your entertainment needs strikes.

When it comes to the memory capacity of the CINEPAL, files can be stored to the built-in 4GB memory, pulled from a connected USB drive, or taken from inserted SD/SDHC cards. If you feel like watching your footage on the big screen, simply connect the device to your HDTV using the included A/V cables. Alternatively, when you want to use your CINEPAL without disturbing others, or being disturbed, connect the earphones and enjoy in private. When it's time to recharge, just connect the player to your computer via the USB connection and you'll be good to go again in no time for 4 hours of non-stop entertainment.

Supports 720p and 1080i video out to your HDTV
Supports 720p and 1080i full HD video-decoding
8" high definition LCD display: 1280 x 768 resolution
Supports various music/video formats such as JPEG and MPG
High capacity rechargeable battery provides up to 4 hours of video
Built-in 4GB memory to store your favorite videos, eBooks, music, or pictures
Stores up to 40 hours of video, 10,000 photos, 40,000 eBooks, or up to 10,000 songs
Supports HD video (non DRM) in AVI, VOB, DAT, MPG, MPEG, Xvid, DivX, H.264, MKV, RM/RMVB
Type Flash Memory
Capacity 4GB
Display 8" LCD
1280 x 768 Pixel Resolution
FM Tuner No
FM Recording No
Voice Recording No
Data Storage No
Photo Capture No
Photo Viewing Yes
Video Recording No
Video Playback Yes
Text Reader Yes
Formats Supported Video: Non DRM in AVI, VOB, DAT, MPG, MPEG, Xvid, DivX, H.264, MKV, RM/RMVB
Photo: JPEG, MPG
Text: Txt
Connections Mini-USB 2.0
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Stereo Headphone
A/V
Battery Built-in Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
Charger USB 2.0
System Requirements Operating System
Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7
Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later

Hardware
USB 2.0 Port
Dimensions (WxHxD) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Weight Not Specified By Manufacturer
Aluratek CINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player (8")
  • USB 2.0 Cable
  • Mini USB 2.0 Cable
  • Video Cable
  • Audio Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Instruction Manual
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    AluratekCINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player (8")
     
    4.1

    (based on 19 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Simple controls (15)
    • Good picture (9)
    • Lightweight (8)
    • Portable (8)
    • Easy to set up (6)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (4)
    • Insufficient storage (3)
    • Poor sound (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (8)
    • In the car (6)
    • At home (4)
    • Anywhere (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Practical (6), Traveler (5), Casual listener (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (7)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Awesome Product

    Some Reviews out there say that the interface is not intuitive. I disagree. It is exactly how I would have designed it. In fact I loaded it up with movies and songs and...Read complete review

    Some Reviews out there say that the interface is not intuitive. I disagree. It is exactly how I would have designed it. In fact I loaded it up with movies and songs and played them without having to read the manual. The quality of the screen and the sound quality is really excellent. The only criticism I have is that copying directly to the player from the computer is kind of slow. 4 MB/s I guess USB 2.0 was necessary to keep costs down although 4 MB/s isnt close to the theoretical USB 2 speed. So what I did is I put my media on a Corsair USB stick and plug that in. That way I can copy my files at 23 MB/s. This player doesnt skip, and the only glitch I have found is that sometimes when you fast forward and then want to play, you have to push play a bunch of times to get it to stop, but that just may be my really large thumb. As far as I know this is the only player that allows you to play all files out there. XVids, Divx, you name it.
    The Flac files sound spectacular. The headphones are really good too. I love this thing. Im tempted to buy another just to have when this one goes out eventually. Just in case it gets discontinued. It shouldn't be discontinued but most people out there buy a tablet and watch netflix stuff, so they dont need to be able to play all of the formats. Hopefully they will add touchscreen capability to a future version. Thats the only thing I would really like to see added. Buy this product, you will not be disappointed. I sure wish this was available when I was a teenager. Oh and great battery life! I velcroed mine to the wall by my bed, so I can watch while my head is on the pillow. Awesome!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not worth it

    I went online shopping for a video player that I could take with me when I travel. This machine seemed to be the perfect fit: somewhat inexpensive, good size, light, and plays...Read complete review

    I went online shopping for a video player that I could take with me when I travel. This machine seemed to be the perfect fit: somewhat inexpensive, good size, light, and plays a whole host of file types. As soon as I loaded some shows onto the internal memory I gave it a spin, and it worked great. Then when I tried to delete those shows, the problems started. First off, the files on the internal memory could not be deleted. It showed that they were deleted when plugged into my computer, but when I unplugged the device, there they were on the screen of the device. I contacted Aluratek via their website, where they guarantee a response within 24 hours, and that's what I got: a single response. And it wasn't even an answer to my question. Suffice it to say that the customer service at Aluratek is terrible.

    Now, as I go to use it when I go and travel, most of the files on the SD card I purchased to use with the device are not playing. They play the first minute of the movie and then skip to the next movie. Or there is a large lag in the playback. This is happening for both .mp4 and .avi files. The files play great on my computer, but not on the device.

    So what I'm saying overall, in so many words, is don't buy this piece of junk. You can find better out there.

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    3.0

    Good value, poor mfr. customer service

    By Rich-Astoria NY

    from Astoria NY

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Picture
    • Good Sound
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Office
      • Travel

      Comments about Aluratek CINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player (8"):

      I bought this product mainly to display photos other than at home, where I use iPhoto slide shows. The quality and definition are fine for this purpose. However, I have not been able to synch specific music with specific slide shows. The instructions do not cover this so I have emailed Aluratek about this twice and have received no response as of this date. So, I'm giving the product 3 stars, and zero stars for the manufacturer's customer service.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      So far so good

      By HoustonFilmTeacher

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Practical, Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy Controls
      • Good Picture
      • Lightweight
      • Long Battery Life
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Poor Sound

      Best Uses

      • At Home
      • In The Car

      Comments about Aluratek CINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player (8"):

      Simply straight forward player for a reasonable price.

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      5.0

      Great for Kids

      By Renee

      from Woodbury, NY

      About Me Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy Controls
      • Good Picture
      • Lightweight
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Poor Sound

      Best Uses

      • At Home
      • In The Car
      • Travel

      Comments about Aluratek CINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player (8"):

      I bought this so that my 2 year old can watch a movie anywhere and it is much smaller than a DVD player. I use the USB attachment and she can watch any movie she wants at any time. She loves to snuggle in the corner and watch her favorite movie all while giving mommy a break. The only thing I would change is the need for a USB attachment, I would instead prefer a USB port directly into the media player.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A photographers next best friend

      By k audioman

      from Orchard park, NY

      About Me Frequent Traveler

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compatible Formats
      • Easy Controls
      • Good Picture
      • Lightweight
      • Long Battery Life

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Aluratek CINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player (8"):

        As a photographer, to view your photo's instantly or video ,The Cinepal is great. Just plug in your SD card or your card reader for other format cards like compact flash. select your media on screen and veiw on an 8" screen with sound. video's playback great. Even recorded at 1920 x 1080p this is a big helper for seeing how focused your photo's or video is . compared to that little screen on the back of your camera. Some photo's may look in focus on a little 2'' or 3" LCD screen, but when viewed on a 8" screen you can see the detail. You may see things not as focused as they looked on the tiny LCD screen on your camera. This unit is also easy to load movies on an SD card and veiw . No need to convert to mp3 or mp4

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        • No

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        4.0

        Good at what it does!

        By JP

        from St. Cloud, MN

        About Me Frequent Traveler, Gearhead

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy Controls
        • Good Picture
        • Lightweight
        • Portable
        • Size

        Cons

        • Flimsy
        • Poor In Sunlight

        Best Uses

        • At Home
        • In The Car
        • Travel

        Comments about Aluratek CINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player (8"):

        The Cinepal is one of those products that fills a niche somewhere between a digital photo frame and a tablet computer. For what I wanted it to do (view SD card photos and videos) it does the job well. It has replaced the need for a portable DVD player in the car for the kids (the LCD screen could be a little brighter for daytime viewing). I think the battery life is a bit less than advertised but seems adequate to view two movies before needing a socket. I have not used it as an ebook reader yet but seems well suited for it. It's light weight, very holdable size and clear screen for indoor reading. My only real complaint would be it seems a little sluggish when loading larger picture files and the LCD screen could stand to be a bit brighter.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Remote & case/cover

        By Firgjam

        from Harrington, NSW Australia

        About Me Frequent Traveler, Practical, Reading takes to long

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy Controls
        • Good Picture
        • Lightweight
        • Portable

        Cons

        • No covercase
        • No remote
        • Poor Sound
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • In The Car
        • Office
        • Travel

        Comments about Aluratek CINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player (8"):

        Great product works as advertised... using either usb or SD card. Like the way it remembers where you were up to watching a program. I like the size and weight also...you can carry this just about anywhere.Would really like a remote control, and a hard cover to protect the screen when not in use...if there is any available for this product please contact me so I can purchase them.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        3.0

        Good thus far

        By stop-motion animator

        from Maryland

        About Me Artist, Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy Controls
        • Good Picture
        • Good Sound
        • Lightweight
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Skips Easily

        Best Uses

        • Art Display

        Comments about Aluratek CINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player (8"):

        I am using CINEPAL HD 8" Media Player to exhibit my stop-motion animation in a gallery setting. It will be running approximately 7hrs/day for 2 weeks. I am confident after long tests (6hrs running) it will uphold.

        ISSUES:
        -upon initial purchase, CINEPAL had a red dot on screen, which didn't go away, so I returned it to to B&H and they gave me new product. Clear screen with new product.
        -both the old and the new CINEPAL run smoothly, but have mild "skips" in the same spot each time my animation runs (7minutes long). This is very frustrating & will continue to test my original files for any continued errors.

        POSITIVES:
        -beautiful, clear, crisp screen
        -easy to understand lay-out

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Great little unit.

        By Darren

        from Christchurch, New Zealand

        About Me Frequent Traveler, Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy Controls
        • Good Picture
        • Lightweight
        • Portable

        Cons

        • No usb charging cable
        • Only text files 4 reader
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • In The Car
        • Travel

        Comments about Aluratek CINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player (8"):

        I haven't had a lot of time with this unit but so far I'm very happy with what we've got. It plays all the formats of video I have and is lightweight. The only cons so far are that it takes a long time to transfer from an SD card to the internal memory (but that's not significant). Also the e reader which only display text files so isn't really an ereader and a firmware update for mobi, epub and/or pdf would be appreciated.What would make it a 5* for me though would be a USB charging cable as i plan to have this in the car for my kids and the 4 hour battery life won't be enough. There is one company that sells them but at [$]+ postage that's quite expensive for this unit. (PS if anyone knows the size of the barrel jacks that it uses and where I can get some cheap cables i'd really appreciate it.)

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Awesome Product

        By Bob W.

        from North Myrtle Beach, SC

        About Me Frequent Traveler, Gearhead, Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy Controls
        • Good Picture
        • Good Sound
        • Lightweight
        • Long Battery Life
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • At Home
          • In The Car
          • Travel

          Comments about Aluratek CINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player (8"):

          Some Reviews out there say that the interface is not intuitive. I disagree. It is exactly how I would have designed it. In fact I loaded it up with movies and songs and played them without having to read the manual. The quality of the screen and the sound quality is really excellent. The only criticism I have is that copying directly to the player from the computer is kind of slow. 4 MB/s I guess USB 2.0 was necessary to keep costs down although 4 MB/s isnt close to the theoretical USB 2 speed. So what I did is I put my media on a Corsair USB stick and plug that in. That way I can copy my files at 23 MB/s. This player doesnt skip, and the only glitch I have found is that sometimes when you fast forward and then want to play, you have to push play a bunch of times to get it to stop, but that just may be my really large thumb. As far as I know this is the only player that allows you to play all files out there. XVids, Divx, you name it.
          The Flac files sound spectacular. The headphones are really good too. I love this thing. Im tempted to buy another just to have when this one goes out eventually. Just in case it gets discontinued. It shouldn't be discontinued but most people out there buy a tablet and watch netflix stuff, so they dont need to be able to play all of the formats. Hopefully they will add touchscreen capability to a future version. Thats the only thing I would really like to see added. Buy this product, you will not be disappointed. I sure wish this was available when I was a teenager. Oh and great battery life! I velcroed mine to the wall by my bed, so I can watch while my head is on the pillow. Awesome!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Limited on what you can do

          By dian

          from Guam, USA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Simple Controls
          • Sleek/Compact

          Cons

          • Insufficient Storage
          • Poor Sound Quality
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

            Comments about Aluratek CINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player (8"):

            Don't support mp4. Small storage and take long to copy files on the device. It will be better just spend 99 dollars and get a 8 inch hong kong made android touch screen tablet so u can play games and multimedia and network all together

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good Player

            By Mr Chupa

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Casual Listener

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • easy to use
            • Plays many video formats

            Cons

            • Low vol through speaker
            • No car charger
            • No Carrying Case
            • No USB charging

            Best Uses

            • Video viewing

            Comments about Aluratek CINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player (8"):

            It is a good player with very good display for reasonable price.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent product

            By Pietu

            from San Diego

            About Me Audiophile

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Simple Controls

            Cons

            • Insufficient Storage

            Best Uses

            • Commuting

            Comments about Aluratek CINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player (8"):

            Pros:
            + Plays 720p videos packed in mkv without any problems
            + Supports subtitles inside mkv
            + Reads SD cards formatted to NTFS
            + Price

            Cons:
            - Don't like white color
            - 4GB internal memory

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Perfect for kids.

            By TripTraveler

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Casual Listener

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Aluratek CINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player (8"):

                  Bought this to replace a DVD player we use mostly for long car trips and air travel. This is a great player for the price. I bought an SD card to augment the memory and it's exactly what we need.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  1.0

                  Not worth it

                  By Juan Pedro

                  from White Plains, NY

                  About Me Avid Listener

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Great Sound
                  • Simple Controls
                  • Sleek/Compact

                  Cons

                  • Inability to delete files
                  • Poor file playback
                  • Terrible Customer service

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Aluratek CINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player (8"):

                    I went online shopping for a video player that I could take with me when I travel. This machine seemed to be the perfect fit: somewhat inexpensive, good size, light, and plays a whole host of file types. As soon as I loaded some shows onto the internal memory I gave it a spin, and it worked great. Then when I tried to delete those shows, the problems started. First off, the files on the internal memory could not be deleted. It showed that they were deleted when plugged into my computer, but when I unplugged the device, there they were on the screen of the device. I contacted Aluratek via their website, where they guarantee a response within 24 hours, and that's what I got: a single response. And it wasn't even an answer to my question. Suffice it to say that the customer service at Aluratek is terrible.

                    Now, as I go to use it when I go and travel, most of the files on the SD card I purchased to use with the device are not playing. They play the first minute of the movie and then skip to the next movie. Or there is a large lag in the playback. This is happening for both .mp4 and .avi files. The files play great on my computer, but not on the device.

                    So what I'm saying overall, in so many words, is don't buy this piece of junk. You can find better out there.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Nice player

                    By SteveH

                    from West Chester, PA

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Simple Controls
                    • Sleek/Compact

                    Cons

                    • Poor Sound Quality

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Aluratek CINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player (8"):

                      We were looking solely for a media player without paying internet tablet prices. It has a great picture. The device speaker is not great but I was not expecting much. Very pleased with the purchase. [...]

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                      4.0

                      Great deal, but some limitations

                      By A Dood

                      from Redmond, WA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Great deal
                      • High resolution screen
                      • Sleek/Compact

                      Cons

                      • Short Battery Life

                      Best Uses

                      • Anywhere

                      Comments about Aluratek CINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player (8"):

                      The player so far has easily handled every file type I've thrown at it. There were some complaints of the earlier model being picky about MP4 files, but I didn't see that with this model. The screen is very nice, the highest resolution for any device this size (that I could find).
                      A couple of issues: The battery indicator is very unreliable. I was watching it closely trying to see how long the battery would last, and after 1 movie it said the battery was 75%, halfway through the 2nd movie it said 66%. But when the battering indicator said 55%, all of the sudden it was empty and I had to plug it in. Another note, it doesn't charge from the USB cable, in fact it continues to drain the battery even if shut off.
                      Controls are a litte clunky, but really I think it's still a great deal.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Works Like a Dream

                      By Music Video Junkie

                      from Austin, TX

                      About Me Casual Listener

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Long Battery Life
                      • Reliable Performance
                      • Simple Controls
                      • Sleek/Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Aluratek CINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player (8"):

                          Very light-weight, great picture, USB connectivity for flash drives, great battery life. I'm very pleased and I don't have a single complaint or annoyance.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Great media player, but...

                          By The beat

                          from Houston, TX

                          About Me Audiophile

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Long Battery Life
                          • Reliable Performance
                          • Simple Controls

                          Cons

                          • No PDF support

                          Best Uses

                          • Anywhere

                          Comments about Aluratek CINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player (8"):

                          I purchased this so my wife could use it to read ebooks and watch videos when we travel. I couldn't figure out how to get the ebooks from PDF to TXT format, so don't buy it for e-books. The video looks and sounds amazing (MP4). Great picture quality whening using it for that purpose.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Little Player

                          By Norbs

                          from Moncton, NB Canada

                          About Me Casual Listener

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Great Sound
                          • Reliable Performance
                          • Simple Controls
                          • Sleek/Compact

                          Cons

                          • Insufficient Storage

                          Best Uses

                          • Anywhere
                          • At Work
                          • Commuting
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Aluratek CINEPAL High Definition Personal Media Player (8"):

                          I haven't had a whole lot of time with the player yet, but I did test it out. The video quality is amazing, the audio is pretty good i'd say. Its very thin and light, it reads sdhc cards easily. I tried to pause and play a few times and the video stays in sync.
                          A few things I did notice...no support for wmv files, and I wish it came with a carry case, and no remote. These are very minor things, and just my observations.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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