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- REPLACEABLE BATTERY: Never worried about no power, Replacing at any time with 1 AAA Battery(Not included).
- USB DESIGN: No Cable needed, you can directly connect with PC to transfer files.USB 2.0 providing high speed transfer,Could be used as a flash drive
- BIG Memory: 8 GB Memory capacity Stores up to 2000 songs; Supports up to 64 GB Micro SD Card (not included).
- SIMPLE OPREATION: Support Music format: MP3/WMA, Playing modes: normal, shuffle (random), repeat .Support 7 equalizer and variable speed playback
- MULTI-FUNCTION: With MP3, Recording and FM function. Easy and convenient.
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AGPTEK U3 replaceable-battery (1 AAA) mp3 player Can be used as an USB Storage! Never worried about no power, Replacing at any time with 1 AAA Battery(Not included).
MULTI-FUNCTION: Meet all your requirements just one order!
With MP3, Recording and FM function.
This MP3 player has an FM radio so in the event of an emergency, you can still receive emergency information (FM frequency range: 76MHz－90MHz/87.0MHz－108MHz). Recording Format: WAV (32/64/128/192/384Kbps)
8 GB Memory capacity Stores up to 2000 songs; Supports up to 64 GB Micro SD Card (not included).
Easy to use:
You just plug it in, transfer over your files, and plug it in the car or another computer, or where ever you want to play your music.
Audio Formats: MP3/WAV format are supported.
Item Weight: 0.77oz
Audio Output: 3.5mm earphone Jack
USB Interface: USB 2.0, fully compatible with USB 1.1, Files transfer quickly from your computer.
Battery Playing Time:Up to 10 hours
Language: English/French/Janpanese/Italian/Portuguese/Spanish and so on.
1. No batteries and headphones in the package
2. This mp3 player doesn't support DRM WMA and Audible.
1 x AGPTEK U3 mp3 player
1 x User manual
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Sadly, this player hasn't been what I expected, because:
- the sound quality is poor. (I tried changing the settings to improve the sound, it but can't find a setting clear enough for me to understand the dialogue on podcasts.)
- the FM radio player doesn't pick up any stations even though I live in Brisbane where there are heaps of FM stations within range - and I've had no problem with this feature on other MP3 players.
- the screen presentation is complicated for its size - so I am not quite sure how to operate the player.
The player was only $24, but I'd had other cheap players in the past that were OK, and I was expecting this one to do as well.
Worst thing is the menu selection. If your track/folder has a long title, the title will not scroll along the screen before the standby is engaged. Meaning you cannot read the title. This is a problem when the title is French learning lession 1, 2, 3... There is no way to tell what track im on. Also the usb cap and the battery cap are not secured well. They constantly fall off and wont stay on.
I wont be buying a replacable battery mp3 again. This style is not for me. Also i could not get the MP3 to charge the rechargeable battery with USB
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Ventajas: Buen tamaño, buena capacidad sin MIcroSD, acepta MicroSD de hasta 32GB, El Sistema Operativo muy bueno, necesitas aprender un poco la forma de navegar, pero una vez dominado, es muy buena la navegación, permite tocar música por carpetas, aleatorio por carpetas, reproduce muy buen sonido, si lo combinas con unos buenos audífonos es una bomba, tiene Ecualizador, la pila le dura bastante, recomiendo usar pilas AAA recargables para olvidarte del tema de comprar más pilas, lo conectas directo al USB de la computadora y lo reconoce de inmediato, la velocidad de transferencia es muy rápida. Muy económico, resistente a golpes leves, muy recomendable.
> I have owned about two dozen MP3 players, of at least 6 different brands/models, over the past 20 years. This is the best replaceable-battery (1 AAA) MP3 player I've owned since the Zen Nano (which was discontinued a decade, or so, ago). I wish somebody would bring back the Zen Nano.
> If you prefer a player with a built-in non-removable rechargeable battery, you may prefer AGPtEK R2 8GB Clip MP3 Player Digital Music Player for Jogging Running Gym(Supports up to 64GB), Black
> Files transfer quickly from your computer. The player is nominally USB2, but transfers are faster than other nominally USB2 mp3 players I've owned.
> Powers up quickly.
> Plays most audio formats. That's great for me since I still have many audiobooks that I ripped to wma format. (Many "mp3" players do not play wma recordings).
> The player also functions as an FM radio and as a recorder – but I have not tried those functions.
> If you turn it off and on, it resumes where you stopped---so it is great for audiobooks.
> You may load folders containing subfolders, and the tracks will play in the correct order (that is, in the alphanumeric order the subfolders are in the folder). So, you can load multi-folder audiobooks into the AGPTEK, or several audiobooks, or group your (sub-) folders of music into folders. With most other inexpensive MP3 players you have to load the lowest level folders one-folder-at-a time to get them to play in the desired order.
> The AGPTEK operates logically, and briskly, with relatively few button pushes – partly because "music" is the default at power-on.
> No unnecessary buttons (such as "lock" or "repeat") to push by accident.
> The ability to use 32G micro-SD cards (purchased separately) is useful---albeit, the operation of the SD card memory is poorly integrated and interferes with use, as described below. The AGPTEK player will accept smaller capacity micro-SD cards (e.g., 8G or 16G). It MAY accept larger (e.g., 64G or 128G) micro-SD cards, but if so will only recognize the first 32G of memory. I use Kingston Digital 16 GB Class 4 microSDHC Flash Card with SD Adapter (SDC4/16GBET). With a 32G micro-SD, you have a total of 40G storage, but not additively – that is, the storage is nominally divided into two different "drives" or "discs".
> Buttons are flat enough and stiff enough that you can't push a button by accident.
> Packaged in a nice little cardboard box, which makes it particularly suitable as a wrapped gift.
NAVIGATION between the internal and micro-SD card memory
> If you plug the player into your computer, the internal memory and micro-SD card memory (if installed) appear as 2 different "drives" (for example, "Removable Disc (B:)" and "Removable Disc (C:)". In this hypothetical case, "C:" would be the micro-SD card, and "B:" would be the internal 8G of memory. In Windows, "autoplay" will open as usual asking you if you want to "open folder to view files" (and other options), twice (one for each of the "discs"), one window covering the other identical window. The internal memory window opens first, so it is completely covered by the SD card window. You can drag the top autoplay window over so that you can see both. You can avoid this simply by not installing an SD card.
> You can "drag and drop" music, etc. into either of the nominal "disc".
> In "music" mode you can press "M" (menu) and then select either "local" (the internal memory), or "card" (the micro-SD card memory – if installed). After selecting "local" or "card" you can select individual folders. After selecting a folder, you can select individual tracks.
> You can navigate among the folders by using the "M" button. When you've found the folder/track you want, you have to press and hold the center button to turn off the player in order to save your selection.
> The mp3 player will remember your place (for up to several minutes) when you change a nearly exhausted battery – but it will forget your place if the battery is completely dead. So, when the APTEK stops because the battery is nearly exhausted, don't just keep restarting the player until the last electron is sucked out of the battery. Instead, stop and replace the battery as soon as possible.
> Have a fresh battery on hand before you remove an exhausted battery, and make the change reasonably quickly. That is, don't remove a nearly exhausted battery and then start looking for a replacement.
> Dead batteries are not nearly as annoying if you use rechargeables, and have a spare charged battery available. I recommend Panasonic K-KJ17MCA4BA Advanced Individual Cell Battery Charger Pack with 4AA eneloop 2100 Cycle Rechargeable Batteries (4 pack) plus 4 AAA batteries Panasonic BK-4MCCA4BA Eneloop AAA 2100 Cycle Ni-MH Pre-Charged Rechargeable Batteries, Pack of 4
> IMPOSSIBLE TO OPERATE BY TOUCH -- For various reasons (some detailed below), a far-sighted person would be unable to operate the player -- not even to change the volume --- without putting on reading glasses. You can't even pause to briefly speak to someone and then resume play without looking at the display (sometimes you can guess at the click or click-wait-click, or even click-wait-wait-click-wait-click sequence necessary to simply start the player, but half the time you'll guess wrong). I could operate my old Zen Nano, and many of my previous MP3 players by touch.
> No way to attach a lanyard, etc.
> If you don't have any files installed in the internal memory, the AGPTEK will just report that no files are installed and shut down without allowing you to access the menu -- to access the memory on your SD card or perform any other function (such as recording or listening to the radio. So, you still must have at least a dummy audiofile installed in the internal memory.
> My smallish man-fingers are much too big to push the buttons selectively or one-at-a-time. I too-easily push "forward a track" (or "back-") instead of "pause" (or "off"). I attached a small self-stick pad (such as those used under objects to prevent scratching tables) to the on/off/play/pause button to raise it, which solved the problem for me.
> The micro-SD card can "spring" out of the slot and get lost if you drop the player. So, it is a good idea to place a small piece of tape over the micro-SD slot (and card) – even if the slot is empty (to keep the contacts clean).
> ONLY ONE BOOKMARK -- If you switch between "local" and "card" memory (or even navigate to another folder within local or card memory) you loose your place (bookmark). For example, if I'm listening to my audiobook (in local memory), and pause to listen to music (in my card memory), when I go back to my audiobook, it will resume at the very beginning of the book.
> Oddly volume "louder" and "softer" work differently from each other. This is one of those “safety features” which does not accomplish its goal, and is more of an annoyance. After pressing "R/V", you have to "click" the > button increase to increase one level (for example from "20" to "21") at a time. If you press and hold the > button down, nothing happens. After pressing "R/V", you "click" the < button to decrease the volume one step, or press and hold it to quickly lower the volume many steps.
> There is a wire beneath the control pad, running from the area of the display and roughly under the < button, which can jam the < button. (I only discovered this by fatally disassembling a troublesome player). You might be able to clear the problem by rapping the player sharply on the side, to move the wire up or down. But it is best to test the players when you receive them and return any players with jammed control pads. Even with my second (“good”) Agptek player, the < button sometimes misfunctions goes ahead a track instead of back – I suspect that this happens when the wire gets caught by its edge. My third Agptek has not jammed so far.
> Both the USB cover and the battery cover are removable, and therefore are losable. I have several old "naked" AGPTEK players with no USB nor battery covers, which are otherwise still usable.
> The display “goes to sleep” if you haven’t pushed a button for the past 30 seconds. You have to click the on/off button once to wake up the display, and then a second time to either pause or resume. It took me a little while to get used to “double clicking” to pause play or (with the player paused) "double clicking" to resume play. However, if you’ve “resumed play” within the last 30 seconds, and someone talks to you, so you need to pause play, a “double click” has no net effect. Similarly, if you’ve “paused” within the last 30 seconds, and realize that you don’t need to pause, a “double click” will not resume play. In such a case, you are likely to assume that the player is off, and therefore press and hold the on/off button to turn it on, but you’ll actually be turning it off. These “miscommunications” between the user and the player happen more often than you’d think, and are annoying.
> I find it annoying that < (back) doesn't take you to the beginning of the current track, instead it takes you to the beginning of the previous track.
> I find it very annoying that you can't << ("rewind") farther back than the current track. If you want to hear the last few words of the previous track, you have to go to the beginning of the previous track and fast forward -- which can be annoying if the track is, say, 15 minutes long.
> Unlike the Zen Nano (and many other MP3 players I've owned), the << ("rewind") and >> (fast forward) do not accelerate the longer you hold the button. So, it takes a long time to rewind or fast forward in a long track.
> Since < (back) and << (rewind) (as well as > and >>) share the same button, you can't move back or forward through many tracks quickly. I sometimes fall asleep listening to an audiobook, and need to go back, say, an hour or two -- which may require pressing the < (back) button dozens of times for audiobooks with numerous short tracks.
> The operating logic I describe above my NOT apply to your player. I've owned several of these, which had different operating logic, or have developed different logic over time. It appears to me that there are several alternative built-in logics, which are not user selectable, but which may be accidentally selected by random glitches. Or possibly some of the subroutines get corrupted and are bypassed. For example, my first player was "instant on" / "instant off" -- if I pressed the center button, it began playing my audiobook, or (if playing), or, if I pressed and held the button (when playing), it turned off, without waiting for the screen to wake up. Similarly, on some examples, sometimes, the volume control worked "normally" (i.e, both step-by-step for short clicks and both continuously if pressed and held). Fortunately, in my experience, all the subroutines which get bypassed (if that is what is happening) are annoying -- I only wish that I could select that they ALL be bypassed
In case anyone has no idea why AAA battery mp3 players are superior to all other choices, this is because:
1. eneloop nimh rechargeable batteries are incredibly cheap per usage and last longer than most of us will. (The amazon brand imitations of eneloops are great too.)
2. if you carry an extra AAA battery with you, then you basically have unlimited power because you can easily change batteries and never have to stop listening. Having an extra AAA battery for a AAA mp3 player makes the player feel like it is solar powered--I *never* have to stop listening.
3. nimh batteries DO NOT BLOW UP OR CATCH FIRE. All lithium batteries are capable of doing this, but nimh can’t. For me this is a deal breaker for all non-AAA players.
4. nimh batteries can sit in the car all day in the Texas Summer heat and be fine. I’ve got eneloops from 2009 that have spent 8 straight Summers baking in the car like potatoes, and I still can’t tell the old ones from the new ones. Lithium batteries are not as tough.
5. AAA batteries can be replaced, so an AAA player could last decades.
Lately, I tried out three AAA battery mp3 players:
1) the AGPtEK U3 8GB mp3 player
2) the 8GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive LCD Mini MP3 Music Player w FM Radio Voice Recorder (the kind that you can find trivial variations of everywhere on Amazon, and that always has that keychain ring sticking out of a cylinder on the end)
3) and the Naxa MP3 Player with 4GB Built-in Flash Memory, LCD Display, PLL Digital FM Radio and Built-In USB Plug Adapter (that I bought at Frys).
All three of these products count as the worst three products that I have purchased in the last 5 years, in any category.
The Naxa player occasionally fails to read mp3 files from the early 2000s (that every other mp3 player ever made can easily play), is impossible to use without looking at it (bad for driving), and is very cheap in quality. It’s constant changing of backlight colors is the most stupid idea ever thought up by an engineer, and you can’t stop it from doing this.
The one with the keychain ring arrived broken-in-advance (this is a famous specialty of the makers of that product--if it arrives working properly it means you have a fairy godmother or something). Mine does not rewind, ever, and that is seriously annoying. This product WAS the worst product that I ever bought in the last 5 years, until the AGPtEK.
The AGPtEK seems well made, with higher build quality than most, but it has a design flaw that is absolutely maddening--it’s volume buttons and forward/back buttons are all attached on the same wheel, and are way to sensitive/imprecise for that setup. This means that you cannot change volume without risking suddenly skipping forward or back one track. No matter how carefully you try, even if you are doing nothing else and staring right at the player, it is very easy to accidentally skip tracks forward or back when you try to change the volume. Every single time you try to change the volume by one tick, you have about a 1 in 6 chance of changing tracks by mistake. (And that is only if you are staring at the player and concentrating. If you are driving you have at least a 1 in 3 chance of skipping tracks by mistake.) This problem will ruin your life, especially if you listen while driving and have to change volumes depending on how fast you are now going. I hope that AGPtEK will make another model with separate buttons for volume control. AGPtEK seems to make good products, and they may be the only company capable and willing to make a good AAA battery mp3 player. If so, I will happily buy it and add on to this review to tell everyone of the improvement.
If anyone finds a good AAA battery mp3 player, please comment on this review to let me know.
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...So I decided to try the AGPTEK U3, and at the same time add a 32 GB memory card.
There's another very long review of the device here, which is excellent, its all true...
This takes a bit of time to get used to, as it operates differently than the devices I had used for easily a decade at least... yet after a few weeks that you get used to the interface, it becomes second nature more or less.
Sound is very good, FM radio is the best in any MP3 player I've had, and for me the most important was to be able to use AAA batteries and it will recognize folders that you load into it without the need to build playlist files, as one has do with an excellent quality Sandisk player which drove me crazy because it wouldn't recognize folders.....
So this does well what it is supposed to be....
Now time will tell how long it will last, and that's the bottom line... I've only been using mine a few weeks. If it lasts more than two years and change the small issue below, then I'll add the fifth star.
So what can be done to improve this?
1. If you hesitate too long when selecting songs or folders, it reverts back to the song playing, and you have to start again. SO PLEASE, give more time... 20 seconds isn't enough... how about a full minute?
2. The display is black, so the backlight has to be on to see it. This makes it impossible to see in sunlight. Why not use the white background display as in the garden variety Chinese MP3 players? If you're out there, AGPTEK, please take heed. This should be fairly simple to do.
3. It would be really neat if this had a little hook or ring on it to attach a string so you can hang it around your neck, like the other ones have.
One star off because the instructions are so poor that I almost returned the two units I'd bought, as I couldn't figure out how to deal with individual folders of songs. At the price the manual should be much better. Eventually I got it and have written up what I learned, below.
These are navigation plus some usage instructions for the AGPTEK U3 8GB portable audio player. For functions not described, refer to the manual if you got one. If not, see 'manualslib.com' and search for "Agptek-U3".
These instructions refer to the control pad keys as 'Menu' aka 'M', 'Right-Arrow' aka RA, 'Left-Arrow' aka LA, 'Play-Pause' aka 'PP', and 'Return / Volume' aka 'R/V'. To "press" means press & release. Sometimes "press & hold" is explicitly required. Wherever RA (Right-Arrow) is noted, LA will usually do the same thing but in the reverse direction.
Note that pressing buttons while music is playing is not completely reliable. Sometimes a quick press will be ignored, and if you hold too long you'll get a different function from what you intended.
It is assumed that you have already connected the player to your PC and copied several folders of music into the player's main 8GB memory. This storage will appear as as USB drive called "AGPTEK-U3" in Windows Explorer and will appear as 'Local folder' on the player. If you have a microSD card in the player, that storage will appear in Windows Explorer simply as "USB Drive" with no special name; on the player it will show up as 'Card folder'. When playing tracks in the local folder, the small icon to the left of the bitrate and equalizer icons will look like an integrated circuit chip; when playing from the card folder it will look like a microSD card.
Like most "MP3" players, this one defaults to showing music tracks by their tags rather than their filenames - even though most people got tired of tagging all their files years ago. Fortunately, if you delete any and all tags, the player will revert to listing tracks by their filenames. It does make some odd errors in this but is mostly OK.
Turn the player On; this should start you at the 'Home' menu showing 'Select' at top right and usually at the first choice which is 'Music' with a speaker icon showing. Generally you can press & hold M for this menu, though if you release too quickly it may get stuck on the volume control slider; in that case press R/V to recover and then just keep trying.
RA and LA will step through other choices which are 'Recordings', 'Voice Mode', 'FM Radio', and 'Setting'. The 'Setting' dialogs will let you set the repeat mode mentioned below.
With 'Music' selected, press PP. The first music track in the first folder will begin playing.
Press and hold RA or LA to scan (fast-play) through this music track.
Press PP to stop playback then RA or LA to step to the next track in this folder, and then through all tracks in all folders. This mode treats the entire set of tracks as one long list, with no distinction between folders.
If you press RA or LA while a track is playing it will (somewhat unresponsively) cycle through the tracks according to the current repeat mode. If "Repeat Folder" was set (shows a small 'D' in the repeat mode indicator next to the battery icon) then the cycling will only be through the current folder. If "Repeat Normal" was set (shows a small 'N') then the cycling will be through all tracks in all folders. So this works just as if you had let the music continue playing.
To choose and work within individual folders, you need either the "Music" submenu (press M while music is stopped) or the "setting" submenu (press M while music is playing). If either takes you to the volume control slider, press R/V to return, and try again.
The "Music" submenu has 'Home' (the main menu mentioned above); 'Local folder'; 'Card folder'; 'Delete file'; 'Delete all'; and 'Exit'.
The "setting" submenu has 'Home'; 'Local folder'; 'Repeat'; 'Equalizer'; 'Variable Speed Playback'; 'Replay mode'; and 'Exit'.
You can step through these these wtih RA. On either submenu, step to 'Local folder' or 'Card folder' and press PP to enter the folder tree mode of operation.
This opens the first of the music folders in either local or card storage. You will see "\" at the top and below that the music tracks in this folder.
Use RA to step through these tracks and PP to play any of them. Stepping will follow the Repeat mode that has been set, as described above.
Select the "\" at the top of this track list and press PP to see the player's entire list of folders, including "ROOT" (which just goes back to the submenu), "System Volume Information" (shows empty), and the music folders you loaded.
THOUGHTS: Bought this MP3 player to replace the old Nextar MA566 that I'd had for almost a decade. I used it mostly while mowing the lawn, but also on the occasional plane trip, long car rides with annoying passengers/kids, and so forth. My Nextar lasted far longer than I ever thought it would, and I dreaded trying to find something as simple & easy to use. I did a lot of looking & read a lot of reviews before finally settling on this AGPTEK U3 unit. It's almost the exact same size physically, but holds 8 times more music(!). Ahhh, the wonders of ever-evolving technology. The display screen is an irritatingly tiny thing, but I rarely look at it now that I've finally gotten all my music loaded and the settings where I want them. Unit plugs into any USB port when you remove the end cap, and it can be loaded fairly quickly with your fave tunes. You have to buy headphones/earbuds as it doesn't come with any, which kinda sucks. Also, this AGPTEK's pre-programmed settings/options selection doesn't offer many bells & whistles, but it does have what I was looking for: reasonable price, sturdy (so far), and runs for hours on a single AAA battery.
If it starts acting up or dies prematurely I'll stop back and amend my review. But so far, so good. :-)
I put in a AA battery, and navigated to settings. It took me a minute or two to figure out how to set the time, and about 2 more minutes to sync music (with Media Monkey on Windows 10) and play the songs. Those complaining that the interface is difficult to learn, probably had their VCR blinking 12:00 too. Don't get me wrong, it's not great, but it's what you would expect from a device that is so small.
The sound is amazing from this little guy!
Since I just want to turn it on/off (press and hold play/pause), play mp3s (press play), skip and go back (arrows), and shuffle (set mode to random--works contrary to another reviewer's comment), I don't care about the voice recording, replay (looping of audio), or the FM radio. I'm not going to mess with the variable speed playback, etc. either. So, I can't speak to those features if you are looking for those things. But the basics meet my needs.
I'm done with devices without replaceable batteries.
EDIT: Removing one star, as the 'random' mode is not 'shuffle.' It will randomly pick from all songs, not from ones not yet played. If you have 5 songs, each time you have a 20% chance of replaying the same song upon hitting next. If 50 songs, a 2% chance.
07.31.2019 Update: Removing more stars. The thing finally died. The player has big problems. I had to remove the battery after every use, otherwise the device would drain the battery over a day or so. Also the tab on the battery door broke so the door was easily lost. The cap was lost. The navigation button stopped working. The sound stopped coming out of one ear. I bought the Tomameri Portable MP3/MP4 Player to replace it: (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07S82H7SL). It is much much better.
-works well with Toyota's Entune system
I currently have a MacBook Pro running High Sierra 10.13.6. (When it dies, not replacing it with another Apple product.) The U3 was recognized almost immediately. Files can easily be transferred through drag and drop. It came preloaded with some sample songs, but I added a few of my own to see. I turned it on and the Entune system recognized it immediately. I could use the touchscreen to browse for music with no problem. I also added a few songs to the 32 GB SD card that I inserted and found that it had no problem finding these either. So far, so good.
I did try a SanDisk 64 GB flash drive before purchasing this. While Entune recognizes it, it takes a few minutes to fully recognize. The U3 eliminates that issue.
I also like the fact that it runs on AAA batteries. You might get some longer life out of it than an MP3 player with a rechargeable battery.