This device was released Saturday, December 9, and discontinued as of Friday, May 16, The Bottom Line If you need lots of music at your fingertips and hate bloated interfaces, the Recorder 20 is the device for you. Long term I expect it to be unreliable based on the increasing lockups that I am experiencing. I hope at some point a 40 gig comes out. After the upgrade the performance is comparable to the iPOD its main competitor in almost every area including speed, display options, and software stability. Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic. Huge capacity to carry lots of recordings 3.

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No computer necessary My only complaint is that the machine seems to “hang” occasionally.

I just wish you could somehow directly download from a compact flash card like with the AJ Multimedia model. The batteries drain really fast when it is in Jukebox mode. The equalizer is nice and customizable enough to get the sound you want without much hassle.

Archos Jukebox Recorder Silver/Blue ( 20 GB ) Digital Media Player

The Bottom Line If you need lots of music at your fingertips and hate bloated interfaces, the Recorder 20 is the device for you. So, I downloaded and installed the open source interface called RockBox.

Simple drag and drop organization of directories The things that I don’t care for: Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s Sure, Archos’s Recorder 20 is neither as small or sleek as the iPod nor does it have all the bells and whistles of Creative’s Nomad Jukebox 3. The large, backlit display uses a fairly small font, but a no-nonsense layout and a simple navigation system make operation logical and free of hassle.


Has more uses than just an MP3 player. The only difference was the 5 GB 2. Sound can be tailored and the backlight always lets you know the names jukebx the songs even in dark rooms. The LCD display is a bit hard to read although younger users do not report a problem.

Archos Jukebox series – Wikipedia

I would fear losing it too much. It weighs g. Please make sure that you are posting in the form of a question. Top rated Most recent Top rated. An earlier version of the Recorder contained a USB 1.

Huge capacity to carry lots of recordings 3. Then I could use it to offload digital camera images, too. Get fast answers from reviewers. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. I would strongly recommend the player for anyone who is comfortable working directly with the MP3 files my preference and doesn’t mind doing minor repairs like replacing batteries and downloading firmware updates.

Software that comes with the unit deserves its own manual – took me three hours to figure out you can recoorder options so that you save the track number as part of the file name — avoiding the creation of playlists for audio recordings. Also an auto interface would be great. Uwb the 20’s feature set and design are identical to its predecessor’s, it does offer a larger 20GB hard drive and a lightning-fast USB 2.


The Archos’ Jukebox Studio succeeded the Jukeboxthe main difference between the two models being the larger hard drive sizes offered. The latter device does not display recording levels but can record to WAV files for higher-fidelity sound.

I’ve had my Jukebox Recorder 20 for over a year now and just noticed I hadn’t reviewed it yet. Archos claims transfer speeds of up to 1. I also question the long term integrity of the unit. But once recordrr was done I couldn’t set the Jukebox up to randomly play songs from all of my artists as arfhos Jukebox won’t shuffle between different directories.

See my previous review of the Rio Riot for more detail about problems with the Rio Riot. Archos Jukebox Recorder 20 Sign in to comment Be respectful, keep it civil and stay on topic.

Disabling it will result in some disabled or missing features. Overall I recommend this if you jukehox technically savvy — I’d avoid it if you don’t like to get your hands dirty exploring the nuances of gadgetry.