is a ratings king, so we're not surprised that its 256MB iFP-790
(the successor to the excellent iFP-390T) is an impressive MP3
player. With head-turning looks, a truckload of recording
features, and sound quality that will please the pickiest of
ears, this compact player ($149) is poised to grab the MP3 flash
memory crown. However, for some users, the iFP-790's limited
file-transfer options might keep it from the throne.
Excellent sound; surprisingly decent
earbuds; cool silver-and-red design; plenty of voice,
FM, and line-in encoding features; USB 2.0 support;
plays MP3, WMA, and OGG files; long battery life;
accepts files purchased from Napster and other online
music stores; works with Mac or PC.
Doesn't show up as a removable drive in
Windows Explorer; drivers and software required for
The bottom line:
This worthy successor to the Editors'
Choice iFP-390T is quite a looker and backs up its style
with world-class features and performance.