4 It's not bad at all...for 30 quid a winner.Bigal1870 | 24/11/2008 | See all Bigal1870's reviews (36)Top 100 DVD Reviewer I bought this player for my 71yr old dad who is just getting into digital music (there is hope for us all). I wasn't going to spend a fortune on an iPod and this appeared to fit the bill.Ok let's just say from the start if you are expecting iPod type performance from something costing £30 please don't, but look a little further at this beautifully compact player and you will be pleasantly surprised.It's a solid state player, that means no moving parts, the music is stored on a chip not a hard drive, so in theory it should never jump or skip no matter what you do with it. Once you plug it in your XP or Vista PC will automatically recognise it as a mass storage device so no extra software to load (unless you have Windows 98 as your operating system, in which case there is a CD to download).Best to go into Windows Media player first, plug in the player and it will pop up in the menu. Be careful here because the player is automatically set up to synchronise with media player and will download music automatically until your player is full. Go into the player menu on windows and disable the auto synchronise function so that you have to manually drag and drop your music and you are away. Very easy indeed.So what does it sound like ? Well first thing is to bin the supplied headphones and get some decent ones, remember that even a £200 iPod will sound rubbish through the wrong phones, but once you set the player up with the on screen menus it sounds not too bad at all. The player has a bass function and also 6 presets for "Rock" "Jazz" etc. I found that the Rock setting sounded loudest and best because even at the top of the volume setting the player is still a little quiet.The player charges directly through the supplied USB lead and at a little over 2.5 inches by an inch it is a little gem.A winner by Play.com and worth every penny.