iRiver T10

Some quick impressions of the iRiver T10 as an iPod Mini replacement.

+ Seamless integration with the Yahoo Music Engine, I can drag any song, album or playlist from the entire 1+ million song collection onto the player and it just works (no extra software to install or per track charges)
+ 44 hours of battery
+ Record and radio functions (not sure I’ll use them)
– Bad packaging, one of those molded plastic monstrosities that you have to pry open with a blowtorch, I managed to cut my hand while unpacking it
– Feels plasticky when you’re used to an iPod (especially the headphones, they feel like they cost about 2 cents to make, sound OK though)
– Battery won’t charge via USB (uses a regular AA battery)

I listened side by side to an album on the iRiver and the iPod (downloaded using the respective Yahoo and Apple services) and the audio quality is very similar (they’re both good, not great).

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Toni Schneider

Partner at True Ventures. Team lead at Automattic. Advisor at Atipica, Bandcamp, Handshake, Hatch Baby, Madefire, Renovo Motors, and Tend.ai.

One thought on “iRiver T10”

  1. I was looking at the T10 but opted instead to get the Sandisk Sansa m240. The 1GB version of the Sandisk is something like $70 cheaper than the 1GB iRiver. They also have the m260 which is 4GB and costs the same as the 1GB iRiver.

    I also found that it was more difficult to accidentally bump a button on the Sandisk than on the iRiver. I really enjoy the m240…I only wish it had a rechargeable battery.

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