I was given this MP3 as a gift. The instruction book said it needed 2-3 hours to charge but not more than 12 hours. After 11 hours, charging with the charger it came with, it still did not indicate that it was charged. I started putting songs on it, after 30 songs it said it was full. The math did not add up. For 1G I should have been able to put more than 1000 more songs on it. I turned it off (button on the side) and called the support line 3 days later, to ask why it seemed to be so limited. When I was on hold (for a very long time) I picked it up, flicked the on button - nothing.
The support line told me to return it.
I have since read many reviews of this product. All seem to have a problem with not holding a charge.
Just not worth anything if it never works.
Beverly Hills, CA
Think Twice Before You Buy Shift3 MP3 Player!
Think twice before you purchase this product. You will be disappointed once you try playing around with it. It plays music and all but it's laggy and the quality of the graphic on the screen are pretty bad. Made in China and you can really tell once you turn it on (Theres this kaorake background that says WELCOME) and use the software that it gives you. I gotta admit the packaging is really deceiving, It seems great but i guess it was to good to be true, the price, the pictures on the package, etc. Its pretty difficult to import the movies becuase it only supports .amv and the pictures look real bad when transfer to the MP3 player. The software is really hard to use, its complex and not user-friendly at all. I regret buying it 100%, it kills me to think about all the other stuff i couldve gotten. Do Not Buy!!!!
The Shift 3 is OK sometimes the keys stick.
I think for the price the Shift 3 was worth the money. It holds a ton of songs, and the battery last forever. Sometimes the keys stick and that bothers me a little. All together I am glad I bought it. The Shift 3 is very sturdy and strong. I have droped mine and crushed it many times and it still looks just a new as when I bought it. I think that anyone interested in buying one of the Shift 3 MP3 players should buy with confidence.
Ok .. for starters
This is a very cheap MP3 player but if you get it and jus put songs that you actually LIKE on it and keep it on shuffle..then the battery life is wayy longer...jus make sure when you charge it that it is switched on
if you dont take care of it then it will fall apart quick but its okay for starters
dont stick with the headphones that comewith it..they broke the first week also be careful holding it anywhere that gets tossed around[bookbag,purse,etc..]
piece or crap
I got one for christmas. The plastic plart of the screen broke in february, i only dropped it two or three times. then in the start of april the lcd quit working. it is a total waste of money. pay the extra money for a sturdy sansa or go big for a zune. well worth the money.
Fancy Gap, VA
It was O.K.- while it lasted
I recieved the shift3 as a christmas present from my boyfriend's parents. Having never owned an MP3 player before I was really excited, until I got home that night and started playing with it.Use of the actual player was pretty easy-after a few glances in the instruction manual. The real difficulty started when I tried to put songs on. I downloaded the software included on a CD, but couldn't make heads or tailes of how it worked, the instruction booklet wasn't much help either. My boyfriend eventually came over and tried to work it, and although he works with computers couldnt quite figure it out either. We ended up just using Windows Media Player to Add songs.The sound quality was fairly good, at least I thought so, never having used anything but a Portable CD player.However a week after I started using the shift3 the sound completely went out. I tried changing headphones and even called the company to no avail. The shift3 is now only a dead appliance
not a very good choice of mp3
i bought this mp3 player online and when i got it all i had was trouble with it...... cant figure out the stupid thing but not only that it doesnt do what the book tells you what it does..... i will be sending it back for another choice........
It's Not an iPod
My mother called me a few weeks ago and asked if my 14 year old son could use an mp3 video player for Christmas. You know that old saying, "Does a bear ..." Yes, he does. What 14 year old boy couldn't use an mp3 video player? Of course I answered, "Yes." At Christmas, he received a Shift mp3 Video Player, and while he still loves it just as much as when he opened it, he has realized since that, well, it's no iPod.Let me explain. We're an iPod family. We're an Apple family. I've been using Apples since 1989, and we currently have one running Mac laptop, one running Mac desktop, and two older ones that aren't running, but could, although in an archaic format. Every one of us in the family has an iPod. Both of my kids have iPod Shuffles, their second ones, I have an iPod Nano, the older version, as well as an iPhone, and my husband has an iPod video. So for us to use anything non-Apple, it's different.What my son found the next morning after he got it was that while he still loves it, it just doesn't work like an iPod. He can't put all the songs from his iPod onto the Shift, as the majority of them were bought on iTunes, which makes them protected. Being a 14 year old, he found a way around it, though, to burn them to a CD, then put them back onto the Shift. As for the video function, it only plays .amv files, which he hasn't quite found a way around yet, but he's one of those "where there's a will, there's a way" types, so I'm guessing he'll get it figured out before long.However, despite the fact he has to go the extra nine yards to listen to this mp3s and that he doesn't have any videos to put into it, he listens to the Shift mp3 Video Player now more than his old iPod Shuffle, mainly just because it has a screen, which the Shuffle doesn't have. However, when it displays the information for the music while it's playing, the screen resembles NASDAQ reports, as it has many more controls than an Ipod would have, such as an equalizer and way to change the tempo.Being an Apple user myself for so long, it would drive me bananas to use the Shift mp3 Video Player, but for him, he's used to my Apples and the Windows at school, so he's okay with bouncing back and forth. He's okay having to monkey with things, trying to get them to suit his own needs. I would think for anyone that is just desiring a music player, and doesn't need to get the songs from iTunes, it would be great. However, the question remains if there is another inexpensive mp3 video player out there that might have a more usable way of showing videos.