iRock! 830 MP3 Player

October 18, 2003
Check out the entertaining review on the iRock! 830 MP3 player - by the new reviewer on the block, Larry "Rude" Moody!

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Take a quick peek in your nearest CompUSA or Best Buy: other than the disturbing amount of hunting and street racing games being sold, notice any other trends? No, I’m not alluding to the growing number of mousepads with kittens printed on them: I’m talking portable mp3 players - every color, every shape, everywhere! I’d say that, by my precise calculations, there are at least 46 million different models to choose from right now, from almost as many companies. From the popular-yet-overpriced Apple I-Pod, to the key chain-styled offerings from I-River, there’s one for everyone. For this article, I’ll be giving you the skinny on the 128mb-equipped model 830 player from the good folks at “<a href="">iRock</a>!”

Yes, I said “IROCK!.”…you know, as in “I-Pod”, “I-River”, “I-Mac” “I-Won”, “I-Tunes” etc...etc.... Let me be off topic here for a second: am I the only one sick of the whole stupid “I” thing in regards to computer products? Frankly, the name “irock!” makes me chuckle a bit every time I see it. For one, it feels like an obvious attempt to ride the coattails of the aforementioned Apple I-Pod line, and, and most distressingly, it brings to mind the popular yet highly annoying mid-eighties car, the Chevy Camaro IROC…And let’s not mention the exclamation point at the end of the “irock!” name - signifying, I assume, that you must scream the name at the top of your lungs whenever you say it. That, or the “irock!” company wants to show you how hip and extreme their products are. Hmm, I guess it could be worse. It could have been the “irock-mega-eXXXtreme-interactive-mp3-playa-inda-hizzowse! BEE-ATCH!”

Yeah, I guess could be much worse.


But does the slightly goofy “irock!” company name keep the product from being any good? Of course not. In fact, aside from a couple of tiny quirks, there’s little to complain about. It’s a solid, fairly well designed player, and is a fine choice for anyone looking to bring a little of their own secret, skip-free music to church, funerals, and/or jury duty.


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