Philips GoGear HDD6330 Jukebox (30GB) review: Philips GoGear HDD6330 Jukebox (30GB)

The Philips GoGear HDD6330 Jukebox comes with a pair of black headphones that have a rubbery coating, making them tangle prone and quick to catch on jacket zippers. They sounded great in our testing, producing an even, rich tone with enough bass, although they leak sound so that music at higher volumes can easily be heard by others.

The package also comes with a cloth slipcase, though you can't control the player while it's in the case, so you'll constantly be removing it. When you're ready to expand, Philips has a small line of compatible accessories, including a carrying case with a carabiner clip, a docking cradle for connecting to your stereo or TV, and a camera cable for loading photos from your camera without a PC.

The Philips GoGear HDD6330 Jukebox features a simple side-scrolling interface, with all the different areas arranged on the right side of the main screen: Music, Pictures, Radio, Recordings, Settings, and Now Playing. Clicking the Menu button on any screen brings up contextual commands, such as assigning presets in the radio section. We're happy to see the voice recorder and the FM radio tuner/recorder, since all are missing from Apple's iPod. Unfortunately, you won't be able to record line-in sources unless you have the optional dock. When playing music, you can select from 10 preset equalizer settings, manually adjust the five-band equalizer, and turn on the SRS Wow bass enhancer. The player can handle MP3, protected WMA, and WAV tracks but will connect only with Windows XP PCs.

Photo integration is done well, with nice slide-show options and simultaneous viewing and listening. When you're viewing photos with music playing, you can control the music tracks with the top row of controls while using the scroll bar to look through photos so that you can move between tracks without leaving the photo section; you can't do that with the iPod. Also, the HD6330 can act as a USB host, so you can transfer photos over from a digital camera.

Loading the Philips GoGear HD6330 is simple, as it works seamlessly with Windows Media Player. The package includes an installation disc, but luckily there's no proprietary software to complicate things. You can load your own ripped songs with the included USB 2.0 cord or buy them from an online music service. The player supports WMP DRM 10 (sometimes known as Janus), so it works with subscription plans. We tested it with Napster 3.5 subscription content, and it loaded exactly as it should have.

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