But I don't see it as being that practical to run with a PVP on an armband. First, trying to find a decent armband for it seems impossible, at least for the Archos. (But you'll find plenty of options for iPods) Then there is the weight. The Archos 404 is nearly 2 ounces heavier than the 30GB iPod. I own the 30 GB iPod, and from time to time I run with it, but I much rather use my Nano or Shuffle because they're much ligher and flash based - I don't worry as much about dropping them as I would with the Video. And do I really need to carry around that much music when running? And do I really need video?
I like the Archos for its ability to act as a dvr, with the optional accessories. And I am considering getting one, unless Apple comes up with something that I want. And no, I'm not trying to steer you toward Apple products.
If you have the money to do so, get the PVP (I'm sure someone will weigh in on their top picks) and get a smaller, flash drive player for your runs. Or use your old player for your runs. Wait until after CES and see what comes up.
I've looking to upgrade from my old 3 gig player and have checked out some of the usual suspects. (Ipod, Zen vision, gigabeat etc) But with some of the prices I see, i've been considering some PVPs as well, hoping to not make the mistake of buying behind the technology curve. The drawback is that one of my main desired function is to be able to run with the player on an armband. Are there any PVPs that this would be plausible for? The first that comes to mind is the Archos 404. Its specs seem reasonable and it seems to have all the features that I'd be looking for, but I haven't been able to find it locally to check out its practicality in person. Can anyone who owns one comment? Is there anything debuting at CES that might be worthwhile? Thanks