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I've had this recorder for about 10 days and have used it for both voice recordings, playback of voice and playback of music files and an audiobook. I've also used the USB recharging feature, copied audiobook & music files to the "Music" folder from my Dell laptop USB port running Vista Home Premium (64 bit). The unit is small, and easily fits in a pocket. Overall, I've found the WS-500M (silver) recorder to be excellent! I'm very pleased with it.Reason I bought it:I'm a self-employed writer ...

Olympus WS-500M Silver WS-500 Digital Voice Recorder Silver review by The Prof "Jim" can be read at Amazon.Com
 
The Prof "Jim"
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 07/29/2010
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100% (20 of 20) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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I purchased this DVR for a number of purposes which include both work and personal use. I'll keep this short for those looking for quick information:Pros:It works as advertised.Easy to operate (I'm technical by trade)Easy to get data on and off the deviceCons:The charging method. A number of other people commented on the battery not charging however I have discovered why. When you plug the device into a computer you MUST hold down the "STOP" button while plugging it in. The display will then...

Olympus WS-500M Silver WS-500 Digital Voice Recorder Silver review by Matthew M. Moog can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Matthew M. Moog
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 01/13/2010
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100% (18 of 18) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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I won't repeat what other reviews have stated. The WS-500M does its job very well and is a good value, compared to other models, and the competition. Here I'll contrast it with the DS-40 and the WS-500M, which I own, and with the DS-61 (a 2gb version of the DS-40).Nevertheless, there are some things to add about this unit, and DVRs in general. For best sound quality, it is essential that you pick the correct microphone sensitivity. The WS-500M offers two levels, the DS40 three. (More is better.)...

Olympus WS-500M Silver WS-500 Digital Voice Recorder Silver review by Anthony Williams can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Anthony Williams
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4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 02/26/2010
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100% (12 of 12) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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I bought this as a backup to my other Olympus recorder (which I frequently lend out). My other recorder is an Olympus WS-100 which I bought 4 years ago. It was one of the first digital voice recorders ever made. It has served me well.This unit contains a number of improvements over the WS-100 and the WS-400.When I bought this, I was afraid I would have to carry around a USB cable with me. However, this unit has a little slide button on the side which extends a built-in USB connector. Pluggi...

Olympus WS-500M Silver WS-500 Digital Voice Recorder Silver review by J. Preston can be read at Amazon.Com
 
J. Preston
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4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 07/10/2009
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99% (168 of 169) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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As a musician, singer/songwriter, I started to find a need to record my music ideas. My phone has of late been recording a lot of small samples, but I wanted something with better quality. After asking around, Olympus seemed to be the best option. I first came to Amazon and felt confused by the different options. When I went to Olympus's website regarding their Digital recorders, it was a big help. They have charts which compare their models and it was easy to discern what models contained ...

Olympus WS-500M Silver WS-500 Digital Voice Recorder Silver review by David J. Morrison can be read at Amazon.Com
 
David J. Morrison
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 08/06/2009
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98% (86 of 87) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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I bought this recorder basically on the back of the other reviews here. Up to this point I would just use my laptop and a mic, and record into my Cakewalk program. But I wanted something more mobile for when I was driving or not near my music room to get ideas down. After talking to a few people the name Olympus was the one that came up often so after weighing all the options the WS-500M was the one I wanted. I loved the idea of the internally stored USB because I hate cables that I have to worr...

Olympus WS-500M Silver WS-500 Digital Voice Recorder Silver review by Shane Scollins "ss97" can be read at Amazon.Com
 
Shane Scollins "ss97"
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5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 12/16/2009
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95% (46 of 48) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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This is the 4th digital recorder I have purchased and it is not bad but not the best one I have purchased. The sound pick up is not as good as the WS 100. I have used both at the same time and it is harder to hear on this one than the older one. I like the buttons being on the front and the display being bigger but when it comes down to it the purpose of a recorder is to record what is being said and this is a weakness in my opinion.

Olympus WS-500M Silver WS-500 Digital Voice Recorder Silver review by William Runolfson can be read at Amazon.Com
 
William Runolfson
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3.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 10/19/2009
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90% (38 of 42) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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I wanted to use this to record tunes that I can add to my I tunes on Mac. All recordings are in WMA and Mac is not instantly able to convert WMA to MP3 or other sound files compatible with iTunes on a Mac. Software is available for conversion at a price but it still requires time and manipulations that are not desirable. Better to find a voice recorder that records in MP3. Saving time and energy.I am sure the recorder is good for use with Windows. Using it with a Mac is a pain.

Olympus WS-500M Silver WS-500 Digital Voice Recorder Silver review by D. Holdstock can be read at Amazon.Com
 
D. Holdstock
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3.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 10/30/2009
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83% (10 of 12) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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I had an older Olympus voice recorder, which I lent out once too often and didn't get back. I really appreciated the direct USB design. This was the replacement. While I do not need a music player, I selected this model because of the battery recharge feature. The battery included with the unit arrived with no charge. After charging the battery correctly, and the unit showing that the battery was fully charged, I was only able to get 4.5 hours of recording done before the battery died. I con...

Olympus WS-500M Silver WS-500 Digital Voice Recorder Silver review by technopagan can be read at Amazon.Com
 
technopagan
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1.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 11/10/2009
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71% (20 of 28) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
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What a dud! Couldn't get it charged...after days of having it connected to my computer via the USB. Wrote tech support, who commented that I must use only the battery supplied and it must use a USB connection on the back of my desktop which is a big pain since the desktop nests into my home office desk. Had to wait 48 hours for a response from tech support. I've done what he suggested but I don't see anything on the unit that indicates its got any life in it and it's been connected now for 2...

Olympus WS-500M Silver WS-500 Digital Voice Recorder Silver review by midwest tenore "midwest tenore can be read at Amazon.Com
 
midwest tenore "midwest tenore
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1.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 10/26/2009
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57% (8 of 14) Users Found This Review Helpful
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