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Motorola M500 (5 GB) MP3 Player

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 reviews of Motorola M500 (5 GB) MP3 Player. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. People really like the portability and battery. The sound and price also get good comments, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Motorola M500 (5 GB) MP3 Player is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 43 user reviews of Motorola M500 (5 GB) MP3 Player from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on People are impressed by the design and portability. The sound and price are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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77% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Motorola m500 5GB Digital Audio Player with FM/Clock/Stopwatch

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: goldengirl330 (

Motorola M500 Digital Audio Player (5GB)


Bottom line, buy any other brand besides Motorola. After a few months, they'll discontinue their product, then offer no service if you have a problem. When you look at spending any of your hard earned money, consider the company that makes the item and...

For the first 2 yrs of ownership, it worked fine, but not above average-just fine

When something went wrong with it, Motorola refused to stand behind it. i couldn't talk to a live person, all request are done by email, nothing offered worked, and when they couldn't offer a solution, they basically said, "well, sucks to be you

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: heimen (

Motorola M500 Digital Audio Player (5GB)


The thing is, Rio players and Motorola players are unique.To my knowledge they are the only ones that can drag playlists + their linked files in one move to your player.

Best Player that can drag and drop playlists+ files. Great Batteries

Motorola music manager crashes sometimes

Jan, 2008

Consumer review by: datp0404 (

Motorola M500 Digital Audio Player (5GB)


Customer Service beats around the bush on what is wrong with it. Can never get a straight answer on the problem. This was the second that didn't work. Expensive lesson to learn.

Nice size and internal battery

Use this system about 20 times, and I have problems with the hardware and Motorola will not fix it

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: dstaffen (

Motorola M500 Digital Audio Player (5GB)


I've had my M500 for just over a year now. Bought it at Radio Shack for about $230. It has some glitches at first, but I went to the Motorola site and downloaded and installed new firmware (duh!) and it's never given me another problem. The headphones...

Does what I need, when and where I need it to. Excellent battery life

Small learning curve using the included Motorola Music Manager interface to create playlists (no biggie), not fully compatible with Windows Media Player

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: ender_x (

Motorola M500 Digital Audio Player (5GB)


Fantastic purchase! For the commuter especially. Really easy to use, and the battery life lasts forever. Get this - the thumpstick isn't all that awkward.

Storage, easy interface, look

Equalizer sucks

Jan, 2005

Consumer review by: Wes (

Great Features and No Gripes


There are GREAT things to be said for this player. First off, it holds so much music for it's price range. You get roughly the same space as a DVD (about 125mb of that 5gb is used for system). Sound quality is great, you can customize the equalizer if...

Sep, 2005

Consumer review by: alpha732 (

Very nice player


I found the player to be of extemely high quality. The joy stick worked all the time for me and was extremely easy to get used to. Holds alot of music and the play quality is quite good. Only thing I would like changed is a bigger lcd. Other than that...

Aug, 2005

Consumer review by: N/A (



I have wanted an mp3 player for awhile and was waiting for the right one to pop up and this one is it. This player is a great deal and comes with everything one needs. The joystick isn't as difficult as some say and the battery life is great. You will...

Aug, 2005

Consumer review by: Shadeslay (

Worth It


I've had mine for almost a week now & I can say it seems to be a worthwhile investment. Sturdy build, I've dropped mine a few times now & it makes a solid sound indicating a sturdy design. Good sound quility, price & memory make it a keeper. The clip...

Aug, 2005

Consumer review by: Ciz (

Motorola 2-Tone 5GB MP3 Player m500


this is the best mp3 player. fast shipping too. came from cali to maine in 1 and a half days=p. easy to charge and all that stuff. the software is simple. its great

Aug, 2005

Product Specifications

Whether you're traveling across the world or to the next room, the Motorola m500 Digital Audio Player lets you take your music - up to 1, 250 of your favorite songs - with you! Neither too big or too small, the stylish Motorola m500 Digital Audio Player is the perfect portable music warehouse. It will store up to 1, 250 songs. And if that's not enough music, you can also listen to the radio with its built-in FM tuner. Either way, its replaceable and rechargeable lithium-ion battery gives you more than 25 hours of listening enjoyment before you need to recharge. What's more, the Motorola m500 is easy to use, even if you're new to digital music. The player supports three of the most popular digital music formats: MP3, WMA and Audible audio formats, so you can choose the one that's right for you. Plus you get Motorola's Music Manager Software - compatible with PCs - to make it easy to organize and store music, create your own playlists, and download everything to your Motorola Digital Audio Player. So get your Motorola m500 Digital Audio Player, load it up with all your favorite songs, and get ready to take you music with you!

Audio Output

Headphones Form Factor:Ear-bud

Audio System

Digital Player Functions:Radio / Voice recorder
Digital Player Type:Hard drive based
Functions (KB):Digital player / Digital voice recorder / Radio
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):MP3 players (flash, CD, HDD)
Type:Digital player / radio


Run Time (Up To):25hour(s)

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Digital Audio Standards:Audible / MP3 / WMA

Digital Storage


Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer Type:Digital graphic


Compatibility:Mac / PC
Model:M500 Digital Audio Player
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Motorola


Tuner Bands:FM
Tuner Type:Digital