It vibrates the cantilever. Yes playing a record does as well but I wouldn't use it YMMV
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I use the one Music Direct sells at the end of the playing session only when everything is off. The owner’s manual of the TT recommends the use. For each side I use supplied stylus brush and Last. I tried the others this is where I settled. I have other Hudson HI FI setup stuff and think it’s all good.
It's neither ultrasonic (vibrates ~100Hz) nor ultraviolet (just a purple LED that emits no UV). However, it does clean the stylus, although imperfectly.
I gave up on it and use the Humminguru S-Duo instead, which is a real U/S cleaner combined with a stylus gauge. Either way, such devices are to be used infrequently, as all carry a risk of damaging the cantilever or, in the case of the S-Duo, getting water inside the cartridge. I still use a carbon fibre brush at the start of a listening session and turn to the S-Duo when a loupe shows the stylus needs it.