[conspire] MP3 players
Edmund J. Biow
biow at sbcglobal.net
Wed Nov 29 16:52:07 PST 2006
> Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 09:30:12 -0800
> From: Bill Moseley <moseley at hank.org>
> Subject: [conspire] MP3 players
> To: conspire at linuxmafia.com
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> I'm looking for a small MP3 player for use by my son. Before I set off
> shopping I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions on good units. I'm
> looking in the < $100 range (really less than that because of the
> likely chance of it being lost, dropped, stepped on...). I assume most
> of the smaller players just look like USB drives and I can mount and
> copy directly to it. Doesn't seem like any of the inexpensive players
> support Ogg Vorbis.
> -- Bill Moseley moseley at hank.org
Here's what's on sale at the big box stores this week; I'd call to check
for availability before going down there:
I've got the $40 Office Despot Sansa (or rather, an older 512 MB
version). It works well, but for some reason and I can manipulate the
files from Linux, but for some reason it doesn't order the songs in the
correct alpha-numeric sequence, maybe mine is screwed up? Anyway, that
makes it less than ideal for listening to audio-books, though it works
fine for music and podcasts. I like the FM radio feature and it also
has a built in recorder feature that I haven't used. It seems pretty
durable. It gets about 20 hours out of a AAA battery.
Office Depot SanDisk
Sansa M240 Sansa M240 1GB MP3 Player. Digital FM Tuner, USB 2.0
interface $39.99 11/26/2006 -
12/2/2006 Price after $30 mail in rebate.
It runs about $56.50 at Amazon, no MIR.
There is a 1 GB Philips model at Circus City, but it got a lousy review
Four hour battery life is inadequate.
There is a 2 GB Centon at CompUSSR for $50 after $25 MIR.
What I like about the design is that it is basically a USB stick so it
won't be rendered useless if your kid loses the proprietary connector.
And it has a FM receiver. Plus you can use it as a flash drive. It
gets 10 hours of life on a AAA.
2 GB is enough space to remaster a Slax system with his bookmarks and
email settings and still have plenty of room for music. That way he can
boot Linux on his friends' computer and play the music with XMMS.
If your kid is likely to lose the thing or trash it fairly quickly you
might want to go for the 256 MB model for only $22 after $8 MIR:
It doesn't appear to have a FM receiver.
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