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Old 07-03-2006, 08:23 PM   #1
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portable mp3 players?

what portable mp3 players are people using for linux? i'm running ubuntu dapper and want to buy an mp3 player but wonder about linux compatability. please let me know what you're using and how you like it.
Old 07-03-2006, 08:47 PM   #2
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i like the Creative products. U can use them to play mp3, wma files. Also use as flash drive & some receive FM radio. Best of all u can use AAA batteries. Get rechargables cause like most players they eat batteries fast.
Old 07-03-2006, 09:05 PM   #3
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Most are recognised as a mass storage device which works fine. Some of the larger capacity ones use a proprietary DB format which can be tricky but most have apps that let you use them with linux.
Old 07-03-2006, 09:10 PM   #4
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iPods work. I know someone's going to yell at me, but I like them. They're cool, if (incredibly!) expensive.
Old 07-03-2006, 09:25 PM   #5
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I have a Sansa m230 512mb. Works great right out of the box... Mounts easy as /sda device. I just copy my mp3's to the mounted directory and when I restart it updates the playlist. It also get's FM... for around 60 bucks

Old 07-03-2006, 11:37 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by FreeDoughnut
iPods work. I know someone's going to yell at me, but I like them. They're cool, if (incredibly!) expensive.
Ditto with the iPod. There's nothing wrong with a little class
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Well, most works... thats what i know...
Old 07-04-2006, 05:08 PM   #8
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I'm partial to my iAudio U2. It charges when hooked up to the usb port, and the battery life is about 20 hours. It plays oggs out of the box which is a HUGE plus for me, and it has a built in FM tuner, voice recorder, and line in recorder. It's only 1GB but any larger and I would forget what I have on there.
Old 07-04-2006, 05:17 PM   #9
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I've got an iriver flash based one, it doesn't work as a storage device, i have to use special software (that is available free for Linux)
Old 07-04-2006, 06:26 PM   #10
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Sony, at least some models, use a proprietary compressed audio format that is generated only by their proprietary Windows hosted software. They convert MP3, WMA, etc. to their format during the download process.

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Old 07-04-2006, 07:23 PM   #11
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I've got a portable MP3 CD player. It's obviously a bit bulky compared to the USB sticks or an iPod, but I can get up to 12 hours of music on a CD. I've got several CDs made up. When I get tired of classic rock, I switch CDs and get modern rock, or electronica, or whatever. On the other hand, I have to keep things simple for my wife who has no interest in learning about anything with a keyboard. (She could. She doesn't WANT to. I'd rather have a happy wife.) Switching CDs and pressing play takes no learning curve.

Anyway, burning MP3 CDs using Linux (at least my distro) is about as difficult as sitting in a chair.


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