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Old 05-13-04, 05:22 PM
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Your favorite flash mp3 player?

I'm looking into getting a new one since I am getting tired of the EXTREMELY slow transfer rates of my Compaq PA-1. Preferably something that's good for running.

Anyone know of any that you'd like to rave about?
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Old 05-13-04, 07:09 PM
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The Compaq PA-1 with 64 mb? Yikes.

What about a MD player? They're around $90. Battery lasts 55 hours (perfect for the camping trip). You can put 5 hours on one MD. 8 pack of the good brand costs $12. But if drag and drop is what you're looking for that's out because even with a fast computer, transfer rate is a bit slow. Though the new HI-MD will finally have the drag and drop avl. in July (whoo hoo).

kvrdave has pushed for the nex IIe an old model though - one of those flash card players expandable to around 512MB-1GB - drag and drop should be quick. He posted a couple of links in another thread in Other. I'd check it out.
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Old 05-13-04, 07:20 PM
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Never heard of that one. I'll have to check it out. But yeah, I just posted in the other thread about minidisc that I'm intrigued by the new Hi-MD format.

The Compaq PA-1 was actually a GREAT mp3 player in its day (4 years ago). It's small and lightweight; it has removeable media (2 MMC slots); and sounds good. The BIG flaws though are 1) that it doesn't support drag&drop so I can't put songs onto the MMC cards with my card reader, 2) the player's format is only supported by RioWare and MS MediaPlayer, 3) it appears that even though it's supposed to be expandable, the player won't read cards over 64 MB in size, which means you can't get more than 128 MB in total, and 4) the transfer is slow as molasses - probably because of the MMC format rather than the USB 1.1 connection.
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Old 05-13-04, 08:48 PM
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I decided between this player and my MZ-S1 MD player and chose the latter for the longer battery life. If you read the forums at minidisc.org members seem to be saying that the HI-MD players release have been delayed a couple times because of a driver issue. I'd still wait at least a month after they're released to see what happens. Here's the links kvrdave posted.
http://store.yahoo.com/shoptronics/fronlabnexii1.html
http://store.yahoo.com/insidecomputer/nexiiehiadpo.html
http://www.mydigitaldiscount.com/s.n...category.47/.f
http://search.ebay.com/search/search...&query=Nex+IIe
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Old 05-13-04, 09:03 PM
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Originally posted by Ranger
I decided between this player and my MZ-S1 MD player and chose the latter for the longer battery life. If you read the forums at minidisc.org members seem to be saying that the HI-MD players release have been delayed a couple times because of a driver issue. I'd still wait at least a month after they're released to see what happens. Here's the links kvrdave posted.
http://store.yahoo.com/shoptronics/fronlabnexii1.html
http://store.yahoo.com/insidecomputer/nexiiehiadpo.html
http://www.mydigitaldiscount.com/s.n...category.47/.f
http://search.ebay.com/search/search...&query=Nex+IIe
Thanks! It looks pretty cool and it's pretty damn cheap (although it comes with no memory). My only issue is that it seems to be a bit chunky and heavy. I'll be using it for very long runs, and possibly even in a marathon if I feel like it's comfortable enough.
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Old 05-15-04, 11:37 AM
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I recently got one of these from Amazon for like $40.00

http://www.lexarmedia.com/jumpdrive/jg_mp3.html

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...onics&n=507846


It works with the Lexar Jumpdrive Sport (thumbdrive). I got the jump drived for $20.00 after rebates (128mg). So about $60 for a 128mg MP3 player.

Works well. Display is small, but clear. Has some basic EQ setting. I just like it as it is so small and I can easily use it as a MP3 or data drive. XP reads it as a "mobile drive" so no software needed.

The jumpdrive is 2.0 so downloads are fast.

This is no iPod. But is a decent, basic MP3 player with info screen. And they make the the Jumpdrive Sport up to 512MG. I suppose it is possible that the player will work with other thumbdrives of the same physical size. But, I have no other thumbdrives to try it.
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