The perfect MP3 player

Grant Robinson santiago at mr-r.net
Thu Sep 15 13:58:49 MDT 2005


On Sep 15, 2005, at 1:28 PM, Ross Werner wrote:

> On Thu, 15 Sep 2005, Andrew Hunter wrote:
>> Instead of having to use iTunes, WMP or some other proprietary 
>> program to load songs, I would like to be able to just drag my MP3 
>> directories to it and play the tunes.
>
> Wow, I thought that almost all mp3 players (apart from the iPod) just 
> appeared as mass storage devices, not needing any extra software to 
> copy mp3 files onto the device and then play. But after looking around 
> a bit, I can't find a single one with this ability!
>
> Many USB mp3 players have this functionality--they just appear as a 
> USB storage device, you copy the mp3 files onto the disk, and the 
> device can play the songs. Why wouldn't any hard-drive mp3 players 
> have this functionality?

One word: piracy.  They make is so that you can't copy songs onto and 
off by default so the companies making the mp3 players can maintain 
plausible deniability.

Grant




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