The perfect MP3 player
brett.rasmussen at twoedge.com
Thu Sep 15 09:01:47 MDT 2005
I have an Archos Jukebox Recorder. It's a few years old now, but it meets
all the requirements you listed. Here's an ebay auction of the very model
I have - search for the item number in the ebay search box: 5809545219.
It's bigger and heavier than today's players - 12 ounces, I think. But
it's 20 gigs and just shows up as an external usb hard drive. I've mounted
it on linux and windows. Navigation is just navigating a normal filesystem
directory structure. You put whatever files you want on it and if they
happen to be mp3s it'll play them for you.
I didn't use the stock OS much before upgrading to the rockbox firmware
(www.rockbox.org), which I like better. It's not quite as smooth to use as
the ipod interface - and I especially wish it had the click wheel - but
it's still pretty feature-full and usable for a wisely organized directory
structure. The rockbox firmware had some discussion of supporting ogg last
I checked (which was a long time ago), but I don't know where it's gotten
with that. Looks like rockbox runs on iriver, too, and does ogg.
As for other archos products, they've released an audio/video player and
pocket hard drives and newer mp3 players. I don't know if the latest
versions do the "just another usb storage device" thing, but I wouldn't be
surprised. A quick glance at their site shows some cool-looking smaller
and sleeker models available these days. Definitely check them out, I'd say.
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