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    I'm thinking about buying myself an mp3 player for my birthday next month. "Happy B-day to me type thing." Any-who! What kind of experience have you ladies and gents had with different mp3 players on Linux and Amarok?

    I really like Zune, but Sony has got some good stuff too. iPod is just a little too, ... ?commerical? or something.

    Anyway. Suggestions?

    TTFN
    John

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    Didn't msft take the Zune off the market? Where are they still selling it? Anything from Sandisk has been good for me. Any player with mass storage support will be at least partly functional, in that even if all of its features are not supported, it can be managed similar to a storage device. The Zune, I suspect, only supports Windows Media Player.

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    I am not sure why iPod is such a bad idea.
    Anyway, check out the rockbox project and operate it via rockbox. Most mp3 players are supported. I had an Toshiba F-40 (i still have) and works fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoergJaeger View Post
    I am not sure why iPod is such a bad idea.
    Rebeliousness. Everyone has an iPod LOL. I'll look in to rockbox as I've never even heard of it at this point.

    chief_sealth: Zune, I don't know? I'll have to check. I guess it's good I asked someone who does know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ogbi-web_kenobi View Post
    Rebeliousness. Everyone has an iPod LOL. I'll look in to rockbox as I've never even heard of it at this point.

    chief_sealth: Zune, I don't know? I'll have to check. I guess it's good I asked someone who does know.
    Just remember, that using rockbox may revoke your warranty.
    I don't listen to mp3 on the walk anymore, but still have my old toshiba player. With rockbox you can use most of the players without using the implemented software. You can then store and listen to .ogg . flac or what have you. So a little more freedom.
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    I've had good luck with an 8gb Sanza Fuze. Plays ogg format OTB and has good battery life.
    Recently loaded RockBox and it seems to work fine as well but admittedly have not really played with all the options.

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    Did some reading on rockbox, and it has a lot of respect. Some I'm going to give that a try. Thanks for making me aware of that everyone.

    JoergJaeger: Warranty! ROFLOL. I don't think I have a single piece of technology that I haven't voided the warranty on. So why not an mp3 player? I'd much rather use open source anyway and open source fireware sounds kinda' fun to play with.

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    On Sun, 29 May 2011 02:06:02 +0000, JoergJaeger wrote:

    > I am not sure why iPod is such a bad idea. Anyway, check out the
    > 'rockbox' (http://www.rockbox.org/) project and operate it via rockbox.
    > Most mp3 players are supported. I had an Toshiba F-40 (i still have) and
    > works fine.


    I'd second using something that Rockbox works on, whether it be an iPod
    or something else. Just make sure you get a supported model.

    There's an alpha/beta quality Rockbox for Android even, a little rough
    around the edges but it does work pretty well even still on my Android
    phone.

    I use it on an iPod Mini 1G that I got about 8 years ago - upgraded the
    internal microHD to a 16 GB flash card and put Rockbox on it. The only
    downside is that iPod accessories generally don't work well (for example,
    we have a couple iHome docks and very little works - I can listen, but
    the remote doesn't work, and the alarm clock won't kick off the custom
    playlist), so I tend to dual-boot my iPod depending on circumstances.

    Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by hendersj View Post
    On Sun, 29 May 2011 02:06:02 +0000, JoergJaeger wrote:

    > I am not sure why iPod is such a bad idea. Anyway, check out the
    > 'rockbox' (Rockbox - Open Source Jukebox Firmware) project and operate it via rockbox.
    > Most mp3 players are supported. I had an Toshiba F-40 (i still have) and
    > works fine.


    I'd second using something that Rockbox works on, whether it be an iPod
    or something else. Just make sure you get a supported model.

    There's an alpha/beta quality Rockbox for Android even, a little rough
    around the edges but it does work pretty well even still on my Android
    phone.

    I use it on an iPod Mini 1G that I got about 8 years ago - upgraded the
    internal microHD to a 16 GB flash card and put Rockbox on it. The only
    downside is that iPod accessories generally don't work well (for example,
    we have a couple iHome docks and very little works - I can listen, but
    the remote doesn't work, and the alarm clock won't kick off the custom
    playlist), so I tend to dual-boot my iPod depending on circumstances.

    Jim
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    openSUSE Forums Administrator
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    I'm leaning toward something Sandisk(right now at least). Rockbox seems to have some good support there. And as someone already pointed out, Zune is dead, and no Rockbox anyways. I'll let everyone know next weekend how it goes... or if I have any Questions.

    Thanks
    John

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