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Re: [vox-tech] portable mp3 player in linux
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Re: [vox-tech] portable mp3 player in linux

Jennifer Stickel wrote:
> Hi,
>    I am considering getting a portable mp3 player.  I was wondering if 
> anyone had suggestions on ones that work nicely in Linux.  Also what is 
> the opinion on the flash memory based devices versus the hard drive 
> based ones?  Thanks,

If I had the money, I would get a Neuros. 

1. Open source firmware
2. Open standard for database file (so there are multiple open source sync
3. USB 2.0 generic mass storage device
4. FM radio
5. Battery replacement: $10
6. Ogg support
7. Multitude of options to choose from when buying

1. Bulky
2. "what the hell is that?" inquiries 
3. No free nor open source compiler for the chipset (yet). The project isn't
   very active, either..

1. Modular design, which could be cool (hard drive and battery is on a backpack
   that can be swapped out. There are also tinier backpacks that have flash
   storage, and they sell a hard drive pack + flash pack combo). It could also be
   annoying. I'd want personal experience to see.

To me, it's the hacker's iPod. The company is very supportive and talks a big
game about being responsive to the community, and they have followed up with
Linux sync program, Ogg support and opening the firmware. The only problem I see
is the community input is low. Of course, it will always be a small community,
and $1000 for the compiler from TI is a big hurdle.


Bryan Richter
UCDTT President
UC Davis Undergrad, Physics Dept.
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