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Cyberdoc1971
post Oct 23 2006, 09:02 PM
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Has anyone had any experience with any of the flash memory based players made by Supertalent? From what I have seen they offer a lot of features for a low price.
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post Oct 25 2006, 03:57 PM
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I have also seen another possibility, a 1GB Nano Size Digital Audio Player made by BrandoNano Size Digital Audio Player. However, not sure about it's compatibility, but for $55 it looks like a good deal. I wonder if anyone out ther has had any experience with it, even the-gadgeteer.com has a decent review on it.
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post Oct 25 2006, 06:39 PM
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I have been using my Mini iPOD on my Suse 10.0 linux box quite smoothly.
I use Banshee Music Player (which comes bundled with Suse at least), and it can transfer and synch my music library with the iPOD without any hitches.

Of course MP3's transferred this way play on the iPod.

Also Amarok is another plaer (with ver good music library management and player) that also synch the iPOD. Just hook your ipod (Windows iPOD to be precise, dont know about the MAC version) to the box using USB cable and it auto-mounts and Banshee (or Amarok) finds it effortlessly.
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post Oct 31 2006, 09:22 AM
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I just got an iRiver h120 off ebay reconditioned for about $100 actually--looks like a pretty good player; I'll throw rockbox on it and I'm pretty sure it'll work fine with Linux.
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post Oct 31 2006, 09:29 AM
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QUOTE(vputz @ Oct 31 2006, 12:22 PM)
I just got an iRiver h120 off ebay reconditioned for about $100 actually--looks like a pretty good player; I'll throw rockbox on it and I'm pretty sure it'll work fine with Linux.
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Let me know how it works, that is one of the players that I have been lookig at. I'm finding it hard where it states if a player is compatibe to Linux or not.
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Cyberdoc1971
post Nov 1 2006, 07:20 PM
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I think i'm going with the Supertalent 1gb Mega player(similar in size to the iPod Nano), from all the research I did it seems to have the most bang for the buck. I appreciate everyone's help, and if you know some of the better places to buy, I'd appreciate the advice, thanks.
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post Nov 4 2006, 02:13 PM
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Slightly off-topic:

Has anyone seen a digital audio player that has little/no on-board memory but accepts a usb drive for memory purposes? Usb flash drives are dropping in price. Usb hard drives are even cheaper per gig. I would be tempted to pair up such an audio player with a nice little 80 gig or so usb hard drive. I have been looking for such a device but have had no luck. I dream of finding such a device that runs linux and supports FLAC and ogg vorbis.
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post Nov 5 2006, 12:21 PM
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I've found a fair bit of car audio stuff. Head units (aka car stereos) can be found at most car stereo places (or Wal Mart) that have USB host inputs for MP3s and WMAs (OGG and other formats I haven't found). Almost all will have the ability to play MP3s and WMAs off CDs as well, and some come with other slots (like SD) as well.

Also, "VR3" has a line of FM modulators that plug into a cigarrette lighter that can play MP3s and WMAs off USB sticks and sometimes SD cards.

I've also seen boomboxes and homestereos that take USB.

Lexar had a portable player that took USD thumbdrives, but only Lexar branded ones. http://www.provantage.com/lexar-media-mpc0...31~7LXMI06F.htm It might be firmware hackable to support other drives.

With all of the above, you are normally limited in your formatting of HD (FAT32 is the best you hope for), and I'm not sure of capacity limits.

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I dream of finding such a device that runs linux and supports FLAC and ogg vorbis.


Right now, the closest pre-made devices I know of are the Archos PMA430 and the various Zarii with USB host support.

Also, I've been playing around with the idea of designing a device that can play audio and maybe video off USB, as well as act as a more advanced USB bridge, that could be crammed in an Altiods tin. It would run Linux of course. Right now, I'm looking at what can be sourced and used (i.e. not BGA) by a hobbyist.
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post Nov 6 2006, 08:53 AM
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Let me know how it works, that is one of the players that I have been lookig at. I'm finding it hard where it states if a player is compatibe to Linux or not.


In a word: AWESOME.

The key is to immediately ditch the stock firmware and install the H120 version of rockbox. This is easy--you go through a brief flash to install modified bootloader firmware and then just drop the rockbox program on the disk, which appears under Linux as a mountable disk drive. Boot up the player, wham, Rockbox. (if you turn on the player while it's connected via USB, you get "usb mode" in which it just acts like a USB mass storage device).

From there, just drop your songs onto the disk however you want. Here's why RockBox is better: you can browse either in filesystem mode OR you can initialize the tag cache, which will have RockBox scan your files and build up a database so that you can browse by genre, artist, album, track, date, most-listened, etc. Since RockBox is doing all the work on the player side, it's OS-independent.

It's also, typical of many open-source projects, ludicrously over-featured (there are plugins for semi-useful things like on-screen sound level meters, audio metronome, etc... but also things like a gameboy emulator and Doom. Yes, you can make your MP3 player play Doom on its little LCD screen. Why would you do this? Doesn't matter--you CAN, and that's the important part...).

Seriously, I'm very impressed with RockBox; I'd recommend it on any player it supports. I like the H120 because it supports .ogg and some other formats (if you install RockBox on some players that only have hardwired MP3 decoders, that's all you get).

Anyway, that's my endorsement. Good stuff!
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post Nov 6 2006, 10:46 AM
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QUOTE(vputz @ Nov 6 2006, 11:53 AM)
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Let me know how it works, that is one of the players that I have been lookig at. I'm finding it hard where it states if a player is compatibe to Linux or not.


In a word: AWESOME.

The key is to immediately ditch the stock firmware and install the H120 version of rockbox. This is easy--you go through a brief flash to install modified bootloader firmware and then just drop the rockbox program on the disk, which appears under Linux as a mountable disk drive. Boot up the player, wham, Rockbox. (if you turn on the player while it's connected via USB, you get "usb mode" in which it just acts like a USB mass storage device).

From there, just drop your songs onto the disk however you want. Here's why RockBox is better: you can browse either in filesystem mode OR you can initialize the tag cache, which will have RockBox scan your files and build up a database so that you can browse by genre, artist, album, track, date, most-listened, etc. Since RockBox is doing all the work on the player side, it's OS-independent.

It's also, typical of many open-source projects, ludicrously over-featured (there are plugins for semi-useful things like on-screen sound level meters, audio metronome, etc... but also things like a gameboy emulator and Doom. Yes, you can make your MP3 player play Doom on its little LCD screen. Why would you do this? Doesn't matter--you CAN, and that's the important part...).

Seriously, I'm very impressed with RockBox; I'd recommend it on any player it supports. I like the H120 because it supports .ogg and some other formats (if you install RockBox on some players that only have hardwired MP3 decoders, that's all you get).

Anyway, that's my endorsement. Good stuff!
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Do you have any links to RockBox? I'd like to see more details on it to see what other players are compatible, and from what you say - it adds a lot more simplicity to the player.
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Cyberdoc1971
post Nov 11 2006, 09:22 PM
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The good news is I finally ordered the player for my Dad's xmas gift, should get here next Wednesday. I did opt for the 2GB black version to the Supertalent Mega with some overtime at work. Still, I am still in need of some decent linux compatible ripping/burning software. Please any help would be appreciated.
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post Nov 12 2006, 04:07 PM
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http://www.rockbox.org/ for Rock Box

I use K3B for burning. I don't rip that much, so I don't have a suggestion for that.
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Cyberdoc1971
post Nov 15 2006, 07:48 PM
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Just got the Super Talent palyer in today! Took nearly 10 days from Newegg (CA), next time I'll opt for the speedier delivery.
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Cyberdoc1971
post Dec 24 2006, 08:59 PM
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Been a while for me, but I am back. Conclusion on this thread...My Dad loved his player for Xmas, thought it was the best gift I could have given him. Now thinking about it, I'm considering one similiar for me, not a Supertalent one, but there is an MP4 Watch made by Thanko that has most of the features of the one I gave my Dad, but in a watch format. Well, I hope everybody has a wonderfull happy hollidays.
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