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I'm still in the market for an MP3 player. At the time I got my 4 GB Muvo^2 it was way more than I needed. Now amazingly I have 12 GB of music on my hard drive. So I have to pick and choose what I take out with me, which sucks. Sometimes I want loud angry music, sometimes I want soft relaxing music, sometimes (like at work) I need something in foreign language so it doesn't distract me.

I'm looking forward to the next generation of iPods being released. Because it will probably drive the price of all the non-iPods down enough that I can finally buy a new one. I had the misfortune of having to use my sister's iPod for a while recently, and I can't see what the fuss is about. Certainly not worth the price tag nowadays. Certainly not worth whatever price tag they put on it if/when they replace all the buttons with a pointless touch screen.

But everything else on the market right now doesn't look that great either. Either lacking in features, or too expensive. anythingbutipod.com is a pretty good site for posting news about non-iPod MP3 players, which is nice. But I don't even see any pending soon-to-come MP3 players that I care much for. It seems like the majority of the market is aimed toward cheap flash-based tiny MP3 players for non-geeks.

All I want out of life is a ~60GB MP3 player with a small color screen that maybe displays album art but doesn't necessarily play movies, with good battery life and most importantly a little door that lets me take out the battery and replace it, with no silly Windows WMA dependencies or massive DRM crippleage, for a reasonable price. Create such a device and I will purchase it.

July 18, 2007 @ 10:26 AM PDT
Cateogory: Hardware

5 Comments

Darren Kirby
Quoth Darren Kirby on July 19, 2007 @ 5:17 AM PDT

Hi. I purchased a Cowan iAudio X5 [0] and have been very happy with it. Linux compatible, it plays mp3, ogg, flac, wma, and wavs. It has a whole boatload of other features, some of which I use (line-in recording, voice-recording), most of which (FM tuner, video and image playback) I don't.

Comes in 20,30, and 60G models.

[0] http://www.cowonamerica.com/products/iaudio/x5/

Brian
Quoth Brian on July 19, 2007 @ 6:14 AM PDT

Yeah, I've been keeping an eye on that one, but apparently Cowon has discontinued them. The X7 (successor to X5) is possibly coming out this year, so I want to hold off a while and see if it's true.

I've read good reviews about the X5 though. Not sure if you've seen this site but there are a lot of Cowon fans.

Yams
Quoth Yams on July 19, 2007 @ 7:41 AM PDT

http://www.dapreview.net/dapdb_mini/user_input.php

J. Harrison
Quoth J. Harrison on July 31, 2007 @ 9:44 AM PDT

About your Muvo^2; You may be able to remove the 4GB Microdrive and install a CF. I purchased a Muvo^2 shell and installed my own 1GB CF which I would imagine greatly improved the battery life. There could be a size limitation that the device is unable to read after, but it might be something worth looking into. Here is a google search.

Brian
Quoth Brian on August 01, 2007 @ 1:01 PM PDT

Interesting. Thanks for the idea.