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Please die already

My one and only MP3 player is (still) a Creative Muvo2. Complete with all of the state-of-the-art technologies you'd expect in an MP3 player:

  • 4 GB hard drive. They don't make them like this any more.
  • A microscopic two-line black-on-greenish-grey monochrome display. It takes so long for song titles to scroll across that the backlight goes out before I can read them.
  • Two buttons. Play, and a sort of primitive swivel thing for everything else.
  • 2 cm. thickness, so you never have to worry about losing it. You can't miss it. (By comparison, an iPod Nano is 6.2 mm.)
  • Cheap plastic exterior. Mine has all the corners cracked off.
  • Inability to display foreign-language ID3 tags. My Japanese song titles show up in some mixture of Chinese and Korean characters.
  • All for a low low 2004 price of $250.

Well, it's old. I want a new one. But similarly to my darned Grado headphones, this thing simply won't die and I can't justify buying a new one while this one works.

It's been dropped from great heights onto hard concrete, had heavy objects slammed on top of it, had cell phone power chargers plugged into the USB data port, had the filesystem all but corrupted by unproperly unmounting it from Linux, but nearly four years later it just keeps going. It has a HARD DRIVE in it. You'd think just wearing the thing while jogging for years (which I have done) and banging it around on the front seat of my car to and from work every day (which I have also done) would wear it out. But no.

I don't want to just break the thing outright. So I'm subtly trying to mishandle it in more and more extreme ways, to maybe coax it into giving up the ghost. I sort of accidentally listened to it in the bathtub and splashed water all over it today (again), and now none of the buttons work and it keeps booting into recovery mode. Then I put it directly in front of a space heater for 15 minutes to dry it off. This is awesome, except that I tried the same thing before, and once it dried out it came back to life.

Next I'm going to pry it open with a screwdriver. But it's probably still going to work. I'm going to have this thing until I die. I'm going have to pass it on to future generations.

December 13, 2008 @ 3:19 PM PST
Cateogory: Hardware


Quoth Michael on December 13, 2008 @ 3:57 PM PST

I wish i had your strength to resist bying something new when the old stuff isn't dead yeat. Great story :)

Quoth Brian on December 13, 2008 @ 3:59 PM PST

Blarg, it already started working again. :(

Quoth Stuart on December 14, 2008 @ 3:53 AM PST

Start up a new project for yourself about "modding" it. When you accidentally drip solder across some PCB busses that shouldn't be shorted, well, what can you do...

Bleys Maynard
Quoth Bleys Maynard on December 14, 2008 @ 11:51 AM PST

Just buy a damned MP3 player already.

4GB is a nice size, though. I use 2 different 2 GB ones--One that scrobbles to so people can see how awesome I am with my Russian heavy metal, and one that doesn't, so that nobody knows I've been listening to a capella covers of 90s music. Whoops.

Neither player is ever full.

Quoth Brian on December 14, 2008 @ 11:54 AM PST

But I have 42 GB of music. Also send me your Russian metal.

Bleys Maynard
Quoth Bleys Maynard on December 15, 2008 @ 7:31 AM PST

You realize to send you my Russian metal, I'd have to know where you live and then you'd be opening a whole new can o' worms. My webspace isn't nearly big enough.

Although you can download tkn's mp3s directly from their site at, but then you're missing out on Traff!c and Anna, both of which are better bands.

Quoth kopibaro on December 20, 2008 @ 2:50 PM PST

What a durable mp3 player you have. I wished to have similar one but iPod fascinated me so much that I purchased my iPod nano unwillingly. Anyways why don't you keep it forever as an antique?

Quoth allie on January 20, 2009 @ 11:17 AM PST

wait. . . two centimeters? in 2004? Wow, and I thought mine was gigantic at half that thickness. . .

Amy Howard
Quoth Amy Howard on April 05, 2009 @ 7:14 PM PDT

Wow! Some kind of super technology that do not want to give up. It's screaming "I'm a keeper buddy!" so I say keep it til who knows.. :)