[CALUG] Linux-compatible MP3 player?
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Sat Dec 3 11:09:06 CST 2005
a lot of linux compatible mp3 players are accessed via the usb_storage
module and fat filesystem. you just have to make sure your kernel is
built with that support. mounting is a little harder to describe in an
email, particularly without knowing all the details of your system.
there are plenty of howtos out there that cover all the variables
my wife and i each have the frontier labs NEXia. it uses CF cards, so
i can decide how much storage i have, and i mount the cards directly
with a usb2 CF card reader, so the player itself doesnt have to
support linux (although it does). it runs on 2AA batteries, which i
recharge. it has the capability to record FM, but not timed. it will
play mp3, wav, wmv, and its advertised to support ogg vorbis via an
upcoming firmware upgrade, but i havnt seen that yet. theres no DRM to
worry about either.
this is a very basic model, but frontier labs makes several models.
also check out the iriver lineup. my cousin has one of their 40G hard
drive models and it is very nice, and mounts under linux with no
problems. if i cared about having my entire music collection with me
at all times, i would get an iriver.
On 12/2/05, Bart Nielsen <blniels at softhome.net> wrote:
> The few times I've played with mp3 players, it's just been a little bit
> of an issue to write:
> * fat32 (or the equivalent) file system
> * .wav or .mp3 files on top of that.
> It seems to take me forever to figure out where to look to mount the
> various devices --- for suse, it tends to put trash in /etc/fstab, for
> redhat (or others), it's in the /var/log/messages stuff --- but once you
> figure out how to mount it (and I think all of the linuxes will work
> fine with anything that works on a windows box), I think you'll be set.
> (If you got something that was just OSX compatible you'd probably have
> to deal with an HFS file system, but unless you're playing with itunes,
> who would do that? (I don't know what sort of file system the ipods use
> --- hfs?) I've always just assumed that if I had one of them, I'd be
> able to write to it from either my wife's mac or my linux box....)
> On Thu, 2005-12-01 at 04:28, Edward D. Browne wrote:
> > I should preface this by saying I've never used or even
> > touched a portable MP3 player, so I don't even know what it
> > means to ask "is an MP3 player linux-compatible", but I assume
> > that there are some features or other that pertain when you
> > plug your player into your computer. (I assume the player
> > pops up on your desktop just like any USB device when you
> > plug it in, but beyond that I don't know what, if any, features
> > one expects from his computer for an MP3 player.)
> > I'm looking for a portable MP3 player with the following
> > characteristics: 512MB flash memory,MP3 and WAV, rechargeable
> > battery, USB and AC adapter, FM tuner, voice, line-in and FM
> > recording and particularly *timed* FM recording. As best I can tell,
> > the best of the very few that do timed FM recording is the Samsung
> > YEPP YP-T7X. Obviously all of these players make a big stink about
> > being Windows compatible (all 20 flavors) and MacOS compatible,
> > but is there anything I as a Linux user need to care about in terms
> > of compatibility, other than just drag-n-drop (or similar) file transfers?
> > Thanks - Ed
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