[SATLUG] Portable mp3 players and linux
Alan L. Lesmerises
alesmerises at satx.rr.com
Sat Sep 1 22:45:54 CDT 2007
I had been looking at some as well, and the 'Creative' brand seem to have a pretty good track record, features, etc. PC Magazine's web site has reviews for a large number of models and brands.
However, since OGG Vorbis is more readily supported under Linux, and there are several models of portable music players out now that play OGG format music files, maybe that might be a better route to go. That's what I'm thinking now ...
Bruce Dubbs wrote:
> I'm interested in finding a relatively inexpensive portable mp3 player
> for jogging and walking. I really don't know much about the hardware
> players. I know that the .mp3 format is a compressed audio format
> (actually misnamed because the format is MPEG 1 Level 3, not MPEG 3).
> I see that I can create .mp3 files from .wav files with LAME and can
> download free (or not) .mp3 files from the internet. I can rip a CD I
> own to .wav files with cdparanoia. All this means that I really don't
> have a problem getting the content.
> The functionality of a mp3 player would seem to me to be fairly simple.
> I was looking at the store today and saw several players. My question
> is how can I manage the .mp3 files on the portable player with linux?
> Is is as simple as mounting via usb or firewire (IEEE 1394) or is there
> something else?
> I'm not really interested in an ipod because it seems to be too
> expensive, but there do seem to be some players in the $40 range
> available. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
> -- Bruce
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