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    Question Portable audio player?

    I'm looking for the best portable music player around for <80.

    The main concern is the audio quality.

    Second, comes formats supported.
    Ideally I'm looking for one with FLAC supported (or installable). But if there's one with better audio quality, I can settle for just plain OGG (really high bitrate of course)

    I think it should be at least 4GB in size and have menus that are easy to navigate and pick songs out of a large collection...

    Finally, I would like it to have plain bog-standard mass storage support (not MTP especially, my sister has a terrible MTP device that hardly works anywhere, so I'd like to stay clear of those), unless it sacrifices audio quality to have it.

    I don't need any of the extras, like a radio (I hate analogue radio, digital of course would be non-existent or too expensive) or waterproof, handsfree or any of that malarkey.

    Can anyone recommend me anything that would do the trick? Cheers!

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    Linux Guru techieMoe's Avatar
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    Aug 2004

    I have a Sansa Clip, which works as an MTP device, but it won't sync up with any of the popular Linux music managers (Rhythmbox, AmaroK, Banshee), so you won't get the ability to use playlists. Also, if you're swapping between a Linux and Windows machine you can't see songs added by the other OS (but all of them show up on the player).

    I had an old iPod that synced with Rhythmbox, and if you get a particularly old one you can install the Rockbox firmware on it (basically a tiny Linux OS) that gives you OGG support and a number of other features.
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    Linux Guru bigtomrodney's Avatar
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    Feature-wise the best player I've had was the iRiver iHP 140. It played everything except flac, but as techieMoe mentioned I later installed Rockbox which gave me every feature plus some I didn't know I was missing.

    These days I think the Cowen iAudio players have taken the market share on geeky and open audio players. They play a load of formats and are mass storage devices (as were the iRivers).

    These days I use an iPod Classic. I got it because it was 120GB and had the longest battery time of what I looked at and also is the most compact. I had hoped to load Rockbox onto it almost immediately but there is no support for this generation yet and no sign of it coming. On the upside I ran it for 4 months from new on Linux without it ever seeing iTunes. I didn't even need to set it up like the old ones. It worked perfectly with Amarok and any of the other media players. The downside is the poor selection of codecs (mp3 and AAC) and also Coverflow is an absolute pig when you have a larger album collection, and you can't disable the display of covers - only neglect to load them. The thumbs directory is sometimes close to 8GB!

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