Does anyone have expirance with the iAudio M3 and Linux
A google search showed that some people have gotten it to work, but those results were not convincing
Here is what I'm looking for (in roughly this order):
Mountable (as normal drive)
Good battery life
I have also considered:
h120 - out of stock
h320 - no cradle, bad remote
Rio Karma - not mountable
Rio Carbon - no OGG/linux (but otherwise, prefect)
iPod/iPod Mini - Just bad (no linux, ogg, bad battery, bad remote, etc...)
Neuros2 - Big, ugly
So far, the M3 seems to fir the bill prefectly (especially the M3L)
Does anyone have any expirances with this?
Does anyone know where to find an M3L for ~$320 (M3 is about $280)
Does anyone have another player that they suggest I get?
I have an iAudio M3 (the 20G version, I've heard of a 40G version (the M3L?)). And it works _wonderfully_ in linux :D
The only problems I've had with my M3 is some minor temporary display errors with the remote - though, it's not been that much of a problem and it might have been a bug with older firmware (yes, firmware uppgrades work from linux, just do as the instructions say (put the bin file in the firmware dir, unmount...)
Also, one thing worth highlighting, when in linux, you won't have the "safe to disconnect from PC" message in the remote when you've unmounted the device - but that's just cosmetic details (because when you've unmounted the device in linux it's disconnected and it's safe to remove the cable, though, I always wait a few secs after unmounting it just in case, haven't had any problems with that).
btw, I've seen some group on the net deicated to put linux on iP0ds, not sure how far they got, but afaik, iP0ds are way to expensive to be interesting...
if you decide to go for an iAudio M3, and you want help with getting it mountable (hopefully it shouldn't be that hard really) - just join #linuxforums on Freenode, PM me or start a thread and I'll do my best to help you.
Just so you know, the M3L is the "Long Battery Life" version
It has 20GB and 35 Hours (labratory tested) of battery life
What kind of battery life are yor getting out of yours, and are you playing OGG or MP3?
Does it mount just like a normal hard drive (/dev/sda1)
Well, I haven't timed it, but I usually listen to it while traveling to and from school and sometimes during school, but I it's like 1-3 days depending on how much I use it between the recharges I'd say.
well, my fstab entry for it is:
/dev/scsi/host5/bus0/target0/lun0/part1 /home/frekla/iAudio vfat defaults,noauto,rw,users 0 0
(I'm using gentoo (which used udev iirc, which is why the path is this 'cryptic') and the exact location changes if I use different USB ports, but for now I've plugged the cable to one of the ports and simply don't move it (both lazyness and simplicity). So yeah, aside from the 'path' it mounts as a fat partition.