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Re: [SLE] Linux and hardware mp3 players
  • From: Brad Bourn <brad@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2005 10:41:47 -0700
  • Message-id: <200502081041.47203.brad@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Good information. Sounds like you have more experience than me. I haven't
used an MP3 player that looks like a USB HD. I've heard though that some of
them that have this feature, still doesn't allow you to add mp3's to the
device to be played.

What are you saying is debatable?

Please correct me if I'm wrong, I'd like to know more myself...


On Tuesday 08 February 2005 10:33 am, Randall R Schulz wrote:
> Brad,
> On Tuesday 08 February 2005 09:15, Brad Bourn wrote:
> > Make sure it support being a USB harddrive. That *should* make it
> > Linux compatible. I have seen some players that act like a HD, but
> > only for storage, not transferring mp3's.
> That's highly debatable. MP3 players are not primarily portable hard
> drives, they're audio appliances that happen to be implemented using a
> compact hard disk drive. Design criteria for an audio appliance are
> very different from those for a general-purpose computer peripheral.
> The FAT file system is contraindicated in such applications.
> I have a Rio Karma, which is an outstanding player, but it does not have
> a FAT filesystem. I defended the designer's design decision in this
> regard. But we had extensive debates about this among the user and
> developer community on the Karma bulletin board.
> The Karma has both an Ethernet and a USB interface and a 3rd-party
> developer (who also worked under contract to Rio on other player
> software) provided open-source Java software that replicates most of
> the Windows-only host-based software plus adds some very interesting
> additional functionality. E.g., a network-based (TCP/IP/HTTP) server
> for the content stored on the Karma. This makes it possible to use the
> Karma as a jukebox in home networking environment.
> Before I got the Karma I made the mistake of buying the Polaroid JukeJam
> (actually made by a Taiwanese firm and sold in other markets under a
> different name, which I no longer recall). It seemed better on paper,
> but which was distinctly inferior in practice. It used a FAT file
> system.
> > ...
> >
> > B-)
> Randall Schulz

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