My new music-player
Today I got myself a new music-player, because my old MP3-stick had three big problems:
- No support for OGG/Vorbis
Since I'm using Fedora now and really want to have all the new stuff in free formats this is pretty important to me.
- It's just too small
128MB today are nothing. I guess everybody would agree to that. I don't need tons of music with me, but 128MB allows like 15 tracks, which really isn't enough.
- It just doesn't work anymore
For a while already it doesn't play music anymore. I can still use it as USB-stick (though a pretty small one), but it won't play any music.
So today I went out at lunchtime to have a look for a replacement, as xmas-gift to myself (yes, I remember that I gave myself some nice gifts already last month).
What I came up with is not the biggest, greatest or latest stuff on the market. It's a nice small USB-stick again, nothing iPod-like, after all I just want to play music with it while I'm in the train, the supermarket, wherever I am; without having to start (or even bring) my notebook.
So right now I am charging a sweet black Samsung YP-U3. It has 1GB of storage (which should be enough) and supports OGG/Vorbis, MP3 and some of those unspeakable Microsoft-audio-codecs nobody uses anyway.
It was important to me that it supports OGG/Vorbis, because I really want to encode all the stuff I encode now as OGG/Vorbis. So when I looked at it I asked the sales-guy and he looked at me as if I was talking Swedish (can't say Chinese, because if I had been talking Chinese he would have actually understood me ;-) ). So I even spelled OGG for him, not that it's that hard, right? Well, finally a quick look on the packing helped me to find my information, I was happy, changed to a different model (the one he showed me before was pretty much an iPod, just with a Samsung-label), then changed to a smaller capacity (the 1GB I got now) and then I was finally in the range I was willing to pay for a toy like this. I did another quick check on the box for the supported formats (after all I had checked the box of a different model before), was happy that it supports the two formats I need (I still have lots of stuff as MP3, and I don't know if I'll ever re-encode that stuff; especially since my wife uses some too, and her player doesn't support OGG/Vorbis I think) and payed.
So, after about a year or so, maybe even longer, now I have a new portable music player (I don't want to call it MP3-player, since it cannot only play MP3 like my previous one) and can finally have some sweet music again while being outside.
By the way, this thing has the best volume I think I've ever seen on a portable device (let aside a ghetto-blaster ;-) ), it's like having Love Parade in your pocket. ;-)