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hpr1656 :: My audio player collection

I describe the collection of audio players I use for listening to podcasts

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Hosted by Dave Morriss on 2014-12-08 is flagged as Explicit and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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My Audio Player Collection

I got broadband installed in my house in 2005 after I'd bought my first PC. I'd owned a lot of PCs before that, but they had all been cast-offs from the university I was working at, and I accessed the Internet via dial-up to my work.

This was around the time I got sick of listening to the radio and first discovered podcasts, and so I decided I wanted a portable audio player (or MP3 Player as they tended to be called back then).

Since then I have been listening to podcasts pretty much all of the time and have worked my way through a number of players. I thought it might be interesting if I chronicled the devices I have owned in the past 9-10 years.

The full show notes for this episode are available at: hpr1656_full_shownotes.html


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Comment #1 posted on 2014-12-08 18:24:07 by Mike Ray

The Dave Morris National Audio Player Museum

Great show Dave. Just a suggestion with how to fix the joystick on the can get aerosol cans of compressed air from camera shops and probably from the likes of Maplin as well.

A blast of air into the little gaps around the joystick might shift the crud.

I think the cans come with a little tube like the ones that are taped to the side of a can of WD40

Comment #2 posted on 2014-12-08 21:28:51 by p

Strange you never tried the iRiver Clix2 which was an excellent player

Comment #3 posted on 2014-12-09 16:13:57 by Dave Morriss

Thanks for the feedback

Mike: Perhaps I should be charging admission to the museum :-) Thanks for the compressed air idea. I have recently bought one of these but it never occurred to me to use it for the old iRiver. I'll be trying it soon.

p: I never followed up on the iRiver Clix2. It looks superb but was pretty expensive if I recall correctly. Also, it doesn't take Rockbox and seems to have issues with interfacing without the Windows software, if I understand the reviews correctly. I see they are available on eBay so I might pick one up to check it out. Thanks

Comment #4 posted on 2014-12-10 21:22:37 by p

Should have said what an interesting podcast this was made in your usual laidback way. The Clix2 works fine with Linux (you simply expose the file system using mtp - it has two modes of connection) which was one of the reasons I bought it; I dislike the idea of syncing preferring to copy files across manually. I think it does come with some windows only software but I've never used it.

Comment #5 posted on 2014-12-13 22:17:16 by Dave Morriss

iRiver Clix2

This device sounds really nice. I must lay my hands on one for my collection.

I use MTP for my Samsung YP-Q1, mounting it with mtpfs, so this isn't a problem. I currently generate playlists for RockBox when I upload files, so I'm hoping I can generate the same format files and put them somewhere for the Clix2 (assuming I find one).

Thanks again.

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