Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 6th May 2007 18:02 UTC
Multimedia, AV Everytime we feature a multimedia device review here at OSNews the question is always the same: "...but does it support OGG?". Well, this time we do have such a device in our lab to test out for you. Geeks.com sent us in the iRiver E10, a powerful multimedia music and video player.
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WorknMan
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2005-11-13

Can you bookmark a position in a file? (E.g., if you want to pause your audiobook and listen to something else for a while and then want to go back where you left it.)

For me, this is the #1 required feature of any audio player and any reviews of such a device that lacks this information is incomplete. Also, agree with what another reviewer says .. if it can't be read as a UMS drive, then it sucks. I don't need some crappy media manager (*cough* iTunes *cough*) that has to be running just to copy files back and forth.

Finally:
while the up and down keys go/play either the next/previous item or when long-pressed they scan back/forward the currently playing media file.

Which means that if you accidentally press one of these keys instead of 'long-pressing' it, it's going to jump to the previous/next track instead of rewinding/fast forwarding as you wanted. This is a fatal flaw that's present in almost every portal media device on the market. Do makers of these devices assume that nobody uses these things to listen to podcasts or other long spoken-word audio files? At least the iaudio player I own give you the option to disable track skipping, which is the reason why I buy them.

Edited 2007-05-06 19:37

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Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

Sorry, but you are overreacting. It is the same for the iPod. And you can't easily long press it by mistake, because the screen is off, and when you press it once, it comes back on but nothing is clicked. And THEN you press or long-press, having your full attention.

I used the player for 5 days now, and I never did something by mistake. You are seriously overreacting here. Besides, more functions mean more buttons and that can also be confusing (and more expensive).

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Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

>For me, this is the #1 required feature of any audio player and any reviews of such
> a device that lacks this information is incomplete.

Well, I spent days reviewing this product, and my article has more information than ANY other review of the E10 online. If your pet peeve is not addressed, sorry. I can't see an Audible option in the player (as there is in the T10 model), so I guess this player does not have *proper* support for them.

Edited 2007-05-06 20:17

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