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. sent us in the iRiver E10, a powerful multimedia music and video player.
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RE[2]: Gapless playback
by DigitalAxis on Sun 6th May 2007 22:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Gapless playback"
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Apparently the "Rio" interface is just the thing that Sigmatel wrote for their chips- which play back MP3 and OGG...

I'm in the market (sort of) for a DAP, but it's tempered by a few things:
* I want to replace my USB flash drive at the same time, so the device must operate as a USB Hard Drive (drag and drop is nice)
* Must have OGG support. I have too many OGGs from too many sources to consider re-ripping them as MP3s.

Basically I thought I had narrowed it down to the Cowon iAudio X5 (60GB) or the Trekstor Vibez, but there are various problems with each of them...

* The iAudio needs a docking connector to power up and connect to a computer
* Old
* Does not sort by internal file tags (not so much of a problem, my music collection is meticulously sorted by file name)

* The Vibez scrollwheel is apparently very touchy, and hard to center-click
* The Vibez only goes up to 12 GB
* The Vibez isn't really any smaller than the iPod or the X5L

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RE[3]: Gapless playback
by DigitalAxis on Sun 6th May 2007 23:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Gapless playback"
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I forgot to finish my post...

* The need for a media manager is a more serious problem for the iRiver, as is the non-standard USB port (possibly)
* 6 GB is even SMALLER than the Vibez. I could get a flash player with no potential skipping problems for less than that.

So anyway, if anyone can speak to any of those problems, particularly my worries about the Vibez, which I'd really like to like (since Cowon doesn't seem to care enough about the X5 to upgrade it) please let me know. It's rather hard to decide without trying either of them. If Trekstor would come out with the 15GB model (or if it turns out to be 20GB, as I've been hearing rumors of) it'd be easier, but still...

If I'm buying one it pretty much needs to be awesome.

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RE[4]: Gapless playback
by JrezIN on Mon 7th May 2007 01:15 in reply to "RE[3]: Gapless playback"
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I current have a X5... so, just as a note. The device has to USB connections, one with the mini-dock thing, and the other on the left side of the device wich is an USB host port, but also supports standard connection. It's sad that it's just USB1.1 speed, but still something (but the device doesn't charge from this USB port, just the standard one with the mini-dock).

I don't have a Vibez, but I've read somewhere that it doesn't support UMS under Windows XP/Vista, just MTP thing... Not sure if there's a setting for this that the reviewer didn't find, or if it's a firmware thing... but...

It's really hard to find a descent Portable Audio Player these days... =[
(how about an Open-Source one? We already have the rockbox firmware, just need some real hardware... =] )

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RE[3]: Gapless playback
by markun on Mon 7th May 2007 08:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Gapless playback"
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You might want to take a look here:

All these rockbox targets act like a USB Hard Drive, have
Ogg Vorbis support (and FLAC, MPC, WavPack, MP3, Speex, ...) support gap-less playback and many more nice features:

I have a Toshiba Gigabeat F40 with Rockbox on it and am very happy with it.

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