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Most Linux-compatible portable MP3 player?
icheyne
post Aug 23 2005, 14:33
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I am a new Linux migrant and am in the market for a new MP3 player. I seem to have fried my old Muvo by unmounting it incorrectly. crying.gif

I really need a Flash-based player as I will do a lot of jogging and bike riding with it.

What should I go for?

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post Aug 23 2005, 16:15
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I have very good luck at recovering USB drives with this utility from HP.
It has saved drives that MS Windows could not see or format.

http://h18000.www1.hp.com/support/files/se...load/21284.html

It is an MS Windows only utility.
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post Aug 23 2005, 17:00
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QUOTE (ddrawley @ Aug 23 2005, 07:15 AM)
I have very good luck at recovering USB drives with this utility from HP.


Thanks! Actually, I'm really pleased as I seem to have revived it with a firmware upgrade. I'd still like to find a truly Linux compatible MP3 player though, as this one is only 64MB.


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post Aug 25 2005, 13:48
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QUOTE (icheyne @ Aug 23 2005, 02:33 PM)
I am a new Linux migrant and am in the market for a new MP3 player. I seem to have fried my old Muvo by unmounting it incorrectly.  crying.gif

I really need a Flash-based player as I will do a lot of jogging and bike riding with it.

What should I go for?
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You may find a lot depends on the version of Linux you run. I bought an iRiver which is not claimed to support Linux, but I did (eventually!) get it to work, though I had to change kernels to do so. I have seen some DAPs that claim Linux support, though I can't remember which. Most UMS players ought to work though. Trawl through the specs on a seller's pages....
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post Aug 25 2005, 14:17
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QUOTE (antz @ Aug 25 2005, 06:48 AM)
QUOTE (icheyne @ Aug 23 2005, 02:33 PM)
I am a new Linux migrant and am in the market for a new MP3 player. I seem to have fried my old Muvo by unmounting it incorrectly.  crying.gif

I really need a Flash-based player as I will do a lot of jogging and bike riding with it.

What should I go for?

You may find a lot depends on the version of Linux you run. I bought an iRiver which is not claimed to support Linux, but I did (eventually!) get it to work, though I had to change kernels to do so. I have seen some DAPs that claim Linux support, though I can't remember which. Most UMS players ought to work though. Trawl through the specs on a seller's pages....

I'll echo this - most players that advertise that they can be a usb drive should work. You simply copy your music to the "drive" and "wallah!" it's there.

I use a NEX iA, which uses CF cards (I chose it b/c I have lots of CF memory for my other obsession, photography). I can either attach the player and it appears as a drive, or I can remove the CF card and put it in a usb card reader I have and copy the music to that. I run Fedora Core 3.

Mark
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mickywicky
post Aug 25 2005, 16:28
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>You may find a lot depends on the version of Linux you run. I bought an iRiver which is
>not claimed to support Linux, but I did (eventually!) get it to work, though I had to
>change kernels to do so. I have seen some DAPs that claim Linux support, though I
>can't remember which. Most UMS players ought to work though. Trawl through the
>specs on a seller's pages....

UMS devices rock. No dirvers needed on any modern OS, no nothing. Just plug, mount if necessary, and "play".
Effectively the DAP is a portable USB hard disk or USB key, than can *also* play music, etc.
I use a HDD DAP (iRiver iHP-120), but since I constantly use a plethora of platforms on the desktop, it is a blessing: WinXP, FreeBSD/i386, Linux (i386), Solaris (SPARC), etc.

Not sure about flash-based UMS DAPs though.

HTH,

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post Aug 25 2005, 19:51
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QUOTE (antz @ Aug 25 2005, 04:48 AM)
QUOTE (icheyne @ Aug 23 2005, 02:33 PM)
I am a new Linux migrant and am in the market for a new MP3 player. I seem to have fried my old Muvo by unmounting it incorrectly.  crying.gif

I really need a Flash-based player as I will do a lot of jogging and bike riding with it.

What should I go for?
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You may find a lot depends on the version of Linux you run. I bought an iRiver which is not claimed to support Linux, but I did (eventually!) get it to work, though I had to change kernels to do so. I have seen some DAPs that claim Linux support, though I can't remember which. Most UMS players ought to work though. Trawl through the specs on a seller's pages....
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The Samsung MT6 flash player works great with Xandros. All the Samsungs are UMS devices, so it's just plug in and go. The iAudio G3, U2, i5, etc. should work fine too. I wouldn't waste much time with iRiver UMS firmware, it's practically guaranteed that you'll have problems. Maybe try the IFP Driver for Linux?
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post Aug 26 2005, 08:31
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> I wouldn't waste much time with iRiver UMS firmware, it's practically guaranteed that
>you'll have problems. Maybe try the [url=http://ifp-driver.sourceforge.net/]IFP Driver
>for Linux

Yeah I heard about these problems. Except they do not affect my model, so it is worth checking which model you are interested in and whether it supports UMS out-of-the-box as any self-respecting DAP should IMHO.
The IFP driver works fine from what my colleagues tell me, but I have no experience with it myself.

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post Aug 26 2005, 13:45
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QUOTE (mickywicky @ Aug 26 2005, 08:31 AM)
> I wouldn't waste much time with iRiver UMS firmware, it's practically guaranteed that
>you'll have problems.  Maybe try the [url=http://ifp-driver.sourceforge.net/]IFP Driver
>for Linux

Yeah I heard about these problems. Except they do not affect my model, so it is worth checking which model you are interested in and whether it supports UMS out-of-the-box as any self-respecting DAP should IMHO.
The IFP driver works fine from what my colleagues tell me, but I have no experience with it myself.

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I'd be interested to hear your colleagues' experiences since I never got the IFP driver to work! Probably just me though, I'm quite a newbie to Linux :-(
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post Aug 26 2005, 16:56
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QUOTE (icheyne @ Aug 23 2005, 09:33 AM)
I am a new Linux migrant and am in the market for a new MP3 player. I seem to have fried my old Muvo by unmounting it incorrectly.  crying.gif

I really need a Flash-based player as I will do a lot of jogging and bike riding with it.

What should I go for?
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You can always go back to cassettes, at least they sound better!

I have had luck with SuSe. Your drive should mount as a USB disk. I used it to connect my Rio. Too bad there's no iTunes for Linux sad.gif
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post Aug 28 2005, 13:01
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Buy something that supports UMS and you'll have support out of the box on all modern Linux systems (OK, maybe not exactly all, but 99%). Or there's software that makes you able to use Creatives and Apple's DAPs in Linux.
Personally just love my H120 with Ubuntu. Just plug it in and it automounts. Then just copy over your music and unmount when you're done by right clicking on the unit and choose 'Unmount' in the dropdown menu. Having RockBox on it makes it rock even more tongue.gif


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post Aug 28 2005, 13:30
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QUOTE (Hamman @ Aug 28 2005, 01:01 PM)
Buy something that supports UMS and you'll have support out of the box on all modern Linux systems (OK, maybe not exactly all, but 99%). Or there's software that makes you able to use Creatives and Apple's DAPs in Linux.
Personally just love my H120 with Ubuntu. Just plug it in and it automounts. Then just copy over your music and unmount when you're done by right clicking on the unit and choose 'Unmount' in the dropdown menu. Having RockBox on it makes it rock even more tongue.gif
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I tried Ubuntu and it auto-mounted and auto-unmounted my iRiver ifp899 (flash-based) player. Sadly I wasn't keen on Ubuntu though. Personal preferences, not because Ubuntu was bad.
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