Interesting review here of a new iRiver MP3 player which also shows photos.
I’ll tell you what’s interesting about the reviewer in a moment. First, some of the things he noticed:
- you can only browse files on the device via a “file explorer” – no Artists, Genres, Albums, Photos etc menu.
- if you sort the files into artist, genre etc (using a Windows open-source tool.. how weird is that phrase?) so that it does do such a menu, the boot time increases to over 60 seconds. One minute. Of your life. Waiting. For. Your MP3 player. To. Boot.
- can’t make it sync with your PC (it’s PC-only, not Mac-compatible) because it’s set up to appear on the computer as a fixed hard drive, so you’ll have to drag-and-drop files into it from whatever sad music program you’re using (iRiver’s response to his query about this was We have tens of thousands of users who are very happy to manage their music collections independently of an application and prefer to drag and drop files to their player. Uh huh. And zillions more unhappy ones, eh?
- can’t charge via USB
- only syncs via USB 1.1 ports – which run at a couple of MB per second, compared to USB 2.0’s 400-odd MB/s (with a following wind) or Firewire’s 480MB/s. Filling up the 20GB device over USB 1.1 was “one of the most pitiful experiences I’ve had on my PC. I started on Saturday morning and the device finished on Monday evening.”
We don’t need more, truly, do we? But it is a good read. And this is one of the players that does work with Napster’s subscription service, by the way.
Oh, you wondered what’s special about the reviewer?
He works for Microsoft.
(Sidenote: I’m trying out an iPod Photo at the moment. Any things you’d like me to attempt to make it do? I mean, that you would expect from it?)