FreeBSD && MP3 Player's

Christopher Black cblack at
Sat Jun 11 17:42:33 GMT 2005

On Sat, 2005-06-11 at 19:07 +1000, anon wrote:
> Hi everyone,
>                    I am looking to get an mp3 player that I can use with 
> my FreeBSD laptop.  If  anyone out there uses a mp3 player with thier 
> BSD system, *ptrs and suggestions would be great :). Basically I am look 
> for something with 5G or more capacity and 12 hr + batery time, FM radio 
> capability would also be good. I have both firewire and USB on the 
> laptop so connection is not a problem, I am also tracking STABLE.
> Cheers,
> Hubert Farnswoth.

I am using the Creative Zen Touch (40gb for ~$280 US), and had excellent
luck with it.  Using gnomad2, you can store data or mp3s on it, but it
is fairly slow to load the local directories of music since it does not
just generate a list of filenames, it also scans the ID3 tags and
determines song length, etc.  Using USB1.1 it is also quite slow to
transfer songs to the Zen Touch, and I have not yet had the opportunity
to try USB2.0, though the Zen Touch supports it.  It does not, however,
support Ogg Vorbis or other formats, only MP3, WMA, and WAV.  The
optional remote control (~$50 US) adds FM radio, voice recording, and
recording from the radio.  Sound quality is superb, and battery life is
reported as 24hrs, with many users regularly seeing 20+hrs in real use.

Christopher Black
Chief Security Engineer
Secure Crossing
22750 Woodward Suite 304 - Ferndale, MI 48220
Tel (800) 761-4299 | Direct (248) 658-6120
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