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Experienced user needs buying advice - simple player needed

by knisbeth / March 28, 2008 7:01 PM PDT

Hi guys

I am looking for advice on what is the best MP3 player for my purposes out there. I am fairly tech savvy and I know what I need, and I have gone through four players without finding it. I have also read tons of reviews, but they tend to be lacking in detail on the features that are important to me, and rather rate players based on their level of gimmicky features that I have no use for.

What I want is a player that:

- Organises, and lets you browse and play, files through the original PC filename/folder structure. My music is perfectly organised, my way, and I do not need the player to reorganise everything by inconsistent ID3 tags or whatever.

- Supports a maximum number of audio file formats.

- Does not necessarily have video, radio or anything else fancy.

- Allows transferring files through drag-and-drop, and does not need software installation or anything like that.

- Has a simply "hold button to add to playlist" function, or similar, like on an Ipod, that can be used directly from filename navigation to create quick playlists.

- Allows for random playing within a given artist folder, e.g. if I have a main folder called "Elvis Presley" and 1000 songs under that folder sorted in different album folders, I want it to be able to shuffle within the main "Elvis Presley" folder.

- Of course, the best possible audio quality is also a concern.

I am sure this player exists out there. Thank you very much!


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That doesn't sound simple at all.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 28, 2008 11:16 PM PDT

What you are asking for may be trivial for a laptop. Why not a laptop?

For me I didn't bother with all this. I picked up a 99 buck refurb iPod and it's just dandy.

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(NT) You might want to check out the Cowon D2 and Cowon iAudio
by JonTitor / March 29, 2008 3:23 PM PDT
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cowon seems like the way to go
by deepsigh / March 30, 2008 3:50 AM PDT

it sounds like you were describing a cowon player to the letter: drag-and-drop, excellent audio quality, variety of formats, etc. I would also check out some earlier samsung players - I have a yp-t7 that does pretty much everything you asked for.

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