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Need help finding MP3 player with specific specs

by windbmw8 / October 19, 2006 7:00 AM PDT

I am looking for a MP3 player that will play 16-bit MP3 files fairly well (these are very long files.. about 1-4 hours each). The specifications I am looking for include:

1. displaying ID tags
2. has "resume to last point" feature preferably (I am looking into bookmark feature also)
3. will fast forward and rewind while the file is playing (not as necessary)

I have been online for I don't know how many hours trying to find these specs on MP3 players. I guess I just don't know everywhere to look Happy Any help would be appreciated!


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Check out the audiobooks thread
by BassBinDevil / October 20, 2006 12:27 PM PDT

It sounds like you're looking for the same thing as the folks on the "best player for audio books" thread.
What I can tell you for sure is that the Sony D-NE500 Walkman MP3 CD player resumes properly with MP3 files, if you don't mind having to burn stuff to a CDR first. I haven't tested it with low-bitrate MP3 files, but I doubt that would be a problem. It displays the ID3 tags; I'm fairly sure it does the fastforward stuff too, but from what I remember seeking was kind of slow.

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Thank you, I did that... now what?
by windbmw8 / October 22, 2006 11:59 AM PDT

Thanks for the reply. As far as the resume and bookmarking features go, the audiobooks people are looking for the same thing. However me being *very* new to MP3 players, I wasn't sure about the playability of the 16-bit .MP3 files I want to play. I'm guessing that not many people deal with those type of files. I believe that music files (which are usually .mp3 files, right?) are a higher bit-rate.

We have had the Soul DMP-201 player for a couple of years (at least) and it works really well. We have had no problems with it (except for the back battery cover coming off, which after this much time is pretty good). The only real problem is that we only have one player between the two of us, so I have been searching for a good second.

I was told by the Creative Labs folks (by email) that the MuVo TX FM and the Zen V Plus would play those type of files. (They told me also that the Zen V Plus was the only one that would bookmark.)

I would like to know if anyone has had ANY experience with these type of files?? Probably a shot in the dark, but unless I go try them out myself (which is not easy with two toddlers in tow :-), although I may end up doing it anyway), I don't have much chance of finding out.

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I want one too!
by wandalynn1 / October 20, 2006 12:34 PM PDT

as long as it also plays WMA DRM files. I'm a lurker on the 'netlibrary audiobooks' thread. There is no perfect player, unfortunatley. I'm going to splurge and get a 2G Zen V unless I hear about something better.

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The Zen Vision:M has bookmarks
by mdstout58 / October 23, 2006 12:56 PM PDT

so that you can bookmark it and then begin again.
ID Tags: Yes
Resume to last point: Yes
Status Bar as you fast forward: Yes

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Thanks for all help
by windbmw8 / January 2, 2007 4:57 AM PST

I want to thank everyone for the help. I ended up purchasing a Sansa m240 1GB MP3 player. This player does not have bookmarking, however, I found out from family members who already owned one that it will resume where it left off when I pause the playback. It turns off automatically after a few seconds or so. When it is turned back on, it is still paused right where I left off. For the price, it does exactly what I want.

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