Both play protected WMA audiobooks (OverDrive Media and NetLibrary). Both resume properly, with stipulations:
Connect resumes properly as long as you have used the player within 72 hours, i.e., it was in Sleep mode. The Connect automatically goes into Shutdown mode after 72 hours in Sleep, and then loses all resume points. Also, the resume has not been perfect, and I don’t know how to characterize the occasional failure.
Fuze resumes everything that is either tagged “Podcast” or in folder “Podcasts”, and everything that is either tagged “Audiobook” or in folder “Audiobooks”. So you have to ensure this, e.g., when loading via OverDrive, you have to change from the default loading location “\Music” to “\Audiobooks”.
The Connect has a speaker, and accelerating and audible fast forward.
The Fuze has accelerating fast forward, and listening speed control (fast, normal, slow) for audiobooks and podcasts (although the single Setting is under “Audiobooks Options” ).
Both have on-player delete.
The Fuze has about a 4-5 second startup when no content has been changed, and much longer startup if a μSD card is inserted (see PromisedPlanet’s explanation of reloading).
The Connect has about a 1 second startup from Sleep.
The Fuze can be Rockboxed, though I see no advantage for audiobooks in Rockboxing (which won’t play protected WMA audiobooks).
For audiobooks, I like the
Connect for its speaker and fast startup (great when working on stuff and want hands-free (speaker) listening, and quick turn-on for sporadic listening). Minor likes are its audible fast forward (which I mostly use for podcasts, not audiobooks), and ease of loading OverDrive audiobooks (just click away at the “Next” buttons).
Fuze for its more reliable resume points, and option to have fast playback (though I use that mostly for podcasts).
Message Edited by jj2me on 10-15-2009 07:09 AM