Describe your ideal mp3 player

Sandisk with Bluetooth capable fro Motorokr headsets.

My ideal player would have:

Amazing battery life (30+ hours)

Small form factor simular to Fuze

Comes with Rockbox 


Recording the radio

Recording my voice

replacable battery

recorde to OGG or MP3 instead of crappy WMA

Large amount of onboard memory (16 gb)

Micro SD slot

Still Affordable :) 

Message Edited by trickyhero on 08-10-2010 12:31 PM

trickyhero wrote:

My ideal player would have:


recorde to OGG or MP3 instead of crappy WMA

Actually, it records in .wav format, not .wma. Neither format are what I would call crappy.

“Amazing battery life (30+ hours)”

30 hour battery life is amazing??? I would say 300 hour battery life would be amazing. Just 30 hours isn’t that good. With 300 hour battery life, many people would only need to charge the player once a month…

  1. Firmware that works

  2. Firmware that works

  3. Firmware that works

  4. if it has images, let it have zoom

  5. File system browsing instead of tag based browsing

@ufotds wrote:

  1. Firmware that works
  1. Firmware that works
  1. Firmware that works
  1. if it has images, let it have zoom
  1. File system browsing instead of tag based browsing

Ah–the Clip+.


Well, all except for #4 anyway. :stuck_out_tongue:

@tapeworm wrote:

Well, all except for #4 anyway. :stuck_out_tongue:

You don’t play Doom on your Clip?   :wink:

I still haven’t found a player close to what I want. i pretty much want what I stated in the first post, except FM HD radio would be enough, I don’t need AM, and I would prefer having 2 micro SDXC card slots instead of one full sized one. Longer battery life is also important. With other brands making mp3 players having battery life in the 40-110 hour range, having just 15 or 24 hours of battery life(less in real world use) doesn’t match up well.

  1. Monochrome display quality like for example at cheapest Amazon Kindle (to be easy read at direct bright sun) enough size to be easily readable letters of functions, let say 1 - 1,5 Inch diagonal. Or colour display enough size for photo, but no video quality. Metal housing covered with thin rubber.

  2. No Video (That is, if video is included then display size should be atleast 4 inch or bigger. Smaller display and there is no need for video possibility).

  3. Tactile (button) or/and mechanical wheel commands

  4. User replaceable standard batteries (Alcaline/NiMH, Lithium, whatever but that can be easily bouhgt in electronic shops not only in 1. but also in 2. and even 3. world countries. For example I am from Bosnia and Herzegovina) with atleast 30 hours play when used for example AAA alcaline batteries and more time for higher capacity batteries (let say about 60 hours with 2700mAh AA NiMH batteires)

  5. 64GB starting and more capacity. Micro SD or full SD card slot (even if player has large internal memory there is need for SD card slot. If not for more capacity, then for having particular files not in player but on memory card).

  6. Option to shut off tags, to speed up ON time (no need to loading tag structure when turn player ON, look at point 7).

  7. Well, computers have made directories/files structure decades ago. Just implement that into player, don’t “invent hot water” There are well documented proven solutions, just use them. You can include tag structures if people want to use them, but let standard computer directories/files structure to be default.

  8. Why not Linux (Ubuntu) based player (no Android, please). But this would be maybe too much :slight_smile:

  9. AM/FM radio.

  10. Price tag 150 USD for such player with 64GB memory as starting model. Up to middle 2013. After that or more memory in starting model or lower price.

  11. Volume limit changeable That is, for selling in EU if volume must be low by default, user changeable to high volume.

  12. Excellent quality sound (Wolfson DAC and other sound processing chips, or if there better than Wolfxon, than use that).

  13. Enough power to drive real HiFi headphones.

  14. Line in, line out in more expensive higher models. Voice recording too. Of course if those could be inplemented in basic model without higher cost, then do that by all means.

I would by such player even without included headphones for keeping cost down. After all, everyone who want better sound buys separate headphones anyway as those that come with players of any manyfacturer and any price range are low or middle quality.

Thing that I hate is when manufacturer make basic model for example for 50 USD. Then add some function which cost maybe 5-10 USD, but sell that player for 100 USD as advanced model. In one word, please, don’t make fools of your buyers. Don’t play marketig games and name players as “pro” equipment just to sell them for more money with adding function which are not expensive to add. Why, for example, player couldn’t have all functions (beside basic functions to have Line in, line out, and all other advanced functions) without separating models as basic, advaced and pro, and only difference to be internal memory capacity and difference prices because of internal memory and nothing else.

screen of atleast 320x240

 card slot, sd, mini sd, micro, whatever.

rockbox capable

 gapless playback

flac playback

 user configurable themes

 easily replaceable battery, upgradeable if possible

 bbe or similar sound enhancement

 configurable menus so i dont haveto scroll through a bunch of options i never use.

tactile controls

 a connector that is not micro usb. practically anything, anything else.

line out jack

 scratch resistant

 fuze+ with rocbox actually meets many of these criteria except th e touch contfols are difficult. a fuze+ with a scroll wheel and or 5 way tactile interface would be a dream come true

The original SanDisk MP3 Player has an option none of the models that followed contains: replaceable AA battery.

This one option makes it an ideal partner for the road and for use daily.

It allows one to resupply the device with energy at a moments notice, if you have an extra AA battery in your case/backpack, or can purchase extra energy from numerous places on road.

I do wonder why this one option was removed in persent and future models.

SanDisk should bring it back.

@warren96 wrote:

The original SanDisk MP3 Player has an option none of the models that followed contains: replaceable AA battery.


_ I do wonder why this one option was removed in persent and future models. _


Simple. Size and form (aka thin).  :wink:

Plus, perhaps, built-in obsolescence, with people needing to buy a new player when the battery runs down? :wink:

@miikerman wrote:
Plus, perhaps, built-in obsolescence, with people needing to buy a new player when the battery runs down? :wink:

I’ve never had one long enough for the battery to die…it must take a good long while. 

That’s just because you’re addicted and keep buying the newest and the greatest. :wink:

I am hoping that Sandisk comes out with some more capable players. The last two players I bought were made by a company other than Sandisk. I wanted something more capable than Sandisk currently offers. 

I am hoping Sandisk comes out with a player under $100 that has HD radio, two card slots, bluetooth, a metal case, and 40+ hours of battery life.

From your mouth to heaven’s ears . . . .  I’ve written of wanting a metal-cased Uber-Clip for years, seeing them in platinum, gold and bronze varieties.

But, does any current player have two card slots?  (And I can’t exactly recall one from the past, although I have a faint recollection that there might have been one.)  My guess is, with the declining price of microSDXC cards (I scored a major manufacturer 128GB microSDXC card for just under US$30 this past Black Friday–although this probably is not exactly a fair comparison), DAP manfs. might see multiple slots as unnecessary.  Having said that, a 256+GB DAP would be sweet.   :)    

There are now a few players that have two microSD card slots. I haven’t noticed any with 4 slots yet.  The players I have noticed with two card slots are all over $100, with some even over $1,000. They also have short battery life, 11 hours or less. With the increasing interest in FLAC and especially high resolution files, having multiple card slots makes sense. I guess something like 300 CDs ripped to FLAC  fit on a 128GB card? Some people have music collections with thousands of CDs, and to carry it all in FLAC they might need a player with 16 card slots.  Before we see players with 8 card slots though, we will need to see at least a few with 4 card slots.

I almost exclusively listen to audiobooks. So my ideal mp3-audiobook-player…

  1. …is very small in size.
  2. …has a clip-on. 
  3. …has a decent battery life. 
  4. …has a micro-sd port where I can add audiobooks in mp3 format.
  5. …allows me to play the files from the directories in the intended order.
  6. …has physical insensitive buttons, because I’m using it in my pocket while commuting.
  7. …has enough power to scroll through big audio files and will speed up the scrolling the longer I press the scroll button.
  8. …will remember where I paused the playback or shut off the mp3-player under any circumstances.
  9. …will start up very fast and play right away from the position the playback has been. Maybe 5 seconds before, to get back into the story easier.
  10. …has an equilizer to balance the voices to make up for cheap headphones.

And that’s about it.

  1. it doesn’t need is a lot of Internal space.
  2. It only needs a very basic screen, no need for visualizing colorful covers.
  3. It doesn’t need a radio.
  4. It doesn’t need a microphone. (Although I’m using this feature a lot in my beloved sansa clip+)
  5. The small size and the better battery life is the reason to not use my phone instead.

The result is very cheap hardware with a few specific software requirements.