I have just received my black Fuze 8GB from Amazon UK, which will replace my aging Rio Karma.
I have started to play with this little beast, and I do like it a lot.
However, there is one thing, which is in my opinion a big let down compared to my old Karma. Maybe it is linked to the fact that I mainly listen to podcasts and speech, instead of music, but this is my big issue: I read in the reviews that the thumbwheel is great to navigate, which is true. What I did not expect is that the wheel could only be used to change the volume, and not to seek the tracks, as I could do with the Karma. Furthermore, fast rewind/forward is silent, and not the fast, high pitched sound of the track, which often helps localise moments in recordings. That is in my opinion very annoying, and I did not expect that from a 2010 player! It would be more logical to change the volume with 2 buttons, and seek with the wheel instead of the contrary! Unfortunately Rockbox does not offer this option either.
I have now to evaluate if this player is good to listen to podcasts. The rio players had a great software, only the hardware was poor (and the transfer protocol was proprietary, making it a pain to use with Linux). As I said, the wheel seeking was very pertinent for podcasts and speech recordings, and this is not emphasised in reviews, as it is made for music listening mainly.
How do other users, who listen to podcasts, think of this?
Message Edited by zeb on 05-10-2010 07:02 PM