01-07-2009 11:02 PM
Ok It has bugged me enough what's the deal with you and AA/AAA batteries? Work for Energizer? I have a cache of about 20 rechargables for cameras and mice ans keyboards... but I dont want to have to cary them around. Why are you so in to them? I'm Curious, becasue maybe you know something I dont.
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01-08-2009 07:57 AM
Ok It has bugged me enough what's the deal with you and AA/AAA batteries? Work for Energizer? I have a cache of about 20 rechargables for cameras and mice ans keyboards... but I dont want to have to cary them around. Why are you so in to them? I'm Curious, becasue maybe you know something I dont."
I hate having to connect a player to a pc or AC charger to charge it. I hate having to monitor how much battery power is left, and having to remember to charge it. I hate running out of power while I am out and want to listen to music. I like the idea of using a AAA or AA battery so that I can carry spares, and if I am using rechargeables, I can charge up to 4 batteries at a time outside the player.
"I have a cache of about 20 rechargables for cameras and mice ans keyboards... but I dont want to have to cary them around. "
Carrying one or two AA or AAA batteries is easy. I can keep them in coat pockets. In addition to my Fuze and Clip I have an older player that uses one AAA battery. It has only one GB of storage though so I bought the Fuze then the Clip. This older player is so convenient to use since it uses one AAA battery and navigates by folders. The sound quality is a bit lower than the Clip or Fuze, however it also has an LCD display that is on all the time while the player is playing. It doesn't have a card slot though. I wish Sandisk would make a player with a card slot that uses a AA or AAA battery, has a display that is on all the time while the player is playing, navigates by folders, and has a card slot. An LCD display would consume very little power. Digital watches with an LCD display that is on all the time run for years on a tiny button battery. They typically have a backlight that is on just while a dedicated button is being pressed. Why can't an mp3 player be like that?
I also bought a Sandisk Slotmusic player. It was only $20, however it is still a disappointment. It has no display, and the sound quality is lower than all my other players. I bought it since it uses a AAA battery. I hope Sandisk makes an improved Slotmusic player that uses one AA or AAA battery, has a basic display that is on all the time while the player is playing(LCD?), a card slot, and sound quality equal to the Fuze.
01-08-2009 08:18 AM
"It is really nice to know that Sansa Fuze can play the new card. I am exciting to know i can get 1000 songs by 40 bucks in an absolutely legal way, great deal. "
The card would probably be very useful in the Fuze, as you could use the song ratings or the go list, and have it just play the songs you like. I do wonder about what songs are on the card though, and what bitrate is used(I hope it is at least 192 kbps, and if it 256 or 320 kbps that would be even better). I hope the protection is on the card directory itself, and that the songs are mp3 and not individual protected wma files(protected wma files give shorter battery run time than mp3 files at the same bitrate). I guess if I like just 10% of the songs on the card it is still worth it. Imo though, a 500 song card priced under $20 would probably sell much better than a 1,000 song card priced at $40. Also with 500 song cards, the music on each card could be more specific than with a 1,000 song card, so that if one chooses a card based on their interests, a larger percentage of songs will probably be liked with a smaller capacity card. The initial 1,000 song card has 7 genres. workout music for example is one category that people either love or hate. The same thing goes for heavy metal. I hope Sandisk decides to put out 500 song cards as well as 1,000 song cards. Who knows, perhaps they might even decide to have 3 or more sizes, and have 2,000 song cards as well. I guess it depends on how cooperative the music labels are. Imo there is probably great potential for classical music on slotradio. There are so many older classical music recordings that are probably generating little revenue for the music labels.
I wonder how many people will decide to buy CDs with certain songs they have on Slotradio but like so much they would want to have on their pc, car stereo, home stereo, etc.
01-08-2009 08:56 AM
One thing I know is the natural place to use a battery operated portable player is away from computers and AC outlets. On the other hand, mice and keyboards you usually use right near a computer, so mine plug in and are powered by the computer.
As has been pointed out before, removable NiMH cells can be charged in as little as 15 minutes, usually 4 at a time. Internal lithiums take at least a couple of hours, with no option to swap a charged one.
I really wonder what is so different about the player and camera markets. I'd guess that more than half the cameras Canon or Nikon sell run on AA's, and most/all of the rest have Lithium batteries that are at least swappable.