06-12-2009 10:21 AM
I think your math is a bit off - 20% of 1000 is 200. At $40/card, that's 20 cents per song (10 cents per song if you like 40%). That's still a lot less than Amazon or iTunes, but you have to sift through a lot of other stuff.
I thought the dentist office idea was great, but then I remembered that there are royalties for airing music in public. I'm sure there is some terms of service that only allows this for personal use, so that the dentist office would be violating those. If they are going to air music without paying royalties, where they get the music from is probably the least of their problems.
06-12-2009 04:32 PM
06-12-2009 06:13 PM - edited 06-12-2009 06:16 PM
bdb and I took the same math. At 20% acceptable tunes this is $0.20/song and if SlotRadio sells music at that price they don't have to take cynical comments from anyone. Facts are, this is a fair product at an extremely good price. Is there any other legal way to get selected high quality music in your portable device at a dime or nickel apiece? If so, is it packaged as well as this plug and play card?
Since the 20-40% was my "worst case" estimate, let me clarify and update that. I am saying expect that, so you are not disappointed. I'm probably only skipping 20% of the songs, and most of those are on one playlist. There are another 40% which are OK (just like the radio, not everything is awesome). I can let a couple of the playlists run quite a long time before skipping a tune. This is wonderful for music while outside or at the office in the cubicle. It is, after all, hits radio.
90's rock, Modern rock: I can't believe I am listening to some of this stuff and liking it. This is working for me: new music to me, old music to you. The Cranberries, Franz Ferdinand, Alter Bridge... bands I never heard of and like.
I'm not selling this to anyone, but I was motivated to post because it seemed there was some inaccurate thinking about the product. Then when I bought it, I saw the opportunity to plug gaps in knowledge for anyone else considering buying SlotRadio.
@Tapeworm: Office Depot #137245 is a black Fuze. Maybe you're right, extinction approaches, they used to have red too. OD just recently had a great sale on Clip (maybe new inventory is coming soon for back-to-school?).
Message Edited by shelded on 06-12-2009 06:16 PM
06-17-2009 10:43 PM
This is actually a really good idea since it facilitates exactly what I want out of my MP3 player: I turn it on, music starts playing! I would like to have a small library of genre based SD cards to keep in my car much like I used to do with mix CDs. SlotRadio would make this kind of collection easy to start.
That said, I would only buy one of these myself if they were >8GB cards and costed only a few $ more than a non-preloaded SD card. Sorry. It would make an awesome gift though, although I'm the oddball in my family/friends in that I don't use an iPoop, so SlotRadio is effectively useless to them.
It really is a good idea overall, good luck!
Also, any word about the quality of the music?
06-18-2009 12:09 AM
I can't tell what the data capacity of the card is, but I'm guessing it's at least a 4GB card, maybe 8GB. The card is partitioned with the majority of the card in a proprietary format. I have not gotten out the Linux tools but Windows can't see the hidden partition.
The quality of the music seems great, the data format is unknown.
Someday when I'm tired of the music I may reformat it and maybe I'll find it was a 32GB
06-19-2009 11:13 AM
It's probably a Hidden FAT32 partition. You can use linux's fdisk to change the partition type without wiping the data, but nevertheless I'd do a full backup of the card using dd and work on the image file instead. Maybe there is DRM? I distinctly remember being told that there wouldn't be DRM and it would be totally open so you could simply copy the music over to your collection if you wanted to.
Openness sells. Closed off stuff makes me regret buying it, and usually involves a trip back to return the item...
06-19-2009 12:46 PM
I believe this is the case with SlotMusic cards, but the SlotRadio cards are a different ball 'o wax. I don't think you can copy these, or for that matter, manipulate them in any way. That's why you can't change the play order of the songs or anything.
06-19-2009 12:50 PM
That seems to be what I recall as well....not that I'm buying either of them.
iPod Touch 5G 32GB, Touch 4G 32GB, Clip Sport 8GB.
Rockbox-> Clip Zip 4GB, iPod Nano 2G 4GB, iPod 5.5G 80GB
2012 Nexus 7 32GB, Asus MeMoPad 8 16+64GB, LG Optimus G Pro, Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 520
06-20-2009 10:34 AM - edited 06-20-2009 10:36 AM
Here are three very different angles on slotradio -
Message Edited by Sansational on 06-20-2009 10:36 AM
06-20-2009 11:09 AM
I just bought a SlotRadio at Radio Shack & I love it! If I want to hear Classical music I can even listen to Public Radio via the FM setting ... However, I would rather be listening to a Classical Billboard chip! It would also be nice to find blank chips I could load with my own MP3s via my Mac. Advice? Info?