03-19-2011 08:56 PM - edited 03-19-2011 09:09 PM
**bleep**, still no AA mp3 player that uses a micro sd card? I've been looking for one of these for a long time now.
Pros of AA mp3 player with micro SD slot-
1. AA mp3 player can be taken on trips, camping, travel, etc. If you fly intercontinental you can spend upwards of 30+ hours just in airplanes and airports, and that's before you even get to your destination! No built in battery mp3 player can hang with that but if the mp3 player takes AA's then you can either buy new batteries or bring along spares in your bag.
2. When traveling who knows what voltage the country you're going to uses? Who knows if you need a wall plug adaptor? Who knows if the voltage difference will screw up your mp3 player or if you need some sort of voltage converter? Not me, that's for sure. Like I really want to look up crap like that every time I go on a trip, you know?
3. Battery life in AA mp3 players is great. I'm still using an iriver T10 that lasts and lasts in terms of battery life. It was advertised as getting up to 35 hours of battery life which is substantially longer than other built in battery mp3 players I've looked at.
4. Micro SD slot means you don't have to throw away your mp3 player to upgrade, while at the same time you will probably buy every new micro SD card that comes out to upgrade your player. Perfect for a company like SanDisk that also sells SD cards- you only have to engineer the player one time but you'll make money off it for a long time selling bigger and bigger SD cards.
5. No need to recharge. If the battery dies you don't need to stop listening to whatever you're listening to, you can just pop in a new battery. Also no need to worry about a built in battery going bad. Plus I just don't like recharging stuff. You can recharge 4 AA batteries at a time but it seems like you'd have to constantly be recharging a built in battery mp3 player which sounds like a PITA. Do not want, too much hassle in remembering to take it off the charger, etc.
Specs for the greatest mp3 player known to man-
1. AA battery
2. Micro SD slot
3. Remembers bookmarks
4. FM tuner
5. Low-power screen. The iriver T10 has a fancy LCD screen but it's a waste. I don't look at pictures on it so all it does is suck up battery life. Better to have an OLED screen or something like that.
6. Includes a clip. The iriver T10 has a solid clip that is pretty handy to have because you can clip it to whatever you're wearing. Basically a great mp3 player IMO would be like an iriver T10 with a low power screen in place of the LCD and a micro SD slot or a Sandisk Clip+ that takes AA batteries.
03-20-2011 09:20 AM
Of course, it would be nice ...
In the meanwhile, here is a nifty, inexpensive AA battery charger that you could add to your Clip+ kit. (Note: there are many of these available at eBay; try a search on"AA battery emergency charger" to find the lowest price--well under US$5.)
03-20-2011 09:20 AM
I think you forgot the most important criteria for the perfect mp3 player.
Without it the rest of your list of must-haves is meaningless.
04-04-2011 07:12 AM
My e200's battery met the destiny of those in Sansa's current models. After about 3 years the original 15-20 hour life was down to an hour and a half, so it mostly got used on one or the other power supply. LUCKY, this model has a replaceable battery and for around $7 I got a new one with almost twice the MAH rating of the original (1350 vs 730).
That doesn't meet the full benefits of swappable standard batteries, but at least it takes the player out of the "designed to die" category implied by sealed battery.
04-04-2011 05:54 PM
Just joining the fray even though this thread is a bit stale. I have the very good Sansa M260 (I think that's the number) the 2gb model. It runs on a AAA. Yes, it would be cool if it could run on a AA instead and if it could take a microsd card.
As I say, the m series was a great first step - thanks to Sansa, and consider that the market is waiting for you - if you advertise on tv and radio and attract a segment not currently able or happy with mp3 players.
04-09-2011 02:39 AM
Completely agree with all this, i'm still using my ancient single AA samsung yepp though it's a bit battered and may not last another year. AAs mean that whenever the battery runs flat I can just pop in a new one, a single AA gives me 30-45 hours. extensible capacity and decent durability that's what I need....
05-10-2011 02:18 PM
Everyone seems to be dancing around the main problem here. The NUMBER one reason that you will probably never see an mp3 player that uses AA or even AA or ANY type of externally replaceable battery(s) is - FINANCIAL. The manufacturers need those "built-in" batteries to go belly up, so that they can sell you another player - maybe even their next generation with all kinds of bells and whistles in it. But if you're able to hold on to your player and are happy with what it does - and - you take the responsibility to the power needs of it, how are THEY going to stay in business? (UNLESS - THEY MAKE A RECHARGEABLE BATTERY REPLACEMENT CARTRIDGE FOR YOU (like APC and their UPS devices) - what a concept!!! Of course they'd have to charge (sorry about that) you a lot - parts, shipping,handling,fondling,obsessing, drooling,whatever,etc,etc - in order to maintain a profit margin and stay in business. of course they could always make a player that has a limited "physical" life - IE - after a thousand or so times of pushing this or that button, it craps out - I believe they call that "planned obsolescence". But nobody would do that - right?
05-11-2011 12:10 AM
This thread is still going? Really?
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