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Old 03-16-2009, 12:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So it is time for me to purchase a new portable MP3 player and I need help choosing one and I am looking to fellow Subbie owners for their opinion on what to get. The 3 features it must have are as follows:

1) No Apple products!

2) When playing a track and the player is paused/stopped/shutdown it starts the track where it left off from

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3) If using an external power source i.e. the AUX Power socket, the item will pause/stop/shutdown when power is removed.


For example, I have Player X inside my center armrest powered by the AuxPwr Socket and playing track Y through the radio via the Aux Audio Input jack. I turn off the car the player automatically stops playing track Y and then when I turn the car back on the player starts playing track Y where it left off from. Basically I do not to fiddle with the player once I place it in my center armrest.

Can my fellow Subbie lovers give me any leads?

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Old 03-16-2009, 01:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You lost me at no apples.
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You mean there's MP3 players out there besides iPods?
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Old 03-16-2009, 02:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm using the Sony Walkman.

1. Not Apple

2. It has a pause button that will pause and start where you stopped. Also, you have to press pause before you Power Off and when you start back up it will play from the point you powered down.

3. I have no idea about external power. It has a battery charge of 40+ hours so once every week or 2 I plug it in to charge it up.
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jereg,

Thanks for the reply the stopping and resuming of the Sony is what I am looking for but I do not want to press any buttons to get it to pause. I want the thing to stop/pause on its own when it senses no power is being applied to it.

I know that there are players out there that do this because I own one right now. It is an Archos FM Recorder from about 6 years ago with Rockbox (rockbox.org) firmware installed.

I was hoping to find a new player that will do this with the factory installed firmware.


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PS for those of you who are in love with Apple I just do not like Apple dictating that "I WILL USE ITUNES" for your music management. I prefer the freedom of drag and drop or whatever music management I chose to use.
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I did a ton of research last year and ended up having the Creative Zen come out in front for my needs...I didn't end up buying one as I went w/in-dash stereo, but that's one I would recommend checking out.
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So it is time for me to purchase a new portable MP3 player and I need help choosing one and I am looking to fellow Subbie owners for their opinion on what to get. The 3 features it must have are as follows:

1) No Apple products!


The iPods aren't MP3 players, so you're safe there.
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:34 AM   #8 (permalink)
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i have a sony too, bought a sony head unit for my car with the usb port in the face.

i leave the walkman plugged in and it stops when the power ign is turned off and starts from the the same spot when you start it. it also charges the walkman through the usb cable when it's hooked up so ... charge and play while your on your way, pull it out and plug in the headphones when you get there and you have a fully charged player.

no more cd's is the best thing about the whole thing.
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I would highly recommend creative Zens as well. I spent about 3 months looking into MP3 players and Creative won hands down. Just got my brother a creative zen x-fi and my sister a creative zen mozaic.

Good thing about creative is that you don't have to pay over the top ridiculous prices for their accessories like some other brands...*cough...apple...cough* hehe

Yea i aint an apple fan either...i actually have a toshiba gigabeat personally, i like it since it syncs directly with windows media player. But if i was to get another MP3 player again, i would go for creative since their new range is awesome.

Not to sure about the pause feature when you turn the car on and off though, my recommendation is to send an email to creative and ask them directly.

Good luck
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i think everything but the ipod's sync with windows. my sony mentioned something about some software i could put on my computer but, i plugged it in and it just worked, drag and drop and that's about it.

not sure how it works with the aux jack, never used it. i can check it out if you're interested.
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