View Full Version : Please recommend mp3 player

May 23rd, 2012, 08:25 PM
Please recommend an mp3 that is very affordable and holds a lot and plugs into USB and works easily with Ubuntu where I can just drop mp3 files onto it and the are in the device.

May 23rd, 2012, 08:27 PM
what space amount are you looking for?
as in how many gigs?

May 23rd, 2012, 08:42 PM
http://www.archos.com/Are know for Linux compatability

May 23rd, 2012, 08:47 PM
so is sansa too, I swear by my sansa clip

cornelis spronk
May 23rd, 2012, 08:58 PM
I have a Sansa Clip+. Works great with Ubuntu.

Best bang for your buck.

I use flac (free lossless audio compression) files for my music.

The sound quality is extremely good.

I really like they way it handles radio podcasts, especially the way it shuts down at the end of a podcast after I fall asleep.

May 24th, 2012, 12:38 AM
Cowon or gtfo!
All of their players work great with linux, they have open source software for their devices and they have some of the best players I've ever used, I'm currently using the Cowon J3.

May 24th, 2012, 03:18 AM
Sansa Clip+ also works fine for me.
Used it at work in a dusty environment every day for the last couple of years to
listen to podcasts.
Just plugin via usb every couple of nights to recharge and sync via gpodder.
The headphones have good sound but I replaced them with the earhook type
as they're more comfortable to wear.

May 24th, 2012, 04:07 AM
Another vote for the Sansa Clip+. Inexpensive, good sound quality, expandable memory; plug it in and Ubuntu recognizes it as a removable drive.

May 24th, 2012, 04:22 AM
You could just use your phone; i've a Huawei that just comes up as a removable drive when you plug it in via USB which you can just drag and drop mp3's to. My super-old Blackberry Pearl 8100 was the same.

Saves having a whole other device to worry about charging, remembering to take with you etc.

Just a suggestion anyway. My Dad asked me what sort of mp3 player he should get, and i suggested the Blackberry Storm he already has. He now Bluetooths it with Bluetooth headphones and his Bluetooth car stereo.

May 24th, 2012, 04:38 AM

May 24th, 2012, 08:44 AM
Sansa clip+ and an sd card for a small, excellent and inexpensive player that runs rockbox and is friendly to Linux. Sansa fuze if you want a few more features.

If you wanna go pure audiophile, fork out for a cowon.

I have both a high-end DAP and a Sansa+. The latter sees more use honestly.

May 24th, 2012, 10:21 AM
I just use my Android based phone + an 8GB MicroSD card. If that's not an option, I always found iRiver players like the Clix2 (old, but it's a good example I guess) nice and they are usually cheap.

May 24th, 2012, 02:14 PM
Thread moved to Recurring Discussions.

Another vote for the sansa clip+ here :)

May 24th, 2012, 06:57 PM
Sansa clip+ = funny battery, funny battery = bad.

The best? Use something with a standard aaa battery, such as:


Nothing beats this classic design. Mine is working since Dec 2005, using it 3~4 times weekly 2 hours each day. You can control it without seeing it because the controls are easy to distinguish to the touch; you can replace the battery instantly with any regular aaa or use a pair of rechargeables; you don't even have to carry a cable to plug it, all you need is to get decent earphones elsewhere. Heh, they now come with 8g for 14$.., mine is the 1g version.

Looks like a regular usb stick for the OS, just copy songs into a folder, done. Includes fm radio, voice recorder and text file/lyric viewer.

This device can come with many names but is informally known as "S1 MP3 player (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S1_MP3_player)", it's design (thankfully) predates iPods, it can display chinese/japanese too.