[clug] Portable Audio Players

Robert Edwards Robert.Edwards at anu.edu.au
Mon Aug 8 05:21:43 GMT 2005

Paul Wayper wrote:
>>It MUST have support for OGG Vorbis files and preferably
>>FLAC as well. I would like a 20G or larger HD. An inbuilt
>>FM transmitter (to send the music to the car radio) would
>>be a big plus. Linux support and/or firmware on the device
>>would be nice, but not absolutely necessary. I'd like to
>>keep the price under $500(AU) if I can.
> The device you want is a Rio Karma.  It's a 40GB player
> that's smaller to hold than an iPod, features a very useful
> 'stop' button, and supports OGG, FLAC, WMA, AAC, MP3 and
> uncompressed WAV.  It uses a Java client to run under Linux
> and MacOS, as well as a Windows application.  You can use
> 100baseT or USB2, but only the former for Linux.  I bought
> mine through eBay from a guy in Sydney for approximately
> $300 - while this is a little expensive it is no better than
> trying to import a Karma from the states and far cheaper
> than an iPod.
> It doesn't have an internal FM transmitter, but you can pick
> up a Belkin Tunecast II for $45.
I don't think you'll find any Personal Audio player with a
built-in FM transmitter (but correct me if I am wrong).

Isn't there a project that installs Linux on an iPod, so then
you should be able to play OGG and FLAC, with the appropriate
codecs installed.


Bob Edwards.

> HTH,
> Paul

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