hey, i've just recently been looking into mp3 players and decided i want one, i'm looking for a few qualitis:
Basically i want the cheapest one with expandable memory (via flash cards). i was looking at the rio 300 and thinking about buying one off ebay, but if there are any other good cheap ones that fill teh above description i would very much appriciate any input, thanx.
Uses CF cards--NOT Smartass media or MMC cards. (I like this because I have a Canon G2 that uses Compat Flash cards.)
Uses AA batteries Not AAA. (15+ hours)
Has no built in memory so it is cheap. (US $100 to $110)
Can use up to 512MB CF cards and IBM Microdrive (1GB!!!)
Sound quality is on the good side, but is not the best I've heard. (I'm a picky SOB and I'm happy with it.)
I have 256MB card in mine and it takes about 15min to move 4 to 5 CD's worth of music to the player.
When you plug the player into your computer through the USB port the player comes up as a removable hard drive in Windows Explorer. With out any SDMI or what ever you call it you can move MP3's on and off the machine. (Great Feature)