May 302007
 

After years of sitting on the sidelines, I’ve taken the plunge and gotten a digital audio player.

iPods don’t interest me. While I appreciate their slick interface, I’m not the least bit interested in iTunes (or other online music services). And the fact that they don’t play Ogg is a deal-breaker for me. I use a Linux desktop (GNOME) and Ogg is easy for me to use, high quality, and completely unencumbered.

The requirement for Ogg narrows the field quite a bit. Narrowing it further, I’m interested in a flash-based device. So for some weeks I’ve been considering the Cowon D2 or the iRiver Clix. But ultimately the iRiver S10 won me over. The multimedia capabilities of the D2 and Clix don’t interest me; and the S10’s form factor is quite attractive.

I received my S10 yesterday. The functionality and quality are top-notch. And Nautilus makes it easy for me to convert selections from my library of FLACs to Oggs on the S10.

I am very happy with it. But here are the few things I don’t like:

  • Unless you’re using a playlist, files play in the order of their FAT entries. I’d have preferred/expected alphanumeric order. The included software includes the facility to reorder the entries (and thus play order) however you like; however…
  • The included software only works on Windows. I realize that providing software that works on Linux is probably expecting too much; but I was expecting a Mac version. This software isn’t absolutely vital; but the FAT entry reordering is very useful and the software is the most convenient means I’ve found of creating playlists. (Though so far I haven’t found myself messing with playlists.)
  • The included software seems not to work at all unless it’s run by a user with Administrator privileges. Lame. Really lame.
  • No case was included; nor does anyone appear to make one. Hopefully that will change. An armband would be especially handy.
  • The “D-click” navigation is a pleasure to use; but it means that the player can’t really be operated while stored somewhere that’s at all a tight fit—like, for instance, pockets in jeans. If there is some way to lock the interface, I haven’t discovered it yet.
 Posted by at 9:59 pm

  2 Responses to “iRiver S10”

  1. the hold funktion is activated by pressing and holding vol+ and vol- at the same time.
    sorry for my poor english.

    do you know any linux solution for converting m3u playlist files to irivers .pla?

    snoer

  2. Aha. Thanks for the tip re: locking.

    Sorry; I haven’t used any playlist conversion software. I haven’t even really used playlists; so far I’ve been satisified with just ordering songs on the device as I prefer.

    Googling a bit, I see some Perl and Python parsers for m3u; and it appears that one Laszlo Pandy has written a Python script to parse pla, which another gentleman claims to have improved upon. So stringing these bits together (or at least the knowledge they comprise), an m3u-to-pla converter should be doable.

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