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Top 10 Strangest MP3 Players

Hemos posted more than 8 years ago | from the "technology"-applications dept.

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A reader writes: "TechEBlog lists the top 10 strangest MP3 players ever, with pictures. From the article: "CURE-alpha is an MP3 player that supposedly emits alpha waves which calm and rejuvinate the brain. They are transmitted at very low frequencies while listening to MP3/WMA files."

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Web Server (4, Funny)

whiteranger99x (235024) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761299)

Lemme guess, are they running their server on an MP3 player? :P

Coral Cache (1, Informative)

De Lemming (227104) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761341)

Re:Coral Cache (2, Interesting)

dotpavan (829804) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761365)

Coral cache is shifting to port 8080 (instead of the old 8090)

Re:Coral Cache (1)

dotpavan (829804) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761384)

sorry, my wrong, it is using 8080 in "addition" to 8090

from the website: "CoralCDN begins using port 8080, in addition to port 8090!"

Re:Coral Cache (4, Insightful)

De Lemming (227104) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761450)

But they recommend switching: (from the coral-announce mailing list)

CoralCDN now listens on both port 8090 AND 8080. Therefore, you can now access Coral by adding 'nyud.net:8080' to any URL.

We actually recommend that people transition to using port 8080: Many corporate firewalls---that otherwise block port 8090---will actually let requests to port 8080 through, as it's a standard alternative to port 80 for running web servers.

We will still continue to offer service on port 8090 for the near future for backwards compatibility.

Re:Coral Cache (1)

faust13 (535994) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762129)

Good deal. Thanks for the tip. Went right through my corp's firewall.

slashdotted before firstpost (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14761301)

welll what do ya know?

mirror (1)

initnull (512461) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761305)

please mirror !!

Re:mirror (0, Offtopic)

HaydnH (877214) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761466)

use mirrordot! [mirrordot.org]

Re:mirror (1)

RafaelGCPP (922041) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761531)

Er... Looks like mirrordot is also Slashdotted...

Maybe we should use "mirror-mirror-dot"?

Re:mirror (1)

HaydnH (877214) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761694)

Wow, looks like you're right! That makes the ad at the top of the mirrordot pages kinda funny:

"Deru Internet - Bandwidth, Colocation, and Hosting Services
Deru provides all of the bandwidth and colocation for MirrorDot. Deru's network can easily handle all of MirrorDot's mojo, so they can certainly handle your needs too! "

Oh well. (5, Funny)

thelonestranger (915343) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761311)

At least their server lasted longer than the battery in my ipod.

Is Windows Media Player listed? (2, Funny)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761319)

Is Windows Media Player listed?

This little player lets nastiware break into a computer while soothing a user with an mp3...

Re:Is Windows Media Player listed? (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761786)

Not to defend Microsoft, but don't forget to include WinAmp in this category too.

Re:Is Windows Media Player listed? (4, Funny)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761832)

No, I consider WinAmp a trojan kit with an OPTIONAL mp3 player.

Re:Is Windows Media Player listed? (1)

clydemaxwell (935315) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762350)

Ohhhh, I am prepared to receive a thousand n00b comments, but what attack vectors are directed toward winamp? I have seen a few buffer overflow fixes in the past, with the specified fix being: update (which makes me suspicious...there's a large contingent of winamp users who prefer the pre-AOL winamp versions and refuse to update) but I have not ever seen or heard of a computer actually having these 'exploits' compromised. Do I merely have the skewed opinion of a rarely-attacked person, or are such cases as rare as they seem to be?

CDN Mirror (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14761325)

I don't know if it will help with the images: Article mirror [nyud.net]

News Next week: (4, Funny)

Tweekster (949766) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761326)

"the Cure-Alpha mp3 player has been taken off the market due to it causing brain cancer, when interviewed, a spokesperson simply stated, come on who would have thought radiation close to someones brain would cause problems"

Re:News Next week: (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761352)

that's what I was thinking, isnt alpha radiation extremely destructive at close range? And also it basically doesnt have any range since it's so cumbersome and bangs into stuff, unlike gamma. Or is it beta that's the most deadly since alpha is so easily stopped? It it obvious that I've not studied any physics for 5 years? ;)

Re:News Next week: (4, Informative)

Aranth Brainfire (905606) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761437)

Dear God, not alpha radiation, alpha waves.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_waves [wikipedia.org]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpha_particle [wikipedia.org]

(An offtopic summary of the damage potential of alpha particles, as presented by the article: they're stopped very quickly by skin so aren't too dangerous unless you inhale or swallow the source, then you're screwed)

Re:News Next week: (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14761439)

Alpha is the most dangerous but the most easily stopped, gamma is the least dangerous and the least easily stopped and beta is in between. The article was about alpha WAVES though ;)

Re:News Next week: (2, Interesting)

VAXcat (674775) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761814)

Neutrons are far more damaging than alpha particles. Alpha particles are charged, and are thus repelled by the nuclei of normal matter. Neutrons have no charge, and are not repelled by the nucleus - thus, they can enter the nucleus, and transmute normal matter into radioactive isotopes. This activation of normal matter makes neutron radiation the worst. It's like the old physics puzzle says - if you have an alpha source, a beta source, a gamma source, and a neutron source, all of comparable "intensity", and you can throw one away, put one in your pocket, hold one at arms length, and swallow one, what do you do? You throw away the neutron source, to avoid activation, you put the alpha source in your pocket, since it will be stopped by the cloth of your inside pocket, you hold the beta at arm's length, since it has a range of about a foot or so in air, and you swallow the gamma source, since it penetrates so well, you might as well have it inside of you as outside.

Re:News Next week: (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14762359)

David? David Banner? Is that you?

Re:News Next week: (1)

jacoberrol (561252) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762375)

Mmmmm... tasty gamma source.

Re:News Next week: (2, Informative)

timster (32400) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761460)

The player is not emitting alpha radiation; alpha radiation is never called "alpha waves". This is in reference to the brain waves called "alpha waves". An MP3 player could not generate alpha radiation unless it incorporated some radioactive isotope (as smoke detectors do).

Re:News Next week: (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761551)

I was just referring to the parent poster though yes I thought maybe some marketing department had come up with 'alpha waves'

Re:News Next week: (1)

teh Wang (777509) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761692)

"An MP3 player could not generate alpha radiation unless it incorporated some radioactive isotope (as smoke detectors do)." So, uh, how does it emit alpha waves then? Got a nice chunk of ratbrain in it?

Re:News Next week: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14761809)

It induces alpha waves, dosscunt.

Re:News Next week: (1)

timster (32400) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761954)

Because alpha radiation and alpha waves are not similar in any way?

Re:News Next week: (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14761434)

"Alpha waves" not "alpha particles". Presumably, they mean 10 Hz sound intent on stimulating neural alpha waves.

http://skepdic.com/alphawaves.html [skepdic.com]

OBG quote (1)

CaptSisko (56435) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762132)

I for one welcome our new musical overlords!

Re:News Next week: (1)

Conanymous Award (597667) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762551)

No need for lawsuits. But for tinfoil hats!

a modest proposal: (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761334)

Come on submitters, be good cyber-citizens! Coral cache the site before submitting the story, since the editurs are to busy doing important editorial stuff!

Re:a modest proposal: (4, Funny)

grahamsz (150076) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761424)

since the editurs are to busy doing important editorial stuff!

Like checking for dupes

Re:a modest proposal: (5, Insightful)

pryonic (938155) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761903)

Ok, I'll totally agree that people should be using coral cache and other mirrors, but it does not excuse you from using the term 'Cyber-Citizen'

It sounds like something AOL would call their customers, and anyone who uses the term should be shot...

Re:a modest proposal: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14762655)

I think someone has a case of the Mondays.

Rejuvinate the brain... (5, Interesting)

FrontalLobe (897758) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761354)

For those of you who want to get the benefits on the brain by the CURE-alpha model, try out some free software for your PC. Look here [sourceforge.net]

Re:Rejuvinate the brain... (2, Funny)

RiotXIX (230569) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761470)

This is the first time I've ever wanted to read the source code of a program.
Huzzah for open source!

Article text... (kinda usless without pics..) (5, Informative)

B5_geek (638928) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761355)

Mirror:
http://www.techeblog.com.nyud.net:8080/index.php/t ech-gadget/top-10-strangest-mp3-players/ [nyud.net]

Article Text:

MP3 Players come in all shapes and sizes, that's why our editors decided to compile a list of the "Top 10 Strangest MP3 Players" for your enjoyment.
10. Teddy Bear MP3 Player

This makes our list because...well...it's a teddy bear shaped MP3 player! The keys look almost too tiny to press and it only comes with 128MB built-in memory.
9. Clip Type MP3 Player

For the person who easily loses things, this clip type MP3 player is for you. Measuring 25.6 x 53.2 x 22.6mm and weighing just 20g, it can be clipped just about anywhere.
8. $5 Cereal Box MP3 Player

Coming soon to a vending machine near you. These $5 MP3 players are shaped like mini cereal boxes and play all your favorite MP3 and WMA tracks. At this price, don't expect it to hold more than a few songs.

[TechDigest]
7. Magic Mirror MP3 Player

Shenzhen Xindaxin Technology Co. Ltd. claims that the "screen can be used as a mirror". Other perks include, MP3 playback/recording, FM tuner, and synchronized lyrics.

[StrangeNewProducts]
6. Scented MP3 Players

Who wants a rose, lemon, chocolate, blueberry, strawberry, or rasberry scented MP3 player? Check out the iCool by Solid Alliance.

[AkihabaraNews]
5. Brain Wave MP3 Player

CURE-alpha is an MP3 player that supposedly emits alpha waves which calm and rejuvinate the brain. They are transmitted at very low frequencies while listening to MP3/WMA files.

[I4U]
4.Minty MP3

This is actually an MP3 player you can build yourself. Minty claims that half of the parts can be sampled for free, meaning you'll only end up spending around $50 along with countless hours of brain wracking.

[Minty]
3. NES Controller MP3 Player

Martin Kersch of Germany made great use of a boring Saturday afternoon by transforming an ordinary USB Stick and NES Controller into a fully functional battery powered MP3 Player.

[FutureNews]
2. MP3 Toilet

Technically, it's not a stand alone MP3 player, but rather one that works with your toilet. This SD memory based player attaches to the wall above your toilet and includes a special receiver that goes under the toilet seat, how sanitary.

[Akihabara]
1. PEZ MP3 Player

At first glance, it looks like any other PEZ dispenser, but upon furthur inspection, you'll find a 3.5mm stereo mini jack and music keys. It packs an ample 512MB memory and weighs just 0.78 ounces.

Re:Article text... (kinda usless without pics..) (1)

Robotech_Master (14247) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761430)

Putting a link [nyud.net] works better than just pasting a URL that will be munged by Slashcode.

Re:Article text... (kinda usless without pics..) (-1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761510)

5. Brain Wave MP3 Player

CURE-alpha is an MP3 player that supposedly emits alpha waves which calm and rejuvinate the brain. They are transmitted at very low frequencies while listening to MP3/WMA files.


cures brain-dead individuals who are not aware that alpha waves are stopped by less than 1mm of skin. So while the waves are absolutely harmless and definitely cannot reach the brain (which is supposedely located in the skull, or so they say,) those MP3 players are great at helping the rest of the planet to identify the maroons (or morons if you prefer.)

On the other hand it would be funny to hear about a recall on this specific players, because instead of harmless alpha radiation, they are mistakenly producing gamma waves. (actually that would take care of the bafoon problem right there :) What a great company.

Re:Article text... (kinda usless without pics..) (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14761678)

I think that the maroon here is the person who confuses alpha particle radiation with alpha waves.

Re:Article text... (kinda usless without pics..) (2, Funny)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761790)

Can't blame me, my alpha wave pattern has been changed by the work related 2 hour meeting :)

Re:Article text... (kinda usless without pics..) (3, Funny)

Kozz (7764) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761526)

2. MP3 Toilet ... Technically, it's not a stand alone MP3 player, but rather one that works with your toilet.

I guess that'd make it a sit-alone player, hmm?

Re:Article text... (kinda usless without pics..) (1)

tgd (2822) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762978)

You clearly haven't spent enough time on certain websites...

Re:Article text... (kinda usless without pics..) (1)

RemovableBait (885871) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761919)

MirrorDot [mirrordot.com] have most of the pictures on their version of the article [mirrordot.com] , but I can only get text with Coral Cache.

That's one fried server! ;)

What! No breast implants?! (1)

Ironsides (739422) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762229)

I'm surprised they didn't mention the Musical Breast Implants. [ananova.com] These things should be ... interesting, to say the least if they ever come out on hte market.

Bombed (0)

FST (766202) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761368)

WooHoo!!! We managed to bomb the server! Atleast Coral Cache [nyud.net] got the title part of the page!

Re:Bombed (1)

wormnet.org (955561) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761496)

Apparently that's about all they're going to be able to serve up. Man, I hate it when that happens. .

Maybe there should be a new gameshow out. . . instead of Punk'd it could be Slashdot'd.

www.techblog.com says, "Dude, I just got Slashdot'd!"

Yeah, I thought it sounded stupid too.

Re:Bombed (1)

kent_eh (543303) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761799)

Slashdotted, and Farked [fark.com] simultaneously.

No web server can survive the combined trampling of 2 herds of geeks.

Re:Bombed (1)

NotWorkSafe (891638) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762295)

And Dugg [digg.com] as well, it seems.

PEZ player (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14761380)

My girlfriend got one of these for Christmas, and it lasted through one use. The guy who sold it was really nice about accepting returns and was very helpful, but the player sucks. There's no display and you have to learn to interpret its Flashing Light Language (tm) to understand what's going on.

Re:PEZ player (5, Funny)

ABoerma (941672) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761626)

There's no display and you have to learn to interpret its Flashing Light Language (tm) to understand what's going on.
 
  Sounds familiar. [apple.com]

Re:PEZ player (2, Funny)

jandrese (485) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761655)

Well, yeah, of course it breaks if you're throwing it against the wall in frustration at trying to decode the binary language of Pez dispensers.

Re:PEZ player (0, Redundant)

Cylix (55374) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762736)

Sounds like someone needs a protocol droid....

Re:PEZ player (1)

Comatose51 (687974) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761744)

My girlfriend got one of these for Christmas...

That's the bigger news: a Slashdotter with a girlfriend. Of course you posted as AC so there's no way for the council to verify this miracle.

Re:PEZ player (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14762478)

Come to think of it... I've been single ever since I started posting...

Info on the cure-alpha (2, Informative)

javcrapa (594448) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761381)

I found some info with pictures on the cure-alpha http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/portable-media/flas h/curealpha-alsonic-mp3-playercureall-111574.php/ [gizmodo.com] Just watched Kung-Fu Hustle last night so maybe I'm a sucker for weird semi-Eastern cure-all MP3 players that produce magical Alpha waves that will cure you of gout, palsy, the croup, Zanzibar hot-heels, quinine poisoning, and dandruff. This 128MB flash player plays your favorite tunes--or tune, considering the size--and zaps you with powerful waves of energy that are beneficial to humans. Don't believe me? I don't believe me either. But it's nice to dream.

Very low frequency alpha waves (2, Informative)

JustNiz (692889) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761515)

would all get filtered out by the headphones anyway, because their frequency response starts way too high.

Re:Very low frequency alpha waves (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14761769)

i'm not sure, but i think the player itself emits the alpha waves or whatever, i don't think they come thru the earphones...

Re:Very low frequency alpha waves (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14761805)

They probably do it using binaural beats [wikipedia.org] .
This involves putting slightly differing frequencies in each ear
(or maybe they shift the whole music spectrum on ear vs another) by
a small amount. This causes your brain to percieve the "beats" of the
difference between the frequencies.

Alpha waves? (1)

jjustus (932941) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761874)

"Alpha waves" commonly mean electromagnetic brain activity that is produced in a relaxed state. Its frequency in EEG in around 10 Hz. I'm not sure how the player can "emit alpha waves". I don't think a 10 Hz sound produces any relaxation response or alpha waves in humans.

Re:Alpha waves? (2, Informative)

ceoyoyo (59147) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762619)

Electrical activity. Alpha waves are circa 10 Hz patterns recorded by EEGs. Technically there should be some EM at about the same frequency, but if you talk about EM brain activity nuts come out of the woodwork (I don't know WHY they like EM so much... much better to make things up about things we CAN'T measure).

In some cases if you stimulate sensory neurons with certain frequencies they sometimes synch up with that frequency. Strobe lights CAN cause seizures for example. I have doubts 10 Hz pulses played underneath music will do much.

Re:Very low frequency alpha waves (2, Informative)

liquidsin (398151) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761966)

the alpha waves are interpreted in your brain by inputting two different frequencies into the left and right side of the headphone. for example, sending a 300 Hz tone to one ear and a 290 Hz tone to the other will result in your brain perceiving a 10 Hz pulsing tone. read more about it here [wikipedia.org]

A free solution (2, Informative)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761529)

1. Get a free (and Free) solution for Linux and Windows: SBaGen Binaural Wave Generator [sourceforge.net]
2. Encode the generated file to an mp3.
3. Upload it to your mp3 player.
4. Voila! You now too can have this feature on your non-CURE-alpha player.

Disclaimer: I'm not sure if these files are scientifically shown to actually do anything good to your mind besides buzzing a lot? The tool speaks of out-of-body experiences, lucid dreaming, "clear thought", and even more, so this would be like a free software solution of some nifty drug if true, but I kind of doubt it works to 100% for everyone. :-p

Re:A free solution (1)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761542)

Hmm, actually, I just saw it's available for Mac as well, for those of you who use those pretty computers. :-)

Re:A free solution (1)

RalphSleigh (899929) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761757)

So far trying some of the examples that came with that program has given me a headache and little else..

Re:lucid dreaming (1)

TeknoHog (164938) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761959)

The tool speaks of out-of-body experiences, lucid dreaming, "clear thought", and even more, so this would be like a free software solution of some nifty drug if true, but I kind of doubt it works to 100% for everyone. :-p

I don't know about the other examples, but in my opinion there's nothing mystical about lucid dreaming. It's simply the kind of dream where you know you're dreaming. I'm sure some people can point out some mystical ideas related to lucid dreaming, but they are not part of the basic definition.

Re:lucid dreaming (1)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762040)

This is true, but the question is whether these sound waves will induce lucid dreaming, like claimed. :-)

Re:lucid dreaming (2, Informative)

Suddenly_Dead (656421) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762799)

Since lucid dreaming is just a mental thing, if a person is convinced that the binaural waves will induce a lucid dream, they likely will. Psychologists talking patients through lucid dreaming don't use special diets or chakra stimulating or whatever crap like that, they mostly just reinforce in the patients that they can and will lucid dream (through whatever -- hypnosis, mantras, talking to them...).

Billy Bass Mouth (2, Funny)

Ranger (1783) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761545)

I think a Billy Bass Mouth would make a strange MP3 player or any of the dozens of different singing fish, birds, or animals on the market. What about a lava lamp or pet rock mp3 player? Just think of all the sex toy MP3 players you could make. Imagine a dildo playing NIN "Closer". The possibilities are endless.

Re:Billy Bass Mouth (1)

bgivnin (935177) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761628)

"Just think of all the sex toy MP3 players you could make. Imagine a dildo playing NIN "Closer"." This is just screaming to be a sig. :)

Re:Billy Bass Mouth (1)

Ranger (1783) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761669)

This is just screaming to be a sig. :)

It's yours. Run with it! Even more disturbing is a Billy Bass Mouth-like Dildo replete with eyes and a tiny mouth that moves and sings "I want to **blank** you like an animal!"

Singing Dildo (2, Informative)

crina (886458) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761730)

Just think of all the sex toy MP3 players you could make. Imagine a dildo playing NIN "Closer". Strangely enough, someone has already imagined it: http://www.talkingheadvibrators.com/home.php [talkingheadvibrators.com]

Re:Billy Bass Mouth (1)

ohell (821700) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761740)

Your prayers have been answered: http://www.ibuzzusa.com/ [ibuzzusa.com]

George carlin once said ... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14762408)

you neighbor has a vibrator that plays "O come all ye faithful", you want one too.

(In ref to thou shall not envy)

The iPod shuffle (2, Insightful)

babbling (952366) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761566)

I reckon the iPod Shuffle is pretty damn strange. Listen to up to 1 GB of songs, but never know what you're listening to! ... and never be able to skip through songs at a rate of more than 1 per second! ... and skip through them only randomly, or in sequential order, no playlists! ... I've since sold my iPod Shuffle on eBay. (incidentally, for the same price I bought it, with my student discount)

Re:The iPod shuffle (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14761838)

Never owned one have you.

Ipod shuffle = normal unless you flip the "shuffle switch"

and I can whack through songs at 10 per second.

Maybe if you touched one you would know this.

Re:The iPod shuffle (1)

pintomp3 (882811) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762333)

considering the gp said he sold his, i would assume he owned one at some point.

Re:The iPod shuffle (1)

bigdogs (90229) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762338)

Maybe if you touched one you would know this.

Maybe if you had noticed the part where he said he sold his on Ebay you wouldn't have made the above comment....

Re:The iPod shuffle (1)

babbling (952366) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762642)

Read my post. I acknowledged that it has the ability to play songs in sequential order, but THAT IS NOT ENOUGH! It needs to have multiple playlists.

I couldn't get through more than (roughly) one song per second, because the damn thing thought I was trying to skip ahead in the same song if I pressed the button too quickly. ... and yes, I've touched one. I owned one for a few months (the Apple website made it sound like it could have multiple playlists) before selling it on eBay to get a (smaller, but with a screen!) Creative MuVo. The MuVo doesn't have as good sound quality, but I found the iPod Shuffle almost useless.

It can store about 200 - 300 songs, but there is no way to read the name of the current song or skip ahead more than one song at a time! (unless you want to randomly skip through them and hope you get close, but even then, you need to memorise your playlist...)

Re:The iPod shuffle (1)

robertjw (728654) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762222)

Depends on your use. I only use my mp3 player at the gym. I don't want to jack with playlists or skip through a bunch of songs. I want to listen to the songs I've loaded on random and be able to skip to the next one if I'm not in the mood for the current one. It's not like I'm going to put my whole music collection on a 512Mb or 1GB mp3 player. For me a shuffle would be perfect, although the size is still a little smaller than I would like.

Re:The iPod shuffle (1)

argent (18001) | more than 8 years ago | (#14763018)

Listen to up to 1 GB of songs, but never know what you're listening to! ... and never be able to skip through songs at a rate of more than 1 per second! ... and skip through them only randomly, or in sequential order, no playlists!

Yep, that's exactly what I wanted from an MP3 player. It's basically what my previous MP3 player did, before my daughter broke it the third time (managed to resuscitate it the first two)... about 3 years before the shuffle came out. After the iPod Mini came out and Jobs denigrated flash MP3 players I actually called Apple and bent their ears over it. I was so glad that the Shuffle came out a year later.

1GB - more than I had, which is good, but not out of control. that's about 8 hours of music, a decent day's playlist.

Don't know what you're listening to - I don't care, if I don't recognise it I'll catch the name some other time, or won't... if I don't like it I'll skip it.

Slow skip... takes me a few seconds to tell if the song is one I don't like, and the next one is random, so... meh.

No playlists? I choose my playlist for the day, change it once a week or so.

Shuffle is perfect for "background music for my life".

BestVaporware MP3player-Breast Implant MP3 player (3, Informative)

usurper_ii (306966) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761672)

Ok, it isn't real, but I once submitted this as an article and it was rejected. /. could have a blast with this one...like I can't wait to get my hands on one of these!

http://www.engadget.com/2005/10/13/medical-and-mus ical-breast-implants/ [engadget.com]

Usurper_ii

Re:BestVaporware MP3player-Breast Implant MP3 play (1)

NotWorkSafe (891638) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762353)

Come on, like a slashdotter could ever get his hands on breasts...even fake ones!

SLASHDOT! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14761673)

I"m On SLASHDOT!!!!! YEEEeEEEEEEEEeAAAaAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Some of those aren't so strange... (2, Interesting)

PFI_Optix (936301) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761693)

The clip one, for instance, seems quite useful. Clip it onto your backpack strap, no accessories required. Even the Pez player isn't so strange: the form factor is perfect, it's a great useful novelty, and the "where'd you get that?" effect would be awesome.

Minty MP3 player: Not for neophytes (2, Interesting)

jandrese (485) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761719)

wow, the Minty player instructions were so much more than what you normally see for DIY projects on the net. It invovled getting a board custom made (where you get it done is up to you) and soldering chips onto the board by hand. I'd think anybody who is adept enough to do the previous couple of steps probably doesn't need a lot of help in building their own player, other than the helpful list of free components you can get from different companies as samples.

In the end, the guy pretty much admitted that an iPod shuffle would only be marginally more expensive and way easier to get. There is a certain panache with running an MP3 player out of an Altoids tin, but it's definatly a project you do because you find soldering/building fun, not because you want an MP3 player.

Re:Minty MP3 player: Not for neophytes (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14762427)

> In the end, the guy pretty much admitted that an iPod shuffle would only be marginally more expensive and way easier to get.

Mintymp3 was created by a female engineer, ladyada. There's nothing hotter than a woman who knows her way around a soldering iron or a blowtorch.

Re:Minty MP3 player: Not for neophytes (1)

jandrese (485) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762474)

I stand corrected.

The Hallmarks of Crap (4, Insightful)

Cranky Weasel (946893) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761784)

"CURE-alpha is an MP3 player that supposedly emits alpha waves which calm and rejuvinate the brain"

If you want to sell a product that does absolutely nothing - like a great many holistic or naturopathic remedies - without worrying about being called on it, just couch the claims in soft language. "Rejuvenate", "revitalize", "recharge". If you can't measure it, you can't say it's false. For bonus points, refer to "aura" or "essence".

Makes me grumpy. Perhaps I need to take something to improves "wellbeing".

Re:The Hallmarks of Crap (1)

Dev_Nell (582288) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761820)

No doubt the CURE-alpha's special calming, rejuvenating alpha waves are specifically designed to calm and rejuvanate that part of your brain that says, "Wait a minute, I paid money for this bullshit?"

Re:The Hallmarks of Crap (1)

AeroIllini (726211) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762762)

Makes me grumpy. Perhaps I need to take something to improves "wellbeing".

Nope. I think you just need to design a product that "replenishes the user's natural essence by rejuvinating the energy of the conscious mind and realigning the aura of the subconsious mind in concert with the natural harmonies of the universe" and sell them for 3 easy payments of $19.95 each. Maybe a suit coat with magnets in the lapels or something. (Not that one, though; I just patented it.)

I'm sure your big piles of cash will help you feel less grumpy.

Slashdugg! (1)

chrisbro (207935) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761788)

This link got posted to both /. and digg within 30 minutes of each other. That server has no chance in hell of surviving.

Slashduggfarked! (1)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761951)

Fark too.

We'll be able to use maps.google.com/infrared to see the server from space.

mmmmm, alpha waves (-1, Flamebait)

dilvish_the_damned (167205) | more than 8 years ago | (#14761869)

emits alpha waves which calm and rejuvinate the brain.
Is this in anyway similar to the cancer causing radiation feature found in cell phones?

More useful (0, Redundant)

chinton (151403) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762070)

A high capacity webserver in an MP3 form factor...

A funny thought (0, Flamebait)

Gottjager (17214) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762194)

You know, more and more I keep catching myself thinking that slashdot could save bandwidth and time by simply having the homepage redirect to the second or third page of Digg.

MP3 toilet (5, Informative)

splatterboy (815820) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762280)

The MP3 toilet doesn't actually exist - it was an april fools joke played on employees at TOTO - the Japanese company that makes bidet style washing seats and thrones. I guess the link or pics got out into the wild or somebody decided this was a good idea... There are worse uses for mp3 technology.
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