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Linux-friendly mp3 player

My Sansa Fuze+ died a few weeks ago (maybe a week after putting Rockbox on it...) and it doesn't look like I'll be able to fix it. So I'm starting to look for a new mp3 player. I'm doing my own research, but I also wanted to ask for any recommendations here! I only have a few requirements:
  • Must be easy to manage on Linux (duh)

  • Must have at least 8 gigs, either by itself or with a mini/micro SD card

  • Must do playlists well, as that's mainly how I listen to music (I don't care if I add music or albums to a playlist on the computer or the player itself, as long as it's fairly easy to do)

  • No Apple players

A lower price is a plus, too. I don't care about playing videos, recording, listening to radio, etc. Touch controls are nice but not required. My music collection is just about entirely in mp3 format.


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Jun. 19th, 2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
I use a Sansa Fuze as well.

I can't really help though as mine is working. But I have been considering buying an (inexpensive) Android tablet someday soon...
Jun. 19th, 2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm thinking of getting an Android tablet sometime in the next year or so, too. But that won't work for this - I want to listen to music on my daily commute (walking and the train) and in the car on longer drives. Plus to take to camp - there's no way I'd ever take a reader or a tablet to camp.
Jun. 19th, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
I may be a little out of date, but I've always used Creative mp3 players. They work like thumbdrives. I don't know if they have playlist functionalities (my model is from a decade ago) but I managed that sort of thing by throwing stuff in folders and just playing the folder. Super simple to use.
Jun. 20th, 2013 10:59 am (UTC)
Before my Sansa I had a Creative Zen that was really nice, and played very well with Linux. Good idea, thanks!
Jun. 20th, 2013 06:28 am (UTC)
These days I mostly use my android phone, or my Playstation Vita for music. The Vita won't work for you for various reasons unless you're on Music Unlimited. With Music Unlimited, you can manage your playlists and load music onto it with your web browser. It syncs over wifi. There's a monthly fee though.

Any android device should work. You can get $100 prepaid android phones then just never activate them for phone use. Though, I'm not entirely sure if they all have 8 gigs of ram on them.
Jun. 20th, 2013 09:51 am (UTC)
Seconding this. I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 with a 64gb sd card and and installed the Winamp Pro app (I was willing to get a non-free app because of it's meta-data fixing capabilities). Works just as well as any mp3 player I've had and doesn't seem to affect battery life too much.

If you're mad keen on just an mp3 player, I had a Sansa Clip 8GB which I was very happy with.
Jun. 20th, 2013 10:59 am (UTC)
That's a good idea, thanks!
Jun. 20th, 2013 11:34 am (UTC)
The most linux-friendly MP3 player I've owned is my previous one, a Cowon iAudio7. Those things are made of whatever they made old Nokia phones out of, I swear. Kind of expensive but acts as a USB Flash Drive when plugged in to any PC, high audio quality and can play mp3s, oggs, and flacs. Also had 80+ hours of battery life.
Jun. 21st, 2013 12:36 am (UTC)
The iAudio 7 isn't available anymore, looks like, but the 9 and 10 are. A bit of googling tells me I should probably be able to make playlists work the way I want on Linux (and if not, well, I can always boot over into Windows for a bit).

Nov. 11th, 2016 03:12 pm (UTC)
A lower price is a plus too I don't care about playing videos recording listening to radio etc Touch
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