Sunday, January 08, 2006


She bought me a hard drive based Mp3 player. A Creative Zen Mini. With all the extras in a kit but the darn thing would not work. The touch pad was hooped. So I took it back to get a different one and guess what. None left! Well after much searching I found an iRiver H10 and brought it home. My search was narrowed by my desire to find a player that worked with Napster To Go the only music service in Canada that allows you to download unlimited tracks to you computer and or your digital music player. You rent the music, as long a s you pay 14.95 per month you can download as much as you want. I thought this would be a good way to "try before you buy". Well the first iRiver was a dud too. Took it back and tried again. Third times a charm as this one works well. It took a firmware update to get the best out of it but I must say it sounds great with my sennhieser headphones. Battery life is ok. I have learned that to get max battery life you need to play non-drm mp3's. Any other format consumes more power, up to 25% more. To bad Napster is WMA. Oh well you can't have it all. We shall see how the whole thing works out but I have reservations about Napsters customer service I was on the phone 3 times and have still not spoken to anyone. The last time I was disconnected after 30 minutes on hold. I will keep you posted.

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