Time for a new MP3 player, any recommendations on players that will correctly sort audiobook files? Anybody using the IPOD Touch?
The players I have used that will sort MP3 audiobooks:
Transend TS4MP840: works great but the screen is too small and hard to read.
Trio V430: Has short battery charge time.
I use a Sansa Clip+.
It does an excellent job with audiobooks playing the tracts/chapters in order but it always messes up on those BBC 5 part 15 minute readings - but the screen and text are big enough to see what is being played. Battery lasts about 15 hours and recharges quickly.
I use an iPod Touch. Works great on audio books, for sorting by title, author, and so on. Easy to read and can scroll all files on big screen. Will also book mark and go back to where you were.You can also create play list not to mention all the video, podcast, and apps available. But as with any player, having the proper id tags in your files is what makes it all come together. I use the free application Mp3Tag http://www.mp3tag.de/en/ Works great and can also add artwork to mp3 fies, batch edit, but best of all it is freeware.
The question might be phrased "What is the cheapest MP3 Player
that will meet my minimal requirements?"
The second time I extracted a $150 Ipod clanking in the clothes dryer, I practically had a funeral for it. Now I consider them expendable and try to get last years model from the clearance rack at the big box store.
I want min 2GB storage, although I picked up a 4GB for $23 last week. They only last six months or so, before I lose it or a woolen sweater administers the fatal static shock on a dry frosty morning.
Yesterday I finished "The Baker Street Letters" dl'd from here, listening to track 1, disk 3; then track 1 disk 4; t2d3, t2d4; etc. After a while, I got used to it and treated it like four parallel plotlines, all converging on the climax, like Catch-22 with very short chapters.
The tracks were in alphabetical order and
poorly alphabetized at that. When I rip a library Modern Scholar set,
it's "d01t01-History_of_Falconry.mp3" all the way (and post the name-set to the big public CD index services).
Use leading zeros when necessary, or lectures 10 and 11 will follow lect 1. It can be a long time before you reach track 9. Don't bother starting with topic or author or series, unless you really like randomized listening. Sometimes it's fun, in a Wm.Burroughs/John Cage/Brian Eno combinatorial way, but usually, its a bloody nuisance.
Anyway, I wind up 'join'-ing the pieces into half-hour chunks in ITunes. The alleged convenience of 5 minute segments is lost on any MP3 player with a fast forward or bookmarks.
Your checklist is much the same as mine was when I needed to get a new MP3 player. I use mine hooked up to two old computer speakers on my bedside table-it reads me to sleep at night. It's that or George Noory. So I tend to pack it with an eclectic assortment of programs; one or two audiobooks, a teaching company lecture series, 3 or 4 IOTs, a couple of the lastest dramas etc. With 4 G of memory there's plenty of room for a wide assortment of audio. And at $40.00 it's pretty good value.
I have taken your advice and ordered one. Thanks again.