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Subject: Re: FM Recorder status web page
From: Jason Hamilton (jason_at_superlink.net)
At 02:49 PM 2/4/2003, you wrote:
>The FM has a Lion battery, which apparently can be changed; apparently
>it's also a non-standard Lion battery, and I'm not about to try slipping
>it out to admire it.
I saw a screenshot of an archos that had a battery pack that was removed from
the top of the unit. I'm not sure if it was the FM recorder or the MM version.
That's what got me interested -- if it can be removed, it's already one step
closer to being able to be replaced.
>I get about 6 hours continuous play. While I use the recharger, I find I
>don't use it that often, as it keeps a decent charge just from being
>plugged into the USB, which I generally do nightly. Nevertheless, I carry
>the recharger with me. ;-)
6 hours isn't very long. Does the FM recorder have 2 megs of memory too,
like the recorder 20? This is my major beef with the unit. Everything else
has 16-32 megs. Repeated disk access sucks :(
>The FM is physically smaller and lighter than the Recorder, basically
>because it doesn't have those bulging battery packs. To me, this justifies
I don't mind the weight so much -- the form factor of the recorder 20, the
zen, or even
the ipod, is so similar that none of them will do much else than go into my
I have the iriver 190TC which hangs from my neck. Only in that type of form
does it change the situation IMO.
>The FM radio doesn't get the greatest reception, but it is a radio and it
I don't really care about FM. Does the FM have any improvements sound
over the older recorder 20?
I do have to admit the Zen and iriver 190 have great sound. The recorder 20
sound, but doesn't seem to be as impressive. Still, the Zen had hardware
the recorder 20 I picked up didn't....
I also LOVE the fact that the archos doesn't use proprietary software to
To me that is a Major drawback of any unit. I also like how I can scandisk
the unit as if it were a normal internal HD. I couldn't with the Zen. The
was being able to replace the batts with standard AA. I am now using 1850's
recorder 20, and it looks to be able to go 10-11 hours on a charge.
>The FM firmware is somewhat lacking (very lacking compared to Rockbox). No
>matter what I do, I can't (contra the FM manual) get it to display the
>time, /except/ when it's plugged into the USB (at which point I have no
>need for it, as I have clocks on my PC screen).
I have a watch -- so the time doesn't matter :)
>You want radio and a slightly smaller form factor? Willing to wait for
>good firmware? Get the FM.
I can bring back my recorder still, so I'm still contemplating my options.
>But if I /had/ a recorder, I'd wait for Rockbox to target the FM, and I'd
>wait for Archos to put out an FM with a larger harddrive too. (Never
>thought I'd use 15.9 GB for mp3s, and all of them legally acquired too;
>now that I have, I see the need for even more space, on the order of 60 GB.)
heh. I have about 4 gigs space used right now. I don't expect to run out
for a little while.
It's quite a change to bring along ALL my music, instead of just 30 songs.
I find the unit to
be more in the way than the iriver though :(
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