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Subject: Newbie Alert
From: Steve Matzura (number6_at_speakeasy.net)
Date: 2004-06-11


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I'm brand-new to all of this, as I just discovered the existence of
RB three days ago, and I, like Rinty, am also totally blind and have
lots o' questions.

Firstly, I do not yet own an Archos player or recorder. I bought the
Brand-I (I=Iriver) player last December and do like it a lot,
although the accessibility problems it presents are pretty
monumental, and that's my first quetion. Are the RB's project
developers going to do anything about developing RB for other players
and platforms? I've seen folks ask for WMA and Ogg Vorbis DSP
playback capability, and the Iriver has both of these, so it seems
that a replacement firmware and version of RB for that machine might
be something to work on at some point.

My other more general Archos question is, I've been looking at ads on
web pages for these players and player/recorders, and absolutely
nowhere can I find the nomenclature "Studio," "5000," "6000," "FM,"
"recorder," or "recorder V2" in any advertisement for the thing. If
I were to tot down to a store and ask for one, how would I know what
I was getting?

And what of the new big versions with 40-gig drives and MP4
capabilities? Are the RB developers thinking about firmware
replacements for these boxes as well? This one I'm not so concerned
with, more curious as to the direction the RB developers are taking,
that's all. I really want to know about choosing the correct player
model when purchasing.

Thanks in advance.

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