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Subject: RE: FW: RipDrive MP3 player

RE: FW: RipDrive MP3 player

From: TP Diffenbach <>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2003 14:40:56 -0500

But is the manufacturer really the same? There seems to be an indication
that the RipDrive is a rebranded Xclef:

I can't find anything on the xclef site that looks like any of pogoproduct's
various RipFlash players.

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From: []On
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Sent: Friday, December 19, 2003 1:44 PM
Subject: RE: FW: RipDrive MP3 player

FWIW, I have owned a Pogo RipFlash solid state recorder/player for about 6
months and am satisfied with the firmware quality and the hardware
ruggedness. I like the consistent 10+ hours of battery life (2 * AAA).
Also, unlike Archos, they have put out a firmware upgrade since I have
owned it.

I use it in field recording applications, and I take it on trips when the
Archos JBR is too much. Apart from the limited storage capacity (256 MB),
it is a reasonable device.

Just one thing, though. The USB file transfer on the Ripflash is managed
by their PC application, and will not allow uploading a previously
downloaded file. The Rip**drive** docs seem to indicate that it functions
like an extra disk drive when in USB mode as the Archos does, but I would
want to confirm this.

> But when companies ask me for $300, it often scares me that their hardware
> may be unusable because of crap software. If it hadn't been for Rockbox,
> I'd
> likely have returned my Archos.
> Which brings up another point: maybe I should have returned it anyway,
> given
> that hardware problems have rendered it an inoperable $550 paper-weight.
> The
> RipDrive/X-clef looks nice (and will look even nicer with a 60GB drive),
> but
> I don't want another Archos-level quality control nightmare. Of course,
> the
> question is, who bells the cat by buying one and knocking it around a bit?
Received on 2003-12-19

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