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Subject: RE: FW: RipDrive MP3 player

RE: FW: RipDrive MP3 player

From: <>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2003 15:04:41 -0500 (EST)

I don't **know** for a fact who manufactures the unit I have either. I am
just giving you an indication of the quality of product that Pogo markets
-- FWIW.

> 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.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: []On
> Behalf Of
> Sent: Friday, December 19, 2003 1:44 PM
> To:
> 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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