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From: "Tom Fine" <[log in to unmask]>
> Well, there is a reason the iPod is far and away the best selling digital
music player -- ease of
> use and user-friendly interface. You'd be hard pressed to find a better
interface, although someone
> probably makes a specialized player of some sort for institutional purposes.
I've seen specialized
> CD players in museums -- the covers are locked and they are ruggedized and
offer only play and stop
> buttons, covered in rubber so slimy little fingers can't break them. Someone
must make a similar MP3
> Another idea -- seek out an Apple refurb or recycling place in Europe. You
might find a load of iPod
> Mini or even an early Nano for very cheap. A Nano might be your ideal choice
because it's got
> solid-state memory, not a hard drive, and will thus last longer under constant
The problem with genuine Apple iPods is that they use a proprietary sound-file
format. I don't kmow if they can convert other more common formats (i.e.
CD, .wav, .mp3, usw.)...but I do know that material intended for the iPod
can't be played by anything else (there may be Apple-built exceptions...?)
One can also buy "MP3 players," which act much the same as iPods but use
more accessible file format...
Steven C. Barr