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Phantom menace alert -- iPods play every common format except Windows Media.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Steven C. Barr(x)" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, April 22, 2007 8:22 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] MP3 player for public


> ----- Original Message ----- 
> 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
>> player.
>>
>> 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
> jarring.
>>
> 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
>