By Jon Newton 1/17/05
What??!!! You dont want to pay $150 for one of Apples cheap iPod music players with no display?
Thats just plain un-American.
Anyway - you dont have to. You can have a tiny portable in a much tastier box for around $50 - $25 for parts, and $25 for a PCB.
The Minty MP3 Player
It'll play mp3s, no problem, AND - you get, Fresh breath and fresh design in one.
You have to build this iPod challenger yourself. But thats cool too. Heh
Works with your favorite compact flash card, currently in trashy-revision v.1 mode, says the web.media.mit post.
Amaze your friends! Upload files via stunningly slow 115kb/s. Or cannibalize the code for FAT16 handling (create/delete/read files)
Unlike some other mp3 players, this one comes with a 3.3v boost regulator (for running off of 1 or 2 alkaline or rechargable batteries) and an FM transmitter, for when you're on that road trip to Canada and you forgot your #@&*ing tape-adapter dongle thingy. Also, a really cool volume control button.
Can you resist?
Details on the web.media.mit download site here.
Jon Newton is the editor of p2pnet.net and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.
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