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post #106 of 477
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The thing I don't like about the Sony mp3 walkman series is that you can't skip through a file quickly. I'd like to be able to skip through a mp3 audiobook but it goes so slow that it's not worth the purchase.
Sorry for replying to an old post but just wanted to mention that I too found the slow fast-forward speed really annoying on my A816 (which I otherwise love) until I discovered a little trick. Seems the FF speed is quite slow when in play mode (approx 10 times normal), but if you first *pause* the player then press FF the FF speed is much faster (approx 80 times normal). Much better for those of us who listen to audiobooks or podcasts.
post #107 of 477
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Originally Posted by f10r@n0 View Post
Sorry for replying to an old post but just wanted to mention that I too found the slow fast-forward speed really annoying on my A816 (which I otherwise love) until I discovered a little trick. Seems the FF speed is quite slow when in play mode (approx 10 times normal), but if you first *pause* the player then press FF the FF speed is much faster (approx 80 times normal). Much better for those of us who listen to audiobooks or podcasts.
Nice, thanks..I was frustrated with the slow speed as well
post #108 of 477
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Originally Posted by f10r@n0 View Post
Sorry for replying to an old post but just wanted to mention that I too found the slow fast-forward speed really annoying on my A816 (which I otherwise love) until I discovered a little trick. Seems the FF speed is quite slow when in play mode (approx 10 times normal), but if you first *pause* the player then press FF the FF speed is much faster (approx 80 times normal). Much better for those of us who listen to audiobooks or podcasts.
I really wish Sony and other mp3 makers support podcasts fully. It's one thing that i like about my ipod.
post #109 of 477
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Originally Posted by umgoblue2008 View Post
I really wish Sony and other mp3 makers support podcasts fully. It's one thing that i like about my ipod.
Most pod casts I download are just MP3's. Am I missing something? Are there bookmarks or something?
post #110 of 477
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Originally Posted by f10r@n0 View Post
Sorry for replying to an old post but just wanted to mention that I too found the slow fast-forward speed really annoying on my A816 (which I otherwise love) until I discovered a little trick. Seems the FF speed is quite slow when in play mode (approx 10 times normal), but if you first *pause* the player then press FF the FF speed is much faster (approx 80 times normal). Much better for those of us who listen to audiobooks or podcasts.
Does it still give you the Audio preview?
post #111 of 477
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Originally Posted by Sparky191 View Post
Does it still give you the Audio preview?
No, the audio preview only works at the "standard" FF speed.
post #112 of 477
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Originally Posted by Sparky191 View Post
Most pod casts I download are just MP3's. Am I missing something? Are there bookmarks or something?
As in a dedicated button for it, so i don't have to keep making playlists for specific podcasts. It would be nice to separate podcasts from music playlists. Its a nitpick really.

This is because i've been used to using ipods/itunes, and now that i use the sansa clip, i have to use a podcast client and make playlists. It would be nice if it were as easy.

(sold my touch b/c of the price drop, and to get the sony a729 when it releases)
post #113 of 477
I don't really follow. I tag podcasts with a "Podcast" genre, I don't use playlists. Whats a podcast client?
post #114 of 477
Just sold off my A816 to get the A818, now I may hold off for the new A8xx models....

What am I going to do with the clear case I just bought from Sony.
post #115 of 477
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Originally Posted by Sparky191 View Post
I don't really follow. I tag podcasts with a "Podcast" genre, I don't use playlists. Whats a podcast client?
With itunes/ipod, you just open up itunes, and it will check updates for the podcasts channels you are subscribed to. Then you connect your ipod, then it automatically syncs new podcasts. So there's basically no work to it. Because i use WMP11 with my sansa clip, and WMP doesn't download podcasts, i have to download another podcast client to download podcasts (I use iPodder), which makes separate playlists based on different podcasts, which then is transferred to my sansa clip. Complicated, kinda.

Juice, the cross-platform podcast receiver.
post #116 of 477
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Originally Posted by Sparky191 View Post
I don't really follow. I tag podcasts with a "Podcast" genre, I don't use playlists. Whats a podcast client?
I think what umgoblue2008 is referring to is the way iTunes handles podcasts. Within iTunes, podcasts are a completely separate category from music files. Further, iTunes allows easy searching of podcasts and once found, they can be subscribed to so that future episodes of that podcast are automatically downloaded for you ready to be synced to the iPod. The iPod itself has its own dedicated podcast menu option so they are distinct from regular music files. It's just a nice clean elegant approach to podcasts.

Contrast that with most mp3 players (including the Sony) where podcasts are treated just like any other mp3 music file so other than the fact that you can create a folder for your podcasts (or add the podcast genre to the mp3) they really are just lumped in with all other mp3's.

Furthermore, since these players are usually drag and drop, there is no special software that will go out and grab new podcast episodes for you. Thus you either use a podcast client to do that (like Juice, for example) or you manually download episodes from a website like podcast.com. For anyone who listens to a lot of podcasts, it's a lot more work than the iTunes approach.
post #117 of 477
Ah I see now. Thanks for explaining.
post #118 of 477
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Originally Posted by f10r@n0 View Post
I think what umgoblue2008 is referring to is the way iTunes handles podcasts. Within iTunes, podcasts are a completely separate category from music files. Further, iTunes allows easy searching of podcasts and once found, they can be subscribed to so that future episodes of that podcast are automatically downloaded for you ready to be synced to the iPod. The iPod itself has its own dedicated podcast menu option so they are distinct from regular music files. It's just a nice clean elegant approach to podcasts.

Contrast that with most mp3 players (including the Sony) where podcasts are treated just like any other mp3 music file so other than the fact that you can create a folder for your podcasts (or add the podcast genre to the mp3) they really are just lumped in with all other mp3's.

Furthermore, since these players are usually drag and drop, there is no special software that will go out and grab new podcast episodes for you. Thus you either use a podcast client to do that (like Juice, for example) or you manually download episodes from a website like podcast.com. For anyone who listens to a lot of podcasts, it's a lot more work than the iTunes approach.
Thank you. You explained it way better!

Oh and i believe Zune/Zune Media Player has dedicated podcasting support as well.
post #119 of 477
Sony NWZ-A826

review, if anyone is interested.
post #120 of 477
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Originally Posted by umgoblue2008 View Post
Thank you. You explained it way better!

Oh and i believe Zune/Zune Media Player has dedicated podcasting support as well.
I have a Zune80 as well as the Sony and yes, Zune does indeed have dedicated support for podcasts.
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