Originally Posted by Marlene
I´ll ignore for a moment that I might not be a 'regular' user. But maybe you´d understand issues others would have better if you´d transfer your interface related feelings to another subject, sound perhaps. To me, sound is as important as the interface is to you. Maybe this helps you understanding why I very much would like to have this crap / crazy features nobody else seems to need (which doesn´t seem to be the case).
I don´t know if someone asked you this before - if so, sorry - but how do you store your music on the X3? Do you put them in a folder or do you have thousands of files in the root directory? What are the formats you´re playing? I´m asking because I mix aac & mp3 with flac (not within the same folder but from album to album) and I don´t have any problems with that. I´ve tried some 200 albums or more and everything has been found without problems so far. So either you´re exaggerating, some files of yours are encoded wrongly or you did something else you don´t know about. Or maybe it really is the FiiO. Instead of getting mad at me, please read those two sentences again - I don´t know what your actual problem is, so I´m just guessing. And I don´t like it. I don´t have enough information. It´d be more helpful if you´d describe these problems, what files you use, how they were encoded, if they´re tagged etc. etc.
And really... did you honestly expect Apple quality when it comes to convenience, interface design, maturity, etc.? You wanna be a computer engineer, you should know how horribly difficult it is to program one tiny piece of convenient, easy-to-use, bug free software. Do you know how many years it took Apple to design their first iPod? And how horrible their interface looked back then? Including iTunes? Back then it was state of the art but today you´d laugh at the dated design and inconvinient handling. Apple is a company only one year younger than Microsoft, don´t you think that 37 years of coding and engineering experience is something a bit different to a company like FiiO which is 5 years old?
Lot of information, i'll try to address it and let me know if i missed anything.
For one thing, its not that I dont care that MP3 decode issues are present. For sure I do care, and considering the Fiio is technically capped at 64gb, take a user with a HUGE library, convert all their flac to 320kbps mp3, transfer to a 64 gig card. VERY likely scenario. Now in this case, if that user has nothing but mp3 (again, very likely scenario, esp. if user only uses internal 8gb) then you suddenly have very poor audio quality for every file on the X3. unacceptable. This makes mp3 decode a high priority item, IMO.
The way i store music is like this: Root/Artist/Album/Track.FLAC. Almost everything on my player is flac, but there are some albums where the artist only released VBR mp3, and I havent listened to it much. Also, im not mad at you in the slightest, and I dont know where you're getting that from. Theres no hard feelings here. Actually I find it quite impressive that you figured this out, and when I have more time I'm definitely going to go back and read up on this to see how this was found out and how it will be remedied. VERY nice work.
All of my files are tagged "correctly", i use the windows 7 x64 program "mp3tag". the tag type is id3 for most of them, i think version 2, but some have the tag type shwing up as "flac". This specific type of tag sometimes gives problems in some software like Musicbee and gives problems with the X3. It doesnt give problems in Winamp though, which I found odd. I uninstalled Musicbee, put music into Winamp, closed everything, saved all tags without changing anything, and X3 managed to read things correctly. Dont know what happened though. I think maybe Musicbee was the culprit and was saving tags incorrectly.
I dont expect apple quality. However, what I do expect, given the way the thread is going, is that when a problem is identified (especially from within the first pages of the thread), that the problem will be remedied. Instead, month after month, we are told "we cant fix it". There is no real explanation of why. The closest explanation is "it is too hard to explain why because of language barrier". I figured that with Fiio's new english/chinese guy, he might be able to make some sense of what the problem was. I also figured that maybe we can have some update on if the X5 firmware ported to X3 is happening or if that is still just speculation.
My concern is that these 2 glaring problems have been there since day 1 and fiio has corrected many things but not that. Seemingly it is simple, it is a linked list type thing. Admittedly difficult to do linked lists in a tiny embedded environment, but Fiio wouldnt have hired programmers that dont know what they're doing. I dont see what is so difficult about adding the menu options, and about changing a simple sorting method.
All im really asking for is either to have that changed, or an explanation of why the change cant be implemented.
And while the ipod interface looked bad when it first came out, its not like Fiio hasnt had multiple generations of products from multiple vendors (including apple and sansa clip, who has the same number of buttons as the X3) to figure out how to properly lay out an interface. I would think its common sense to do some market research and see what other interfaces are like before you design your own.