If you are looking for a small MP3 player
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I have a suggested product for anyone looking for a smaller MP3 player with good (not great...it is MP3) sonics: The I-Jam IJ-50 MP3 player.

I know...MP3's are not the greatest in terms of sonics. However, I use mine when I work out...it gives me something to concentrate on besides how much I'm hurting at any given moment. So it's not my home stereo...so shoot me.


It's not much bigger than a box of matches, and uses CompactFlash memory chips. It turned out that I had a digital camera that used them, so I ordered one from eBay for $25.

So far, I've been very pleased with the results. The sound quality I'm getting from something so small is impressive. A 64mb card holds about 90 minutes of music at 96k, which is actually listenable on this player. I like the flexibility of the CompactFlash, as I can change cards in the middle of a workout if I feel like listening to something else. Also, I can't argue with the cost...although I already had some CompactFlash cards and a card reader/writer, which made it cheaper for me to acquire. It's light enough that I can carry it in the front pocket of my shorts while I'm on the treadmill and I don't even notice that it's there.

The bad news: it EATS batteries. I'm getting 10-15 hours out of a pair of AAA's...sometimes even less. I'm thinking that it must have a better op-amp, which would explain the sound quality and the low battery life. However, I really don't care about that, as it frees me from my old walkman.

If anyone out there is looking for something similar, I recommend checking it out.



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