Arrgh! Those following me know I will run the Pittsburgh Marathon in a few weeks. Like all 21st Century runners, I use an mp3 player, the iRiver Clix. Lately, I even began to take my Blackberry on long runs, and found myself snapping pictures and videos. Heck, I even plan to Plurk from the marathon. Not sure if that’s ever been done before…
Anyway, I LOVE my iRiver Clix. After my original iPod, yes, I admit it, died two years ago, I spent a long time looking for the right player. I wanted something that would play many formats, including the open format .ogg. I wanted something I could load and sync with Amarok or some similar open source application, Banshee also comes to mind. I looked far and wide, and finally found the iRiver Clix. It did not meet all of my requirements, I still needed *gasp* Windows to download videos to it, but I could use Amarok to keep my playlists.
As I prepared for my long run last week through Umstead State Park, I prepped the player. I tried a song, and it hung…didn’t go through and play. I reset it, and tried again…nothing. I formatted it. Looked online to find out how to complete a hard reset. Opened it and reseated the plugs. Then it would not even work at all. Argh!! So I used the wife’s iPod Touch for the run. Yuck!
That now has me prepared for my 26 mile practice run tomorrow. I am going to try the iRiver e100 I also possess. While it works for many things, I never used it for running. I did practice once this week on a short run, and it worked alright. The big downfall is its inability (so far!) to work with Amarok or anything else on the Ubuntu side. I can use it as a HDD, but can’t get playlists to work. So I used my Vostro with Windows 7. You will probably see me over the next couple posts try to figure out the e100. Anyone who has–please let me know!
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