Originally Posted by egoss
When you reach a buying decision, please let me know. I could use some buying guidance. I have never owned an iPod or any portable music player because MP3s curdle my senses, but I would be interested in hearing a portable player that handles FLAC files.
I share your allergy to all flavors of MP3 For some years, I have been using an iPod with files exclusively encoded to Apple Lossles. I checked Z's suggested software for adding FLAC to iPod-supported formats, but it does not work on my iPod Classic.
So I found an interesting alternative: the Archo 5 tablet, which supports FLAC and does much more than an iPod:
- It is a full-fledged touch-screen Internet tablet, meaning that it handles the Rondo interface for the Opus;
- It has a uPnP/DLNA client, meaning that you can stream the contents of your Opus to the device for headphone listening or, more interestingly, use the Archos in an accessory dock with analog and DIGITAL outputs to feed a secondary audio system in another room (no need for a Melody);
- The Digital out also works, of course, for material stored on the Archos itself, whereas there is no way of getting digital out of an iPod short of spending close to $400 on a dock made by Wadia;
- it can be configured as a USB hard drive (for copying playlists from the Opus) and, with the accessory dock, can interact with other portable media players and USB devices;
- In addition, it is a grat video/photo player, and can be used as a programmable video recorder. it also works as an e-mail client and has Rhapsody web radio;
The downside: with its 4"8 display and hard rives ranging from 60 to 250 GB, the Archos is not exactly tiny.