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Q: Alternative to ipod mini ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Alternative to ipod mini
Category: Computers > Hardware
Asked by: kaale-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 07 Apr 2004 12:51 PDT
Expires: 07 May 2004 12:51 PDT
Question ID: 326746
Other than the ipod mini what other devices offer large capicity
storage and are powered via a usb 2 connection?

Request for Question Clarification by googleexpert-ga on 07 Apr 2004 21:42 PDT
Hi kaale,
I'm assuming the 4GB that the iPod Mini holds is considered large, but
I just  wanted to
know what you consider large capacity.
Also, is a Cost a factor in finding iPod alternatives?


Clarification of Question by kaale-ga on 12 Apr 2004 10:45 PDT
4 GB is as small as I'd really like to be looking in to.  More than 20
is excessive for my needs.  Price wise I'd assume that apple's mini
would be about expensive as it gets, but if you have other, maybe
higher quality suggestions please do post them.

Clarification of Question by kaale-ga on 12 Apr 2004 10:51 PDT
sorry that took so long getting back to you.  Also I don't expect a
lot for my $2, just a few product recommendations.  I've just found it
a waste of my time to attempt to figure out which of these mini hdd
mp3 players is usb2 charged.  Even apple doesn't especially focus on
this in its advertising of the mini, but is the feature I'm most
interested in.

Request for Question Clarification by googleexpert-ga on 12 Apr 2004 18:45 PDT
Below are some iPod mini Alternatives ( USB 2.0 Compatible ) that I found.  
Please keep in mind that some prices differ from Retailer to Retailer:

RCA RD2760 Lyra Micro Jukebox ( Windows / Mac )
1.5 GB

CREATIVE LABS Nomad Jukebox Zen Xtra 30GB Digital Audio Player ( Mac/Win )
30 GB

I'll try to Recommend more Alternatives but would like to know what
I recommended so far satisfies as an answer.

Clarification of Question by kaale-ga on 12 Apr 2004 19:52 PDT
To emphasise - usb *powered* (meaning that while pluged into a usb
port the unit draws its power from the port and charges its batteries)
 I don't believe from looking at either of the specs on these that
this is true.
Looking forward to hearing from you more - and again between 4 and 20 GB capicity.

Request for Question Clarification by googleexpert-ga on 17 Apr 2004 06:37 PDT
Hi kaale,
Originally I was going to recommend the Rio Karma because of the Docking Station:
That is, until I looked down the page and saw "power supply"

Based on what I have seen, I don't think there are any Large-Capacity
MP3 Players that
are powered/recharged via a USB 2.0 Connection ( With the exception of
the iPod[Mini])

I'll keep you posted if I do find one.


Clarification of Question by kaale-ga on 17 Apr 2004 07:15 PDT
Exactly my problem - thought it seems odd doesn't it?  USB is by
nature set up to power devices.  Why would apple be the only ones to
utilize this?  Waiting for you answer turned out to be not too bad for
me; the ipod mini has develped problems with the headphone jack and
I've been advised not to buy that too.
thanks for your work, and do let me know if you run into anything.
Subject: Re: Alternative to ipod mini
Answered By: googleexpert-ga on 17 Apr 2004 09:10 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi kaale,
I just found another MP3 player called the: 
ARCHOS Jukebox FM Recorder 20
Price: 209.99
Storage: 20GB

The information from this Device's Frequently Asked Questions seems promising:
Q: My Jukebox FM Recorder is charging when I have the USB connected,
is this normal?
A: Yes, your Jukebox FM Recorder has a specially designed USB power
circuit that allows your unit to charge its batteries from the power
supplied by the USB connection. Another Archos exclusive!

Source URL:

Although this device contains a Power Adapter, I think its Usage is optional.
Please let me know if you have anymore questions.

Clarification of Answer by googleexpert-ga on 19 Apr 2004 16:49 PDT
Hi kaale,
Thanks for the Rating! :)

I just found another USB2.0 Compatible MP3 Player that does not rely
on a Power Adapter
to recharge Batteries called the:

Nomad Jukebox Zen

Page URL:
You can charge the NOMAD Jukebox Zen USB2.0 via the USB port too!
Storage: 20GB
Order Page:
Price: $279.00

Note: Not the same as the Nomad Jukebox Zen xtra
kaale-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
far more research put into this question than $2 warrents, I'll add a
bonus at any point for further information, or paypal $10 to anyone
who can provide me with a comprehensive list of powered units powered
over usb2.
There have to be more than 2 the ipod mini and arcos out there.

Subject: Re: Alternative to ipod mini
From: bastian-ga on 07 Apr 2004 13:34 PDT
Subject: Re: Alternative to ipod mini
From: kaale-ga on 17 Apr 2004 07:17 PDT
I've never done this before, how do I go about paying and rating you?

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