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MP3Junkie
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Changes I would like to see in MP3 music playback devices.

digital music audio playback devices (automobile, home, portable) need much improvement

1. one should not have to couple another device (smartphone, iPod or clip-on MP3 player) to a playback device (boombox, home stereo, car head unit) via bluetooth, Apple dock or headset jack...of course, the device may still offer those options for digital music playback

2. the playback device (boombox, home stereo, car head unit) should have a microSD slot: an entire home music library can fit on one card

3. the playback device should handle music in M3U format playlists and perhaps the audiophile-quality WAV format as well

4. the readout panel on the playback device (boombox, car head unit, etc. ) should be used for navigating and controlling the digital music media on the card; it should manage playlists and custom playback options as well

5. the device should feature a way of bookmarking playlists: this way, the user can switch from one playlist to another and resume music playback from the point where the playlist was left previously: the user should also have the option of starting a selected playlist over from the beginning

for example, the user switches from the Jazz playlist to the Classical playlist: at the time of the switch, track 5 of the Jazz playlist was playing 1 minute into the song, when the user returns to the Jazz playlist, he should be able to instantly resume playback 1 minute into track 5 OR start the Jazz playlist from the beginning

6. the device shoud be able to shuffle and repeat playlists

7. the device should also be able to select songs from two or more playlists automatically: the listener might want to listen to a music mix across several playlists: I would call this a playlist shuffle feature

8. as long as there is enough memory on the microSD card, there should be no limit to the number of playlists the playback device can manage nor to the the number of tracks on each playlist

Do you need a smartphone or a separate portable USB device to be able to play music CD's, 8-track tapes, audio cassettes or vinyl records? Then why should you need a bunch of separate devices to play back digital music in your car or in your home? I want to see stand-alone digital audio playback devices be fully self-contained and fully functional. The digital music playback units I desire should be essentially "microSD card audio players".

Questions:

1. who makes a boombox that offers all I now seek above?
2. who makes home stereo that offers all the features I seek above?
3. who makes a portable clip-on headset MP3 player that offers all the features I desire above?

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Responses to questions

1. I could be wrong, but I sense that not many Stereophile readers/subscribers use boomboxes, if at all.

2. USB thumb drives seem to be more useful and interchangeable than microSD cards these days - there are plenty of stereo components and systems that support USB thumb drives. Recommend you purchase a unit that supports an Android remote app -- that way, you can modify or create your own app if you dream up any other use cases. (One of many reasons why I advise against AAPL.)

3. Check out the FiiO M9 (or higher). Since it is also Android-based, again you have the flexibility to modify/create an app to tailor to your needs -- and that's assuming it doesn't meet them out of the box, of course. Assuming your boombox and cureent amp have available auxiliary inputs, you could use the FiiO to "smarten" them up.

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The boomboxes and home stereo

The boomboxes and home stereo receivers I envision would require a larger readout window much like smartphone screen, a car infotainment screen or a SanDisk player to display playlist menus by name (not some arbitrary number), song tracks on playlists by name as well as playback mode, track time counter, playlist repeat, song repeat, shuffle, no shuffle, etc.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.playthek.com%2Fsan...

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FiiO

Take a look at the FiiO line of players - already suggested a model - and pick one to audition. Post back about your experience.

The X7 Mark II and X3 Mark III are also available on Drop right now.

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????

You just described my Premium Sound (Harman) system in my 7 year old Volvo to a "t". Right down to a SanDisk slot. In addition to HDFM compatible Radio, CD and analog in so I can play tapes on a Walkman, it has Sirius antennae, USB, iPod/iPhone, Bluetooth, and SanDisk.

I'm not being a stick in the mud, I'm just saying you've just described every premium and many standard audio interfaces in almost every car newer than 5 years old. If you know where to look, you'd be amazed how many cars come with SanDisk, even though no one outside of professional photographers even remember what a SanDisk is.

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