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    Hood: I agree with your Fast Forward...

    Hood: I agree with your Fast Forward observation. I suggest that--regardless of the length of the track--the rate of movement through the track should ACCELERATE the longer the button is held down....
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    Let me second this idea for any Philips product...

    Let me second this idea for any Philips product that can accept firmware upgrades. On reset, if the device finds that there is a file of some magic filename in its root directory, it should regard...
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    Technotobe, to Philips' credit, this site helped...

    Technotobe, to Philips' credit, this site helped us exchange information that got me to "semi" peace with my unit--partly by inducing me to keep poking at it. But we never got answers from...
  4. I praised the one-second fade-out when skipping...

    I praised the one-second fade-out when skipping to a different sound, in the SA2 thread, as "classy," while noting that it wasn't applied when pausing or shutting down. But there also seems to be a...
  5. Resuming a shuffle session (ViBE GoGear Mix 4GB)

    FYI, a discussion in the SA2 section about shuffle oddities has now touched on SA3 (because I bought one)--It seems that if music is playing and the Now Playing screen is displayed, you can turn the...
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    Figured it out! If the SA3 is playing and if it...

    Figured it out! If the SA3 is playing and if it is displaying the Now Playing screen, you can shut it off and resume at the same point (though it is paused until you press ||>). If you are working...
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    You guys win! Because I decided that rather than...

    You guys win! Because I decided that rather than wait for engineering to get back to you, I'd bet $20 at Walmart that two more years of engineering fixed the problem anyway--and am now the proud...
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    In fact, I can give Tarbuck more specific advice...

    In fact, I can give Tarbuck more specific advice (disclaiming responsibility for the destruction of his property!): If a store-bought AAA lists the same voltage as the AAA shipped with the unit, it...
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    The manual might advise to buy a specific brand...

    The manual might advise to buy a specific brand of battery so as to lead to follow-on sales, but many devices that accept a AAA battery will accept any brand. (Non-rechargeable AAA delivers 1.5v,...
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    Thank you, Andrea. Songbird does seem to think...

    Thank you, Andrea. Songbird does seem to think you hired it to manage all your toys, and this may frustrate experienced computer users. Pop-ups or additional dialogue with the user would be an...
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    Separately, it seems the reason my PC became...

    Separately, it seems the reason my PC became unable to assign a drive letter to my ViBE is not because Songbird poisoned my PC, but because Songbird switched the ViBE from the MSC (USB flash drive)...
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    More details. I now have a pad of paper in front...

    More details. I now have a pad of paper in front of me rather than a steering wheel, for a controlled test of an SA2 4Gb ViBE containing 613 songs, to test it in repeated power-off/power-on cycles.
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  13. Here's a suggestion. There are several miniature...

    Here's a suggestion. There are several miniature products for home hobbyists; most connect to a PC. You write a program for it on the PC and then burn it into flash memory on the product. But if...
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    Cassandra, thank you for your reply. But this...

    Cassandra, thank you for your reply. But this morning, I notice that the SD card I used to move Songbird onto the installation computer (it also scanned it and found .FLV files that it refused to...
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    PS--The player today subtracted 1 hour from the...

    PS--The player today subtracted 1 hour from the current time as of my SECOND use of it today. In other words, it doesn't realize that the US Congress redefined Daylight Savings Time in 2005 (and...
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    PS--I am running firmware version 2.21. Just saw...

    PS--I am running firmware version 2.21. Just saw that you have newer firmware this summer and again downloaded and installed Songbird, this time on a new, 1.6 GHz machine with WinXP. ("RDSconfig"...
  17. My favorite audio gear is Winamp 2.9. My Philips...

    My favorite audio gear is Winamp 2.9. My Philips ViBE 4Gb is almost perfect for in-car use (except for a Shuffle oddity we're investigating in another thread), especially that it resumes play with a...
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    Anyone else miss Walmart's MP3 service?

    It was not the only place to buy MP3s for just under one dollar, but it uniquely let me go to the store and pre-pay for a Shopping Card rather than have to put bank account information on the...
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    Shuffle-within-folder is only activated if you...

    Shuffle-within-folder is only activated if you select Music and instead of Shuffle All or Smart Shuffle All, you pick another selection basis such as genre or artist. Technotobe, the fact that you...
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    Yes, Drunkenm; by "the old DOS format" I was...

    Yes, Drunkenm; by "the old DOS format" I was referring to the FAT16 directory. By "value added" I meant that sorting the displayed list of files on an FAT16 device is extra computing done in Windows...
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    Another afterthought: So, I now think that, on...

    Another afterthought: So, I now think that, on the SA2, the Down button doesn't just abort the song currently playing and advance to the song that would be next up, as I thought; it may reshuffle or...
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    Drunkenm, I don't think the workaround is "just...

    Drunkenm, I don't think the workaround is "just b.s." Windows stores files in the old DOS format, in which if you delete the 3rd file and move a new file to the folder, it goes into that hole in...
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    Kwinnie, I tested with what was already in the...

    Kwinnie, I tested with what was already in the unit. I should put exactly 40 tracks in a folder and test whether my shuffle order matches yours. Does the second time through your 40 tracks use the...
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    Sorry; tried out the above guess on the SA2 and...

    Sorry; tried out the above guess on the SA2 and it is wrong. But, when picking a specific song to play, the unit is stuck inside that folder. The song count at the top of the screen shows that the...
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    Kwinnie, there is an SA3? I just downloaded its...

    Kwinnie, there is an SA3? I just downloaded its User's Manual, which is a little more detailed than the one for the SA2. It says that either Shuffle or Shuffle + Repeat All plays the songs "in the...
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