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Old 02-11-2012, 05:51 AM   #1
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Best music player for Overdrive audiobooks?

Hi all

I've been thinking about getting something to play audiobooks. I don't currently own a music player - my phone plays mp3s for the rare occasion that I use that function. It does not however play Overdrive audiobooks. If I do get a separate device (rather than stripping/converting the files) then I will likely want to play music as well. I've had a look through the Overdrive site for compatible devices, but I'm not sure how recently it's been updated.

Important
- Able to load Overdrive (most are in wma format) audiobooks without any file tampering - otherwise I would just use my phone.
- Simple interface for selecting folders/files - I like a plain folder/file system
- Ability to return to or near the last bit read and to set that as default option

Less important
- Storage space - enough to carry 10 audiobook files at a time, but I don't need vast amounts. (Some of the books I have been looking at are 5 files each) Probably no need for more than 4GB, and should be able to get away with 2GB.
- Linkages to shops/social media
- Video playback

I'm leaning towards a Sansa Clip or iPod Nano at this stage, however I don't recall seeing the Sansa in shops in Australia (not that I was looking). The Overdrive site doesn't list the current version of the Shuffle, and the interface looks like it is useful only to play in a specific order or on random. My music collection is all ripped from my own cds (I don't have a lot) and is in either wma or mp3 format. I imagine it's straightforward to convert to Apple format if I go with a Nano?

I'm also looking at getting a Sony PRS-T1 - but from what I've read it only plays unencrypted audio files, so not Overdrive audiobooks?

I won't be buying until late April/early May.

Thanks!
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