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Old 10-09-2006, 08:53 AM   #1
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Who uses the Sony Reader for mp3's?

When I first saw the Sony Reader, I thought the mp3 feature was going to be one of the most important features for me. Reading with background music sounded great to me.

Now, I've noticed that I haven't even tried music on it yet, because I just like to grab it and read. My focus is on the reading, and I get so comfortable with it that it usually doesn't even occur to me to plug in some headphones!

I still like having the music option there, but I'm curious to know whether anyone else finds that they don't use the music features.
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Old 10-09-2006, 09:17 AM   #2
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I can't listen to music and read at the same time. I find I lose focus on one or the other which invariably means I end up reading the same paragraph 5 or 6 times before I actually take in what I've read. The music was never an issue for me.
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I can't listen to music and read at the same time. I find I lose focus on one or the other which invariably means I end up reading the same paragraph 5 or 6 times before I actually take in what I've read. The music was never an issue for me.
I can do it if music = classical and if volume = very low.
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Old 10-09-2006, 11:25 AM   #4
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I like to listen to music while I read (classical, new age sometimes smooth jazz) but find that my Ipod nano is so darn light (sits in my pocket), I use it for music while reading with the Reader. Figure it saves Reader battery power too.
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Old 10-09-2006, 12:03 PM   #5
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I'm not a music person myself -- I like music, I just don't seek it out that much, particularly when reading or working, etc. My mind insists on following all the sounds around me, so music is more often a disctraction than a boon (if I were in grade-school now they'd probably have me on ritilin ).

Anyway, I haven't listened to any music on my Reader yet, but I may at some point. It's nice to have the option, even if it is mostly bragware for me, personally.
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Old 10-09-2006, 08:00 PM   #6
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Loving the Reader but I'll admit I haven't even tried the mp3 feature yet, I'm just a readaholic!

I use my 60gb ipod video if i want music or a movie Save that battery life for page turns!
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Old 10-10-2006, 12:11 PM   #7
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I wouldn't want to listen to anything while I read....

I'm still waiting on my pre-order...

Does the Sony software include any podcatching features?
I'd like to have some updated podcasts on my reader...

Anyone?

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Old 10-10-2006, 01:28 PM   #8
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It'll play unsecured ACC files (do I have that extension right?), so you should be able to play unsecured podcasts.
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Old 10-10-2006, 01:33 PM   #9
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I do.

I've ripped a couple CDs each as one big MP3 and find that this works well on the reader. Jazz, instrumental guitar, classical, etc. I'm wondering how to get the album art on there, though. Is it just in the ID3 tag?
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Old 10-10-2006, 01:43 PM   #10
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Does the Sony software include any podcatching features?
I'd like to have some updated podcasts on my reader...
I don't think Sony supplies anything with the Reader, but you can certainly use a program like iPodder to automatically collect the podcasts into a directory, and then drag them over to the Reader yourself.
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Old 10-10-2006, 01:47 PM   #11
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I don't think Sony supplies anything with the Reader, but you can certainly use a program like iPodder to automatically collect the podcasts into a directory, and then drag them over to the Reader yourself.
Cool... but I was hoping that it would have something built-in since it can get RSS newsfeeds. I hate remembering to update stuff each time I connect.

Maybe an add for our "wanted features" list?

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Old 10-13-2006, 01:54 PM   #12
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Some coworkers were playing with my Reader the other day and started up some audio files. Now I have things paused in the "Now Playing" queue. Is there any way to dequeue the files under "Now Playing?" I'm kind of peeved because I didn't realize that there was music playing for about a day and a half before I realized it (and only then because my battery went to 3 bars lol).

I'd like to pull those out of the "Now Playing" list so I don't accidentally start them back up again (I guess they're paused right now).
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Old 10-13-2006, 02:08 PM   #13
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Deleting the files from the Reader should do it.

You probalby don't need to worry about it, though, the only way to start them up again is to go back to the music player and start them.

Bob and I discussed the Pause rather than Stop as being a bit odd too, but then they've only got the one button to work with, and I wouldn't want to have to start from the beginning of a sound file every time (especially if it's an audio book).
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I might just delete those, hahaha I've got an ipod if I want music. Although the audiobook on Reader is possibly an attractive feature -- it'd be nice if you could "Mark" spots in the audiobook like you can on a regular book. So you could have bookmarks for what you've listened to.
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Old 10-13-2006, 02:20 PM   #15
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I'm still hoping (dreaming) that they'll get Audible to play in the Reader sandbox. Wouldn't that rock?
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