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Old 01-09-2011, 07:49 AM   #1
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Looking for an MP3 player with USB-host capabilities

Does anyone know of any MP3 player (not necessarily portable) which can act as USB-host, for the purpose of playing songs from an USB drive (hard drive, or flash, or card reader...)?

I don't need video, nor connection to the TV, just something that can play music. A size between a netbook and a portable CD-player could be fine. Internal storage is unneeded too.
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Old 01-09-2011, 09:47 AM   #2
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Something like this, only with less bells and whistles, and cheaper?
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You can access music and pictures stored on flash drives and memory cards.
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Colourful, light and easy to use, the Creative MuVo T100 is the MP3 player for work and play. It works like a USB flash drive, without cables - just plug it into a PC or notebook and then ‘drag and drop' your music to it for entertainment on the move, plus other digital files for backup or work.

Depends on what size storage you're looking for ....
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Something like this, only with less bells and whistles, and cheaper?
That looks like it. At least something exists!

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Colourful, light and easy to use, the Creative MuVo T100
No, that's the opposite, that's your typical USB-slave player, those are not hard to find. I'm looking for something that can play files from an external storage.
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:19 AM   #5
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That looks like it. At least something exists!



No, that's the opposite, that's your typical USB-slave player, those are not hard to find. I'm looking for something that can play files from an external storage.
Here's another one from JVC,
http://www.frys.com/product/6175109?...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG


here's another from aluratek
http://www.frys.com/product/5890893?...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG

Look for either high end boomboxes or micro-shelf systems in home audio.
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Colourful, light and easy to use, the Creative MuVo T100 is the MP3 player for work and play. It works like a USB flash drive, without cables - just plug it into a PC or notebook and then ‘drag and drop' your music to it for entertainment on the move, plus other digital files for backup or work.

Depends on what size storage you're looking for ....
I never knew those Muvos still existed! I really adore mine, but it's only a 128Mb model (yes, it's ancient )
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I never knew those Muvos still existed! I really adore mine, but it's only a 128Mb model (yes, it's ancient )
Both my wife and I have muvo 4GB models and, yes, they be ancient but still fully functional .
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Old 01-11-2011, 11:28 AM   #8
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Does anyone know of any MP3 player (not necessarily portable) which can act as USB-host, for the purpose of playing songs from an USB drive (hard drive, or flash, or card reader...)?

I don't need video, nor connection to the TV, just something that can play music. A size between a netbook and a portable CD-player could be fine. Internal storage is unneeded too.
If you are looking for a player that is able to play music from a memory card, one of the Sansa digital audio players (Clip, Clip+, Fuze and Fuze+) might meet your requirements. Each is able to play music stored on a micro SD card.
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well then Creative is the brand for you.
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Old 01-12-2011, 08:21 AM   #10
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If you are looking for a player that is able to play music from a memory card, one of the Sansa digital audio players (Clip, Clip+, Fuze and Fuze+) might meet your requirements. Each is able to play music stored on a micro SD card.
I was thinking of something that could use a USB drive with all my music in it. At the moment an SD card is not enough (a 32 or 64 GB pen drive would be), but maybe in the future...

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well then Creative is the brand for you.
I've always bought Creative players (first Nomad/DAP Jukebox, then MuVo, now a Zen Stone), but I could not find what I want from them.
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Old 01-12-2011, 10:55 AM   #11
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This, perhaps? Rackmount device to record onto or playback from USB or SD/MMC memory cards

USB storage media can directly be connected (e.g. USB hard disk, USB stick)
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:37 PM   #12
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Look at archos, i just realised that thier new "internet tablet" have usb host. Even the smaller ones. Need a cable though.

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Old 01-18-2011, 05:23 AM   #13
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I'll second the Archos suggestion.

While I've not used the current tablets, I have used the older Players such as the 402 and 450 and they worked very well.

just keep in mind that you may need some of the optional accessory to use the USB host feature, which can often be quiet expensive,
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Jellby, do you want the speakers with it, or just a playing device?
Do you want to be able to listen to CDs too, or should it be dedicated?

If speakers and CD are ok, then go to the local Huge Store for AV and test your hard drive with the available items. Almost every small Stereo has a USB port, but I don't know how many (if any) support USB HDD.
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I've recently bought this for my wife - not only can it play from a USB flash (16GB), but also via Wi-fi from PC .... http://www.robertsradio.co.uk/Produc...M83i/index.htm

Brilliant !
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