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Rockbox and SanDisk Sansa MP3 Players January 15, 2009

Posted by stuffilikenet in Toys.

The SanDisk Sansa E-series MP3 players represent a delightfully inexpensive yet thoroughly useful bit of engineering.  The 2Gig version of these players (the Sansa E250 2GB MP3 Player) and the 4Gig version (the Sansa E260 4GB MP3 Player) can be had very cheaply at buy.com on special sale or on Amazon.com most of the time, and are easily expandable by means of the 2GB MicroSD cards which they support.  They have an FM tuner, can record FM on the fly and also take dictation (see my earlier post on the value of Dragon Naturally Speaking transcription software).

But wait, there’s more: the operating system of these players can be replaced by a delightful bit of software known as RockBox.  RockBox can allow Sansa players to take the 8GB microSDHC cards with capacities up to 8Gig or more.  RockBox has other useful properties as well, but this alone makes it worth the trouble of adding to your player.

RockBox is installed alongside your operating system, so it doesn’t replace it.   You can boot back to the standard system if you wish.

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