Palm is great for audio! Battery life is only drawback.
by gillises - 1/15/06 9:39 PM
In Reply to: Palm and Audible.com by dianesm
I use my Tungsten E (the older model) to listen to Audible audiobooks as well as music files. For music, I downloaded a 15-day free trial of Pocket tunes (www.pocket-tunes.com). The free RealAudio player that came with the Palm will play .mp3 files, but they take up a lot of space. P-tunes will allow you to play .wma files on a Palm. This is a valuable feature, since .wma files are much smaller and it's the default used by Windows Media player if you rip tracks off a cd. I liked p-tunes so much I paid the $35 to buy it after the free trial.
As for Audible, the Audible player for the palm is great. I prefer to use a card reader to load all my Audible files and music to an SD card. The audible manager makes this very easy using their download manager. (BTW, Audible formats 3 and 4 work on a Tungsten.) For music files its as easy as drag and drop.
Listening to audio files is different on Audible and P-tunes. P-tunes has better features for making playlists and moving around between and within tracks. However, if you use the Palm's power button to stop the music, you will have to turn p-tunes back on with your stylus (or fingernail) on the screen after you turn the Palm back on. This means you have to look at it to start it up again, so you can't do it in your pocket. Audible has two advantages in this area. One: you can turn the audio on and off just by turning the Palm on and off. You have to hit the power button twice to turn it off, and then once to turn it back on, and the audio will start playing where you left off; two: if you are not using any other programs simultaneously while the audio is playing (which you can do with both p-tunes and audible) the display on the Palm will eventually go dark while still playing the audio to prevent drain of the battery. P-tunes never goes dark.
Battery life is the ONLY issue that would compel me to buy a separate mp3 player, although I haven't caved yet. I really like having everything I need in my Palm. I worry that the battery in my Palm is not replaceable by the user, so I am hoping I don't kill it soon, since I have become a bit of an audio junkie.
As for playing it in the car, it can be done. If you have a tape deck in you car, you can get a tape deck audio converter used to play the audio of a portable CD player or DVD player through the car speakers. Just plug it into the headphone jack of your Palm and voila, audio through the car stereo.
I haven't tried podcasting yet, so no report on that. I'm not even sure if it's something I would need bluetooth or wireless to get, neither of which is available on my Tungsten E. Love to hear about it if anyone has tried it.
Recording - my Tungsten E does not have recording capabilities. Maybe the Zire models do? They seem to be more geared for multimedia.
Hope this helps. Good luck!
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