[access-uk] Re: new accessible mp3 player

  • From: "David Russell" <david.russell8@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 30 May 2007 18:05:04 +0100

carol and everyone,

I now have my zen stone mp3 player up and running.  The first thing you will
marvel at on unpacking the box is the size.  It is extremely small.  I do
not have the specification to hand, but it must be around two inches by one
inch by half an inch thick. It took around two hours to charge, which you
can do from your computer's USB port.  Once I had downloaded the software
from the Creative website, and also Brian's scripts for Jaws, I could find
out the percentage of charge in the player, plus the free space available.
Obviously the mp3 player does not talk, so there is no need for a screen,
even for the sighted.  The main controls focus around a central button which
is the on/off and pause control.  The upper portion increases the volume,
and the lower part decreases.  The left and right portions skip to the
beginning of the track you are playing, or to the next one respectively.
Holding down the left or right portion skips within a track, or at least I
believe it does.  there is a USB port and an earphone socket and the only
other switch is one I have not yet figured out.  It appears to move between
normal play and shuffle, and moves you between folders, but I cannot talk
with any authority about that.  You can put music onto the player using
windows explorer, or, if you have the software and Brian's jaws scripts, I
believe you can add music, but I have not investigated this as yet.  I used
explorer to put one album onto the player, and that was achieved without a

The sound is very good.  Even with the earphones provided it was quite
acceptable, and using my fairly expensive Bose in ear phones it was

Another advantage is that you can resume playing from where you left off,
which is particularly good if you are reading a book.

So, my first impressions are extremely favourable.  the cost from amazon was
£27.99 with free delivery.  It will not take the place of my Iriver, which
holds a lot more music, but the size of the player makes it easy to take
absolutely anywhere and I am sure I will rarely be without it.

So far I am very impressed, and am surprised at how easy it is to use.
thanks are due to Brian Hartgen for his Jaws scripts, which I will no doubt
find of great assistance.

For the price, you really can't go wrong folks, so why not take a chance and
buy one.

  -----Original Message-----
  From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of
Carol Pearson
  Sent: 30 May 2007 17:30
  To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Subject: [access-uk] Re: new accessible mp3 player

  Let us know Roger, please!


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: roger south
    To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 11:14 AM
    Subject: [access-uk] Re: new accessible mp3 player

    I've ordered one of these from Amazon at £27.99 plus p & p totalling
altogether £30.12. It arrives tomorrow and sounds from the write-ups very
good. But at that price if it's not what I want I can give it away as a
present and not lose any sleep.


    Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Adrian Higginbotham
      To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx ; bcab@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
      Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 10:50 AM
      Subject: [access-uk] new accessible mp3 player

      Just read about the upcoming release of a new screenless audible
compatible mp3 player, at under £30 for 1gg version. and no proprietory
software like Itunes, just use it like any USB drive.

      Adrian Higginbotham

      Accessibility content manager

      British Educational Communications and Technology Agency - BECTA
      Tel: Direct dial 024 7679 7333 - Becta switchboard 02476-416994.

      Email: Adrian.Higginbotham@xxxxxxxxxxxx
      Web: http://www.becta.org.uk/
      BECTA, Millburn Hill Road, Science Park, Coventry, CV4 7JJ

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