I have been remiss, not talking about my new toy. Must have been distracted these last 24 days.
The pocket toy I really want doesn’t yet exist. My old Palm M515 was excellent for what it did, but I wanted to add the ability to play mp3′s. A camera would be a bonus; so would a phone so I could remove a device from my pocket. The Treo 650 has a phone and a camera and plays mp3′s, but it has only 23 meg of memory. Not enough to store any music, and with less memory than my Palm M515, I’d be deleting applications.
I bought a Palm LifeDrive instead. It doesn’t have the phone or the camera, but it does have a 4 gig hard drive to store plenty of mp3′s. It also has wi-fi capabilities, and I’ve enjoyed sending email from a coffee shop. Haven’t had a reason to use the Bluetooth capability yet.
Last night I got ready to load the LifeDrive with music. It took hours to figure it out – first off, I couldn’t figure out how to get Pocket Tunes to recognize that I was copying music over. Using the LifeDrive manager, I’d drag WMA files over, which happily copied to the Lifedrive. They wouldn’t show up under Pocket-Tunes, though. Just took up space, I guess.
Turns out Pocket Tunes that comes with the Lifedrive doesn’t play WMA files unless you spring for the Deluxe version.
Ok, I’ll convert to mp3, and use Windows Media Player to copy the files. That took a while – you have to get the Lifedrive in the mood to receive music by loading Pocket-Tunes on the Lifedrive and then telling it separately that you want to connect to the PC. And then, Windows Media Player told me it couldn’t convert to a format the Lifedrive supports.
That’s when I found out the lowest sample mp3 resolution is supported. I don’t know if that’s a Lifedrive limitation or a Pocket-Tunes limitation. While that’s probably not a problem when I rip a CD, I have to re-rip all the CDs in low mp3 resolution. I only had time to copy 1 CD over last night.
So tonight I’ll have mp3 music at the gym. Finally.