After amassing a huge collection of MP3s (over 1500) I absolutely had to have a player for my car. Well, now I have two, one for my car and one for Barb's. We've been using them for a month or two and now can't live without them. We went the "portable with car kit" route since that was the most economical option at the time (May 2002).
Sony's first portable MP3 CD player. On the good side:
On the bad side:
I replaced this player in my car with a Sony CDX-MP40. This player is now in the living room connected to some PC speakers.
This model and the D-CJ500 and D-CJ501 are identical, but the D-CJ506 is black and includes a car kit (cigarette lighter adapter and cassette adapter). On the good side:
On the bad side:
Barb's Sony D-CJ506 bit the dust November 2003. We purchased it May 14, 2002, so it lasted about a year and a half. In the middle of playing, it would suddenly stop and say "no disc". Cleaning the lens had no effect. Appears to be a mechanism problem. We replaced it with a newer model.
Both are great players and have served us well. The main problem that I'd like to see resolved is the roulette style shuffle algorithm. Using a true "card deck" style shuffle algorithm would be more useful if you have CDs filled with random songs. To deal with this problem, I wrote a little program that adds two random characters to the front of each MP3 filename. This gives a much better randomness when played in alphabetical order.
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