i remember my mp3 player, one of those clickwheel ipods, and it was just a hard drive with a headphone jack. you could boot and partition the hard drive or add music by just loading files -- things that today would be considered wicked hacks on proprietary systems were a matter of drag-and-drop in 2003.
@garbados ghfdsgjklfhdjkglhfjdklsghfhds WHY IS THIS NOT A THING
I use a Sansa Clip Zip with a 64GB SD card and sync it with my music library (and audiobook and podcast directories) using Unison. People on the train ask me about it occasionally.
@garbados This though. When my iPod Classic's HDD finally wouldn't sync anymore, I went looking for something like this and there was nothing easy to get. Everything was expensive, didn't ship to me, or both.
I'd really like an MP3 player with Bluetooth as well as a 3.5mm port, and that takes microSDs for expandable storage. You wouldn't think that's hard to get, but...
(I'm not confident enough in my skills with electronics or programming to try to make one.)
My second ever MP3 player was built into the headphones. I think it only had 512mb of storage. Connecting it with the default usb cable of the day made it behave like a USB drive. If you wanted to skip to a certain album (I could never fit more then 5 or 6) you had to skip through every number of the album's that came before. It had no display.
This was way before Bluetooth headphones were a thing, and it's still the most satisfying wireless music solution I've ever owned.
re: 2003 'ware
@garbados I still use an mp3 player like this, it's great!
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