Related link: http://www.jensofsweden.com/
My wife has a 4GB iPod I bought her two years ago for her birthday. It’s slick, and she loves it. I’ve always wanted to wait for the right music player before taking the plunge myself, but no model of iPod has ever really tempted me, least of all the iPod shuffle. Looking elsewhere, I think I found my dream player.
A recent comment in the O’Reilly Weblogs directed me to Jens of Sweden. All I could say is “wow”. The Jens players are svelte, gorgeous, reasonably priced, and very functional. The one that caught my eye was the MP-120. If I’m doing my currency conversion rightly, it’s a great deal at just under $200 MSRP for 1GB of songs, as well as all its other great features.
The MP-120 is very compact (certainly on the iPod shuffle scale) and yet seems to has a nice display. Sorry, but there’s no way in hell I’m buying a music player without a display. Even more importantly, it plays OGG Vorbis, hands down my music format of choice, which means I won’t have to go to additional lengths to encode my songs for it (the suggestions for playing OGG Vorbis on iPod read like encephalectomy instructions). It’s designed to work well in Linux as well as Windows (not that I care) and OS X (I would like to grab some songs from my wife’s collection on Mac). It uses USB 2.0 (high speed) for data transfer. All perfect for me. I checked around the Net for user reviews, and they seem to be very positive.
But there’s a catch. I can’t seem to find the bloody things anywhere in the US. I think I found some places that stock the older MP-110, but not my particular dream kit. Preliminary search hasn’t revealed any vendor that clearly would sell/ship to me in the U.S. I guess worst case I can keep my eyes peeled while in Amsterdam for XTech 2005. But there’s very little doubt about it, from the specs and reviews I see. I’ll be having one of those sweet machines this year. I guess side by side with Lori’s iPod, I’ll at least be able to make a more informed comparison.
Do you know how to get an MP-120 in the U.S.?