Currently I use my pda/phone for my portable media needs. Although its no iPod, it does suffice to have a couple hours of music and a couple dozen eBooks on hand without adding a new device to my “geek utility belt”. I’ve often considered making the leap to a more high-end media device to supplement it though (kind of like a camera phone or mini-digital versus a dedicated Digital Camera). I would ask for a bit more than a memory card, some mp3s and a pair of earbuds though. Without further ado, here is my idea of a nice high-end media (mp3, etc) device:

Scope: Music, Video, Images, eBook, Data

  • Support multiple Music, Video and Image formats
  • Minimum 40g capacity
  • Small, Sexy & Ergonomic (1.8in drives)
  • Large buffer memory (anti-skip, large files, etc)
  • Ruggedized and weather proof
  • AM/FM Tuner
  • FM transmitter (programmable)
  • Color Display screen
  • Inputs/Outputs (3.5mm, stereo, tv/video cable, USB 2.0, wireless)
  • Recorder/editor & microphone jack
  • ID4 tag identification (and then sorting capacity)
  • Unboard file/folder management
  • Audio style presets & custom tuner
  • Advanced playlist support (multiple, uploadable, random, etc)
  • Wireless remote with good range (not IR)
  • 15+ hours battery life (replaceable rechargeable batteries)
  • Built in charger & ability to trickle juice from sync connection
  • Clock/Alarm (sound/music/radio), Games, maybe a JAVA interpretter
  • Good compression software
  • Good sync software
  • Updateable firmware
  • Bluetooth, WiFi, etc supported
  • Multiple color options (or better yet, changeable cases)
  • No secret/security/copyright crap anywhere. Manufacturers are not the police or the court, keep your hands of my property.

Accessories:

  • Good cases/holsters
  • Changeable cases
  • Wireless headphones
  • Vehicular support