Freestyle Audio MP3 Player With Screen (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Waterproof and shockproof MP3 player that sports a screen and weighs 1 ounce.

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by Ken Knight | 2007-08-10 22:07:00-06

Freestyle Audio MP3 Player With Screen (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Freestyle Audio has taken the next logical step with their waterproof and shockproof MP3 players. They've added a screen. The new 1GB unit can store up to 320 songs and supports MP3, WMA, and protected WMA formats An FM tuner which can be programmed with up to 20 presets is also built in. The color OLED screen displays display track details and an equalizer which has several presets too.

Unlike previous models this unit also supports playlists which can be created using iTunes though actual import is done through WIndows Media Player. As such the unit will work with both Windows and Macintosh computers.

  • Waterproof, shockproof, and it floats
  • Weighs 35 grams
  • 1 GB memory capacity holds up to 320 songs.
  • Can be used as a storage device for files.
  • Includes waterproofearbuds
  • MSRP: $99.95 Available October, 2007


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Kenneth Knight
(kenknight) - MLife

Locale: SE Michigan
Freestyle Audio MP3 Player With Screen (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007) on 08/10/2007 23:46:38 MDT Print View

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Freestyle Audio MP3 Player With Screen (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2007)

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
A bit heavy.... on 08/11/2007 01:17:43 MDT Print View

Make that 35g, 1.2 oz
Franco

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
A Typo Perhaps? on 08/11/2007 01:34:36 MDT Print View

35oz for an MP3 player? Maybe 3.5oz?

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
It's grams on 08/11/2007 02:21:37 MDT Print View

Ben, I thought that you were with the "let's go metric (finally) camp" ?
Franco

Jim Lynch
(giniajim) - F
FM performance on 08/11/2007 11:53:10 MDT Print View

Any insight on the performance of the FM radio? Especially, how well does it pull in signals? Is there provision for an external antenna?

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Responding to Franco on 08/11/2007 13:43:04 MDT Print View

I'm not going to 'kill myself' switching to metric when most everything around me is still English.

My stance is that as a nation, we should decide one way or another. If the decision is made to switch over, then we should do it fully and swiftly. When everything around us is suddenly metric, than I am sure that I -- and everyone else -- will switch over swiftly too.

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: FM performance on 08/12/2007 13:40:28 MDT Print View

Hi Jim,

It will likely use the earphone cord as the antenna, as is done with other subminiature FM radios. In my experience in the mountains, this means fiddling with the cord to pull in weaker stations--not so bad in camp, unworkable on the trail.

The ability to get weather forecasts on longer trips seems reason enough to prefer an MP3 player that has a radio function.

Jim Lynch
(giniajim) - F
FM performance on 08/12/2007 14:22:36 MDT Print View

Thanks for the note. I wasn't aware that the earphone cord served as an antenna on these radios. I've got a Radio Shack miniature radio that I've used quite a bit (Model 12-811). I agree that you can't count on them working well on the trail, which is fine by me; I only want to use it in camp.