Whatever -> RE: Samsung YH-920 20GB MP3 Player ! (11/23/2004 10:39:24 AM)
My main concern is whether the FM radio recordings (MP3's) can be burned to CD. On Samsung's FAQ's I've read, for example:
Why Can't I Copy My MP3 Files From My Yepp Player To My PC?
The copyright protection software used in MP3 files prevents you from copying MP3 files from your Yepp player to your PC.
I guess this refers to Napster downloads, considering the following faq, also in June '04 (regarding the YP-910 question about Napster files):
Napster files are DRM (Digital Rights Management) encrypted.
It's a bit confusing to me.
Also in the faq's I found this:
Are Songs Ripped From CD's Or Downloaded Through Other Sources Considered "Protected" In The Napster Software?
Songs you rip from CD's or download from other sources such as cassette players and radios are not protected in Napster. They are standard files.
Songs you download from other pay for music internet sites that use DRM (Digital Rights Management) encryption to protect song copyrights - as does Napster - are protected in Napster.
It's not clear whether "radios" here are line in recordings or include recordings from the built in FM tuner.
Another curious thing to me is this 6/04 faq (not specific to the yh-920, i.e., it doesn't indicate that this applies to any one player):
Can I Record Songs From The Radio As A Voice File And Then Convert That File To MP3 Format?
No. You will need to acquire 3rd party conversion software. Samsung does not provide such software.
Elsewhere I thought I read that voice recordings on these players are, in fact, in MP3 format.
I thought I read somewhere that you can drag and drop files between player and pc, the YH-920 being like any other removable drive, but I read somewhere at Samsung that the files have be be "imported" to the PC via the Napster software--maybe that applies only to Napster downloads?
I'm very impressed with the YH-920GS. Though it's probably more than I need, it has very intuitive controls, it has a rechargeable battery (via USB or AC) and firmware is upgradeable. But I'm undecided. I really like the Creative MuVo slim--great form factor/size, fm recording, solid looking, available in 1GB. And, though I didn't think I liked the iRiver iFP's, when I handled one at Best Buy I really liked the feel and look. The Samsung Yp-5's are also impressive, USB 1.1 and 256MB max eliminate them for me.
I just wish I could see more of the available players in one place, AND see the whole package, like the accessories, especially earphones and case, and fiddle with them before spending the money.
Hi, Whatever! [:)]
As far as I could find out, there should be no problems with downloading files back to PC. And, Yes, it does encode FM directly to MP3 (and maybe WMA also). People who have it, said that its great unit and that the sound quality of FM recordings is on very high level (I believe it depends on quality of FM signal, but overall there should be no problems).
You also asked about any other players that may encode FM in MP3 and store it back to PC for burning?...well...there are many on the market (it depends whether You wish smaller USB stick-alike or like this one with hard drive built one?)...I actually just bought one over Ebay...its the "ordinary" USB MP3 player with 512Mb+FM+Voice recording...but its more than enough for my use... Since I bought it few days ago, havent received it yet...but if You wish...I may tell You more when I do (should be here within a week). In meanwhile...try searching at Ebay or some other online store...[;)]
Have a nice day and ENJOY!