Product Type: other MP3 players
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Soulmate MP3 Player
Member Name: sideards
Soulmate MP3 Player
Date: 23/06/01, updated on 23/06/01 (205 review reads)
Advantages: Light and small, Very cheap indeed, Long battery life, No moving parts so does not 'skip' or 'jump'
Disadvantages: Bulky docking station, Not many features, Loses stored data when battery is changed
As some of you already know, I am a total gadget head and in being so 'had' to get an portable mp3 player and because of it's extremely reasonable price I chose this one.
I had a computer related shop at the time and the Soulmate was on extra special offer from my suppliers.
When I opened the box I was fairly impressed by the size of the player and the weight.
It fitted nicely into my pocket and was about the same weight of a full pack of cigarettes.
Then I saw the rather bulky docking station and was a bit discouraged as i wanted to be able to connect to my laptop on the move and this was going to be just a bit too bulky for me.
I installed the MusicMatch Jukebox software that came 'bundled' with the Soulmate and was pleasantly surprised to find a good piece of software supplied with hardware (in my opinion this is very rare nowadays).
Within about 10 minutes I had transferred several tracks onto the Soulmate from my PC and was happily 'chilling out'.
The volume seemed to be able to handle my preference towards very loud indeed without distorting.
Unfortunatly the software did not equalise the volume of the tracks so they were at their original mismatched volumes.
After having used the Soulmate for a while I discovered a few other things that began to bug me.
Although the battery life is very good indeed, When the battery does run out and is changed the Soulmate does not retain the tracks stored on it.
I would have liked the ability to 'get' tracks from the Soulmate to my PC.
Also it lacks the ability to record on the move things such as speech, etc.
Although it is a very nice bit of kit on a budget don't expect too much from this 'toy'.
I bought a minidisc recorder for all the other stuff I had wanted it to do and now just use the Soulmate when cycling or cleaning the kitchen at work or other stuff that would shake up a unit that has moving parts.
I sold o
ne of these to a woman who was going to travel a long distance who didnt want to carry her entire collection of music with her. I put converted her collection into mp3 and burned them onto cd for her so she only had to carry one disc (excluding the software for her Soulmate of course).
I spoke to her a few months after she had left and she said that it was still a really useful gadget whilst on the move.