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overnight there is now competition in the MP3 Springboard market.
Now we have the SoundsGood MP3 player from Good Technology. This
standard-size Springboard module has shaped up to be -- pretty good!
The SoundsGood is a standard-size module, sticking out less than two
millimeters above the Visor. Even though it's standard-size, the
SoundsGood still has hardware buttons that let the user change tracks while
in another application and a wheel to adjust the volume. A headphone
jack completes the external hardware on the SoundsGood. Earbud headphones
and a carrying case are also included.
Good Technology includes some of the following songs on the SoundsGood
so you can listen to it outside the box. These are also on the installation
CD if you need them again:
Five Point Plan - "Live Today"
The Color Red - "Smile"
Good Technology - "Welcome to SoundsGood"
The Salt Brothers - "Captain Morgan"
The Salt Brothers - "Go Ahead"
Randi Driscoll - "What She Said"
Soul Cracker - "Too Far Too Hard"
Gregory Page - "The Banks of the Ponch"
users can stop reading now -- the SoundsGood does not support the Mac platform.
Serial cradles will not work either with the SoundsGood. Only Microsoft
Windows 98, Windows 2000, & Windows Me via USB are supported.
Good Desktop is the basic software that is
used to upload files from the desktop to the Visor. One nice thing
is that it completely bypasses HotSync, making the uploading of songs faster.
Uploading files is easy:
In my testing, it took a mere
Good Desktop on the PC.
Put the Visor in its cradle and either run the
application or tap Connect from within AudioPlayer.
Once a connection is made, click the
button to bring up a list of all of your MP3 files on your PC
Drag-and-drop files from the listing or an Explorer window to the main
Good Desktop window.
MediaSync Now to begin transferring
files to the SoundsGood. 17 seconds to transfer a 4040
KB file, for a whopping transfer speed of 13.9 MB/min
when using the Good Desktop
to transfer songs to the SoundsGood under Windows 98. This is a fantastic
speed -- Good Technology hired someone who's very well respected in the
Unix world to write the USB driver, and it shows. MusicMatch >>