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1. Good Technology SoundsGood MP3 Audioplayer Springboard Module for Handspring Visor
list price: $149.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004YZCV
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Good Technology
Sales Rank: 16018
Average Customer Review: 4.39 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Good Technology's SoundsGood AudioPlayer module snaps into the Springboard slot on your Visor and turns it into a full-fledged MP3 player with great sound quality and enough features to put many competing players to shame. The device comes with 64 MB of integrated memory to provide over an hour of MP3 audio, and the fact that it uses the Visor for an interface means the software can be upgraded, and adding new features will be as easy as installing a simple software patch.

The SoundsGood module has an extremely sensible design, fitting flush with the Visor and sporting a headphone jack, volume dial, and control buttons along its top edge. Using the buttons, it's possible to skip tracks and play or pause songs without ever having to mess with the Visor's touch screen (the SoundsGood player will run even if the Visor is turned off). Once started, it will also play in the background as you work with the rest of your Visor's applications.

Of course, if you really want to take control of your music, then you'll want to use the touch screen interface, which offers access to many more controls than are available on the module itself. In addition to a volume slider and buttons that let you access detailed track information, there's a section that lets you adjust the tone controls to get the most out of a particular song or style of music.

Once we had everything set, we were impressed with the volume and audio quality the SoundsGood player can generate. Cranked to maximum volume with a good set of headphones attached, the unit delivered crisp sound with decent bass that remained clear even into painful volume levels. Best of all, the unit can run on the Visor's two AAA batteries for up to 10 hours, so you won't drain your PDA's power by listening to a few hours of music.

We were able to quickly add and remove songs from the device using the Visor's docking cradle and the included Good Desktop software. This software deserves some sort of award for ease of use, as installing or removing MP3 files was as easy as clicking a button. It also automatically scours your hard drive to find all of the MP3 files stored on your system, making it easy to then select them from a list to add the files to the SoundsGood module. Good Desktop reports how much of the module's memory is used and updates it as you edit your playlist. It also gave us an estimated time for the file transfer, and the Visor's USB connection made everything as smooth and fast as possible. On average it took us about 15 seconds to transfer a 3.5 MB file to the device and a little over twice as long to transfer the same file back to our PC.

The SoundsGood player is not without its drawbacks. It's extremely expensive, considering you already have to own a Visor just to use it, and its memory can't be upgraded. The included headphones also leave much to be desired, especially in the bass department. If you can stomach the price and have a good set of headphones though, the sound quality, interface, software, and genuine cool factor of the SoundsGood player are tough to beat. --T. Byrl Baker

Pros:

  • Excellent sound quality
  • Brilliant interface and MP3 transfer software
  • Draws power directly from the Visor's batteries

Cons:

  • Included in-ear headphones sound tinny
  • Relatively expensive considering it uses the Visor for its interface
  • No way to add extra RAM or swap memory cartridges
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Features

  • 64 MB MP3 player
  • Transfer rate of 250 KB per second using USB connection (serial connection not supported)
  • Plays over 10 hours using Visor's 2 AAA batteries
  • Includes MusicMatch Jukebox and Good Desktop software for Windows 98, 2000, and Me
  • Compatible with Handspring Visor

Reviews (33)

5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Springboard Module
My Thinmodem USED to be my favorite Springboard module (I currently own 5 different modules) until my SoundsGood MP3 Audioplayer arrived! Its convenience is unmatched. I can listen to music in my car using a cassette adapter and read my email and listen to music while riding the Lifecycle at the gym! It works seamlessly with my Targus belt clip leather case though I recommend replacing the standard earphones with a pair that have the "L-shape" connector. This allows the Targus' leather flap to secure your Visor while attached to your belt.

Pros: Great form factor, great sound, tone control, 64 MB, cheap price (cheaper than the 32 MB MiniJam), ability to use module without the Visor, ultra-fast loading of MP3 files, coolness factor

Cons: The next-track button on top of the SoundsGood is too close to earphone jack making advancing to the next track somewhat difficult when the earphone jack is in place. Lacks ability to customize SoundsGood screen like one can on the MiniJam. No memory expansion.

Despite these cons, I still give this unit 5 stars. The SoundsGood hit a home run by offering a high quality 64 MB MP3 player at a very low price. This IS the one module that makes my colleagues (all Palm owners) wish they had purchased a Handspring instead!

Suggestions for SoundsGood: How about offering a 128 MB module?

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome, little gem
I purchased this puppy for my new Visor Prism - Color. Overall, very impressed with this MP3 Player:

Here are the Pros/Cons:

Pros: Awesome sound quality(better than the Rio 500 I own), Small Size (fits flush into Visor), great user Interface (in color) for the Visor, excellent desktop client software (again it kills the RioPort software)

Cons: No add-on memory, earphones included are weak

Highly recommended

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product, with few reservations
Battery life
Good battery life. I've noticed a slight increase in battery usage while the module was in use. Somewhat more than other Springboard (SB) modules such as memory expansion modules. Also, when the module is plugged in, it seems to affect the reading of the battery gauge, making it seem like there's less power than there should be. As a result, you may get a low battery warning sooner than you should. This is normal, but if you're using rechargeable batteries, you may want to swap fresh ones, since they have less capacity per charge than normal alkalines to insure you don't lose handheld data. The gauge returns to normal when the player is removed from the slot. My suggestion, if you use your Visor a lot and/or foresee using this player a lot as well, it may be worth your while to spring for nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries. You'll swap batteries more often due to its lower capacity per charge, but you'll get your savings back after a month of usage.

Sound quality
I'm no audiophile, probably nothing to brag about, but the sound quality is good enough for me. Very close to the sound you get on a PC with "average" speakers and sound card. I can't put my finger on it, but the provided headphones sound "tinny", so using a better quality set ought to take care of that. Max volume is more than enough in quieter places, but on a "rickety" subway like the older NYC trains, you'll be almost hard pressed to hear much of anything.

External controls
There 4 controls: play/pause (technically play/stop, as when you DO "pause", it actually turns off while remembering where you last were), skip forward one track, skip back one track, and a volume jog dial control. The first turns on and plays the player, or pauses and resumes play. The next two are self explanatory, but further adding that reaching the first or last track will wrap around to the last or first track respectively. Unlike many CD and mp3 players however, there is no search mode available (done by pressing and holding these buttons). The last controls volume, but also can be depressed (like the wheel of a scroll mouse), which will automatically bring up the control screen regardless the current state of your Visor. The jog dial gets you to your desired volume setting after a few flicks, but the controls are just rounded knobs, so you'll have to press hard or use your nail. Also, you may accidentally lift and pull out the head phone jack (mine plugged in wasn't snug, but a little loose) when you try to press the button next to it. It has it's faults, but is still a nice alternative to having to whip out your stylus and cover just to control the audio. One thing I do like about this is the play button will light green (dim or bright) if you set it that way. This takes more battery power, but I recommend it so that you can tell if the unit is on or off, without having to turn the screen on or plug in headphones to listen and potentially draining your power without knowing it.

Software interface
It's simple and intuitive. Similar to Winamp minus the skins and fancy equalizer. You can bring down a pull down menu of all the songs you've loaded, there's an simpler equalizer where you can adjust bass, treble, and general frequency settings (none of which I really used), sliders for volume and track position (volume adjustable through the up and down keys as well), options to view details of mp3 tracks, and set modes of play (repeat, shuffle, etc.), as well as oversized standard buttons for play, stop, etc.

Loading music
Easy enough. All you need to do is ensure that all your music files are indeed mp3 format, drag and drop, and your next hotsync op will transfer the songs over. On the desktop software, it even tells you how much space you've got left before you transfer. Takes about a minute to transfer the full capacity. Pretty reasonable considering it Is USB 1.1.

Stability/reliability
Reliability has been good. I've never needed any tech support, and the thing's never broken down on me before. There have been times where upon plugging it in, I get "module was inserted improperly" or "Module seems hung, please try again". I sometimes get that once or twice in a row. The only time I get it 6 times in a row was when I left it in the car for weeks, in 35F degree weather, which I guessing was due to the cold.

Tech support
N/A as far as I'm concerned. The company is still there, but they've changed their business model. I tried calling them up about months after they changed their ways (this was approximately around summer of '02) and only one guy was there who had a decent understanding of what this product is and does. He wasn't able to answer my question though. Don't count on getting ANY tech support. IMO, this product is well made, so assuming there's nothing wrong with your Visor, tech support won't be needed.

Other notes
First, you can play games, take notes while the music is playing simply by hitting the home button. You actually need to hit the 'stop' button either internally or externally to actually turn it off. You could also leave the screen off to save battery. Next, you don't have the option of rearranging your playlist on the handheld. You need to do that before you load the music on there. Finally, only 64MB of nonexpendable memory? That makes this best suited for workouts, grocery shopping, and "low-end" users. 128MB would've been IDEAL. 4.5 stars is my actual rating, since there are some trivial issues with this, but it does deliver what it says smoothly and acceptably.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stay Away from this "BAD" TECHNOLOGY Product!
If your thinking of purchasing the SoundsGood Player, stay away. GOOD Technology no longer supports it's own player and have gone on to the two way pager systems business(i.e., Blackberry clones). So if your looking for s/w upgrade you'll be seriously out of luck. I've had the Sounds Good Player for about 2 years (being ultra busy), I have reserved my judgement until now. First off, I had problems from the start because I did not have a USB port or Windows 2000 (so the unit was unused for about 4-6 months). Once I got a new pc, it worked for a little while but was very buggy. Freezing during transfers and random blue screens of death etc.

I even upgraded the Palm OS a couple of times (for the Visor prism.) The player hardly plays at all and gets hung on the device everytime I try to play it. The only time it may work is when I synch it with my pc and then listen to it immediately thereafter. The whole purpose of this device is to be PORTABLE and not chained to the workstation. I recommend this item as a door stop!

5-0 out of 5 stars Gotta get it!
I received the SoundsGood player for Xmas and I have had a great time with it. The install is easy (as it says on the box!), the setup is easy, and the interface is easy. The only difficulty I had was picking out which 64MB of music I wanted. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of sound, I haven't used the included headphones, but even with my simple discman headphones I was amazed! if you're looking to find a new, fun use for your Visor, pick this up! Another cool feature is that I got a little battery pack for the player, so I don't even need to take my Visor with me to listen to music, and the pack just slips right over this module! I suggest both products for anyone that wants truly portable music! Enjoy! ... Read more


2. Good Technology SoundsGood EnergyClip Springboard Module for MP3 Player
list price: $39.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004YZD0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Good Technology
Sales Rank: 27084
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Good Technology's SoundsGood EnergyClip for the SoundsGood digital audioSpringboard module enables you to listen to MP3 audio without inserting it intoyour Handspring Visor. Just take your music-loaded SoundsGood audio player fromyour Visor, pop it into the EnergyClip, and you're good to go. Take yourEnergyClip to the gym, the beach, or anywhere your Visor shouldn't go. A singleAA battery provides power for over 10 hours of on-the-go listening. ... Read more

Features

  • Designed for use with the SoundsGood digital audio Springboard module for the Handspring Visor
  • Powers module with single AA battery
  • Listen to MP3 audio at the gym, the beach, or anywhere your Visor shouldn't go
  • Provides over 10 hours of power
  • Includes belt clip

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Sounds Good MP3 with Energy clip
I think this is a great product. I have used other MP3s and this has a very fast method to load music onto it. With 64 mb, the music load speed is important. I used the energy clip during my workouts. I can get about 1.5 hours of music on this and the MP3 inside the clip is very small (3"X4") so I do not even notice it on me as I move about. Great product with bad marketing. There are very good used values out there. Enjoy.

2-0 out of 5 stars Nice looking but cheap
OK - the MP3 module is nice, though it does not hold a lot of music. Typically 12-14 songs however, the ease of downloading into the visor and module is very nice. Now, about the clip...What a peice of garbage. For anyone who works out or does anything active and wants music to tag along, this IS NOT the equipment for the job. The clip does not secure to anything and if the energy hits the ground, forget it, you will be using super glue and rubber bands to hold it together. You would think that with all the technology out there, Soundsgood would come out with something a little more impressive and durable for those with an active life style- I know I would be willing to pay a little more for something more durable applicable for working out. Please, invent something, quickly!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great gadget
Like I said great gadget but I wish that the mp3 player itself is just as good. I hope that Good Technology has improved on the little player because it is the worst so far in eminating noise.
The sony stick is the least that eminates noise.
This review isn't about mp3 players it is about this battery pack
and it does well for what it is intended for.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific Add-on to your Handspring Visor
I love the Good Technology MP3 player addon... In particular this tiny (even though the picture makes it look bigger) battery pack makes it the perfect walkman for the Gym... I love it!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Nifty cool keen
I recieved this as a gift for christmas with my soundsgood audio player. I love it. When i go to places where i wouldn't want my 300 platinum getting damaged, but yet, my need for MP3's is as thirsty as ever, i just click it in, and i can listen to my music. I couldn't live without this. I recommend it. ... Read more


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