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    SLCentralHardwareReviewsPDA Jun 6th, 2020 - 12:07 AM EST
    Good Technology SoundsGood MP3 Player Module
    Author: Tom Solinap
    Date Posted: May 3rd, 2001
    Rating: 9.5/10 SystemLogistics


    So what's in the box? The SoundsGood came with a carrying case, head phones, a quick start guide and installation CD. The quick start guide pretty much goes through everything you need to know to get music from your PC onto the SoundsGood and start listening. Installation really isn't complicated, and the module comes with it's own software to play the MP3s. Before you can start listening to your favorite songs, you need to install the Good Desktop on your PC. This program basically allows you to manage MP3 file transfers between your PC and the SoundsGood. After I installed that, I could have transferred files to the player if I wanted to. As an option, you can also install the MusicMatch Jukebox audio player and some free MP3 songs. I opted not to try the MP3s that came with the player, but I did install MusicMatch. The MusicMatch software not only allows you to play MP3s but also record CDs and resample songs.

    Since most if not all my MP3s have a bit rate of 192 Kbps, they're rather large. I wanted to fit as many songs on the SoundsGood as I possibly can, so I used MusicMatch to resample my songs to a bit rate of 64 Kbps. I managed to fit 34 songs on the player with the new sample rate, compared to only 11 with the higher sample rate. Although CD quality is 128 Kbps, the lower 64 Kbps isn't that bad. You have to decide which is more important to you, more songs or better quality. It doesn't take long to transfer 64 MB worth of files, about 4 minutes. The fast transfer rate is due to the Good Desktop software. It transfers data differently than the HotSync method, so you can't HotSync to transfer files but you also get a faster transfer rate.

    After all my files have been transferred, I could control the built in player through the Visor's screen or through the external buttons. The player that comes with the SoundsGood is decent and has features most other MP3 players have. The software has an intuitive user interface so you won't get confused, and it even supports color if you have the Visor Prism. You can search through the files on the SoundsGood and display information about the MP3 file. It also comes with Bass and Treble adjustments and repeat 1, repeat all, or shuffle modes. The external buttons make it convenient so you can still listen to music and control the audio player while you run other applications on your Visor or while the Visor screen is off. That's definitely a battery saver. The headphones that came with the module are better than normal.

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    Name: SoundsGood Player
    Company: GoodTechnology
    Release Date: 9/6/00
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