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    SLCentralHardwareReviewsPDA Apr 19th, 2019 - 12:05 PM EST
    Good Technology SoundsGood MP3 Player Module
    Author: Tom Solinap
    Date Posted: May 3rd, 2001
    Rating: 9.5/10 SystemLogistics

    Pros

    The SoundsGood Audio Player has a lot of good things going for it. The reduced price of $149 is very tempting considering the higher price of other similar MP3 player solutions out there. The player originally launched for over $250, so having the price drop down that considerably is good for us consumers. You get 64 MB of memory, which can hold about an hour of CD quality music. That should be good for most people. In addition to that you still have 1 MB of flash memory for future upgrades to the software. Installation was quick and very user friendly. The built-in audio player is easy to use and has a lot of functionality. The Good Desktop transfers files to the audio player very fast so you don't have to wait long when you're changing songs. The inclusion of MusicMatch Jukebox software is also good since you can resample songs through it. You get all these features in a surprisingly small package. The SoundsGood is a standard sized Springboard module and virtually adds no size to the Visor. The Visor cover could even be placed on the back while the SoundsGood is installed. Size definitely matters when it comes to the portable world. The external controls allow the use of the SoundsGood while the Visor screen is off. The SoundsGood already consumes very low power so having this feature helps even more. In addition to those, the SoundsGood can be used as a standalone MP3 player with the use of the EnergyClip accessory that's sold separately. Here's a summary of the pros I've found:

    • New low price
    • Flash upgradeable software
    • Easy to use
    • Fast transfer rate of files through Good Desktop (250 Kbps)
    • Small size
    • Efficient power consumption
    • EnergyClip accessory to use the player without the Visor

    Cons

    The SoundsGood is a great product so there really aren't that many cons. The memory isn't upgradeable so you are stuck with 64 MB for life. I mean that's not bad at all but with people having large MP3 collections these days 64 MB isn't enough to hold all the songs you want to listen to. Also if a removable storage media like smart cards or compact flash cards were used then it would have been useful in terms of organizing your MP3s. Put your running music on one card and your relaxing music on another card and just switch cards when you need to. Instead, you have to erase and reload songs on the player. Not as convenient as the newer portable MP3 players out there that support some sort of memory upgrades. Another little flaw is in the MusicMatch software implementation. Even though MusicMatch does allow you to resample songs, you have to do it manually and then transfer them to the SoundsGood. Other portable MP3 players out there that use MusicMatch have a built-in plug in where you can specify the bit rate of all the MP3s before you transfer them into your player. So basically all the MP3s will be resampled to the specified bit rate automatically before they are transferred. Here's a quick rundown on the cons I've found:

    • Memory not upgradeable
    • Can't resample songs automatically
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    Name: SoundsGood Player
    Company: GoodTechnology
    Release Date: 9/6/00
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