Check out these features:

  • Supports MP3 and WMA (and mounts as a hard drive)
  • 4 GB storage
  • 10+ hr removable lithium-ion battery
  • Size is 3" x 2.5" x 0.4" for the one standing up, 2.4" x 3.1" x 0.4" for the one laying down. Around the size of the iPod mini, but smaller in some dimensions.
  • USB 2.0 or Firewire, and recharges over the connection
  • RIM-style navigation, including side scrollwheel and back button
  • AM/FM radio, including "Personal Audio Recorder" features such as recording at scheduled times, pausing live radio, and actively buffering the last 30 minutes in RAM


There's only one problem: it doesn't exist.

I've been looking for an MP3 player with, at minimum, 4 GB, WMA support, and a built-in radio (not on a "remote"). Ideally it would be relatively small with a big display and navigation that doesn't require a clumsy protruding joystick-like apparatus. Any suggestions?

My failure to find a good player did give me an excuse to do some 3D modeling and rendering, though. :-) The above image illustrates what I want hardware-wise (within the constraints of current, inexpensive technology) and is also my first attempt to use radiosity and HDRI in Lightwave. There are no lights in the scene, only the High Dynamic Range Image for the environment, and a gray plane for the ground. This approach tends to produce more realistic images, at the expense of rendering time: the 800x600 version of this image took over 48 hours to render on a 2.4 GHz P4. Of course, there are a variety of techniques you can use to significantly reduce rendering time (using multiple passes, "baking" radiosity info onto the surface, interpolated mode, etc.), but so far all of the things I've tried degraded the quality too much for a still image like this one (reflection, etc.).