Daily Giz Wiz 426: Insignia Pilot Bluetooth MP3 Player

Episode 426 of the podcast

Insignia Pilot Bluetooth MP3 Player
Subject: Review of Insignia Pilot Bluetooth MP3 Player
Released:Monday 22 October 2007
Length:about 18 minutes
Download file:DGW-426.mp3 (8.2 MB)
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Short info

Listen via Bluetooth headphones to the Insignia Pilot Bluetooth MP3 Player.

Detailed information

Available exclusively from Best Buy, the Insignia Pilot NS-4V24 has 4GB storage, expandable by SD card, 2.4" high-resolution LCD screen, bult-in digital FM tuner with 20 presets.  If you like what you hear on the radio, you can save the track and artist info from FM stations broadcasting RDS data.  Supports mp3, wav, wma (including Plays For Sure DRM), ogg vorbis, Audible, mpeg-4, wmv, jpg.  PC and Mac compatible, although Mac compatibility is limited to the player being a mass storage device (mini USB cable included), and you can drag compatible media files from your Mac on to the player.  Dimensions are just under 4" x 2" x 0.5".

For PCs, the bundled software includes the Best Buy Digital Music Store Software, for media management, and the ArcSoft Media Converter, for media conversion.  The player is Rhapsody-compliant and can access music on Rhapsody if you have a subscription (again PC only).

You can use the player to record from the radio, or from a line-in source via the auxiliary jack (which also doubles up as a second headphone jack so that 2 persons can listen at the same time).  The bluetooth supports A2DP and works with any A2DP-compliant headphones, such as the Motorola MotoROKR S9 (Episode 422).

An 8GB model, the Pilot NS-8V24, is also available.

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