Two weeks back I bought a FiiO X5 Digital Audio Player from Amazon. I was tired of dragging around my Centrance HiFi-M8 to get the best quality sound out of my iPhone, and I was still limited to 64GB of storage on the iPhone. The X5 can take 2x 128GB MicroSD cards, so I could actually store all my lossless music on the thing.
The issue with anything-other-than-an-iDevice is syncing… but this doohickey connects via USB and essentially shows up on the machine as a drive… so I set to work and wrote Dapper last weekend. It automates copying files and playlists to an X5 including the correct formatting etc.. and a handy dandy slider to select how much music to put on card A vs Card B.
Well, two weeks is a long time, and I have returned the X5 and got an Astell and Kern AK100_II to work with.
Its better in terms of UI by far. In fact after hunting through 3000 songs on the X5 with a scroll wheel I am seriously doubting that the PonoPlayer will be any good whatsoever with its paltry interface… The AK100 is an android device and shows up only in software that supports MTP over USB… If I can get Simple-MTPFS going on OSX I will be in business – its a library that mounts MTP devices as drives under OSX, in which case Dapper can operate as per usual.
In the mean time I have bought a shim that essentially does Simple-MTPFS and this is the result – splitting my library roughly 1/3 on the internal storage (64GB) and 2/3 on the SD card (128GB)