A flash-based MP3 player. It was pretty good.
- ~2015-08-27 - Mostly-replaced by Zaurus SL-C1000
Replaces Creative NOMAD MuVo2
2007-10-16 resolved my Dell DJ Ditty issues, sortof.
Dell's DJ Ditty is a newer-generation interpretation of the same form factor and interface which the We Wa Concertmaster II 256MB MP3 Player used.
I also got myself some https://www.iskin.com/ silicone protectors in various colours, one of which wasn't offensive. I'm calling it my MP3-condom. Having it on will mean that I won't damage my Pentax OptioWP by having them rub together. I've since stopped using the skin since I got a cover for my camera.
I lost every other mp3 player I've had, so I got the uber-warranty on this one. It cost half the price of the actual device. =/
I've mostly stopped using this in preference for my Zaurus SL-C1000 but I'm back with using it occasionally because it's smaller and more portable.
- Cannot delete files.
- Using the equalizer settings seems to artificially boost the volume. Annoying.
- The volume is not smooth, especially when using the rock equalizer.
- When switching to the rock equalizer, one can use the volume function and change the volume.
- No functionality to exit the menus completely. The Concertmaster had the power button do that.
- Menuing is quite annoyingly buried for some functions. There is only one item for "information" so it doesn't deserve its own submenu.
- Shopping from Dell is a crappy experience.
- Not nearly as good value as the Apple nano.
- Uses a Li-Ion battery instead of AAAs like its predecessors. This seems to be the trend.
- Has issues with the sound level not being consistent when changing volume. It's a smooth progression and then it hops up a huge notch. Unfortunately my preferred volume is somewhere in that gap.
- The equalizer, set to rock, raises the volume a LOT.
- When changing equalizer settings, the volume control switch won't move the menus it'll instead change the volume.. but only for a moment.
If you pause the playback and it is set to automatically turn off, it will turn off and reset itself back to the first song in the list.
Very very good quality sound at low volume (when not using an equalizer).
The death of my Dj Ditty ∞
- It started randomly hanging
- It got so bad one day that I ended up reformatting it.
- I ended up reproducing the problem, and then calling them.
- They bumbled around looking for a solution.
- They asked me to re-flash it
- It would hang trying to do that.
- I responded to their tech email, following their instructions
- They didn't seem to get my emails.
- I called them and it took 1/2 an hour to bumble around to finally get a replacement sent.
- Overall this has taken several weeks of nonsense.
- They won't let me upgrade and I don't know if I can extend the warranty.
They don't know what they're sending out to me, if it's refurbished or some other thing.
But it'll probably get here next-day. Yay.
The next version ∞
In late November 2007 it seems to have died as well. It's seen as a device by the firmware tool but it won't do anything. It can't be seen as a device except maybe in Linux, but no OS can actually do anything with it..
Of course, my warranty ran out mid-Nov.
dmesg gives all kinds of fun errors, like:
I called Dell support: 1-877-335-5767,1,3,1 and talked with a tech to learn that my warranty was over but we did some troubleshooting nonetheless.
I tried his steps, but they didn't work. A variation did though.
Solution: Use the dell firmware tool to nuke it, and check off the option to wipe the contents.
In Windows, it works as a USB device now.
Then after pulling it out, do nothing for a few minutes. It needs time to re-initialize.
Plugging it into my Linux box,
dmesg looks good:
cfdisk looks odd, but don't worry.. I think.
mounting also works. df shows stuff like:
/dev/sdi1 496M 81M 416M 17% /mnt/mnt
416M .. interesting how cfdisk was wrong.
SO.. my formatting on Linux is what was completely screwing it over.