MSI MegaStick1 MP3/FM Radio/USB Drive
The evolution of technology,
isn't it a curious thing? To get to the MSI 5-in-1 Megastick 1 MP3 player we
first have to look back, look way... back, to the time of the simple floppy
disk. Storing 1.44MB of data it offered ease of use, low cost and broad
compatibility. As file sizes bloated, the floppy gradually multiplied into 5
packs and then 20 packs. Pretty soon after the floppy became impractical as a
portable, removable, and inexpensive storage solution. The ZIP drive gave us
all a little breathing room, but like Iomega's stock price, never really rose,
or gained widespread acceptance as did the humble 1.44MB floppy.
There were brief flirtations
with CDROMs, Superdisks, Jazz drives, and plenty of other mediums but nothing
really dominated. Then USB, and the USB drive hit the marketplace. It was quick
to use, inexpensive, driverless and able to store hundreds of MegaBytes of
data. That was just the right equation to catch on.
Fast forward past the whole
Napster-MP3-Digital Music-RIAA debacle and the inundation of an army of shiny
dedicated portable MP3 players, and the stage is set.
USB hard drives (solid state
RAM with a USB jack sticking out one end) and portable MP3 players finally
merged to form multi use digital appliances like the MSI 5-in-1 MegaStick1. After
all, if you can store 128MB of data on the USB hard drive, why shouldn't you be
able to use for music playback, or some voice recording?
With built in memory (non-expandable) and full MP3
playback capability, other features thrown in for good measure are a
digital FM radio, and voice recorder. All of this hangs from a decidedly
un-Sony lanyard. But hey, you can't win them all right?
||MSI MegaStick 1
| One AAA battery, megastick, a USB-to-USB extension cable, headphones
lanyard, pamplet, driver CDROM.
Running on a single AAA battery (included) the MSI MegaStick1 stores up
to 128MB of data, allows you to listen to the radio when
you run out MP3s, or even just to make a quick verbal note. An
electroluminescent backlight enables the LCD to be seen even in the dark, and
a Jog-dial helps with file navigation.
The controls are moderately good, but the LCD text
a little too small, and the menu navigation somewhat unintuitive. Overcome those
minor hurdles and you have a pretty neat little unit that even James Bond would