My MP3 player decided to take a dirt nap this morning so I went out to buy a new one.  The first thing that I noticed is that all of the new players are USB changed.  While this may be good for the environment it isn't good for long rides to work.  Actually it is a conspiracy to sell more junk.  Now you need a mobile changer for your MP3 player.  SUCKER!

I found one that looked like it had decent features and bought it.  Now maybe I am just a geek, but I don't want to have to install software to deal with a product that is really just a flash device.  Worse yet XP decided that it recognized the player and changed the way Windows Explorer shows the device. 

Now if it had done that immediately it wouldn't have been so bad, but it first showed it as a drive and then changed the view.  Now I can't see the files that I originally transferred to the player.  I can play them, but I can't manage them.  I am sure I will eventually dig up a way to either manage or delete them, but it is just aggravating.

Ultimately I don't consider something user friendly if it only works for one set of users.  Buyer beware!  Better yet, remember this lesson as you design and implement systems.


I knew I would find it.  Buried deep in the menu of the device itself was a setting for access mode.