· What kind of music files will it play? Will it play VQF/AAC/MPEG4/OGG/MP3Pro, etc.?
(Entry last updated on May 4th, 2008)
As of software version 2.0, the player will play MP2, MP3, WMA (unprotected), and WAV files. Variable bit rate MP3 files are fully supported.
Other formats are not supported at this time, due to a lack of demand. OGG and FLAC have been added in the version 3.0 software, although that version was Alpha when development on it was stopped.
You should be able to convert other formats into MP3 or WMA, provided that there's not any Digital Rights Management (DRM) copy-protection to get around. Many file formats can be converted using utilities found by doing a web search.
Please note that songs purchased from Apple's iTunes service are both (a) copy protected using a proprietary Apple scheme, and (b) encoded in AAC format, which is not supported by the empeg (or anything other than an iPod for the most part). Some utilities are available to work around this, such as the Hymn project.
If you can't transcode a file directly into MP3, then at the very least you should be able to use something like Total Recorder to do the conversion for you. Also keep in mind that many of these kinds of files (such as iTunes files) can be burned as audio tracks onto an audio CD, which you can then turn around and rip as an MP3. Please have a peek at this entry for things to keep in mind regarding audio file format conversion.