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I'm looking for an MP3 player mainly for listening to podcast.

Must have features:

  • MicroUSB cable (for data transfer)
  • 512 MB internal memory or more
  • Buttons for seeking backward/forward 2-5 seconds (in case of missed words)
  • Easy to handle in a pocket (without looking at it)
  • Delete files from memory function
  • Linux support

Nice to have features:

  • Standard/replaceable batteries (AA/AAA)
  • Can be used during charging (if battery is not AA/AAA)
  • Bookmarking, advanced bookmarking function (mark files as listened, etc.)
  • Is AA/AAA batteries really more important than internal battery? – enderland Oct 5 '15 at 16:21
  • @enderland: It's nice to have as internal batteries tend to die after a few years, usually hard to replace them or buy replacement ones but you can buy AA batteries in every shop. – palacsint Oct 5 '15 at 18:04
  • Why do you want a microUSB cable when you will use replaceable batteries? – Firepower0701 Oct 8 '15 at 21:31
  • @Firepower0701: For uploading mp3 files/podcasts :) – palacsint Oct 8 '15 at 21:32
  • That makes sense. I was thinking of something more like an SD card transfer. But why do you want to charge replaceable batteries? – Firepower0701 Oct 8 '15 at 21:33
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I'm not sure about dedicated MP3 players but you can buy any cheap prepaid Android phone and use the app of your preference. I really like DoggCatcher, but there are many other podcast apps to choose from.

I recently bought a $15 LG something-or-other prepaid Verizon phone and use it exclusively for podcasts and using email over WiFi.

Some headphones have additional controls which can control your media player app.

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