Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Welcome to the mobiBLU Cube MP3 Blog Site


Hello, and welcome to the mobiBLU DAH-1500i blog site. We look forward to hearing all your comments and suggestions.

For those of you who are not familiar with the mobiBLU DAH-1500i, its the worlds smallest full featured digital audio player.

- It's slightly less than 1" square
- It has an OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) display
- It has FM Radio, FM Recording, and Voice Recording
- It supports MP3, WMA and protected WMA (DRM)
- And more!

This site is for future owners to ask questions and for current owners to share their experiences and provide their comments about the product. Everyone will receive "factory direct" responses!

Thank you from Team mobiBLU!

742 Comments:

At 8:20 PM, Blogger Donna said...

Hello! Is this cute device considered to be PlaysForSure enabled? If not, do you plan to release firmware to upgrade it to PFS status?

 
At 10:35 PM, Blogger ydkjman said...

Isn't PlaysForSure pretty much dealing with WMA type music / songs ?

 
At 11:13 PM, Blogger guppieluv said...

will you be selling the usb/charging cable separately, just in case people want to have more than one?

 
At 1:10 AM, Blogger odissimus said...

I would like to see it. Can I go to a Wal-Mart and check it out or is it only online? I'm not a big fan of stock ear buds. Are there any other recomended headphones?

 
At 8:16 AM, Blogger Donna said...

mikkael, that's what confuses me. I only started looking into mp3 players last weekend so I don't quite get it...

 
At 8:31 AM, Blogger bruh_jun said...

Does anybody know how the audio sounds?

 
At 12:47 PM, Blogger Team mobiBLU said...

donna and mikkael - The DAH-1500i supports "protected WMA" files and is compatible with many major music download sites. However, it is not "PlayForSure". PlayForSure is a Microsoft approval and is one requirement (along with another Microsoft standard called JANUS) for subscription based services. The DAH-1500i is not a JANUS compatible device and therefore is not compatiable with with subscription based services (but because it supports WMA DRM there are millions of tracks available out there from major sites where you purchase individual downloads, such as walmart.com's music download site).

This is a complex issue, and I hope we were able to add clarity to the subject.

Thank You!
Bob Fullerton, Team mobiBLU
Director of Product Marketing

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger Team mobiBLU said...

guppieluv - We plan to sell extra USB/Charging cables on our web site. Please stay tuned and I will try to let everyone know when we have them available.

Thank You,

Bob Fullerton, Team mobiBLU
Director of Product Marketing

 
At 12:49 PM, Blogger Team mobiBLU said...

odissimus - The DAH-1500i is currently only available online at walmart.com

 
At 1:18 PM, Blogger Team mobiBLU said...

bruh_jun - The product reviewers who have reported on the DAH-1500i have all been very positive with respect to audio quality. The litte Cube has SRS/Truebass sound enhancment, and for its size, people in the media are saying its as good or better than full size players offered from other companies. There is a good online review that talks about the audio quality here http://www.pocketnow.com/index.php?a=portal_detail&t=reviews&id=681

Thank You!
Bob Fullerton, Team mobiBLU

 
At 1:21 PM, Blogger Donna said...

Thanks, Bob - does it work with "all" download services that support those file types? I sometimes jump around between Napster, Rhapsody, Walmart, etc. (all the official PlaysForSure stores). If it will work with all those stores (for downloads), then it's for me!

I understand now that it won't work with the subscriptions but I'm not sure that type of music access is right for me, anyway.

Thanks!

 
At 1:22 PM, Blogger tzitziki2005 said...

DAH-1500i SHOULD BE PlaysForSure compatible, read on...

As far as I know the DAH-1500i uses the Sigmatel STMP35xx family of System-On-Chip (SOC) mp3 solutions. I realized that when I first used the firmware update tool. In the "MP3 Update" tool the system chip is identified as "3500" and the program is written by Sigmatel so it's kinda obvious.

Now one can find more information about the STMP35xx family of chips online at:
http://www.sigmatel.com/products/stmp35xxpb.htm

By looking at the exact spevifications of the chips on the PDF document:
http://www.sigmatel.com/documents/App-Brief1-Flash-MP3-7-1.pdf

... and knowing already the feature set of DAH-1500i one can deduce that the actual chip used in the DAH-1500i is the STMP3506 (which supports mp3 encoding and USB2.0).

Now according this document:
http://www.sigmatel.com/documents/MP3%20Digital%20Rights%20Management%20Solution%20brief%205-25-05.pdf

... versions 3.x of the Sigmatel SDK for the STMP35xx family support PlaysForSure !!! This fact can also verified in this document:
http://www.sigmatel.com/documents/MP3%20Portable%20SOC%20Selector%20Guide%205-25-05.pdf

So my big question now is this. Should we be waiting (in the next month or so) for a new firmware that supports PlaysForSure which means Napster2Go and Yahoo Unlimited or should I return my player to Walmart now?

Thanks

 
At 1:24 PM, Blogger Team mobiBLU said...

odissman (and everyone else) - There is a good online VIDEO review of the DAH-1500i by CNET Networks where you can see the player and features demonstrated.

http://reviews.cnet.com/MobiBlu_DAH_1500i_1GB_Black/4505-6490_7-31473739.html?tag=pdtl-list

 
At 1:30 PM, Blogger tzitziki2005 said...

There are better headphones. I personally bought the SONY MDR-NX1 in white which are in-ear design with good bass responce but poor high frequency. I adjusted the user EQ accordingly by boosting the high frequencies. I have to say that now the DAH-1500i and the SONYs are a match made in heaven.

Let me note that the SONY's are the same design (wear as a neckless) as the stock mobiBLU and you can get them for cheap (I paid around $35)

 
At 1:35 PM, Blogger tzitziki2005 said...

I really wanted to post my comment about headphones directly under "odissimus" question but I can't.

You know why? Because blogging is NOT the way to provide a place for customers to exchange opinions. That's why forums exist. In the forum format a user can start a thread and other people can post replies or start sub-threads. Blogging sucks for user interaction.

Sorry for the upset tone but mobiBLU needs some catching up to do in the Web Site, customer support department ...

 
At 1:43 PM, Blogger tzitziki2005 said...

By the way what was changed in the 100.100.105 firmware? Any new features added? Sorry to post this here but I couldn't find this information anywhere on your site.

 
At 1:47 PM, Blogger Team mobiBLU said...

tzitziki2005 - you are right and we would like to change over to forum based message site when we have time. Thanks for the input.

 
At 2:57 PM, Blogger bruh_jun said...

I'm kinda new to the "portable mp3 player" world: are MSNMusic downloads "PlaysForSure"? Any one can answer.

 
At 4:28 PM, Blogger Donna said...

Yes, bruh_jun, Microsoft is "in charge of" the PlaysForSure classification (devices and song download sites have to meet certain criteria/testing with Microsoft) so MSN Music is definitely one of them. There's a website at playsforsure.com which explains a little more (but not much).

 
At 7:15 PM, Blogger Omar said...

I only want to know when is the cube going to be on sale at the store, because i dont have an adress in the US?

 
At 10:38 PM, Blogger Team mobiBLU said...

Let me try to explain this as simply as possible. The DAH-1500i works with all music download sites that let you download individual songs. If you get these songs free, the files are usually in the MP3 or WMA format. If the site charges per download, then the file type is usually "protected" WMA, also known as WMA DRM. When you purchase a song from say, walmart.com music download site, it comes to you as a WMA DRM type file. AND YOU OWN THAT SONG FOREVER. You bought it...you own it! The DAH-1500i supports MP3, WMA, and (protected) WMA DRM.

The DAH-1500i is not compatible with SUBSCRIPTION BASED services, such as NapsterToGO, Yahoo, and Rhapsody. Subscription based services are where you pay a monthly fee for all the music you can download but you never own the music...you are actually leasing the music. The moment your subscription runs out or you stop payment, you lose all legal rights to the on your PC and your portable device, and everything is automatically enabled so that you can't play it anymore. Again, the DAH-1500i does not support subscription based services.

 
At 10:42 PM, Blogger Team mobiBLU said...

omar - what country are you living in?

 
At 11:35 PM, Blogger peter said...

Are there any skins or special covers that are going to be available here in the U.S.? I noticed on the www.mobiblu.com website, they had special protective covers that had Hello Kitty or Snoopy as a design.

 
At 11:39 PM, Blogger peter said...

In fact, are there going to be ANY accessories for my dah-1500i! It's a cool mp3 player, let me accessorize it! AC charger? Car charger? Different headsets for different size ears? Let me know!

 
At 3:39 AM, Blogger Kerii said...

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At 3:43 AM, Blogger Kerii said...

Is there a possibility for Chinese, Korean, and Japanese language menus in a future firmware release?

I thought it would come with them seeing as they already support filenames in those three languages. This is one of the most multilingual compatible players I've ever seen. :)


By the way, I'm finding the "clip" feature to be very annoying when I try to enable/disable HOLD. Will there be some way to disable it?

 
At 6:29 AM, Blogger tzitziki2005 said...

So it is clear that the cube DOES NOT support subscription services. But let me just state that the subscription model is a really cool! Access to online music through Yahoo or Napster is like paying for electricity or your cell phone. You pay $4.95 per month (Yahoo price) and you get music. You pay $39.95 and you get cellphone.

Yes when you don't pay your cellphone bill your celphone dies (like the songs get disabled) but that's the beauty of it.

Anyway I personally REALLY like the subscription services and what I would like to know is if we should be waiting for a firmware update that will support them. As I explained in previous detailed posting the Cube in theory SHOULD be able to support PlaysForSure so what's the story. Will we get it or not?

 
At 9:47 AM, Blogger Team mobiBLU said...

tzitziki2005 - Please contact me by email at bob@mobibluamerica.com with your contact information.

 
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At 5:48 PM, Blogger gobofraggle said...

Would it be possible in the next version of the firmware to have a FASTER SCROLL SPEED? I find that even the fastest speed is kinda slow. Also (wish list) displaying MP3 Tags would be great too.

Keep up the great work!

 
At 11:54 PM, Blogger hira said...

I definitely agree with the faster scroll speed, ID3 tags, as well as being able to sort by filename/ID3 tags. Maybe it's just me, but it'd be nice that once the screen goes off, if the hold button is pressed as opposed to any other button to turn the screen back on, if it displayed the clock instead of only being able to see the clock if the music is paused.

 
At 6:42 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Great device!
I was thrilled to have the necklace earphones and rubber housing included.
Please provide an AC charger (wall/car) so we can use it on vacation or elsewhere where USB charging is not available.
Something similar to this item I use for my cellphone would be great:
http://dyn.boxwave.com/products/detail.cfm?pid=23
Thanks for considering it...

 
At 7:19 AM, Blogger Bionic_Brain said...

Hi. I live in canada and bought the cube version DAH-1500s with firmware 1.34a . I can't upgrade the firmware using the same instructions as the 1500i. I have e-mailed support @mobiblu 5 or 6 times over the past month with no response. can some one PLEASE help me? I have also sent e-mails to them about the fact that they advertise the cube coming with a case when it doesn't. It appears that no one at mobiblu responds to e-mails.

 
At 10:11 AM, Blogger peter said...

I agree bionic_brian. I've left messages and questions with the mobiblu support team, still no response. They seem to be helpful in only some topics and avoid others. It's too bad, they have a good product and they can't seem to help support it.

 
At 11:48 AM, Blogger Omar said...

I live in Tijuana Mexico

 
At 8:57 PM, Blogger Laird Popkin said...

Is there any chance of this player supporting AAC format audio? I keep all of my music in iTunes, using AAC because it's a very high quality/compact format (and I try to avoid proprietary formats like WMA). Of course, it all plays fine on the iPod and iRiver players, and on my cell phone, but this mobiBLU player has captured my imagination. It would be great to be able to play my music on it. And the thought of re-encoding all of music (several GB) is enough to keep me from buying this player.

 
At 10:41 PM, Blogger Greyseeker said...

What's with AAC people actually use it? What's wrong with MP3 - AAC is using a rotary phone. :)

I've ordered one from Walmart (as much as I dislike their corporate policies) and am having it delivered to my house in Palm Springs since they won't deliver here. I live in Canada most of the year. So, I will get it next time I go down.

 
At 9:06 AM, Blogger Bionic_Brain said...

still no help? HELP ME GOD DAM YOU MOBIBLU I PAYED $220 for this peice of sh!t that cant upgrade firmware has NO fm radio Has NO USB 2.0 AND clips so loud between songs that it hurts. Its really not fair the the U.S. customers get a better product than the Canadian ones.

 
At 9:14 AM, Blogger Bionic_Brain said...

Also My cube did not come with a case. I was lead to believe it did from the information on your website ( http://www.mobibluamerica.com/flashbased.html ) . Is their any way you could send me one? Or could you recommend an online retailer where I could purchase a cube case?

Thank you.
Have A wonderful Day.

 
At 1:41 PM, Blogger Omar said...

i only want to know when are you goint to put it at sale at the store?

can anybody tell me?

 
At 5:57 PM, Blogger juventus said...

tzitziki2005, I'm with you. I love the $5/month yahoo subscription. I'm also curious if a firmware upgrade will do it, or if I should return the player now.

 
At 7:57 PM, Blogger Jason said...

I have had my mobiblu Dah-1500i for about two weeks. The sound quality is wonderful. The small buttons are hard to use at first but then they become second nature. they play mp3s and wma's really well. the only problem is that they cant read my napster Dmv protected wma's. maybe they will come out with a firmware that will fix that.

 
At 9:30 PM, Blogger weatherall said...

The dah1500i is a really great-looking mp3 player. I am interested in the red 1gb model but walmart.com is out of stock. Any comments on how long it takes to replenish stock, or if other online retailers will sell them in the future?

 
At 9:43 PM, Blogger Maglione said...

Hey there, I am new, but I know quite a bit about these mp3 players. You gies are saying that you would rather have i-pod's firmware on this DAH-1500i where as, Sony has something out called ATRAC3PLUS and you can fit 650 songs on the 1 gig. mp3 players. It is suppose to be C.D. quality. Mabye SONY and Mobiblu should team up and see what they can do. I know what you gies are talking about, I wrote them too, about a month ago and no responce. Everyone just has to give them a break, they didnt know that it was going to hit this fast. For the Canadian guy, what you could do it return that one, even sell it on e-bay and get an I version off of there. It isnt that hard. Well, I just hope that Mobiblu can get back on their feet and keep up with costumers...:)... Well, I will talk to you later,
Maglione

 
At 9:48 PM, Blogger Maglione said...

Oh, by the way, I am just wondering when you gies think that you are going to come out with more accessories. I am extremely satisfied with my Mobiblu DAH-1500i. Also, what do you plan on having out for this version? New headphones? Remote? I also hear that you already have protective cases on here, I just cant find it on the site. Off to bed,
Maglione

 
At 10:53 AM, Blogger HuckieP said...

As others have posted here, since you need to use the proprietary USB-headphone jack cord to recharge the batteries, is there some adapter or method that you can use in order to recharge the unit if there is no computer around? Someone had mentioned the possibility of using a VersaCharger, or Zip-Linq AC Wall Plug to 5V USB Adapter, or perhaps even an AC-powered USB hub? Could you please let me know if any of these would work? Thanks!

 
At 11:22 AM, Blogger XxaudiophilexX said...

go to mobibluamerica.com and u can buy an ac charger from them

http://mobibluamerica.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=HWI&Category_Code=DAH-1500-Accessories


cut and paste that link

 
At 12:36 PM, Blogger Berish said...

As some others have said before, some features that I would LOVE to see in future firmware upgrades are:

1.not having to pause the player to view the clock
2.an alarm clock. PLEASE!!
3.a faster scroll speed/choice of a smaller font
4.shuffle WITHIN a folder
5.ability to delete a folder

Thanks so much. I really love this gadget!!

 
At 3:32 PM, Blogger nico said...

Hi everybody...

I want to buy the mobiBLU DAH-1500i but i live in BRAZIL, and the wal mart does not delivery here. What can i do???

 
At 9:08 PM, Blogger Magslione said...

Nico, as I had posted before, you might be able to go to e-bay and see what they have there. They probably have someone doing worldwide shipping on these things. Berish, you have GREAT ideas, I second those. Also, I am listening to my radio, mabye you gies could also make the radio somehow stronger. Instead of making all these things in one download, you might be able to make it to where the costumers could costumize what they want on a list. Make the list, let the costumers pick what they want, click ,"Done" (free of charge, we already bought it from you) and let us upgrade ours accordingly. Many people want many different things. We could keep writing in and tell what we want on our wonderful little gadjets. Any way, keep up the GREAT work and ttyl. Night,
Maglione

 
At 9:09 PM, Blogger Magslione said...

I dont know why it forgot my pasword...oh well....Maglione

 
At 2:45 AM, Blogger RobIsXl79 said...

Omar it is available as we speak.Walmart in the USA has it available at a great price better than getting it for more on ebays auction site!

 
At 4:52 AM, Blogger nico said...

tks Magslione, i'll try on the e-bay, and i hope that soon we talk about the features of the cube...

 
At 7:30 AM, Blogger dyan_q said...

I love my mobiBLU. It's inspired "cube" envy in my office. I think the sound is great, as good as the same mp3 on my 20Gig Archos Jukebox and my Aiwa car mp3 player. I was looking for an extra charger to keep at the office, anyone know where to get one? The link on the MobiBLU webpage for accessories goes to the 1500 charger page, not the 1500i.

 
At 9:43 AM, Blogger mobifan said...

anythingbutipod.com has dissected the mobiblue and showed us the possiblity of changing the battery. Is it possible to buy the rechargable battery either from walmart or mobiblu's site? Non-replaceable battery is the only reason stopping many people from getting a mobiblu. Even ipod batteries can be replaced manually (with some non trivial effort).

 
At 11:34 AM, Blogger HuckieP said...

It appears that an AC-powered USB hub can recharge the mobiBLU cube... There are plenty of mini-hubs out there that are small enough (and cheap!) that you could use instead of having to order their AC adapter!

 
At 12:32 PM, Blogger bruh_jun said...

When is mobiblu gonna give walmart some more 1gb reds? TIRED OF WAITING AND READY TO BUY!!!!

 
At 1:27 PM, Blogger Magslione said...

Your welcome. Omar, it might be a little more on e-bay but I am sure that it is worth it. In time though, the prices WILL go down on ebay because when it first came out, it was going for about 200-250 so it will be at a standstill for a while. It is only a few bucks more, if that. Any way, I know that that A.C. adapter might be for the DAH-1500 but the only difference between the two players is that the 1500 has 12 hours battery life. To the other question, I HAVE seen recharable batteries. All you might have to do is order one online for a few bucks and shipping. It shouldnt be to much. Disecting this mp3 player, I wouldnt imagine to be to hard. There is a screw on the bottom, take that screw out and get the buttons out of the way and it is taken apart. Great talking,
Maglione

 
At 1:30 PM, Blogger Magslione said...

The reds should be in in a few hours or days, not to long. Keep an eye on it. I ordered it when it first came out and they kept running out, just a little while longer.

 
At 2:34 PM, Blogger tzitziki2005 said...

A new announcement in Sigmatel's site reads:

"... The Cambridge design team's intellectual property (IP) and execution have resulted in highly regarded hard drive designs based on SigmaTel's 3500 family of audio system on chip (SoC) solutions. These cost-effective hard drive designs, which have recently been augmented with Microsoft(R) PlaysForSure capability, will now be available to SigmaTel's general customer base ..."

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/preview/phoenix.zhtml?c=146091&p=irol-newsArticle&t=Regular&id=735180&

mobiBLU should be able to give us PlaysForSure ! ! !

 
At 5:36 PM, Blogger Magslione said...

What I really dislike about my Mobiblu is that it resets almost everything when I plug it into my computer to recharge it. I just want some upgrade to fix that. Mabye that is something that Mobiblu could work on. idk, If you would want to.

Maglione

 
At 6:11 PM, Blogger Bionic_Brain said...

what happened to mobiblu? they aren't answering questions on the blog anymore...
or does it just take a while..?
yours truly.
stilwaitingforhelp

 
At 6:29 PM, Blogger Mo said...

I Just bought a 1500i, and love it- But I have a few questions. I would really like it if someone from Mobiblu would answer my questions.
1. There are times when my cube gets really really hot when its charging. It hasnt been charged for more than an hour and then it begins to heat up. I dont think the battery is fully charged yet, but it already begins to heat up.
2. Whats the difference between random and random all? Theres no way of only suffleing within a folder. . .
3. The MP3 player makes some werid clicks some times when I lsten to songs.
4. I really dont get how to use firmware. I download it, but I cant figure out to update it even follow the prompt that I got after unzipping the downloaded filefrom your website.
5. I have a lot of folders withing folders. And one thing that has anmoyed me is the fact that after finishing songs within a folder, it jumps and plays mp3's from a totally different folder. For example, I have 4 main folders. Lets say they're called folder 1 2 3 and 4. And folder 1 is pop and folder 3 is hip hop. And within those folders I have random mp3s and album folders. Still following me? I'll be listening to the last track of Jay-z's album, and then I get redirected into the pop section where it begins playing one of the random mp3s not in a folder.

And then I have some things that could help inprove the product via firmware. It would be really nice is the screen could flip upside down(and the buttons reverse) when your wearing the necklace. Its kinda hard to see what song your listening to, cuz you have to twist and turn, etc. But if you could just lift it straight up, it would be so much nicer.

Screen savers would give this product more ++++'s.

Accessorys that would be nice:
Arm band, docking station, color it- create your own cube covers, a better designed necklace/headphone, some way of listening while charging, screen protectors, AAA battery charger for emergency's. . .

The only bad thing that I dont like about this player is the battery life, too bad that cant really improve. Oh, and where do you get the finger straps? I need one, haha! Thanks MObi Blu

 
At 8:51 PM, Blogger Magslione said...

Well Mo, when you are charging the product, it is only natural for it to heat up like that. Just let it alone and let it charge and it will cool down after 3 hours of charging. Most batteries get hot when charging. Your question #3 is probably your downloaded songs, consider changing downloading sites or if you are writing C.D's to your computer then consider using a different program. I have ABSOLUTULY NO PROBLEM with the folders. The best thing that I can suggest to you is to cut down so many folders. It is unlimited, but the product isnt fully developed yet. What you can do is just make all the MAIN folders your BAND NAMES. Then it will just go from one folder to another in which ever order you have them in. Question #2, I have absolutuly no idea. Agian, I will second the making of your own cases for it, armband, more necklace earphones, and docking station. Speaking to Mobiblu, there is something out that can split left and right computer speakers, you could come out with something similar, but enable it to let you chargeing it in one port while listening in another. Mabye, make a AAA battery that could plug into one port, so no worries about running our of battery space and listen in another port. Thanks,
Maglione

 
At 8:51 PM, Blogger skip said...

Mine just arrived and it's a little complicated and will take some getting used to but the little thing definitely ROCKS!!! Amazing little product!

 
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At 7:24 AM, Blogger nico said...

Hi, i have a question about all that we talk here about the cube, i listen that the cube is not full developed, he was under adaptation, so this version 1500i is secure buy??? Or is better wait for a new version with the problems solved???

or the version 1500i can be fixed about the problems that we talk here with the upgrades of the website??

 
At 9:37 AM, Blogger skip said...

I bought the 512mb cube for use while running for exercise. I am concerned about the warning in its manual about avoiding moisture and direct sunlight. I realize electronic devices generally are better off dry and out of sunlight. But since a percentage of your buyers, like me, will want to wear it over sweaty clothes and in direct sunlight, would your development team consider a more robust casing for outdoor use? My thinking is to keep the cube shape but make it just a tiny bit larger, say an eighth inch, so that all buttons can be reset a 16th inch, to help prevent moisture from sweat from getting to electronic components. The casing could be made of something more durable to take some banging. Electonics inside could be padded against shock. I'm thinking of a heavy duty little cube for active buyers! Your thoughts mobiblu team? Please reach me at skip77@verizon.net Thanks!

 
At 2:41 PM, Blogger bruh_jun said...

Check out

http://www.oselectronics.com/ose_p17.htm

I think this may work for those of us who wanna charge our 1500i w/o burning up our computer. Any thoughts?

 
At 3:29 PM, Blogger maggie said...

Can this device be used for audiobooks from libraries since it is not play for sure?

 
At 3:34 PM, Blogger maggie said...

I sent an e-mail but did not receive a response. Great customer service there!! My question is: can the cube be used with audio books that are downloaded from the library? These books are listed as using play for sure but are supposed to be WMA protected. The subscription does run out since it is a library downloaded book. Thanks.

 
At 4:31 PM, Blogger Jason said...

I have napster downloads but they wont work with my player. It says it can play DRM protected information if its in wma format. Why wont these work?

 
At 8:22 PM, Blogger Magslione said...

All you gies have to do is find a converter, somthing that you can put your music in and convert files. I am sure that the books WILL work, but you will probably have to put them on a C.D. and then put the C.D. on your computer. I use a program called CDex version 1.51 which does an awsome job.(just google it) You can work your way around the whole PLAYFORSURE thing by putting it on the C.D. and writing the C.D. to your computer because it converts your files into mp3's. Same thing with music. I dont know, but you might just be able to download the CDex and put all your music, or books, in it and get it to mp3's but skip the disk. As for Nico, the cube is FULLY devoloped as of right now. What I was saying is that it can be a ton better then what it is now with more software, or firmware. Bruh_jun, they have an A.C. adapter for about $15 on their website. Skip, I dont think that you have much to worry about, I have had mine for about 2 or 3 weeks now and it has been exposed to moisture from my sweat and I see NO difference. Just keep it on the OUTSIDE of you clothes because if it is inside, you will have water in it. All I did is buy some earphones that ARENT necklace ones. Well, still waiting for Mobiblu, they are upgrading their site. They have been going slow but steady since they put the DAH-1500i up there. Just give them a month or so. Night,
Maglione

 
At 8:26 PM, Blogger ericc59 said...

On the walmart site it says:

Data Storage: Yes

Does this mean you could use it as a flash drive as well?

 
At 8:28 PM, Blogger Magslione said...

Yes

 
At 6:09 AM, Blogger hkmixxa said...

I was wondering how long it took to ship to your guy's address. I placed an order a week ago and Walmart says that they're having delays processing the order. I was hoping I'd be able to try it out by now.

 
At 7:56 AM, Blogger Berish said...

anyone know if there are any promises regarding the next firmware upgrade? anything resembling a schedule? ltr.

 
At 1:09 PM, Blogger Jason said...

I found out that Ipod shuffles can only charge 500 times then the battery dies. With Ipods once the battery is dead you cannot get a replacement. Does the mobiblu let us replace the battery when it dies? I dont want to replace my player after the battery dies. also I was wondering about the accessories for the player. where can we buy a finger strap? does it now come standard in the package?

 
At 1:13 PM, Blogger Just wondering in NYC said...

The media is all over this thing. How does that happen that all of a sudden everyone is talking about one out of hundreds of players? Is it really that outstanding?
There's another rave review in today's Boston Herald.
Click here

 
At 1:26 PM, Blogger Magslione said...

Well, about the battery, yes, it is replaceable but YOU have to buy the rechargeable battery. It took mine about a week or two to ship. I have absolutuly no idea what is going on with the firmware, it will hopefully be out soon though. The only accessory that is avaliable right now is the wall charger which is about $15, they are upgrading their site as of right now and putting accessories like "fingerstraps" on it. The fingerstrap and the wall charger, etc. dont come in the pack, all that does is the usb data transferer/charger, silicone cover, and the earphones.(of course the mp3 player too) And to the last one, it is an invcredable little machine. As small as it is, it is still an eye catcher. It is VERY well built.
Bye,
Maglione

 
At 3:30 PM, Blogger Jason said...

Maglione. do you work for the company? where do you get your information?

 
At 7:40 PM, Blogger skip said...

I have figured out how to get tracks downloaded from Walmart (WMA-DRM) to play on 1500i cube!

I had loaded about 50 mixed tracks from my pc, 11 or which were purchased/downloaded from Walmart online. Everything played but the Walmart tracks, no matter what I did. I have mp3 conversion software etc and tried everything to re-configure the tracks.. still they would not play - but I have good news and it has nothing to do with Geico!

http://www.mobibluamerica.com/faq_dah1500i.html Study the FAQ. MobiBlu has anticipated and solved this problem. Windows Media Player v9.0 needs one little box unchecked, that protects the tracks! You have to learn how to create new playlists in Media Player.. and how to copy your tracks to the MobiBlu 1500i cube via Media Player (all described in perfect detail at their link above) and guess what - it works!

All my Walmart tracks are playing now! There are so many ways to load tracks into the cube but if you are loading tracks purchased online, make the correction to your Windows Media Player and learn to load the music thru that software - and you will find that MobiBlu IS ON TOP of this and they have you covered!

My cube is BUSTING now... thanks MobiBlu!!! Awesome little machine!

 
At 9:12 PM, Blogger weatherall said...

iPod batteries can be replaced:

http://www.apple.com/support/ipod/service/battery/

 
At 9:30 PM, Blogger Jason said...

try to change the battery in a ipod shuffle. there is no way. you have to buy a new one.

 
At 9:37 PM, Blogger Jason said...

Apple says they will replace your ipod not put in a new battery. I just hope mobiblu had the same promise. I sure would hate to have to buy a new one. What do you say MobiBLU?

 
At 2:08 PM, Blogger Magslione said...

I have read a ton about this little machine.

 
At 5:31 PM, Blogger Jason said...

yes I have read a ton about them too and it says nothing about changing the battery when it dies. Mobiblu team tell me if you can replace your battery once it dies?

 
At 6:38 PM, Blogger GrimFandango said...

Question for those who own the player.
Is the wheel on the side a "Ipod" style scroll wheel? Or do you literally have to press the buttons up or down?

I'm gonna head out to my local Wal-Mart this weekend and grab me a 1 gig blacky.

 
At 9:12 PM, Blogger RainyDayMagazine said...

We did the iPod install a while back...but we got the MobiBLU DAH-1500i in the mail today. So of course we couldn't resist hooking it up to the Porsche Radio :-)

Forget about trying to control it while driving! However, we definitely didn't need a holder!!!!

Scroll to the bottom of the review to see the Boxster pics.

http://www.rainydaymagazine.com/RDM2005/GearNGadgets/August2005/RDMGG_MobiBluFirstLook.htm

 
At 11:17 PM, Blogger Aditya Gollapudi said...

I purchased a mobiBLU DAH-1500i from walmart.com last month. I was able to change all the settings with the initial firmware package that the device came with. After I upgraded the firmware to version 100.100.105 i am having problems opening the settings. I am able to select SOUND SETTINGS, but when i try to go into any of the settings inside that it keeps coming out of the SOUNDS SETTINGS. I am not able to change any of the sound settings. Please let me know if it is a problem with the firmware or with my device alone? If so is it covered under warranty? Will it be replaced with a new device? Please Advice.

 
At 12:16 AM, Blogger Andy said...

Hi I have 2 questions:

I purchased my 1500i from Walmart and have not upgraded my firmware. I have 2 questions:

1. My clock resets after I charge the player. Does anyone else have this problem? Does the current firmware on mobiblu's site fix this? I'm afraid of upgrading the firmware because some people reported having problems with it.

2. I would like to use my own earphones. Since the earphone also functions as antenna, will the reception vary based on which earphone I choose to use? Does the included earphone have the best reception?

 
At 1:13 AM, Blogger Andy said...

Hi I just found out the answers to my 2 questions above by searching on the web and updating my firmware.

1. Yes, the current firmware (100.100.105) on mobiblu's website does fix the clock resetting problem.

2. Some users said any earphone plugged into the mobiblu will act as an antenna. You will have to try out different earphones to determine which ones will give you better FM reception through trial and error.

Now I have 2 new questions:

1. When the battery runs out (this type of battery usually die after 500 charges), does Mobiblu provide service to exchange for new battery for a fee? Approximately how much will it cost?

2. Some users report that the mp3 player does not play files alphabetically and the updated firmware still does not fix that. When will this get fixed?

 
At 2:23 PM, Blogger kmswb said...

How about supporting AAC (Apple mp3 format) on future firmware upgrades?

 
At 2:24 PM, Blogger kmswb said...

Is there any chance of this player supporting AAC format audio (apple mp3)?

I know this has been posted before, but hope there may be updates or more info.

Anyone??????

 
At 7:20 PM, Blogger Len said...

Hi, the USB charger already broke. The tip fell apart after 1 week of use. I do not know if this can be part of the warranty. But I also don't see this for sale on the website. I wrote customer service 2 weeks ago and still no answer. Can you help?

 
At 8:50 PM, Blogger Mo said...

How do you load firmware?

 
At 9:49 PM, Blogger Dukester said...

Canada doent get anything . Shure we can but the mobiblu but nobody wants to buy the DAH-1500s if they dont know any better. So i have done one of the worst things and last hope to get a dah-1500i is signed up for ebay because walmart.com doent ship to Canada!!

 
At 9:50 PM, Blogger Dukester said...

Canada doent get anything . Shure we can but the mobiblu but nobody wants to buy the DAH-1500s if they dont know any better. So i have done one of the worst things and last hope to get a dah-1500i is signed up for ebay because walmart.com doent ship to Canada!!

 
At 6:48 AM, Blogger tzitziki2005 said...

When do we get a new thread here? In 200 postings? Maybe 300? We are now over 100 and it's getting really hard to navigate. Seriously who is responsible for customer care at mobiBLU ? ? ? ? ?

 
At 7:41 AM, Blogger JVC said...

kmswb, why not just convert your AAC to MP3 within iTunes? Then sort files by kind/type and delete the AAC (check that the MP3s work first!)

 
At 10:20 AM, Blogger weatherall said...

why isn't the mobiblu team posting here anymore?

 
At 11:43 AM, Blogger Berish said...

I think i figured out a way to charge the player and listen at the same time. I dont know if this works, so if someone out there has the time to try it and let us know, that'd be great.
1. turn the player on.
2. plug in a headphone splitter.
3. plug the charger into one jack and your headphones into the other.

I am assuming that it will charge even when on, and that you only need to turn it off in order to transfer files.

Also, what happened to the mobiblu team? where did they go? did something horrible happen? did they perhaps lose the URL? Is there a REAL forum out there for mobiblu users?
ltr.
B

 
At 2:09 PM, Blogger tzitziki2005 said...

mobiBLUUUUUUUUU where are youuuuuuuu ? ? ? ? ? ?

 
At 3:12 PM, Blogger Qwab1967 said...

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At 8:02 PM, Blogger Trevizze said...

Hi, this is all i could get on the net about CubeĀ“s battery. I would like to know where maglinstone got his extra one. I could not find any site where i could buy it.

Here is the site whith pictures of the battery:
http://www.anythingbutipod.com/archives/2005/07/mobiblu-dah1500-review.php

 
At 1:10 AM, Blogger WindGirl said...

hi, i wonder if this mp3 player supports chinese song name display?
Thanks alot!

 
At 3:42 PM, Blogger thehoarder said...

When is Mobiblu going to start answering their e-mails? I have e-mailed support numerous times with no response at all. Its pretty much just like their blog.

Too bad I actually bought a DAH-1500 before the 1500i was out. It was defective and I RMAed it. Its been 3 weeks an no word on when or even if they are going to return it to me.

Now that Mobiblu is selling to WalMart you would think they would try and hire somebody for customer support.

 
At 6:55 PM, Blogger wok said...

i just got this cute thing but
1. I tried to drag some file into it and it appeared:something wrong with O/I connection.
2. Then I need to format it and I did.
3. Then it can not be written any file. Sometime it seems to have file in it when click on this driver but actually nothing when I unplugged USB and tried to listen.
4. Then I unplugged my USB webcam from my USB hub and left only this on the hub. It seems to begin writing.
5. I am happy and unplugged it after writing finished. AND IT DIED.
6. It lied here, dead. The screen is black no matter how long I hold power, or connect to USB.
7. WHY?
BTW, I did not have time to format fireware.

 
At 7:00 PM, Blogger wok said...

mine is 1500i, I just got it for 3 hours after 15 days waiting. And I will have to return it tomorrow. Really painful. Maybe I will buy shuffle. It is cheaper now.And reliable. Or anything else.

 
At 8:28 PM, Blogger Mychelle said...

I can't get the player to be recognized on any of 3 different machines (2- win2k machines and 1- Win98SE machine). I get the message "The installation failed because a function drive was not specified for this device instance". I have tried reseting the device per the instructions to no avail. Anyone have any similar problems that they were able to resolve? I have tried contacting tech support twice, and I really don't want to have to return the product after waiting 3 weeks for it to arrive.

 
At 10:05 PM, Blogger daswami said...

To Mychelle-

That's because your opperating systems are quite old. I have a 98SE computer for games, and it requires a special driver for any USB device I connect; that is to say, my PSP and Mobiblu.
I'm pretty sure it is the same with 2k.

Find someone who has XP (recommended) or find some drivers (doubtful).

My XP workhorse detects it right off the bat.

 
At 10:15 PM, Blogger Mo said...

The Cube supports Chinese, Japanese and Korean. I still do not get how to upgrade firmware. Im not bad with computers, i think they just need to give better directions to people who havent ever upgrade firmware before.
I think that if you have Win 98, you need the divers on the CD that came with the cube. My Cube had a few gliches, but they seemed to have magically gone away (?!?!?!).
Ive finally figured out how to shuffle within a folder/ or a few folders. You have to select folders like how you would select songs for the playlist function. And then hold on to H for playist play. And then change the play norm to play random or random all.
For me everything seems to be working just GREAT! I do admit though, their customer service sucks. Im glad Im not having to many problems with my player. I also think the reason why people are having trouble with the Cube is that fact that the manual (atleast to me) is not all there. Like they don't tell you what random and random all is. And they dont tell you how to suffle in a folder.

*** I think there may be two versions of the 1500i's out(not hardware- maybe software). Cuz I have heard about people who have different screens when the cube is plugged into the USB cable. My screen says Ready, a computer Icon, a HS icon(dont know what this means), a USB icon, and a battery with a N (which changes when the cube is fully charged).

 
At 11:27 PM, Blogger Andy said...

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At 4:55 AM, Blogger Trilitai said...

Hello! I bought 2 mobiblu 1500i players for a month now. I have a problm with the sound quality. Sometimes when playing the music, there is some weird noise comes from the background (very notiable). I got 2 players and both have this problem. So I'm just wondering if somebody can share their experience or what can I do to clear the weird noise. Thank you. =)

 
At 10:58 AM, Blogger Team mobiBLU said...

Hello everyone.

We are going to be adding a message board which will be more condusive to answering your quesitnos. We will keep the blog site open for blogging, but in the future, please use our message board for questions directed at mobiBLU. We will post information on this blog site once the message board is up and running. We feel that the message board will be much more interactive than the blog site, and we thank you for your patience while we get it up and running. Also, you can always email our technical support at support@mobibluamerica.com

Thank You from Team mobiBLU

 
At 11:12 AM, Blogger Mychelle said...

Thank you Daswami for your input. Unfortunately, all the pc's I have access to are 98se and win 2k which are both supposed to be supported platforms for this device. The download marked "driver" on the Mobiblu website contains the Win98 driver, or maybe I should say is supposed to contain it since clearly it doesn't work in my case. Unless you are suggesting that by updating the firmware via an XP machine is going to somehow cure my connectivity issues on my personal pc's (which if you are, then I am happy to try to find someone willing to let me load the Mobiblu software), then "finding someone with an XP machine" isn't going to help in the long run because I won't be able to change the songs on my player.

Where is Tech Support? It is incredibly frustrating to have spent so much money on this darned thing, waited "forever" for it to be delivered and not be able to use it even though the company says my multiple Operating Systems are all supported.

I am sorry if this sounds like a rant to you all, my ire is not directed at the customers here trying to aid me, but at the lack of company concern for its customers and specifically it's lack of response or any official information posted on the web on this issue.

 
At 11:16 AM, Blogger Mychelle said...

Team mobiBLU, Is anyone actually resonding to emails at the "support@mobibluamerica.com" address? I have emailed support a couple of times regarding the problem I have posted here, and have yet to hear anything back from them.

 
At 10:43 PM, Blogger Bob said...

Does the sleep timer reset to off (disabled) after you power it down or after the timer turns it off? I am looking for an MP3 player with a FULL TIME sleep timer, i.e. always turn off after say 30 minutes.

 
At 11:41 AM, Blogger kat said...

like Trilitai, I am having noise issues. I haven't had it before. But suddenly, the songs have added fuzziness to it. Is it fixable? If not, I will be returning mine very soon.

 
At 6:28 PM, Blogger saint said...

HELP!

I got my cube and I have PROBLEMS!!

1. I have a less than 1 year old high end computer and my CD drive does not see the mini disk that comes with the product.

2. So, I downloaded the drivers from your site and installed them. It seemed to work but when the program went looking for the device, it did not see the cube and it locked the computer up trying to see the cube. In fact, on re-boot my mouse no longer worked.

3. The FM seems to have horrible reception. I tuned to a very strong station and all I hear is a whisper of static over what might be music.

HELP ME - I want to LOVE my Cube but I'm feeling very jilted right now!!!

Saint Eyebeat

 
At 7:54 PM, Blogger Andrew said...

I have a 1GB mobiblu DAH-1500i and it is awesome! The sound is great. If you set the led to turn off when playing, the battery lasts for the full 10 hours. And it's cheap for a 1 GB mp3 player. I love it and highly recommend it

 
At 9:40 PM, Blogger Jason said...

saint

all the disk has on it is a firmware upgrade. Go to there web site and just download the latest version of firmware. Problem solved I hope.

 
At 10:06 AM, Blogger saint said...

Jason,

Thanks.

Part of the problem was with me on the reception, etc. I was not fully inserting the plug into the cube. I think I was overly careful because it is so small.

I did download the software and, after a second installation, it is seeing the cube but it is locking up the computer when I drag and drop songs. I have 1G of ram and 2 80G drives, etc. I'm running XP pro with all of the latest Microsoft updates.

Is there anything else I may be doing wrong??

Saint Eyebeat

 
At 4:23 PM, Blogger Jason said...

Saint

did you go to My Computer and open the new drive and open up the disk it says will be in My Computer when you plug in your Mp3 player? I just double click on that and it opens up the drive and lets me put in songs. Dont know if this is any help.

 
At 12:19 PM, Blogger well said...

I use Napster to go, and wanna know if mobiblu is compatible.

 
At 1:55 PM, Blogger wotan said...

Why will the 1500i not play files in the correct order???

 
At 2:39 PM, Blogger Dakotah said...

i need to know what all comes in the package and what i need to buy separate. if anyone can help me please do i am planning on getting one soon but i need to know this stuff. does the case and the charger come w/ it? also is it worth buying? because it looks kinda like it will break really easy.

 
At 4:15 PM, Blogger Dakotah said...

how does it work? and will it work with windows 98 se? is this better than an ipod shuffle? they are the same price and hold the same amount of songs.

 
At 5:11 PM, Blogger tat said...

This is the 8th day that I own and use a DAH1500i. I use it daily from the morning till the battery runs out sometime during the day, charge it with my laptop USB overnight and repeat the process again.

Yesterday I notice the left upper corner of the display is very dim, and this morning after overnight charging the whole diaplay is barely readable. Tried adjusting the display contrast as stated in the instruction manual with not avail. It flickers dimmly with areas of lines disappearing completely.

Have anyone experience this problem? Calling the warrenty line gave me a sprint voice mail box that does not identify as warrenty dapartment. Can anyone help? Thanks.

 
At 5:58 PM, Blogger saint said...

So, the cube is doing funny things.

I open the cube and drag an album to the cube. It writes feverishly copying all of the songs. Then, if I try and drag a second album to the cube, it won't take it. Instead, it says "reading" not writing. When it does this I'm not able to disconnect the device for 15 minutes or so.

Seems strange.

Saint Eyebeat

 
At 6:12 PM, Blogger saint said...

Dear Somebody at Mobiblu,

I'm really at the end of my rope with the cube. When my computer said it was ok to disconnect the device. I disconnected the cube. When I did that, the cube died. It flat out died.

NOTHING WORKS. I CAN'T TURN IT ON. IF I PLUG IN INTO THE COMPUTER, THE COMPUTER DOES NOT SEE THE DEVICE. IT IS DEAD.

Any suggestions?

a very angry Saint Eyebeat

 
At 9:10 PM, Blogger GrimFandango said...

Couldn't you RMA it to Wal Mart? I heard they have a very easy going return policy.

I doubt if this will console you, but try it?

Everybody goes through bad experiences with products. You know, like the PSP owners and their dead pixels.

At least you're not this guy. You can still return yours.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/defragged/31978809/

Ouch.

 
At 5:15 AM, Blogger LOLA said...

I just recently purchased a pink mobiblu and its real cute, but I was wondering if anyone knew where I could purchase an extra usb/charging cable and earphones. Also where I could get those cool covers from?

Thanx LOLA from London

 
At 8:11 AM, Blogger JoeNYC said...

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At 8:17 AM, Blogger JoeNYC said...

I love this thing, just 2 Issues

1. The FM Radio in my area does not work. Nothing but static even after setting the region. (New York City)

2. Any plans of playing the audible.com files. They are audio books

 
At 5:30 PM, Blogger Jared said...

I just recieved my player. So far i have beem pretty impressed with it. I am amazed at how much is packed into that tiny package.

The only problem i have experienced so far ni the couple days i have had it is the files seem to play at random within folders. They do not play in the order thet are listed.

The play mode is on normal, not random, this much I have already checked. I upgraded it to the firmware included on the CD. I have also gone through every other menu and setting looking for something else that would cause things to play at random. So far I have found nothing.

I know you are working on a forum for all of this. Hopefully there will be a FAQ there with answers to many of the questions people have asked here.

At any rate, I look forward to reading the forums, and hopefully getting this random play issue resolved.

 
At 7:00 PM, Blogger Trilitai said...

Hello!

 
At 9:13 PM, Blogger dumber said...

They should sell the 1500i here in Canada instead of the crappy 1500S. I have to get my 1500i from Ebay but it's well worth it.

 
At 12:13 AM, Blogger Raleigh said...

I found a little 'easter egg' with the DAH-1500i!! (In America)

TV Audio!

Change the region to 'Japan' and now you can tune down further and pick up some TV audio! In Dallas I can tune to 81.8MHz for Channel 5 (NBC)!

 
At 3:49 AM, Blogger italianoz said...

Hi, i'm italian.
I Want to buy the mp3 player dah-1500i, but i have a question.

I need to use the external wall charge, i have look this page:

http://mobibluamerica.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=HWI&Product_Code=AC_Charger_DAH-1500i&Category_Code=DAH-1500i_Accessories

but i don't undestand if this charge working on the european voltage.
This charge connect directly to the player or need an cable
(for example http://www.boxwave.com/products/directsync/index.htm)
i don't have find any specification for this accessory

another little question:
the Cube Crate Protective Case, are included on the buy package?

thans and sorry for my little english!

 
At 5:19 AM, Blogger mobiblu ukuser said...

Love my Cube (thanks to eBay as we cant get the 1500i in the UK). A few of things I have realised:

On Win98 - cube has to be plugged in before PC is turned on, otherwise it will not recognise it. Also, use a rear USB socket, not front or from a hub.

Battery life seems to be about 5 hours (could be because I keep fiddling with it?).

Cant work out the Random / Random All functions. I have 17 albums on the cube, each one in a different folder. Random functions seem to only focus on a couple of the folders, ignoring the rest, whereas I want to randomise the whole lot. What am I doing wrong?

 
At 7:46 AM, Blogger gnoro said...

I am having some trouble with my cube.

Yesterday my player has stopped playing and turned off, then turned on, and stopped. I hit play again, and played for about 12 seconds, then stopped and turned off and on again.

The battery display showed 3/4 full.
As I came home, I have connected to my pc to recharge the batery.

Today I tried to turn it on, and the mobiBLUE cube logo appears and halts there.

Help !

 
At 1:03 PM, Blogger MrGadget-1 said...

I just received my DAH-1500i.

When I ordered it I noticed a link to "Update firmware."

1- The firmware does not show in the typical "windows explorer" view. How do I determine the version of the firmware on my player, that I may determione whether I have the latest version (the version at your website is 100.100.105)?

2- How do I determine if I need to update the firmware?

3- How do I know if I need to update the drivers?

4- The manual cautions against over-charging, and speaks of a 3 hour charge. Does this mean if I leave it on longer than three hours I will damage the unit?

Thanks,

MrGadget-1

 
At 1:12 PM, Blogger MrGadget-1 said...

I just received my DAH-1500i.

When I ordered it I noticed a link to "Update firmware."

1- The firmware does not show in the typical "windows explorer" view. How do I determine the version of the firmware on my player, that I may determine whether I have the latest version (the version at your website is 100.100.105)?

2- How do I determine if I need to update the firmware?

3- How do I know if I need to update the drivers?

4- The manual cautions against over-charging, and speaks of a 3 hour charge. Does this mean if I leave it on longer than three hours I will damage the unit?

Thanks,

MrGadget-1

 
At 3:14 PM, Blogger Pico said...

I just got my pink Mobiblu 1500i in the mail today. I ordered it from Walmart.com, and it took only a week to get here. Even though I had seen many pictures of the unit online, I was still surprised to see how tiny it is in real life :o)

For such a small unit, the sound quality is excellent. I'm using the headphones that came with it, and I like them because they stay in my ears well and obviously help keep the unit in place. So far I've uploaded a few .mp3s to it and have had no problems with background noise or skipping.

The only disappointment so far is the radio. I can get one station to come in fairly well, which is great, but my favorite station has a /lot/ of background noise (probably because the station is far from here and it's hard to get a good signal).

Basically, so far I have had very good luck with this product and would highly recommend it to anyone who is considering buying one :o)

I can't wait for the forums to get up because I have a lot of ideas I'd like to share!

Pico

 
At 3:26 PM, Blogger Pico said...

Update on the radio:

It seems to work MUCH better if you hold the unit in your hand or press it against your body. My favorite station doesn't work so well when I'm in my basement (which was expected), but works fairly well when I'm standing still on the first level of my house or when I'm outside.

 
At 9:39 PM, Blogger Jared said...

I was having problems earlier getting files to play in the order they were supposed to.

It seems the alphabetical listing in the unit itself only goes so far into the filename before it stops. This was causing it not to sort the files in the proper order.

The format that all my files are named with is: 'artist' 'track #' 'song title'. It seemes when listing the files alphabetically, the unit never made it past the artist in the filename. This caused things to play out of order.

Will there be a firmware update that will allow the unit to seach further into the filenames whren listing them?

 
At 4:21 PM, Blogger Dandapani said...

I just received mine yesterday. Besides the tiny size and COOL-factor, the main reason I chose the mobiBLU is that it works flawlessly with Linux and has great MP3 support. I don't really care if it works with Micro$oft software or music plans. I have a gazillion CDs I can rip my own and create MP3s to carry around with me.

 
At 6:22 AM, Blogger Wessel said...

Start selling them in Europe too. I don't want a crappy rebrand for twice the normal price.

 
At 7:36 AM, Blogger saint said...

As I've posted previously, I'm having some serious problems with my cube. Likewise,Mobiblu seems to have serious problems with their customer support.

Anyway, here is a little warning if your cube stops functioning or starts acting weirdly. I caught Windows media player writing an xml file to my player. After that happened, my player went to never never land. I couldn't even turn the cube on. I was able to recover by connecting the cube to the computer while it was off, booting the computer and re-installing the new firmware. That erased whatever microsoft did to the cube and it is operating again.

I wish I had thought to copy down the name of the file that I found on the cube but I was having a nervous breakdown at the time.

And, Mobiblu folks, if you actually exist, Jason, are you there? I've tried deleting files from the cube on three different computers. I did it on three different machines to confirm the problem. If I try and delete the file from the cube while it is connected through the USB port, it freezes the whole computer and it's ctrl alt del time. Any idea what's up with that?

Saint Eyebeat

 
At 3:24 PM, Blogger kornbred said...

i just bought the orange 1gb one from walmart. I would love to see a non usb charging cable its the only thing it really needs to be perfect.

 
At 4:59 PM, Blogger batmanoflove said...

ah......my mobiblu is have some extremely heavy noise when I'm playing music. It is fine when I play radio. So its obviously not headphone's problem. I've done a google search and went thru a lot of forums but no ones seem to have samilar problem. This is not good!!!!!!

 
At 5:01 PM, Blogger batmanoflove said...

ah......my mobiblu is have some extremely heavy noise when I'm playing music. It is fine when I play radio. So its obviously not headphone's problem. I've done a google search and went thru a lot of forums but no ones seem to have samilar problem. This is not good!!!!!!

 
At 4:14 AM, Blogger Charles said...

The accessories link is not accessible... Browser is not able show the page. Instead it is asking whether to save or not.

http://mobibluamerica.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=HWI&Category_Code=DAH-1500i_Accessories

 
At 10:38 AM, Blogger Trilitai said...

Hello!

 
At 10:46 AM, Blogger mobiblu ukuser said...

Hi - have worked our a way around the random / random all problems I have experienced and reported earlier.

1. If folders have similar starting names - eg "Pink" and "Pink Floyd", or "The Cult", "The Sisters...", "The..." etc, the cube in random mode seems to ignore all but one of the folders with the similar names. This is probably linked to the issue where the cube only reads so far into folder or file names. Ensuring the folder names all start differently has resolved the problem.

2. After downloading some additional files and folders, and continuing with random /random all - it seemed to get stuck just doing random tracks within an existing folder. Solved this by restarting random play from one of the new downloaded tracks. This seemed to reset the random function and its playing randomly across all folders and tracks.

Love my cube (and would also love the 1500i being sold in the UK at the equivalent of $129!!!!)

 
At 12:41 PM, Blogger CK said...

When is there going to be an update for the DAH-1500s??

Have the Canadians been lost in the shuffle?


Thanks

 
At 1:12 PM, Blogger divagrl31 said...

Hey Team Mobiblu,
I was wondering, would the boxwave versacharger be compatible with my DAH-1500i or would I hae to stick to the charger on your website?

 
At 1:29 PM, Blogger divagrl31 said...

Does anyone notice that you can't get into the accessories section on the website? I can't get in to order any accessories. Please Help!!!!

 
At 6:38 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

Like the person above me, How do access the accessories page, what is going on I downloaded that .mcv thing BUT IT WONT WORK!

 
At 6:57 PM, Blogger Pico said...

The accessories page was working a week ago, which was when I last checked. The only items I remember from that page were a wall charger, USB cable, and a plastic protector for the unit (like the one that comes with the 1500i). There might have been headphones or something else, but nothing different or special.

I assume they're updating the accessories page now :o) Just be patient! If you want a car or wall charger, I suggest you go to Radioshack and bring your Mobiblu. The workers will be able to find the appropriate charger for it.

 
At 9:59 PM, Blogger Charles said...

I believe Mobiblue team should not be too busy to atleast get back in this already-hard-to-read-and-hard-to-interact blog posts.... Is anyone listening?

 
At 7:58 AM, Blogger JoeNYC said...

If anyone from Tech Support is reading this Blog. Lets get your act together! I have now sent 10 emails to tech support re my Radio Issue (it does not work at all just STATIC) The region is set correctly. Have the decency to at lease send an auto response to give me a false sense of hope. I think I'm just going to return the unit. It had promise but you guys did not deliver Very Sad

 
At 7:58 AM, Blogger mobiblu said...

Here is mobiBLU's contact information. Trying calling their contact number to ask questions. Customer support via e-mail and this blog is useless as everyone has already seen.

Hyun Won America, Inc.
7241 GARDEN GROVE BLVD SUITE #E
GARDEN GROVE , CA 92841
TEL. (714) 901 4828
FAX. (714) 901 4827

1-888-283-2580

 
At 3:31 PM, Blogger Leigh said...

My husband is buying me one of these for our anniversary. I'm so excited :)

 
At 7:12 PM, Blogger dumber said...

The volue control could be a little more precise. I don't like how I go up one volume level, it's too loud, I go down one level, it's too quiet.

 
At 3:09 PM, Blogger Alfonso said...

Hi!

i am trying to get an extra set of earbuds for my DAH-1500i, my cat got some fun chewing them.

I am having a hard time with the mobiblu web page, and walmart only has the complete sets.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

 
At 4:03 PM, Blogger mobiblu said...

You can use any earbuds as they are just standard 3.5mm sizes. Do waste your money buying the crap OEM ones. Get yourself a nice set of earphones for around $20 and you will notice a big difference in sound usually.

 
At 4:23 PM, Blogger Eduardo said...

My suggestions:

-Battery extension: 8 hours too short

-Faster navigation: some reviews reported a delay of 1 second for next song

-Protection: a stronger protection, for the screen too.

-recharge: standard charging plug. Not always will be a computer avaiable, i don't want to buy a USB charger just for this player.

Will the player's shell resist to fall?

 
At 10:22 AM, Blogger Pico said...

Eduardo: Just some thoughts!

I can see how the battery life can be annoying for some, but it's perfect for me because I only listen to about an hour of music a day. I can handle one recharge a week :o) For such a small unit, 8 hours seems perfectly reasonable to me.

I've never had problems with lag time between songs (I have a 1500i), but I agree with you about the protective cover. I'd like to see Mobiblu release some small cases or pouches that protect the screen better.

Once their accessories site comes back up there should be a wall charger available. Until then you can go to Radioshack and see if they sell something compatible with the Mobiblu cube.

Lastly, I doubt that the cube is very durable because there is a note in the instructions that says "don't drop the cube." I'm sure you could drop it onto carpet or a soft surface with no problems, but I can't imagine it surviving a long fall to concrete.

 
At 2:04 PM, Blogger Wendy Bozza-Kremmer said...

HELP! My loving fiance gave me one as a gift. I am leaving work on way to the gym and the battery is dead. I already plugged it in to the computer. HOW DO I CHARGE IT? I left the manual at home.

PS THE SOUND QUALITY IS GREAT!!!

 
At 4:02 PM, Blogger Slimmer said...

Just plug it into the computer's usb port to charge it.

 
At 7:57 PM, Blogger ooo762 said...

I've been trying to get in contact with mobiblu since my device is a defect but they dont seem to reply. I would like to get my player fixed since it is new. Please help me to fix my mobiblu DAH-1500i.

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger mobiblu said...

Anyone who e-mails Mobiblu for support please listen to this advice.

CALL THEM AT 1-888-283-2580

Mobiblu doesnt answer e-mails, doesnt read them and doesnt care. When you call make sure you tell them how fucked up it is when they treat their customers like that.

If you just got it from Walmart, return it right away to Walmart and get a new one or something else.

 
At 2:11 PM, Blogger skip said...

Cube enthusiasts, I just solved a problem that some of you might encounter. After working perfectly several weeks after recieving it, my cube started messing up. I would shut off and restart every time I hit the play button or any arrow buttons. I tried the reset button - didn't help. I ran Scan Disk and found one corrupt file (date changed) and fixed it - was able to play one song and then it messed up again. I looked at the FAQ at MobiBlu website and noticed the 3rd Question about what to do when a cube won't start or play. I wondered what would happen if I reinstalled my firmware update.. and having nothing to lose, I did it following the instructions at Question 3, minus holding the buttons in etc. Guess what? My cube is working perfectly again. My guess is that I may have messed up some files in my downloading manipulations. Now I'm golden!!!

 
At 6:17 PM, Blogger x24 said...

I just got mine recently and filled it with songs right away. one thing i noticed is that even if you're on random mode, pressing the FF button brings up the next song on the list, not a random song. after a song plays, the next song is randomly selected. but if you press next, it's not random. I hope the next firmware would fix this.

 
At 5:56 AM, Blogger HuckieP said...

I've had my Mobiblu cube for about 2 months now, and was quite happy with everything for the most part; however, starting from the past week or so, it's been shutting down all of a sudden (even after a recent recharge), and then I cannot even get it to start up without having to press the RESET button at the bottom. I updated the firmware with the newest one on their website last night (x.105), and thought everything was working all right--but this morning, I couldn't get it to power on again. Any help or suggestions would be tremendously appreciated!!

 
At 2:15 PM, Blogger mobiblu ukuser said...

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At 2:17 PM, Blogger mobiblu ukuser said...

Another problem solved...

After 3 weeks wonderful use, when switching on the cube, it would not get past the startup screen with no buttons working. Had to use reset to switch it off. A couple of times it did work properly but problem kept happening.

Suspected a corrupted file as the screen had briefly flickered when pluging headphones in at same time as switching it on.

Reformatted and reinstalled some music with no success.

Then decided to try reinstalling firmware - all works fine now.

 
At 2:35 PM, Blogger Numero Uno said...

Fix the Shop Link please I get some .mvc file that doesnt open.

 
At 5:48 PM, Blogger itsme said...

I'd like to know, why can't the Canadian version have a radio and all the other features that the American ones have? Why do they have to be different? I hate it when there's different versions for different countries.

 
At 6:46 AM, Blogger mobiblu said...

The announcement on mobiBLU's website makes it seem like they are selling out of the 1500i. However, walmart.com has had it in stock for weeks now without problems.

Went to check out my local Walmart and they had a ton of these still in stock. Guy working at the counter said these were hot when they came out, but demand is pretty much dead now since the nano was released by apple.

He also commented that Walmart had been experiencing a high number of returns on the 1500i (about twice the usual rate of returns for defects), usuaully resulting in exchanges for new, working units of the 1500i.

mobiBLU has been around for a while and I hoped that with the 1500i they were going to finally break out of the cheap asia mp3 player mold. But, alas although they release a cool looking product their quality control and customer support are still stuck in cheapo mode. Thank god at least Walmart allows returns on the prodcuts, maybe they can even have a little chat with mobiBLU about customer service and product quality.

 
At 10:10 AM, Blogger x24 said...

as far as my problem, resetting fixed it. so far no problems yet, after about 2 days of use.

my e-mails to customer support was promptly answered, contrary to what people say. I guess my problem was unique. the rep i talked to suggested two ways to reset the unit, namely resetting it while it is unplugged to the PC, and while it is plugged. my fix was when it was unplugged.

Anyway, it seems like everything is due to a buggy firmware. turning the device on and off might be a reason why the firmware craps out occasionally. if so, then they really need to fix the firmware for their next (and hopefully soon) firmware version. mine came with 100.100.105 already so i don't know if my unit would survive without experiencing problems.

 
At 2:56 AM, Blogger Numero Uno said...

You guys need to do a forums like a PHP-BB, add a dropdown in the profile for which unit you own and also add some Avatars of your products and maybe some general ones. Then you should be good to go. Installing a forums doesn't really take that long only thing that takes longer is modifying the forum code like at http://www.phpbbhacks.com/ where you can figure out how to make it alot nicer looking. Id probably edit the top images (usually in the images folder) and do like a mobiblu logo on left or across top and then on right do Forums image and provide a link back to the main page.

 
At 2:58 AM, Blogger Numero Uno said...

Would also be nice to see a Flickr.com group of Mobi-blus in Action.

 
At 3:05 AM, Blogger Numero Uno said...

I dont really get how the FM Tuner works, it seems all fuzzy when I turn it on, and the volumes above 20 it doesnt recieve the stations and then when I turn it below 20 it seems to pick them up and I can turn it back up again, why does this happen?

 
At 9:16 AM, Blogger bigbadbat said...

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At 10:26 AM, Blogger Pico said...

Yesterday, after having not used my 1500i for a few days, it wouldn't turn on. I pressed the play button many times, but had no success, which was odd because the last time I had used it the battery was at least 2/3 charged. I decided to plug it into my computer in case the charge ran out, and the screen came on (much to my relief!).

I left it plugged in for a few minutes, then removed it and turned it on, and it worked. I would hate to have to return it, but the next time I have a problem I might; a defective product just isn't worth $140, no matter how cute it is.

I'm disappointed to see that so many people have had problems :o\ I was also hoping that a message board would be put up, but it seems as though Mobiblu has given up on this prospect. It's too bad that the 1500 series was unable to compete with the Nano; if it had simply been more stable (and the Mobiblu team more active) I'm sure it would have been more successful...

 
At 11:14 PM, Blogger Jerome said...

I've had the Cube for two days now, and I'm very impressed with it's features.

As far as negatives, the only one I can find is that the device cannot handle deep folder structures i.e. it can't support more than one or two subfolders.

I actually don't find the pause between songs to very long at all, actually.

The supplied headphones are pretty good with good bass response. They actually seem to be tuned more to highs and lows and lack some mid-range, but you can set the SRS eq. to compensate for that.

As far as WMA-drm support, just make sure you sink this type of file from the file management software for the service you use or Windows Media Player.

Awesome little Cube!

-J

 
At 9:58 AM, Blogger EegaBooga said...

Where do

 
At 10:01 AM, Blogger EegaBooga said...

Hi!

This looks like an amazing divice. I was wondering, where do you downlow the songs? Like does it use iTunes or something?

 
At 10:11 AM, Blogger EegaBooga said...

Hello?

 
At 10:13 AM, Blogger EegaBooga said...

Can some1 plz answer me?

 
At 10:41 AM, Blogger Pico said...

eegabooga: Don't expect people to answer you right away here (especially not within a span of 13 minutes...), since I doubt a lot of people actually read all of the posts. Indeed, your question has already been addressed in some of the earlier posts, particularly this one:

"Team mobiBLU said...
Let me try to explain this as simply as possible. The DAH-1500i works with all music download sites that let you download individual songs. If you get these songs free, the files are usually in the MP3 or WMA format. If the site charges per download, then the file type is usually "protected" WMA, also known as WMA DRM. When you purchase a song from say, walmart.com music download site, it comes to you as a WMA DRM type file. AND YOU OWN THAT SONG FOREVER. You bought it...you own it! The DAH-1500i supports MP3, WMA, and (protected) WMA DRM.

The DAH-1500i is not compatible with SUBSCRIPTION BASED services, such as NapsterToGO, Yahoo, and Rhapsody. Subscription based services are where you pay a monthly fee for all the music you can download but you never own the music...you are actually leasing the music. The moment your subscription runs out or you stop payment, you lose all legal rights to the on your PC and your portable device, and everything is automatically enabled so that you can't play it anymore. Again, the DAH-1500i does not support subscription based services."

 
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At 4:18 PM, Blogger mobiblu said...

Just tested MobiBLU's e-mail support again last week. Sent 5 different e-mails from 5 different addresses on different domains.

So far absolutely no response. They should at least have something auto respond. It wouldnt be that hard to setup.

I am surprised that they still have live people picking up the phone. Maybe its because they are still too small to get a ful support department up and they only answer calls rather than e-mails.

 

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