I am creating this post in this forum because its members probably appreciate the existence of a digital storage device that allows one to carry a lot of music around.
Unfortunately, there are, at least, two major flaws with this product:
1. ERRONEOUS GAP BETWEEN TRACKS!
In music playback, there are many cases where tracks are supposed to be played without any interruption. This is quite common in classical music where composers indicate that some or all movements of, say, a symphony are to be played without a pause in between. One example: Nino Rota's Symphony #1 where the 3rd and 4th movement play without a pause between them, and it makes perfect musical sense. Although perhaps more rare, one finds this situation in popular music as well. One example: Moody Blues' Album titled 'Every Good Boy Deserves a Favor' where some of the tracks play without a pause in between. That's how the composer/artist designed. If a pause is introduced where it doesn't belong, it ruins the beauty of the music and the listening.
Most of us may remember that Apple had this problem with CD music imported into iTunes. It was awful. Their solution was to allow one to join tracks at the outset of the CD import. That was better than nothing, but it missed the fact that we want to be able to listen the music as the composer set it AND ALSO be able to directly access the beginning of every track, just like one can do while playing a CD. Eventually, about 3 years ago (or so) Apple implemented a solution to the problem by allowing the user to use a gap-less setting at the outset of the CD import. So, now, the tracks play without the unwanted pause in between, as the composer designed, but we can access each track as a stand alone one.
Now, GoFlexSatellite was released about a year ago and thus should be aware of this issue and should have designed the product accordingly. But they did not. And so far, I have not seen any solution for this problem. If you know a solution, please, let me know. Meanwhile, Hello Seagate, what say you?
2. ERRONEOUS TRACK ORDER PLAYING.
Somehow, the GoFlexSatellite organizes the tracks of each album in alphabetical order and so it plays them in alphabetical order. This is downright stupid! Even in popular music, the tracks are often ordered in a way that adds to the listening pleasure and, in some cases, like the Moody Blues album I mentioned above it IS the way to listen. Needless to say, that is even more important in the case of classical music. For instance Beethoven's Symphony #7 has the following movements which are supposed to play in the order here shown: Poco sustenudo - Vivace; Allegretto; Presto - Assai meno presto; Allegro con brio
However, GoFlex will play in the order: Allegretto; Poco sustenudo - Vivace; Presto - Assai meno presto; Allegro con brio, flipping the order of the two first movements. It also makes a mess of works like Mussorgsky's Pictures at Exhibition and Stravinsky's Petrushka as it plays its parts out of order.
It is hard to believe that a company with Seagate's reputation released a product with such major flaws. But they did. Again, if anyone has a solution for these problems, I am all ears.
PS: A friend of mine used to say that people who build kitchens never worked in one. This is a good example when applied to some high tech companies.
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