I'm in the market for a new portable mp3-player, and will be connecting it mostly to a Linux box, but occasionally to a Windows Vista machine as well. I'm wondering what qualities I should be looking for in a music player that suggest good out of the box Linux support. Having struggled to get my iPod to play nicely with Linux on a consistent basis, I'm hoping that I can find something that offers better native Linux support.
I've noticed a couple things in my search thus far:
- Ogg Vorbis support and "Linux Compatible" are highly correlated
- Linux Compatible is often qualified with something like "support only for data transfer"
Are these the only sorts of clues I'll be able to follow? I'd appreciate any advice on what to look for, or examples of products that do it right.