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I next tried out the music playback capabilities of the 510. When I reviewed the 520, one of the main complaints I had was its ability to handle my music library. The 520 just choked and refused to play any of my files where I had iTunes-added album art.

The 510 didn't have the same issue, but still had some heartburn with my files. When I would select one of these troublesome files, it would start playing back immediately, but the screen would go black for 20-30 seconds before the info screen would appear (Figure 7). But files without album art didn't have this issue.

Music Info without album art

Figure 7: Music Info without album art

I also had a number of files that had album art added through some mechanism that I now can't remember. These files were properly handled and had the album-art displayed in the info screen (Figure 8).

Music Info With album art

Figure 8: Music Info With album art

For music selection, the 510 used my MP3 tags to automatically categorize music via genre, album, artists, etc. On occasion, I found navigating a large selection of music files would get very slow, with remote response becoming very sluggish.

A feature that the 510 shares with other media players is the ability to combine a slideshow with a music selection. Once music playback started, it was possible to navigate into the photo menus and start a slideshow that would play simultaneously with the music.

The 510 supports MP3, WMA, WAV, AIFF and—to the delight of geeks everywhere—Ogg Vorbis format. What the 510 doesn't support are DRM restricted files such as those purchased from the iTunes music store or any "Plays for Sure" music store.

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