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* [http://www.netonnet.se/item.asp?iid=61510 Avant] MP-8256, MP-8512, MP-81000
* [http://www.netonnet.se/item.asp?iid=61510 Avant] MP-8256, MP-8512, MP-81000
:Looks like another whitebox label. No official website found yet, but three models are offered in shops: MP-8256 with 256MB memory, MP-8512 (512MB) and MP-81000 (1GB). Plays not only Ogg Vorbis, but [[MP3]], [[WMA]] and even BMP and Textfiles via small colour display. USB 2.0 interface. Sufficient quality in playback and recording (Radio/Line-In).
:Looks like another whitebox label. No official website found yet, but three models are offered in shops: MP-8256 with 256MB memory, MP-8512 (512MB) and MP-81000 (1GB). Plays not only Ogg Vorbis, but [[MP3]], [[WMA]] and even BMP and Textfiles via small colour display. USB 2.0 interface. Sufficient quality in playback and recording (Radio/Line-In).
* [http://linuxdevices.com/news/NS7996764346.html Cool-Karaoke]
:The DRM-free Cool-Karaoke supports MP3, OGG, WAV, and FLAC audio formats and MPG, AVI, and FLV video formats.  Runs an ARM920t processor clocked to 400MHz, with 4GB and up NAND Flash.  Battery charges through USB cable.  Built in equalizer allows tuning down the voice freqencies for sing-alongs.

* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_MP4/MTV_player Chinese MP4 players sold on eBay]
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_MP4/MTV_player Chinese MP4 players sold on eBay]

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Here you'll find all mobile players known to natively support Vorbis. Some may also play FLAC (please add information if this is the case).

Please do not write Vorbis as "OGG". Please do not add information on how well it plays MP3 or whatever, because this is a list for Xiph-aware players.

Flash Memory Storage

in each description, please say if the device works "out of the box" or you have to install any software to use it properly (if the extra-software is optional, then it doesn't matter).

From the information below (see the "Chinese MP4" and "PowerUp!" items), it is possible that all Chinese made S1 MP3 and MP4 players can play the Ogg Vorbis file format, even though their manuals or advertisements do not mention this. Since many tens of millions of these units have been sold worldwide, there is a potentially huge, undocumented, base of portable media players which can play the Ogg Vorbis format. If you have one of these Chinese made players, just give it a try and see. Here is one cheap unbranded Chinese 1GB mp3 player that supports vorbis.

It is appropriate to say that in brazilian consumer market, there are unbranded MP3 players such as this one that can flawlessly play Ogg Vorbis files. There are many of them branded as "Sony". I have tested one "Sony" and it does play Ogg Vorbis. If you have one of these players and know that they can play Ogg Vorbis, please inform which chipset these devices are equipped with. Many of these players can also be identified as having the following writings "MP3/WMA/FM/REC". All these are basically 1GB/2GB USB pen drives.

  • Avant MP-8256, MP-8512, MP-81000
Looks like another whitebox label. No official website found yet, but three models are offered in shops: MP-8256 with 256MB memory, MP-8512 (512MB) and MP-81000 (1GB). Plays not only Ogg Vorbis, but MP3, WMA and even BMP and Textfiles via small colour display. USB 2.0 interface. Sufficient quality in playback and recording (Radio/Line-In).
The DRM-free Cool-Karaoke supports MP3, OGG, WAV, and FLAC audio formats and MPG, AVI, and FLV video formats. Runs an ARM920t processor clocked to 400MHz, with 4GB and up NAND Flash. Battery charges through USB cable. Built in equalizer allows tuning down the voice freqencies for sing-alongs.
I've tried two different MP4 nano lookalikes from different manufacturers and different eBay sellers, and both will play Ogg Vorbis fine, even though none of the documentation or product advertisements say this. Before you buy one, you should check out the eBay FAQ on MP4 players first.
  • D-Wave 9830
Polish player. Supports OGG, MP1, MP2, MP3, WMA, WMV, ASF, WAV. FM radio, TFT display, ebook reader. 2GB.
There are several cheap mp3/4 players like this on ebuyer, and other sites. The Stage Tiny supports ogg so I guess that the others would too. They have a very good sound quality and are reasonably priced. I think these use a generic chipset like the chinese ones linked above.
  • ENOX EMX-830, EMX-900, EMX-530
'The lightest and the smallest one among AAA type MP3 players.' Supports MP3, WMA, ASF, WAV, and Ogg Vorbis, has FM tuner, line-in and mic with direct MP3 encoding. Comes with 128/256/512/1024MB flash memory and USB 2.0 interface. The EMX-900 has up to 1 GB storage and supports the same file formats.
  • EZAV T2, EMP-600, EMP-500, EMP-400
All players support Ogg Vorbis, MP3, ASF, and WMA codecs, FM radio recording (FM, voice, and line-in). The EMP-400 has 256MB and 512MB storage. The other players have storage options up to 1GB. The EMP-600 and T2 have full color displays and add support for a proprietary video format.
Sold in the UK at the ALDI supermarket stores, under their brand name "Tevion" the 6940 model is a 2GB multimedia player that can receive DAB radio and has a colour screen for viewing Jpegs and movies. It connects via a USB2 interface, and appears as a mass storage device. It claims to play Vorbis files, and does so without problems. The USB connector at the player end is non-standard, but extra cables can be obtained from the manufacturer.
The NEXblack supports Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WMA and uses compact flash cards (or Microdrives) for storage. Other features include an FM tuner, recording (FM and line-in), and USB 2.0. The display looks monochrome (white on black). The Frontier Labs web site indicates this unit will ship at the end of June July August 2006. The release date has been repeatedly pushed back since September 2005. NEXBlack came out finally in the end of August 2006. Vorbis files are played without any prob, but Vorbis tags are not supported. Some photos and comments.
Linux-based handheld audio/video/game player, supports MP3 and Ogg Vorbis. Uses SD cards for storage (sold separately), powered by removable (AA) batteries with fairly long life (6-8 hours) for music-only use.
Both models offer 512MB. They play Ogg Vorbis, MP3 and WMA. USB 2.0/1.1 interface. The MP650 is not available yet.
NOTE: The U3 and 7 both are buggy with Vorbis, in that they exhibit artifacts in the lower frequency range. As of firmware 1.29 on the U3, and 1.17 on the 7, both are broken. Cowon fixed this on the D2 about firmware 2.41 onward. By way of a code examination, it appears the U5 does not suffer from this bug (On Cowon players that have the issue, there is a hex string which matches a low precision table. On the ones that do not have the issue, it has the correct normal precision value. This is referring to the Tremor decoder used). Most people describe this as a mild high pitched squeak. See this forum post for more details. Some also say the iriver Clix 2 has this issue as well. Cowon on the D2 firmware page does not specifically mention that they fixed this issue.
The iAudio U2 is a small flash-based player (256MB/512MB/1GB) and supports Vorbis. Early U2 releases required a firmware upgrade for Vorbis support; as of September 2005 this support was included in the retail version. The iAudio G3 and iAudio 5 offer up to 2GB, and support Ogg Vorbis out-of-the-box. The G2 has storage from 256 MB up to 1 GB and supports the same formats. iAudio U3 is Cowon's last candy bar form factor flash-based player with a 5 way navigation control. It also supports FLAC and MPEG-4 video. All these players will talk to Linux or Mac (but the included software is Windows only. You'll need Windows for firmware updates.).
The G3, and most likely the other models as well, supports Ogg Vorbis from q0. Quality settings q-1 and q-2 (from the aoTuV ogg encoder) are not supported. It supports the meta tags album (limited length) and title.
iAudio F2 flash memory, 512MB/1GB/2GB versions supporting Vorbis and FLAC. USB 2.0, supports Linux and Mac (Windows needed for firmware updates).
iAudio T2 flash memory 1GB/2GB, supports Vorbis. USB 2.0, supports Linux and Mac (Windows needed for firmware updates).
iAudio 7 is Cowon's current small form factor flash based player with touch controls for most functions and comes in 4, 8 and 16GB versions and supports Vorbis and FLAC. USB 2.0 file transfer, Linux and Mac compatible (including firmware updates). Reading Ogg tags not supported (requires browsing music in 'files' mode rather than in 'tags' mode).
iAudio D2 comes in 4, 8 or 16GB capacities and can use SD and SDHC flash memory cards, supports music and movies supporting FLAC and Vorbis. USB 2.0 file transfer, Linux and Mac compatible (including firmware updates).
The iAudio U5 is a player with 8 GB flash and USB (speed is at USB 1.0 level). The player is out of the box configurable as USB-mass-storage-device or MTP-device. It is available since early 2008. It supports Ogg Vorbis and FLAC since at least firmware 3.16. A firmware update is possible in mass-storage-mode, i.e. without additional proprietary software. The firmware is available at the US and Global site. The 2.10 firmware has multi language support, i.e. you can select for example english as language after flashing. Note however, that the FLAC/Vorbis firmware loses support for tag based browsing (as of version 3.16).
  • i-BEAD 170, 400, 600
The i-BEAD 170 & 400 models are small, light flash-based players with built in Lithium-Polymer batteries. They also have OLED displays, and FM & line-in recording. Both are available in 256MB/512MB/1GB and both support Ogg Vorbis after a firmware upgrade. The i-BEAD 600 has up to 2 GB storage and is very small and supports Ogg Vorbis out of the box. PLEASE NOTE: Ogg Vorbis files encoded using pre-1.0 versions of the encoder will not work with these players.
  • iMedian M-Cody M-20, MX-100, 250, 400, 300, 500, 700
According to the homepage, they support Ogg Vorbis (besides MP3, WMA (some devices w/ DRM), ASF, WAV). Some come with a FM Receiver, USB 2.0 and work even as IR remote. One has a OLED, the others have colour LCDs. Battery and memory is internal. I infer from a review that the MX-100 is the same as a Rio SU70, but I haven't found any information about that rio gadget, though. The M-20 is the newest model, a thin portable in response to the iPod Shuffle. It looks exactly like Maxfield's Max-Sin Touch.
Both are sold by Best Buy and advertised to support Ogg Vorbis. The Pilot supports Ogg Vorbis and GNU/Linux out of the box. Haven't tried the Sport. 2GB, 4GB and 8GB models available. The Sport does not support any tags. Ogg files can not be used in playlists. Ogg files can not be shuffled. Thus, there is no way to order the files. Windows shows an error that the format is not supported when dragging over ogg files to the player. All also support bluetooth.
  • Iops X7, Z5, Z3, F5, F4, MFP-312, MFP-325, MFP-350
Newer players offer video and photo support (X7, Z5, F5). Iops offers the MFP-300 series player with 128/256/512MB/1GB internal flash memory. They offer voice and FM radio recording whilst maintaining a lightweight portable size.
  • iRiver's iFP-3xx, iFP-5xx, iFP-7xx, iFP-8xx, iFP-9xx, iFP-10xx, iFP-11xx, T10, T20, T30, T50, T60, U10, Clix, Clix2, X20
iRiver has a huge line of flash-based players with various memory sizes (128MB to 2GB). Some of these players may need an updated firmware in order to play Ogg Vorbis files, see the support download page for that. Note — on older players, only certain bitrates are supported, various problems are reported including reboots, silence and random noise when a VBR Vorbis passes outside the limit (either under 96Kbps or over 225 Kbps). Newer players don't have this limitation. However, please be alerted that many of the newer players, such as the Clix, use the Microsoft MTP transfer protocol exclusively so they only work with Windows, whereas other players may be shipped with MTP, but have alternate non-MTP firmware available for download. Tag support not present on U10/Clix (others also?), so Vorbis files will appear under 'unknown artist'/'unknown album'. Please note that the H10 model does not (yet?) support ogg, and can operate in both MTP and UMS (mass storage) modes. More information. Confirmed that the T50 and T60 players support Ogg Vorbis, use UMS and have complete tag support out of the box.
    • The iRiver Clix 4GB (not the iRiver Clix gen 2) available at [[1]] supports Ogg Vorbis audio and metadata (artist/album/song names). The following notes apply:
      • The latest firmware,, was installed during the test. It is not known whether or not this is required for Ogg Vorbis support.
      • Windows XP SP2 with Windows Media Player 11 (or later) is absolutely required. Windows Media Player 10 will not work.
      • MTP is the only method to access the device. UMS will not work.
      • Once Windows Media Player 11 has been installed, other programs such as Windows Explorer or Winamp can be used to load Vorbis songs normally.
      • Do not confuse the iRiver Clix with the iRiver Clix gen 2. These notes apply only to the iRiver Clix.
The MP-130 is a portable player with flash memory in 128/256/512MB sizes. This appears to be a rebranded Iops player. The MP-400 is a tiny machine with lots of features (line in, mic, fm radio, usb 2.0). With the updated 4.1 firmware it supports Ogg Vorbis files encoded with libvorbis version 1.0rc2 or later. When trying to play files encoded with earlier versions it freezes on playback, requiring an USB connect or reset button pressed (through a tiny hole) to wake up again. The MP-120, a 1Gb flash player, supports Ogg Vorbis with a firmware upgrade since March 2005. MP-120 still doesn't play old Ogg Vorbis files, but they don't make it freeze up. The MP-450 is basically a MP-400 with color display.
These are flash-based players with 256 MB respectively 512 MB storage capacity. They have the usual FM radio which can be recorded in addition to voice. They also have a 1,9" color display.
Two versions available but are now discontinued (as at March 2007): with 1 GB or 2 GB internal memory. Both models have an extra miniSD memory card storage slot. Ogg playback is sticky at high quality settings. (firmware v2.09) The internal equalizer is disabled when playing ogg. (firmware v2.09)
Available from 03/2005 the LDP-800 is offering MP3, WMA and Ogg Vorbis Support with 256/512MB storage. It has a digital out, FM receiver and transmitter, can record from FM, mic and line-in and has a SD-card slot. Includes Sennheiser earbuds. Update: A telephoned sales representative informed on 2005-04-15 that this player would be available sometime in June. Update again: A sales representative telephoned on 2005-06-20 again stated that the player would be available sometime in June. However, a sales representitave at eCOST, an online store carrying the LDP-800, stated that their availability date is now 2005-07-15. Lexar now seem to have dropped this product. See discussion.
  • Lowrance's iFINDER Expedition C, Hunt C, PhD, iWay 350C, possibly others.
GPS units, certain models, support playing MP3 and Ogg Vorbis files stored on the SD/MMC card, which is primarily there to hold map files and route/track data. The item descriptions only mention mp3, you have to dig into the manual or actually use the device to discover Vorbis support. What a nice surprise! Many units seem to include voice-recorder functionality too, for tagging waypoints with audio notes, but it's not clear what codec they record in.
Flash players with 512MB and 1GB capacity. The have no display other than a single multicolour LED. New FM30 model has a large colour display.
  • Maxfield's Max-Ivy, Max-Diamond, Max-Movie, Max-Diablo, Max-Sin Touch
The Max-Diamond supports MP3, Ogg Vorbis and WMA (DRM). It has 512MB flash memory and can record from FM radio. The Max-Movie has 1GB storage and supports DivX, MP3 WMA (DRM) and Ogg Vorbis. It also has FM radio and a display with 260.000 colors. The Max-Diablo supports the same audio formats, but can also display pictures and videos on its small OLED (4096 colors). It has 1GB storage. Max-Sin Touch has 512 MB or 1 GB internal memory. Not to be confused with Maxfield Max-Sin, which doesn't have ogg support. Max-Sin Touch looks exactly like M-Cody M-20.
While the Max-Sin Touch does play Ogg Vorbis, it only does so with occasional glitches, at least with a device bought in November 2006. Perhaps a future firmware upgrade might help, but I'm skeptical. At this time, I cannot recommend the player. ― Eloquence 22:48, 22 November 2006 (PST)
It looks like there won't be any firmware upgrades in future. Maxfield GmbH became insolvent in january.
Available in 256MB/512MB/1GB sizes. USB 2.0. Supports Ogg Vorbis (although it doesn't seem to view tag info, will probably be fixed in future firmwares (?)), but also MP3 and WMA. It has small 200 mW built-in speaker. Inverted display with the ability to choose the foreground colour in 125 steps. Other features include FM-radio, voice recorder (built-in mic), line-in, alarm, and more. While XR-22 support memory upto 2GB and functions are similar to XT-22S.
Available in 1/2/4GB capacities. USB 2.0. Supports Ogg Vorbis and FLAC as well as MP3, MP2, WMA. DRM10 support should be supported with future firmware updates. 2.4", 260k color display, text, photo (BMP, JPG, GIF), and video (AVI), FM radio/recording, built-in mic for voice recording. English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean and partial Hebrew language support. You can buy an an external battery pack which is rumored to enable USB On-The-Go support sometime in the future.
  • MobiBLU Cube2, DAH-2100, US2, BOXON
All the above players support Ogg Vorbis (Q1-Q10). The B153 and DAH-1500i models do not mention ogg Vorbis in their specifications
  • MP3 MP-8256, MP-8512, MP-81000
Looks like another whitebox label. No official website found yet, but three models are offered in shops: MP-8256 with 256MB memory, MP-8512 (512MB) and MP-81000 (1GB). Plays not only Ogg Vorbis, but MP3, WMA and even BMP and Textfiles via small colour display. USB 2.0 interface. Sufficient quality in playback and recording (Radio/Line-In).
The mpman FUB34 and FUB35 are available (March 2007) in the UK in electrical stores such as Comet and come in 128MB, 256MB, 512MB and 1GB memory sizes. They appear to be a Chinese S1 MP3 player. Although no mention is made of Ogg Vorbis support in the documentation or on the website (only MP3 & WMA), the format is supported. MP-CS157 is a multi-media player, supporting Ogg/Vorbis as well, even if there is no mention on the box.
a flash player which comes in 128MB/256MB/512MB/1GB sizes, has a FM-receiver, colour display and a voice recorder.
  • Mustek MC-1503F
Portable player with 1,5" colour display and 2GB of memory. The manual suggests that there are versions from 256MB to 4GB available. It only mentions MP3, WMA and WAV as supported formats but OGG Vorbis playback apparently works fine.
Another Korean manufacturer jumps in and offers small flash-based players with 128MB up to 1GB storage capacities. They support the usual formats MP3/WMA/Ogg Vorbis, can record voice, receive FM radio.
This is an inexpensive flash-based player with 1G memory. (Recently purchased on sale for $18 US at K-mart) It comes in various other memory sizes, and I suspect these other models will also play Ogg Vorbis files. There is no mention on thier web site, or in the documentation that these will play Ogg Vorbis. The "drive formatting" on this device is strange, to be able to mount this device under Linux, I had to delete all partitions (showed as 4 non-standard partitions under Linux fdisk) in linux, then put the device in a windows XP machine and recreate a single partition and format as FAT. (Simply recreating a single partition and formatting as FAT under linux didn't allow the device to see the files copied to it.)
The Neuros II can be used as a stand-alone flash-player. You can later buy an HDD "backpack" from 20 to 80 gigs in size and switch the backpacks as you please. This player now has a free software (open-source) firmware.
Power Up! brand 1GB player, available from TigerDirect. The unit is either the standard S1 or Centon 1GB USB player or a clone thereof. There is no mention of Ogg Vorbis support in any of the literature, but my unit plays ogg files. Bonus!
  • Preview Technology makes a number of OGG-Vorbis compatable players. Although only a handful of their players claim support for Vorbis, it appears that OGG Vorbis works on some of the models where it is not advertised. Their players are being re-branded sold as inexpensive "MP4" players. Many players by Ergotech, Vakoss, and Zicplay are based on designs by Preview.
This is an interesting mix of a flash-based MP3 player and an organizer: the player has 512/1024 MB storage and contact and calendar functions and can sync with Outlook. It supports MP3, WMA and Ogg Vorbis, has FM radio and connectors for two headphones.
A portable Vorbis/MP3/WMA player with 512MB - 4GB internal flash memory, FM-receiver, recording function, picture viewer, video player.
  • Samsung / Yepp (product label), YP-T6, YP-T7, YP-T9, YP-C1, YP-F1, YP-MT6, YP-53, YP-U1, YP-U3, UP-U2, YP-Z5
Many Yepp players support Ogg, please see PortablePlayersSamsungYepp for more details about each model. Note: many of these models being sold into DRM-sensitive markets (e.g. the United States) are configured as MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) devices rather than as USB mass-storage drives (UMS) and may require the use of specialized software on any system with which you use them. Samsung provides Windows drivers with these devices, which may or may not be necessary on Windows systems (recent versions of Windows Media Player reportedly support these devices without a specific driver). Using MTP-based players on non-Windows PCs will require installation of additional software. Linux support for at least some of these devices is available through libmtp and the "generic MTP device" plugin in Amarok. Read the specifications on the box carefully; if it says it depends on Windows Media Player, then it's probably an MTP device which may need Windows drivers or other MTP support software.
  • SanDisk Sansa c200, e200, e200R-series
The Sansa firmware does not support Ogg Vorbis playback. On the original Sansa v1, it was possible to install ROCKbox to get around this. Rockbox hasn't yet (as of May 2008) been ported to the new Sansa v2, and so Ogg Vorbis playback is not possible.
The 1.01.29 firmware released in May 2008 for the Sansa Clip supports Ogg Vorbis.
(2006-01-08) Seen in many electronics stores in Japan. The SN-A800 looks incredible — smaller than the iPod Nano, I think. I've not been able to try any for sound quality. Signeo also makes a hard drive player that supports vorbis. Their 2005-12 sales brochure claims Linux compatability for the SN-M600 and SN-M700.
  • Sumvision 1GB SV04-M18 plays ogg vorbis files. My test ogg file was created using the timidity midi player, and the format was checked using mplayer, which used the ffvorbis codec to play back the same file. While this is a Chinese made MP3 player, another Sumvision player I have does not appear to play ogg vorbis files. The SV04-M18 works as a USB mass storage device.
Found this player in the local supermarket. The player is very small, has a 1 inch colour LCD and 1 GB of storage. Supports audio and video incl. Ogg Vorbis. The SP-Advance is not listed on their web site, but among the ones that are on the web site the 1-inch HDD Super Slim Jukebox claims Ogg Vorbis support.
The s.beat is sort of an original piece of hardware, as, you may have guessed it, it is a swiss army knife with an MP3 player. It supports Ogg Vorbis too and comes in sizes of 1 up to 4 GB.
  • T-Budd
Korean company who makes wonderdull piece of hardware : TLN-100 which comes in 512 Mb or 1 Go. Supports MPEG 1/2/2.5/3 layer 3, WMA, ASF et OGG, PLF (proprietary video format) and works with two AAA batteries. Nice OLED display. FM radio. Very quick memory transfers. Not a usbkey type player, but a small USB adaptator is furnished, and allows the device to be plugged directly on a USB standard plug. USB2 Mass storage implemented : works perfectly under Linux.
The MP-400 is a flsh-player with either 512/1024MB storage. It supports MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis and MPEG-4 video.
256/512/1024 MB USB-connected mass storage device (flash based, uses FAT16, OS independent), 64K 4.41cm² color display, MP3/WMA/ASF/OGG support, equalizer and "3D sound", FM tuner, bookmark system, clock, stopwatch, alarm timer, record from microphone/FM as MP3, dual output, firmware upgradeable. Size: 3.5x8x1.7cm @ 40 grams. 16 hours of battery life.
  • TrekStor's iBeat fresh, iBeat organix, iBeat classico, iBeat cube, iBeat ice, iBeat vision
The iBeat fresh comes with 256/512 MB storage has a 64K color display and the usual features. The iBeat organix comes with 256/512/1024 MB flash memory. The iBeat cube is a very small player with the usual features. The iBeat ice has a sharp OLED display. The iBeat vision has a large display that can be used to watch movies. It comes in sizes from 256MB to 2GB. The iBeat classico optionally features FM radio and offers 512,1024 or 2048 MB together with 2 color OLED display.
  • Wigo's CVM-101, CVM-103, CVM-300, CVS-100
Korean players with slick design, comes in 128/256/512/1024 MB depending on models. Support MP3/WMA/Ogg, FM receiver, voice recorder. Note: Ogg bitrates supported may be limited, check the manufacturer's specification for each device for details.
This player is sold in the U.K. and comes with 256/512MB. It supports MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis and has FM radio and voice recording. It also works under Linux (kernel 2.4 upwards) and FreeBSD 5.3 (recognised as a removable mass storage device).
This is a 1GB-Flash-PMP, that also have a MicroSD card slot. The playback-function supports AAC, ADPCM, AIFF, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WAV and WMA, the streaming-function MP3, WMA. FM- and Internet Radio (via "vTuner Internet Radio Index Service") are also available. PC Connection is possible via mini USB type B, USB 2.0 high speed or Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b/g standards).

Harddisk Storage

The Mediagate MG-25 is a portable HDD that supports also media playback. It uses a 2,5" disk and USB2.0 to connect, and supports MPEG-1/-2/-4, DivX, Xvid, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, JPG. It can upsample to HDTV, has composite, component and s-video outs, stereo and a digital out. Remote control is included. The MG-35 uses a 3,5" HDD instead, supports WMA and ethernet. The MG350HD uses a 3,5" HDD as well and supports HDTV. There is a wiki page with an faq here.
*The native iPod firmware doesn't support Ogg Vorbis. You can, however, install RockBox or iPodLinux on all iPod models (except for the Shuffle and Nano 2nd gen). RockBox supports tags, and a number of other formats. The larger iPod models have up to 80 GB HDDs.
The Vip20 seems to be similar to the iBeat 500 from TrekStor and Xclef HD-800. It has the same features: MP3, WMA, WAV, Ogg Vorbis decoding plus 20 GB storage.
Seems to be a Korean supplier to Samsung who also sells own branded players. Works as pendrive, encodes MP3 from line-in (same jack as the headphone), FM radio and microphone. Has built in loudspeaker. Plays back Ogg Vorbis, MP3 and WMA. Does not display ISO-885902 accented characters from my Vorbis comments. :-(
The eVic has 20GB storage and plays WMA (incl. DRM), MP3 and Ogg Vorbis. It can record voice and music, and has USB host functionality. In Hardware version M03-002, firmware 2.203 serious problems with ogg playback while using the Equalizer are present (disturbing crackling noises). (An email inquiry to Commodore International Corporation replied "eVic's new firmware is still developing. The new version will safe the issue with ogg playback while using the Equalizer.") USB host functionality seems not to be implemented yet at all.
This is a rather unique device; a multimedia jukebox, music tank, photo album and last but not least a portable storage. It is bigger than usual portable devices, but has also a lot more options. It can connect to the PC (USB 2.0), TV (S-Video, Composite), stereos and 5.1 surround systems (Coaxial/Optical) and comes with a remote control. Supported video formats are DVD (MPEG-2), VCD (MPEG-1), DivX, Xvid. Supported Audio formats are MP3, WMA and Ogg Vorbis (and mkv with firmware upgrade). It can display JPEG pictures on the TV. It is available without a harddrive, or equipped with harddrive sizes up to 200 GB.
The iAudio M3 is a portable harddisk player with either 20 or 40 GB of storage. It has a built-in FM radio and mic. It supports MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis and WAV and even FLAC with the newest firmware upgrade. See this IGN article for more info. The M5 has 20 GB storage and supports the same formats. The X5 is similarly designed (storage sizes of 20GB, 30GB, 60GB) and can play MPEG-4 videos. It has a 1.8 inch LCD with 260,000 colors and USB OTG (On-The-Go) feature. The A2 is released in November 2005 and is a widescreen mobile video player. It has a 480 x 272 pixel screen and supports the above metioned set of audio, video and image formats. The tiny iAudio 6 features a 4 Gb 0.85" harddisk and supports both OGG and FLAC. The M3, M5, X5, and A2 (probably the 6 as well) all act as USB mass storage devices, which means they are supported by Linux and Mac. The software is windows-only, though.
Comment tag support — The iaudio X5 supports the artist (limited length), album, and title comment tags.
The 8280 has 20 GB or 30 GB storage, plays Ogg Vorbis, MP3 and WMA. Standard feature set; this player does not excel in any area but price. USB mass storage compliant — you can put songs on it from non-Windows computers, but full indexing of the songs for reference by artist etc. requires Windows.
The Movie Cube comes with a 2,5" HDD with 40 or 80 GB size. It supports the playback of various audio and video formats including Ogg Vorbis. The package includes some AV cables and a remote control.
  • Freecom's MediaPlayer-3, Network MediaPlayer-35 Drive-In
The MediaPlayer-3 is again sort of an external HDD that can play media without a PC. It supports DivX, MP3, MPEG-4, AVI, WMA, ASF and Ogg Vorbis. The product with the complicated name Network MediaPlayer-35 Drive-In is an enhanced version of the MediaPlayer-3 — it has an additional network interface and supports an internal 3,5" drive. The ethernet port can be used to read media from the network, but cannot be used as network attached storage.
  • GoDot M8170, M8270, M8370, M8470, M8570
GoDot's HD players have capacity ranging from 2.2gb to 20gb. Each model is very different. They support Ogg Vorbis, MP3 and WMA (some models support DRM).
The VSV-20/VSV-40 has the usual mobile MP3 HDD player size and can read/write from its 16in1 memory card reader and 20 GB or 40 GB internal HDD. But it can do more than audio (MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, AAC). It supports image (JPEG) and video (MPEG-1/-4) playback on the 2" display and on a connected TV. It even includes a remote control. Beware: Hama has suspended OggVorbis support. However, there is a Firmware update promised to reestablish OggVorbis. If you plan to buy a device check the Firmware download page or better ask them about the current status of OggVorbis support.
See Cowon iAudio above.
  • iDREAM Jukebox 2.2 GB, 3.3 GB and 4 GB
Those HDD players support OGG and Encode MP3 from Line-In.
This is a iPod mini clone, that supports MP3, WMA, WAV and Ogg Vorbis. It supports recording from line-in and mic, has a 4 GB harddrive and USB2.0.
Iomega is finally also jumping on the bandwaggon and offers external HDDs with multimedia-playback. The larger version ScreenPlay Pro supports the usual audio and video codecs including Ogg Vorbis. It seems to be a repackaged Mvisto with HDD included ScreenPlay Pro.
  • iRiver's iHP-1xx, H1xx, H2xx, H3xx, iGP-100
iRiver has also a number of harddisk based items that play back Ogg Vorbis. Older models like the iHP-100 and the iHP-115 come in 10 and 15 GB sizes and need a firmware update (see the support downloads for that). The iHP-120, a 20GB portable player, and the iHP-140, a 40GB version, support Vorbis playback out of the box. Read reviews here: IGN on iHP-100, IGN on iHP-120. The iGP-100, a 1.5Gb portable player, supports Vorbis, according to the FAQ, though no firmware upgrade appears to be required. The new line of harddisk players H120, H140 come in 10 to 40 GB sizes. There is also a product line with USB host function and colour display that supports 32-500kbs: H320, H340]. The newer H10 player does not support Ogg Vorbis.
Many iRiver devices can be loaded with the RockBox replacement firmware which plays Ogg Vorbis as well as adding FLAC playback.
The SSF-M3 comes with 20/40GB storage size, whereas the SSF-M5 has only 1.5 GB. Both support voice recording and FM radio. The SSF-M3 is more stylish and very slim and comes with a docking station.
This player is similar to the Modix or TViX. It is a portable USB HDD equipped with a 2,5" drive (size varies). It plays audio (MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WMA), video (MPEG-1/-2, Xvid, DivX) and images (JPEG). It has composite, s-video and component video output and supports progressive scan, audio output is done through a coaxial and stereo plug. The device is bundled with a remote control.
  • Modix HD-3510
The HD-3510 is similar to the TViX, as it is sort of a portable multi-talent. It can store and playback audio, video and images, and can be used for other files as well. It can decode MPEG-1/-2/-4 including DivX/Xvid, AC3, DTS, MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis and JPEG. It uses USB2.0 for data input and has various ouput connectors: anlog stereo and 5.1 out, coaxial digital out, composite, s-video and component video out with progressive scan and HDTV upscaling. The HD-3510 is bundled with a carrying bag and a remote control, but without a 3,5" HDD.
The HT-100 uses a 1,5 GB HDD, decodes MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis and supports the usual features. The HT-150 seems to have the same features (maybe a mistake on the website).
  • mpio HD300, HD200, One
mpio HD300 is a harddisk player with 20GB and supports WAV/MP3/WMA/Ogg Vorbis. It has FM radio, an alarm clock and supports USB 2.0. The HD200 has 5GB storage capacity, a FM radio which can be recorded and supports the same formats as the HD300. Despite its name the One consist of three components: a player, a HDD and a CD-ROM drive, which can be combined with each other. It supports MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, JPG, BMP and MPEG-4 movies. It has a 1" OLED display and will be available from 05/2005.
This player comes with either 2.2 or 4 GB harddrive and supports MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis and ASF. It can record voice and has a FM receiver. What sets this player apart is the LCD — it can show BMPs, JPGs and text. The device can also act as a USB host to support digital cameras.
The Mvisto is a portable hardware enclosure for 2,5" harddrives. It has video and audio outs and decodes MPEG1/2/Divx/Xvid/JPEG/MP3/WMA/AAC/Ogg Vorbis. It comes with a remote control.
This mobile player comes either with various harddrive sizes up to 80 GB or as 256 MB flash player. The new firmware to support Ogg Vorbis has been developed by the Xiph.org Foundation. The Neuros Synchronization Manager for Windows is available from the same link and now fully supports the addition of Vorbis files to the Neuros. *nix users can use Xiph.org's Positron, Sean Starkey's Java Neuros Database Manipulator, or Sorune, all of which provide full Neuros database support and other features. Neuros II discontinued. Neuros III is planned but indefinite but they have a roadmap.
This player uses a small 1,5 GB harddisk and supports MP3, WMA and Ogg Vorbis. It connects trough USB 2.0 and can broadcast music through a FM sender.
There is now a firmware update for the MX2020 that adds Ogg Vorbis support, which is a portable player for movies, music and photos.
It is similar to the Modix HD-3510, but supports USB host functionality additionally. This web site is dead. The Savit Micro Rapsody RSH-100 can be seen on their site.
The Rio Karma is a portable player with a harddisk of 20 GB. It can decode MP3, Ogg Vorbis and FLAC. USB 2.0 is used to connect to PCs, but a docking station is also included which offers ethernet and RCA line-out support. IGN has written a review about the gadget, articles about the Karma can be found at Riovolution. Note that firmware versions prior to 1.25 cause stability problems for some people, visit the support page to get the newest version. The Karma was discontinued in March 2005, Rio (DNNA) effectively dissolved 27-July-2005 assets sold to SigmaTel.
  • Safa HMP-110R
A portable player with 1.5GB memory, FM-receiver, recording function, upgradeable firmware, etc.
A portable Multimedia Jukebox as seen on their Cebit 2005 Microsite. Comes with 20/30GB disk, colour display, video player and USB host function. Samsung's support for Ogg Vorbis is reported to be buggy. [2] The Samsung YH925 is falsely advertised to support Ogg Vorbis. [3]
The MP-330 player uses a 4,4 GB harddrive, USB 2.0 and supports MP3, WMA and (Ogg Vorbis is claimed in the manual but it doesn't play ogg). The MP-010 is a portable media player. As such it supports music, movies and pictures. This includes MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis, MPEG-1/-2/-4. It has a capacity of 40GB, comes with a remote control and has various ports for the TV.
  • TEAC MP-1000, MP-2000
TEAC MP-1000 is an ultra-compact harddrive player with 1.5GB capacity and only 70g mass. The follow-up model MP-2000 has 5 GB storage and supports the same formats (MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis).
The iBeat 500 is a portable harddisk player with 20 GB of storage. It supports MP3, WMA and Ogg Vorbis and uses USB 2.0 to connect to PCs. It has a FM radio and an in-built mic. It seems to be available only in Germany (looks like a rebadged Xclef HD-800). The iBeat 300 uses a 1,5 GB HDD and has a color display. The vibez is available in 8GB, 12GB and 15GB versions. All can play MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG and FLAC files.
This is a portable USB hard disk with 40/80/100 GB of storage. It plays a wide range of video formats, including dixv/xvid/bvix/dvd iso. A good review can be found here.
The most current firmware release supports Ogg Vorbis playback.
  • Vusys i-DJ 370 and i-DJ 670
4GB and 20GB harddrive players listed as playing OGG on the site. 370 weighs 150g and plays for 10 hours, 670 weighs 165g and plays for 12 hours.
This is a harddisk player with 20/40/60 GB storage size, and can decode MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis and WAV. It has a FM radio and a mic for recording voice. Though not mentioned on the web site, the HD-500 does decode Ogg Vorbis. — Site is dead, and as of 2007.05.23 no results come up in Google Product Search.

CD/DVD Audio Players

This CD-R portable supports Ogg Vorbis playback out of the box. It has 48 hours of WMA playback if an external battery pack (2 AA batteries) is used. The FreeMax FW-960 is also known as the mpman MP-CD550.
The Havin HVC-400E, also known as the Princeton airCD is probably on sale in Japan since late November, 2003.
  • iRiver iMP-250, iMP-350, iMP-400, iMP-550, iMP-700(T)
Ogg Vorbis is supported only through latest beta firmwares, still some bitrate restriction which may vary depending on the model (min=96kbps, max=160kbps). The iMP-550 supports maximum bitrate up to 256kps (still 96kbps as minimum). Also note the latest iMP-450 does not support OGG for the moment, a future upgrade may correct this... The iMP-700T with firmware 1.40 supports bitrates between 96 and 210 kbps, and .ogg files are generally not as loud as .mp3 files.
The MCD-CM600 is now available in Korea. It is a CD portable that can play Vorbis, MP3, and WMA.

Mobile Phones

  • Samsung introduced phones on the 2006 3GSM that play .ogg files: SGH-i320 and SPH-S4300
  • SymbianOS based mobile phones from Nokia or Sony Ericsson or Siemens can play .ogg files with the Symbian OggPlay Software which is open source). For supported mobile phones please visit the project website. The software works very well — even the still-in-development version which is strongly recommended.


This is now part of the StaticPlayers page.


You can install special Linux distribution on almost all of Apple iPods. In combination with Podzilla jukebox software it plays OGG (and many more audio file formats).
  • PDAs / Cell Phones / Game Consoles
Other devices that run software to play Ogg Vorbis can be used as portable players as well. Please go to VorbisSoftwarePlayers page for more information.
  • Rockbox alternative firmware for iPods and other DAPs
The Rockbox project works hard to provide an alternative firmware for some portable players. Rockbox has a rich feature set that is hard to find elsewhere, including gapless playback, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC and even Musepack support. Currently many models by iRiver, Archos, Ipod, Cowon(iAudio X5, X5V, X5L, M5 and M5l), SanDisk(Sansa c200, e200 and e200R series) and Toshiba(Gigabeat X and F series) are supported.
  • NAViBLUE NBC3500 GPS Navigation Device
According to [4]
  • TomTom Navigation software (mentioned on e.g. [5]) and hardware systems