I had this idea that it might be fun to watch TV shows or something on my little phone while riding the bus. It doesn’t have a typical 1/8” jack, though, so I had to do some spelunking and find the stereo earphones that came with the phone. Interestingly, they use the mini-USB connection. Kind of odd. But, amazingly, they sound great.
However, they look goofy. If you look at this picture (HTC makes the Dash) you can see that one earphone has a longer wire than the other. This makes the volume controller/microphone hang straight down from the ear to just below the collar bone while the other earphone stretches to the other ear. This makes it oddly unbalanced, annoying, and rather silly. I have to assume its because of the microphone needing to be near the face, otherwise it is completely ridiculous.
The other issue was finding a media player for those videos made for the iPod which are readily available. I know from previous research that TCPMP is considered the best free one (it has now been made into a commercial product as well). However, a few releases ago, they took out the AAC audio codec which is typically used for iPodish videos. Fortunately, some kind souls have provided the plugin here which seems to work fine with the 0.72beta version of TCPMP. Sweet. Now to find some good videos to watch…
Waaaay later update: My lovely and insightful girlfriend has suggested the earphones be worn such that they are in the back rather than the front. This is a big improvement.