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August 9th, 2007

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03:10 pm - MP3 player
I want a new mp3 player. Mine is too quirky and doesn't have any type of search capability and the nav interface is slow, clunky and inclined to freeze the player.

Any recommendations? The absolute minimum size I'm willing to consider is 4 GB and it must be both MAC and PC compatable.
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Date:August 9th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
ummm, Apple has come out with these things called the iPod and they come in 4gb models. I know that it's a new product and such but maybe you should look into it since it's Mac and PC compatible. :)
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Date:August 9th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
A reasonable thought and I haven't ruled out the ipod. But, and I don't know if you've noticed, the ipod comes in more than one model. Also, I'm not a big fan of itunes generally, and I've avoided installing it on my PCs heretofore.

I'm also not a big fan of glomming onto the ipod just because everyone else is doing it. One size does not fit all with respect to technology. I know it's not always possible to make a perfect decision, but I'd like it to be slightly more informed than, "OMG, APPLE HAz MUSIC THINGY! MUZT HAVE!"
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Date:August 9th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
There's a reason that the iPod is the number one player, and it's not just because it's trendy or whatever. It's a great player. There is software out there to use it without itunes as well.

Get a nano, get a refurb from the apple store online they're cheaper and still have the warranty

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Date:August 9th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
yes, the iPod comes in more than one model, but it's mostly about storage size. 4 gigabytes is nothing (comparatively speaking). If you don't want video capability, get a nano. there's always the iPhone. :)

I've had four iPods (five if you count iPhone) and I might soon get my sixth (because it will be a freebie). I've loved them all and wouldn't trade them in for anything (well, except the new hottest model). Navigation is so easy. Scroll up and down (or flick up & down with iPhone) is so intuitive.

I sound like I'm selling drugs and most days I feel like it. But you should at least try the interface before you write it off.
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Date:August 9th, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
I've got a 5GB Creative Zen Micro, and I find the touchpad much easier than the wheel thing on the iPod. The model I have had some headphone jack problems, but it's a few years old, so that may not be an issue anymore. No idea if it works with Macs, but it does work with Linux.
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Date:August 10th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
I don't have a specific recommendation, but we had fun finding a player that had both built-in memory and an SD slot for kyttn. It lets you not have to worry too much about the capacity.
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Date:August 10th, 2007 12:43 pm (UTC)
before you make a choice you should think about these factors:
  • where will you use the player: office? home? car?
  • how important is battery life?
  • can you ever imagine yourself wanting to watch video on your portable player?
  • if you didn't use itunes to manage your music, what would you use? is that software cross-platform?
  • do you listen/subscribe to podcasts? are they important?

    we all listen to music in different ways. ckd uses his computers at home and at work and only his iPod when he's mobile. (he has a pretty sophisticated technical solution to sync his music between home & work so he always has his current playlist). Myself, I only listen on my iPod (and/or iPhone), and only very rarely on my computer; even then only my home system.
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    Date:August 10th, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
    Mostly when traveling. I'm on the fence as to whether I'd use it at the office. If I got a large capacity one (like the 80 GB ipod, for example), then I would probably use it at the office too.

    I'd like a minimum of 5 hours if it uses batteries. If it need to be recharged, I'd need closer to 10 or 20, for traveling. Although I imagine they have charge packs?

    I was discussing the video question with hoppie. I don't think I'd use it often, but I think I'd like the option. That's why I'm leaning towards the 80GB ipod, at the moment. It would be something I could grow into.

    I currently have Winamp on my PC and itunes on on my MAC. I assume that most products come with their own software, although it's not clear from the cnet reviews that they have cross-platform capabilities. I haven't really done any work with winamp to see if it has an autosync capability. I assume minimally, I can copy files over to the mp3 player.

    I do listen to podcasts and that's another reason why I lean towards the ipod. I know they'll autosync to an ipod. winamp automatically downloads them, but like I said, I haven't investigated autosync.

    [User Picture]
    Date:August 10th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
    So winamp does autosync with an ipod. So there's that issue managed.
    [User Picture]
    Date:August 10th, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC)
    I'd be curious if it would still let you sync with iTunes after you sync it with winamp.
    [User Picture]
    Date:August 10th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
    You may get your chance to find out. I'm discussing the purchase of an 80GB ipod with my husband tonight.
    [User Picture]
    Date:August 10th, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC)
    why would you need 10 to 20 hours of capacity for travelling? If you're in the car you can get a car power adapter. Or do you mean airplanes?
    [User Picture]
    Date:August 10th, 2007 01:22 pm (UTC)
    Yeah, I was thinking about airplane travel. 8-)
    [User Picture]
    Date:August 10th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
    the 80g iPod video says 20 hours of use fully charged, but I find that even on long long trips (multiple legs, multiple planes), I don't use the iPod for the full amount of time. There's that pesky husband to talk to, etc.

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