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Been looking for an MP3 player, didn't realise there were so many on the market. I'm drawn to the iPods purely on looks, heard there's a few problems with the new nano with the screen scratching easily though, don't know if that's been resolved.
Are the iPods the best or is there a better one, not keen on the really tiny ones, it's like my cameras, I prefer something substantial to hold! Doesn't need piles of memory, I'm sure a couple hundred songs is enough for anybody really and I don't need it for pictures either, just want it for music.
Thanks for any advice you can give me
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Iriver > all others
that is all
I have an iPod nano. No problems with scratching so far. I'm very happy with it - great sound quality, more than enough storage space for my needs, very good user interface.
I bought a Creative Zen Micro....... Looks nearly as good as any Ipod you can get, but comes with a fm radio built in too. You are also able to change the Batteries in them unlike the Ipods, which I hear only last a year.
You do get more accessories specially for Ipods, but you can just about get the same for other MP3's, just might not match colour or style wise (depends how vein you are). I see that Creative are bringing out a 20GB version that you can get on ebay already.
I think Iopds workout slightly more expensive too for what you get........That old Coca Cola marketing is sure working for apple mac, what with separate stands in the shops.
Cynical old me....
I got a 20 gb ipod, they always get the best reviews in hi fi mags cos the fact is whether they looked good or not the sound quality is brilliant, I can't say i'm one to buy stuff that's in fashion but when you lay your hands on one it's hard to resist!
There is no problem with the battery just as much as there is any problem with any Lithium chargable battery, I think apple have been forced to replace them for free now if there is a problem.
My ipod still lasts ages off one charge and I've had it nearly a year. Get on you wont regret it!
I had been looking for one of these portable datastores so I could download pics on holiday rather than running out of CF cards.
I also upgraded the sound system in my car and the guy advised me to buy an iPod rather than a CD autochanger.
I bought the 60gb photo ipod. Now I can listen to days of music and still have loads of room to store pics.
One of the best buys I've made!!
I too have a 60Gb Ipod - I saw no point in buying one of the lesser models.
I now have my entire collection of favourites (popular and classical) on it... nearly 1300 items of music in all with loads of room for expansion, pics, video clips etc.
It was a longish process going through my CD collection and putting all the music onto the iPod - but well worth while. My iPod is now (normally) connected to my hifi system but, obviously, can be used anywhere. Many, if not most, of my CDs may never be played again!
I would regard essential accessories as:
- a case: I bought an iSkin
- cables for hifi etc
- either a portable speaker unit or a docking station: I bought a Philips SBA 290 speaker unit.
Quote: One of the best buys I've made!!
iPods have now joined the Territorial Army, gap years and marks and spenser on the list of things really boring people are likely to talk about at you in parties
Yes you can't beat B&W processing as a fascinating topic of conversation at parties, that's for sure!
I have a 6gb iPob mini, I've had it for about 8mths. The sound quality is very good and even better if you buy a good set of head phones. If you worried about scratching the screen then they do screen protectors for them. You can even get a dock now that comes with a remote control and plugs straight into your Hi-Fi.
I'm that pleased with it I've ordered an in built iPod connector for my car
At the end of the day it's purely down to preference.
I have recently bought a Creative Zen Touch 20GB (enough to hold up to 10,000 tracks) from Komplett.co.uk (this link will take you straight to their Creative Zen Touch Page}.
The price has gone up by 14 since I bought mine - I guess it must have been on special offer.
However, I've been very pleased with it, had no trouble with the software freezing (as you may read about if you look at the customer reviews on Komplett or Amazon). One thing though, I don't think it's compatible with Macs so I don't know how that affects you.
However, as was said in a recent magazine article don't just go and buy the one with the biggest space - you may well be wasting your money. A survey was done on those with Ipods that had enough space to store 10,000 tracks, the average owner had only 375 tracks on theirs. [Mine so far has 340 but that's because it's a specific genre but my collection is ever-growing].
Well I followed Ashleys advice - now theres a sentence you don't often see on here
I've just bought the Creative Zen Touch 20GB from Komplette and rather wizzy it is too. I have had problems with the ripping software locking up but I just figured i was working it a bit hard by burning from 2CDs in parellel on a an old machine.
I am frantically ripping my CD collection on to it in alphabetical order - I am currently up to "F" that's 150 albums and it looks to be about 40% full. Hopefully they will all fit on there
Quote: I have had problems with the ripping software locking up but I just figured i was working it a bit hard by burning from 2CDs in parellel on a an old machine
I think that is the problem, Chris, I've didn't have that.
Quote: I am currently up to "F" that's 150 albums and it looks to be about 40% full
What mp3 level are you ripping them at (the default or higher)?
In which case you might have been better off getting the 40GB if you want all your albums on there!
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