IPod or other MP3 player?

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  1. tngirl

    tngirl New Member

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    IPod or other MP3 player?

    Ok, I need some techie advice! I would like a basic MP3 player for when I work out- maybe something I can pop into an alarm clock but 99% of the use would be for treadmill time.
    I don't need 1000 songs but maybe in the couple of hundred range for variety. (I can store all that I want on my desktop, right?)
    I like that some players have FM option. This is great when there is something on CNN on the TV at the gym and I want to hear it. Again though, not essential.

    I am looking for affordable and durable. Something I can grab from EBay. I don't want to get an IPod JUST because it is the most popular. BUT if it is the most popular b/c it is the best, then it makes sense. The other ones I have seen that interest me are the IRiver...

    Thoughts?? PLEASE HELP!
  2. chris

    chris Administrator Staff Member

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    They should be announcing new iPods very soon - possibly today. This will enable you to get a good deal on previous generation iPods. Not only is the iPod a fantastic product, you also have iTunes integration making it easy to purchase, download and listen to your music on the go. With the popularity of iPods, there is a plethora of accessories. iHome has an alarm clock that you can put the ipod into and wake up to your music. I'd look at the Nano -- small for running, working out and very well made.

    Now if I can only find my iPod.Unsure It's been missing for weeks and I have no idea where it is --- driving me crazy.

    -Chris
  3. tharmsen

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    The best device for this would certainly be an iPod Nano. It's by far the best I've owned... it's light, reliable, and connects to iTunes.
  4. bpatt

    bpatt New Member

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    Consider this device: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BP50AY/103-4071068-6683052?_encoding=UTF8&v=glance&n=172282

    Bought it for my wife for exactly the same purpose - she loves it. Teeny, inexpensive (Nano is 2-3 times more expensive!), plays FM along with holding several hundred songs, runs on a AAA battery for about 18 hours, very good long-term reviews, and plug and play into the PC, with no drivers needed. And here's something that the Nano / Ipod's can't do: integrate with Windows Media Player to play .WMA files (WM Player default format). My wife doesn't buy a lot of single music (at iTunes, or anywhere else) - rather, we buy CD's and have a massive catalog of them. Ripping from WM Player is the norm, so iTunes integration wasn't essential.
  5. tymewillcome

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    CHris, did you find your ipod yet?? I lost my 60gb video ipod and I cried! The week I lost it I saw a student on campus with a batman Ipod, SURE AS HECK WAS MINE! I got it back
  6. VTDr0p0ut

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    I'm a big fan of the Creative MuVo FM (http://us.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=213&subcategory=215&product=9771). It's very simple, small, and resiliant (I've dropped weights on it before, and it's still ticking w/o a crack!). The volume is great, and the best part is that it's powered by a AAA battery. Why is that the best part? Because every "rechargeable" battery MP3 system I bought (which has been quite a few) eventually had batteries that went from running for 15 hours to 15 minutes and dying... hard to get a good workout in just 15 minutes... The other thing I really like about it is that I have a cigarette ligher -> USB adapter (great for just about everything I own) and it slips in there and plays in my car (with a tape adapter) without using the battery. When I go, I slip it out of the USB port, and into the battery sleave.
  7. chris

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    No luck yet. The only good thing is that I've been getting very organized. I've been cleaning in hopes that I'll locate it. I'm bummed. The only thing I can think of is that I left it on the seat of my car and forgot to lock it. I guarantee that once I replace it, I'll find it. I'm waiting for the next generation to replace it. If I don't find it by then, I'll be placing my order "day one". No different than the last release - although I ended up getting a defective unit, so I had to wait 2 weeks to send back and have Apple replace it.

    Mine was a 60gb iPod Video.... :(

    -Chris
  8. JazmineDubois

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    I like the microsoft zune, selling my ipod nano currently anyone want it check the contact info. zune is very nice under 120 on ebay, video 30 gb:wink:
  9. lil_sunshine

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    Sandisk

    Radio is good to have on an MP3 player, especially at the gym. I have an 8GB Sandisk Sansa e280. Works perfectly. Cost me $100 on ebay.

    Of course, you could just get an extended battery and use your Q. I bought stereo headphones from ebay for $4 and downloaded PocketPlayer (I use it instead of Windows Media Player) for $20. There are arm straps out there, but I don't remember where I saw them. My Q is now my primary MP3 player. I mainly use my e280 for the Radio these days.
  10. Bramsy

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    i never want to become one of the many iSheep so im asking for a zune for xmas. if your looking for something for the gym i would get something with a FM radio. HUGE turnoff that the iPoops do not feature. :2cool:
  11. rudeboy

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    i became a iSheep this past july and i'm digging it a lot... the fact that so many people have one makes it easier to get help and tunes. i have a 4Gb Nano (could afford a bigger one, but i much rather spent money on tunes).. it holds a 1000 songs, no video.. i got a dock for the office, and a adapter to use it in my car.. it's been working out great.

    my 2cts.
  12. TarHeelsRule!

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    Creative Labs

    I currently have a 2 gb Zen V Plus from Creative Labs. After much research I found them to be comparable to the dreaded ipod without the hassle of having to go through itunes. I already had alot of music/cds to load and didn't want to have purchase them again or go through the rigamaroll of messing with itunes to listen to my own music. I had a 8 gb I gave to my son because I wanted a different one but after putting all my music on it 2 gb is not big enough so this weekend I ordered a 20 gb Zen Sleek Photo Plus. Looking forward to loading it. But so far no complaints from me, love my Creative Labs Zen V Plus!
  13. piranah

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    I cant stand the ipod. Almost all the music i listen to, i get from friends who burn cds with stuff i want on them, pop it in to the pc and throw the tunes on media player. I dont think i have actually paid for music in about 5 years.
    I use my Q as my mp3 player, have bluetooth headphones now so that will make things at the gym a lot easier. I personally find it pointless to buy a mp3 player to carry around as well as my phone when i can do anything and everything with my phone...You know those iphone commercials where the guy was talking about how he used to carry a bag of stuff with him, a phone for text and email, a phone for calls, a camera blah blah, well my q can run circles around the iphone and i refuse to adapt to "ilife" because its the cool thing to do...that and ive said this before, but i saw an episode of futurama that showed ipods running the earth...forget that..
    [​IMG]
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    your're my new best friend :laugh2:
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    yaaaayyyyy i got a friend yaaayyyy:tounge:. A guy i work with has an ipod and he was playing solitare (spell?) on it and i asked him that has games too? and he said yea, you have never seen an ipod. i told him ive seen one but never used one, and i prefer to play doom on my phone while listening to music...he got a little upset, but now he wants a q...
  16. Bramsy

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    doom

    can you teach me to doom?
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    I have an iPod 30GB Video. I love(ed) it. I mean I still do, it has a ton of storage and is nice for trips.

    However I hate Digital Rights protection. I have purchased ALOT of music on the iTunes store and it cannot be played in WMP or on Mobile WMP.

    I know the solution that is "legal" is to rip the music I want to CD, then replace the iTunes files with the ones from the CD. I have 20GB of rights protected files and a job so I don't have that kind of time.

    I am looking for a way to run an auto rip/convert/replace of my entire itunes protected library so I can then sync the songs I want for with my Q.

    I carry about 40 songs on it for day to day use and I just hate the idea of the time it takes to rip.rename/import manually for windows media player on the Q.

    I doubt Apple will consider making an iTunes port for WM, so until there is a good ripper/coverter out there, I'm stuck.

    So bottom line is iPod = good product, but it doesn't integrate with Windows based devices well at all.
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