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3dfx
19th March 2005, 17:51
Hey all,

I'm looking for something portable :rambo: to store a lot of of my tunes on. I've been looking at i-pods/i-river etc but I'll be honest I dont really know what to go for. Plus I dont want to spend too much on it being a student I have other priorities ..hehe :)

Any recommendations would be great.

thx
Andy

DGhost
19th March 2005, 18:05
I <3 my iPod Mini.

UtwigMU
19th March 2005, 20:01
First you need to decide between HD based and flash based player. If you plan to exercise, jog, dance... you want a flash player, moving parts (hard disk player) is only good for plane, bus, office use.

Now that 512MB-4GB of flash is possible, you can fit reasonable amount of music for a day's independance.

Ipods are overpriced (especially in Europe) and generally don't offer compelling advantage over competition in the flash segment. For HD based players they are better.

3dfx
20th March 2005, 23:28
Thanks for your replies and it looks like I will take a closer look at Flash based players :)

dbdg
21st March 2005, 00:57
I love my little muvo squared, really good battery life and it plays wma's.

They get to around 4GB and only cost about £120, last time I looked.

Nowhere
21st March 2005, 01:42
Question: what does "good battery life" mean now in case of mp3 players? I remember that not so long ago their bettery life was imho pathetic...
Can new ones beat my walkman? (at least 80 hours)

dbdg
21st March 2005, 05:10
Good battery life for me is 10-12 hours of playtime. Only takes about 2 hours to fully recharge.

VJ
21st March 2005, 05:14
If you already have storagecards (i.e. for a digital camera), it can be interesting to take this into consideration.
Nex has a player which uses CF cards (az can comment on this, he has one), other manufacturers have players for SmartMedia cards, SD or MMC cards, ...


Jörg

Wombat
21st March 2005, 09:49
First you need to decide between HD based and flash based player. If you plan to exercise, jog, dance... you want a flash player, moving parts (hard disk player) is only good for plane, bus, office use.Gotta disagree with that. The last few generations of mobile HDs, and mobile players, have been very much improved. I see lots of iPods at the gym, even on the treadmills.

DGhost
21st March 2005, 11:49
Gotta disagree with that. The last few generations of mobile HDs, and mobile players, have been very much improved. I see lots of iPods at the gym, even on the treadmills.

to add to that, i've taken my iPod on 5 mile runs without adverse effects so far. Apple advertises their products as being safe to jog with, and it does have some RAM to help buffer it.

Admiral
21st March 2005, 12:35
pitty the shuffles don't have displays :(
I'm about to get a 512MB (http://www.canyon-tech.com/products/show.cfm/Audio_and_Visual/Accessories/MP3_Players/CN-MP3SE) Canyon for myself and a 256mb (http://www.canyon-tech.com/products/show.cfm/Audio_and_Visual/Accessories/MP3_Players/CN-MP4RCD-FM) version for my bro's b/day. Got the occasion to play with them at work, sound/playback is good, FM signal strong and can record up to 8 hours for the 512mb version :)

SpiralDragon
21st March 2005, 12:59
i am considering either an Ipod or a Zen Xtra

but i am more inclined towards the ipod since it offers a line level ouput option

Wombat
21st March 2005, 13:25
i am considering either an Ipod or a Zen Xtra

but i am more inclined towards the ipod since it offers a line level ouput option If you're worried about input/output, I strongly suggest looking at iRiver's products. They have digital in/outs.