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Fenika
10-08-2009, 11:58 PM
What brand or specific type of MP3 player should I get? I'm feeling crazy impatient so I'm likely to buy this tonight or tomorrow (impulse buying, yay). That's assuming I can do my research and decide tonight. This is actually an xmas pressie uber early.

So, must be under 100 (on sale or rebate)
Must have some good options (I'm just now learning what an MP3 player comes with these days, and even under 100!)
Can I get one with WiFi? Can I surf the web using something like Opera? How's that work?
Must be small and light and have good battery life. SD card a bonus since that looks pretty handy in a pinch.

Cheers

KellyAssauer
10-09-2009, 12:02 AM
You mean someone else makes one besides Apple and it's iPod?

lucidzfl
10-09-2009, 12:24 AM
In all honesty the ipods are real pains in the ass.

cray
10-09-2009, 12:32 AM
??

TheIT
10-09-2009, 12:35 AM
I've been using a Sansa Clip and a Sansa Fuze. The Clip is extremely portable (has a built-in clip so you can attach it to your shirt). The Fuze has a micro-SD card slot so you can carry additional music. Putting music onto the devices doesn't require any special software other than MS media player. When you attach the device to your computer through USB it shows up as a drive, so you can drag & drop music files from your computer onto the device. Media Player can also sync music to/from it, but I haven't used that feature.

Fenika
10-09-2009, 12:52 AM
I was looking at the Fuze earlier and I think it might fit the bill. Good to hear from someone who has it.

And yeah, I'm not touching anything as commercial as an iPod. I hate paying for some company's ad program ;) That and other reasons ofc.

TheIT
10-09-2009, 12:57 AM
I didn't want to end up beholden to the iPod empire, either. The Fuze is nice in that it doesn't require any additional software or a connection to the Internet in order to populate it. I've been using it strictly for music.

Amazon's good for comparison shopping. So's Best Buy. One thing I've noticed is that some colors are cheaper than others for some reason.

bettielee
10-09-2009, 01:35 AM
Behold: I pray to the great God Apple and Ipod, and I shun the non believers!!

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b40/bettieleetwo/funny-pictures-giraffe-shuns-duck1.jpg

aadams73
10-09-2009, 01:39 AM
Behold: I pray to the great God Apple and Ipod, and I shun the non believers!!

Shun the non believers. Totally.

You'd have to pry my iPod out of my cold dead hand.

darkprincealain
10-09-2009, 01:45 AM
Before I switched to the iPod, I had very good luck with a Creative Labs mp3 player. Great storage, nice display, and good sound quality. YMMV.

KellyAssauer
10-09-2009, 02:20 AM
Behold: I pray to the great God Apple and Ipod, and I shun the non believers!!

I don't shun them, I would never shun them.
I think of what they have to deal with and I pity them.

Medievalist
10-09-2009, 02:59 AM
I adore my iPods.

Seriously. And I had to support hundreds of students using them--and still adore them.

My first generation iPod still works!

The iPod touch has wifi, and is around 100.00.

benbradley
10-09-2009, 04:14 AM
What brand or specific type of MP3 player should I get? I'm feeling crazy impatient so I'm likely to buy this tonight or tomorrow (impulse buying, yay). That's assuming I can do my research and decide tonight. This is actually an xmas pressie uber early.
Wait - is this to be given/used early, or will it sit in a closet or under the tree until Christmas? If the latter, it would probably be better to wait. The technology (and price) changes that fast.

The Cheap iPods Are NEAR! :)

You mean someone else makes one besides Apple and it's iPod?
The damn product is SO successful (and to think Apple was once a COMPUTER company, and had signed agreements with Apple Records saying it wouldn't make devices that play music! Are the Beatles on iTunes yet?), it seems more people know the word iPod than know the phrase "mp3 player." With its continued popularity, Apple's confusingly named "iPod touch" product (it seems playing music is a MINOR function of that thing), and other companies using various "iProduct" names, I'm betting the word iPod becomes genericized in record time.

kayleamay
10-09-2009, 04:19 AM
In response to Mr. Bradley, I'm pretty sure The Beatles are still unavailable on iTunes. Pity.

KellyAssauer
10-09-2009, 04:38 AM
and to think Apple was once a COMPUTER company

obviously you have no teenagers around with broken mp3 players... they are micro computers.


I'm betting the word iPod becomes genericized in record time.

Nothing wrong with that! Go Steve Go!

(Beatles? who the heck are they?)

TheIT
10-09-2009, 04:42 AM
Just be sure to keep your MP3 player (whatever brand) away from the cat. My sister's cat buried her new iPod in the litter box. Never was quite the same afterwards...

:D

MsGneiss
10-09-2009, 05:07 AM
I am tech gadget geek. I hate to say this, but I have not seen anything come even close to the iPod. The cost is an issue though, but if you can afford it, I think it's the best product out there.

Fenika
10-09-2009, 05:38 AM
It's to be used asap. I have a LOT of flying to do in the next few months and I've decided 100 (or less) is worth it for my sanity. I also won't be home for xmas so my mom is okay with giving me things way early :D (I was going to take her old one, but it's a brick and has horrid battery life. My old one semi-died years ago due to a power surge).

I shan't give into the iPods. And don't you shunners mean iShun? :tongue

Initial research before things got crazy round here tells me that wifi is retardedly limited on most low end models, so scratch that. In a year or two I'll get a phone with crazy options and internet (hopefully).

I'm rambling. The research continues...

benbradley
10-09-2009, 06:16 AM
It's to be used asap. I have a LOT of flying to do in the next few months and I've decided 100 (or less) is worth it for my sanity. I also won't be home for xmas so my mom is okay with giving me things way early :D (I was going to take her old one, but it's a brick and has horrid battery life. My old one semi-died years ago due to a power surge).

I shan't give into the iPods. And don't you shunners mean iShun? :tongue

Initial research before things got crazy round here tells me that wifi is retardedly limited on most low end models, so scratch that. In a year or two I'll get a phone with crazy options and internet (hopefully).

I'm rambling. The research continues...
In a year or two this one will surely be both cheap and available in the USA ('watch' the video):
http://singularityhub.com/2009/08/21/uk-gets-awesome-lg-watch-phone/

mario_c
10-09-2009, 10:02 AM
I love my Creative Zen Micro. But I spent $180 on the 4gb size about 4 years ago, which means they're way under that nowadays. The online store I work for sells 8gb players for around $40.
Now if you want to browse the web and play mp3s then yes, an iPhone / iPod Touch is the way to go. Lots of smartphones play mp3s and have basic web browsing, but good luck getting one for under $200.

I wish I was rich and could write off splurging on a iPhone for fun. I'm a Mac guy but I just haven't motivated myself to go with the iPods yet. Guess I'm not one of the cool kids then, but I don't give a frak.

threedogpeople
10-09-2009, 11:51 AM
Our household has one Ipod (16 gb) and one non-Apple product (8 gb). Each has advantages.

The non-Apple has a retractable usb connector, which is much better than the Apple (which has a 'special' connector cord).

The Apple also identifies a 'home' computer and because I did my hubby the favor of loading the first set of songs on his Apple from my computer, the Ipod now wants to be loaded/synced from my computer from now on. At least, that's all we've been able to figure out so far.

I love & hate the Apple's touch screen. It's useful BUT only after you get the hang of it.

I bought a good quality set of headphones and listen to music (or watch movies) on my laptop when I travel, the laptop is going with me on the plane anyway so why mess with another piece of electronics.

thethinker42
10-09-2009, 11:56 AM
Put me in Camp iPod. I have an iPod Nano and a Zune, and I've barely used the Zune at all because...well...I like my iPod. I use my iPod when I'm out and about, and listen to iTunes almost constantly while I'm working on the computer and absolutely love it. I've never found iTunes or iPods to be difficult to use...in fact, I thought they were refreshingly simple.

What can iSay? iHeart iTunes & iPod.

AnonymousWriter
10-09-2009, 02:51 PM
My iPod is glued to my hand. Seriously.

It. Cannot. Be. Beaten.

KTC
10-09-2009, 02:54 PM
Honestly, I bought two at Canadian Tire. They are no-name and they cost $10 each. I bought two because they only hold 2mb and I wasn't sure how that translated to songs and I'm a big fan of music. They are both loaded. They have worked perfectly for me for the past 3-4 years. I use them every day...no problems. I'm a parent...so my son got the expensive iPod he wanted. It's a name...it has a screen and more features, but my $10 MP3 players have been playing non-stop and I am extremely happy with them. Who gives a shit about being able to read a screen.

Devil Ledbetter
10-09-2009, 04:12 PM
I'm pretty happy with the 8-gig mini SD on my Blackberry Storm. I'm not sure what the point is of having music separate from my phone.

cray
10-09-2009, 04:53 PM
I am tech gadget geek. I hate to say this, but I have not seen anything come even close to the iPod. The cost is an issue though, but if you can afford it, I think it's the best product out there.


yep yep,...we have 3 or 4 in the cray camp.

on top of being the best out there i have to give high marks for customer service too.

they don't screw around if you do end up having a problem with one. 9 times out of 10 they'll give you a new one and you'll be on your way.

lucidzfl
10-09-2009, 05:11 PM
I am tech gadget geek. I hate to say this, but I have not seen anything come even close to the iPod. The cost is an issue though, but if you can afford it, I think it's the best product out there.

Why do you say that? The UI sucks. Its completely proprietary. Its a bitch to use on multiple computers...

I don't know.

I love my mac, but I really loathe my ipod.

Medievalist
10-09-2009, 07:07 PM
I'm pretty happy with the 8-gig mini SD on my Blackberry Storm. I'm not sure what the point is of having music separate from my phone.

I do have a few gigs on my iPhone but when I'm traveling a lot, I really really like having the iPod there with more. It helps ease the comfort of being wedged in an airport seat with some guy I don't know taking up half my space.

BenPanced
10-09-2009, 08:44 PM
The Apple also identifies a 'home' computer and because I did my hubby the favor of loading the first set of songs on his Apple from my computer, the Ipod now wants to be loaded/synced from my computer from now on. At least, that's all we've been able to figure out so far.
Change the preferences to "manually load/synch". After you connect the iPod and it's ready to go, click on the name/image of the iPod on the left hand panel. It'll bring up an information screen showing capacity/available, serial number, name, etc. Down at the bottom of the screen are a couple check boxes. This is where you can change the synch preferences.

Devil Ledbetter
10-09-2009, 10:06 PM
I do have a few gigs on my iPhone but when I'm traveling a lot, I really really like having the iPod there with more. It helps ease the comfort of being wedged in an airport seat with some guy I don't know taking up half my space.You can't set the iPhone to standalone (or "airplane") mode?

cray
10-09-2009, 10:10 PM
you can.

Medievalist
10-09-2009, 10:10 PM
You can't set the iPhone to standalone (or "airplane") mode?

Sure; but my original iPhone only has 8 gigs. Total. That's apps, books, music, video, images.

My iPod has 80.

I've done a lot of business flying in the past. As in three or four round trip flights from east to west in a month. That's a lot of time in the air, and in the terminal.

Fenika
10-10-2009, 05:09 PM
Alright, I'm pretty sure I'm going with the Creative Zen MX. I was hoping to stray further under the 100 mark, but it didn't seem worth it to go cheaper.

But since I fail at impulse buying I'm gonna see if I can find it at a Best Buy or w/e near me and hold it first :)

The Sony was a close second, but the bazillion different models (all with long letters and numbers) and the utter lack of an expansion slot had me not amused.

The Fuze would have won due to cost but the battery life and bulky cord (etc) were too annoying for amount of savings.

This all assumes I like the Zen when I see it ofc.

Devil Ledbetter
10-10-2009, 06:38 PM
Alright, I'm pretty sure I'm going with the Creative Zen MX. I was hoping to stray further under the 100 mark, but it didn't seem worth it to go cheaper.

I have a Zen. I've sort of abandon it since my phone holds more music, but it's a nice little device that I'd still recommend. Mine is only a 4 gig, but if I was buying one today I'd get the 32 gig.

BigWords
10-10-2009, 06:48 PM
I don't listen to MP3s, because Oggs have a much better sound quality.

The Audio Quality Fascist in me refuses to settle for second best. :)