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September 09, 2004

Does anyone know anything about mp3 players?

A friend of mine made the brilliant suggestion that I get an iPod and transfer my CDs to it, which would cut down on the staggering amount of clutter in my apartment.

But is iPod the best brand? I'd appreciate it if anyone with some knowledge or experience could give me their opinions on which mp3 player is best.


Posted by Jake at 07:07 PM | TrackBack (0)

heh. I like the ipod better than my weird yo! fun player i got from Frys years ago. :) I'm getting a new 40 gig ipod soon, though, thank goodness. Now I can give my boyfriend's back to him.

Hm I've heard that the Rios aren't supposed to be bad. But, I guess I'm just partial to the ipod since I have a mac already.

Good luck!

Posted by: margaret at September 10, 2004 12:13 AM

I, too, love my iPod, way WAY more than I expected to love it. I also like being able to use it as a portable hard drive (I have macs on my desk at work and at home). Plus, and I have no clue whether this is true for all players of these types, but I can choose the format--e.g., a bit lossless format, or a more compacted format--but I'm not sure whether that's iTunes' or the iPod's doing. Did I mention that I love my iPod?

Posted by: carla at September 10, 2004 07:12 AM

WARNING - just so you know, the ipod battery is not replacable (at least mine wasn't, so says apple), and it only lasts about 18 months on average. Got one sitting in a back room that's useless.


Posted by: Rob at September 10, 2004 07:44 AM

Oops .. that was supposed to be "replaceable"

Posted by: Rob at September 10, 2004 07:45 AM

Try Smalldog, they are great customer service-wise and have a lot of refurb iPods at different times, and some sorta iPod exchange program...

Posted by: jeff at September 10, 2004 09:40 AM

I use a Dell Digital JukeBox, and the price is about the same, with dell being higher, but I got mine on sale and with a discount. They offer great insurance, but as far as I can tell, no way to take tracks from your DJ and put them on a computer. The software is friendly too.

It all depepnds. DJ are still large (15, 20 40 GB) but slightly larger (cig pack.) and cost more per GB.

Posted by: Brian/Buddy at September 10, 2004 12:47 PM


They'll replace your ipod for about 100 bucks.

Kinda a rip but not really if you use it that often -- and frankly, my boyfriend has used his since he got it (when they came out) (yeah its an old one) and hasn't had any battery issues yet! Soooooo...

and he has a second generation one.

yadda yadda anyway :)

Posted by: margaret at September 10, 2004 04:05 PM

Well $100 for a battery probably isn't a rip. Think about it, in 18 months with a normal CD player, would you spend $100 for batteries? So it's the same really, just in one big payment. The only think I don't like about ipods is the price...

Posted by: at September 11, 2004 04:00 PM

I use a PDA with a 1 gig SD media card.

I LOVE it Not only can I listen to my music I can also keep all my phone numbers on it as well as books Notes for work and it has a Cam. Though it dosent have the storage space of an iPod. I keep the music on my computer and transfer the Mp3's as needed with Real Player I can change the size of the file to fit more or less (With more quality). Look into it.

Posted by: Scott at September 18, 2004 12:45 PM
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