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Do You Own An Mp3 Player?

Portable MP3 players  

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  1. 1. Which player do you use/prefer

    • Ipod (any size) Hard drive or flash
      8
    • iRiver
      1
    • Creative
      5
    • Samsung
      1
    • Sony
      0
    • RCA
      0
    • Phillips
      0
    • SanDisk
      1
    • Other
      3
    • Don't own one
      11


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I'm curious if anyone owns an mp3 player. So, I'm trying to see how a poll works on the new boards.

I'm sure quite a few do but I wanted to hear what kind, size and your honest thoughts.

I already had a small iRiver (512) which holds about 75-90 songs, has an FM tuner and is small and lightweight. I bought it so I can put it on my upper arm as I exercised. Now that I no longer belong to a health club (and, thanks to the hurricane, no longer heathy either) I've decided to get a real one. My son got the ipod nano for Christmas but I'm really not crazy about ipods (I mean no disrespect). It's a great device but I actually don't find iTunes that great. I prefer the easy drag and drop.

I opted for the Creative Zen Micro Photo 8 gb. Don't have it yet but it's on the way (and hard to find in stock).

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Paul,

I don't see an option for "I don't own a mp3 player"

 

or should I put my glasses on?

 

Walter

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Paul,

I don't see an option for "I don't own a mp3 player"

 

or should I put my glasses on?

 

Walter

 

I don't see it either, Walt.

 

When I listen to music, I LISTEN to it - not have it as background perfume for the ears.

 

Lynn

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I don't see it either, Walt.

 

When I listen to music, I LISTEN to it - not have it as background perfume for the ears.

 

Lynn

I added the option for 'Don't own one'....didn't even think about it as I was mainly interested in comments about why someone bought the one they did. Hopefully, when they vote, they'll also post why they got the one they did.

Thanks for the hint.

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Paul,

I have an older Creative Zen Jukebox 20Gb.It works great but is kinda hefty.I think you'll like the Creative line.If you ever want to look for alternative software for yours try Notmad Explorer by Red Chair Software.It works just like Windows Explorer and has quite a few good features.

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Paul,

I have an older Creative Zen Jukebox 20Gb.It works great but is kinda hefty.I think you'll like the Creative line.If you ever want to look for alternative software for yours try Notmad Explorer by Red Chair Software.It works just like Windows Explorer and has quite a few good features.

Thanks Terry. After I get mine, I'll take a look at the Notmad trial and see....I'm not usually that particular but maybe it'll be something to play with.

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I just wasn't that crazy about the Creative software,having to build a new library just to transfer songs besides a couple other things.I liked the explorer look of Notmad when I checked it out so I stayed with it.

 

The reason I went with Creative is I don't like the proprietary nature of the IPod line.That's probably the same reason I own a PC instead of a Mac.

 

Anyways,happy listening.

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I just wasn't that crazy about the Creative software,having to build a new library just to transfer songs besides a couple other things.I liked the explorer look of Notmad when I checked it out so I stayed with it.

 

The reason I went with Creative is I don't like the proprietary nature of the IPod line.That's probably the same reason I own a PC instead of a Mac.

 

Anyways,happy listening.

 

No but I need to pick one up.... I did have a Samsung Napster player at one point way back.....

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I don't listen to music like I did when I was in my 30s. :) But I like to listen to something when I hike or use the treadmill. I didn't want to spend alot of money plus I have a requirement for my digital gadgets. I like them to use standard batteries like AAA or AA so I can repalce them easily. They make propietary batteries for only one reason - money! They're a pain to replace assuming you can find one and cost too much. Even my digital cameras use regular batteries. This alone eliminates ALOT of players when shopping.

 

The player I have is the RaveMP Sport. The little red one on the web page. Got it for only $39.99 at TigerDirect after rebates. It uses one AAA that lasts longer than you would expect and it has a SD slot to expand memory. It came with 256MB and I bought (on sale of course hheh) a 512MB SD card for more storage. The internal software sorts songs by title , genre, or artist. Oh yeah, it came with an elastic arm band and hard plastic shell with clip. Clip it to the arm band or your belt. Really enjoyed it so far.

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I'm curious if anyone owns an mp3 player. So, I'm trying to see how a poll works on the new boards.

I'm sure quite a few do but I wanted to hear what kind, size and your honest thoughts.

I already had a small iRiver (512) which holds about 75-90 songs, has an FM tuner and is small and lightweight. I bought it so I can put it on my upper arm as I exercised. Now that I no longer belong to a health club (and, thanks to the hurricane, no longer heathy either) I've decided to get a real one. My son got the ipod nano for Christmas but I'm really not crazy about ipods (I mean no disrespect). It's a great device but I actually don't find iTunes that great. I prefer the easy drag and drop.

I opted for the Creative Zen Micro Photo 8 gb. Don't have it yet but it's on the way (and hard to find in stock).

 

BBC review on the subject (newest releases):

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4592008.stm

 

Lynn

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Although Apple makes good products, I wouldn't ever purchase any. I just did some computer work for my nephew who has an iPod shuttle and iPod nano. The Apple store only lets you download music ONE TIME! You lose it.... tuff, buy it again. Not only that you CAN NOT share it with other iPods. The software has built-in intelligence to know which device is plugged in. Supposedly you can share libaries across a network, but I never got it to work.

 

So if you want to share your purchases even with you're own family, there's only one way and that's to burn an audio CD.

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Although Apple makes good products, I wouldn't ever purchase any. I just did some computer work for my nephew who has an iPod shuttle and iPod nano. The Apple store only lets you download music ONE TIME! You lose it.... tuff, buy it again. Not only that you CAN NOT share it with other iPods. The software has built-in intelligence to know which device is plugged in. Supposedly you can share libaries across a network, but I never got it to work.

 

So if you want to share your purchases even with you're own family, there's only one way and that's to burn an audio CD.

 

Thanks for the heads up, Gary. I am not looking to get an iPod or other such device right now, but I have seen some, and they look good, and sound great when connected to a home entertainment system, or through headphones.

 

If I get one, it won't be an iPod. :)

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Although Apple makes good products, I wouldn't ever purchase any. I just did some computer work for my nephew who has an iPod shuttle and iPod nano. The Apple store only lets you download music ONE TIME! You lose it.... tuff, buy it again. Not only that you CAN NOT share it with other iPods. The software has built-in intelligence to know which device is plugged in. Supposedly you can share libaries across a network, but I never got it to work.

 

So if you want to share your purchases even with you're own family, there's only one way and that's to burn an audio CD.

 

From Walt Mossberg's column in the WALL STREET JOURNAL last Thursday -

Apple was forced to cripple the iPod in this manner at the insistence of the record labels, which feared that it might be used to copy music too widely. So a fix probably requires negotiations with the labels, whose obsession with piracy has caused them to treat their own customers like criminals.

To copy to multiple computers:

For Windows users, I suggest CopyPod, available for $20 with a two-week free trial, at www.copypod.net. For Mac users, I like PodWorks, available for $8 with a limited-function 30-day free trial at www.scifihifi.com/podworks. Another, similar program, which comes in versions for both Windows and Mac, is PodUtil, available for £10 ($17.66), with an unlimited free trial, at www.kennettnet.co.uk

To have several library's on one computer (Mom's tunes, Jr's tunes, etc)

download a utility program called Libra, which comes in versions for both Windows and Mac. Libra, which costs $10 with an unlimited free trial period, is available at homepage.mac.com/sroy/libra. It allows you to create multiple libraries, and to switch among them.

 

Can't quote the whole thing, it's too long, but for a couple months it is at http://ptech.wsj.com/

 

Lynn

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Although Apple makes good products, I wouldn't ever purchase any. I just did some computer work for my nephew who has an iPod shuttle and iPod nano. The Apple store only lets you download music ONE TIME! You lose it.... tuff, buy it again. Not only that you CAN NOT share it with other iPods. The software has built-in intelligence to know which device is plugged in. Supposedly you can share libaries across a network, but I never got it to work.

 

So if you want to share your purchases even with you're own family, there's only one way and that's to burn an audio CD.

I've had my Zen Micro Photo for over a week and while I haven't had too much time to mess with it, my son, my niece and 3 of my son's friends who have either the Nano or regular ipod said they liked mine better. My son is concerned that his Nano won't survive too long.

I opted to follow Terry's advice and purchase the Notmad Explorer and it's so much better than what comes with the Zen and much more intuitive than iTunes. Thanks for the recommendation Terry. :)

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Paul,Glad I could be of some help.They put out continous updates to it so keep checking back to the site.Good luck and Happy listening.

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I don't listen to music like I did when I was in my 30s. :) But I like to listen to something when I hike or use the treadmill. I didn't want to spend alot of money plus I have a requirement for my digital gadgets. I like them to use standard batteries like AAA or AA so I can repalce them easily. They make propietary batteries for only one reason - money! They're a pain to replace assuming you can find one and cost too much. Even my digital cameras use regular batteries. This alone eliminates ALOT of players when shopping.

Anymore, I get most of my music listening in at my desk at work, so, my PC is my MP3 player. When I'm on the Nordic Trak, I have an old PC I set up next to it just for playing MP3s, so it has most of my collection on it, with a set of wired headphones. I also have a "magazine stand" set up so I can get through my magazines while working out. With the music and the reading, I can keep myself reasonably distracted so I don't think about the "work-out" part too much, and can put in 20-30 minutes without getting bored. (Quite often I'll be winding down when a good song comes on, and I'll stick it out through that song.)

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Anymore, I get most of my music listening in at my desk at work, so, my PC is my MP3 player. When I'm on the Nordic Trak, I have an old PC I set up next to it just for playing MP3s, so it has most of my collection on it, with a set of wired headphones. I also have a "magazine stand" set up so I can get through my magazines while working out. With the music and the reading, I can keep myself reasonably distracted so I don't think about the "work-out" part too much, and can put in 20-30 minutes without getting bored. (Quite often I'll be winding down when a good song comes on, and I'll stick it out through that song.)

I too am a 'Nordic Traker' but find if I use my computer next to the Trak, I tend to play it so loud the rest of the house has to enjoy it as well. So, earphones are needed in my case.

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I too am a 'Nordic Traker' but find if I use my computer next to the Trak, I tend to play it so loud the rest of the house has to enjoy it as well. So, earphones are needed in my case.

Thus the wired headphones, semi-closed that I use too, yes.

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