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(Some Guy)   MP3 players abound - what features should you look for - which one is your favorite?   ( divider line
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6490 clicks; posted to Main » on 16 Aug 2003 at 3:19 PM (13 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-08-16 03:20:28 PM  
2003-08-16 03:20:59 PM  
ipod jr.
2003-08-16 03:21:15 PM  
ID3 Tag Support. Equalizers you can program. Interface-ability with your computer. Chargeable batteries. Amongst many other things.
2003-08-16 03:21:41 PM  
without a doubt. ipod. if that's not feasable, sony minidisc
2003-08-16 03:22:30 PM  
And by all of that, I of course mean IPOD. (can't program equalizers, but there's enough presets to find something you like)
2003-08-16 03:22:42 PM  
ipod. lots of space, easy-to-use-while-driving controls, and the thing is TINY. expensive though.
2003-08-16 03:23:14 PM  
iPods are great and there are a lot of 3rd party accesories. Others have features, but they just don't add up compared to usability and Apple support.
2003-08-16 03:23:28 PM  
well, not *tiny* tiny, but pretty damn small for something that can hold 10-30 gigs of music.
2003-08-16 03:24:53 PM  
I've got the Creative MuVo. It's super light weight, less than 2 ounces, holds 30 songs with the 128 meg version (60 if you use WMA) and doubles as a USB stick, plus it's cheaper than the iPod. Wal*Mart sells the 128 version for less than $100. Plus you learn to quickly appreciate the minimalist controls.
2003-08-16 03:25:47 PM  
For long trips, I have my Nomad Jukebox 3.

For everyday use:

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My SE P800, which plays MP3s just fine - although I've switched to OGG playback now as I can fit twice as many on a 128mb memory card, and they still sound great!
2003-08-16 03:27:43 PM  
ipod, is there any question?
2003-08-16 03:29:01 PM  
Archos 340, no question about it.
2003-08-16 03:30:41 PM  
Anybody have an mp3 Discman or something of the like? Are they good (if you don't mind carrying a few CDs with you) or are they crap?
2003-08-16 03:30:45 PM  
Oh ya, I've got one of the "George" units from Dan's review in my desk at work. I use it as a USB flash drive for moving files around, though it can double as a MP3 player as well in an emergency.

2003-08-16 03:31:39 PM  
I don't own one, but I've had my eye on some of the stuff that iRiver makes...

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Things that appeal:

* Super tiny, runs on 1 AA battery.
* FM radio
* Up to 512MB flash

The players with a built-in hard drive are nice (lots of storage), but are big. Unfortunately, the flash based are expecsive for a reasonable amount of storage.
2003-08-16 03:32:12 PM  
iPods are great, but if you're looking for something to take to the gym or go jogging with, you want something a little less obtrusive. May I suggest the Cowon iAudio CW200:

-256 mb
-GREAT sound quality (coming from a really picky audiophile)
-FM tuner (sort of weak, but hey, you're not buying an mp3 player to listen to the radio)
-Great voice recording capabilities (can record from the radio, too... this is handy at work when I hear something new that I like)
-Around 10 hours of juice on one AAA battery (the website says 12, but 10 has been my average)
-SUPER lightweight (only about 40g) and only a little bit bigger than a cigarette lighter
-Good software, easy to rip mp3s and transfer files
-Comes with leather case, arm strap, and headphones (although the headphones suck).

Best $200 I ever spent, and I say that with all seriousness. I listen to this thing all day at work and at the gym afterwards. The size, weight, sound quality, and battery life make this thing unbelievable.
2003-08-16 03:32:33 PM  
I've never been able to get into portable music devices. Car radios are about it for me. But I look for one that plays MP3s and has lots of shinny lights and stuff. Chicks dig shinny lights.
2003-08-16 03:33:28 PM  
Oh, forgot to note...

I'd probably but one now, but the industry still seems paranoid about allowing you to use these things as portabel USB storage.

You can find USB pen drives all over the place, but so few MP3 players seems to work the same way. Stupid RIAA...
2003-08-16 03:34:18 PM  
I've had the Creative Nomad Zen for a few months now, and I am pleasantly surprised about how well it works. It's stable and user friendly.

- stores 20 GB, 60 GB model available
- no crashing, no weird problems
- much cheaper than iPod

- it's as big as a small audio tape walkman
2003-08-16 03:35:59 PM  
I have the Archos Jukebox 6GB version. it is AMAZING, has never let me down. I needed a firmware upgrade at first and took that for bugs, but it turns out it's just fine..I believe they only sell the 20 GB version now, but that's even better, and it's cheaper than this one was at the time. Gotta love technology, eh?

Personally, I like being able to listen to 99 different CDs at the click of a button..
2003-08-16 03:40:40 PM  
The battery life of MP3 players makes mr. Flibble sad.

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I'll take my minidisc player any day.

- Goes about 50 hours before needing to recharge or replace the single AA battery
- I can carry as much music as I want on extra discs
- Buy more discs (5 hours/disc) at $2/disc
- Nice geek toy with hackable functions
- Sturdy as heck. Try dropping one of those portable harddrives from 10 feet
- Tiny little things

- Pricey unit
2003-08-16 03:40:41 PM  
This is the one I use. I use it in the gym, and have had it for 2 years. I have dropped it many times, and it still wroks fine. It's definitly not the best, but it is one of the firsts.

I prefer the CD to the iPod or anything with a hard drive, since a CD will scratch when being dropped, but a hard drive will fry. And a CD is like $0.50, while a hard drive is a bit more expensive.
2003-08-16 03:41:24 PM  
2003-08-16 03:42:13 PM  
I like mine to come with a built in lawyer to handle the lawsuits.
2003-08-16 03:42:24 PM  
I love my 1st gen. iPod, If you don't wanna pay for a new one, buy an older one off eBay!
2003-08-16 03:42:32 PM  
I've got an iPod, second generation, 10 GB. I bought it last month for $170 with shipping, so it was a great deal (I couldn't find a single scratch on the thing, and the guy said it was used!). I love the thing to death, and it has yet to let me down.

It syncs with iTunes so easily, although I've heard that MusicMatch (which comes with an iPod for Windows) is a biatch to use.

It's not as thin as the third generation ones, but it's got a better battery. Plus, I don't know if it's just because I haven't seen a third generation one in person, but the third generation ones look like rubber, or a plastic toy to me. Don't know why.
2003-08-16 03:43:09 PM  
I have never had a problem with my Archos Jukebox. It holds 20 gigs, doubles as a portable hard drive and is cheaper than the iPOd.
2003-08-16 03:43:13 PM  
Sony D-CJ01. It's a CD-based Walkman but plays mp3s too. I like the disc-based players better than the HDD-based ones because they get better battery life (the Sony gets 12-16 hours on a pair of AA's) and if you want to carry more tunes, simply burn another disc. I also like the controls and Mega Bass doesn't hurt either (I've listened to other mp3 players and their EQ settings, well, suck). Best off, this player is only a hundred bucks!
2003-08-16 03:44:04 PM  
i highly recommend the ipod. it's a wonderful little player. sure it's expensive, but it's really well made. apple is more than happy to replace things. (for instance 5 pm tuesday i requested a set of headphones as mine had broken. 10 am wednesday they arrived. that's the norm not the exception.) all in all, i love my apple and my ipod. i know there are a bunch of competitors to the large capacity mp3 player market. i just haven't seen anything that really makes them worth looking at aside from price. a friend of mine had the creative nomad and it's huge. the archos is getting close to really competing with the ipod but they need to slim down it's design. it looks clunky.
2003-08-16 03:44:25 PM  
Oh yeah, I like all the features that are already on the iPod (not the third generation Software 2.0. Never used them.) An equalizer would be cool, but I never really notice it.
2003-08-16 03:44:57 PM  
Zen - Much cheaper than iPod, USB 2.0 makes uploads tolerable, large capacities available, good interface, Hard Drive easily upgradable (but voids warranty)
2003-08-16 03:45:05 PM  
Archos Jukebox - acts like a 20G external storage, plenty of good features

Compact Ipaq - smaller, removable memory
2003-08-16 03:46:26 PM  
I saw a friend's nomad 3 the other day, and I was extremely impressed.

He says a charge lasts him 11 hours continuously. Great sorting/organizing functions.
2003-08-16 03:47:15 PM  
Go with something from Archos or iRiver
2003-08-16 03:48:51 PM  
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Portable music at its finest.

What are these mp3s of which you speak?
2003-08-16 03:50:02 PM  
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Portable music at its finest.

What are these mp3s of which you speak?

(now with portable retro voting goodness)
2003-08-16 03:50:08 PM  
err ugh - Compaq Ipaq
2003-08-16 03:51:25 PM  
I own the Nomad II (128mb), which I've had since late 2000. It's done pretty well by me -- I use it primarily when working out (running, free weights) -- but it could stand to have a better file management interface.

I'm very interested in the recently-announced Emp-Z, which comes with 128Mb, weighs 15g and is roughly the size of a coin. They claim cost with be ~$120...... if they come out with some kind of plastic, waterproof housing, it could the perfect item for workouts.

As far as headphones go, I'm partial to Philips' HS303 sports ear buds. They're pretty cheap, so if they die soon (I average ~9-12 mos between replacements), it's no big deal. Plus, they're eminently comfortable and tend to remain in place, even when running, which is nice.
2003-08-16 03:52:35 PM  
My favorite MP3 player is my PocketPC - my iPAQ 3670. (Yes, it's old - I want to upgrade to the iPAQ 5550 which is the New Hotness)
2003-08-16 03:52:40 PM  
20 gig second generation iPod. I love it.
2003-08-16 03:52:55 PM  
Fnord: I bought a 256MB iFP-390T IRIVER and can't say enough good things about it. The only downside is I can't hear my annoying boss/co-workers/customers/ringing phone.

2003-08-16 03:55:05 PM  
Walmart sells a standard CD player that plays MP3 for $26. TIt uses standard rechargeable AA batteries which last about a week. 700Mb of Wiggles and Barney keeps my little boy very happy on long drives.
2003-08-16 03:55:37 PM  
my bro just got one of the new ipods - the Dock it comes with is very convientent and it looks great... losing "the wheel" for a touchpad makes it all the nicer.

Also, iPods can be personallized with laser engraving on the shiny metal back. Damn fun. :-)

2003-08-16 03:56:08 PM  
iPod. It has a 10 hour built-in recharable battery, has a capacity of up to 7,500 songs, AND it acts as a portable 10 or 30 GB hard drive.

Notice how people keep mentioning the iPod. This device simply has no equal.
2003-08-16 03:57:34 PM  
what's the cheapest mp3 player that's reasonably decent? i need real cheap.
2003-08-16 03:58:10 PM  
also, i'll go ahead and save everyone $30 by warning that the iTrip doesn't work very well. It's an FM transmitter that plugs into your ipod and broadcasts the audio on an audio frequency you select. It doesn't work well at all. plus, if you set your ipod to play your entire music library at random, it will sometimes play the files that change the broadcast frequency, which sucks.
2003-08-16 03:58:34 PM  
2003-08-16 03:58:46 PM  
I rip all my music to ogg voribs so I need something playing ogg files. Second I want one that fits in my pocket when I have other stuff in it too. Third I need at least 512 of storage and wouldn't mind if it would use CF so I can use the same cards as my camera. The one I'm looking at right now is this one from rio. . It would be nice if it was a bit smaller though. But it has a sub hookup and even an ethernet hookup. To bad it's 400 dollars.
2003-08-16 04:01:03 PM  
I've got the creative muvo - great if you just want something small that can hold a good few hours of mp3's - it's an ultra lite compared to the Ipod or any of the jukeboxes, but the fact that it works as a portable USB harddrive is a nice touch. Just slip the memory part off, slid it into a USB port on any computer and put files in - no software required. Cheap too = less than $150 easily
2003-08-16 04:01:24 PM  
I have a 3rd generation ipod, 10G. It rocks.. I would recommend you get it.
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