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2021-10-06 3:32:46 PM  
The Realistic speakers I have are black, not gray. Solid as a tank.
 
2021-10-06 3:52:49 PM  
Of the 18 people who bought Zunes, 5 of them seemed to really like them.
 
2021-10-06 4:02:13 PM  
I <3 my Creative Nomad MP3 players
 
2021-10-06 4:03:13 PM  
I got 2 hits.

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2021-10-06 4:06:07 PM  
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This bad boy was the first cassette player that demanded big, over the ear headphones with deep bass response. I don't recall the brand of the headphones, but I remembered the brand Aiwa.  The bass on these were soooooooooo good.
 
2021-10-06 4:06:41 PM  
Heh. Even the Zune tattoo guy found himself severely disappointed and got a coverup before the 2010s were over.
 
2021-10-06 4:07:14 PM  
Er, before the 2000's, I meant. I think the article was dated early 2010.
 
2021-10-06 4:08:15 PM  
I had really bad computer speakers for a very long time.  A few years ago I dished out for a set of Mackie CR3 speakers.  That was a good purchase.

I have never owned an iPod.
 
2021-10-06 4:16:00 PM  
The first zune was great.  I bought an iPod video with my first ever paycheck and the click wheel and jack broke a month out of warranty. Plus the metal back got scratched just from being in my cotton shirt pocket.

The zune screen was like 2x the size, and mine survived getting run over by a city bus. It was still working after years of storage in a shed in the Florida heat

The zune 2 was beautiful, one of the first ever devices to use an OLED screen. Still have mine in a box somewhere, still works great
 
2021-10-06 4:28:02 PM  
While I don't have any of my original Walkmans, I still have my 1991 year model Panasonic portable CD player and it is currently hooked up to the stereo for cds I haven't burned yet. I even have the jvc boom box with the 4-in woofer and the aux ports that I took to college with CD player. The boom box has been a garage radio for the last 15 years but is still holding on.
 
2021-10-06 4:28:56 PM  
I still use my Zune HD 16GB. Still a great machine for it's time. Excellent for the gym. Copy files, play files. No mangling file formats. Touch screen, no mechanical click wheels to break. Great interface, simple and easy. Solid state memory, no hard drives to break. Solid metal case. First device I owned that received and played digital FM radio along with wifi and 720p video. Amazing sound. Succumbed to Apple's iHype machine.

Don't dis the Zune.
 
2021-10-06 4:54:22 PM  
Cap'n found this for you in a junker shop. Said someday you'd come back to the fold.

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2021-10-06 5:26:07 PM  
I've got a Phillips mp3 player that still works fine. The UI leaves a little bit to be desired but it still works.
 
2021-10-06 5:43:02 PM  
I had the Griffin iTrip. It worked pretty good. I might still have it somewhere. Haven't used it in awhile.

Finding an unassigned radio frequency is the hard part, of course.
 
2021-10-06 6:10:16 PM  

the_rhino: I <3 my Creative Nomad MP3 players


God, I fought with those farking things.
 
2021-10-06 6:16:59 PM  
And this goddamn thing. Can shuffle 20gb my ass.
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2021-10-06 6:58:35 PM  
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2021-10-06 7:06:41 PM  
Closer to 30 years ago but I had a Sony Walkman sport (yellow) with two headphone jacks. Was awesome for school trips to listen to something with a friend.
 
2021-10-06 8:13:18 PM  

McGrits: While I don't have any of my original Walkmans, I still have my 1991 year model Panasonic portable CD player and it is currently hooked up to the stereo for cds I haven't burned yet. I even have the jvc boom box with the 4-in woofer and the aux ports that I took to college with CD player. The boom box has been a garage radio for the last 15 years but is still holding on.


The cassette decks on my garage radio failed years ago, likely due to dust and grit.  A couple years ago I got tired of all the commercials on the radio and replaced the 30 year old radio with a $20 smart speaker.  My life is better now.
 
2021-10-06 8:20:55 PM  
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diamond Rio mp3 cd player. 250 songs , folders, playlists.
Was a clone of iriver gadgets.
This thing was awesome.
 
2021-10-06 8:28:14 PM  

the_rhino: I <3 my Creative Nomad MP3 players


My last Creative Zen died on the same day as Steve Jobs. I found that amusing at the time.
 
2021-10-06 8:35:30 PM  

dr_blasto: Of the 18 people who bought Zunes, 5 of them seemed to really like them.


May favorite thing about the Zune was all the features it had that the ipod and iPhone refused to add and two 2 years after its death to finally add and it worked like shiat.
 
2021-10-06 8:39:05 PM  
People who get paid by apple always ignore who developed technology that apple "engineers" steal from.  They just take their cues from the poser jobs stealing from Xerox.
 
2021-10-06 8:46:36 PM  
SanDisk Clip Jam...takes an SD card and has an FM receiver as well. About an inch square. $30. Great for the train ride to work. Charges off USB.
 
2021-10-06 9:03:16 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: I had the Griffin iTrip. It worked pretty good. I might still have it somewhere. Haven't used it in awhile.

Finding an unassigned radio frequency is the hard part, of course.


Same and same. It filled in much of the gap between when I switched away from CDs circa 2006 and when I finally got a car with a digital port in 2018.
 
2021-10-06 9:13:43 PM  
In 2003 I received a PocketPC PDA that served as my first iPod-like music player. Plugging in an external wireless module for wifi and bluetooth was a little janky but that thing rocked pretty good and had a better web browser than most phones of the era (ever try web browsing on a Kyocera flip phone? LAME). I still occasionally use the Motorolla S-305 headset I bought to use with that thing, and I've lost count of how many times I've replaced the foam earpads on those.
 
2021-10-06 9:25:35 PM  
CD-RW drive. Panasonic CD player. Cigarette lighter adapter. Cassette adapter. Red 1991 Chrysler LeBaron convertible. Straight ballin'.
 
2021-10-06 9:26:18 PM  
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My first MP3 player, an RCA K@zoo!, the likes of which will never be topped. For just $100, you got an MP3 player that held a whole hour of music! (With a $30 memory expansion card) And the AAA batteries it took lasted twice that long! And such a stylish name, named after a cheesy toy instrument, but with an @ in the middle and an exclamation point at the end! Today's players got nothin' on this bad boy!

/Was so disappointed when I couldn't get even a whole CD's worth of music on it, even with an expansion card.
//It just became a tool for planning out my next mix CD.
///But at least it meant I could listen to new songs somewhere besides the computer as soon as I downloaded them, as opposed to having to wait until they were on a CD.
 
2021-10-06 9:27:30 PM  

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My first MP3 player, an RCA K@zoo!, the likes of which will never be topped. For just $100, you got an MP3 player that held a whole hour of music! (With a $30 memory expansion card) And the AAA batteries it took lasted twice that long! And such a stylish name, named after a cheesy toy instrument, but with an @ in the middle and an exclamation point at the end! Today's players got nothin' on this bad boy!

/Was so disappointed when I couldn't get even a whole CD's worth of music on it, even with an expansion card.
//It just became a tool for planning out my next mix CD.
///But at least it meant I could listen to new songs somewhere besides the computer as soon as I downloaded them, as opposed to having to wait until they were on a CD.


Oh, and the only way it ever got to Track 38, as the picture shows, is if most of the tracks are 10 seconds long.
 
2021-10-06 9:29:18 PM  

exparrot: [Fark user image image 425x398]diamond Rio mp3 cd player. 250 songs , folders, playlists.
Was a clone of iriver gadgets.
This thing was awesome.


That was my first MP3 player. It was really awesome and navigating folders on the tiny screen was surprisingly easy. A lot of music fell off the back of the Internet on to that thing back when I was just out of college and broke.
 
2021-10-06 9:33:02 PM  

slobberbone: And this goddamn thing. Can shuffle 20gb my ass.
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It's just hilarious that my watch has more storage now.

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2021-10-06 9:34:47 PM  
I rocked one of these bad boys for several years. Eventually, the hard drive started going bad and it required a few smacks to get it going, until one day it didn't and I just chucked it into the road out of frustration.

/Never owned an iPod
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2021-10-06 9:44:27 PM  

DRTFA: McGrits: While I don't have any of my original Walkmans, I still have my 1991 year model Panasonic portable CD player and it is currently hooked up to the stereo for cds I haven't burned yet. I even have the jvc boom box with the 4-in woofer and the aux ports that I took to college with CD player. The boom box has been a garage radio for the last 15 years but is still holding on.

The cassette decks on my garage radio failed years ago, likely due to dust and grit.  A couple years ago I got tired of all the commercials on the radio and replaced the 30 year old radio with a $20 smart speaker.  My life is better now.


Yeah the cassettes players are only good for chewing on 30 yr old cassettes. The cool thing is that the boom box doesn't have a CD player built in (since I had a portable) and it has aux ports. In college this let me set up the TV sound out through the boom box when I was not playing the CDs. Nowadays, I hook up a Bluetooth receiver to the boom box and whoever wants to jam with their phone can have at it.

RCA cables for life!
 
2021-10-06 10:04:24 PM  
Creative Zen Mosaic is still my favorite mp3 player of all time. Just copy files and it builds the library for you. Shuffle all songs across all directories actually works. It weighs nothing and can be thrown against a wall and keep working.
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It was a sad day when they exited the industry.
 
2021-10-06 10:18:15 PM  

fragMasterFlash: In 2003 I received a PocketPC PDA that served as my first iPod-like music player. Plugging in an external wireless module for wifi and bluetooth was a little janky but that thing rocked pretty good and had a better web browser than most phones of the era (ever try web browsing on a Kyocera flip phone? LAME). I still occasionally use the Motorolla S-305 headset I bought to use with that thing, and I've lost count of how many times I've replaced the foam earpads on those.


I used one of these for audio for ages. One day I took it out with me and when I came home it was gone. I never did work out exactly what happened and never saw it again. A pity. I still miss it. There were some delightful games on it as well.

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2021-10-06 10:22:59 PM  

montreal_medic: Closer to 30 years ago but I had a Sony Walkman sport (yellow) with two headphone jacks. Was awesome for school trips to listen to something with a friend.


That is making me really nostalgic.
 
2021-10-06 11:30:07 PM  
I had this thing for a little while:
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A whopping 128 mb of storage!
 
2021-10-06 11:37:48 PM  

exparrot: [Fark user image image 425x398]diamond Rio mp3 cd player. 250 songs , folders, playlists.
Was a clone of iriver gadgets.
This thing was awesome.


I had this exact farking thing in high school, it was like $99 if i recall. The mp3 cd was such a game changer
 
2021-10-07 12:53:22 PM  
I think I need to get a 'new one.  Used to have a Sansa SanDisk, and really really liked and used it.  Something happened, the battery swelled up, and just had to toss it.  Been using an old phone recently as a replacement, but the touchscreen keeps getting tapped in my pocket and messing up playback.
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2021-10-07 2:01:48 PM  

tmyk: and can be thrown against a wall and keep working


So it survives the effects of the user trying to upload more than an album's worth of music on it?
 
2021-10-07 2:14:33 PM  

slobberbone: tmyk: and can be thrown against a wall and keep working

So it survives the effects of the user trying to upload more than an album's worth of music on it?


8GB was plenty for my needs.
 
2021-10-07 8:06:28 PM  

Lodger: I think I need to get a 'new one.  Used to have a Sansa SanDisk, and really really liked and used it.  Something happened, the battery swelled up, and just had to toss it.  Been using an old phone recently as a replacement, but the touchscreen keeps getting tapped in my pocket and messing up playback.[Fark user image 225x225]


I had one of those and really liked it.  It wouldn't do me much good these days, since I just stream it all from Apple Music.  Being able to just tell a digital assistant to play whatever I want beats dragging and dropping ripped MP3's any day!
 
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