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Survey question: What kind of portable music device do you use? What do you like & dislike about it? Of particular interest would be hearing about people's experiences with non-apple brands. Though, since I have bought something like 300 songs from iTunes, it seems likely I will go ipod again when the time comes.



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Jan. 3rd, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
I always have a tune stuck in my head. It's very portable and affordable; the only problem is, it's usually a tune I hate.
Jan. 3rd, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
My head-player is sort of glitchy and often gets the words wrong. :) It does only hold about one song at a time. Hee.
(no subject) - peregrin8 - Jan. 3rd, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 3rd, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
TWIG has a Creative jukebox something or the other. It's got a 40g hard drive in it. It's not little, cute or sexy but it holds an assload of files and it's a workhorse.
Jan. 3rd, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
Josh bought me an iRiver last year for Christmas (I can't think of the model). It's bigger and more unsightly than an iPod, but it has a ton of memory, is easy to navigate, can act as a disk drive and as a recorder. It's awesome and I heart it very much!!
Jan. 3rd, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
Since I’m a cheap SOB I use an ILO 2 GB MP3 player which more then works for me. K* has a 20GB Archos do-hicky that she loves. Really I think we need a larger hard drive on the PC so we can store more songs.
Jan. 3rd, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
I am well past the 20 gig stage. I either have to commit to something teeny and inexpensive, or huge and expensive. Huge and expensive = further away!

We are kind of considering another option, which is repair service for my old one. Thanks for the input!
Jan. 3rd, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
I heart my iPod nano.

Before that I used an HP IPAQ 1715 with a 1GB Sandisk chip, but the battery died and I could not find a replacement.
Jan. 3rd, 2007 08:24 pm (UTC)
iPod nano is courting me with its colorfulness and portability/workout potential.
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Jan. 3rd, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
My mom got my dad an iRiver for his birthday this summer, and as my family's resident geek (really) I had to set it up and rip his music and import stuff, etc. So I've dealt with both.

iRiver PROS:
--FM tuner and voice recorder (this was the main reason we chose it for my dad)
--interface is fine, different than an iPod but no harder or worse to use
--sound quality is also just fine
--screen is superior to iPod
--so far, it hasn't broken, which is more than I can say for my iPod's first six months of life

iPod pros:
--iTunes. Really. Despite my rage against the Mac machine, I will definitely buy another stinkin' iPod when this one (my 3rd warranty replacement) kicks it for good. I just love iTunes and hate WinAmp that much. iTunes is without a doubt the greatest accomplishment of the Apple corporation ever.
Jan. 3rd, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
voice recorder is something that would be extra cool. and that i think i might actually use.
Jan. 3rd, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
I have an iriver as well. I got it years ago, before there advertising started to piss me off. :) Mine doesn't play anything off itunes, which sucks. But beyond that, I like it a lot.
Jan. 3rd, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
I deliberately went and got a non-apple device last year, a 40G Creative Nomad Zen Extra.

The key deciding factors:

1) Longer battery life (about twice as long a charge as an iPod), and the battery is easily replacable.

2) I don't plan to ever purchase music from iTunes, and I don't use a Mac, so I have no need to use their proprietary stuff.

3) I know enough about computers and file management and using electronic devices not to need iPod's easier-to-use interfacing.

4) I don't need the mp3 player to be tiny - the Creative is bigger than an iPod, but still smaller than an old Walkman; I'm not planning to use it to exercise with so a little extra size and weight wasn't an issue.

5) By not using iPod's easier interface/iTunes/smaller size, I paid about $125 less for the exact same storage space and longer/more reliable battery life - effectively, I opted not to pay for the bells and whistles and luxuries of an iPod, because they mostly don't matter to me as long as it's functional.
Jan. 3rd, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
Sadly, I think because of video the same rules on cost-effectiveness don't apply. It looks like you can't get anything 30G or bigger that just plays music, and once you're in video territory, they are no cheaper than the apple options. It sucks! The Creative Zen Vision M 30g is $250, which is comparable to the same size and functionality of ipod.

How does the one you have handle playlists?
(no subject) - carneggy - Jan. 4th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 3rd, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
I still like my iPod, and haven't had a problem with it (except for the battery dying after maybe 18 months?). How is yours busted?

Anil's had an iRiver for 2-2.5 years. It's taken a lot of abuse, but it's a workhorse. Menus are pretty easy to navigate, but I have no information on what he uses to import CDs.
Jan. 3rd, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
It won't sync. I think the hard drive is just messed up or flawed somehow. Every time I manage to get it to even talk to iTunes, it wants to restore it because it says it is corrupted. So I restore it, and it seems OK, until I tell it to sync any vaguely significant number of songs, when it gets halfway through and then makes loud HD spinny noises, gets hot, stops syncing, and locks up iTunes. I cannot eject it "safely" at that point and the only thing I can do to get my computer back is unplug the sucker. rinse, repeat.

Until this started happening (it did this some before, then the last iTunes software update seemed to solve it for a while) it gave me at least two years of fine, consistent service.

There's also the little problem of me having more than 20gigs of music, but I'm starting to give up on having all my music in one place. :(
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Jan. 3rd, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
I love my Archos AV400. It's neither pretty nor tiny like an iPod, but it is solid and amazingly versatile.


It's essentially a 20GB hard drive, so no proprietary software. Drag and drop to load songs. Set up your file structure just like Windows explorer. Hook up to either PC or Mac using USB and it talks to just about any media player (any that I've tried so far), so tagging songs is simple enough.

Plays wma, mp3 formats

Has basic functionality for shuffle, repeat, etc. Enough to keep me happy

Can be hooked up to tv and play through my nice speakers when I'm at home

Built-in microphone

Can do slideshows of images

Can record TV shows, just like Tivo (I've never tried this)

Can play back videos in various video formats -- avi, mpg, etc. (though I haven't a clue how to update codecs); can play them back through TV, just like with music. Perhaps not a big selling point for everyone. For me, with my downloaded anime, this was a HUGE selling point until I got the region free player. The screen's a nice size for watching.


Battery life not as long as I'd like
Not cheap
Doesn't play m4p (grrrrr)
While you can do playlists, it's not the easiest thing to do; could be better
Jan. 3rd, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
let's all say it together: fucking m4p.

the playlist thing might be a problem for me as i use those intensely.
Jan. 3rd, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
I've had a variety of iPods (10G 3gen, 40G 3gen, 60G 4gen, and 60G 5gen), and none of them have broke or had any problems at all with extensive use. The only reason I've got different ones is because I feel inadequate when there's a newer model out and I have the old one. Since you already have an iPod, there's no need to go over all the pros and cons of it.

If you're leaning towards iPod, I would wait until after Tuesday, Jan. 9th, as that is the Macworld Conference, where they traditionally announce new and cool products (usually available the same day)
Jan. 3rd, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)
thanks for the heads up! i do want to hear if there is a "next big thing"!!! i mean, if it was 6 months off, i wouldn't care, but if it is 6 DAYS off, sure, i can wait!
Jan. 3rd, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
I have a roomba! Haha. Just kidding. I will have one before the year is out... I should add that to my totally questionable list of resolutions. 11. Obtain Roomba

Ok, so I do actually have an iriver, and it is great, it came with an arm-strap and I exercise with it regularly. I haven't filled it up (even though it has much lower capacity than the ipod)

Songs from itunes can be fairly easily burned onto a CD and then reimported as material that is easily transferred to a non-ipod. It helps if you make burned CDs for your car - then you are killing two birds with one formatted compact disk!
Jan. 3rd, 2007 11:41 pm (UTC)
unfortunately when you burn them to a music cd they lose the information so you have to type it all back in! grr. for 300 songs that is a pain in the bum.
(no subject) - zenthia - Jan. 4th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 3rd, 2007 08:09 pm (UTC)
I adore my ipod nano. For me size is the ultimate thing, because it makes the difference of whether I will always carry it around and have it handy or not. I recently got my mother in law an ipod shuffle - the new fancy super small clip version and I can't tell you how tempted I was to grab on for myself. I'd never wanted a shuffle previously, but the super tinyness and simplicity of it for exercise or gardening or whatever made it almost irresistable to me. :)
Jan. 3rd, 2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
funny story: i went with a friend from work to the apple store in the mall today. i fully intended to get a shuffle due to cheapness and cuteness to tide me over until like, my birthday or something when i could hopefully get the real deal.

i walked out with: nothing, being confused again on what i want.

she walked out with: a shuffle on a whim. :)
Jan. 3rd, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)
I had an Archos Gemni FOREVER and loved in the non-ipod kind of way.
Jan. 3rd, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
I'm a rather late entrant to the portable music device scene. Until last fall it was pretty much CD's and a player for me, be it car or walkman. I got a 60GB viodeo iPod and have been enjoying it a lot. It plugs into my car, fits on the shelf of gym equipment and I have an iSkin case on it that protects it really well (even sand on the beaches of Miami didn't get through). I haven't had size issues carrying it, so I haven't felt the need for anything nano or shuffle -- and it holds everything I want, so I never have to manage the library. The downside is that it's starting to get annoying sometimes to get to the song I want, but it's not that bad at all.
Jan. 3rd, 2007 11:46 pm (UTC)
I never have to manage the library

I yearn to not have to manage the library. That is when all my g*d*mn problems started.
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