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#1 of 23 James Sarno

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Posted January 09 2005 - 03:30 PM

I just received my new "Dell Pocket DJ" 5MB MP3 player yesterday and was wondering if anyone has any experience with them...This is my first MP3 player and was wondering if I made the right choice...BTW blind purchase...was going to go with the Apple Mini IPOD but decided to go with the Dell (since I own a Dell computer)
Any thoughts.....

#2 of 23 Leila Dougan

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Posted January 09 2005 - 05:47 PM

My husband has one and is very happy with it. I believe it's a Creative Nomad inside, just repackaged for Dell. Well, at least his is. He's had it for a year and it's the older, 20GB style.

Is there anything in particular you want to know?

#3 of 23 Scott L

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Posted January 09 2005 - 06:19 PM

Just a heads up, rumor is a new iPod Mini will be announced duing the Macworld Expo, which is going on now.

#4 of 23 Philip_G

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Posted January 10 2005 - 12:29 AM

Dell raised their prices when they released the new DJ's a couple months ago, along with the mini, but I still prefer mine to my GF's ipod mini. Not to mention it was almost $150 cheaper.

#5 of 23 James Sarno

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Posted January 10 2005 - 03:53 PM

This may be a silly question but....how do you stop a track from playing...I don't see a "stop" button, I just shut it off when Im done listening.
Leila...How long does your husbands player last between charges, the specs says "12 hours of continuous play" on the pocket DJ at least...but to me it seems Im charging mine every 2 days (about 6 hours of use)
...And has anyone experience any drop outs...and if so how do you correct them
....Thanks for all of your help
So many questions...So little time
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#6 of 23 Christ Reynolds

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Posted January 10 2005 - 04:47 PM

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I still prefer mine to my GF's ipod mini. Not to mention it was almost $150 cheaper
the ipod mini is $250, so your dell was $100?

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#7 of 23 Don_Houle

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Posted January 11 2005 - 12:19 AM

I was sceptical of Apple and the iPod so when I started looking at the various MP3 player offerings, I did a LOT of research into other alternatives. After speaking with coworkers who have different players I found that my decision didn't get much easier. There are pros and cons for each.

HOWEVER, after I played around with an iPod for a while and started to read a few iPod forums, I was strongly leaning in that direction so I mentioned to my wife that I would really like an iPod for the holidays and she (very thoughtfully) bought a 4th generation 20gig model for me.

A couple of friends received other players for the holidays as well so now I've had some more time to compare and I have to say that the iPod is the hands-down winner.

As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. Sure there may be the problem of replacing the battery and a few other issues, but the iPod has really matured over the last few years. The features and overall quality are worth the pricetag.

I don't mean to put down your Dell product, but I would recommend spending some time at an Apple store in your area. The employees are very helpful and you can really play around with the products before you buy.

Good luck!

#8 of 23 Mark Murphy

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Posted January 11 2005 - 02:19 AM

I'm listening to music on my Creative Nomad Jukebox Zen Xtra 30 GB (is the name long enough?) as I'm typing this. I thought about an Ipod but for $100 less and 10 GB more, the Nomad was the way to go. I wasn't too crazy about converting my WMA music to I-tunes, either.

#9 of 23 Philip_G

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Posted January 11 2005 - 02:46 AM

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the ipod mini is $250, so your dell was $100?

$120 shipped. Posted Image

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As with most things in life, you get what you pay for. Sure there may be the problem of replacing the battery and a few other issues, but the iPod has really matured over the last few years. The features and overall quality are worth the pricetag.

What type of headphones are you using? A few people I know have switched to quality phones and not been pleased with the ipod's sound quality. Even with cheap phones the DJ sounds better to me, and I like the EQ.

#10 of 23 Christ Reynolds

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Posted January 11 2005 - 06:51 AM

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$120 shipped.
what's the rolling eyes face for? it sounded like you were happy with the product and the price.

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#11 of 23 Scott L

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Posted January 11 2005 - 08:03 AM

$120 shipped is a good price since it's listed at $199 on their website.

Another thing to think about is the aftermarket products available for these gizmos. I find myself using my iPod more and more, and Alpine & Pioneer are making digital adapters so you can control your iPod directly from your car's head unit, not to mention using your receiver's DACs. There's also the choice of protective caddies/skins, radio transmitters, sound docks...

#12 of 23 Philip_G

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Posted January 11 2005 - 09:13 AM

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$120 shipped is a good price since it's listed at $199 on their website.

I had a couple coupons that I stacked up. Posted Image

the ipod has the market cornered on gadgets for sure. The GF has an altec inmotion for work and a griffin itrip mini for the car, and is happy with both.

#13 of 23 Philip_G

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Posted January 11 2005 - 09:54 AM

Oh, they just released the ipod flash today too.

see it at http://www.apple.com/
99 bucks for 512mb I think 149 for the 1 gig.

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Posted January 13 2005 - 07:11 AM

Question about the mp3 players: And this relates to either an iPod or the Dell. I'm deciding between the two.

1. Generally speaking, can you download the software that comes with the devices on more than one computer?

and...

2. Can I load ANY music files on my mp3 player? For instance, if I have the the software downloaded on a computer and I pull music files(mp3, wav) from a network into my folder from which I want to transfer music files onto the device, are there any problems doing such things? I hope this makes sense and these questions aren't too elementary...
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Posted January 13 2005 - 08:07 AM

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#16 of 23 James Sarno

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Posted January 13 2005 - 02:59 PM

the text on my screen seems to fade "in & out" going back and forth to a empty blue screen on my pocket DJ...
would reseting the DJ fix the problem or is this a manufacturer's defect?

#17 of 23 James T

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Posted January 13 2005 - 03:08 PM

I was leaning towards an iPod after reading a few reviews. The Toronto Star had a comparison review before X-mas. Then I tried out the iPod at a store, and couldn't resist not picking it up.

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Just a heads up, rumor is a new iPod Mini will be announced duing the Macworld Expo, which is going on now.

This is probably it.Posted Image

#18 of 23 Scott L

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Posted January 13 2005 - 04:14 PM

^^Yea that's a fan-created fake. Posted Image Here's some more:

Pic 1 | Pic 2 | Pic 3

Looks like Apple is screwing themselves over by releasing the Shuffle and not upgrading the mini. Still one day left at Macworld though, we'll see.

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Posted January 14 2005 - 04:50 PM

^^^ Those fakes look pretty nice, design-wise compared to the final product.

#20 of 23 Christ Reynolds

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Posted January 14 2005 - 07:58 PM

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Those fakes look pretty nice, design-wise compared to the final product
i know, that blue 'ipod micro' looks great. i think it would be a little too small to manage though. i have average size hands for a guy, and ifind my 20 GB ipod to be the right size for me. my friends brother got an ipod mini for xmas, but he didnt have a computer, so i put a bunch of cds on it for him, and i found the ipod mini to be too small for me, it gets lost in my hand, sort of. if the ipod micro existed, i think it would be just too small. but it looks great though Posted Image

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And then when I feel so stuffed I can't eat anymore, I just use the restroom! And then I CAN eat more!


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