Posted May 26 2009 - 01:53 AM
You have some misconceptions about the iPod and iTunes.
| Originally Posted by Michael:M |
I'd like to get an MP3 player - for working out, cycling, hiking, etc. I strongly prefer NOT to get an iPod; I really dislike that when I buy music, I don't actually have the file and I have to be saddled with proprietary formats and interfaces.
iTunes is a purchase system, not a rental. When you buy and download a song, you have the file on your computer (forever and ever).
You don't have to be saddled with proprietary formats -- no more than any other player. The iPod and iTunes will play MP3, so you can buy from any vendor that sells MP3 files, such as Amazon. (I've been buying my Christmas music from Amazon the past couple years.)
You can also rip your CDs as MP3 if you prefer that over AAC.
You can also rip your CDs instead of buying music from any vendor, so you are never locked into a vendor.
The above were facts. The following is just my opinion
I think the iPod is deservedly the most popular music player as it's the easiest to use. You want drag-and-drop for easy music transfer? I think it's even easier to plug in the iPod to charge and music sync happens automatically. Ripped CDs and new purchases are are automatically sync'd.
I've used both iPods and Sansa players: give me iTunes and and an iPod any day. I find them easier to use than the Sansa players. And I've watched my dad, and tried to help, use the Rhapsody / Yahoo rental system. It's amazingly horrible; truly user hostile.
For my money, the iPod nano is the best choice for portability and versatility. I use it for podcasts in the car, music at the gym and lawnmowing, and watching TV shows when traveling. I own music bought from iTunes in AAC and Amazon in MP3 format. And they work with Audible, if you like audio books.