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Angelo.M

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Curious about something.

What are the joggers/runners on this board using as a portable MP3 device? I've yet to settle on one that I'd consider stellar for running.
 

John-Miles

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if it werent for the quality control issues I would suggest a Rio 800. mine was great, especially since every 2 months or so i got to return it for a new one... till that one stopped workign at least.
 

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I have the Nike/Philips psa 128. It's $179 at Best Buy . I love it. I use it at the gym, on a treadmill and jogging through the neighborhood.

It comes with MusicMatch software to load mp3s, but on my W2K computer it also shows up as a temporary drive so I just copy files over that way. Only complaint is that there is no "random" feature. If you pause it before you turn it off, it will pick up where you left off when you turn it back on though.
 

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Angelo,

Just be sure that whatever you buy also has an AM/FM tuner built in, when I'm running sometimes I want to "be surprised" and catch some radio tunes, or if I run out of my own MP3s.
 

Angelo.M

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Thanks, guys. I'm assuming the hard-drive-based players just don't cut it for running.

I tried the iRiver CD-based player, which I liked, but which was just too cumbersome for running.
 

John-Miles

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Yeah i have a Nomad and its no good for jogging, though it does fine when shaken a reasonable ammount, but if it is even tapping against your leg as you walk it can lock up.
 

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Hi Angelo,

A few months ago I bought iRiver's IFP-180, and I love it. It's a 128 MB player, oddly-shaped (imagine a triangular roll of quarters), but very light and in my experience great when running. I wear it on my belt in a small cell phone case (for the folding type of phone), and it works perfectly. I got mine for $139 at Best Buy, which I think is an absolute steal. Sound quality is excellent, the firmware is upgradeable, and the software is easy to use. I can't say enough good things about it.
 

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I had a Nomad II flash player. It worked well enough but I hated having to always load new music onto it. I'd want to take the player to listen on my daily commute and when you're rushing to work in the morning trying to catch the bus you don't have time to put new music on the player. Ditto for when I got to the gym after work.

My solution was to get a Mini-disc player. Grabbing a different disc takes all of 5 seconds and I've run over 200 miles with my MD unit, never a single skip.

Other advantages are that the sound quality of portable mini-disc units is significantly better than portable flash players and battery life is far longer. I found a single AA in my Nomad II would last roughly 15 hours, whereas a single AA in my MD will typically last between 40 - 50 hours.
 

John_Bonner

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A few months ago I bought iRiver's IFP-180, and I love it.
Same here. I got mine at CompUsa for the same price as Eric. Works great, excellent sound quality and the battery life is much better than expected (only uses 1 AA battery). Since I like to listen to music LOUD, I also bought a volume booster from Radio Shack since I didn't think this player would be loud enough.

I was using the volume booster until I realized that it wasn't the player but the headphones that were lacking. The iRiver came with Sennheiser ear buds that are ok but not comfortable or not very bass-responsive. A visit over to headwize.com helped me find the solution: "The Plugs" by Koss. $15 at KMart they sounded pretty good right out of the box. But after changing the cushions with Flents ear plugs ($3.99 at the supermarket) they sound awesome...The Flents really conform to your ear canal and make these $15 headphones sound incredible. There's even a further "mod" that I haven't tried yet but you can read about it here: Koss mod .

Anyway I'm very happy with both the iRiver and the Koss headphones.
 

Angelo.M

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Well, I chose a MiniDisc player. So far, I hate the software, but the sound is incredible and skipping... What's skipping?
 
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Howdy,

I have gone through 3 different Portable MP3 players. Some old school 128Meg RIO that i forget the model, YEPP w/128Meg, and now my newest and most fav is the iPod w/6Gigs...

As far as flash card based ones... they are pretty rugged and cheap these days... very light...but their downfall is that you can only hold a few songs. I'm very picky and except no less then 198kb/s for my sound quality...

Hard drive based players are of course larger, more heavy, and probably less durable. I have had to return my iPod once because the HD failed on me. I had a new iPod sent to me within 2 weeks all covered by warrenty. Personally, I LOVE the iPod...it's not too big or heavy compared to the Nomad...plus i think it's a lot tougher then the Nomad too! (my friend has one)

...I run and weight train daily with my iPod, I also dock it to my hometheater system as well to my car receiver everyday... it takes a beating and doesn't skip a beat!
Plus the iPod can hold a crap load of music to boot!

I recommend the iPod if you think you're going to be using it enough to justify its steep price.

BTW--My first two portable mp3 players were replaced because i lost the 1st one... and the second, i got tired of having only a handfull of songs on my player...

Best of Luck!
Joseph
 

Angelo.M

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I'm interested in what's been said here about the iPod. I had assumed that it wouldn't be good to use for jogging/running, but I'm intrigued by Joe L's comments. Anyone else using an iPod for running?
 

Allan_Lim

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I don't own an iPod but I recall reading on ipodlounge.com that the 5GB models do ok if you run, however the 10 and 20 GB models would lock up.

Obviously no one knows how the new models will fair, but in general I don't think it's a good idea to run with a hard drive based player.
 

Angelo.M

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Allan: that's what I had assumed, that hard-drive-based players were not meant for running. I'd love to hear more from folks who use an iPod routinely for running.
 

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