recommendation for a good portable mp3 player?

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  1. Todd Christ

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    i'm in the market for an mp3 player, my buddy just picked up one of the new Sony Walkman models but it's $300 with a 64MB stick !!!

    a bit much! but i really like the size, it's about the same size as a Leatherman pocketknife....

    i'd like more memory if possible, and portability is the key!

    got ideas? recommendations? thanks...
     
  2. Kelley_B

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    Apple iPod, hands down the best MP3 player out there.

    or you could wait on the new Nomad which is supposed to be better than the iPod, but if you want one now...iPod is the one.
     
  3. DonRoeber

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    I'll second the recommendation for the iPod. I've bought two, one for me and one for my girlfriend. She got it for Christmas, and said the other day that it's probably the coolest thing she's ever owned. We both use Apple Powerbooks so syncing isn't really an issue, but there is Windows software available now. I can't tell you how well it works though.

    Firmware version 1.1 just added the ability to store contacts. Between my cell phone and iPod, I no longer need my Palm.
     
  4. Steven K

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    Do NOT get the Archos Digital Jukebox 6, 10, or 20. I've gone through 2 of them, both malfunctioned within a week.
     
  5. Philip Hamm

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    A portable MiniDisc recorder would be nice. You have to make your MP3s at real time (not the new "WebMD" ones - they can transfer fast), but it's very cost effective. The discs are $2 each for 74 minutes (or 140 or so more minutes using newer MD technology MDLP - not as good a quality) you don't need to download every tim you want to hear something different, just build a little library of discs.
     
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    Count me as another iPod fanatic. It's amazing, and I hear that you can now get them to work on Windows machines.

    5 gigs of MP3s in something the size of a pack of cards... amazing.
     
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    iPod rules, and now you can even get a 10 gig variant.

    - Steve
     
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    One more vote from a very satisfied iPod owner.

    + 10+ battery hours with zero AA/AAA purchases

    + 80% charge in 1 hour (charges w/outlet or firewire)

    + sweet interface

    + Firewire makes transfers a non-issue

    + Bootable OS X installed on mine

    + 5-10GB

    + equalizer for those that want one

    + vCard contact imports

    + Breakout

    + Multi-Language support for interface and tracks

    + Supports audio files other than .mp3

    + Portable HD
     
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    iPod!!!
     
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    So do they have anything like the iPod for IBM/PC? If not, are they going to come out with one? Cuz I sure am jealous of you Macintosh owners, never thought I'd say that! [​IMG]
     
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  12. Todd Christ

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    wow! some great responses!!

    what do you guys n gals think of the new Intel MP3 players? they seem to be a good size and have some decent accessories as well...

    i agree the iPOD looks great but @ $399 it's a bit spendy!
     
  13. Steve Tannehill

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    $399? My next one is going to cost $549, with personal engraving and the 10 gig drive. [​IMG]
    There is simply no comparison.
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  14. Michael*K

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    Unless Intel has come out with something new recently, I've seen nothing that they've put out that would knock my socks off. The last player I saw from them had a measley 128MB of flash memory and only had USB connectivity. The iPod holds 40-80 times as much (depending on which model) on its hard drive and uses FireWire, which makes a HUGE difference in transfer speeds.
     
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    i wouldn't waste my money on anything but the iPod.
     
  16. Stacie

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    I love my iPod.

    I love my iPod.

    I love my iPod!

    Tiny, huge storage capacity, seamless interface with my iBook.

    Don't know how well it'll work with a Windows PC, but it's probably worth a shot.

    A little pricey, but worth it, IMO.
     
  17. Mike St.Louis

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    Michael*K

    One problem I could see with using an iPod on a PC would be: how would you recharge it? The firewire connection on the Mac transfers the music as well as recharges the batteries.

    Rio apparently has a new MP3 player called the Rio Riot.

    Here are the features as listed at the Sonic Blue website:

    * 20 GB drive that stores over 400 complete albums at high-quality

    * Built-in FM Tuner with custom presets

    * Extra-large, backlit LCD

    * Exclusive, Rio LogiTrack interface makes it incredibly easy to find, sort and play your favorite songs

    Rio DJ remembers your favorite songs and creates custom mixes

    * Rechargeable Lithium Ion battery lasts over 10 hours

    Price: $399.95 from their website.

    P.S. I too would love an iPod. I'm considering getting an iMac just for that purpose.
     
  18. Matt Gordon

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    The iPod (yes, I'm a fan, too!) comes with an wall adapter that you plug the (included) Firewire into. So you don't *have* to plug it into the computer to recharge it.
     
  19. Stacie

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    The Rio Riot sounds pretty cool, Mike. Does it still have a USB interface? I shudder at the thought of how long it would take to transfer 20GB over USB.

    iPod comes with a power adapter. You can charge it off the FireWire bus, but you can also just plug it in.
     
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    Isn't the Rio Riot fairly large? You wouldn't run w/ it or use it while in the gym.
     

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