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    • CommentAuthorMDickey
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2008
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    What are you folks using for media players on the go? I'm in the market to buy another one and I can't decide. Are you using your cellphone, or do you go in for the dedicated player?
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      CommentAuthorTed
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2008
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    I have my nice, chunky old iPod 20Gb. It's damn near full, it's been running for 3 years on the same battery (don't ask how, I have no idea), and it occasionally disagrees with me on the first song I choose of the day, but it's still going enough for me to use and love.
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    i use a Sony walkman, i've a first generation one and it's not gone wrong since i've had it. the software is a bit pants, but then i've not bothered to update it since i got it so they may have fixed all that by now!

    it's way sexier than an ipod.
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    I use a dedicated MP3 player because I live in superstitious dread of finding myself in a field, naked at 2 am with only my mobile phone to hand. I go to call a friend and realise I've sucked all the battery life by using the damn thing to play music. I then freeze to death cursing my human folly.

    My MP3 player was insanely cheap and doesn't really do much useful. They can be had for peanuts and if you aren't fussy about being able to find tracks quickly they're perfectly okay. If you want something that organises your music sensibly then you're better off spending a little bit more.
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    I've got a 2GB Sansa e250r player which holds enough for me most of the time. You can find a lot of Sansa refurbs online for dirt cheap ($30). It comes with a trial Rhapsody subscription that I haven't bothered with- maybe it'll find me something I like but more likely it'll fill my player with junk.

    I use it for audiobooks and podcasts about half the time, so I've got a 2GB microSD* to store them on. The Sansa native OS resets on power-up with the card inserted, losing my place in the book, so I put on the open-source Rockbox OS which isn't as shiny but works better.
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    For music, I have a 60GB video ipod. For video, I use my Palm TX for its widescreen 480x320 display. Only has 256 MB of memory, but 2 GB SD cards are dirt cheap these days.
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    I've been thinking of getting the Archos 605 wifi as it's basically an ipod touch for £100 cheaper and with twice the memory. Anyone used one?
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    I'll curious to hear what you think if you get the Archos. I used one of their previous players and while I liked a lot of its features, the build quality was shit. I've dropped by iPod several times, but dropped the Archos once pretty much killed it. Plus, the buttons (remember when players had buttons?) were always loose and cheaply constructed. I'm sure that Archos has cleaned up their act to stay in business, so I await actual user testimonials.
    • CommentAuthoreggzoomin
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2008
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    I have a 1GB MP3 player that I've had three or four years now - ten hours life off a single AAA battery and works fine, plus it's about the size of my thumb. Any outing I need more than a dozen albums for and I'll be taking my laptop with me, so it's no bother changing tunes. I could quite fancy a new player, just because I like technology, but damn near everything now insists on attempting to be a video player; I have no interest in watching "300" on a 2" screen while I'm driving, thanks.
    • CommentAuthorMDickey
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2008
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    I've seen the Archos and the only thing stopping me from purchasing it is the lack of Bluetooth. I've just purchased a Clarion car receiver that nixes the cd player for bluetooth and a sdcard reader, and I like the idea of being able to sync my audio player with my phone, my car, and if my knees are any sign of things to come, my legs also. Right now I'm look at a Samsung P2.
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    An annoying thing about the Archos is that its pretty much a scaled down touch screen pc running linux, I think (correct me if I'm wrong). If someone could crack it, or Archos let people run third party apps it would be awesome.
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    I've a Sansa 1G Express that never needs a battery because I charge it from the cable used to hook it up to the computer, while loading songs. It has a microSD memory slot for more song holding, but I haven't reached that point yet. One step at a time.
    • CommentAuthorjeffx
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2008
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    I still have my 40G iPod. It has some "character" thanks to the battery swap I had to do. I must say, I like it better with the scuffs, dents, and tooth marks.

    I have a real love/hate relationship with it and, if I had time travel abilities, I don't think I would buy it again. It was too expensive for what it is worth and I feel locked into my iBook because of it.
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      CommentAuthorwill_butler
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2008 edited
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    I have two. One is a little 512 mb Napster-branded one that I was given free when I signed up for three months of their subscription service (and it's a pretty great service, by the by. I'd highly recommend giving it a shot). I've not renewed the subscription in many moons, however, so I use that one in the car to listen to audiobooks and lectures and whatnot. The other is a 512 mb RCA that I bought on clearance for $5, and it came with 12 free eMusic downloads a month for a year. I use that one to fall asleep to music or nature sounds.

    I'm thinking once I buy a new car with audio-in jacks, though, that I'll get myself a Zune, as I'm contrary enough to want no part of iPods.

    Will
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      CommentAuthorthom_wong
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2008
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    Since I'm going to be grabbing a new iMac soon I thought I'd also get an iPod touch to go with it. You know, full indoctrination, etc. But I've been thinking about getting an Asus Eee and using it as a video player. that might be daft, but one can only try.
    • CommentAuthorjeffx
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2008
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    The Eee PC is something that appeals to me a great deal. One day I'll stop buying so much other shit and get one.
    • CommentAuthorLiam
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2008
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    I currently have 2. I originally picked up a 20GB Sony thing which is about the size of a Cassette tape. The battery lasts for ages and can be replaced. My main gripe was the software and the time it took to transfer files over. I've since picked up a ipod shuffle which I use day to day, the battery so far has been good and software wise itunes is pretty idiot proof.
    I still keep my Sony one handy for longer trips and weekends away.
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      CommentAuthormrghosty
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2008
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    I've gotta say my psp is the greatest media player i've owned to date. More screen real estate than anyother, hackability beyond anything else i've encountered. i use it for : games (psp-ps1 emulated/ emulators" snes, GBA, new, genesis), mp3,wma, any video i want from any source (thanks to some indie developers), photos, plus wireless internet, and a hack that allows me to use an old IR palm keyboard for IMing. PLUS more stuff from indie developers like sequencer/synth warez.

    I can play media on it, and also write tracks, and even shoot video and photos with the third party camera attachment. Convergence, thy name is PSP!
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      CommentAuthornabokovsnose
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2008 edited
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    I might be the last living college student to not own a portable media device of any kind, not even an mp3 player. And I'm the MD of the radio station. Time to break out the victrola.

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    As I'm pretty much a Mac household I use my iPhone, although the order for the eeepc has gone in today (but they are awaiting stock), so I may be using that instead. At least until the iPhone SDK kicks in and someone brings out a foldable/bluetooth keyboard for it. If you don't mind being tied to Mac and all it's baggage then it's alovely solution.