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    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2008
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    Personally, I really like my PSP as a PMP, particularly because video is absolutely gorgeous on it. Audio's a bit lacking on the interface side, but Random or playing through an album suits me just fine, as I'm not an audiophile by any means. And, of course, I can drop into video games at any time.
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      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2008
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    I have a 6 GB video iPod. It works for me--got a shit-ton of music, videos, and podcasts and it's not even an eighth full, so w00t. :)
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    I totally want an iphone or an ipod touch. Its got a nice, simple UI, lots of screen, and no silly floppy/slidey/foldey pieces. Cell provider contracts and general stigma aside, I don't really see how most other portable thingies compare.
    • CommentAuthorMaC
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
     (683.24)
    The PSP is nice because it has a lot of features.

    I scored an iPhone for Christmas though, and have been using it in replacement. I've got it set to use third part applications, some of which can be very handy. The edge internet connection has normally been fast enough for whatever I've need, and the built in wifi is nice. Plus I like the interface for the music player. No controls, just touch and go. Plus the ebook reader app I downloaded is a very nice bonus. I also like that that it can play music while you do other things like read an ebook, browse the net, write emails. It's just a very handy all in one machine.
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      CommentAuthorOwsler
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
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    Wow, no Creatives? I've got a Zen, and though it's not as pretty as the iPod, and the scroll bar thingy takes some getting used to, esp if you have it in a leather case/wallet, and have to shift it around to get the very bottom of the scroll.....I love it. For me, it wipes the floor with its contemporaries for sound, specifically bass and also the battery life is great. Going to wait to see what happens with the iPod touch and Creatives response...if any.
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      CommentAuthorUnsub
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    I have the Samsung Upstage phone on one side MP3 player screen on the other. It has almost every device
    mu senniehisers work with it and I got a 2 gig removable memory card. It would be fantastic if it were not the
    most unintuitive glitchy interface in the universe. The MP3 side touchscreen is so bad it is almost totally unusable.
    You can't tell if you hit the button and 9 out of 10 times if sends you to the wrong place and then won't let you out.
    You know where you want to go but the buttons are so crappy you can't get there. Changing the sensitivity just sends
    you to different wrong places. If it was just plain buttons ike on tjhe phone it would be perfect but the fake half assed Ipod screen is poop.

    Fix the interface and include WiFi and it would be great.
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      CommentAuthorespada
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
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    Another great machine to hack is the Nintendo DS. I have been able to download an Ipod simulation app to it, which lets me load up to 2 gigs of mp3 files. You can put compressed movies on it, but the quality is not that great. You can also download a program that allows you to use the DS as a phone so long as Wi-Fi is available.

    It was all a bonus though, as I originally bought the DS to play some video games on the go.
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      CommentAuthorOwsler
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008 edited
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    Wow, and there mine sits gathering dust because I got bored of the games. I'm such a Technobozo
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      CommentAuthorhyim
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
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    i have a 16gb touch. it s a bit smallish space wise, but i manage. love using a user interface from the future.
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      CommentAuthorLokiZero
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
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    I bought a brown 30GB Zune from woot.com for $80.00. I really love it. I found a nice black aluminum case for it:

    Zune
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      CommentAuthorScribe
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
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    I still use a Sony Mini Disc player.
    • CommentAuthorMaC
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
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    Another great machine to hack is the Nintendo DS. I have been able to download an Ipod simulation app to it, which lets me load up to 2 gigs of mp3 files. You can put compressed movies on it, but the quality is not that great. You can also download a program that allows you to use the DS as a phone so long as Wi-Fi is available.


    That's really interesting. I have the CycloDS memory card reader for my DS-Lite, is that at all compatible with what you're rocking here?
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      CommentAuthorhyim
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
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    @loki : never actually met anyone owning a zune, off or online. glad to finally meet you, sir ! :)
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    i'm probably the only person who bought the venturer housebrick from the clearance sale at argos - 40 gig portable hard drive that plays and records music , and best of all, fits in the old chunky walkman carry case / bag things. and under 50 quid too.
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    I have a 30GB Creative Zen Vision. Aside from the occasional lock-up, it's a great little device. The screen is bright and gorgeous, sound quality is excellent, good software support and super-easy music transfer.
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      CommentAuthorEmily
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
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    Until the players got super small, I had no interest in the portable media players. Who wants to cart around a cell phone + something bigger than a cell phone, and really when do you have time to sit and watch videos when you're not home with the tv anyway? I coveted an iPod Shuffle (because ooooh, tiny & mac-cult & blue). But, I ended up going with a Creative Zen Stone Plus. It was $10 less and 1 gb more than a Shuffle, and it also came in blue. I've been happy with it so far. Its pretty sturdy (I dumped coffee on it the other day, even), and the quality of playback is perfectly acceptable.
    • CommentAuthoromer333
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
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    Got a used iPod Nano from a friend of mine over the summer. I'm a Mac guy, even though I'm clueless as far as the inner-workings of a computer (Mac or PC), I dig the Mac. I'll probably be trying to get a new(er) regular iPod later this year for my car.
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      CommentAuthorCDoring
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2008
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    I received an 80 gig Ipod Classic for the holidays. It's the first mass storage media player I've ever owned, and I have mixed feelings about it.

    On the one hand, I like the design and interface, it slips into my back pocket easily enough.The video resolution on that little screen in outstanding. Plus, 80 gigs is HUGE. So I can pretty much store anything I want on there, supposedly. I'm absolutely addicted to Podcasts, I'm subscribed to about 40 of them. And basically, it's nice to have all my music, photos, podcasts, videos, ebooks and anything else I feel like carting around with me on one slick little device. I have an FM transmitter for use in any vehicle with a radio, and battery powered compact speakers that will piss off my neighbors if I turn them up all the way.

    On the other hand, ITunes is a piece of crap. It will just freeze during syncing and NOTHING, I mean nothing will get it to close, or restart short of turning the fucking power off. I get strange errors for no apparent reason when I try to sync the 10 gigs or so of video I want to store on it. I've had to restore the IPod three times since I got it, and I've purged and reloaded ITunes twice. I'm thinking of trying a third party program to sync it with. I'm afraid to store anything on it permanently because it might go into "recovery Mode" and I'll lose everything. Annoying.

    All in all, I love this toy, but it keeps breaking my heart.

    -CD
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008 edited
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    This was my first mp3 player. It had 64MB of memory, and yes, yes it was shaped like a cassette-- because in addition to the headset, you could pop that baby in a cassette player. Oh yes you could. I made mixtapes every day. I loved it so hard -- all hour or so of play time. (Okay, that part sucked for roadtrips and planes.)

    Ahem. Sorry. There is a point to this other than "I remember when" and "Uphill both ways in the snow."

    I use an iPod shuffle for daily music listening. I had an iPod mini for a while-- but I grew up with mixtapes, and picking my music for the day/week/month is as much a part of the listen-on-the-go experience as anything for me. If I want my whole music catalogue, I'm probably at home, and have it ready. But I'll probably always go for the leanest, lightest music players on the market when I want something portable -- grab the top 100 off my library and I'm set.
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      CommentAuthorBen
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
     (683.40)
    @Ariana- Holy crap I want one of those. Short playtime be damned.

    My first media player was a 10gig third generation ipod. I had to replace it almost a week after I got it due to some strange compatibility error with my PC that caused it to melt. Not shitting you. The firewire port I had just kept pouring the power in until the plastic front decided to just sneak off thataways. The battery conked out on the replacement last year, which is amazing as I got it in 2003.

    I tried using a PSP, but the fact that I couldn't make playlists easily as well as the lack of space annoyed me. My memory card could only hold so much music and games. Though that thing did help me kill a ridiculous amount of time on the subway.

    The DS is okay, but I'm running into the same issue. As well, the programs I've found haven't really been as pretty or smooth as the psp's. I use an R4 to read the card, but haven't gotten too into the homebrew scene for it. The possibility of better programs out there hits me every once in a while. This is usually when I just start whipping the shit out of vampires and forget about it. Waiting for weeks on a program that *might* work gets pretty frustrating when you don't have the time or knowledge to work on/improve it yourself.

    The winner for me is a 4gig ipod nano that I won in a contest that took me five minutes to complete. *No, I don't have a site that you "ReeAlly NeEEd To sign UP for!"* Tiny, holds enough music that it only takes me a month or so to get bored and works with my computer. Hooray.

    Also, that's the first picture I've ever seen of a Zune. Strange.