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    • CommentAuthorInexperto
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
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    First mp3 player for me was an Archos Gmini 202s, which was basically a 20gig hard drive with a monochrome LCD player and headphone output. It felt cheaply made, the interface was ugly and glitchy, it gave you a two second pause between songs and the preset EQ options ranged from servicable to downright bizarre. It needed patches for everything.

    And I loved it to bits. I loved the fact that I could cram the majority of my music collection on there and still have a couple of gigs spare. I loved its lumpy ugliness. I loved the way that it was so broken that you felt you had to pick it up after every song just to make sure that it would skip to the next track without seizing up. And I nearly married it when I realised that, after a few months of using it, I'd been using it's dinky navigation nipple (for want of a better word) to select tracks and sort out volume without even taking it out of my jacket pocket to look at it.

    And, after a year and a half, long after its battery life had dropped from 8 hours to twenty minutes, I accidently dropped it on the way to work. And it died. And I sulked for a month until my wife bought me a 4gig iPod Nano for my birthday.

    The iPod's nice and all, and a darn sight fancier. But while I stare into its come-hither colour display and hold its curvy mettalic gleam and touch its strokeable clickwheel, I hope it doesn't notice that I'm secretly imagining that I'm using the Archos.
    • CommentAuthorPaulBurke
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
     (683.42)
    Creative Zen Vision: M 60GB. I'm in love... just hoping the firmware can be modded in the future to allow video codec updates otherwise it will rapidly lose functionality... I use it an awful lot to hook up to my TV and watch downloaded video.

    I still have an iRiver H140 too, can't bear to part with it, a great device. Hope they get back into the big storage player game soon.
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    I've got a really old Creative Zen Nomad Jukebox Xtra, 30 gig, still going strong after four years, been dropped umpteen times. I got a spare battery for it off eBay, which is good as it's finally starting to show signs of significant charge loss. It's a bit chunky and heavy, and has become known by my friends and my wife as 'Mir', after a colleague of mine said 'my, that looks a bit Soviet Dave, like it fell off a space station or something'.

    Still, I love it, and will only get something new when it eventually chokes.
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      CommentAuthorLokiZero
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
     (683.44)
    @loki : never actually met anyone owning a zune, off or online. glad to finally meet you, sir ! :)


    Yep, it was me. I really like it, I think it's a great upgrade from my 1st Gen iPod Nano.
    • CommentAuthorsacredchao
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2008
     (683.45)
    I just bought a Creative Zen Stone Plus about 1 hour ago. I had a Trutech (a Target brand) mp3 player, but it committed suicide, so I bought this one. Hopefully it will hold up a little better.
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    PaulBurke: try Iriverter. My only complaint is that it doesn't rip DVD's--it should, but I can't get that to work. Otherwise, it completely removes all codec issues for whatever video file you want to transfer.

    davegoodman--I had one of those too, wonderful little spartan shiny box. I got it used, and it lasted a year and a half until the stereo plug went out completely. I don't have the heart to get rid of it. I'll find a use for it someday...
    • CommentAuthornleavitt
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2008
     (683.47)
    I've been using an ipod nano at work... in a dry, dry warehouse, standing under a heater which is basically a big blow dryer, wearing sweaters and rubber soled boots. Static electric shocks in my EARS. Ear buds? Do not like!
    • CommentAuthorPaulBurke
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2008
     (683.48)
    @hemlock_martini Oh, I do. I'm just lazy, would be quicker to update codecs on the firmware than to convert every file that won't play. :-)
    • CommentAuthorNicolai
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2008
     (683.49)
    I use a Creative Zen Vision:M. 30 gigs of space, great sound quality. The only thing I really miss is more playlist/shuffle options. Why is that so few mp3 players allow you to shuffle albums?
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      CommentAuthorOwsler
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2008
     (683.50)
    Makes me laugh about the occasional lock-ups on the Zen. I read that, and then very next day mine locked up on the way to work. Completely forgot to reset as soon as I got in, and by the time I left to walk home with some tunes, the battery had died...Grrrrr...Remember the first time it locked on a bus through Cambodia; thought it had died and after trying to find a pin to reset it, had a worrying 10 hours to think about what I'd do without it...

    Has anyone got one of these?

    http://www.advancedmp3players.co.uk/shop/MP3_Players.1/iRiver.4/U10-1GB/iRiver_U10_1GB_MP3_Player.858.html?osCsid=c0a710b2b7e9783bff8c32be6fcecb9c

    Love the design, but pricing was quite ott on its release.
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2008
     (683.51)
    30 gb ipod.... i was very anti apple for an age.but now i have an i pod i love and my macbook which i love more
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    80GB Black iPod Classic here.

    Also a 20GB pre-clickwheel iPod which has pretty dire battery life now and an original 512MB iPod Shuffle that won't connect to computers over USB any more. It will still charge though, so it will contain the same mix of EBM, Industrial and Darkwave until it goes to silicon heaven, which can't be far off now seeing as it won't connect to computers.
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    4 gig iPod nano 1st gen. I think it's 3 years old now and it's still running. I bought it at deep discount stacking coupons at a horrible big box store I worked at. (The only upside was that everyone was union so management didn't expect you to actually work)
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    @Owsler
    That's an awesome form factor. Very attractive.
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      CommentAuthorOwsler
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2008
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    After posting it, I got thinking and now I'm a gnats hair away from buying the next gen, iRiver Clix 2. I'm a real gadget whore, and I'm sort of excusing it by upgrading my headphones which I've needed to do for ages.
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      CommentAuthorpomfelo
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2008
     (683.56)
    I tried to resist the call for a while. Eventually, I ended up with an 8 gig iPod Nano. (From one generation back.)

    I used to have a Creative Zen Micro which was beautiful, and it never let me down. What let me down was the software. One day, it spontaneously decided not to recognize the player. I re-installed it on my computer and a dozen others, and nothing every time. :(
    • CommentAuthortmofee
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd 2008
     (683.57)
    I have had for years the 20 gig ipod photo. Finally died (overused the hard disc, kept on freezing whenever it felt like), so just bought myself one of the small new 4 gig nanos. The fact that they put video support on something so small still amazes me. I have a mini disc walkman as well, but the batteries don't last long enough on it anymore, and pulling out the larger mini disc recorder to copy music again (it's one of the early models without the fast dub/digital copying) is a pain. Plus it's getting harder and harder to buy blank minidiscs...

    Back in the day, I actually managed to buy a mini disc album. Got Radiohead's The Bends. The only ones I ever saw in stores were the Radiohead and Jamiroquai collections.
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    Have a Reddmango Angora VX435 120GB - good little box, music+video, supports FOSS codecs (ogg) as well as ths standard.
    hefty size / big screen. firmware needs work. cheap for its HD size.great for filewhoring
  7.  (683.59)
    Standard 80 Gig iPod, but if I know I'm going to be in a place with great WiFi I actually like to whip out the PSP for Remote Play features with my PS3 back home.
    • CommentAuthorMDickey
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2008
     (683.60)
    My Samsung P2 8GB arrived Friday, and so far it not too shabby. It's Samsung's answer to the iPod Touch, and it does a pretty good job. It switches out the wi-fi for Bluetooth which doesn't break my heart because my car stereo allows for Bluetooth audio streaming. The internal mic allows you to pair it with a bluetooth phone, and use the P2 as a "headset" (although you end up looking like Captain Kirk talking in to a communicator). My previous iPod was a first generation (or second?) 1 GB Nano, and it was more or less enough space as I never really leave my computer for that long. And while I don't have a problem filling 8GB worth of storage, I have a feeling that there's going to be quite a few forgotten tracks collecting dust.

    The one thing that I do miss about my iPod is how easy it synched up with iTunes. I hate iTunes, but atleast it made managing the iPod easy. The Samsung comes with a media manager that is much clunkier than iTunes, but seems to get the job done. (And it has a passable podcast collector. Time will tell if I need to switch to Winamp or something of the like).