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Old 10-05-05, 02:57 PM   #1
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Which MP3 player do you have, like or dislike?

I'm looking to get an MP3 player. My priorities are going to be that it run on a AAA battery (consistant with lights on my bike), be between 512kb and 1 g, and around 100 to 150. Water resistant and or "sport" style a plus... But I'm open to other's suggestions, comments and experiences...
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I have the iRiver iFP 799T. It's 1GB, runs one AA battery, has a built-in FM tuner and voice recorder. Everyone who owns it raves about its audio quality. You can easily flash the firmware to turn it into a USB harddrive for copying MP3s and any other file easier (the default firmware requires the iRiver Music software to transfer files), while maintaining all of the default features.

But, the best feature is the optional water casing made by H2O Audio which lets you use the iRiver in a pool, while skiing, etc. It's an extra $90, but well worth it for me, because swimming laps in a pool gets boring.

iRiver iFP 799T:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...54218?v=glance

H2O Audio SV i700 option:
http://www.h2oaudio.com/products/i700sv.php
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there's a lot to be said about iPod Shuffle

for me, size and weight are big factors
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BTW, the water casing works for any of the 7xxT series iRivers, 128MB-1GB.
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iRiver or iPod (shuffle or nano). Both the best sound quality, both with gadgets for waterproofness and other malarky, and pretty much your best bet all round. I wouldn't muck too much with the rest. Look at those two brands and decide.

I love my iPod. I wish I needed to get a new one, that Nano is just too cool. Maybe I'll accidentally get it run over by a tram.
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there's a lot to be said about iPod Shuffle

for me, size and weight are big factors
I want nothing to do with an iPod. Period. Won't subscribe to thier BS.
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Go with a flash based player.
The panasonic SV85 or i think thats the # is supposed to be nice.
Me, i went on ebay and got an exotic imported one from Korea. Called "Woodi"
Now that was an mp3 player, it weighed like 25 grams, got tons of play off a AAA. Had support for 2 headphone jacks, get one from Korea.
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The iRiver is flash based. Nicodemus knows what's up with the sound quality. According to a lot of reviews, both the iRiver and iPod put out quality sound.
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I have a MP3 discman
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I would go with the iRiver solely because you can get rechargeable batteries or if you are in a bind grab some batteries. No waiting for it to recharge. I also dislike Apple, the fact that its music software is one of the few things that could bring down an NT 5.x+ kernel simply by playing music, their subscription Bs or their "hardware and recharging limitations" that they imposed on their hardware when connected to a normal pc as opposed to a mac - Hardware restrictions that do not exist on any other hardware that I own.
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I have the iriver ifp-880, which has about 16k of memory. Maybe a little more. I can store a whopping thirty or so songs on it. But it's a great little machine, and the sound is good. I'm listening to it right now as a matter of fact.

I highly recommend iriver. I also recommend getting one with more memory than I have.
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I'm assuming that 16k is actuall 16mb since you would be hard pressed to find MIDIs that fit within space
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I'm assuming that 16k is actuall 16mb since you would be hard pressed to find MIDIs that fit within space
Actually I think it's a couple of hundred mb. I was joking since I can only fit a few songs on the thing. Some of those players... you can fit the entire catalog of human knowledge in 'em. There's probably some conversion/file format that's even more compressed than the mp3 and wma format that my player uses.
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Actually I think it's a couple of hundred mb. I was joking since I can only fit a few songs on the thing. Some of those players... you can fit the entire catalog of human knowledge in 'em. There's probably some conversion/file format that's even more compressed than the mp3 and wma format that my player uses.
I think i can can fit 1 1/2 to 2 cds on my 32mb Muvo player. Just don't keep the converted songs at 320+ kbps
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I think i can can fit 1 1/2 to 2 cds on my 32mb Muvo player. Just don't keep the converted songs at 320+ kbps
Ah. Now that would make a difference. Thanks.
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holy crap - i'm trying to install and format an ipod shuffle that i bought for my GF's birthday. never again. first of all - it won't work on windows ME. so, she can't use it on her laptop. so, i took it to work with me so i could format and install the software on my XP machine. 3 hours into the install\format and it's still hanging there. anyone who has used a shuffle on windows know how long it takes to format? i've searched all over the web and can't find a straight answer. the instruction booklet that came with it has no useful information. i'm with W K on this so far, i shouldn't have gotten it. thumbs down so far...
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holy crap - i'm trying to install and format an ipod shuffle that i bought for my GF's birthday. never again. first of all - it won't work on windows ME. so, she can't use it on her laptop. so, i took it to work with me so i could format and install the software on my XP machine. 3 hours into the install\format and it's still hanging there. anyone who has used a shuffle on windows know how long it takes to format? i've searched all over the web and can't find a straight answer. the instruction booklet that came with it has no useful information. i'm with W K on this so far, i shouldn't have gotten it. thumbs down so far...
Apple crippled the iPod so badly when it comes to windows.
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Apple crippled the iPod so badly when it comes to windows.
I don't understand why people are hatin' on the iPod.
I've always been a windows only user and have never had a problem with an iPod. I use Windows XP.

I think the iPod shuffle is the best ultra-portable flash player around. It's superlight, very easy to use and has great battery life, I only charge mine about once a week.

I have also used an iRock that I bought at Radioshack and a Virgin player that I got at the virgin store. Both were much less user friendly than the iPod and took a lot longer to transfer songs or to manipulate the order of songs on the player.
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hey, Pizza Man - how long did it take you to format your ipod for the first time? it's just been sitting here in my usb port for a really long time now. i wonder if it's doing two things...charging first and then formating?? can't really find any information to verify that though....
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I have a Philips Rush SA238. I've had it about a year. I paid about $80, then about $40 for a 512mb SD memory card. I sold the 128mb card that came with it for (I think) $25, so total cost about $100. It runs on one AAA battery, which lasts about 10 hours (NiMH rechargeable). With the 512mb card, it plays about 10 hours of music (at 128 kbps bit rate). I like it.

Pros:
  • It sounds good
  • It plays regular MP3s and WMPs which are pretty easy to dowload from computer to player (drop and drag).
  • It's pretty tough. I haven't seriously abused it, but I have dropped it a few times and gotten it a little wet. No problems.
  • It's small and light. Comes with an armband if you're into that, or a neck strap. I tried the armband for awhile, then went to the neck strap.
  • It's pretty easy to operate, once you get the hang of it (learning curve 3, on scale of 1 to 10).

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  • The instructions aren't very good. For instance, nowhere do they explain that you can drop/drag regular MP3s onto the player, or that you can upgrade the SD memory card to up to 1 GB (if you do, it just takes a little longer to boot up).
  • You can trash (corrupt) the memory card if the battery goes dead while you're transferring songs. If you corrupt the memory, all the king's horses and all the kings men won't do you any good. I found this out the hard way.
  • It's definitely not as stylie as an Ipod (but this could be considered a plus in higher crime areas). I don't know anyone else who has one of these.
  • I didn't like the headphones that come with it (earbuds).
  • The volume doesn't go as high as I'd like.
  • Getting the songs in the order you'd like is a pain in the ass (it automatically arranges them alphabetically; change filenames before downloading them to player.

I'd strongly advise against buying (anything) refurbished, but I do recommend this player.
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iRiver H320. Its awesome. Great looks, good memory limit, and its bomb proof. I've dropped this thing ALOT, and it lives on. But its a little thicker then an iPod, but size doenst matter, its still a good size.
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I'm looking to get an MP3 player. My priorities are going to be that it run on a AAA battery (consistant with lights on my bike), be between 512kb and 1 g, and around 100 to 150. Water resistant and or "sport" style a plus... But I'm open to other's suggestions, comments and experiences...

I use the "Cali" flash player from RIO. They do not make this model any more but the newer versions are a bit better. It is very durable plays MP3 and WMP and runs on 3A batteries. The flash players come in a 128, 256 and 512mb and you can expand the memory even more.

You can transfer your music with Windows Media Player or use the Rio Music Manager by drag and drop.
The instructions are very easy to understand.

The only thing I dislike about it is it eats the batteries faily quickly. I need to change them every 5hrs and since I use it at the gym I change the batteries once a week.

Now I use Monster Powercell batteries. They are rechageable and last 2hrs longer then your standard alkaline. All though I still swap them once a week.


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I have a RIO Forge player with 512 MB built in and it accepts Flash cards up to 2 GB for expansion. Was like $139, is fairly small and roundish, runs off AAA batteries and I have used it for running and cycling and have no complaints. Simple intuitive software, works with Windows and Macs and comes with a really well designed arm/leg band for those of us who are active. The Ipod mini is also pretty cool IMO.
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iRiver H320. Its awesome. Great looks, good memory limit, and its bomb proof. I've dropped this thing ALOT, and it lives on. But its a little thicker then an iPod, but size doenst matter, its still a good size.
Agreed. I've got an H320 that goes with me everywhere -- it gets used about 6 hrs a day. I'm addicted.
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Agreed. I've got an H320 that goes with me everywhere -- it gets used about 6 hrs a day. I'm addicted.
Yea, its truly a technical marvel. I have mine with me right now, listening to Inspiration on Demand by Shadows Fall as I type this. I take mine EVERYWHERE I go. Airplanes, biking, on a date, even to the movies. How many hours can you get out of your 320? Usually when I go home from school depending on hwo high my volume was I have about 1 or two bars.
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