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    Buying a mp3 player to cycle with?

    Hi,

    I live in Perth Australia and want a simple mp3 player to cycle with.

    There are so many varieties I have found but I want:

    at least 4 hour battery life (rechargable not batteries)
    at least 256 MB
    Reasonably cheap but best value for money at cheapish level

    Anything else you guys recommend?

    How much?
    Where from?

    thank you!

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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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    Generally here in the States we use BICYCLE to cycle with and mp3 players are used for listening to music. Tho' I understand things are quite different down under

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    Gee, I wouldn't mix the two either. It just comes down to what is the smart thing to do.

    I hear music (no, not voices) whenever I ride, It's all around us, I would hate to miss the real world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yendor28
    at least 4 hour battery life (rechargable not batteries)
    at least 256 MB
    Reasonably cheap but best value for money at cheapish level

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    ^^^ Ipod. Even though they can be a hassle sometimes, I think they are really good. While at the same time I wouldnt recommend the shuffle(IDK, just dont like it, too small) I would recommend a regular ipod. Good quality sound, holds alot of songs, you can make your own playlists, and it fits in your jersey pocket. I feel its a good buy.


    I think listening to music on the road is a experience thing, and can be safe. If you keep it at a volume where you can listen and hear traffic at the same time(i can hear traffic when im listening) its no problem. If your listening to death metal at full volume, then its not safe. Use good judgement with these kind of things.
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    I think listening to music on the road is a experience thing, and can be safe. If you keep it at a volume where you can listen and hear traffic at the same time(i can hear traffic when im listening) its no problem. If your listening to death metal at full volume, then its not safe. Use good judgement with these kind of things.
    +1.

    I have a 512mb I-River T-30 (they have a 1gig version too). Its about the size of my thumb. I'm on the search for the perfect (for me) earphones now. The ones with the unit are too big for my small ears.

    I got it from an Ebay retailer for about 80 bucks shipped.
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    The iRiver iFP-7xx series is cool. It also records voice and has an FM tuner. It uses AA rechargeable batteries which last over 24 hours between charges.

    I have the iFP-799 which holds 1GB, but there are lower models with all the same features, just less memory:

    http://www.iriveramerica.com/prod/ul...0/ifp_799.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatguyRacer
    I'm on the search for the perfect (for me) earphones now. The ones with the unit are too big for my small ears.
    Try the Koss KSC-55:

    http://www.headphone.com/products/he...oss-ksc-55.php
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunninho
    The iRiver iFP-7xx series is cool. It also records voice and has an FM tuner. It uses AA rechargeable batteries which last over 24 hours between charges.

    I have the iFP-799 which holds 1GB, but there are lower models with all the same features, just less memory:
    do you know what the computer requirements are? is it compatable with windows ME for example? also, about how many songs will the 1gb version hold?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunninho
    I have a pair. I use those to sleep with. I also have the Koss ones that have the wire hook for your ears. Those work best with my moto helmet and so far OK on the bicycle, as long as im wearing a balacava to help keep them in place. I think im going to break down and get a pair of Shure EC-2s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by timmhaan
    do you know what the computer requirements are? is it compatable with windows ME for example? also, about how many songs will the 1gb version hold?
    Not sure about ME (which you should change, I'm sure you've been told), but on XP it's automatically recognized as a hard drive. You do have to update the firmware, which is easy to find and install.

    On my 1GB player, I have over 180 MP3 songs and comedy tracks (Richard Pryor, Cheech and Chong, Chris Rock ).

    Being able to use AA rechargeable batteries is key for me. And the sound quality is rated up there with or better than iPod:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...Fencoding=UTF8
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    From what I understand Windows ME is supported and the iRiver should appear as a hard drive as well, when updated with the new firmware.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sunninho
    From what I understand Windows ME is supported and the iRiver should appear as a hard drive as well, when updated with the new firmware.
    thanks, i appreciate the info. i'll double check before ordering, if we go with that. but yeah, ME is a stinker. but it's what we have for now and we're not looking to upgrade the computer for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunninho
    Not sure about ME (which you should change, I'm sure you've been told), but on XP it's automatically recognized as a hard drive. You do have to update the firmware, which is easy to find and install.

    On my 1GB player, I have over 180 MP3 songs and comedy tracks (Richard Pryor, Cheech and Chong, Chris Rock ).

    Being able to use AA rechargeable batteries is key for me. And the sound quality is rated up there with or better than iPod:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...Fencoding=UTF8
    What about dane? DO YOU HAVE THE DANE TRAIN???



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    Everything I know, everything I have, I owe to my family. I play with music in my head. As long as there's a ball I'm happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yendor28
    Anything else you guys recommend?

    How much?
    Where from?
    I have one of these .



    It's 5gb, which is big enough to hold all the music I actually listen to. I'm not sure whether it's available in Australia, but it ought to be. It was $175 and I got it on ebay.

    bk

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    Quote Originally Posted by scarpi41
    What about dane? DO YOU HAVE THE DANE TRAIN???



    I love dane cook.
    Thanks for the vids. Dude is hilarious
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