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Post by Jono Volpone » Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:54

I've had a couple of cheap MP3 players, and neither of them lasted long. I'm going to bite the bullet and get an ipod I'm afraid. At least that should last more than a couple of months.

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Post by humblebee » Mon Jan 28, 2008 11:55

I just installed the software, and it was basically Windows Explorer with a thing telling you how much charge is left on the mp3 player's battery. What a load of rubbish!

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Post by Elvistears » Mon Jan 28, 2008 12:00

humblebee wrote:I think I've got myself a decent mp3 player at last. And it's absolutely tiny!

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Isn't it cute?

It's called a Creative Zen Stone Plus (yeah, I know) and it cost me 50 quid and it's got 4Gb which is loads, and an FM radio and voice recorder, and you can just drag and drop stuff on it using Windows Explorer. Ticks my boxes. Let's see if it lasts longer than a week...
Yes, this is a good brand. I've got one - its only 500 MB, but I get by with that. Much, MUCH better than any shonky thing with an I in front. And you don't have to put up with their stupid software and only being able to transfer music on ONE computer.

The boyf has, sadly, succumbed to market forces and bought an IPhone. He is experiencing the one computer only hegemony that Apple impose on Itunes. Is there a way round this? I heard Rockbox could help, but it seems really complicated, and I don't think you can get it for an IPhone. also, annoyingly, all the stuff he recorded onto the 'puter has been done on Itunes which means its in their stupid format which won't play on my player..

Grrr.. a curse on apple and their fascist software.

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Post by humblebee » Thu Feb 07, 2008 17:46

humblebee wrote:I think I've got myself a decent mp3 player at last. And it's absolutely tiny!

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Isn't it cute?

It's called a Creative Zen Stone Plus (yeah, I know) and it cost me 50 quid and it's got 4Gb which is loads, and an FM radio and voice recorder, and you can just drag and drop stuff on it using Windows Explorer. Ticks my boxes. Let's see if it lasts longer than a week...
Well, it did last longer than a week. Ten days is definitely an improvement on the last two.

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Post by andyroo » Fri Feb 08, 2008 10:55

Do you mean it gave up the ghost after 10 days, or that it was 10 days and still working?

I got one of them Creative 60GB thingies. I love it. There was nothing too much wrong with the 40GB one I had before either, except for it getting stolen and that.
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Post by humblebee » Fri Feb 08, 2008 16:29

I thought it had died, but it just needed a needle sticking in it.

To press the reset button I mean.

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Post by 13strongmonsters » Fri Aug 29, 2008 14:24

After 5 years of faithful service, my 20GB second gen iPod has become totally corrupted. Windows and iTunes have thrown it out on its ear, and so it wanders my flat, weeping and alone, despondently repeating the same 100 or so tunes that have festered on its hard drive since I last managed to put some music on it.

SO.

I am looking to buy a smaller, cheaper MP3 player. Don't really fancy another iPod (I just find iTunes a pain in the arse, to be honest), so my specific demands are this:

- Under £60.00
- 4-8 GB
- Drag and drop system
- Playlist capability
- Not too big or ugly, and small enough to take running
- Standard headphone socket
- No need for photo or video capabilities or whathaveyou, but a microphone might be nice

I think that's it...

So could people recommend good mp3 players that would be worth me checking out?

I've been looking at the Creative Zen V and V+, which seem decent, and have some cool functions, like letting you convert CDs etc into mp3s simply by plugging them into the input on the player and playing them...

Any help would be really appreciated!

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Re: MP3 Players

Post by 13strongmonsters » Wed Sep 10, 2008 16:03

Oh well, ended up getting a Sony one.

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Re: MP3 Players

Post by SophieC » Wed Sep 10, 2008 16:23

what size flash memory do they have in yer ipods nowadays? i could do with one about 20 gig that doesn't cost a million pounds. do they exist yet?

oh and buy a case. my £150 odd quid ipod is now basically a dented paperweight. woe.

because i am well cutting edge i bought a first generation MP3 player in 1999. it had a 32mb memory. 8 songs at 96 kps. woo. it failed after two months and became horribly corrupted. thanks a lot phillex electronics. i probably shouldn't have bought expensive electronics off a company that just invents a name that sounds a bit like a bigger electonics' firm. i'm off to buy a tony ipod.
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Re: MP3 Players

Post by 13strongmonsters » Wed Sep 10, 2008 16:28

Dunno about iPods these days - I think they're generally around £150.00 for the 20GB ones. A quick browse through Amazon should fill you in.

I decided against the expense, delicacy and iTunes faff of iPods this time and went for this:

Sony NWZA816B 4GB walkman mp3 player. It's not the prettiest thing in the world, but got overwhelmingly amazing reviews across the board, which is rare. 4GB is about all I need these days - still holds a hell of a lot of music.

Here it is:

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Post by humblebee » Wed Sep 10, 2008 16:30

Oooh, I didn't see this thread.

I bought one of these about nine months ago.
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It's not bad but the interface is rubbish. I would unrecommend it for that reason alone. It takes ages to browse up and down through the list of albums. Dead annoying.

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Re: MP3 Players

Post by Mr Bear » Wed Sep 10, 2008 16:52

JamieC wrote:what size flash memory do they have in yer ipods nowadays? i could do with one about 20 gig that doesn't cost a million pounds. do they exist yet?
The standard ipods still have a hard drive memory I think, but it's the ipod touch that has flash memory. Think it's about £160 for a 16Gb and £220 for 32Gb, but that's from memory rather than looking it up.

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Re: MP3 Players

Post by 13strongmonsters » Wed Sep 10, 2008 17:14

My girlfriend has one of those Creative Zen Stone things - she likes it, because she mostly uses it for listening to music while travelling. I've taken it out running because it's lighter than my iPod, and while the interface is pretty cumbersome, everything else about it is pretty great.

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Re: MP3 Players

Post by Gordon » Sat Sep 13, 2008 22:21

PandaBear wrote:
JamieC wrote:what size flash memory do they have in yer ipods nowadays? i could do with one about 20 gig that doesn't cost a million pounds. do they exist yet?
The standard ipods still have a hard drive memory I think, but it's the ipod touch that has flash memory. Think it's about £160 for a 16Gb and £220 for 32Gb, but that's from memory rather than looking it up.
Ipod Classic is pretty much no longer the standard, though, now that it's only in 120GB. Both nanos and Touch are flash-based. Nano's being cheaper and less cool (but more cool than they were, say, a week ago).
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Re: you and your mp3 player

Post by andyroo » Tue Sep 23, 2008 14:23

Bump.

Me and my mp3 player are getting on just fine, but some of the actual mp3s are wrecking my head. It's not a big problem, just that some of them have the wrong time tagged on them, or none at all. Say, it thinks "Orgasm Addict" by the Buzzcocks is eleven minutes long (that's a pretty long orgasm) when in fact it's a bit over two minutes (still long for an orgasm, but about right for a punk-pop hit single).

How does one edit the track length tag on a mp3?
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Post by tonieee » Tue Sep 23, 2008 14:31

andyroo wrote:How does one edit the track length tag on a mp3?
I didn't think you could but I used to have some mp3 playing software that had a problem working out the length of files that were encoded using a variable bit rate - do you know if this is the case with yours?

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Post by Gordon » Tue Sep 23, 2008 14:33

Dunno... when I've had problems like that I've re-encoded the files into AAC.

I got a 32GB ipod touch as it should be less hiccupy when playing long/lossless files. So far I'm just putting spoken word and a sort of best-albums selection on, but be limited to 32GB is hard for me... I'm too used to my 160GB ipod (which will be music only).
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Post by andyroo » Tue Sep 23, 2008 14:40

tonieee wrote:
andyroo wrote:How does one edit the track length tag on a mp3?
I didn't think you could but I used to have some mp3 playing software that had a problem working out the length of files that were encoded using a variable bit rate - do you know if this is the case with yours?
That'd be exactly it - the problem files are all vbr. Though not all vbr files are problem files.

You can't remember what this software was called can you?

As I say though, it's really not that important.

I'm down to 32GB too, Gordon (the battery died on the 60GB I had, due to me, er, dropping it down the toilet). I know your pain, it's almost full and now I'm reluctant to put anything on it to eat into the valuable 4.6GB free memory left.
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Re: you and your mp3 player

Post by Gordon » Tue Sep 23, 2008 14:49

I'll tell you what, though, the ipod touch is nuts. The free aps and wifi, and all that are pretty effin awesome. It even acts as an iTunes remote over wifi, and you can dowload VNC and SSH apps (that work over EDGE/3G if you have an iPhone...). It's good that apple are sorting themselves out, because the 160GB was my least impressive apple experience...
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Re: you and your mp3 player

Post by let it ride » Tue Sep 23, 2008 14:52

Yeah I have a 160 gb iPod Classic and it makes me so happy. I don't care much for the appearance of it, I mean scratches and such, but i love that little thang. All I use it for is listening to music really, so I don't need it to do anything else.

And I like that it says

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on the back of it too!

To be fair, I also have a Nokia phone that looks like it was made by Fisher-Price and that doesn't even have a colour screen. It does have a built-in awesome flashlight and Snake II though. I drop it so often that it needs to be one that is not going to break it's quadrazupliar lolz-camera lens/mirror/crystal ball the first time it falls on the floor.
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