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21 April 2006 @ 02:38 pm
iPod - MP3 player in general - help requested  
Right. I've decided that my little free mp3 player which holds a piddly 39 songs is just not cutting it. So, flist, what shall I buy?

I know everyone and their grandmothers seem to have iPods of some stripe, but does anyone have any clue as to the advantages/disadvantages? What about other players like iRivers or what have you? Keeping in mind my Napster subscription and the fact that Napster and Apple do not coexist. If you get an iPod, you still have to pay to download from iTunes, yes? Hrrrm.

Okay, discuss please.
I feel: complacentwanting
dejaspirit on April 21st, 2006 07:56 pm (UTC)
No. In fact, it's better not to use Itunes. I download from Napster all the time. :P
Vicki: Chibi!Mehermorrine on April 21st, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
No what? :P Explain. Are you saying get an iPod or get something else? Am confused - I realize this happens easily, so please be nice to my slow self. :P
dejaspirit on April 21st, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
LOL. Get what you like. I like my iPod but others work just as well. Ipods are more fashionable, I guess, but whatever.
dejaspirit on April 21st, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
Okay, sorry for the confusing response. What I mean is an iPod will work fine with *.mp3 files from Napster. In fact, it's better because it doesn't have Apple's stupid mp4 stuff and you can share easier.
throw dirt on me & grow a wildflowerhandgun on April 21st, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
Are napster files .mp3? Because you can put anything practically on a iPod, not just what you buy from iTunes.

I've heard iRivers are good. Though I've had my iPod since 2003 and it's never given me a problem.
My little toothless beautiesathene_51 on April 21st, 2006 08:35 pm (UTC)
iPods won't play wma files. Other than that, you can put pretty much whatever you want onto it. If Napster downloads are mp3 then you're fine.

I personally love my iPod and take it almost everywhere with me. It's easy to use, and iTunes is actually a pretty great program in terms of both user interface and functionality.

You get a one year warranty from Apple. If you're worried, you can get something like Apple Care (I think? We don't have an Apple store) to extend it. I bought my iPod at Future Shop, and when it finally gave up the ghost (after 3 solid years) they replaced it for free because of the product service plan I bought (best $99 I ever spent!).
Ensign Sparklypoo: lovelauriegilbert on April 21st, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
iPods won't play wma files its true, but when you transfer them into iTunes they convert to .m4a files. (I think that's what they call them).

I adore my Pod, as you know, and know Apple is awesome on its warranties. However I have a friend who just got a really lovely one from Sony as well. Catch me online tonight and I also know a few places online that compare some of the major ones.
winter is coming, so don't stab your sisterceilidh on April 21st, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC)
I want an mp3 player, but I'm leery of iPods. Every time I turn around someone on my flist is frantic because their iPod deleted all of their music!
Alone in this crowded roomannearchy on April 22nd, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
My husband bought me a little Sandisk Sansa 100 (I think that's what it's called) for Christmas last year. It's got only 1 Gig of storage but for me, that ends up being about 125 songs. Limited, but usually enough for my purposes. I think he paid $80 for it.
Becca: Dylanspiritedrinoa on April 22nd, 2006 02:25 am (UTC)
Really? My iPod has never gone rogue on me.
Becca: Rikku's song and dancespiritedrinoa on April 22nd, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)
The only audio that I've found is not playable on an iPod (of the formats I've tried to load on anyway) is an .ogg file. Which is a pity, really, because .oggs seem to be about half the size of an .mp3 without losing quality.

You don't have to get the music off iTunes to play it on the iPod. The upload/download is done from the computer, not iTunes (iTunes can facilitate the transfer, but I've also used MusicMatch Jukebox with an iPod plugin). And among the things that I have on the iPod, some I got from YSI, some from ripped CDs, some from a chat/P2P program...they all play just fine (unless you count the ones that were damaged when my old computer shit the bed :( )
Red-headed Step-Childindigosoul on April 22nd, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
I love my new Ipod nano. it holds almost one thousand songs. It's a flash player so it wont skip. The surface scratches fairly easily, but it's nothing major that a case wont fix.
There's my two cents. :)
go Ipod nation!!
Kay Taylorkay_taylor on April 22nd, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
I have a MuVo from Creative, and they're very good value for money with LOADS AND LOADS of battery life. I can't say anything about the software or interface, though, as I use it straight from my hard drive without any of the fancy uploading programmes. Looks-wise, it's a small square object (black) with a decent arrangement of buttons and is extremely intuitive to use. I think mine was about £100 for 4GB, and the free earpieces are very good quality.