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9y, 8m agoPosted 9 years, 8 months ago
I want to get my partner a device for a forthcoming holiday, which she will use round the pool , and now and again on our return. It will probably not be used on a daily basis.
I know little - nothing about iPods or mp3s but she will prefer to select tracks to listen to, so I assume the iPod shuffle will be no good as it has no screen.

Max number of songs need be no more than 100, and 50 will probably suffice.

Any advice appreciated.
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9y, 8m agoPosted 9 years, 8 months ago
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[mod]#1
[SIZE=2]iPods are generally regarded as the best and you can pick up a Nano refurb direct from Apple with all the kit and a years warranty for £55 here: http://store.apple.com/Apple/WebObjects/ukstore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=6C04E153&nplm=FA352[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]I know it holds more songs than she'll need but you can also store photo's on it as well and it has a fantastic little screen and is easy to use.[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=2]Choice of Black or White.[/SIZE]
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Have a read of some reviews on Amazon. I think the main grouch people have with Ipods is the "rights protection" they have. I think you may have problems converting your existing cds to mp3 files then trying to add to your ipod. I don't have an ipod so I could be wrong but thats what some of the comments on Amazon indicate.

You can use windows media player to easily "rip your cds" (convert your songs on CD to MP3 files) which can be downloaded onto your MP3 player. For 100 songs you're looking at a capacity of at least 512mb. Uxcell have a range of MP3 players which work okay although the instructions are a bit sparse there is one here for £12. http://www.uxcell.com/uxcell/retail/item/showItemLayout.php?action=showItem&id=cl0blk1024mp001

If you're wanting to spend more money some of the Creative MP3 players are worth considering.

I have a 256mb one but once I really discovered MP3s I got one big enough to store all my converted CDs (Creative Zen Sleek Photo -20gb) which is great
#3
gari189
Have a read of some reviews on Amazon. I think the main grouch people have with Ipods is the "rights protection" they have. I think you may have problems converting your existing cds to mp3 files then trying to add to your ipod. I don't have an ipod so I could be wrong but thats what some of the comments on Amazon indicate.


Never found that problem and we have/had 4 iPods over the past 4 years. The only problem with DRM is iTunes, i wouldnt recommend anyone buys music over that because it can only be played by iPods and iTunes

The iPod is pretty much you're best bet. Good sound quality, easy to use and theres loads of support available if you have problems.
#4
satchef1
Never found that problem and we have/had 4 iPods over the past 4 years. The only problem with DRM is iTunes, i wouldnt recommend anyone buys music over that because it can only be played by iPods and iTunes

The iPod is pretty much you're best bet. Good sound quality, easy to use and theres loads of support available if you have problems.


The argument for getting one is explained in the above quote - "4 ipods over the past 4 years":whistling:

Surely this is a little much!

I have heard people, particularly heavy users, having problems with dead batteries after the warranty and being charged £80+ for replacement. There are plent of small 4gb players on market from the likes of sony and creative - go for these. If you want 20gb+ you can geta sony, creative or apple. Creative players consistently receive what hifi 5 stars but their user interface is slightly more difficult then ipod. Ipod always get good reviews but it's nearly always in light of there design/ease of use rather than sound

I have a creative zen touch. I am happy :-D
#5
iPods are fashionable, but you can get more convenient and more reliable tech in an mp3 player. I've been using my Creative Nano 1GB player for 2 years now. I use about 1 AAA battery a week with heavy useage and it plays most file formats and reads like a thumb drive when I connect it to my PC. I just drag and drop folders or individual files onto the player as if it was a drive. It also uses the same mini-USB adapter that my camera and my phone use. Very handy. I prefer flash-type players as I can be a bit rough and don't want to worry about the hard drive built into larger capacity players.

Comes in a cheaper 512MB edition as well (free with subscription to PC Format magazine) and various colors.

http://www.microanvika.com/product.asp?TXT=INFO&PNO=BWP59407A&ref=froogle&cam=BWP59407A&key=141857
#6
Same as Robovski, iPods are little more than fashion accessories.

If its for holiday then anything will do and you dont want something expensive around the pool.

http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/102984
Its 1Gb has a radio and it's Pink. £13.67, plus a couple pound delivery.

Something more expensive go for a creative, always had good experience with them.
#7
Or be really cheap and buy a Durabrand (Asda's own). Work pretty well but no screen but at £7 or so it's not exactly worth the extra.. and with 50 to 100 songs it's easy enough to hit forward till you find one you like.
256mb should hold 80 or so, and if you lose it you won't care too much.
#8
go for a ipod if you want something stylish and the new ipod 2nd gen hasnt let me down once yet batterys been perfect.

or this sony mp3 is nice is nice
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000FBS4ZW/pricerunner-21/ref=nosim

http://i.pricerunner.com/prod/3_16_8_11_609810s/100x100/Sony_NW-E003P_1GB_Pink.jpeg

40 quid
#9
scottg
The argument for getting one is explained in the above quote - "4 ipods over the past 4 years":whistling:

Surely this is a little much!

I have heard people, particularly heavy users, having problems with dead batteries after the warranty and being charged £80+ for replacement. There are plent of small 4gb players on market from the likes of sony and creative - go for these. If you want 20gb+ you can geta sony, creative or apple. Creative players consistently receive what hifi 5 stars but their user interface is slightly more difficult then ipod. Ipod always get good reviews but it's nearly always in light of there design/ease of use rather than sound

I have a creative zen touch. I am happy :-D


You're post is a load of rubbish based on hearsay

1 of the 4 iPods is my brothers, 1 my sisters and 1 my mums.

Mine broke twice while i had it, yes. The first time it was because i took it with me to a gig, it fell out my pocket while i was in a circle pit and got absolutely maimed.
Apple replaced it free of charge, sent a bloke round with a padded box the next day to pick it up and they sent me a brand new one 2 days later.
Ive never had that kind of repairs service from a company. Acer, for example, made ME sort out the packaging for my laptop and then kept it for 8 weeks before sending it back to me. The same fault then happened again 6 weeks later!

The second time it broke i dropped it down 6 stories. No fixey there, 2 years out of warranty (still on its first battery). Still got it kicking around somewhere, the iPod itself is fine but the hard drive shattered

Ive used a few MP3 players since and so far ive found that the iTunes/iPod combo is the easiest to use. Im currently using a Nokia N91, its probably the second best ive used because i dont have to carry a phone and an MP3 player around all the time

If you look at review sites, the iPod consistantly trumps the zen and zen micro too :)
#10
wouldnt bother with a sony mp3 if i were you!!!! spent 85quid on mine and i'm not going to use it again... 6months on... it works fine, but the sony softare you have to use to put the tracks on is worse than iTunes!!!!! Get an iPod and use Windows Media Player with the dopisp plugin to sync tunes to and from your iPod :-) iPod without iTUNES=perfect ;-)
#11
robovski
iPods are fashionable, but you can get more convenient and more reliable tech in an mp3 player. I've been using my Creative Nano 1GB player for 2 years now. I use about 1 AAA battery a week with heavy useage and it plays most file formats and reads like a thumb drive when I connect it to my PC. I just drag and drop folders or individual files onto the player as if it was a drive. It also uses the same mini-USB adapter that my camera and my phone use. Very handy. I prefer flash-type players as I can be a bit rough and don't want to worry about the hard drive built into larger capacity players.

Comes in a cheaper 512MB edition as well (free with subscription to PC Format magazine) and various colors.

http://www.microanvika.com/product.asp?TXT=INFO&PNO=BWP59407A&ref=froogle&cam=BWP59407A&key=141857


This must be a good price with free delivery then?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Creative-Zen-Nano-Plus-1GB/dp/B000A3P3WM/ref=sr_1_18/026-5829069-7597237?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1174926409&sr=1-18
#12
That is more like what I was expecting price-wise (used the other link for illustration purposes)- and in fact what I use and where I got mine so long ago.
#13
I-pod - cant be without it:thumbsup:
#14
yeh I-pods are cool

you have a pm nick
#16
Creative Zen Micro is me, proper bo I tell thee
#17
I have a few 20GB players for sale @ £30 + postage.

http://5xl.co.uk/dellmp3.jpg

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