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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
Hi, I'm after an MP3 player but don't much fancy having to shell out £150 for an 80GB ipod. The problem I have is that I have hundreds of songs that are in itunes format (m4a our whatever it is! purchased from itunes store) and therefore will only play on an ipod. Is there any way around this, so that I can pay a more reasonable price for a different MP3 player? I want to be able to play the songs I have purchased without being forced by apple to purchase their ipod to be able to listen to them on the move!

Any advice is appreciated!
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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#1
Burn the purchased songs to a cd then re-import as MP3, a bit long winded but it may work! Not too sure if the copyright protection will allow you to do it, though.
#2
pugw$sh
Burn the purchased songs to a cd then re-import as MP3, a bit long winded but it may work! Not too sure if the copyright protection will allow you to do it, though.


It does providing if you use Itunes to rip them you have it set to MP3, it should also re-aquire its track information too.
#4
get an old school ipod 20gb or something.
#5
Could buy a faulty iPod then fix it? All parts are pretty easy to replace.

Or I think someone on the fs/ft forum was selling a 30gb iPod video for £70 which aint a bad price.

There might be an app out there to convert all your purchased songs into normal mp3 but If you like iTunes (you must do if you purchase alot of your music on there), then get an iPod.
#6
MarzBarz
get an old school ipod 20gb or something.


Yup, or that! 20gb 3rd gen is a classic, has the light up play/rrwd/ffwd/stop buttons, looks class.
#7
i with the OP there, i also have a few iTunes songs but do not want to buy an iPod, are there no other mp3 players out there that will play those tunes without burning and ripping?

on creative site, it says the ZEN is compatible with AAC (.M4A) support along with MP3, WMA, WAVE and Audible. But does that include AAC-DRM protected ones?
http://uk.europe.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=213&subcategory=214&product=16999&nav=0&listby=
#8
there is a program you can buy (or download) that allows you to remove the DRM from it, called Tunebite. Apparently it plays the songs in real time and as it does so it strips out the DRM and creates a new "clean" copy of the file.

Dunno how much it costs yet, but i'm sure you'll be able to obtain it from the usual places on the net!

Also, i dont know if it will remove the DRM from the music videos I have purcahsed from itunes.

If this works I just need to find a good alternative to the iPod, so i'm really looking for suggestions here now! I need something that'll play video as well as audio, and allow me to view images and (dunno if any of them do) have a built in fm radio function?

Anyone?
#9
with FM radio:

Samsung YP-T10

Zen Vision:M (you might be able to get one of these second hand - the sound quality is good, quite chunky, plays video and images on good OLED screen)

Sandisk Sansa e260

Mobiblu T10?

No FM radio:

Sony NWZA818B

Creative Zen 2G-32G

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