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Archos or Ipod

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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago
Can anyone give me a view on which to go for of the above?

Im a patriotic ipod user, similar to nokia phones, but with everything going video am i better to get an Archos 605 wifi for example or stick with a a new ipod classic?

Any experience of the video quality and importantly ease of getting dvd's , tv etc on to both players would be great as if its a pain to do it, it would make my decision easier.....

Thanks in advance
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9y, 2m agoPosted 9 years, 2 months ago

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I prefer Ipod over any other mp3 player, thus because I have NEVER had a problem with an Ipod, only thing that has died is the earphones but they were dropped in water and drying them out would of not helped much.
archos if you want to use it for videos mainly.
My iPod never has caused me any problems ever. 10/10
Dad has 2 archos and they are both great (got one, filled it and got another and filled that!) Would definitely recommend them over an ipod (which I have)
Dad has 2 archos and they are both great (got one, filled it and got another and filled that!) Would definitely recommend them over an ipod (which I have)

How easy is it to get dvd's transferred on to an archos then?
couldnt say for sure (dad isnt in at the moment so cant ask) but wouldnt say it was difficult
Got both an ipod 30GB video and an Archos 704 80GB, i use my ipod more at home mainly for music in the car, at the gym etc and i use my archos when i go on trips or on holiday etc, never tried a dvd but normal video is as simple as drag and drop, i would imaging you would need to rip the dvd to divx format or something then drag and drop for the archos

Edit, i've just made a quick video of my archos so you can see what the playbacks like but please bear in mind its a low quality vid for youtube XD
I have an Archos 504 160Gb (previous generation), if you buy the mpeg-2 plugin (20 dollars/euros or something) you can actually just copy the vob files from a DVD disc directly across to the Archos and run them directly. I haven't actually tried this myself, main problem with doing it this way is that it's going to use a lot of drive space.

In terms of codec support I find the Archos to be pretty good, it will play many existing avis and I've not had any difficulty with ripping DVDs for it - the only issue on this aspect is optimising the size and quality.

For TV recording I have the advanced dock which is pretty simple, it takes either an s-video or composite input which you can choose quality levels depending on what you want size wise. It can chew up more space than if it had been recorded on a PC and converted but it's a reasonable tradeoff given the convenience. One annoyance I do have is that if you're wanting to use it as a PVR box (dock has composite/s-video out as well) there's still no timeshifting option which I think would be a good addition.

I've not checked the new Archos models but something else I like about the x04 series is the travel dock - it gives you a USB port which you can use for mass storage devices. It meant while away on holiday I didn't need to bring a PC nor take masses of memory cards (just had 6GB with me), at the end of each day I simply plugged the camera into the Archos and transferred the files across.


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