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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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#1
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.
#2
archos if you want to use it for videos mainly.
#3
My iPod never has caused me any problems ever. 10/10
#4
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)
#5
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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?
#6
couldnt say for sure (dad isnt in at the moment so cant ask) but wouldnt say it was difficult
#7
#8
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

http://youtube.com/watch?v=IVBfGeVlZLw
#9
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.

John

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