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Best MP3 Player Thread/Survey

 
 
Reply Thu 7 Jan, 2010 04:41 pm
1. Who makes the best MP3 Player?
2. How many MP3 Players have you owned/currently own?
3. Does your MP3 Players play video?
4. Does size matter? What size is your MP3 Player?
5. Do you use your MP3 Player as a portable hard drive (to transport files other then music or video files)?
6. Is your MP3 Player your smart phone?
7. Dream of a future feature that might be on the next/later generation of MP3 players. What would that be?
8. Any MP3 Player horror stories? Toilet drops? Kidnapped by fiendish greasy-fingered thieves? Ever have to kill a man with your knockoff iPod Shuffle? Twisted Evil

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djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jan, 2010 05:11 pm
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:

1. Who makes the best MP3 Player?
so far Apple
2. How many MP3 Players have you owned/currently own?
currently own 2 ipod nano's (3rd/8 gig & 4th/16 gig gen), i have owned a creative nomad jukebox (clunky, 20 gig, the size and weight of a portable cd player), rio carbon (5 gig, very nice player actually, until the ipod my fave)
3. Does your MP3 Players play video?
yes, both ipod nano's do
4. Does size matter? What size is your MP3 Player?
one 8 gig and one 16 gig, the 8 gig is used for podcasts and audiobooks, the 16 gig for music and movies/tvshows
5. Do you use your MP3 Player as a portable hard drive (to transport files other then music or video files)?
no, i have a 2gig flash drive
6. Is your MP3 Player your smart phone?
no
7. Dream of a future feature that might be on the next/later generation of MP3 players. What would that be?
i'd like to upgrade to an ipod touch someday, but other than that i'm content with the way things are
8. Any MP3 Player horror stories? Toilet drops? Kidnapped by fiendish greasy-fingered thieves? Ever have to kill a man with your knockoff iPod Shuffle?
i've dropped every ipod i've ever owned and never broke one (chipped a plastic piece of my rio carbon but it still works)


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roger
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jan, 2010 05:22 pm
@tsarstepan,
1. Who makes the best MP3 Player?

Don't know. Mine is a Sony E series

2. How many MP3 Players have you owned/currently own?

One

3. Does your MP3 Players play video?

How do I find out?

4. Does size matter? What size is your MP3 Player?

No. I only use it at home, anyway 1 3/4 x 3 1/4 x 5/16 - all in inches.

5. Do you use your MP3 Player as a portable hard drive (to transport files other then music or video files)?

They they do that?

6. Is your MP3 Player your smart phone?

It's dumb as a rock.
7. Dream of a future feature that might be on the next/later generation of MP3 players. What would that be?

How about a slider that would let me move backwards within a track?

I wouldn't mind being able to start anywhere within a playlist and have it move through the various tracks in sequence. Mine shuffles with or without shuffle being on.

8. Any MP3 Player horror stories? Toilet drops? Kidnapped by fiendish greasy-fingered thieves? Ever have to kill a man with your knockoff iPod Shuffle?

MP3 is not my defensive weapon of choice.

djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jan, 2010 05:37 pm
@tsarstepan,
my mp3 players through the years, in order from about 1999

http://www.anythingbutipod.com/archives/images/10-years-of-mp3/creative-nomad-jukebox.jpg
Creative Nomad Jukebox 20 gig - not a good player, too big

http://www.mp3newswire.net/Graphics/RioRIot220.jpg
Rio Riot 20 gig - decent player, very bulky

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41X3KE12VZL._SL500_AA280_.jpg
Rio Nitrus 1.5 gig - decent player, still have it, battery now dies very quickly

http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/productImages/8/2/00000109682-RioCarbonMP3player-large.jpeg
Rio Carbon 5 gig - until i got my ipods the best player of all, still have, still use it once in awhile

http://digadget.com/digital-gadget/wp-content/uploads/2006/10/creative_zen_plus.jpg
Creative Zen V Plus 2 gig - hated it, it constantly froze up (after the warranty was done of course)

http://www.mobile-pedia.com/images/thumbnails/ipod_nano_3rd_generation.jpg
Ipod Nano (3rd gen) 8 gig - my podcast/ audiobook ipod, love it, control wheel is getting a little touchy, but nothing major

http://www.persconsulting.com/ipod.jpg
Ipod Nano (4th gen) 16 gig - my music/movie ipod, love it, no problems yet


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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jan, 2010 05:42 pm
@tsarstepan,
1. Who makes the best MP3 Player?
I guess Apple but then again I have no other experience with any other brand.
2. How many MP3 Players have you owned/currently own? Only one.
3. Does your MP3 Players play video?
Yep. Nice little screen though I have yet to watch an entire film on it.
4. Does size matter? What size is your MP3 Player?
So far, 8 GB's seems fine to me.
5. Do you use your MP3 Player as a portable hard drive (to transport files other then music or video files)?
Nope. At least not yet.
6. Is your MP3 Player your smart phone?
It's just a 3rd Generation iPod Nano.
7. Dream of a future feature that might be on the next/later generation of MP3 players. What would that be?
Would teleportation be too much to ask? Also an easier and more accurate way to rewind in podcasts would be nice.
8. Any MP3 Player horror stories? Toilet drops? Kidnapped by fiendish greasy-fingered thieves? Ever have to kill a man with your knockoff iPod Shuffle? Twisted Evil
So far, lightning hasn't struck yet.


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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jan, 2010 05:47 pm
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:
1. Who makes the best MP3 Player?


Apple has always had a good emphasis on the user-experience, but their mp3 players were not superior enough to competing offerings to overcome their closed nature (e.g you have to use iTunes to load your iPod). However with the avent of the iPod touch their superiority over other players is now a matter of them being a vastly different device. It's not just an mp3 player, it's a 1999-era computer in your pocket.

Right now, the iPod touch is a no-brainer, but the iPhone was created for a reason. The phone will be the convergent device. People aren't going to carry a phone, a PDA, a digital camera and an mp3 player when it can easily all be one device.

So with that in mind, I'd say the best mp3 players right now are the iPhone and their main competition will come on the phone platform (e.g. the Nexus One has better hardware than the iPhone right now).

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2. How many MP3 Players have you owned/currently own?


I've owned dozens, right now I'm not sure how many I own (I have a lot of old mobile gadgets in a box, most play mp3s) but I really only use my phone for a portable mp3 player.

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3. Does your MP3 Players play video?


Yeah, but I'm not that into that.

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4. Does size matter? What size is your MP3 Player?


Both physical size and storage capacity are some of the key factors in a portable mp3 player for me.

Right now my phone is 8GB and I am constantly removing apps and don't have enough space (I'd love to spring for a 32GB new iPhone right now, but that would set me back over a grand down here in Costa Rica and my newfound fiscal maturity is getting in the way of my inner geek).

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5. Do you use your MP3 Player as a portable hard drive (to transport files other then music or video files)?


No, the cloud pretty much killed my need for portable storage. Right now the key is having a data connection and your files on the web and they are available everywhere.

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6. Is your MP3 Player your smart phone?


Yes.

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7. Dream of a future feature that might be on the next/later generation of MP3 players. What would that be?


The death of the mp3 format and the adoption of a superior, open-source, format. Right now mp3 is not the best option for music quality, but it's the best option when it comes to music portability (everything plays mp3s but no other format is as universal).

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8. Any MP3 Player horror stories? Toilet drops? Kidnapped by fiendish greasy-fingered thieves? Ever have to kill a man with your knockoff iPod Shuffle? Twisted Evil


I once walked into a favela (shantytown) with one, and some drug dealers tried to rob me (they were new at the time). But others intervened and told them that I was from a nearby neighborhood and you just don't go cannibalizing your own hood (honor among thieves). I eventually became friends with them and gave one of them the player when I left town.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jan, 2010 05:47 pm
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:
3. Does your MP3 Players play video?
Yep. Nice little screen though I have yet to watch an entire film on it.


i must be weird, i watch movies on my pod all the time, at least one a week, when i get to lost season 5 in my watch-it-all-again-before-it's-back marathon, i'm gonna watch it on my ipod
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jan, 2010 05:48 pm
@roger,
roger wrote:
How about a slider that would let me move backwards within a track?


If your mp3 player lacks that slider (others have it), you might want to try holding down the button you use to skip to the next track, a common design pattern is for that to serve as a fast forward within a track.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jan, 2010 05:51 pm
not an mp3 player, but i have one of these too, and still use it

http://www.trailjournals.com/images/gear/5276355_ra.jpg
Sony Mini-Disc
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 7 Jan, 2010 05:52 pm
@roger,
roger wrote:

3. Does your MP3 Players play video?
How do I find out?
Does it have a video display/screen on it?

6. Is your MP3 Player your smart phone?
It's dumb as a rock. Laughing

8. Any MP3 Player horror stories? Toilet drops? Kidnapped by fiendish greasy-fingered thieves? Ever have to kill a man with your knockoff iPod Shuffle?
MP3 is not my defensive weapon of choice. Laughing
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 10 Jul, 2010 04:30 pm
@tsarstepan,
Went ahead and just bought a Creative Zen Mozaic 16 GB MP3 Player (Black). Praise be to Amazon credit!
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41sLA71iDeL._SS400_.jpg
Wish me luck!
roger
 
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Reply Sat 10 Jul, 2010 04:38 pm
@tsarstepan,
I wish you luck. That keypad might have been designed by Rubic.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 10 Jul, 2010 04:51 pm
@tsarstepan,

1. Who makes the best MP3 Player? dunno - on the recommendation of JoeNation (and kicky?), I bought a Creative Zen player a few years ago. It makes me pretty happy

2. How many MP3 Players have you owned/currently own? 2 in total. 1 right now.

3. Does your MP3 Players play video? nope. no interest. It's more important to me that it has a radio function, as I do use that fairly regularly on my transit rides home

4. Does size matter? What size is your MP3 Player? 8 GB. the real size issue is the actual player. It's too small. I keep losing it inside my knapsack.

5. Do you use your MP3 Player as a portable hard drive (to transport files other then music or video files)? no. Use the little sticks for that. I did stash some photos on it for a while - but I never looked at them

6. Is your MP3 Player your smart phone? no

7. Dream of a future feature that might be on the next/later generation of MP3 players. What would that be? nope. serves it's purpose

8. Any MP3 Player horror stories? Toilet drops? Kidnapped by fiendish greasy-fingered thieves? Ever have to kill a man with your knockoff iPod Shuffle? Twisted Evil I drop phones/cameras/the Zen player regularly - everything has survived - apparently I don't juggle car keys / dog leashes / electronics / mittens well


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margo
 
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Reply Sun 11 Jul, 2010 02:27 am
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:

1. Who makes the best MP3 Player?
Dunno.
2. How many MP3 Players have you owned/currently own?
1 previously, 2 currently
3. Does your MP3 Players play video?
no
4. Does size matter? What size is your MP3 Player?
Previous one, 20gb, currently 1gb, 8gb.
5. Do you use your MP3 Player as a portable hard drive (to transport files other then music or video files)?
Used previous one regularly. Now use memory sticks
6. Is your MP3 Player your smart phone?
no
7. Dream of a future feature that might be on the next/later generation of MP3 players. What would that be?
Greater clarity of screen, bigger writing, so I can see what I'm doing.
8. Any MP3 Player horror stories? Toilet drops? Kidnapped by fiendish greasy-fingered thieves? Ever have to kill a man with your knockoff iPod Shuffle? Twisted Evil
Like Roger, my shuffle is not weapon of choice.
Previous MP3 player died as I was coming to the end of my Italy trip. It just stopped playing. No music for the 26 hour flight home Waaahhh!! I'm re-loading both ipods for my next trip.



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dyslexia
 
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Reply Sun 11 Jul, 2010 06:39 am
I have a Sansa;
http://store.loadmysongs.com/merchant2/graphics/00000001/sandisk-sansa-e250-2gb-mp3-player.jpg
I use it totally to plug into the cheap boom box on the patio. I like it fine except the instructions that came with it were less than useful.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 27 Aug, 2010 10:45 pm
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:

Went ahead and just bought a Creative Zen Mozaic 16 GB MP3 Player (Black). Praise be to Amazon credit!
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41sLA71iDeL._SS400_.jpg
Wish me luck!


Apparently either I lost my MP3 player this week or it ran away from home!
Crying or Very sad

I now have to invest in another MP3 player.... <<<<<sigh>>>>>
I'm don't plan on buying this guy again.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Sat 28 Aug, 2010 07:33 am
I have had my zen for 3+ years.

I love it.
Im hard on it, and it has stood up over time.
I will never buy trendy brands like apple. Too closed . No way.

With mine I can pop in a memory disk and add another 8 gigs of what ever i want. movie, music etc..

http://www.techgiftguide.com/wp-content/uploads/techgiftguide.com/2008/06/creative_zen_media_player.jpg
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dadpad
 
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Reply Sat 28 Aug, 2010 08:44 am
Quote:
I'm don't plan on buying this guy again.

why?
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 28 Aug, 2010 03:41 pm
@dadpad,
I can't stand the software that comes with the Creative. It allows too many file duplicates. The user interface isn't particularly user friendly. It's a pain in the touche to create playlists, etc....

It picks up far too many nonmusic files that take up far too much space on the drive and it's not intuitive enough to or easy to navigate to be able to clean up all the duplicates and photo files etc....

Even the glowing reviews on sites like Amazon and electronic review sites like CNET complain about the Creative software. Plus I'm not too keen on the sound quality. It's good but I was underwhelmed with the output considering it's from the legendary sound card company ~ Creative Labs.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 2 Sep, 2010 04:59 am
Quote:
Jobs also announced updates for Apple's entire fleet of MP3 players, including a microscopic new iPod Shuffle ($49); a tiny, multi-touch iPod Nano ($149 or $179, depending on hard-drive size


http://storeimages.apple.com/1738/store.apple.com/Catalog/regional/amr/nano/img/nano-silver-gen6.jpghttp://storeimages.apple.com/1738/store.apple.com/Catalog/regional/amr/nano/img/nano-gold-gen6.jpg

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/09/apple_to_try_to_kill_cable_com.html?mid=agenda--20100901

The newborn Nano's! They're so bloody adorable! http://i48.tinypic.com/rrqfeq.jpg
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