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30GB IPod vs 8GB IPod Nano

 
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Originally posted by Nitin Nigam:
...I am not fascineted about iPOD video because my main purpose for iPOd would be to listen music while doing something else(walking, travelling, working). But if you are watching video, you are occupied, you can hardly do anything else. And if have to sit back and watch the video, i can do it on my Laptop, on a bigger screen.


Yeah, I'm not drawn to the video part either. It might be nice to have the bigger screen for viewing photo albums, but I don't think I would use that feature much anyway. So as a music player, I like the smaller, lighter nano.
 
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I just got the 4GB Ipod (yes, I know... I'm a sucker for colors... esp blue) and it rocks. I'm a tad disappointed I can't put my whole music library on the device but it also occurrs to me I have a lot of *crap* in my library so probably better.
 
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BTW- the big difference (as everyone has said) is that the Nano is flash based are far less likely to crash/break/skip/corrupt music while in motion since it has no moving parts. "They" recommend you don't take a 30/60-gig ipod running although I've heard its "not really that bad". I got the Nano because I wanted the durability and size.
 
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[Scott]: "They" recommend you don't take a 30/60-gig ipod running

Eh, I do it all the time. Admittedly it adds some suspense when I'm on a mountain bike - in a crash, when other riders are trying to avoid landing on their head, I'm trying to protect the iPod. Well, and the head too. What can i say, it's worked so far. Generally though, the iPod is strapped to either a bicep or my abdomen. Both are still flabby enough to provide plenty of cushioning against shock. It's not a problem.
 
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Thanks Scott,
I am not aware of this. This Information is very helpful.
Looks like I will go with Nano as my main purpose of buying this is to listen to music.
 
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iPod killers for Christmas 2006, and Slashdot discussion about that list.
 
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Originally posted by marc weber:
... She doesn't have an iPod of her own, so I think I need to get her a pink nano before I buy myself another toy.


Today I bought my girlfriend the new red nano -- Apple's entry in the Product Red campaign to help fight AIDS in Africa. Her computer case is red, her ladybug mouse is red... So this fits. It also looks really cool in that color and supports an important cause.

My most recent iPod is a 6 GB mini, which is still cool -- but these new nanos blow the minis away! They are less than half the thickness, slightly less wide, have a color screen (40% brighter than the first generation nanos), improved headphones, much longer battery life, and all flash memory. You can even program slideshows with your photos -- setting the rate of sequencing, selecting the accompanying music, etc. And the sound when plugged into her Cooper stereo... AMAZING! (Even at the default import settings of 128 kbps AAC -- which might a topic for another thread.)

Of course, I had to get myself something...

Without going into my selection process (fascinating as it might be), I bought myself some Sennheiser earphones -- basically higher quality "earbuds" that have a rubber over-the-ear hook. Unlike the Apple earbuds (which don't stay in place for me) and various "in-the-ear" alternatives (which I find really uncomfortable), the Sennheisers remain solidly in place while feeling completely natural. And they have much better sound definition. (Oh... They will also look good with a black 8 GB nano someday.)
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Originally posted by marc weber:
I bought myself some Sennheiser earphones -- basically higher quality "earbuds" that have a rubber over-the-ear hook.



Link?
 
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Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
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Sorry. Sennheiser OMX 90 VC...

...at Apple Store
...at Sennheiser (under "Style" line)

These have mixed reviews at Apple, but that's how it goes with earphones. Sound and comfort are both subjective, and people can have very different expectations. These do not fit "in" the ear, so they might feel loose to people expecting a tight "screw into the ear canal" fit. But they stay put. Also, they will not block exterior sound like a "sound isolating" in-the-ear model, so they might not be the best for noisy environments. In my opinion, the Sennheiser's sound is well defined and well balanced (rich and accurate across all levels), so people looking for bass-heavy "color" might be disappointed. I also wanted to stay under $100, because the iPod is, after all, a lightweight portable player -- not a home stereo critical listening experience.
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Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
My birthday is in 6 days -- here's what I'm hoping for instead of 49 candles.


Happy Birthday!

(At the Apple store yesterday, they were still waiting to see the new shuffles. End of October, they said.)
 
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Originally posted by marc weber:

Happy Birthday!



Thanks!

(At the Apple store yesterday, they were still waiting to see the new shuffles. End of October, they said.)



I'll quite happily take a rain check!
 
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Woohoo!

Guess what came by FedEx today!

 
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Congrats!
 
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I didn't even have to drop any heavy hints!
 
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Bear, that is very cool. I have the Radio plugin thingy for my 30GB iPod Video and you new Shuffle looks to be the same size, phenomenal.

I've filled my 30GB ipod, I can't hardly believe it, mostly music but also a number of audiobooks and podcasts with episodes of up to an hour.

I now need up upgrade to an 80GB (Black of course) I reckon.
Just need someone to get it for me *sigh* I've even added it to my Amazon wishlist, maybe someone will get it for me for xmas
 
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