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trupti nigam
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Hi,

I want to buy an iPOD. Searched on few websites. I am looking for 30GB model. Most of the places the cost is same. Circuit city, Best buy, Amazon and direct from Apple.
What the ranchers think about this 30GB model and which place will it be good to order from? I am thinking about ordering directly from Apple.(I have an option of engraving few characters..(as this is a surprise gift I would like to go for it.) ).

Thanks,
Trupti
 
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I've been wondering about buying an MP3 player of some kind. Is Apple the way to go though? Obviously they're the most well known, but then that doesn't mean that they're the best out there. Can anyone recommend any other producers of MP3 players, or are Apple really the best?

Ideally I'd also like one with an inbuilt radio. While I've seen several with radios that can pick up FM (which is what I'd mainly listen to), I'd also ideally like one which can pick up MW as well (so I can listen to the football ), but I suspect that this functionality isn't in high demand.
 
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I've got one, and I really love it
 
Ryan McGuire
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I did some side-by-side tests and the Creative (makers of SoundBlaster peripherals) products have significantly better sound quality than an iPod. I ended up getting a Creative Zen Nomad Xtra 40GB.

Pros (Creative over iPod):
- Better sound
- More memory (30GB was the biggest iPod at that time)
- Less expensive
- Pretty good rip-CD-to-device software

Cons (iPod over Creative):
- Hard to convert songs from iTunes to MP3 for the Creative
- Fewer accessories for Creative
- You won't be part of the hip iProduct crowd
- The menu navigation buttons on the Creative aren't as nice as iPod's
- The Creative is slightly bulkier than the iPod.

The first three con's didn't really matter a lot to me, so that basically made the score 4-2 in favor of the Creative.

Memory:
I've put 3/4 of the CD's I own onto my Zen and still haven't used up even half of the 40GB. They even have a 60GB now.

iTunes:
There are some web sites that walk you through converting iTunes songs into usable MP3s. I got it to work once or twice, but now I can't seem to get it to work any more. Maybe Apple upped the built-in security.

Adapter:
I had a heck of a time finding a car voltage adapter for the Zen. I could find 6V ones all over the place, but the Zen needs 5V (and a "B" sized tip I think). I had to get one straight from Creative. More expensive (with S&H) than going to my local Radio Shack, but still not outrageous.

Menus:
I'm not impressed with the menus on the Zen device. It takes more clicks with the rather irritating thumbwheel/button control just to do the most frequent things. Starting an album is MenuButton,enter,down,enter,up/down to desired album,enter,enter. It's not horrible - just not as good as it probably could be.

You can hook the Zen up to your PC with the miniUSB cable and use it as a portable 40GB disk drive. You can probably do that with an iPod too.

My suggestion would be to look at the Creative web site and see what new products they've come out with in the last year or so. They may have something that fixes some of the irritating things about the model I got.
[ November 04, 2005: Message edited by: Ryan McGuire ]
 
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iTunes:
There are some web sites that walk you through converting iTunes songs into usable MP3s. I got it to work once or twice, but now I can't seem to get it to work any more. Maybe Apple upped the built-in security.


Burn your purchased songs to CD as audio. Rip to MP3 with your favorite CD ripper. Not that difficult and it backs up your songs to CD.
 
Mani Ram
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Using an iPod (Third Generation / 20GB) for 2 years. The major issues with iPod from my experience are

  • The battery is not removable.
  • The battery status indicator is useless. It neither shows the correct status nor shows the approximate status. It just shows something in random. :roll:
  • Installation of iPod manager software is a must, even if you want to use iPod just as a USB storage device.
  • The quality of the headphones really sucks. Throw them away and get some decent headphones instead.
  • Many times, it just hangs. It just displays the Apple logo and doesn't respond to any key press. 90% of the time, the problem is solved if you leave it like that for 30 minutes or so. But sometimes, I have to reboot the iPod, which means that I lose all the songs stored in iPod.


  • Otherwise it's a great product
    [ November 07, 2005: Message edited by: Mani Ram ]
     
    Ryan McGuire
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    Originally posted by Gregg Bolinger:

    Burn your purchased songs to CD as audio. Rip to MP3 with your favorite CD ripper. Not that difficult and it backs up your songs to CD.


    Yeah, I know that's a possibility, but...

    I want a no-CD method. If I download the iTunes song to my PC and somehow get it to my MP3 player, I already have two copies of it. Using the CD method, gives me a third copy. You might say that the CD copy allows me to delete the copy on my hard drive. Buts the whole reason I got a big hard drive was so that I WOULDN'T have to keep things on CD/DVD. Besides, CD's impose a cost, time and organizational/space overhead.

    So I'm not stuck, just irritated.
     
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