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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-23-2005, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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So, I have been on a real technology kick the last few months and now I need some advise on an MP3 player. I have been doing some research, but want to get some user info from you all.

What brand do you prefer, what download formats, how much memory, memory stick or not, where to get the best deal?
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i'm old school. mp3 format. solid state memory.


wait. 5gb solid state memory should be here soon.

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Rio Carbon or the Creative Zen Micro, those are the two best micro harddrive players. I will never have more then 5GB of music so there is no need for a larger unit. I also hate iPod, so those are my solutions. The Rios software is awesome in my opinion it lets you rip at 384 and it orginizies and syncs everything really well. Much better then iTunes bullshit. Not to mention the Rio is $179 right now after rebates.

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Rio Carbon or the Creative Zen Micro

these are good suggestions. are they supported by windows media player 11 under xp? XP rips mp3s wicked fast if you push it with enough processor power. I can do entire cd's in like 2 minutes, no matter what bitrate.

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these are good suggestions. are they supported by windows media player 11 under xp? XP rips mp3s wicked fast if you push it with enough processor power. I can do entire cd's in like 2 minutes, no matter what bitrate.

Does XP do that copywrite checking that iTunes does? I know peeps who went iTunes then couldn't play their old shit.

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I have no idea. I hate Media Player, it is a bloated piracy finder. I do not know about the new version of MP but the old version would not let you rip at anything more then 192 bitrate, which still sucks in my opinion. But my ears seem to be picky with MP3 quality.

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Does XP do that copywrite checking that iTunes does? I know peeps who went iTunes then couldn't play their old shit.

DRM is not applied to items you rip from cd. you're thinking of things people downloaded from itunes, or new napster.

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Yep Media Player does do that, it crapped out when trying to burn her old MP3's with a copyright infringment notice.

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I have no idea. I hate Media Player, it is a bloated piracy finder. I do not know about the new version of MP but the old version would not let you rip at anything more then 192 bitrate, which still sucks in my opinion. But my ears seem to be picky with MP3 quality.
320 is the max on mp11.

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one word= LAME

Use Exact Audio CD with the LAME encoding engine and you can get some awesome quality, variable bitrate mp3 files.

I'm waiting for a nice, small, solid state 4GB+ player to replace my over 1 year old 30GB Creative Zen Nomad. It's too heavy (IMO) for using at the gym.

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depends on how you want to get your music on to your mp3 player. if you are planning on using a service like the new napster, there are only a few players to choose from. It's not a bad service if you are planning on having your mp3 player be your sole source of music. I use my mp3 player mostly to work out, so I just stuck to a small amt of storage, and I rip mostly from cds.

I got an iRiver and I LOVe it. It's so small and compact, you can hold it in your hand when you go running or use the armband, which comes with the unit. They have a number of great models-- and there's usually a rebate along with it. I waited for a Best Buy coupon to come in the mail, and then used that along with the rebate and got a great deal.
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I agree that the Creative Nomad Zen 30GB is a tad heavy - but not an issue while on the bike. I didn't really think of it when choosing players a year ago, but I like the fact that I can put it in my pocket of my riding jacket and feel for the buttons on the outside of the jacket. This way I can advance to the next song while riding or looking.

Those little tiny players are cool but you need tiny fingers to get around on them - forget about it if you have gloves on.
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I picked up 20gig I-Pod last fall. I like it but I really cant compare to any others. I dont download any songs just rip from my antique CD collection.

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depends on how you want to get your music on to your mp3 player. if you are planning on using a service like the new napster, there are only a few players to choose from. It's not a bad service if you are planning on having your mp3 player be your sole source of music. I use my mp3 player mostly to work out, so I just stuck to a small amt of storage, and I rip mostly from cds.

I got an iRiver and I LOVe it. It's so small and compact, you can hold it in your hand when you go running or use the armband, which comes with the unit. They have a number of great models-- and there's usually a rebate along with it. I waited for a Best Buy coupon to come in the mail, and then used that along with the rebate and got a great deal.
My wife has the IRiver also, the 20G one. It's a little bigger in size than yours, but she loves it. We didn't care for the Ipod at all.

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