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looking for suggestion....ipod???

I'm taking the plunge and using some x-mas cash to buy an ipod. I have no MP3 experience so far so I'm just looking for some opinions on a couple questions I have....

Is it worth it to get the ipod video? How much do you think video will be used?

If given the choice between accessories or getting the 60 gig vs 30 gig what would you do?

What fm transmitter to buy? and what mounts well in the car?


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buy the nano and save some cash. My wife and I both have them now. you can fit plenty in them




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buy the nano and save some cash. My wife and I both have them now. you can fit plenty in them

that was a thought of mine two, but see for the same $300 I'll spend on the nana I can get 30 gigs on the ipod video. Still it's a thought, just because of the flash memory. I may end up buying the nano as well later for bike rides

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buy my shuffle for bike rides. in fact buy my shuffle just to get yor feet wet and see what you size needs will be.




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buy my shuffle for bike rides. in fact buy my shuffle just to get yor feet wet and see what you size needs will be.

If that's the case I'll def be looking at ipod vid

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ya the 30 gig is the best deal out there, its an extra 50 bucks over the 4 gig nano and you get 7 and a half times the capacity, but it is larger and not as comfortable in your pocket. Buy my shuffle for sports etc, I would hate to see a $300 piece of equipment get caught up in a bicycle tire or something. know what I mean?
50 bucks and its yours, thats half off the new price.




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ya the 30 gig is the best deal out there, its an extra 50 bucks over the 4 gig nano and you get 7 and a half times the capacity, but it is larger and not as comfortable in your pocket. Buy my shuffle for sports etc, I would hate to see a $300 piece of equipment get caught up in a bicycle tire or something. know what I mean?
50 bucks and its yours, thats half off the new price.

cool. I'll be in touch with ya on that.

Still, I gotta decide whether I want 30 or 60 or if I even need vid.

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I honestly dont think you need the 60. The video portion is really just waste, the 30 gigs for music is perfect.




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Get better headphones. The headphones that come with the ipod suck. I have the Etymotic ER-6i and these are a great addition to the ipod. Or you should look at the Shure E4c, they are a nice pair of headphones as well. I personally think the nano doesn't offer enough capacity for me. I like being able to put my entire cd library on my ipod.
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Get better headphones. The headphones that come with the ipod suck. I have the Etymotic ER-6i and these are a great addition to the ipod. Or you should look at the Shure E4c, they are a nice pair of headphones as well. I personally think the nano doesn't offer enough capacity for me. I like being able to put my entire cd library on my ipod.

that's what I'm thinking too, but the 60 gig also has 4 hours more battery life along with the extra storage. Is that worth the extra $100? If it is I'd rather get it and then buy the accessories later

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Get better headphones. The headphones that come with the ipod suck. I have the Etymotic ER-6i and these are a great addition to the ipod. Or you should look at the Shure E4c, they are a nice pair of headphones as well. I personally think the nano doesn't offer enough capacity for me. I like being able to put my entire cd library on my ipod.

As for the whole CD library, we have a ton of cd's that we have uploaded, but when I started filling my nano, I only picked the songs I liked. Why bother filling the thing up with songs I don't like. I have a few whole cd's on there, but more are just the songs I like. I only have 300 songs in mine so far.
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As for the whole CD library, we have a ton of cd's that we have uploaded, but when I started filling my nano, I only picked the songs I liked. Why bother filling the thing up with songs I don't like. I have a few whole cd's on there, but more are just the songs I like. I only have 300 songs in mine so far.

I'm kinda lazy wouldn't it take forever to fish through all those cd's just for stuff you like?

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I like being able to put my entire cd library on my ipod.
Me too, but until the Ipod Tera-NASS device comes out, I'm kinda SOL on that one.

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I'm kinda lazy wouldn't it take forever to fish through all those cd's just for stuff you like?
Its easier than you think. you can make smart playlists that will pull songs you want. or just make regular playlists and put in the songs you want then upload the playlist. this way you have different lists for each mood. you could have your gordon gecko playlist for work, then your vice city playlist for afterwork when your stealin cars downtown.

get the shuffle first and play with it, then decide later what you need. unless you just want to blow the most cash possible just for the hell of it. then just buy the 60. personally I think its a waste at the moment. I woudl just buy the 30.




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Think if there'd be a time that you'd watch something during your regular schedule. Do you ride a train to work or do you drive? For train commuters the video is very cool and well worth the money. I just bought one for my fiance and she loves it, but she also takes the train everyday to work and back. We're also on the train a lot on the weekends when travelling in the city.

I didn't know about the extra 4 hours battery life on the 60G. If that is true then it is worth the extra $$$$.

Another point about the video. If you don't do any watching or downloading of video on your computer now you'll have to buy video clips online.

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Think if there'd be a time that you'd watch something during your regular schedule. Do you ride a train to work or do you drive? For train commuters the video is very cool and well worth the money. I just bought one for my fiance and she loves it, but she also takes the train everyday to work and back. We're also on the train a lot on the weekends when travelling in the city.

I didn't know about the extra 4 hours battery life on the 60G. If that is true then it is worth the extra $$$$.

Another point about the video. If you don't do any watching or downloading of video on your computer now you'll have to buy video clips online.

Good point, and yes, I'm on a train 2 hours a day 5 days a week. And about video....... will the ipod play entire movies? or dvd fiiles? or is there some type of format limitations?

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it does mpeg4 and h.264 formats. It doesn't do the xvid or divx formats that are very popular on the internet. To watch a DVD you have to convert it to MPEG4. They have free programs that do a nice job. One program pulls the data from the DVD to your hard drive and the other converts it to MPEG4. It's not hard to get the hang of it. The nice thing about converting it if you know you're only going to convert it for the Ipod, you can set the resolution to the size of the ipod scree (320x240 i think) so the files will be smaller. Even normal size you could fit about 30 or 40 movies on the 60G Ipod. The smaller size could probably fit over 100 full length movies on the 60G.

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it does mpeg4 and h.264 formats. It doesn't do the xvid or divx formats that are very popular on the internet. To watch a DVD you have to convert it to MPEG4. They have free programs that do a nice job. One program pulls the data from the DVD to your hard drive and the other converts it to MPEG4. It's not hard to get the hang of it. The nice thing about converting it if you know you're only going to convert it for the Ipod, you can set the resolution to the size of the ipod scree (320x240 i think) so the files will be smaller. Even normal size you could fit about 30 or 40 movies on the 60G Ipod. The smaller size could probably fit over 100 full length movies on the 60G.

thanks jojo...being able to watch a movie on the train would be pretty cool

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I bought the Griffin FM tranmitter, we used it the first time yesterday, it was freaking awesome, basically plug and play.....which I like. We bought the youngest boy the 30 gb iPod, best bang for the buck.If your iPod challenged like me, Barnes and Noble has an iPod book, $10.00, worth $300 to me

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thanks jojo...being able to watch a movie on the train would be pretty cool
no problem, it does make the ride better. Check out http://www.videohelp.com if you have any video format questions. That site is awesome. If it can get me through the process of converting and understanding, it can get anyone through it

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I would just get the ipod 60 gig. As far as the sound quality on the griffin fm transmitter is on the poor side, but it is a cool toy.
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I'll stay on topic and try to not talk you out of getting an Apple iPod.

If you are going to use this thing to go to the gym with, jog, etc, get the Nano, it has no moving parts.

The iPod with Video is a joke, don't waste your money.

As for a FM tuner, I'd go with Beklin's FMTune Cast II. Now, here is the deal with those tuners...it's hard to get them to work in the Chicago market. There are so many fricken crappy FM stations that bleed into a FM caster, that sometimes it is hard to use one of them.

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What makes you say that?
- Overpriced compared to competitors
- Small screen (heck, my cellphone screen is bigger)
- Only supports H.264 and MPEG-4 video

Simply put, there are better options for the price tag

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- Overpriced compared to competitors
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Simply put, there are better options for the price tag

What other products can play video and hold 60G worth of stuff for less then $400 retail? My Treo is a lot better IMO but it also has a $600 pricetag if you don't get service when you buy it. It also can only hold 2G worth of stuff and that is with a card that costs over $100 by itself.

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If watching videos and playing games is something you really want, get a the Sony PSP. You can watch videos, full movies, play games and listen to MP3s. They are quite affordable now.

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no more opinions??? I was hoping to go buy one today

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I would just get the ipod 60 gig. As far as the sound quality on the griffin fm transmitter is on the poor side, but it is a cool toy.
I thought the sound quality was awesome on the griffin fm transmitter, but I'm out in the burbs and nothing is on either side of the preset which is 87.9 which will make a huge difference. If you take the time to read the instruction and download the various fm presets to your iPod and set your volume and equalizer to the prescribed levels, I found the sound quality most excellent

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I'll stay on topic and try to not talk you out of getting an Apple iPod.

If you are going to use this thing to go to the gym with, jog, etc, get the Nano, it has no moving parts.

The iPod with Video is a joke, don't waste your money.

As for a FM tuner, I'd go with Beklin's FMTune Cast II. Now, here is the deal with those tuners...it's hard to get them to work in the Chicago market. There are so many fricken crappy FM stations that bleed into a FM caster, that sometimes it is hard to use one of them.

Matt...the griffin was 9.99 on tigerdirect.com, and works just fine out in the burbs.

Sometimes goodbye is your second chance.
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