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MP3 Players???HELP!!!

Ok all I'm looking to get a low to moderately priced MP3 player to use on the bike and mt. bike


I have no idea what to look for or anything like that

I want it to be able to hold enough songs to last about 2 hours or so????


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ipod shuffle for a 100 bucks. Simple to use.

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I almost bought this one last week, but I had to put the breaks on because I have been spending wwwaaaaaaayyyyy too much money lately. Linky

What ever you may be considering, I recommend using amazon.com to see how the potential purchase stacks up w/ those who have used it.

For your intended use, I recommend the flash based players both because they have no moving parts inside, and they are more likely to absorb a fall from the bike. This one is suposed to have larger buttons which would be better suited for gloved hands I would think.
They also have a 1GB version, but the 512 will give you the 2 hours or more of music you require. And ya know, I would be far more pissed if I dropped and broke my $150 Nano, than if I did the same to my $60 Sandisk.

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I almost bought this one last week, but I had to put the breaks on because I have been spending wwwaaaaaaayyyyy too much money lately. Linky
I have the 2gb model of that. I got it at best buy a few months back for $129. It really is a great player.

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I have an IPod Mini that I use occasionally on the bike (earphones are kinda weird with the helmet on) but the scandisk ones aren't to bad. I know that a few people use them in helmet for long distance rides. I just can't load rock on mine cause i tend to speed more when listening to it.

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I say go with just about any type of IPOD. I have had many types of players, RIO's, RCA, etc. All of them developed some type of problem within a year. I use my players everyday, back in the day for school, and now for the ride to work and around town on the bike, even in the car. The IPOD's are the best quality by far, the only player I haven't managed to break yet, all of the other players are broken. I have had my IPOD for almost 3 years, and still going strong. When I add it up, I paid around $500 for four crappy players that shut down within a year, paid $300 for the IPOD for three years, well worth the investment

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the battery issue with ipod's is a real problem. I still have the rio500 I got back in '99 I think, maybe early '00. Still works as good as the day I got it(but the space is limited).

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I think for batteries, people must watch the way they charge their units, just like cell phones. All batteries have memory. If you're the kind of person that hooks your unit to the charger everytime it isn't in use, your battery won't last long. I don't charge my IPOD unless the battery is almost out of juice completely. This is why I still get plenty of non stop play 3 years later.

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I was also looking at the Iriver ones at best buy, my first question is will 512mb be enough for me?

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the battery issue with ipod's is a real problem. I still have the rio500 I got back in '99 I think, maybe early '00. Still works as good as the day I got it(but the space is limited).
I bought a Sony model and it charges via the USB adapter that it downloads songs from. Seems to work pretty good, and lasts a pretty long time.

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I was also looking at the Iriver ones at best buy, my first question is will 512mb be enough for me?

I would say no, that will hold about 128 songs. If you don't mind removing and adding songs frequently, it will be okay. I would say get atleast a gig, I would do minimum 2 gigs myself. This way you can store most of your music, set up a lot of playlists and call it a day

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I was also looking at the Iriver ones at best buy, my first question is will 512mb be enough for me?
512mb will hold a couple hundred average length songs.

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I just sold my 4gig iPod mini to a friend as I got tired of it being a paperweight. In the year I have owned it, I never filled it up. But knowing me, I will probably spend bukoo dollars on an iPod video in the near future.

Only problem with the iPods is that it comes with really crappy headphones. I'm really anal about that kind of stuff. The batteries can be user replaced if you are a crafty devil like me.

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Then 512 could work for you. I commute on the bike and use the IPOD pretty much every day, so I just create many playlists early in the week or month and don't have to attach it to a computer for a while. If you're not on the bike that often, 512 won't be a problem for you.

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ok so 1g holds about 250 songs?

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I know you said that cost was a factor, but I went with the 60GB iPod and I'm glad I did. I don't ever have to worry about rotating songs... every CD I own can fit on there with tons of room to spare. I think at one point I even had my wife's CDs on there too (how much Bing Crosby Christmas music can one person own?).

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ok so 1g holds about 250 songs?
You figure the average song is 4 minutes long. And an MP3 encoded at 128Kb is about 1 Meg per minute. So in a word YES.

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Only problem with the iPods is that it comes with really crappy headphones. I'm really anal about that kind of stuff.
I hear you on the headphones, I still have the stock phones in a box still in the packaging. I use some cheap Sony earphones from Walgreens that work like a charm. Plus, it disguises the IPOD to thieves trying to steal IPODS, I also have a blue case on it to do this as well

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any opinions????


i can plan great parties but with this crap......ummmm yeah need i say more

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any opinions????


i can plan great parties but with this crap......ummmm yeah need i say more
if you're already in over a hundred I still say you should consider the 2gb Sandisk Sansa which I got for $129 like 4 months ago, it might be less now!

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yes, that's it. though mine was a lighter gray, they come in a couple colors. now they're even less!! I like it, though be sure to factor in another $10 for a decent case/clip if that's your thing.

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I think for batteries, people must watch the way they charge their units, just like cell phones. All batteries have memory. If you're the kind of person that hooks your unit to the charger everytime it isn't in use, your battery won't last long. I don't charge my IPOD unless the battery is almost out of juice completely. This is why I still get plenty of non stop play 3 years later.
Batteries lose charge based on the number of charge cycles they go through...not how many times they are charged. Meaning that if you go down to 50% battery then charge up to 100% and then drop down to 50 and charge up again...you've just used one charge cycle. Which is equivallent of letting the battery go down to dead and charging from there. There was a lot of testing done to validate or invalidate this on the ipod forums because the concern was so great. You can charge your player after every use and the battery will last just as long. The initial charge does have some impact on battery life though.
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i will probably use a lanyard on the bike and an arm band on the bicycle




next question is the earphones.....or ear buds???

noise cancellation?

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If you looking for something for your bike, go with player with internal memory.
Ipod nano, Ipod shuffle, Creative Zen macro, and any others already mentioned in this topic.
2Gb it's plenty of space, I own ipod nano 4gb - I only loaded little bit more than 500 songs, still 3/4 of my ipod is empty. 500 songs for me it a overkill.
I play no more than 50 tops.
Player with bigger capacity will work also as removable Hard drive. Nice to move files around.

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next question is the earphones.....or ear buds???

noise cancellation?

I think they have these at Best Buy for $37 or ones very close to them. They do a pretty good job of blocking out most of the noise and are very comfy...come with different size cusions for different ears.

http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTE...tSKU=MDREX71SL
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I think they have these at Best Buy for $37 or ones very close to them. They do a pretty good job of blocking out most of the noise and are very comfy...come with different size cusions for different ears.

http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTE...tSKU=MDREX71SL

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those are exactly what i was looking at, cool


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I was also looking at the Iriver ones at best buy, my first question is will 512mb be enough for me?
I have a iRiver 1GB and it does the job nicely. As, for 512mb, while that should be enough space, I might go with the 1GB to be on the safe side.

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