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The Bellinghman
Date: 2010-10-21 18:31
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It appears that the battery on my MP3 player is dying - from full charge to dead is now about 2 hours. Now, I could go looking for a replacement battery, but I've been wondering about a new player for a while. The current one is a bit bulky (partly due to the CF slot, which is a feature I no longer need), and I'd be interested in something with a bit more capacity.

So, peeps, any recommendations?
  • Should be >60GB

  • Must not require iTunes

  • Should be able to recharge over some form of USB (MicrosUSB would be a bonus)

  • Obviously, able to play MP3 - but FLAC support would also be nice

  • Decent size screen so I can glance down and see what's playing easily

No radio, video, calendering apps or other such cruft needed.
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Autopope
User: autopope
Date: 2010-10-22 10:11 (UTC)
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Just to clarify, you're looking for the Fifth Generation ipod. Plastic front, colour screen, click wheel. Note that the front is transparent and flat, with sharp edges; if the front is curved, you've got either a 4G (smaller screen, max 60Gb disk, but will still do what you want) or a newer 6G (DO NOT WANT).

Remember: flat front, colour screen.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2010-10-22 10:18 (UTC)
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So this eBay auction then?

(I must admit, the Cowon J3 is a very shiny beast, and tempting for the sleekness. But barely larger capacity than this Zen Vision W, and a lot more expensive than a second hand 5G.)

What's the play time like on the iPod?
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Autopope
User: autopope
Date: 2010-10-22 16:39 (UTC)
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Yep, that's the one. (Third shot shows the slightly transparent hard edge on the front.)

IIRC play time on the iPod was around 12 hours. Caveat: that's my runtime -- with volume up to the max and the display backlight also on. Officially they say 20 hours on a new battery pack. As it's an iPod, replacement battery packs are readily available.

Edited at 2010-10-22 04:41 pm (UTC)
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