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The Bellinghman
Date: 2010-10-26 22:04
Subject: New shiny
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Following autopope's suggestion, I have now replaced my creaking-at-the-seams, bulky and battery-dead MP3 player with a smaller, lighter and more capacious model from Apple(!), namely a second hand 80GB 5th generation iPod.

I've now loaded 50+ GB of music onto it (thank you, Media Monkey - no iTunes will be allowed on this machine).

I have to say, it's pretty cute for its generation.

The reason for going for that is that the new generation of models from Cowon and Co. look very nice, but I think that what I really, really want isn't quite here yet. Namely, a flash-based one that understands the SDXC flash format, and that can head for the 128GB mark. So I'm going with the iPod for now. If I get a few thousands hours of listening out of it (which I reckon I did with my previous one), I'll be happy.

(One of these days, I may total how much an hour I've been paying to listen to music on MP3 players. The previous player amortised at about 5p/hour. The earplugs have been more than that - they're newer - but they show no sign of giving up yet.)
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Sue
User: frostfox
Date: 2010-10-26 21:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Where did you get it from? My mum has offered to buy me a bigger MP3 player for xmas, I currently only have a dinky iPod Shuffle, which worked fine as a Walkman for train journeys, and the like, but now I'm using it in the car, I want something a bit beefier.

FF
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2010-10-26 22:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
eBay. Bid on Friday, got it today. Since one of my requirements was an ability to use it without having to have iTunes (herself has an iPod Touch, which she loves, but she hates having to use iTunes for it, or for her car player), anything newer was (apparently) out of the question.
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The Magician
User: the_magician
Date: 2010-10-27 00:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have the same model 80Gb 5thGen (iPod video) and aside from damaging the headphone socket when I fell over with the headphones plugged in, it's been fine for many years now. I still use it, though I'm using a wired remote through the docking connector that has a headphone socket (sometime I will spend the £40 to get the headphone socket repaired).

It's lovely :-)

But I *do* use iTunes, but set it to manually sync. Don't really like iTunes, but it works.
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Megabitch
User: megabitch
Date: 2010-10-27 13:57 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I use iTunes, don't auto-sync, still swear at it when it copies things in the wrong order. "No, I did not want to listen to Part 2 of [book] before Part 1, I'm possibly unusual in that respect." Mind you, the books are being transfered into iTunes from Audible before hitting my iPhone, so I have no idea what shenanigans both of them get up to when I'm not looking.
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Sheep with a guitar
User: sbp
Date: 2010-10-27 09:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sounds good. I lost my 32Gb iPod Touch and my 40Gb iRiver is big and chunky and the disk is failing. H'mm... clickety...
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2010-10-27 09:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My previous was a 60GB Zen Vision W. Decent size screen (much bigger than this iPod), but the feature for which I chose it - the Compact Flash port that permitted me to offload pictures from the 1GB flash cards I was using in the DSLR in Japan - was now both redundant (bigger CF cards these days) and one of the things that makes it so very bulky.
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Cassandra
User: sesquipedality
Date: 2010-10-27 15:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You can further remove that nasty apple taste by installing Rockbox (http://www.rockbox.org/) on it. This will allow you to play Oggs on it too.
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