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My first poll!!!

Woo-hoo! Getting on the poll bandwagon.

OK, here is the deal... I am in the market for a MP3/WMA player. I keep saying WMA because I was a dingbat and burned all of my CDs onto my harddrive using Windows Media Player, thus saving them in WMA format. Here are my guidelines: I need at least 20 gigs of space, want to spend less than $400 (all accessories hopefully included, with carrying case and car kit), and it needs to be able to work with my computer (I have IEEE Firewire and USB ports - NO USB 2.0 ports.)

That last bit is confusing me a bit. When I read the specs for the Dell DJ 20, it says it has a USB 2.0 connection. Will that work with my USB 1.1 ports?

Poll #257265 MP3/WMA Players

Which MP3/WMA player should Boymeat buy?

iPod
14(70.0%)
Dell's DJ 20
3(15.0%)
Other (Please detail in comments)
3(15.0%)


Edit: Please also let me know why you think it should be one or the other!

Thank you for helping!!!

Comments

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meapet
Mar. 3rd, 2004 08:47 am (UTC)
Creative Nomad- like 300 bucks and has like 40 gigs of space now. I have a 20 gig version I got 2 christmases ago, and I love it for my darkroom. You can even get a remote for it!
trouble841
Mar. 3rd, 2004 08:50 am (UTC)
I have an Archos Jukebox that I've had for 2 years- they have 20GB on up -- and they function as back up hard drives in an emergency, too!

I love the thing, and it's incredibly *durable* - and for me, that's important. Mine's been dropped, thrown, catapulted off our loft... it's fought a few wars, I think, and still works. It's built like a tank.
bittibuddha
Mar. 3rd, 2004 09:03 am (UTC)
hi! :)

I can only speak from the experience of an outsider who has lots of friends with ipods, but they all seem delighted with theirs. It appears to be the dominant platform, and in theory that will mean that it will be supported better and longer than the others.

let us know what you decide! :)
panther
Mar. 3rd, 2004 09:06 am (UTC)
As much as I loathe macs and the various i-thingies, I have to say that everyone I know with an ipod is really happy with it, it works fine with their PCs, and they REALLY work.

just my observations.
spike
Mar. 3rd, 2004 09:24 am (UTC)
I have to agree with you (except for the part about loathing Macs and i-thingies).

But ...hmm... iPod + WMA = ?? I wasn't aware that iPods played WMA files. MP3, WAV, AAC, yes. But WMA? I don't think so.

Now the question is: is it easier to re-rip the CDs as MP3s, or to find some converter program to re-code all the existing WMAs as MP3s.
boymeat
Mar. 3rd, 2004 09:30 am (UTC)
The re-ripping project is definetely not going to be able to happen. I definetely would need to find a decent converter program to make that work.
spike
Mar. 3rd, 2004 10:05 am (UTC)
(Of course, that presumes that Microsucksoft even allows the creation of such a converter program.)

And it turns out that there are some converters out there; none courtesy of MS, of course. Here's one; I've never used it but it seems like just want you might want.
kaylaraine
Mar. 3rd, 2004 09:26 am (UTC)
You can get some good deals on various Mp3 players at www.overstock.com. Also, I'm sure there is a program out there that will convert your wma's to mp3's.
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boymeat
Mar. 3rd, 2004 09:31 am (UTC)
OK... do you have any knowledge about the re-encoding part? I.e. - how the hell do I do that?
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boymeat
Mar. 3rd, 2004 09:45 am (UTC)
Here is the major problem I am having with the iPod - price. That sucker is damned expensive. The Dell is just cheaper.

Grrr.
luna_littleone
Mar. 3rd, 2004 09:50 am (UTC)
to be honest though you are paying for the quality. The platform is more stable.
Apple is not having this item disappear anytime soon.

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deafdyke
Mar. 3rd, 2004 12:24 pm (UTC)
I'm planning to buy a cheap mp3 cd player, as I can't afford an iPod (sniff) but I would definitely go with that, if you can swing it. First, though, try the decoding and see if it works.

USB 2.0 devices are backwards compliant with 1.1.
spike
Mar. 3rd, 2004 02:03 pm (UTC)
I'm a huge fan of cheap MP3+CD players! They have an EXCELLENT balance of all the factors: cost, capacity, size, flexibility, etc.. I don't have an iPod myself; we actually have an MP3+CD player in our bedroom, and another one in our car. The portable one for the bedroom was under $50. After spending that little on the player, you can buy a lot of blank CDRs for what it would cost to get an iPod!

(Full disclosure: I do have an "iBead", though -- I needed a USB memory key and Hey! this one is an MP3 player, too! Internal battery recharges whenever it's plugged into the USB port..)
deafdyke
Mar. 5th, 2004 11:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, I was checking out the Rio CD players. There's one available for $36 now. I'm not a big music person, but I like to have something to listen to when I work out or travel. I'll join the iPod revolution when I'm good 'n wealthy.

Boymeat: You might want to check out iRiver. It's a $99 CD/MP3/WMA player which handles WMA files well, according to reviews. You'd have to burn CD-R discs, though.
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