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AzDar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:20 PM
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Help me, Jeebus..(or techies) Should I get an iPod, or is there a better mp3
player? I had an iPod nano, but it was stolen. I loved it, but hated paying .99 a song at iTunes.
Is it a better idea to get a Napster(or other comparable service) - compatible device?
Are other players as easy to use as the iPod?
Any input is appreciated!
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AzDar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 01:27 PM
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1. Uhh, do I need to flash the Masonic distress symbol or something?
"Won't someone please help the daughter of the Widow??"
:rofl:
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dpbrown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 04:49 PM
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2. Paying for a song and owning it is better than renting it hands-down

So check to see if the service you're considering has a monthly fee that revokes all your money if you ever decide not to be a member anymore.

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alarimer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:24 PM
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3. I like the Napster to go service
True, I don't own the songs so if I decide to end it, I can no longer play them. But I can listen to a LOT more music than I can afford to buy. And change them at any time. I have an Iriver H10 (20 GB version). I have had better luck with Napster than with any other service, in terms of how it works. Rhapsody has always had trouble with my device. I also subscribe to Emusic, where, for a monthly fee of 9.99, you get 40 downloads to keep forever. But it is mostly independent artists and labels so the selection is not very mainstream.
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Xithras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:27 PM
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4. You know you can use an iPod with any MP3 file, right?
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 05:27 PM by Xithras
Whether you're using iTunes, Napster, or Zune Marketplace, you're dealing with music that you're paying for and which will only work on their hardware. A good friend of mine recently threw a temper tantrum when he realized that his $1,500 iTunes music collection won't work on anything but Apple hardware. I couldn't help but point out that his new Zune songs, similarly, aren't going to work on anything but a Zune. Even the Napster DMR handcuffs you.

Unless you're getting your music in MP3 or AAC, you're getting locked into a hardware standard along with it.

Personally I have a 60Gb iPod video with about 1500 songs on it. Only about $50 of them were purchased off iTunes, the rest were ripped from CD's I own, purchased in an open format from a lower cost service like AllOfMP3, or downloaded from a file share (very few of my songs are downloaded free, but there are some). Since I stick to open formats, I can carry my music from device to device without any problems.
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AzDar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:36 PM
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8. Is AllOfMP3 the Russian service? I've browsed that site and it looks cool.
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NJCher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:42 PM
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5. PC World's Tip of the Day
Tip of the Day
DRM Explosion
The Buzz: Need another reason not to buy (or rent) compressed digital music online? Look no further than the recent mini-explosion of incompatible digital rights management schemes tied to new players.

SanDisk players pushed by Best Buy use Real's new Rhapsody DNA technology. Microsoft's Zune packs a proprietary DRM--a departure from the firm's own PlaysForSure system (which the rest of the non-Apple market still uses). And Apple continues to keep the FairPlay DRM exclusive to its iPods.

Bottom Line: Here's the real reason the CD isn't dead: If you want to keep all of your digital music portable, you have to burn lots of discs so that you can re-rip DRM-free versions of your downloaded tunes.--Eric Dahl

http://www.pcworld.com/howto /
If you view this tip at the link above, scroll down a bit. Look for the black box.



Cher
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AzDar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:10 PM
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10. Thanks for the linkee! n/t
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:44 PM
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6. I would go with iPod because there are so many of them
Edited on Fri Dec-15-06 05:46 PM by LSK
And theres lots of accessories and users and support for them.

Also you can use iPods with most mp3s downloaded from wherever.
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OllieLotte Donating Member (495 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 06:09 PM
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7. My wife bought me an iPOD for Valentines Day.
I thought it was a pretty nice idea. Oh man, I love that thing. 4700 additions later, I use it all the time. Docking base is great too. I understand why kids love it.
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AzDar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 08:39 PM
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9. Thank you all for your input..I am so horribly clueless about this.
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gr8dane_daddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 09:37 PM
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11. I love my iPod along w/ iTunes.
If you have the CD's already, it doesn't take much to transfer them to the iPod. Plus with the iTunes, I can download all my podcasts (Stephanie Miller, Randi Rhodes, and Sam Seder) and listen to them at work at night. I agree the support is pretty good.
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Manifestor_of_Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-16-06 12:27 AM
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12. I refuse to get an iPod
I refuse to get an MP3 player because the sound is bad; it's too compressed.

If they come out with a little music player with CD-stereo quality 44.1K full digital sound, I will buy it.

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