sansa e250 (got it for $35)
gmini 402 camcorder (aging gonna upgrade to 605 later)
had GP2X (might get a PSP soon)
inspiron 8600 (want m1330 but might get vostro 1400)
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Last month I won a Microsoft Zune 30GB player at PodcampAZ. I love the Zune! Its MarketPlace is easy to use and smoother than iTunes in my opinion. Although the Zune I won was the "old" model, Microsoft pushed a firmware update that gave it podcast subscription and wireless synch capabilities in mid-November.
In addition to playing mp3 files, it can also play a variety of other file formats, show pictures and video and receive FM radio signals.
4th gen 20GB ipod
use for car music. I didn't want to replace my stereo system with one that plays mp3 CDs nor mp3s on hardrive, nor one with an audio in jack, so I got the ipod for its sheer capacity, ease of setting up playlists, and nice interface (easily and quickly rewind, fast forward, switch playlists). I got an iRiver FM transmitter to transmit the music to the car speakers. Only use on LONG trips like 4 hour drive to my folks home or 40 minutes left on a familiar drive
Before I got an ipod, i used my Handspring Visor, then Handspring Visor Neo, Palm Zire 71, and then Palm Tungsten T3. The latter 2 has speaker output. Hardly listened to MP3 this way. Mostly done when I took the Metro to work
I actually have several MP3 players; I mainly use my 80gb 5th Gen Ipod, but I do have a First Gen. Ipod Nano that I use when I need something smaller, and a 2nd Gen. Ipod Mini that is for the same purpose. Also have a 30GB Pink Creative Zen Vision: M, but I don't use that as much since I brought my 80BG Ipod; I will probably sell this one on eBay since it isn't getting used all that much. I'm glad to see that I am not the only on that owns more than one MP3 Player! I always keep more than one because I have had several die on me, so I always like to keep a backup since I eat, sleep and breath music!
But that will soon be given to my sister, because she doesn't have an MP3 yet. She does have her Krzr, but she doesn't like listening to that because she says it drains the battery too fast. I doubt she will have any complaints that the Xtra only does audio, seems how I'm just going to give it to her. She also already has the HP tx1000 tablet PC and a portable DVD player, she doesn't exactly need a MP3 player that can do video. As for me, I'm replacing the Xtra with the new 80GB Zune. I want that one because I record television shows on my Vista PC.
I recently bought a Zen stone plus for myself and have done a LOT of miles with it in the last year. It gives me a good seven hours after an hours charge and sounds great with the supplied earphones. You don't need any of this licenced music crap either like an ipod so its all good for me.
For a very long time (up until a few weeks ago) I used a first generation iPod. It's worked well but being five/six years old it's starting to have problems with the battery and home button. I also used my Tapwave Zodiac 1 which happens to make a really nice MP3 player since it has two SD slots. Although its still a great device and ahead of its time I was ready for something new to replace both devices. I have recently bought a 16gb iPod touch and I have been very happy with it.
I like the Creative Zen models.
I have lost my Zen Nano, so I have ordered a Zen V Plus to replace it.
I prefer Creative Lab products because though they include software with their products, Windows Media Player software works perfectly well with it.
Other advantages the Zen models have over most of their competition:
most can create MP3 files directly from analog sources, such as cassettes and phonographs, and
most of them can erase files instantly, without waiting to hook up to a computer; this is especially handy in paring down used podcasts.
BTW, I have found that my Palm Tungten E PDA has been handy as a substitute while waiting for my new player.
Also, I have not found the FM feature worth the extra cost (one can get a cheap FM player for a couple of dollars at any dollar store), but, in the case of the Creative Lab Zen systems, it is part of any "plus" system with video capabilities.
I have a Zen V plus (4 giga). I love it, but my wife tried it and loved it too, so I gave it to her and bought the new Zen (8 giga) for me from Amazon 3 days ago. Should get it very soon. Just drag and drop files and you are done. And the FM radio is a plus. Who knows, maybe I'll get the V plus back when she sees the new one :).
I have several music sources as it is right now, I find that one more distraction would not be in my best interest. I have had joggers and the regular pedestrians just walk off the sidewalk right in front of me because they were either fooling around with there mp3 player or cell phone.
MP3: Just ordered a Sansa e250 MP3 (my sons have Creative Zen V and Creative Zen Photo; I have an old Creative Zen)
Cell Phones: My sons also use their cell phones: LG vx8350, Samsung Juke
Laptop: Just ordered a Dell Inspiron 1521 with Windows Vista on which I plan to listen to music. My son has an HP. Music is always playing.
Planning to buy: An iPod Nano for my 17 year old. It's easier to wear while running. He's fine with the Shuffle, but I don't like that it doesn't have a screen. Think I'll spring for the more expensive one for the holidays.
"Life without music is unthinkable". Leonard Bernstein
Flash based player = Cowan iaudio F2 (just ordered a U3 for my husband): has bookmarks, resume, adjustable speed play.. great player
Hard drive based player = Zen W
No Gaming Device
Cell phone= KATANYA Sprint.. was free at Costco and we don't reception for Verizon at our new house.. so Sprint is it. Really like the feel of my Katanya
Laptop= Sony died on me.. sad. no laptop now
I don't need no stinkin music.. I like my books.. I need vocabulary not tunes. I do like IZ from Hawaii, though. Maybe I'll load Wonderful World and be inspired.
I am old enough that I am able to walk down to the mailbox and back without any music in my ears. I do, however, have about 3500 songs from the 50's and 60's saved on my laptop computer that I enjoy listening to while I am driving to some distant destination. I play them through the car audio system with a cassette adapter that plugs into the audio output jack on the computer. My Grandsons call the setup "so 90's", but it works for me. Rather than buying a 12vdc adapter for the computer at something like $75 or more, I use a $20 100watt power inverter and use the 120 v adapter that is standard with the computer to keep things charged and running.
Since I already have the $600 computer, I spent another $100 for a DeLorme Street Atlas 2007 that includes the little yellow thing that sits up on the dashboard to keep track of where you are. Anyone who already has a laptop and needs a GPS device should check this jewel out. ....Oh, this forum is about MP3's though, isn't it?
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