Hi everybody, I'm going to be purchasing a hard-drive based mp3 player rather soon and am looking for a little more insight on some of these players.
I want the best player that suits my needs. I need at least a 120gb hard drive because I'm buying the player primarily to play my music collection. Battery life and good software are another two important considerations that I have. Cost is probably one of the last big categories, but it's also an important one. Anyway, I've owned a very early gen. iPod before, and my Zune 2 got stolen in April.
Here's what I'm thinking about the three so far:
iPod classic: iTunes had decent software when I last used it, and none of my friends seem to mind the software either. I believe it has the longest battery life of the three for playing music. I also like how it has an eq that you can change while listening to music to suit whatever style you're listening to. The iPod, however, is getting a little bit stale. They've renamed it to the "classic" and really doesn't look as pretty as the other two.
zune: As far as the zune goes, it looks much sexier than the iPod. The screen is bigger, and I like how the interface looks as well. I'm not really either pro or anti M$ like many people are, so that doesn't affect me too much. I did have some problems with my zune locking up every once in a while though. My biggest gripe with the zune was the software. I'm very nitpicky about my mp3 tags. With the zune I had to manually change all of my songs to a particular mp3 tag format in order to get my album art to work as well as sort the music correctly. It also takes forever to update and seemed pretty bloaty. This was all when the 3.0 software came out, however, so if anyone could let me know if 4.0 fixed any of these problems be sure to let me know. If anything kills the zune for me, I think it would be the software.
Archos 5 Internet tablet: I don't know much about the archos. It has a lot of extras, but I just got a laptop which can do most of what it can do. I do like the touchscreen, the large hard drive, and the screen, however.
If you're still reading, let me know your opinion. I need it. Thanks!