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Help An Old Geezer

I'm interested in purchasing an MP3 player of some sort and am interested in music only. I have no interest in video and really don't care if it has still photo capability. I mainly want to record CDs from my collection and take them with me when I travel. (I'm tired of lugging my Sony Discman and CDs on and off airplanes) I'm not even concerned about downloading music from the internet as my primary interest is classical music and there's not that much out there to download anyway. I do want a lot of capacity as I would like to get as much of my collection on the MP3 player as possible. I've been looking at iPods (30GB) but don't want to spend money to get video capability that I will probably never use. Help??

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My neighbor has the 80GB iPod.

They don't play videos on it so that's your choice. They also picked up a nice speaker/dock/clock radio/charger and love it.

It's a nice setup.

Bob

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You may not want these capabilities, but.....

...players such as the iPod (30/80 GB) or the Creative Zen Vision M (30/60 GB), give you more bang for your buck. In fact, per gigabyte, a hard drive player such as the 5th Gen iPod (that happens to have video) is much cheaper than a lower capacity flash based player (that may or may not have video). I'll stick with the iPod for comparison purposes:

30 GB iPod = $249, $8.30 per GB
80 GB iPod = $349, $4.36 per GB
8 GB iPod Nano (flash memory, no video, but picture capable) = $249, $31.13 per GB
1 GB iPod Shuffle (flash memory, no screen, therefore no video or pictures) = $79, $79 per GB

Virtually all current high capacity mp3 players have video and photo viewing capability. You don't have to use them.

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Thanks!

Thanks Bob and ktreb. Your info and advice were very helpful. The price comparison really makes the case for going with the 80GB iPod. I'm going to start looking for a good deal.

Another question: Is there a particular software program that's better than the others for copying CDs? I have RealPlay, and Windows Media Player (bsic versions) now and/or will appropriate software come with the iPod?

Thanks for your patience with dumb questions.

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Copying CDs.

I wonder if you meant "ripping" the CD to be used on that iPod. iTunes does that just fine.

Bob

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"Ripping" Cds

Yes, if "ripping" means copying a CD to the iPod, that's what I mean. I assume iTunes software comes with the iPod or can be downloaded. I also assume that the process would be to "rip" the CD (which would record it on my computer) and then download it to the iPod? Or can a CD be sent to the iPod in one step? I am concerned about how long it's going to take to get a CD ripped and downloaded. Is this going to be a lengthy process?

Again, apologies for such elementary questions.

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Some answers.

"Yes, if "ripping" means copying a CD to the iPod, that's what I mean. I assume iTunes software comes with the iPod or can be downloaded. I also assume that the process would be to "rip" the CD (which would record it on my computer) and then download it to the iPod?"

Yes to all that.

"Or can a CD be sent to the iPod in one step? I am concerned about how long it's going to take to get a CD ripped and downloaded. Is this going to be a lengthy process?"

No, it's a 2 step. You add it to your collection and then mark it to be synced to your iPod. The time is so low here I can't tell you how many minutes I spent at this.

Bob

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Thanks Again

Thanks again for all of your help. Much appreciated.

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Help

I have recently purchased an Ipod Nano, but, for some reason I am unable to copy music from my cd's to my Ipod.
Do I have to do this through Itunes?
I have tried doing it both with & without itunes. The music does copy to the Ipod, but my Ipod doesnt register it. Though when i open my ipod on my laptop i can see what has been copied to it!


HELP!!

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Do I have to do this through Itunes?

I did. However I did run into someone with some MP3 CD and that required extra steps.

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So I HAVE to use iTunes?

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you should

At least at first. You can use something like Floola, but I believe you still need to use iTunes to set some preferences on the iPod.

I don't really get why you can't get your iPod to register your music, so I'm going to go through a few steps that you should have gone through:

1. You ripped cds to your computer using iTunes. Ripping cds via iTunes is optional. You can use any program as long as you rip into a format that iTunes can use, such as mp3. (default for Windows Media Player is WMA and the default for iTunes is AAC)

2. If you didn't use iTunes to rip, you still added them to your iTunes library (this is nearly automatic when you first install iTunes), so that when you open up iTunes, you see all of your music, right?

3. You plugged iPod into computer with iTunes already running and iTunes recognizes iPod.

4. You should see your iPod in the main window. Under options, do you have anything checked off? If you have "manually manage music" and "enable disk" use checked off, uncheck them by selecting them again. Then click on "sync" and everything in your iTunes library should copy onto your iPod. If you don't have enough room on the iPod, then it will copy as much as it can until it fills up.

If this still doesn't help, you could take some screen shots of what you're doing with iTunes and your iPod and post them to someplace like Flickr. Post your links and maybe someone here can see if you're doing anything wrong.

But before you go that far...try looking at the tutorials on Apple's website. Here's a link:

http://www.apple.com/itunes/tutorials/#jukebox

Good luck!

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