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Long lasting 6GB players.

by MinasMorgul / October 26, 2006 8:45 AM PDT

As mentioned, I am looking for a MP3 player with no known crippling defects. It's perhaps naive and silly of me, but I resent having to send an MP3 player back for repairs after 12 months or so, so I'm looking for a player with durability and no fatal flaws. So far I have tried (and have been disappointed with):

The Zen Touch 20GB - Charging anyone beyond a years warranty for a *known* defect such as the infamous headphone jack problem left a sour taste in my mouth when it comes to Creative products.

Apple iPod 20GB & Mini - Battery life decreasing to several hours between charges makes this a dubious long term purchase for me.

Other than these two, the others I am considering are the iRiver H10 6GB and the Sony NWA1000S 6GB. Does anyone have any experience with these players beyond a years use?

Also, what are the general thoughts on the Samsung Yepp YP-Z5AB 4 GB? longevity, ease of use, etc


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Ipod is the way!
by frak10 / October 26, 2006 9:47 AM PDT

I know you don't like the "decreasing battery life" aspect of IPod's, but that is more of an overreaction, see the battery REALLY doesn't start to die until a couple years later of first use, but you can always by a regular battery adapter for it, and, to speak of, all rechargeable batteries do lose power after a while. That is just what makes us human.

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iRiver H10
by wandalynn1 / October 26, 2006 9:52 AM PDT

The problem with getting feedback about how a unit has held up for over a year will only get you feedback on players that are starting to show their age. having said that, I'm going on year 2 with my iRiver, no complaints other than the steep learning curve of using WMA 10. My husband has a creative 8g zen micro photo - the sound quality is very similar in both players. The zen has more features and a much better photo screen. I've had to reformat my player a couple of times when wma balked on loading a corrupted file. I think the syncing process caused the corruption, I don't know. The battery life is pathetic, though, 6 hours is all I count on. Hope that helps.

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All players look bad in this view. Here's why.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 26, 2006 9:52 AM PDT

All of today's players use the same technology battery. That issue you listed with iPod applies to all players.

Maybe you need to wait till they make something that doesn't have batteries that degrade with use?


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RE: battery life & other defects
by MinasMorgul / October 27, 2006 12:25 AM PDT

Surely some batteries degrade faster than others? I don't know how else to explain how I've had my Creative Zen for 1 year + and the battery life is still around the 20 mark, yet friends complain of their iPods decreasing to the point of 2-3 hours between recharges.

Also, I'm afraid I'm beyond even considering the Creative Micro. Damn headphone jack.

Right now the iRiver does sound best - I'm not concerned only with battery life, but crippling defects in general (e.g. the headphone jack on Creative products)The iRiver appears to be one of the few products without any hideous faults.

Is there anything to be said for the Sony or Samsung products? The walkman MP3 appears a tad overpriced.

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Not here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 27, 2006 12:51 AM PDT

The iPods my friends have only peter out after 2 years. I wonder about such units. I've helped a few change the battery. Cheap compared to exchange/new.

Hope you find something you like.


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