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MP3 for working out ....IPOD shuffle or ?

by tcslucky / December 14, 2005 9:53 PM PST

Hey everyone. This is a little embarrasing to admit, but I dont know much about MP3 players. However, I can tell you what I'm looking for and maybe you guys can direct me in the right direction.
Basically I'm looking for something I can use while working out. I was going to get the IPOD shuffle 1GB but I'm not really liking the idea of not seeing what I'm playing. FM and voice recording aren't necessities, just listening to music files will work for me. Currently I use Itunes as my media player so I'm looking for a player that will be easy to use. I've heard that the Ipod and Itunes software are extremely easy to use, but that whole no screen is a problem. I would get the next cheapest Ipod (nano)but I don't want to pay more than $150 for a player that I will only use while working out.
So please, anyone have any ideas on what 1GB MP3 that has a screen, easy to use(programs), and less then $150? Or should I just get the shuffle? Thanks everyone in advance.

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Sandisk or Iriver
by bobpenn / December 14, 2005 10:16 PM PST

Assuming you don't care about purchasing from Apple's iTunes store, go for the iRiver T30 or the Sandisk m240. Either fits your bill. There are so many others from which to choose (the WalMart house unit is actually getting OK reviews), but those two mentioned are good units and reliable.

If you need to use iTunes for some reason, then you are restricted to Apple, because iTunes won't see any other player (I am pretty sure). But don't worry about dumping iTunes ... the other players either load as a music drive in Explorer, or come with their own software. You can also use third party music players if you want that iTunes type of interface.

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by tcslucky / December 14, 2005 10:24 PM PST
In reply to: Sandisk or Iriver

I use ITunes to get most of my new music. Is it possible to take music I've downloaded through ITunes and transfer it to another program so I could use other MP3 players?

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You're stuck with iPods
by Glorybox3737 / December 15, 2005 9:04 AM PST
In reply to: ITunes

Since you use iTunes to DL all your new music then you will have to go with the shuffle. The reason for that is apple uses protected aac files for all the music bought through iTunes. What that means is that you can only use music bought through iTunes on an iPod since no other players support aac. The only way you can use that music on another player is to burn your music to a cd then rip it in another format. But that just makes the music sound worse. It's really not recommended.

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well, u can get a nano for 180
by yangman88 / December 15, 2005 3:26 AM PST

just go on the apple site, go to education, and select the homeschool option. They'll give u a 20 dollar discount. Or if you go to or work for a college, u get a discount too.

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