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MP3 Player Help - What player do I need?

by husker_fan / February 12, 2006 11:16 PM PST

I need to find a player that fits the following criteria:

1GB flash drive (needs to hold up to working out)
FM Tuner with presets
***Needs to have the ability to have user-created playlists, and if possible, the ability to cross-fade between songs (no gaps).

My wife wants to use this in teaching her group fitness classes at the local health club. She wants to be able to create playlists for step class, kick-boxing class, etc.

Price is not necessarily an issue. Please help.

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Many options
by Chip_Leader / February 13, 2006 12:07 AM PST

Couple of good ones include Sansa Sandisk, creative Labs Nano Plus (Plus has the FM) or iAudio U2.

IPOD just came out with a 1gb as well, but I think it does not have the fm tuner

of all of those, I almost bought any of the first three, and settled on the sansa mainly because it supported subscription based music (which was importnat to me). Without the subscription need, I think i would of gone for the iAudio U2.

ONE THING - in regards to your 'seamless' transition from one song to another. Not sure which might do this, the sandisk does not though as much as I know. BUT what I am wondering if for that one issue, it MIGHT be a better idea to 'mix' the music in advance with the fades etc then import that mixed/modified file over already altered. I am not an expert on this though and not sure if that is a good idea or not. but if no players do that, might be a different work around or even better option

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by dukefan23 / February 13, 2006 12:16 AM PST

I highly reccomend the sandisk sansa. I currently own a 512mb version and i use it soley for the gym. Ii is great. Plus the 1gb version is only aboun $100. It sounds great and it comes with an armband, great fot the gym. Also you need to consider where you get your music. The sansa works with everthing except itunes. It does work with napster to go and other subscription services. If you currently use itunes i reccomend the 1gb ipod nano for 150 dollars.

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MP3 Out Loud
by cdwatters / February 13, 2006 12:26 AM PST

1 GB memory holds a lot more than an average workout session of MP3 files.

The Philips PSS120/37 has 512mb, and can be used for line-input from other media players, has FM with presets.

For workouts, you may want something louder. JVC makes the Kaboom Box, which will play MP3 CDs. According to their website, they're going to include an FM transmitter for your favorite MP3 portable player. It also has line, microphone and guitar inputs.

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by alext / February 13, 2006 2:09 AM PST

I don't know of any device that does crossfade between tracks. There are some players which can play with no gaps, but i forget which ones. It's not important to me. Just do a search for 'gapless' on Google.

If you want sound quality and you don't mind paying then you can't do better than the iAudio U3 at the moment. There is a very small gap between songs however. It can hold a single playlist that you can create omn the fly.

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