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New MP3 player advice - Am I an iPod prisoner?

by rockhill15 / December 7, 2006 1:12 AM PST

I have a 3rd Gen iPod that I want to replace. All the music I have has come from CD's and is stored on my computer. How difficult would it be to move the music on my computer onto a non-apple MP3 player? Can anyone recommend another brand of MP3 player. I don't need video. A radio tuner would be nice. 20G is plenty of memory.

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Mp3 advice, help
by hamblda / December 7, 2006 1:54 AM PST

Sorry, I don't have any advice but I'm with you, my daughters 20 gig I-pod died for the 3d time ( hard drive froze)if you get input on someting better I'll be buying it too!

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Easy if your music is in mp3 format
by ktreb / December 7, 2006 10:42 AM PST

If not, then you would have to convert them. There is third party software that should do this. Check download.com(CNET's site) first and search for "AAC to mp3 conversion" - you should be able to find something.

If you have purchased iTunes music (you said you didn't, but this is to answer hambla's question too) - you would need to burn them as an audio cd and then rerip them onto your computer as mp3s.

If they are all mp3's - no problem. You can use windows media player (or other software) to manage your music in your iTunes library. You would just need to have it find your music. In WMP, go to "file", then "add to library", then by "searching computer". It might be different in WMP 11, but the process should be similar.

Most current hard drive based players come in 30GB, 60GB, or more. Almost all of them have video (If you don't want to use it, you don't need to, but viewing pictures is a nice option) You might want to go with something that's 30GB. If your new player supports it, you could always use the extra space for back up storage.

Sorry, I'm an iPod person. I can name a few players, but I don't know from experience what they're like. Give it time, you might get some responses from the non-iPod loving community.

Creative Zen Vision:M
Microsoft Zune - but you're stuck using their software, much like iPod +iTunes
Toshiba Gigabeat S

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