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What should I buy

by platypusguy / January 30, 2007 4:38 AM PST

I have had a zen micro, for about 5 years (since it came out) and loved it but sadly it has broken and is far out of manufacturer warrenty. And now I am looking to upgrade to a new player, preferable something that plays video. I want a large range of file support for video and audio ( most of my files are flac) and also some thing portable (nothing bigger than a 604) Atleast 15-30 gigs of storage will do and any price is ok. What should I buy?

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one more thing
by platypusguy / January 30, 2007 4:42 AM PST
In reply to: What should I buy

also, any futer players that are coming out soon can be recomended

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by stropyboy / January 30, 2007 9:41 AM PST
In reply to: one more thing

I think I have one you may like. Toshiba Gigabeat S (30 Gig). It plays videos (including Vongo and Amazon Unbox), a lot of audio options, shows photos, has FM radio, is extremely thin, and has a MUCH larger screen than the iPod while remaining smaller overall! The downside: battery life (and it isn't even that bad...). Though there are definately other choices out there, and it only works on Windows (if you use a Mac let me know and I'll give you another recommendation). I think this is the best one...check out the CNet review!


Hope I helped you!


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Three main choices
by Tallcoolone / January 31, 2007 6:04 AM PST
In reply to: What should I buy

There's three main options out there: Creative's Zen Vision:M, the Microsoft Zune, and the Apple iPod. The ZVM is overall the best buy, but the others have some advantages too, so you should compare them and see what best fits your needs. This chart is a good place to start: http://dapreview.net/zune_vs_ipod_vs_zvm.html

However, you should know that not many mp3 players support FLAC (including those three), so you'll probably want to convert them to mp3. If you need FLAC support, you might want to look at the iAudio X5, which is a couple years old but still decent.

Contrary to the previous reviewer, I would not recommend a Gigabeat because it doesn't offer anything that the others don't have, and Microsoft and Toshiba have pretty much abandoned it for the Zune.

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