I have an old Creative MuVo2 4GB which is starting to show its age -- I've just had to reformat the hard disk for the second time and the headphone socket is wobbly so the sound is intermittent. Obviously time to upgrade then, but I just don't know what to choose!
These are my criteria:
* Bigger capacity
* Easy to use -- especially for tags and labelling, scrolling through, easy find and select
* Excellent sound (I recently invested in a pair of Universal Ears at great expense so I want a player to give me matching great quality sound)
* Able to be used without the proprietary software
* Easy playlist compiling, including on the move playlisting
* One touch random play if possible
* Clear screen -- nice and easy to see track names
* Small and lightweight, good looking
* Not bothered about video playback, I'm strictly a sound junkie!
* And I don't want an iPod because I don't want to be tied into iTunes alone, I have masses of WAVs, WMAs etc.
Even though I'm not interested in video, is it afor me?
Your advice would be very much appreciated!
You suggest the Microsoft Zune, and it might also be worth checking out the eccentric and low-capacity , which is available to buy in this country.as a possibility -- while this is a great player, it is quite bulky and we can't recommend it unless you're going to take advantage of its ability to play video files. There are, however, other players -- if you're don't mind importing take a look at the
I can understand your reservations about the iPod -- after all, who wants to be a zombie? But I find myself struggling to suggest anything that matches your requirements better than the iPod nano. It's widely accepted as having the best sound quality of all the current MP3 players -- several specialist hi-fi magazines place it top for sound quality -- and it's by far the most usable (Apple holds a patent on the Click Wheel, which is the only really practical way of scrolling through a significant amount of music).
The nano will also play your WAV files -- but you'll have to convert your WMAs using free software, such as Anapod Explorer. There's also plenty of free software -- although again you can use Anapod Explorer -- that will let you use your iPod without iTunes, and iPods are no longer tied to a single copy of iTunes, or a single machine, so you're in luck there.
Good luck, and happy iPodding (oops, we mean MP3 playering).