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Old 01-02-2007, 12:55 PM   #16
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i am keeping itunes for my interface with my ipod. but it has some shortcomings. version 7 has made ripping cds almost useless, since it does not allow me to change the tags before ripping.

it is also not good for volume levelling.

i am using eac to rip my cds, audacity to edit my wav files. i then transcode these wav files to wavpack, so that i can keep a lossless version on my computer without having to re-rip again. i then transcode the wavpack to mp3s. i then run mp3gain to level the volume (i keep the default 89.9)

itunes still does a good job at importing the mp3 files, and managing them from there on out.
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Old 01-02-2007, 10:01 PM   #17
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I've been looking for a large capacity MP3 player for quite a while. After trying my boss' iPod, I've completely ruled that one out.

I don't like iTunes. I've been using MusicMatch for my jukebox for years. I don't have any problems with it or see a reason to change. I'd never use the iTunes store, anyway.

I don't like the click wheel, my fingers are too big for it. The video playback thing is pointless on a such a tiny screen. Maybe if you want to watch porn in public it's cool. I'd rather watch a big TV.

I'm leaning towards a Gigabeat or iRiver unless I find something with at least 40GB worth of storage, built in FM transmitter, and is capable of being used as a portable hard drive.
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Old 01-03-2007, 09:07 AM   #18
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Screw iTunes, MusicMatch and Media Player. Media Monkey (http://www.mediamonkey.com/) is by far the best organizer for Windows out there. If you have a Linux box, Amarok (http://amarok.kde.org/) is even better...
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Old 01-03-2007, 09:46 AM   #19
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I like both my iriver and creative....not a big fan of the itunes.
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Old 01-03-2007, 10:27 AM   #20
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As far as having software to manage my mp3's for me, I hate them all.

I don't want them to download artwork, etc...I am a big boy and I can do it by myself.

That goes for all of those wonderful programs to make life easier (anyone have XP media center edition???? Almost worth returning the computer just because of that that dammned button). Why can't I select the compression method for tv recordings? Why? Because we are here to make life easier for you. Please choose one of the following 1: Quality 2: Average 3:Speed. wtf? Oh, and we notice you didn't bother to hook up your remote control, so therefore of course it would be impossible to record anything...please restart.

Even though it came with a perfectly good tuner card, I went out and bought another one because I couldn't find better software to run the card I had....waste of money, but now I am in control.

That being said, and to get back on topic, I got a Dell jukebox as a gift, and even though it is 3 years old, and only 15 gigs, it hasn't let me down...battery lasts like 20 hours....though I need 50 gigs to hold all my tunes. Works like a flash drive...drag and drop....you organize the way you want.

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Old 01-08-2007, 09:49 PM   #21
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I have an Archos AV500. The video AND audio quality is far superior to the ipod. Period. And the newer models (404,504,604) are even better.
My brother has an ipod and there is no comparison.
You can record video straight from the tv. No need to pay to watch your favorite shows. They're more expensive, but you definitely get what you pay for.
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Old 01-08-2007, 10:26 PM   #22
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I picked the 2G mobiBLU DAH-1500i:



It isn't the place to keep my entire music collection, but it's so tiny (less than 1 inch cube) I can wear it anywhere and forget I have it with me. The play list support is lousy, so I wrote my own.
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Old 01-10-2007, 02:46 PM   #23
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Well you have different desires for different people. The iTunes Music store is by far the easiest from all the online music stores.

I think microsft really screwed up with the Zune and the Zune Marketplace. They took all their current music owners with players and said okay your music will not work with the zune please go repurchase everything in the Zune store. They have a point system where songs are 60 points or something like that and you have to buy in bulk of 1000 points. But it works with the XBOX 360. Also if you have songs without DRM and you share them they force DRM upon you.

With these music stores you are really commiting to the platform of for your flavor. It's not the easiest but if you want DRM free you go to the store buy your CD and rip it yourself.

I like my 1 click 99cent no confusing scheme click to own forever iTunes world. But I am on my 3rd iPod and will have my 4th with the iPhone.

iTunes is #1 in online music sales. They are the #4 music seller in the world. They sell 92% of the videos online legally. With porn being #2.

Apple has the market and everyone else is fighting to clone and catch up. If someone wants to go with an other player I think okay for them but for me the iPod is #1.

Because it's Easy and intergrates with everything I do.
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Old 01-10-2007, 08:59 PM   #24
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I think microsft really screwed up with the Zune and the Zune Marketplace.
One problem with comitting to Microsoft is that they have a history of abandoning technology on a whim when they deem that it no longer fits their market strategy.
The Zune will most likely be a huge money loser for Microsoft. They'll keep at it for a few years just to piss Apple off and then abandon it and their Zune customers.
I prefer more vendor-agnostic technologies like Creative, but let's face it...Creative doesn't have the recognition and sexiness that Apple does.
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Old 01-10-2007, 09:28 PM   #25
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With these music stores you are really commiting to the platform of for your flavor. It's not the easiest but if you want DRM free you go to the store buy your CD and rip it yourself.
Or pirate. My entire iPod is nothing but pirated music from the old Napster, Kazaa Lite and now Limewire. No DRM, no restrictions of any kind. You can also find some more obscure stuff on P2P, especially when it comes to dance and electronica. However there was one song I couldn’t find on Limewire. I just signed up for a free trial of the monthly Napster service, downloaded the song I wanted, used a third party app to record ‘What You Hear’ directly off the sound card, then canceled Napster. New file, DRM free and free, can’t beat that.
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Old 01-12-2007, 04:51 PM   #26
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I picked the 2G mobiBLU DAH-1500i:



It isn't the place to keep my entire music collection, but it's so tiny (less than 1 inch cube) I can wear it anywhere and forget I have it with me. The play list support is lousy, so I wrote my own.
What do you mean you wrote your own playlist support? I have this unit and the playlist support is lousy. I wish there was a better way!
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Old 01-12-2007, 05:06 PM   #27
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What do you mean you wrote your own playlist support? I have this unit and the playlist support is lousy. I wish there was a better way!
I wrote a little Java application to manage playlists. It just copies the songs in a playlist to the cube and renames them so they play in order. You can only have one playlist on the cube at a time, but the transfer speed is decent.
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Old 01-14-2007, 04:13 PM   #28
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I have a Sansa e270 6gb player, and like it a lot better than the iPod nano. It has a larger screen, video playback, FM radio, and works with PlaysForSure subscription services.

Since the Sansa series is now the 2nd best selling mp3 player out there, you are beginning to see more and more accessories as well.

I also noticed than SanDisk introduced a WiFi based player at CES...
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Old 01-24-2007, 12:35 PM   #29
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Bought my wife a Creative Labs Zen Vision:M I tell ya it's sweet. It has a very easy program to use to load music, video, and pictures. However you do not need it really. When plugged into the USB it's seen as an removable storage device. Can click and drop what you want on to it. It's screen has more colors than the Ipod and some pics she put on it look better than on the computer or printed out. It uses Yahoo!Music Manager as well. You can subscribe or pay for each song. It has the selection of iTunes. Can use iTunes to download video onto it as well. Whats really nice is it has a FM tuner you can record from. We have a Starmate Replay and she can listen to it on her Zen and record songs. It's 30 GB which is way more than most will ever need. I seriously doubt anyone really needs all 80 GB on the new Ipods and if you do, get out and do something with other people.
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I have a 1 gig SanDisk Sansa. I love it, I don't need video, it has bookmarking and an FM tuner. It was also $50.00. It's perfect for me. I use my S50 for music and I put Howard onto my mp3 player. It's a killer combo.
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