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    Can build you one from scratch .

    I have a schematic here and it is one of the projects I want to accomplish in the next days.

    Just tell me what you need, full usb support and SD Card support at any size I can implement. We can even try to tap into the power managment and create a battery long-lasting device.

    your call

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    Quote Originally Posted by entropie View Post
    Can build you one from scratch .

    I have a schematic here and it is one of the projects I want to accomplish in the next days.

    Just tell me what you need, full usb support and SD Card support at any size I can implement. We can even try to tap into the power managment and create a battery long-lasting device.

    your call
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    What IS it about iPod that makes people so crazy about them, as opposed to non-Apple MP3 players?

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    I got one for free, but it was some cheap offbrand that didn't hold much songs, and then the battery went dead, and it has like an intricate 7 step process for changing the battery so I said screw it and tossed it somewhere and don't use it. It'd be nice in certain situations I've been in to have one, but honestly I don't really have much patience for the whole process, I'm kind of an old fogie when it comes to stuff like that. I held out on buying a CD player until 1998, so it's likely I will eventually use an mp3 player but it might be awhile yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hmm View Post
    What IS it about iPod that makes people so crazy about them, as opposed to non-Apple MP3 players?
    Nothing I've seen...never had a problem with mine. A major problem I have with them, is that I can't stand having to use iTunes for everything. With many of the other players, you can just plug it straight into the computer, and drag and drop songs (and other files too, you can use them as big flash drives normally), no drivers necessary.


    On the iPod, you have to have iTunes/drivers installed, and to have it synced up with the library. And, it can only be synced to one library at a time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffster View Post
    I got one for free
    I got an ipod for free too several years ago and have never gotten into it. I find iTunes to be annoying.

    Quote Originally Posted by millerm277 View Post
    Nothing I've seen...never had a problem with mine. A major problem I have with them, is that I can't stand having to use iTunes for everything. With many of the other players, you can just plug it straight into the computer, and drag and drop songs (and other files too, you can use them as big flash drives normally), no drivers necessary.


    On the iPod, you have to have iTunes/drivers installed, and to have it synced up with the library. And, it can only be synced to one library at a time.
    I use Rhapsody music service and I'm looking into the devices compatible with that or just switching from Rhapsody to Zune. Do you know anymore more about Zune or it's compatible players?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hmm View Post
    What IS it about iPod that makes people so crazy about them, as opposed to non-Apple MP3 players?
    For me, it was the aforementioned car integration. iTunes was never a problem because I don't use it; my PC runs Linux most the time and I have linux software that connects with the iPod.

    A coworker was all about them too (and Mac computers in general) so he provided the gentle "push" that led me to go the Apple route.

    Before that it was just mp3 CDs in my car's Alpine and crappy mp3 CD discman players for when I hiked/walked. I was excited about portable players like that when they came out but I hated spending money so I never bothered, and if I was going to shell out cash it better had been quality shit. So when I did buy my ipod I selected it because my Alpine headunit only supported ipod, nothing else. And from everything I'd heard at the time, ipods sounded like high quality devices, and not once have I ever seen anything to challenge that perception.

    So in a nutshell:
    1. High quality device that lasts for years
    2. Well connected with other audio equipment
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hmm View Post
    I use Rhapsody music service and I'm looking into the devices compatible with that or just switching from Rhapsody to Zune. Do you know anymore more about Zune or it's compatible players?
    I know that there is a similar service out there for the Zune, but I know nothing about what kind of selection there is, or anything like that.

    If you like Rhapsody, I'd suggest you look through their "compatible players" page. iRiver, Creative and Sandisk usually make good players, and Sony has had some good ones too.
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    I have a SanDisk Sansa e260 4 GB mp3 player that I got refurbished on woot.com for 45 bucks (usually about 100). It's pretty much a knock off of the iPod nano, though it's much thicker and has a larger screen.
    It only has 4 GB internal memory, but it has a micro SD expansion slot, so you can add extra if you want.
    It has a very rugged full metal casing, as in I'm not sure if I could break this thing if I threw it off a cliff.
    It has drag and drop for mp3's, or you can sync it with WMP, but if you want to add video to it, you have to use a special converter, and the video and audio get off a bit. I don't use it for video, though, so it's just perfect for me. Since I've just got a tape player in my car, and no special stereo setup, I just use the simple tape adaptor.
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