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    MP3 advice

    I've never owned an MP3 or any such music holding device. I have always burned CD's and played them. I would like to start using one this summer on the boat. I have a bunch of CD's to download onto it and want to download some of the current music that I would never buy the whole CD of. I have a power supply and port on the stereo for a player to plug into. Is the Ipod the only real choice? I want easy to use and easy to download to. I really don't have a price in mind. I imagione it will cost around $400?



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    Re: MP3 advice

    I plan to get a Zune HD. The wife has an iPod (older one as a hand-me-down) and we really hate iTunes as software so that's our motivation to get a MP3 player that is not an iPod.


    EDIT: As linked below product line is dead.


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    Re: MP3 advice

    If you spend $400 you spent WAY too much.



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    Re: MP3 advice

    Sansa products are a better choice IMO. Especially if you don't have any Apple stuff already.



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    Re: MP3 advice

    Quote Originally Posted by isuaggie View Post
    I plan to get a Zune HD. The wife has an iPod (older one as a hand-me-down) and we really hate iTunes as software so that's our motivation to get a MP3 player that is not an iPod.
    Report: The Zune is no more – New Tech Gadgets & Electronic Devices | Geek.com

    Samsung makes some nice android tablets and is supposed to be coming out with an android mp3 player that is similar to the ipod touch.


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    Re: MP3 advice

    Me and itunes don't get along. Especially since I still buy cd's (on the rare occasions I buy), and itunes hates the fact that I like to store my library somewhere else other than my hard drive of my computer and the fact of taking the songs off actually bought cd with itunes still doesn't jive. I guess I'm just not a fan of itunes at all



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    Re: MP3 advice

    I'd buy an iPod if I were you.



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    Re: MP3 advice

    #1 Go buy a Ipod Classic(160gb) for $249 and you'll never have to worry about having enough space.

    #2 Download Itunes for free. Make sure your settings are for MP3 and not AAC. It will make it a lot easier in the future if you ever decided to switch to non apple products.

    #3 Convert your current CD's to MP3 format. Do them in 320kbps. You may not be able to tell the difference but you have plenty of space.

    #4 You have many choices from where to buy new songs but Amazon is a good choice. Just buy them from Amazon and stick them in your Itunes folder on your PC.

    #5 Create a backup solution. Back up the Itunes folder to another drive.



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    Re: MP3 advice

    #6 Buy some decent earbuds/headphones



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    Re: MP3 advice

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    #5 Create a backup solution. Back up the Itunes folder to another drive.
    Can you adjust where iTunes saves things on the Windows version? I know you can do it from within the Mac version (or just set up a symbolic link to whatever directory you really want things in if you're UNIX inclined).



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    Re: MP3 advice

    Does your boat's stereo have the ability to play mp3 discs?



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    Re: MP3 advice

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    #1 Go buy a Ipod Classic(160gb) for $249 and you'll never have to worry about having enough space.

    #2 Download Itunes for free. Make sure your settings are for MP3 and not AAC. It will make it a lot easier in the future if you ever decided to switch to non apple products.

    #3 Convert your current CD's to MP3 format. Do them in 320kbps. You may not be able to tell the difference but you have plenty of space.

    #4 You have many choices from where to buy new songs but Amazon is a good choice. Just buy them from Amazon and stick them in your Itunes folder on your PC.

    #5 Create a backup solution. Back up the Itunes folder to another drive.
    For 1/4 the price you can get a Sansa with expandable memory and you don't have to mess with itunes.



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    Re: MP3 advice

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    #1 Go buy a Ipod Classic(160gb) for $249 and you'll never have to worry about having enough space.

    #2 Download Itunes for free. Make sure your settings are for MP3 and not AAC. It will make it a lot easier in the future if you ever decided to switch to non apple products.

    #3 Convert your current CD's to MP3 format. Do them in 320kbps. You may not be able to tell the difference but you have plenty of space.

    #4 You have many choices from where to buy new songs but Amazon is a good choice. Just buy them from Amazon and stick them in your Itunes folder on your PC.

    #5 Create a backup solution. Back up the Itunes folder to another drive.
    I didn't know that was possible. Good to know. Would have save me a lot of headaches if I had known that up front instead of having to use a converter just to use some of my Itunes songs in picasa movie maker etc.



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    Re: MP3 advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Alswelk View Post
    Can you adjust where iTunes saves things on the Windows version? I know you can do it from within the Mac version (or just set up a symbolic link to whatever directory you really want things in if you're UNIX inclined).
    Yes, you can change it. I don't know about changing it to a network drive but I have an SSD as my C drive and didn't want my songs taking up all kinds of space so I now have them pointed to my 1TB drive. I then have acronis do a back-up to another 1TB drive that I have installed on the same PC.



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    Re: MP3 advice

    Quote Originally Posted by 1100011CS View Post
    For 1/4 the price you can get a Sansa with expandable memory and you don't have to mess with itunes.
    You should put down that Sansa and try some Chewlies gum.



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