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MP3-Player purchase advice
    #11283161 - 10/20/09 12:23 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

My current MP3-Player is starting to give up (Archos Gmini XS202 (best ever))
after several years of daily use.

So I did a little research what's on the market recently and fount the following...
I'm interested if anyone has one of these or can make recommendations for other mp3-players with up to 20GB space (flash or hd) low price + file directory (important! hate ID3), very basic, not tooo many useless gadgets please!


Sandisk Sansa Clip

+ good price
+ small / sturdy
- only 8 GB

Archos 2

+ good price
+ display size
+ SD Cardslot (so 8gb is not that bad in this case :yesnod: )
(+ color display to view vids/pics) (not that important for me)
(+ design)
- half of reviews on amazon are negativ...

Creative ZEN Mozaic

+ speakers
(+ design)
+ display size
- price
- only 8 GB

thanks in advance! :smile:


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Re: MP3-Player purchase advice [Re: batheinthefountain]
    #11283248 - 10/20/09 12:36 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

i don't have any of those, but i've had a creative zen vision m for over 5 years now, and surprisingly it still works.  so that's a testament to creative build quality.

however, i have heard the most positive things about the sandisk sansa.  and in fact, there is an article on anythingbutipod.com that says apparently you can achieve nearly 40gb capacity using a SDHC to microSDHC adapter, if you don't mind the piece hanging out.  http://www.anythingbutipod.com/archives/2009/09/sansa-clip-40gb-possible-with-adapter.php


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Re: MP3-Player purchase advice [Re: batheinthefountain]
    #11283258 - 10/20/09 12:38 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

I have had two Sandisks and they both crapped out. i know the ones i had, the firmware??? wasnt updated, but other than that i really enjoyed mine. Im not the most gifted on a computer, so you or someone else can probably keep up with the firmware updates.

Just make sure you Disconnect it properly. I took mine out a moment too soon, and it corrupted....fuckin 8gbs of uselessness.....ugh


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Re: MP3-Player purchase advice [Re: tiny_rabid_birds]
    #11283282 - 10/20/09 12:43 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

wow nice find with the adapter, but indeed that looks a bit DIY :laugh:


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Re: MP3-Player purchase advice [Re: batheinthefountain]
    #11283303 - 10/20/09 12:46 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

i was reading through the comments and someone mentioned using velcro tape to keep the adapter attached to the back.

and there is the initial 15 minute load time for the card, but that's only when you first plug it in.  so i'm thinking if you don't unplug it often (even when shut off), you could avoid the load time.

shit, 40gb on such a tiny player is pretty goddamn impressive, and imo worth the jankiness in appearance.


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Re: MP3-Player purchase advice [Re: batheinthefountain]
    #11283365 - 10/20/09 12:57 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

i really liked the original sandisk sansas, and i still use mine for working out. it's survived 4 years of rugged treatment, including multiple screen cracks and losing all the case screws. the hardware quality really went downhill on the new ones though. they stopped using aluminum and went to full plastic :thumbdown: :thumbdown:


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Re: MP3-Player purchase advice [Re: JT]
    #11283495 - 10/20/09 01:21 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

I hate the enviroment:

2~3years ago there were these bomb mp3-players (like archos gmini 202, creative Zen Vision M etc...): huge space, aluminum cases and playes music ...what more did you want?

today the capacities of the players went down again and stayed at the same price... only thing new is that you can use your fingers to enlarge photos and watch videos.... WTF this makes me sooo fucking mad

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Re: MP3-Player purchase advice [Re: tiny_rabid_birds]
    #11283536 - 10/20/09 01:27 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

tiny_rabid_birds said:
i was reading through the comments and someone mentioned using velcro tape to keep the adapter attached to the back.

and there is the initial 15 minute load time for the card, but that's only when you first plug it in.  so i'm thinking if you don't unplug it often (even when shut off), you could avoid the load time.

shit, 40gb on such a tiny player is pretty goddamn impressive, and imo worth the jankiness in appearance.




well you still have to buy that 32GB Flashcard...  :shake:


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Re: MP3-Player purchase advice [Re: batheinthefountain]
    #11283537 - 10/20/09 01:28 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)



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Re: MP3-Player purchase advice [Re: batheinthefountain]
    #11283595 - 10/20/09 01:34 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

I dont think any of those can browse the file directory.  Unfortunately that is something nearly no MP3 players can do.


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Re: MP3-Player purchase advice [Re: batheinthefountain]
    #11283650 - 10/20/09 01:45 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

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Quote:

tiny_rabid_birds said:
i was reading through the comments and someone mentioned using velcro tape to keep the adapter attached to the back.

and there is the initial 15 minute load time for the card, but that's only when you first plug it in.  so i'm thinking if you don't unplug it often (even when shut off), you could avoid the load time.

shit, 40gb on such a tiny player is pretty goddamn impressive, and imo worth the jankiness in appearance.




well you still have to buy that 32GB Flashcard...  :shake:




right.  but if you were already considering buying it, that would be more incentive.  the 32gb card is an upgrade that can come whenever you feel like dropping the cash.  flash/ssd based mp3 players will always cost more per gb than harddrive based ones.

btw, i paid out the ass for my ZenVM five years ago.  $384 for only 30 gb.  within 2 years the price dropped 200 bucks, but that's the price of technology. 

these days you can get a 120gb player for like $230.  for example the zune 120.  i know it's popular to hate zune, and given the first incarnation of utter fail, it's understandable.  but i've read some rather positive things about zune 80 (with latest firmware) and zune 120 :shrug:.  of course they're harddrive, not flash/ssd, so they may be subject to harddrive issues.  but so were pretty much all of the last generation mp3 players.  if you're just looking for storage and music, i think that's about the best option available.


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Re: MP3-Player purchase advice [Re: tiny_rabid_birds]
    #11283676 - 10/20/09 01:53 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

20GB was way enough storage for the music i listen to when on the road.

doesnt have to be THAT much (120)


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Re: MP3-Player purchase advice [Re: batheinthefountain]
    #11283699 - 10/20/09 01:57 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

ah.  i gotcha.  20gb is nowhere NEAR enough for me.

well i'm a bit technogadget geek, so i'm gonna keep searching through reviews and shit for the helluvit.  i'll let you know what i come across.


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Re: MP3-Player purchase advice [Re: tiny_rabid_birds]
    #11283709 - 10/20/09 02:00 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

oh, btw, if 20gb is more than enough, you might still want to consider the sandisk sansa clip.  if you get the 4gb clip for $45, you can also get a 16gb micro sd (which doesn't need the big adapter) for about $40.  so the whole shebang would cost maybe $90 after shipping.  not bad :shrug:


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Re: MP3-Player purchase advice [Re: tiny_rabid_birds]
    #11284265 - 10/20/09 03:31 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

The Sansa clip has no microSD expansion slot.


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Re: MP3-Player purchase advice [Re: DieCommie]
    #11284316 - 10/20/09 03:41 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

I have the Sandisk Sansa Clip 2GB.  I like it.  Works good in the gym.  The clip is sturdy, headphones sound pretty good, and loading music on/off is easy as pie.


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Re: MP3-Player purchase advice [Re: DieCommie]
    #11284321 - 10/20/09 03:41 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

ahh, you're right.  the original Clip doesn't, but the latest generation, the Clip+ does.  the 4gb model of which is only $40 on amazon http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=sansa+clip+plus&x=0&y=0


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Re: MP3-Player purchase advice [Re: circularvortex]
    #11284342 - 10/20/09 03:44 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

headphones are no argument. i got my own high-end pieces there :wink:

yeah I'm torn between the sandisk and the archos, still open for more alternatives :rolleyes:


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Re: MP3-Player purchase advice [Re: batheinthefountain]
    #11284351 - 10/20/09 03:45 PM (8 years, 1 month ago)

...wait the sansa has a memorycard slot? :eek:
damn another big +

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wow that sansa is soooo bought...
2gb 35€
4gb 45€
8gb 55€

and i saw 8 GB microSDs get away for 16€ :tongue2:

thanks guys!!


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Re: MP3-Player purchase advice [Re: batheinthefountain]
    #11381911 - 11/04/09 08:38 AM (8 years, 1 month ago)

i know this is 2 weeks old, but i'm wondering if you went ahead and bought a sansa clip plus?  i don't know if i jinxed my zen or what, but it had a stroke today.  lost virtually all of its memory.  what little is left plays back all sliced up.  sad, sad day.

so, i need a cheap, temporary replacement during my travels.  i can't very well travel without a music player.  that'd kill me.  i figured the sansa clip plus would be my best and most affordable option, so i'm wondering what your experience with it has been like (if you did actually decide to get it).


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