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These iPod (or similar) thingies

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Noodley, 4 Dec 2007.

  1. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    Mrs Noodley has announced she would like one of these iPod/MP3 thingies from Santa so she can wear it in the gym. I know bugger all about them, but had a look on a few sites and the iPod shuffle 1GB looks good value at £49.

    Is it okay, or can any of you point me in the right direction?
     
  2. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    ipods are excellent. if she is happy to just let the thing play tunes in random order then a shuffle is fine. she'll need to use itunes (for mac or windoze) to put the tracks on.

    having had a 2gb nano for two years, i am now upgrading to an 80g classic as i found the 2gb a bit limiting. if budget permits, i'd recommend the 4 or 8gb nano. having a screen makes the ipod more user friendly imho.
     
  3. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Ipods use Apples format and iTunes, which is fine so long as you realise that but if you want a more open standard also look at Creative players. A lovely little player, which is a tadge more than £49 is the Iriver Clix2 (£100 ish).
     
  4. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    although you'd run the risk of looking cheap. only ipods have a cool factor, the rest are boys toys.
     
  5. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Location:
    Mlehworld
    The missus has got a 8gb nano3g.

    We don't talk anymore, so it was worth every penny. :smile:
     
  6. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    The shuffle will play songs, but only in order or shuffled. There's no screen, so you can't navigate around your songs.

    I'm not completely against Apple, I had an Ipod until the battery broke, but you can get better for the same money or less. Have a look at some reviews. I'd second I-river or Creative.

    If she uses a mobile you may want to consider upgrading that for her. Most have music players on now, and I find that the Sony Walkman phones are especially good.

    richer sounds is a very good place to look-

    http://www.richersounds.co.uk/productlist.php?cda=productlist&sgroup=PORTABLEMP3
     
  7. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    Oooh! Dat's fitin tork dat is!

    Actually the Iriver Clix is really cool you can also convert DVD's to play on it and the screen is not half bad :smile:
     
  8. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    I agree with MP - I've got a W810i and very happy with it - the sound is better than my creative Zen and the battery lasts longer - even better get a cheap 4gb memory stick pro to put into it off Dabs or Amazon for £30 or so and you've got the equivalent of a nano which is also a phone, a java games device, torch, camera, video camera etc...
     
  9. Noodley

    Noodley Guest

    She has one of them. :smile:

    I know she doesn't like the earphones that came with it as they keep falling out, and because of the (stupid) Sony/phone specific adaptor connection there is not an option for changing these. Although maybe there is...I just assumed there wasn't.
     
  10. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Well, fair enough - perhaps ipod is the way to go - I certainly dont recommend the Creative Zen, though. Mine has crashed on me a lot, take absolutely AGES to start up, battery life average-poor, performance generally sluggish and it has horrible tinny sound, even on nice headphones...advantage is that they are cheap but you pretty much get what you pay for, I guess.
     
  11. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    I've got the Zen V-plus: It's OK, but son's Iriver is way better. Headphones can make a huge difference. The one's that come are generally poor. I use Sennheiser which are much better.
     
  12. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    I got good sennheisers but I still really hate the sound...it's just not right - I've fiddled with the EQ lots and the only way to get rid of the horrid tinnyness is to make a really low-fi sound with high bass and it's still not very good.
     
  13. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Location:
    Cheddar
    The 1gb shuffle is the best exercise accessory ever in my opinion. My wife has one and it is in my hand right now, it holds about 250 songs and weighs as much as the headphones it comes with. It is about an inch high, inch and a half wide and about 1/8" thick. Quite marvellous.

    I even have another one, free from SofaCinema, which I will use for my cycling as my Ipod mini is quite a bit bigger. I would get a videoNano if I could find the slightest excuse;)
     
  14. Bromptonaut

    Bromptonaut Rohan Man

    Location:
    Bugbrooke UK
    I'd also endorse the Creative range. Don't recognise the tinny sound alluded to by another poster - maybe my ears lack discrimination. If you want to do more than play a few tracks over and over again then you need a screen and the facility to create playlists etc.

    If you really do just want a selaction of tunes for the gym then the 1/2gb Akura units sold in Sainsburys for £10/15 are not bad.

    Problem with Apple is that if you want to buy music on line the proprietary coding/DRM software means you're limited to ITunes. Most other mfr use the WMP/DRM format allowing acccess to a range of music stores from Napster to Tesco and Virgin.

    Good earphones are the key, you need the sort that fit with silicone inserts and block out (a) other sounds (:smile: tinny "tush tish" noise for those next to you on the train. They also stay put unlike the cheap ones!!
     
  15. Jaded

    Jaded New Member

    King 'Ell!

    You are married to Posh Spice?

    Tits covered by the iPod and the legs hidden by the lanyard? :smile: