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Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

“Compared to the iPod or iRiver the Zen NX is a beast. It is a good deal larger and heavier, which makes it harder to tote around. Creative includes a carrying case, but that just makes it bigger.

Two things make the Zen NX a great player. Firstly, the sound quality is second to none. It is loud and clear as a bell. Invest in a decent set of headphones and you’ll be happy as a clam. Secondly, it offers stunning value. The larger capacity model is the same price as the entry iPod and much cheaper than the iRiver.

Creative also packed the Zen with features. It is not as robust as the iRiver, but it is equipped with plenty of sound and playback options.

I recommend the Zen to anyone looking for a good deal. I also recommend it to those of you who place the highest priority on sound quality. It’s not as slick as the iPod or as well-endowed as the iRiver, but I think the sound and cost make it a very practical solution.”

Posted by reviews on October 14, 2003 at 3:47 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Comparison review of iPod, Zen, iHP

“The iPod is a funny device. Apple has done an excellent job marketing it, and it is wildly popular, but in a lot of ways it is not such a great player. It does, however, look hella cool, which is enough for many people. The iPod excels in portability and ease of use. All versions are small and light. Of these three players the iPod is the easiest to carry around with you. The menu system is simple and the touch-sensitive scroll wheel makes navigation a snap.

The drawbacks are battery life and sound. It plainly doesn’t sound as good as the Zen NX or iRiver. The battery life gets shorter and shorter with each generation of iPod. Apple’s claim is eight hours, depending on use.

I recommend the iPod to users working with a good size budget and not looking for a long list of features. If you want something that will simply play your songs, and don’t want to hassle through a complex menu system, then the iPod is for you. I also recommend it to anyone looking to pick up techie girls or boys.”

Posted by reviews on October 14, 2003 at 3:46 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

Would just like to know if Ipod prices in the Middle East are cheaper than the US.

Posted by rush on October 14, 2003 at 8:09 AM (CDT)

Experiment: iPod Video Capture?

I too was getting sick of juggling a dozen CF cards and booting up the laptop in dubious terrain to empty them while worrying about remaining battery was getting old fast.

I tried using the ArchosAV 340 - the 4” screen is good and the video out quality is acceptable, but it was a little bulky and at $600 was a little spendy for me.

I ebay’d it and got a Lyra instead. $400, screen not so good, but video out quality seems better. Longer battery life, same Compact Flash slot, and the unit is a lot more compact. I swapped out the 20GB drive for an 80GB drive. Has no problem accepting CF cards from my Canon, or recording from a direct Composite video feed from my Sony.



Posted by VidGuy on October 13, 2003 at 1:46 PM (CDT)

Experiment: iPod Video Capture?

P.S. For a very portable DV capturing system check out MCE’s Quickstream DV

Posted by Eris on October 13, 2003 at 12:44 PM (CDT)

Experiment: iPod Video Capture?

I came to this site asking the same question as Micheal. Does anyone know the answer? I have looked on this site but haven’t found any posts that address the question. My idea is to use an iPod, a dual female firewire adapter, and a firewire CF card reader to provide a storage solution for when I am out shooting with my digital camera. Will this work? Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.

Posted by Eris on October 13, 2003 at 9:51 AM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

I havent posted here in a while. I’m still waiting for the 2nd part of this story. I just started university a few weeks ago. my pod goes everywhere with me. I’m the only one that has it in my university. I’ve gotten some attention from it. I havent had any problems with it temperature wise yet, and I listened to it on the plane just fine. I’ve scratched the cover and screen, but that isnt bothering me, unless my pod stops working, i’ll be fine. I still need to visit the Apple store here (in Lebanon). Peace.

Posted by Patrick on October 12, 2003 at 5:27 AM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Yes, I just got a 3G 15 GB ipod.  I’m trying to figure out what I can do with it.  Are there more games I could download somewhere?  And WHY is it that Macs can’t hold charge?  I’m a born and bred mac user, but but my sister’s clam shell ibook ran for about 2 hours and quit.  I’m having problem with my ipod now.  It runs for about 2 hours after being fully charged.  I just want to make the most out of my iPod and I’m not much of a techie. Just some advice on cool things I can do with it and easily explain features to everyone in my town (yes, it’s small, no one knows what they are, no one uses macs, and I am the first with an Ipod.)

Posted by Kat on October 10, 2003 at 3:47 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

in december im going to go to the states to get me a 20GB ipod…and if i have enough money…im going to get a 40GB…i just have to hurry and sell my two guitars… :S ...i hope its worth the wait…from all the pictures…it looks really kool…

Posted by Thatguy on October 9, 2003 at 3:36 PM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

I see the new Napster supports WMA and not AAC. THis is a problem for people who want to move music from Napster to the iPod.

You could just do what I do with Media Center 9 and protected audio files like WMA or AAC: play them in one channel, and record the WAVs using another channel and automatically transcode into MP3. Sure it’s an analog process, but the quality is top-notch and I honestly can’t tell the difference between the original digital files and my analog->digital copies.

This is also why Rhapsody is more valuable to me than iTMS—for $10 a month I get a choice of 300K songs, and I can record them into MP3s at will.

Posted by MC9 on October 9, 2003 at 12:54 PM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

I tried the new itrip from Griffin technolgoies and it’s AWESOME.  Very easy to use and program and sounds as clear as the stereo you are using it on.  It’s amazing never could believe anything wireless like this could sound this GREAT!!

Posted by Jennifer on October 9, 2003 at 11:49 AM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

Im a police officer in the uk, love the pod and all things pod.

I listen to the pod going to work,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,hip hop and garage

Going home…cool jazz



Posted by robster on October 8, 2003 at 7:16 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

iRiver is USB 2. Compare:

USB 2   - 480 Mb/s
Firewire - 400 Mb/s

I can synch my iRiver in a couple of seconds. It’s definitely faster than my iPod. And much smaller. Possibly cuter. Definitely better for jogging. And I think the headphone quality is better, or at least the same MP3s at the same bitrates sound better from the iRiver then the iPod. I can’t compare AAC.

Posted by Oscar on October 8, 2003 at 2:12 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

“Thats the one thing I like about the iPOD is it isn’t overclutted with features and is easy to use.”

I would gladly have traded an extra quarter inch width on my G3 iPod for a couple more hours battery life. I traded “up” from a G2 and was very saddened by the lack of improvement. I traded up again, this time to a Lyra video player. It’s basically the same size as my old G2 iPod, gets twice the battery life for audio, and on top of that I have VIDEO.

Don’t dismiss it until you try it! The screen is awesome, clear, and fast, and being able to look at the photos from my Canon straight away is a godsend. The interface is pretty uncluttered, but could use some work.

But then so could the iPod - my wife now has the G3 and being a complete nonuser of Computers has pointed out to me several glaring problems for her in the iPod UI. What I miss on the Lyra is a jogwheel to step back and forward frame by frame through video—now that would be cool!

The feeling I get from the Lyra is like the feeling I got from the G2 back in the day. You know before the iPod when you had all this music, but no way to carry it with you? Except using clunky Walkmans and tapes? And then suddenly it was all there! All the time!

Same deal with the Lyra, except as well as engaging the ears, it engages the eyes. All those photos, movies, video clips, screenshots, you can carry them around, upload, download, transfer. It rules! I don’t need VHS tapes or DVDs any more, it’s all just in my pocket!

Posted by Lyra on October 8, 2003 at 2:08 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Well, yes iRiver is USB enabled… it just fine if you have a 128MB iRiver… or “even” with a 512 kb…
but lets get really honest: iPod rocks in design and features, its easy to use, lightning speed transferring GBs of MP3 file through FireWire its vital for this type of marvel… i mean: its awesome!
believe me, if there were something cooler i wouldnt have an iPod… i simply love it!

just give it a try!

Posted by Oscar! on October 8, 2003 at 1:57 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

tslice, such an interesting review with the middle east backdrop and all…hey, ya think i should write an article about traveling with an ipod in the middle of the communist revolution in Nepal? i could get some great shots (literally) standing with a comrade in the himalayas. can ya see it, me with about 12 belkin battery packs chained together and strapped over my shoulder like an ammo belt. Comrade Raj would be looking at me like I was an idiot, and I would be looking at him like don’t shoot me man, i’m just the piano player. heck, while i am at it, i might as well be at base camp everest, with a dozen sherpas humping all the ipod accessories i could own if i had a real salary. i really want one of those plexiglass holders for my headphones and all. but that’s a weeks pay. oh no, heres one better.  me rockin out with dido while riding a packie wearing fubu in the jungle. anyway, good luck man.
get jiggy in nepal.

Posted by jiggy on October 7, 2003 at 1:05 PM (CDT)

iPod Adventures in the Middle East: Part I

I’ve been humping my iPod all over the place ever since the ‘Global War on Terrorism’ kicked off.  No problems.  The LCD screen has issues at below freezing temps that are just a property of the material.  Sticking it under my armpit for a few minutes always seems to fix that.  If you’re going somewhere harsh, I suggest getting a neoprene case for your pod.  I had a buddy make one up for me but I’m sure there are commercially avail ones.  I haven’t had any dust issues or heat problems.  The finish is totally wrecked but it still kicks out my BB King when I need it.

Posted by El D on October 5, 2003 at 3:54 AM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

I’ve tried Apple support a few times and even asked buddies who own several Macs the following question without much help:

Will iTunes for Windows allow me to purchase AAC or MP3 files or both to play on my iPod?

Thanks in advance,

Posted by Lew on October 5, 2003 at 1:24 AM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

Just to let everyone know the knew ITRIPS from GRIFFIN TECHNOLOGIES for the new ipods have finally been released.  They e-mailed me to let me know my ITRIP was shipped on Friday.  Yeah, can’t wait to use it and will let everyone know how it works.

Posted by Jennifer on October 4, 2003 at 2:51 PM (CDT)

iPods for Windows: It's a good thing?

I’m not MAD or rather Mac.

But kudos to Apple for bringing the Ipod to PC users.
I have been a PC user for ages and not ready to switch to MAC anytime or never.
Iadmire Mac designs and stuffs but products tend to be very litmited.
As a PC user, I can upgrade the parts of my PC easily at an affordable rates.

The Ipod is truly the 1st ever product that I buy from Apple. When I learnt that Ipod is catered to PC, I went for it.
Now, I’m enjoying as much as the MAC users.
Even the PC softwares support are almost on par to MAC softwares for Ipod.

Why resent towards PC users ? Afterall, we use the same mouse and keyboard.


Posted by MWang20 on October 4, 2003 at 6:45 AM (CDT)

Switching from MP3 to AAC Without Losing Your Mind

Nero 6 will rip and encode CDs to AAC quickly and easily in Windows. Now if there was just a decent AAC decoder for Winamp…

Posted by RedFive on October 4, 2003 at 4:36 AM (CDT)

My iPod Buying Experience

Just bought the new 40go IPOD
What can I say. Great this is a small toy but why Apple has decided to change the nav system, just to add a nice red color on each button?
This is not so friendly than the first IPOD generation.
I am disappointed about that new product.

Posted by JY on October 3, 2003 at 12:20 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?


Yes the iPOD doesn’t incorporate these features…but who really wants or uses these features anyway. The iPOD is aimed at a general market where people just want to listen to MP3s on-the-move. And the iPOD does this very well, by meeting its purpose in a compact and stylish way. Thats the one thing I like about the iPOD is it isn’t overclutted with features and is easy to use.

Posted by slashjunior on October 3, 2003 at 5:27 AM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

Yeah. I own 10GB iRiver since the first day they were available here.. Key feaures:

standard USB storage class device, no proprietary crap like Apple or Creative - plug in to any computer with USB, works fine with Linux

you can browse the contents of the drive hierarchically, subdirs and all, no database crap like Creative Nomad Zen or iPod (though you can browse through your mp3 files via a database based on ID3 tags, too)

you can use it to transfer files from one computer to another

HQ Li-Pol battery, 16 hours runtime

nice BIG display, nice display on the remote

you can even read text files on your iRiver while listening to music

iRiver’s great customer support - they actually listen to their customers and base their firmware upgrades upon customer suggestions (hence OGG, even when it was very difficult to implement in embedded hardware)

Posted by HappyCamper on September 30, 2003 at 2:27 PM (CDT)

Will any MP3 player ever catch Apple's iPod?

This one looks nice: iHP-200.

Plays Oggs
3D immersive sound
Voice recording
eBook support
FM Tuner

Dimensions: Approx. 60(W) X 19(D) X 105(H)mm
Weight: Approx. 160g

Posted by iRiver on September 30, 2003 at 2:21 PM (CDT)

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