Obviously the shuffle and nano ipods look and function great. Without going into a rant I don't want to use them. What is the best option for a window's based mp3 player? Durable, compact, economical and functional. Thanks.
The Zune series by Microsoft is GREAT. My wife and I have zunes, Microsoft makes several different options for there mp3 player. They have several different solid state (flash drive) options and a couple of hard drive ones (huge amounts of storage but larger size). The Zune software for your PC is much cooler and has a lot more bells and whistles to play around with than the itunes. I can not say enough about how superior the Zune line is, the only down side is...because its not IPod, there is not 547829457289 products to go with your zune.
Yeah, you have to give credit to the people at Apple for there ability to make people think there is only ONE option for listening to music. It makes me laugh/cry when people are like, "I have never seen that Ipod before" when refering to my Zune. I then tell them that IPod is not the umbrella term for digital music players and there heads explode right in front of me. lol
You know I actually own stock in Apple. I figured I needed to profit from all the sheep who purchase their products even if I don't personally agree with their philosophy. It's lost half it's value since I've purchased it. I guess the joke's on me!
I have to agree with the Zune. Their Zune Pass is awesome. For $15/month you have the ability to download any song in their catalog to put on your Zune. You also get to keep 10 of those songs permanently. Their 4,8, and 16GB players are solid state so those are the ones you will probably want for running. I have their hard drive version and while I've dropped it many, many, many times while on the treadmill, I don't think I'd take it out on the road for a run. It's a little too bulky for me. My wife has the 8GB SSD version and it's pretty light so I use that one when she's not looking.
I'm not looking for flashy software or a subscription to a music catalog. I just want a simple mp3 player. I have my music in mp3 format on my pc and I just want to be able to copy what I want onto the player and go. Will the zune function like this?
Well, here is the deal. If you get the hard drive kind, it has 120gb of storage on it, so you can probly put as much music on it as you want. Alleviating the need to move music too and from the player. However, if you would just like a simple and strait forward player, try the sansa line. They have ones with a color screen http://go.shopsansa.com/content/fuze or my wife and I have the Sansa Clip http://go.shopsansa.com/content/clip. We use this a lot as well, its just seen by your computer as a drive, so no problems with moving music back and forth, or any data for that matter. The batterie life is good, and the quality for the price is great. I just recomended the zune first because I like it better, but for a simple "get the job done" player, its hard to go wrong with this little player.
I've never used the Sansa line before but I have heard a lot of good things about them. Creative also makes a pretty small and simple mp3 player called the Zen Stone Plus. It's about the size of the shuffle but has a small l.e.d. screen and an FM player. I have used this one and it's pretty nice but I really love my Zune.
I don't own any Apple stock, but, I wish I owned it last year with it's great big run-up....
But, I've used iRiver and a few other types of MP3 players and have gone thru them like water, but, my old iPod Nano is goingon 3 years now without a hitch... now I just jinxed myself. The shuffle looks like a great idea.. It is but, it doesn't hold up to the stress I put it to. And, if you have the shuffle for longer than 21 days, and it malfunctions, you can't bring it back to where you bought it, you've got to return it to Apple. So forget the Shuffle.
I use the iPod, MP3 player at least 5 times/week and have used them for long "lonely" runs of over 4 hours and more than 20 miles --- iPod works the best...
Wish I could say the same about my old MP3 players....
I use the mp3 player in my cell phone with a stereo bluetooth headset. My phone is just the standard Sony Ericsson flip phone and it works wonderfully! I just need to find an arm band so it's a little easier to carry around/
Check out the Creative Labs Zen Stone. I do not know if they still make them but they still have them at Wal-mart.
It is alot like a Shuffle but alot less expensive and remarkebly durable. I have had one for over a year, use 3-4 times per week while running. It fits nicely in those little pockets that they have in running shorts and is very light-weight. It is only 1GB but that is plenty to get through a workout.
I just got a 2GB Sansa Fuze last month for ~$65. I like it a lot. It's light and sleek (less than 1/2" thick). It takes microSD cards up to 16GB, I think. It plays music, video, FM radio and audiobooks. Found a cheap silicone cover and LCD shield for it online, so I feel less paranoid about dropping it. I can't comment on what it's like running with it, though. I prefer not to run with music.
Hope this helps.
UPDATE: I've run with my Fuze a few times now, and I'm still pleased with it. It didn't get in the way or slide around when I clipped it into a pocket of my waistband. The earbuds stayed put. No complaints.
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I have a 4 gig Sony Walkman...it is small, easy to use, and fits in my running shorts pocket. I would love to have an IPOD though...but not for running.
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