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Which Mp3 player?

Discussion in 'Headphones, Earphones & Portable Music' started by MrWibbleman, May 9, 2005.

  1. MrWibbleman

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    Hi,

    Can anyone recommend a good Mp3 player for between £80-£100?

    I've like the look of the Ipod shuffle but it has no display screen. Among other things I will use it when I go jogging.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Darren Blake

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    Slight hijack but I need to ask the same question.

    I'm thinking of getting my lady a personal MP3 player for her birthday.

    She's a nut for Sony stuff, but I know that a lot of their MP3 Walkmans force you to use their universally hated Sonicstage software to get the files onto and off of it. She will have to use her work PC (or mine) to transfer files so I'd rather get her something that you can just rip and drag and drop onto using Windows Explorer.

    Any suggestions? It doesn't have to have oodles of capacity - 256Mb ought to be sufficient (so I'm thinking solid-state rather than hard disk) but I'd rather get her 512 if poss. Same price range as above.

    Any suggestions? The NWE105S 512MB MP3 Walkman would be ideal if it wasn't for the poxy Sonic poxy Stage poxy software poxy thing. I'm also considering the iPod shuffle, but the lack of display puts me off a bit.
     
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    The creative Muvo range seem to be well thought of and seem to match your criteria. I've never been a fan of Creative software and drivers, but you could always use Windows Media Player to synch with it.
     
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    Can you drag & drop files with the muvo?
     
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    Please can someone reply to Mr Wibbleman.

    I'm in the same predicament. Would an MP3 skip whilst jogging?

    Is it better just to get shuffle?

    Want to order one by the end of the day so if you could let me know asap that would by great!
     
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    According to this page on the creative site it does support drag and drop. I'm not sure if that applies to all the players in their range though.
     
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    i use the creative muvo n200 and really like it.
    it has a small screen and a radio too.
    the 1GB version is just a little bit above your 80-100 price range
    but 512MB and 256MB also available.
    you can drag and drop files to it from your computer without
    any additional software.
    hard disk and flash based mp3 players will not skip whilst jogging
    but serious jolts and shakes of a hard disk player may shorten its life.
     
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    Ruth, if it were me I would prefer to go for a brand that I know something about and Creative are big players in the MP3 market. If you want a solid state player with a screen, Creative have to be high on your list.
     
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    That looks like a good choice Darren - either that or the 1GB version depending on how much you want to spend.
     
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    Probably the 512 as I guess she will want to chop and change the tracks on there quite regularly anyway.

    I particularly like the feature that you can rip straight to the device using line-in (as she doesn't have a home PC). That way when she buys a new CD she can get it on there right away. For bulk transferring she can use her work PC or mine.
     
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    Apparantly the Sony NW-E99 supports drag and drop. I am not speaking from experience here, but I seem to recall reading that it does. Probably best to confirm!
     
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    Solid state mp3's will be best for jogging because they have no moving parts, HDD based mp3s do jump and have jog protection on them like a portable cd player.
     
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    I have the shuffle and it's very good - lack of display doesn't really bother me to be honest especially if you chop and change - just drop half a dozen albums on and off you go.
     
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    The Sony e99 does indeed support Drag&Drop mp3 though once the songs are loaded onto the player, you can not drag them back to another PC. They will however NOT be removed from the originating PC.

    Further, this is independant of Sonic Stage and for XP PCs, requires no software to be installed on the host PC.

    98se, ME and 2000 needs a small one off device driver to be installed.

    G
     
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    I have a NWE99 Sony MP3 player, and its driving me crazy. I initially brought this model for myself and the NWE95 for the wife. Since we have got these the kids wanted MP3 players, so we thought that because of the Sonic Stage 2.1 we would have to get them the same models, so that we wouldn't have to keep loading and unloading the Sonic Stage disc.I have had to send my E99 back to Sony for what seems a fault. I am not happy with the Sonic Stage but I feel that if Sony refund my money due to fault on the unit, I am reluctant to get another E99 due the problem that I have occurred with this unit. But if I get another Sony this will possible have a newer version of Sonic Stage to which I have been told by the Sony Centres that two versions of Sonic Stage cannot be loaded onto the same PC, and if I go for another make they might have their own software that won't go on side by side with my wife's software. What is all this drag and drop all about? would this solve my problem? I contemplated the Sony HD1/3/5 but due to my experience with Sony at the moment, and reading all these horror stories regarding this Sonic Stage, I feel pretty reluctant. Can any one help?
     
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    drag and drop..
    When you connect your mp3 player to the computer and then open "My Computer",
    the mp3 player then usually appears as a device under the
    "Devices with Removable Storage"..
    So if your mp3 player allows drag and drop.. you can just browse the music files
    stored on your player from here.. and can select music files on your computer and
    drag and drop them onto a folder on your mp3 player..
    So no need to use an additional application to transfer music files to your player.
    Some players also let you select files on your player and drag and drop them onto
    your computer's hard disk.
     
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    Jamesb

    Cheers for your reply, I am at the moment sitting at work a little confused by your answer, hopefully when I get home I might look at this a little more closely. I have only been involved within the MP3 Technology since the beginning of this year, and all I have managed to do is copy some of my CD collection onto the player to play on the train.Firstly does you explanation apply to copying CD's or just downloading from the internet? Also I am not sure on the prices that websites charge for downloading songs/albums. I was hoping that there are such a thing as free downloads but can you advise on any good sites?
     

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