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« on: October 29, 2007, 01:44:56 AM »

I'd like to conduct a survey about the kind of MP3 player you have (that is, if you have one):

-What MP3 player do you have (brand and model)?

-How long have you had your MP3 player?

-How much memory does your MP3 player hold?

-How much did your MP3 player cost you to purchase?

-How often does your MP3 player malfunction (e.g., freeze up, lose memory)?

-Does your MP3 player use an internal rechargeable battery?

-If your MP3 player has an internal rechargeable battery, how long does it last you? How long is it SUPPOSED to last you?

-What kind of mechanical user interface (scroll wheel, arrow buttons, touch pad, etc.) does your MP3 player use for you to make your selections?

-What software does your MP3 player use to support it, and how well does it work (e.g., iTunes, Windows Media Player, Creative Organizer, etc.)

-What special functions does your MP3 player have, that are unique to its model or brand, if any?

-When you bought your MP3 player, what helped you decide which one to purchase; what criteria did you use, if any, to make your judgment?
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2007, 02:05:56 AM »

1. Playstation Portable
2. Five or six months.
3. PSP doesn't have much memory but I have a 256meg memory stick. I also think they have larger ones but I haven't really looked.
4. $110 used from a friend. Came with a movie, three games, and a socom demo.
5. Hasn't yet.
6. Yes.
7. Not sure.
8. It's a PSP...
9. Sony PSP Firmware? Supports WMAs and MP3s. Also supports movies but I don't know what the formats are. It works pretty well imo but there are some restrictions built in that I don't really like. Because of that I don't play WMA files.
10. It's a Playstation.
11. I obviously wasn't looking for an MP3 player specifically (or even a PSP) but I'm glad that I can throw some music onto it since I don't own a real MP3 player.
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2007, 02:31:43 AM »

-What MP3 player do you have (brand and model)?
A Xen from Xaiox (like this one but an older model)

-How long have you had your MP3 player?
5 years or so.

-How much memory does your MP3 player hold?
128MB

-How much did your MP3 player cost you to purchase?
€120

-How often does your MP3 player malfunction (e.g., freeze up, lose memory)?
Never. I use it daily, but the only thing that doesn't work anymore is the pretty blue backlight.

-Does your MP3 player use an internal rechargeable battery?
Nope, I use two external rechargeable batteries.

-If your MP3 player has an internal rechargeable battery, how long does it last you? How long is it SUPPOSED to last you?
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-What kind of mechanical user interface (scroll wheel, arrow buttons, touch pad, etc.) does your MP3 player use for you to make your selections?
It has a tiny stick you can move up, down, right and left. Push it and the music pauzes/plays, push it twice and the device shuts off.

-What software does your MP3 player use to support it, and how well does it work (e.g., iTunes, Windows Media Player, Creative Organizer, etc.)
It came with it's own software (but supports others such as WMP as well), but I never use it because I rarely add/remove songs.

-What special functions does your MP3 player have, that are unique to its model or brand, if any?
High quality voice recording

-When you bought your MP3 player, what helped you decide which one to purchase; what criteria did you use, if any, to make your judgment?
It was my brother's MP3 player first, he bought it and used it for a few years, until he got a new mobile phone and later on an Ipod. He chose this Xen because the sound quality is excellent and because the casing alluminium casing is very sturdy. This MP3-player is just about the only music-player that has survived my brother's use.
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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2007, 02:58:28 AM »

-Apple iPod (30GB)

-10 months.

-30 gigs

-Around $300 at the time.

-Once in awhile. Maybe once every two months?

-Yes.

-About six to eight hours.

-Scroll wheel.

-iTunes. Works perfectly.

-It's laser-engraved, that's about it. Otherwise it does everything other iPods do, including being a portable hard drive.

-I'm an Apple loyalist and I stand by their products as some of the best on the market. While I'm aware some other mp3 players may have more features for less money, I trust Apple's hardware reliability and ease of use. Period.
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2007, 03:20:18 AM »

-What MP3 player do you have (brand and model)?
A 4GB Apple iPod Nano

-How long have you had your MP3 player?
About two years

-How much memory does your MP3 player hold?
4GB

-How much did your MP3 player cost you to purchase?
Around $200, I believe.

-How often does your MP3 player malfunction (e.g., freeze up, lose memory)?
Aside from the battery, it has never malfunctioned on me.

-Does your MP3 player use an internal rechargeable battery?
Yup.

-If your MP3 player has an internal rechargeable battery, how long does it last you? How long is it SUPPOSED to last you?
I'm lucky if I get any more than six hours of play time. It should supposedly last somewhere around fourteen hours.

-What kind of mechanical user interface (scroll wheel, arrow buttons, touch pad, etc.) does your MP3 player use for you to make your selections?
Circular, scrolling touch pad with left/right arrow, play, pause, and menu buttons.

-What software does your MP3 player use to support it, and how well does it work (e.g., iTunes, Windows Media Player, Creative Organizer, etc.)
iTunes works very well, and is super easy to use.

-What special functions does your MP3 player have, that are unique to its model or brand, if any?
There isn't anything special about it, honestly. It's tiny, and that's pretty much it.

-When you bought your MP3 player, what helped you decide which one to purchase; what criteria did you use, if any, to make your judgment?
I've never had a problem with Apple products in the past, so I figured it'd be a safe bet. I also knew that I'd never fill the thing up entirely, which led me to the purchase of the smaller Nano.
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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2007, 04:18:03 AM »

-What MP3 player do you have (brand and model)?
 Creative Zen V

-How long have you had your MP3 player?
 13-14 months

-How much memory does your MP3 player hold?
 2 gigs

-How much did your MP3 player cost you to purchase?
 I got it cheap for about ~$90 (MSRP was $130ish)

-How often does your MP3 player malfunction (e.g., freeze up, lose memory)?
 Rarely.

-Does your MP3 player use an internal rechargeable battery?
 Yes.

-If your MP3 player has an internal rechargeable battery, how long does it last you? How long is it SUPPOSED to last you?
 6-8 hours? Dunno, not that long. Supposedly it can last for 15 hours or something, but that might be if you just let it play and never make the LCD light up.

-What kind of mechanical user interface (scroll wheel, arrow buttons, touch pad, etc.) does your MP3 player use for you to make your selections?
 Joystick thingy, which is actually a lot more intuitive than anything else I've used.

-What software does your MP3 player use to support it, and how well does it work (e.g., iTunes, Windows Media Player, Creative Organizer, etc.)
 I sync through WMP 11. Works fine.

-What special functions does your MP3 player have, that are unique to its model or brand, if any?
 Voice recording, line-in for recording through other devices, some sort of organizer or something.

-When you bought your MP3 player, what helped you decide which one to purchase; what criteria did you use, if any, to make your judgment?
 Was looking for something small, pocketable, affordable that was not an Apple product. Read reviews and this thing seemed to fit the bill.
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2007, 07:49:43 AM »

Quote from: Bernhardt
I'd like to conduct a survey about the kind of MP3 player you have (that is, if you have one):

-iPod Video (60Gig)

-2 years

-$400

- Never crashed/malfunctioned (surprisingly, I'm completely serious, my last iPod froze up quite a bit)

- Yes (rechargable)

- 8 hours (not sure, it's never worn down, I use it mainly in the car), supposed to be 16 hours.

- Scroll Wheel

- iTunes

- Lots of extras, video playback, games, alarm, cover art, text viewer. But really, who cares, it's a music player, and it's absolutely perfect at that.

- I had an iPod before and loved it (it was stolen). For portable electronics, I place interface usability above almost everything else, and the iPod has FAR AND AWAY the most intuitive interface. It's like this: if a player has a complex interface, I may be deterred from using it on a lazy day, but with an iPod, if I need music, I just use it without a second thought. To me, that's a huge plus. With an over 300 CD collection, I can find any tune in under 10 seconds if I know where it is. Can't say the same with Zune or 3rd party devices which use more traditional directory tree interfaces. Other things are that it's solid as hell (dropped it many times, still works great), screen is bright, and most of all, the choice of accessories is NO LAUGHING MATTER.

Oh, stay the hell away from the iPod Touch, btw... it's a dumbed down iPhone with less memory than a Nano, and more expensive than a normal video iPod... total waste, Apple screwed up bigtime there.
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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2007, 10:08:00 AM »

-What MP3 player do you have (brand and model)?  Creative MuVo

-How long have you had your MP3 player? Hmm about 6 months
 
-How much memory does your MP3 player hold? 512

-How much did your MP3 player cost you to purchase?  Like 50 bucks

-How often does your MP3 player malfunction (e.g., freeze up, lose memory)? Never

-Does your MP3 player use an internal rechargeable battery? No

-If your MP3 player has an internal rechargeable battery, how long does it last you? How long is it SUPPOSED to last you?

-What kind of mechanical user interface (scroll wheel, arrow buttons, touch pad, etc.) does your MP3 player use for you to make your selections?  Not sure how to describe it, its a have circle on the side that moves slightly to the left, right, and can click it straight down.

-What software does your MP3 player use to support it, and how well does it work (e.g., iTunes, Windows Media Player, Creative Organizer, etc.)  Creative Organizer I believe, though I just stick it in, open it up on my drive selection, and throw stuff in it, really, really simple, though a bit slow.

-What special functions does your MP3 player have, that are unique to its model or brand, if any?  Nothing really, I just wanted something small and simple, fairly cheap but still good sound quality and some functions like custom sound aka rock, jazz, etc.

-When you bought your MP3 player, what helped you decide which one to purchase; what criteria did you use, if any, to make your judgment?  Cheap, simple, Easy to use..basically it haha.
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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2007, 10:46:25 AM »

I have two.  I'll list them both, because I feel like making a long post.  I wonder why you are asking?

-What MP3 player do you have (brand and model)?
The mobiBLU Cube

-How long have you had your MP3 player?
A couple of years

-How much memory does your MP3 player hold?
Mine's 1 Gig, my wife has an identical model that holds 2 Gig

-How much did your MP3 player cost you to purchase?
About $100, if I remember correctly

-How often does your MP3 player malfunction (e.g., freeze up, lose memory)?
Never

-Does your MP3 player use an internal rechargeable battery?
Yes

-If your MP3 player has an internal rechargeable battery, how long does it last you? How long is it SUPPOSED to last you?
Several hours, several hours.  Never timed it more exactly than that

-What kind of mechanical user interface (scroll wheel, arrow buttons, touch pad, etc.) does your MP3 player use for you to make your selections?
arrow buttons

-What software does your MP3 player use to support it, and how well does it work (e.g., iTunes, Windows Media Player, Creative Organizer, etc.)
it is treated like any USB drive.  I love that.  Any mp3 player that requires specific software is automatically excluded from consideration when I think about buying one.

-What special functions does your MP3 player have, that are unique to its model or brand, if any?
Hmm.  Well, it has a built-in FM radio and microphone that lets you record what's going on around you.  You can record the radio, too, and both come out as mp3s.  Its main draw is the fact that it's tiny - a 1" cube.

-When you bought your MP3 player, what helped you decide which one to purchase; what criteria did you use, if any, to make your judgment?
It was little, but held enough music for my needs at the time and had a good price.  I was looking for something I could throw a few hours of music on and change it when I felt like it.  As I mentioned, not using any special software was an absolute requirement for me.

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-What MP3 player do you have (brand and model)?
The Archos 504

-How long have you had your MP3 player?
Probably 18 months

-How much memory does your MP3 player hold?
Mine holds 40 Gig, but the model is available up to 160 Gig

-How much did your MP3 player cost you to purchase?
The player was about $250 at the time, but I bought it with a DVR dock for $340.

-How often does your MP3 player malfunction (e.g., freeze up, lose memory)?
Never had any trouble.  It does run on a laptop hard drive, so it could possibly fail at some time in the future.

-Does your MP3 player use an internal rechargeable battery?
Yes.

-If your MP3 player has an internal rechargeable battery, how long does it last you? How long is it SUPPOSED to last you?
At least 6 hours, and that's what it's rated for

-What kind of mechanical user interface (scroll wheel, arrow buttons, touch pad, etc.) does your MP3 player use for you to make your selections?
Double-rocker arrow buttons - one way goes up or down one row, the other is page up or down.

-What software does your MP3 player use to support it, and how well does it work (e.g., iTunes, Windows Media Player, Creative Organizer, etc.)
It's just treated as a USB drive.

-What special functions does your MP3 player have, that are unique to its model or brand, if any?
I don't think anything's unique to just one model of anything, but the most unusual feature is that you can hook it to a DVR dock and record things, either manually on on a schedule.  You can also hook it up to a TV and play your music and videos.

-When you bought your MP3 player, what helped you decide which one to purchase; what criteria did you use, if any, to make your judgment?
I had several criteria.  I wanted something with a hard drive big enough that I could move all of my music off of my laptop (it was taking too much space).  I wanted something I could watch videos on.  I wanted something with a nice, big screen.  I wanted something with a rechargeable battery.  My aforementioned "no software" requirement.  I thought it'd be nice to be able to play things on my TV, but it wasn't an absolute requirement.
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« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2007, 12:16:50 PM »

I have a minidisc player.
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« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2007, 12:41:02 PM »

1) iPod shuffle (the one thats sized to be a tic-tac case)

2) Had it for 10 months

3) I forgot, but I think its 2gb

4) $80 + tax

5) I've had maybe 2 bugs with it in its run thus far

6) Rechargey

7) Supposed last betwen 15-18 hours, lasts about 15-18 hours

8) Shuffle has a circle of button (vol up/down, next track & prev. track) and a buton to turn it on, and another to switch from playing them in order to shuffling them at random

9) iTunes... fucken hate it, but i does the work

10) Its the size of a tic-tac case

11) I didn't needed a bajillon song, and i didn't care what would play while i'd work out or hike to class.  Simple, small, and afordable, it was perfect for me. I'll buy it again when my current dies. =P
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« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2007, 01:11:34 PM »

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I have a minidisc player.

Is that ever old-fashioned...I hear those things malfunction more than all get-out.
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« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2007, 01:25:22 PM »

I own a walkman that still works :P
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« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2007, 02:46:54 PM »

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I have a minidisc player.

Is that ever old-fashioned...I hear those things malfunction more than all get-out.


Not... really. Depends on what player you get, but I have an old one that works fine and rarely mucks up.
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« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2007, 02:48:35 PM »

-What MP3 player do you have (brand and model)?

iPod Nano, 4gb

-How long have you had your MP3 player?

Almost a year now, got it last Christmas.

-How much did your MP3 player cost you to purchase?

I didn't pay for it but it was about $180 at the time I believe.

-How often does your MP3 player malfunction (e.g., freeze up, lose memory)?

Umm, it's frozen a couple times but I just reset it and it's fine.

-Does your MP3 player use an internal rechargeable battery?

Yup, and I don't think I've ever had a problem with it running out. Pretty good battery life I'd say.

-If your MP3 player has an internal rechargeable battery, how long does it last you? How long is it SUPPOSED to last you?

Ummm, tough question. It lasts at least like... 10+ hours I'd say. Idk how long it's supposed to last though. Basically, it lasts as long as I need it to.

-What kind of mechanical user interface (scroll wheel, arrow buttons, touch pad, etc.) does your MP3 player use for you to make your selections?

It's an iPod. I'm sure you're familiar.

-What software does your MP3 player use to support it, and how well does it work (e.g., iTunes, Windows Media Player, Creative Organizer, etc.)

I use iTunes and, to be honest, it's not the most convenient thing in the world. I've been meaning to look into alternatives, which I'm sure exist.

-What special functions does your MP3 player have, that are unique to its model or brand, if any?

Umm... none. It can display tiny pictures o_O

-When you bought your MP3 player, what helped you decide which one to purchase; what criteria did you use, if any, to make your judgment?

iPods are kewl. Really though, I'd recommend going with an iPod Classic at this point. Or some other mp3 player. Idk. Buying an mp3 player is pretty much win-win as long as you don't pay a ridiculous amount of money for something that completely sucks. There are basically 3 factors: Whether or not you're going to run/be mobile with it a lot (you'll want flash memory rather than a hard drive if that is the case), price, and amount of storage. All the extra shit really is just extra shit.
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