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Chesta
Nervous Wreck (II) Inmate

From:
Insane since: Dec 2002

posted posted 12-03-2003 04:06

So, my old CD Walkman has officially bit the dust, and I need something else to listen to my tunes on. I'm also in need of a new music system in my room, which could affect my decision.

So, the choices are basically MP3 and CD. Minidisk is interesting, but I dunno. I'm not really sure of the pros and cons of each, and despite trying to weigh them, have come up pretty indecisive. It would probably be a Christmas present, so it would have to be under, say, 200. This cuts out the iPod, which is the clear choice for its sleekness, size, that new format, all the looks from the ladies.

My CD collection is not formidable, and so it would be just as easy for me to buy some MP3s legitimately as buy CDs, no big deal it seems. I suppose it might be better to get a CD walkman because I could then play my collection in my room on the stereo system, but I could use a new one...

*sigh*

Now I'm just rambling. I'm confused. What do you guys have? Do you like it? Pros/Cons, what not.

Thanks a lot.




-Chesta

prawnstar69
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: Loughborough, Leics. UK
Insane since: Sep 2003

posted posted 12-03-2003 07:53

I like my NetMD Minidisc, you hook it up to your PCs USB and you cap copy MP3, WMA and CD tracks to minidisc. It's small, it's never skipped on me and it sounds good.

If you're not the music purist you can crap about 6 albums onto 1 minidisc too, personally I can't tell much of a difference in quality between LP4 (you can fit 6 albums on), LP2 (you can fit about 3 on) and highest quality (1 album).

If you want a CD player I suggest getting one which allows you to play MP3s burnt to a CD too, they're pretty good.

Chesta
Nervous Wreck (II) Inmate

From:
Insane since: Dec 2002

posted posted 12-05-2003 01:46

Hmm...perhaps I'm asking the wrong crowd here...oh well.

I'm really liking the look of the iRiver iMP-550 SlimX . It's a CD player that can play MP3 CDs. Since my ol' computer has a mere 6 gigs seems like I should be able to buy a couple CD-RWs and fill 'em up however I want, lil' by little. As far as I can tell this method should work pretty well. Battery life is supposed to be good and I like the built in FM radio.

Anyone had any positive or negative dealings with MP3 CD Players or iRiver? I'm leaning toward this option, but I sure could use a little nudge of assurance.



-Chesta

Alevice
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Mexico
Insane since: Dec 2002

posted posted 12-05-2003 02:41

Most non-new Mp3 cd players do lack of an id3 tag reader, which is a damn mess when you have like 150 (obvious reasons) songs in there.

I have not checked the iRiver by myself, but as long as it can read id3 tags and you can use Aa batteries, my guesses are that it should be good. The price seems reasonable compared to most stuff i have seen here in Mexico.

Minidisc are one big bad idea. They are just like if you sliced a regular cd in a half. Nothing really promising.

And well, if you are serious in building yourself a large music library, consider getting an iPod.

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Yannah
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: In your Hard Drive; C:
Insane since: Dec 2002

posted posted 12-05-2003 03:05

Ipod

The site says it all.

Alevice
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Mexico
Insane since: Dec 2002

posted posted 12-05-2003 05:06

:rolls:

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prawnstar69
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: Loughborough, Leics. UK
Insane since: Sep 2003

posted posted 12-05-2003 11:12

There's nothing wrong with minidisc, I really like them :P much smaller than CD players and don't skip which is good.

This is great though...
http://www.penny-arcade.com/view.php3?date=2003-05-28&res=l

Chesta
Nervous Wreck (II) Inmate

From:
Insane since: Dec 2002

posted posted 12-05-2003 12:53

Yes, I realize how great the iPod looks/is (although I'm liking the specs of the Dell and Rio "iPod killers"). I just don't think it fits me right now.

I don't have a huge music collection, and even though I like the idea of being able to fit thousands of songs into one player, I don't think I need it. And getting an iPod with more memory than my computer at the moment doesn't seem to make that much sense (when I could add a couple hundred and buy a new computer). I just can't justify the price right now.

The MP3 CD player seems like a good mix to get me started..


So how many MP3s can I reasonably fit onto one cd(-rw)? A bunch of numbers are being thrown around at the sites I've been visiting, mostly between 100-250. Is this accurate?




-Chesta

HZR
Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: Cold Sweden
Insane since: Jul 2002

posted posted 12-05-2003 13:47
quote:
So how many MP3s can I reasonably fit onto one cd(-rw)? A bunch of numbers are being thrown around at the sites I've been visiting, mostly between 100-250. Is this accurate?


Depends on the quality and length of course. But with pretty good quality I would say somewhere between 150 and 200 songs on an 700 MB CD.

Alevice
Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: Mexico
Insane since: Dec 2002

posted posted 12-05-2003 16:18

Chesta - sorry for being nitpicky, but its space, not memory.

Concerning the cd-rw. As said it depends on files size. The standard 128k mp3 track is around 3.5mb (3 mins aprox). Doing my math, thats aprox 200 tracks. It would be much less with higher quality (say 192k) and track lenght.

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Chesta
Nervous Wreck (II) Inmate

From:
Insane since: Dec 2002

posted posted 12-05-2003 20:35

Space, Memory...Pshh...

Ironically, as I went to school today once again pondering my options I realized my mistake.

What a nerd I am.


But yes, you're absolutely correct. Thanks guys.



-Chesta

Petskull
Maniac (V) Mad Scientist

From: 127 Halcyon Road, Marenia, Atlantis
Insane since: Aug 2000

posted posted 12-09-2003 21:40

I'm using my VAIO laptop as a walkman, but I need something small and light for jogging and stuff...

I've wondered... is having the laptop on (in, say, a backpack) while I walk about my day bad for the drives? I'm obviously very careful when picking it up and setting it down, but it seems like parking the drives before moving them would be A Good Thing... what do you guys think?


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