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Best MP3 ONLY player?

tjester
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Hey Guys,
Just wondering if anyone knew of the BEST QUALITY portable mp3 ONLY player? I don't need fancy features, just portable mp3 player capability. And price is no object.

Thomas
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Check out the following URL:

http://www.directron.com/jukebox1.html

I read some reviews on this player, and its supposed to do a pretty good job.  This would be more for home/car installation so it's not a personal portable, however it is a nice setup if you are looking for something in your auto.

I've purchased from DirectRON multiple times, and they treat me right.  I haven't found this particular setup anywhere else.

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You could try the ...nomad jukebox... contains a laptop hardrive in it. so you can have like 20Gb on it.

Its got a few annoying problems but nothing major..

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The player MUST be PORTABLE. I don't want to carry around that 20 gig thing (even though the storage space is nice). Any ideas, still?

Thomas
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You wanted the best.  Reconsider the Nomad.  Here are the specifications.

http://www.zdnet.com.au/shopping/product/1000010287.htm

Weight 14 oz.  I don't consider that heavy.

Also try this link as well

http://chkpt.zdnet.com/chkpt/aushop6/http://www.zdnet.com.au/shopping/subcat/cat/Multimedia__BS__Audio

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Thanks - Anyone else got some useful review links? Or suggestions for an actual player? I am totally flexable...

Thomas

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It might help if you would define what you mean by "best".  I've had a HangGo PJB-100 (http://www.pjbox.com/) for a little over a year and in my opinion there is absolutely nothing even close in terms of performance and capacity.  The Creative Nomad and the Archos Jukebox are poor imitations.

What I like:

1) Massive capacity.  I have the 30GB model.
2) Long battery life 9-12 HOURS play on a single charge.
3) Pocket size profile.  Unlike the strangely shaped Nomad, the PJB is rectangular and fits in almost any pocket.

What I wish it had:

1) Backlit display (this are now available though)
2) IEEE-1394 port instead of the USB interface.

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When you say you don't want to "carry that 20 gig thing", do you realize that the hard drive in question wieghs only a few ounces and measures a quarter inch in height by approximately two inches square?  These super-high capacity devices are not so big and bulky as you seem to think.

Apple's brand new widget plays mp3s and has firewire; MUCH faster for getting data into and out of it:  http://www.apple.com/ipod/

And it only has 5GB; not nearly as heavy and bulky as 20GB!
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Check out the iPod. It was released yesterday. Size of a deck of cards, 5gb HD, 20 minute skip protection. 10 hour rechargeable battery which recharges and syncs to your computer via firewire. Very cool.

http://www.apple.com/ipod/

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Ya weed, great idea!
Kyle SchroederEndpoint Engineer
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iPod looks interesting (if a bit pricey, but we are talking about Apple here :-), but it only seems to support MacOS (at least, according to Apple.com).  I'm sure some crafty people (possibly Apple even) will whip up some Windows software for those of us who are "FireWire"/IEEE1394 enhanced.  Maybe you wouldn't even need it; Windows might just see it as a 5GB FireWire harddrive? Who knows...

The Diamond Rio (http://www.riohome.com/) devices are still out there also, they are super small and light-weight, but pretty limited capacity (compared to the iPod and Nomad) of a maximum of 384MB using Flash memory, and they also have a couple of CD-based products to play MP3 from a CD-R disc.

-d

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"but it only seems to support MacOS"

I'm confident that they'll come out with Win software for the thing.  To only limit themselves to the Apple market would be nuts.  Although it's not unreasonable that it's Apple only when brand new.
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Apple isnt going to release iTunes2 for windows and the iTunes synch capability is what makes it "Mac Only". The iPod does work as a firewire HD on the Mac so i would assume it would do the same for windows. Just plug it in, drop your music on it, and go. You wont get the cool iTunes synch features but so what....
Kyle SchroederEndpoint Engineer
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Thanks for resolving your question (even though it took a while :)

RE: the iPod mentioned above, Apple released a Windows-compatible player towards the end of last year in a variety of capacities (5, 10, and 20GB I believe)...

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Kyle SchroederEndpoint Engineer
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Thanks for resolving your question (even though it took a while :)

RE: the iPod mentioned above, Apple released a Windows-compatible player towards the end of last year in a variety of capacities (5, 10, and 20GB I believe)...

Actually I was reading an article at www.computerpoweruser.com (in the print magazine) where some guy actually got his iPod running Linux.  Not too functional since you can't input anything, but they're working on it (I think the same applies to the Nomad and Archos players that are out now, people always wanting to hack them to do other things.  Speaking of, there is a very slick project for XBOX that turns it into an all-out media center, including streaming MP3s, etc across the network/Internet).

-dog*

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