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Looking for MP3 Player Recs

Now that I'm living in my own house, I've been busing to work since I don't have a car. The bus ride is kind of boring though. Also, I have to leave the house more than an hour before my shift starts when it's really only a 15 minute drive from my place to work. This has been making me want to get a car.

While I could technically afford a car, it would be kind of tight, also if one of my roommates moved out, I'd be kind of screwed.

So, in order to avoid the cost of a car, I've decided that buying a top end MP3 player is much cheaper. That way, at least I'll be less bored on the bus to and from work.

Can anyone rec a good MP3 player to me?

I'm looking for something with a largish screen, since I'd like to be able to read .txt files from it (fic!). I also wouldn't mind putting some of my favourite vids on it. I'd also want something with a decent amount of space on it, and room for removable space would be even better (like an SD or microSD slot). Oh, and I hate it when you have to use a certain program in order to add files to the player, I much prefer ones where you can drag and drop or use on a stranger's computer if need be.

For various reasons, I'm kind of anti-Apple, so suggestions for other manufacturers would be awesome.



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Nov. 17th, 2009 08:07 pm (UTC)
I was a bit anti-iPod at first too. But then I got one as a gift and really like it. I play vids on it all the time, listen to music, and listen to audiobooks. Not sure if the screen would be big enough for you to read fic, but it might. The new nanos have a bigger screen than mine, and they have a video camera and FM radio built in too. The iPod touch is even cooler, with a fairly huge screen... it's more expensive though. The only other mp3 player I've had was small and not one I would recommend after using the iPod. It's probably not even sold anymore. Anyway, as someone who had some reservations about the iPod at first, I highly recommend it. It might not have all the features you're looking for, though. You'll want to look at all the specs before you buy.
Nov. 17th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
My thing with Apple isn't so much because I'm worried about using it. I did find it hard to deal with it's interface the few times I've played with one. More I have issues with Apple itself, although I have stronger feelings about Macs than iPods. I might be able to get over my aversion to them if they truly have the best product. However I'd like to take a look at some alternatives first.

When I was looking at some online I saw a few that explicitly said they read .txt files and a bunch that didn't say, so they *might* have the capability but I'm going to have to find out for sure. I'll definitely have to hold some in my hands first.
Nov. 18th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
I wasn't an Apple fan either, but a Touch seems like the only thing big enough to comfortably read on. Touches have 3G internet access (they do here, I'm assuming they would in Canada) so you could read fic straight off the net. Also, I just tried emailing myself a Word doc and it'll read the attachment as text. It didn't keep the double spacing, but it kept the indents and line breaks and other formatting. I don't know if you could load it directly onto the Touch itself (I've never tried), but you might not even have to. Just for reference, here's a screenshot of the Word doc (it's my paper on the adult industry, sorry -- it's the first Word attachment I found in my email) and here's a random fic on LJ. You can rotate the screen to portrait or landscape, depending on your needs, and it's easier to read in landscape.

Prior to my my iPod, I had a Creative mp3 player that I really liked. It had its own iTunes-style software, though, and I didn't like that. But it's been a few years since then so I have no idea how they might have changed since.

Good luck with the shopping!
Nov. 20th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
You could always try the Zune...jokes, it pretty much sucks. I would just go look for something sony. The Sony Walkman Mp3s are pretty good, they have decent features, the S is a solid bet but if you just want a basic one the E series works just fine.
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