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October 20th, 2005

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01:00 pm

of course the new iPod that plays video has spawned a million and one articles about how groundbreaking it is to be able to take video with you, lots of 'how-to's', countless bits of commentary about how this new ability to take video with you will cause disruption in the current paradigms of video, tv, and broadcasting, and how video-podcasting is the next great thing.

Give me a fucking break.
Portable music/video players are nothing new, they've been on the mass market for almost 2 years now in the states. It will not affect current broadcasting at all, and it's not revolutionary. And, as usual, other companies are doing this far better than Apple. Hell, the iPod doesn't even support DivX. Weak. It's another case of "me too" from the company who claims to "think different."

And as a matter of fact, most reviews of it are saying that it's really not even very good for video!

You want portable video? here, check these out.
creative zen vision. bigger better screen, more formats, far better bundled software.
Cowan iaudio X5. similar form factor, way more formats, higher quality build and far better quality sound. (on my xmas wishlist.)
Archos AV420 (and other models from archos.) Hell, this one will RECORD video from any source as well as play it. Again, more formats, better quality.

ok, I'm done.

Ok, fine. so if you've got a mac, the iPod is pretty much the only game in town that works well.
I'm ok with that.
And honestly it's not a bad piece of hardware. I'm impressed with how thin they managed to make it without sacrificing too much battery life. And if you like iTunes (i hate it) then it's about the only music player that sync's with itunes.

So go for it. Just stop telling me it's revolutionary, new, amazing, and the best portable music player in the world.
Because it's none of the above.
mood: bitchybitchy
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(20 bits of drivel | babble incoherently)


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Date:October 20th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
>shares in the hate for itunes<

you pay to download tunes and that then won't burn to cd

apple are overrated
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Date:October 20th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
Amen brotha!

(Actually I'm not a big fan of creative, bad quality control. But I agree in spirit!)
And Rio quit the portable audio game! I'm so pissed.
Date:October 20th, 2005 07:40 pm (UTC)
you have any advice on good non-Apple mp3 player portables? I'm thinking of getting one when I get my new computer and the iPods are prohibitively expensive.

Then again, I'm thinking I'm going to go with a Mac when I switch because I really like OSX and don't feel the same about XP.
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Date:October 20th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
consider Linux. If you're cost sensitive, you may get sticker shock when comparing apple hardware with pc hardware. And hey, linux is free, and pretty damned easy to setup and use these days, a distro called Ubuntu in particular. All you need is a friendly local geek to show you the ropes with linux, and the ability to google when you have a problem, and you're set.

If you're looking for a good budget player just for music (not video) here's a few.
creative zen touch, 20gb @ $200 shipped.
cowan iaudio m3, the monochrome (no video) version of the x5 I posted above. $250 (or check the open box specials for an x5 at the same price.)
The new sony walkman is getting good reviews. around $260 on amazon.
iRiver H10 is another one with solid reviews. froogle search

Used on ebay, look for the rio Karma, the iAudio (or jetaudio) M3, or the iRiver hp 120
These were awesome players in their day, but aren't produced any longer. You should be able to fine one of these for $150 or so. buyer beware on ebay as always.

Stay away from the creative zen xtra! Yes it's cheap, but it's buggy as all hell.

Thoughts? more questions?
Date:October 20th, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC)
thanks, although $200 is still out of my price range. Isn't there something good available in, like, the $75 range?

Maybe not.

With the Mac Mini, I'm not too upset at the cost of switching over to Mac. Yes, I'm aware of the problems, but I'm actually a minimal needs user. The problem is the software I use is getting fancier and clunkier just to do the same things its always done. The MP3 player is actually the hangup, as I'm going to want to have one for when I start putting together radio boxes for my bikes.
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Date:October 20th, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
not a nice 20gb one, but you can get smaller mp3 players. like the 1gb range for under $100. Those are pretty easy to find, and there's lots and lots of options
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Date:October 20th, 2005 07:48 pm (UTC)
But who'd want portable video anyway? Shit quality screen no matter what you do because *newsflash* it's not a television.

My half-brother had a Game Gear with TV adapter, and although you could receive TV (pretty well tuned in, at that) it still sucked because portable video is essentially a shite idea.

iPod plays music. It does that well. iTunes does it well, too (I'm not just saying that - I fully intended to carry on using Windows Media Player until I'd installed the version of iTunes that came with my iPod - it converted me through being good).

iPod syncs easily (compared to the experiences I've had with other mp3 players) and plays music well, with a good interface for doing what you want (again, compared to my experience with other mp3 players). The new Podcasting feature is also a cool feature along with audiobooks.

I didn't buy iPod to be innovative, or even cool. I bought it because it does the job well. In the end, that's all that matters.

And I don't give a monkey shit about photos and videos, to be perfectly honest.
[User Picture]
Date:October 20th, 2005 08:06 pm (UTC)
If you're happy with it, kudos. That's what matters in the end.
I've owned them, and couldn't stand them. Just not for me.
[User Picture]
Date:October 20th, 2005 08:10 pm (UTC)
Well, the only thing I'm slightly not happy about is the fact I'm getting towards filling it up...

...which might mean buying a bigger one. :-S
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Date:October 20th, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC)
if you do get a new one, get one of the latest generation (aka video ones). They apparently fixed many of the audio bugs that plagued the older models (which is one of the reasons for my abiding hatred of them), plus they're thinner than the previous ones.
Date:October 20th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC)
Yay Fred for saying everything I've been saying for years.

Actually Archos's frst toy that did Divx came out quite a bit mre than 2 years ago, I think.
[User Picture]
Date:October 20th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC)
Boo LJ for loging me out.
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Date:October 20th, 2005 11:30 pm (UTC)
LJ's been doing that a lot lately I've noticed.
And Archos's first porta-toy with DivX support didn't have a screen iirc, it just plugged into a TV. but I could be wrong.
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Date:October 21st, 2005 02:04 am (UTC)
There was one that looked just like my jukebox, but the LCD was color.

reeeeeeal tiny screen, but a scren.

It might not have had Divx support, but it was some kinda mpeg4.
Date:October 21st, 2005 03:26 pm (UTC)
Interesting. Ive been looking for a way to carry around my photos ( not that I shoot much anymore but still ).
That Zen thing looked ok. Still kind of high though. But cheaper than the Epson P2000.

And yes Itunes sucks ass. I went on a Mountain Dew drinking binge to get free songs. And then itunes fucks me on the cd burning part. >_
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Date:October 21st, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC)
there are units that take 2.5" hard drives and do USB host stuff. Don't play MP3s though. Might be worth looking at if you just want a photo-transport device.
Date:October 22nd, 2005 12:27 am (UTC)
Do tell.

Problem is that I dont need 40 gigs worth of space. 10 at most would do me fine. I just want one with a decent sized screen.
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Date:October 21st, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)
I vote that we redub it the PornPod and get it over with.
[User Picture]
Date:October 21st, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC)
just think of that next time you see a guy headed towards the office bathrooms with his iPod.
*evin grin*
[User Picture]
Date:October 21st, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)
Right, cause what else is he doing? Going to the bathroom while rocking out to "Enter Sandman"? I think NOT!
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