iPod Decision

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so

looks like i'm going to cave and buy an iPod. ever since my discman broke i've been without a portable music source. and having to lug CDs back and forth from my car is annoying, and the radio sucks.

so

i'm choosing between the new 20GB iPod, and the brand new 4GB iPod nano.

here's a comparison chart....http://www.apple.com/ipodnano/specs.html

and the $ isnt really a factor...i have almost $10K in my account.

so place your vote, and just briefly tell me why you chose said choice.

thanks guys! :thumbs:

posted by  SuperJew

I'd say 20 gig cause of the size but 4 gig cause of price (if it was me buying). I dont know how many songs you got got/like to carry around and listen to but i think the 4 gig Nano would be a good choice cause its not going overboard and it should be plenty big enough for your needs (i think).

posted by  car_crazy89

We just got the nano into best buy about 2 weeks ago..i don't like it..i think its too small and i know i would lose it lol. but i have the 20g ipod and i love it..i have it about 3/4 the way full :laughing:

posted by  GonnaDie4TheGov

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Regardless that $ is no object...I'd go with the nano! Size is the factor...especially if you are going to use it a lot...carrying it with you. Even if you have more than 1000 songs in your iTunes library, you'll never need ALL of them at one time.

Believe me...I also have the 40GB iPod...and I prefer to take one of the mini's instead.

Now...if you are going to use it to transport files from computer to computer...then there really is no issue but the bigger storage capacity.
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posted by  BavarianWheels

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I liked the new Nano so much...I just bought a black one!!

Thx for the "tip"... :thumbs:
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posted by  BavarianWheels

Only get the 20gig if you need it, otherwise I'd go with the nano.

I'm looking to buy a nano myself. :hi:

posted by  GreekWarrior

My cousin borroweed a 50g iPod photo. For music only it's way too expensive and you'll never gonna get past 5 gigs. But for storing loads of movies or animes I think it's perfect. Shame you can't watch the video files on them!

posted by  fudge

Go with the nano, it's both smaller and cheaper, unless you want to put alot songs on there...

posted by  chris_knows

I'm gonna say 20gb because the fact that when buying the nano sure it's small but it's $50 more than the mini thats also 4gb or for that extra $50 you can get the 6gb mini. Also if your music library goes over 1,000 songs then your kinda wishin you went with the 20gb.

posted by  Spanky2324

I'd go with the 20gb simply because I listen to a LOT of music....I have over 20 gigs of music on my computer, and on average, I listen to over 100 songs per day... and depending on my mood is what kind of music i listen to, so the 4gb nano could definitely be a pain if it didnt have the right song i was looking for...

posted by  dodgerforlife

20.. bigger is better

posted by  SyntheticTrust

so, i was in Syracuse today for my interview (which went beautifully, by the way) and i stopped by the Carousel Center mall, and checked out the Apple Store there.

one of the salesmen had a Nano and showed me....

and i was sold. its so small!! that's pretty much the selling point for me.

he said, just like Bav said. that even if i have more than 4GB of music (i have 3.3 now) it doesn't all have to be on the iPod at the same time. so I'm definitely gonna go for the Nano now.

thanks for the input, everybody! it's greatly appreciated. :thumbs:

and Cera...bigger is not necessarily better. at least in the world of electronics :orglaugh:

posted by  SuperJew

Good luck on your new job :thumbs:

For the iPod Nano, I'm pretty sure it is 3.7 GB when it is formatted (at least that's how it is with the iPod mini).

posted by  chris_knows

You should have gotten the MobiBlu DAH-1500i (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/detail.gsp?image=http://i.walmart.com/i/p/0 0/80/87/28/00/0080872800119_AV5_60X60.gif,http://i.walmart.com/i/p/00/80/87 /28/00/0080872800119_500X500.jpg,http://i.walmart.com/i/p/00/80/87/28/00/00 80872800119_AV_60X60.gif,http://i.walmart.com/i/p/00/80/87/28/00/0080872800 119_AV1_60X60.gif,http://i.walmart.com/i/p/00/80/87/28/00/0080872800119_AV2 _60X60.gif,http://i.walmart.com/i/p/00/80/87/28/00/0080872800119_AV3_60X60. gif,http://i.walmart.com/i/p/00/80/87/28/00/0080872800119_AV4_60X60.gif,htt p://i.walmart.com/i/p/00/80/87/28/00/0080872800119_AV5_60X60.gif&product_id =3756866&iIndex=undefined&isVariant=false), it is the smallest in the world, I just like seeing peoples faces when i show it to them. It has 1 GB which is the same as the ipod shuffle, but it has a screen, and costs the same.

posted by  c90acm

That's sweet, might buy one actually, but I'd probably end up losing it :ohcrap:
Does it also get radio?

posted by  chris_knows

i need more than 1 GB.

and i wasnt at Syracuse for a job interview....college interview. Syracuse University is my #1 choice for college, and i'm applying there Early Decision.

posted by  SuperJew

do the nano's have the same battery issue, as the original ipods....replace after 18 months and the battery costs as much as a new ipod, i would be pissed if i wasted my money and they didn't tell me this little known fact beforehand

posted by  BanffAutoSpa_ap

You're talking "big", but your using "little". Your 20GB purchase would be a waste...as the 4GB holds 10x the amount of music you claim to listen to per day.

...and yes, Apple is now making sure you know about the battery issue. It's pretty plain on the documentation. Another reason to stick with smaller and cheaper.

My music library is lots bigger than the 1000 song limit on the mini...but I can't listen to that much music in one day...let alone 1000 songs!!

...Plus the Nano has picture storage capability..and slideshows...
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posted by  BavarianWheels

Ya it gets radio, and has voice recording, but i dont use that.

posted by  c90acm

I made this same choice (of course it was the Mini vs. 20GB) and I think if I had that same choice of the mini versus the 20GB I would have not gotten the mini (simply because of fewer accessories), but I think the Nano is so gosh darned cool, Id get it. I mean its small, color, and did I say really small? Lol... :thumbs:

posted by  StiMan

Fight the power...
Apple will not rule our lives!

(Although the nano is cool.)

posted by  ChromeDome

trust me, i've tried...

after my second discman broke, i've lost faith. :cussing:

posted by  SuperJew

Well if you decided against iPod, theres things like Creative or iRiver lol.

posted by  car_crazy89

nooo

i lost faith with portable CD players. :doh:

posted by  SuperJew

iRIVER:
http://techdigestuk.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/iriver_h320.jpg

Creative:
http://www.clubic.com/photo/00105971.jpg

posted by  car_crazy89

iRivers are sweet. Theres one that is $250 but has 20 gigs and can play full movies and such on its color screen, its pretty cool.

posted by  StiMan

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Finally received my Nano today! I missed the delivery twice!!

It is so cool...the pic slideshows...and the rest. Now I just need the langolier (?) headset and a cover.
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posted by  BavarianWheels

How many songs does it hold? 4000?

posted by  TurboLag

The 4 gig nano holds about one thousand, but depends on the size of your songs...

posted by  chris_knows

4 gig nano=1000?
doesnt the mini hold 2000 and its a 2 gig?

posted by  TurboLag

No...here's the site:

Apple Site (http://www.apple.com/ca/ipodnano/)

posted by  chris_knows

Hey I heard that the nano's lcd screen brakes real easy, is this true?

posted by  GreekWarrior

I'm sure...one has to be careful with this tiny gadget.
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posted by  BavarianWheels

hehehe :hi:

Nah I've heard that there has been lots of people ordering replacement screens for the nano either because they have scratched or cracked their screen, so yeah apparently they are easy to brake.

posted by  GreekWarrior

yeah. and the iPod Tubes for the nanos are on backorder. damn apple! :cussing:

but yes, i got my nano last weekend and i still can't get over how awesome it is. its just so small! but yes, it does scratch a little too easily for my taste...although you don't really notice it with the black unless you're really looking.

posted by  SuperJew

i would go with the nano because if your looking for portability, it is the way to go. the 20 gb ipod is stupid because nobody has time to listen to 10,000 songs!

posted by  jdubya

I wont go with the iPods due to not wanting to go through iTunes. I don't have any other Apple computers, and my wife has a Dell Axiom, and has been using Napster since before it was legal.

there's a lot of tiny MP3/WMA players, lik ethis one, that are as small as Nanos...

http://www.maplin.co.uk/images/Full/44965i0.jpg

Of course, it doesn't hold as much, being a 512MB, but it's only $150, and needs no docking gear. You can get similar ones up to 1 gig that are not as tall or as wide as nanos, but a tad thicker.

posted by  ChrisV

ChrisV, iTunes runs on all OS's, and the iPod does not need docking gear, excepts for the charging cable, and usb/firewire cable. Mine does not have a dock, and still works fine, excepts for that damn battery :banghead:

But iPods are a bit more expensive, because there is more stuff in less space...

posted by  chris_knows

It's the only Apple product I use...otherwise I'm a Mac "hater"...

...that little mp3 player is cool! Can you sort through your music, or do you have to listen to them in the order they are downloaded? (or by name)
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posted by  BavarianWheels

You can sort through them, shuffle them, or whatever.

To be honest, the only place I listen to music other than in teh car is, well, while I'm already on the computer, so an MP3 player ins't high on my list of priorities 9though i'd love to have one just to have one...). So I've instead been replacing my car CD players with CD/CD-R/DVD-R/MP3/WMA players.

posted by  ChrisV

I KNOW it does. But it uses it's OWN format that only works on either the computer that has I tunes on it or on iPods. I've got iTunes on my computer at work and the songs I downloaded only work here. But the songs downloaded from Napster work here or at home or just playing through Windows Media Player on teh computers or on the Dell Axiom. So of the trwo formats, that;'s the one I'll stick with.





Not really less space as the ones I posted show. They cost more because they are Apples. I love the way the look however, and were I only using straight MP3s that I could play anywhere, I'd probably go that route just for the styling.

posted by  ChrisV

Well...not necessarily true...you can export your iTunes music to a variety of formats...you can burn to CD's...from there you can do just about anything you want to the files. There are ways around just about anything.

Besides, 70% of my iTunes library has come from places like, Napster, or BearShare, and my own CD collection.

It's not as restrictive as I had originally thought.
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posted by  BavarianWheels

You can say that again!!!
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posted by  BavarianWheels

Oh, I understand about using other formats IN iTunes libraries. At work iTunes is what I've got to play the files I bring from home. But anything I download from iTunes only works in iTunes.

And yeah, burning to CD and then ripping back to MP3 is how I get around the licensing so I don't have to carry licenses for the music I get from either iTunes or Napster. (and since I have paid for those downloads, I dont' want to be tied into a set number of copies I can make or limited as to where I can listen to them)

Still not enough justification for paying more for the Apple product. Yet.

posted by  ChrisV

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posted by  BavarianWheels

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