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Old 11-23-06, 12:17 AM
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So I'm looking for a new DAP...

Right now I use a 20 gig 4G iPod. I'm thinking that I'd like to pick up a new player in the next few months. I'm leaning towards one of the new Nanos, since I primarily use iTunes, and have several albums I've bought via iTunes I'd like to be able to play on whatever player I purchase. I know there are ways to unlock the protected iTunes files, but I don't know if we can discuss that here.

I'm also intrigued by the iriver clix (looks very cool, but also looks like it might be hard to operate with one hand), and have also looked at the Toshiba Gigabeat S and the Creative players.

Primarily I want excellent sound quality (I have a nice pair of Shure E4g headphones), and the ability to play my iTunes music, which is probably going to steer me towards the Apple offerings, unless I can unlock the iTunes files so they'll play on another player.

I also want something that I'll be able to work out with. Huge storage capacity isn't that important to me right now as my entire music collection is just under 8 gigs, and only a small portion of that is actually listened to.
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Old 11-23-06, 05:21 AM
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Originally Posted by bdshort
Right now I use a 20 gig 4G iPod. I'm thinking that I'd like to pick up a new player in the next few months. I'm leaning towards one of the new Nanos, since I primarily use iTunes, and have several albums I've bought via iTunes I'd like to be able to play on whatever player I purchase. I know there are ways to unlock the protected iTunes files, but I don't know if we can discuss that here.
What's wrong with the 4th gen you have right now?

I'm also intrigued by the iriver clix (looks very cool, but also looks like it might be hard to operate with one hand), and have also looked at the Toshiba Gigabeat S and the Creative players.
The Clix is a very cool device that plays audio and video files, but it is very small on the memory - only 2gb max. It's also a tad bulkier than an iPod.

Don't bother with the Toshiba. You're buying into dead technology that's about to be swept under the rug.

The Creative Zen Vision:M is the only real contender to the iPod throne. It allows pretty much any video format (without using 3rd party software to convert like on the iPod), and also has an FM tuner. However, the interface and the controls suck compared to an iPod.

Primarily I want excellent sound quality (I have a nice pair of Shure E4g headphones), and the ability to play my iTunes music, which is probably going to steer me towards the Apple offerings, unless I can unlock the iTunes files so they'll play on another player.
If you want better sound quality through your 4th gen iPod, just get Rockbox. It allows you to run a 3rd party firmware on your iPod with a customizable interface, and better sound quality. Try that first before you upgrade your music player.

I also want something that I'll be able to work out with. Huge storage capacity isn't that important to me right now as my entire music collection is just under 8 gigs, and only a small portion of that is actually listened to.
In that case, you might want to try an 8 GB iPod nano, or maybe even just the new shuffle. I have one I exercise with and it's great. The fact that it doesn't have a screen doesn't really bother me, esp. when i'm working out. Only thing is, sound quality sucks compared to the regular iPod.
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Old 11-23-06, 11:55 AM
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Do you have the new shuffle or the old one? I've read a ton of comments from people at places like headfi.com that the first-gen shuffle has the best sound from any iPod ever. I might give rockbox a try, but will it let me load iTunes music without hacking the files?

Nothing is wrong with my 4th gen player, just starting to think about something new. Probably a 2G nano (8 gigs) is the best bet now for what I want.

Oh, and a 4 gig Clix was just introduced.

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Old 11-23-06, 12:45 PM
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I didn't hear about the 4gig Clix. In which case that's a heavy contender. The functionality beats the iPod as far as the interface goes, and it's very friendly to file formats. Top choice right there.

I have the first and second gen shuffle. The 1st gen indeed has great sound quality. The price-to-size ratio isn't as good as newer players though.

Don't know if Rockbox allows iTunes files for sure. check their website at www.rockbox.org.
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