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Jamfocus 19-11-2005 18:21

MP3 Player advice
 
I'm thinking of getting an MP3 player, but need some advice.

The player I am thinking of getting is the one below;

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Can anyone tell me if this mp3 player would require me to purchase AA batterys when I want to use it. Or is it possible to plug this MP3 into a socket somehow and let it charge up?

Many Thanks

Katy_C 19-11-2005 18:26

It looks similar to one I've got and that takes one AAA battery which lasts about 5-ish hours.

Salt 19-11-2005 18:26

You have to buy AAA batteries, and It does come with one :D:)

Richie12345 19-11-2005 18:26

Well i would imagine the battery is rechargable and charges through the USB conneciton to your PC. Ask to be on the safe side.

I don't know much about MP3 players because i have never had one, but 512MB might not be that big a memory, do you know how many songs (roughly) that is.

Jamfocus 19-11-2005 18:41

Quote:

Originally Posted by Richie12345
Well i would imagine the battery is rechargable and charges through the USB conneciton to your PC. Ask to be on the safe side.

I don't know much about MP3 players because i have never had one, but 512MB might not be that big a memory, do you know how many songs (roughly) that is.

Thanks for the replies :)

I was hoping it would be able to recharge somehow, as I imagine using AA batterys could become expensive over time.

I believe 120 songs is the amount for 512MB.

rogtog 19-11-2005 18:45

Currys is doing the 1GB model for £80.

OTOH, you could get a 1 GB Creative Zen Nano for the same price :-)

Richie12345 19-11-2005 18:50

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jamfocus
Thanks for the replies :)

I was hoping it would be able to recharge somehow, as I imagine using AA batterys could become expensive over time.

I believe 120 songs is the amount for 512MB.



that does sound like enough but a gig would probably be better because you might decide you need more memeory in a couple of months and have to buy another one anyway

Hathor 19-11-2005 19:12

Don't buy anything that doesn't have an easily changeable battery. Ever.

ondigiboxoner 19-11-2005 19:17

Don't buy it, we have these returned so frequently it is unbelievable that they got away with putting it on the market! I would advise another product if possible!

Jamfocus 19-11-2005 19:18

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Originally Posted by ondigiboxoner
Don't buy it, we have these returned so frequently it is unbelievable that they got away with putting it on the market! I would advise another product if possible!

Thank you very much.

Can you recomend any products that are in the £60-£80 price range.

Are Ipod Shuffles any good?

David (2) 19-11-2005 19:26

Ipod shuffle doesnt have an LCD screen, and the host PC must be running at least Win2000.


Some of the small mp3 players have an in built battery which is charged from the USB socket of a computer (or car USB Utility socket adaptor). My one has this feature + a detachable battery unit - into which you slot in your normal AAA size battery. My unit (a Philips "key" 512Mb) has this design, plus LCD screen. Very small. You can take it on holiday with a full charge, and take extra external AAA batteries with you so it never runs out. If the external battery runs down, it switches automatically to the in built battery.

Dave

ondigiboxoner 19-11-2005 19:26

I had an iPod shuffle, and we have very few returned, if you don't mind not having a screen then it is the player for you. You can play in two modes, in Order (so basically Alphabetically, using Artist name to sort) and Random, where any track could be played, in a random order.

All the advantages of owning an iPod too, including the ability to use the iTunes Music store, so you can legally download music for a fair price and put it on the player in a flash.

Jamfocus 19-11-2005 19:53

Quote:

Originally Posted by David (2)
Ipod shuffle doesnt have an LCD screen, and the host PC must be running at least Win2000.


Some of the small mp3 players have an in built battery which is charged from the USB socket of a computer (or car USB Utility socket adaptor). My one has this feature + a detachable battery unit - into which you slot in your normal AAA size battery. My unit (a Philips "key" 512Mb) has this design, plus LCD screen. Very small. You can take it on holiday with a full charge, and take extra external AAA batteries with you so it never runs out. If the external battery runs down, it switches automatically to the in built battery.

Dave

Could you tell me what MP3 that is? It sounds quite good. Edit: must read brackets in future :o

Is the Ipod shuffle charged from a USB port?

Really I am willing to have any Mp3 as long as it has the usb charge feature.

Thank you for all your advice to, its much appreiciated :)

nexty2 19-11-2005 19:54

I wouldn't buy an I-pod shuffle - they are overpriced and you are purely paying for the I-pod branding. You could get another mp3 player with tons more features than the i-pod shuffle (e.g. an mp3 player which has a screen!). I recommend one of these wee beauties: link , I've got the I-bead 400 512mb and it has been a really great player. The battery life is long, the player uses a built-in lithium ion battery which immediatley starts charging when you put it into the USB port. The I-bead 400 supports a wide variety of formats - MP3, WMA, OGG and more. There is lots more information on the website.

Jamfocus 19-11-2005 21:02

Quote:

Originally Posted by nexty2
I wouldn't buy an I-pod shuffle - they are overpriced and you are purely paying for the I-pod branding. You could get another mp3 player with tons more features than the i-pod shuffle (e.g. an mp3 player which has a screen!). I recommend one of these wee beauties: link , I've got the I-bead 400 512mb and it has been a really great player. The battery life is long, the player uses a built-in lithium ion battery which immediatley starts charging when you put it into the USB port. The I-bead 400 supports a wide variety of formats - MP3, WMA, OGG and more. There is lots more information on the website.

Thanks :)

Stupid question, but are Mp3 players easy to carry with you? For example if your walking somewhere.

dmuk 19-11-2005 21:08

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Originally Posted by Hathor
Don't buy anything that doesn't have an easily changeable battery. Ever.

You can always buy a battery recharger and some batteries for around a tenner.

It helps a lot if the player has a battery indicator.

Touché Rupert 19-11-2005 21:13

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Originally Posted by Jamfocus
Thanks :)

Stupid question, but are Mp3 players easy to carry with you? For example if your walking somewhere.

there are no moving mechanical parts, so very light and easy in your pocket :)

pixel princess 19-11-2005 21:14

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jamfocus
Is the Ipod shuffle charged from a USB port?

Yes, but it must be a powered USB port that carries sufficient voltage to charge it. Depending on your equipment, some USB ports may be unpowered.

ondigiboxoner 19-11-2005 21:54

Basically it will charge from all USB 2.0 ports and some USB 1.0 ports.

Alternativly you could buy the Apple iPod Mains Charger (Around £25) which you can then charge from the wall, quite handy really as it means you do not have to boot up your computer every time you just want to charge it up.

The iPod Shuffle even comes with a lanyard to hang round your neck, if thats the sort of thing you like...

Jamfocus 19-11-2005 21:57

Quote:

Originally Posted by Touché Rupert
there are no moving mechanical parts, so very light and easy in your pocket :)

Thank You :)

I've now decided upon a 512GB one, but not sure which brand yet.

dmuk 19-11-2005 22:02

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jamfocus
Thank You :)

I've now decided upon a 512GB one, but not sure which brand yet.

Blimey, you can get a lot of songs on that ;)

Jamfocus 19-11-2005 22:07

Quote:

Originally Posted by dmuk
Blimey, you can get a lot of songs on that ;)

:D

I've finally narrowed it down and believe this is the one for me. But someone tell me does it allow USB charge, Please say yes :D

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ondigiboxoner 19-11-2005 22:18

Bad luck, unfortunatly no it takes 1 AAA battery!

Jamfocus 19-11-2005 22:28

Quote:

Originally Posted by ondigiboxoner
Bad luck, unfortunatly no it takes 1 AAA battery!

:cry:

I thought i may of done as it said Rechardable battery with 13 hours life :(

rogtog 19-11-2005 22:37

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jamfocus
:D

I've finally narrowed it down and believe this is the one for me. But someone tell me does it allow USB charge, Please say yes :D

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Dunno about USB charging, but you can get one for £64 off Amazon (the 1GB model goes for about £80)


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