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Old 05-07-2013, 21:00
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I am looking to buy an MP3 player, mostly to use when I'm travelling, but never having used one before, I know nothing about them at all, and would appreciate any advice on what makes etc.to look for. I noticed that some have video facility, but I'm only really interested in one to play music not videos.

I'm prepared to pay around 70'ish (give or take a few pound either way).

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Old 05-07-2013, 21:48
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70 will get you a very nice large capacity model. You could also spend a lot less.

How many songs are you looking at storing on it?

The obvious answer would be an iPod but, believe it or not, there are other brands that do exactly the same thing for half the price.

Have a Google for "mp3 players" and you will see the brands that are most preferred.
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Old 05-07-2013, 22:59
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I found it very difficult to find the right type of MP3 players.

Getting the balance between memory size, price and battery life is very hard to get right.

Ipods are great for memory size and battery life, but off course expensive.

I went for a cheap (20) mp3 player that had an SD card slot so that I could add 16gb of memory. Battery life is a week's normal usage. So just about right for daily use and cheap enough to not worry about losing or having it stolen.
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Old 06-07-2013, 05:45
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Loads to choose from depending on your needs.

I need good battery life, good build quality, ease of use, properly portable (not some brick). I went for a ipod shuffle (current model in black). It lasts for 22hrs, has simple controls (buttons, no display to read), robust metal body, with a very good sound through the very comfy apple headphones. It's also very small. Very impressed by it
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Old 06-07-2013, 11:44
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Thank you for replies. All food for thought. Will have another 'Google-session' and the point about spending less so not having to worry quite so much in case of theft or loss is practical as I intend to use it when travelling.
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:50
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At your price point this can't be beaten. Add a 32gb SD card and you have 40 gb for under 60!!!!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-Clip...ndisk+clip+zip
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:19
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At your price point this can't be beaten. Add a 32gb SD card and you have 40 gb for under 60!!!!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-Clip...ndisk+clip+zip
Looks good. Can you tell me if it will play on a docking "thingy" (I understand some of them can't) and also if battery can be recharged from the mains? [I don't take computer with me when travelling].

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Old 07-07-2013, 12:26
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if there's a usb socket on the product or via a dongle (like the Apple Shuffle) you could use a mains USB charging plug. These are getting quite common now for obvious reasons, and some offer multiple USB sockets so you can charge more than one USB device at a time.
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Old 07-07-2013, 14:53
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if there's a usb socket on the product or via a dongle (like the Apple Shuffle) you could use a mains USB charging plug. These are getting quite common now for obvious reasons, and some offer multiple USB sockets so you can charge more than one USB device at a time.
OK - so the USB mains charger than I have for my Kobo e-book would work with mp3 player? That's handy!
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Old 07-07-2013, 19:57
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OK - so the USB mains charger than I have for my Kobo e-book would work with mp3 player? That's handy!
Yep - my Sandisk Clip Zip charges perfectly well with the cheapo USB charger that I've got
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Old 08-07-2013, 15:30
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A small External speaker can be used to play it without Head Phones. Anything with a 3.5 mm jack aux socket.
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Old 08-07-2013, 15:45
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very good sound through the very comfy apple headphones
The supplied Apple headphones are pretty garbage.

As are the headphones supplied with the vast majority of MP3 players.

Unless you already have a decent set, I'd be looking to spend some of that 70 on decent headphones. Even spending around a tenner will get you far better quality than the supplied ones in most cases.

As for a player, you could get a Sandisk (there are several models to choose from, most are expandable) player + memory card for well within your budget and still have enough left to add a set of headphones.

Capacity wise, 4gb holds roughly 800-1000 tracks (depending on the quality of the rips) so work out what you need and buy accordingly.

Docking "thingies" .... tend to be mostly set up for Apple devices (new and old connection types). You get a few for other devices but most are Apple. However, most (the decent ones anyway) will also have an aux/line in connection as well so you can use a standard 3.5mm stereo lead and connect any player you like to them.
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Old 08-07-2013, 18:39
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Thank you for all you advice, it is all very helpful.

As sandisk has been mentioned more than once, I looked for one on Amazon and found one with initial price - stated - over 100 selling for around 35.

On Argos I found a docking thing at half price - 49, and bought the connecting lead to make the 2 things compatible.

They're all returnable if they don't work together, but I've fingers crossed I've made right choices!

Thanks again
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:40
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Reference above(!) The sandisk arrived this morning. I didn't expect it to be very large, but certainly didn't expect it to be quite so small & fiddly.
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Old 09-07-2013, 10:50
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Have you considered an MP4 player? (which does video as well), the requirement for a screen means they are a more sensible size, and display information better - no need to ever watch videos on it.
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:11
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Have you considered an MP4 player? (which does video as well), the requirement for a screen means they are a more sensible size, and display information better - no need to ever watch videos on it.
That sounds more sensible. I mean, I don't want something the size of a house brick, but there is a limit! Do MP4's have radio?
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:12
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That sounds more sensible. I mean, I don't want something the size of a house brick, but there is a limit! Do MP4's have radio?
Usually they do, probably more so than MP3 players?.
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Old 09-07-2013, 11:59
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I wouldn't worry about MP4 players. You'll need to spend more fdor a start and given that you're not interested in video, you'd be wasting money on the screen.

The Sandisk will have a screen.

Can I ask what you find fiddly about it? (I know they are small .... I always thought that was a plus point!) I used to use one in my car and always found it pretty straightforward enough?
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Old 09-07-2013, 12:16
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I am still using my old Creative Zen V Plus. Only cons for me about it are:-

1) You cannot use any old mains to usb adaptor to charge it. Either charge from the computer or pay Creative extra for an adaptor that works (I think it shorts out the data connectors to fool it into thinking it is connected to a computer);

2) Restarting playback from a bookmark only plays the current track not carrying on to play the rest of the album or playlist - a bind for me as I mainly use it to play a series of three hour radio programmes each of which counts as one track and I want it to play them in strict chronological sequence and move to the next day's programme automatically while I am busy driving;

3) Turning it off while paused loses the current playpoint as does connecting it to the computer to charge and / or re-synch.
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Old 09-07-2013, 12:30
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Having looked at the Sandisk again, I've decided to keep it.

Now, may I ask what is probably a very stupid question? Instruction booklet says to make sure I have latest version of Windows Media Player (mine certainly isn't). Question: should I delete the old before I download the new? [I'm using Vista Home Premium].

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Old 09-07-2013, 13:00
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WMP? Why?

I just drag and drop onto mine. I think you can use WMP to sync with it if you want but I never have ....

(Which player did you actually get? May be different for your one but I suspect not...)
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Old 09-07-2013, 13:20
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WMP? Why?

I just drag and drop onto mine. I think you can use WMP to sync with it if you want but I never have ....

(Which player did you actually get? May be different for your one but I suspect not...)
The instruction booklet says I should make sure I have latest version.....

I haven't tried using the mp3 player - SanDisk sansa Clip - yet as it is still charging.
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Old 09-07-2013, 13:46
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Ignore it.

Mine is a clip. I just connect to PC (running W7 rather than Vista) and drag and drop. I don't use WMP. Never have. And didn't need it for the Sansa Clip either.

One thing worth noting, when you first start it, select your location as "Rest of the World" or something along those lines (ie. Not EU) to avoid the stupid EU volume restriction thing ....
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Old 09-07-2013, 15:43
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Ignore it.

Mine is a clip. I just connect to PC (running W7 rather than Vista) and drag and drop. I don't use WMP. Never have. And didn't need it for the Sansa Clip either.

One thing worth noting, when you first start it, select your location as "Rest of the World" or something along those lines (ie. Not EU) to avoid the stupid EU volume restriction thing ....
Thank you.
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Old 09-07-2013, 16:12
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Well, I still use WMP for making mp3 CDs.

But I then disable the infuriating sync, and just drag and drop from the recordings folder instead.
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