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1. Posted by Brayden15 (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y

Hey all!

Heading to OZ for a year, and I need to bring music, my only source of entertainment for a 20 hour flight!

Can anyone recommend a good and durable MP3 player? Something with alot of memory and good battery life...

Thanks!

- Brayden

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

Try some searches, as i'm fairly sure this has come up in the past a few times. Personally, I swear by my Creative Zen Micro 40gb - It's a HDD one so not sutable if you also intend to wear it whilst jogging etc, but i've had mine about 9 months and it's been used ALOT. It's been dropped numerous times, bashed about and been through 2 typhoons without problem.

The battery life has started to wear a bit, but even now i still get about 28hours out of it, although that is down for the 33ish it started with. But even if i'm farting around loads make selections and pressing buttons, its still a good 25odd hours. If you just set it to random play all or one platylist/Artist etc and let it do its thing, it goes longer.

3. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

Quoting Gelli

Personally, I swear by my Creative Zen Micro 40gb - It's a HDD one so not sutable if you also intend to wear it whilst jogging etc

Sounds like a good buy, Gelli. How much does it cost?

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 11y

If they were still being sold, I'd recommend a Rio Karma, but alas... *pinks away a silent tear and triple-checks that his own Karma is still safe and secure in its silk-lined pouch*

Instead, I'd recommend the Cowon iAudio X5: plays mp3, ogg, flac (! - a lossless format), wma, wav - has a voicerecorder which also integrates with its fm radio, and if you go for the "L" version, a 33 (?) hour battery. Also does things like display textfiles and photos and play video.
The user interface isn't as superior as that of the Karma, but then, what is? (Note to iPod fans: that doesn't even come close.) :)

Price depends on the version, from $300 (USD) for the basic 20GB, to $380 for the long battery 30GB version, to $440 for the 60GB. Various stores might have better deals than that.

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

Sounds like a good buy, Gelli. How much does it cost?

Cripes. Urm. I paid 300usd, i think, and that was about 9mths ago. I bought it mail order from the US, but via a US based friend who then forwarded it as a gift so i didnt get hit with import duty.

The one thing that you might consider is that the free software isn't great. It's ok, but not spectacularly fantastic. I've heard people rave about the alternative Notmad Explorer software, but because I've been travelling i haven't bothered getting anything else, and i've just been using the factory stuff wherever I go.

6. Posted by road_trip (Full Member 203 posts) 10y

Quoting Sander

If they were still being sold, I'd recommend a Rio Karma, but alas... *pinks away a silent tear and triple-checks that his own Karma is still safe and secure in its silk-lined pouch*

Instead, I'd recommend the Cowon iAudio X5: plays mp3, ogg, flac (! - a lossless format), wma, wav - has a voicerecorder which also integrates with its fm radio, and if you go for the "L" version, a 33 (?) hour battery. Also does things like display textfiles and photos and play video.
The user interface isn't as superior as that of the Karma, but then, what is? (Note to iPod fans: that doesn't even come close.) :)

Price depends on the version, from $300 (USD) for the basic 20GB, to $380 for the long battery 30GB version, to $440 for the 60GB. Various stores might have better deals than that.

I second the iAudio X5(L). Been looking about for a new mp3 player to take on my travels in July and this looks like the best all round player. Great features with a very long battery life (how annoying would is it when you run out of batteries)

One of the best points about this mp3 player is its USB Host facility, which essentially means you can connect it to a (compatible) digital camera and download your new pix to your mp3 player, negating the need to carry loads of memory cards. Then when you get to a CD burning store you can simply burn them off so you have another 'hard copy'

Now will it be the 30GB or 60GB??

Hmmmm???

7. Posted by tywy (Budding Member 13 posts) 10y

I have an iRiver h340. Cost about US$380. Parents got it for me in New York. I would recommend it as it does not require software to put music onto it. So if you were in an internet cafe you could download some music onto it. Also you can look at photographs and videos on it. It's a handy yoke. I love mine to bits! The battery life is great too better than the iPod anyway. It's not the prettiest thing it's brilliant function-wise

8. Posted by Makini (Respected Member 80 posts) 10y

If you're out for a smaller, flash-memory type of player I'd recommend the Creative MuVo-series, or possibly their small Zen-players. Lightweight, availiable in up to 1-2GB and with a low batteryconsumption. Another big plus is that they're run on normal AAA-batteries (some of them AA), which you can get everywhere on the globe. So unless you'd like to carry your whole CD-collection on the pocket - it's the perfect travelling music-device ;)

9. Posted by sullivan (Budding Member 11 posts) 10y

I reccommend you purchase an MP3 player compatible with Napster's new service. It makes all downloading/uploading so much easier than the other programs I have used through the years. It gives you a lot of downloading and purchasing freedom, which I like a lot. I hope you have fun on your trip!

10. Posted by TylerJames (Respected Member 333 posts) 10y

i still like my ipod its durable battery life is good and its easy to use. stores pics and vids so its def worth looking into. podcasts are pretty sweet too