I've currently got an iPod mini.... and it's rubbish! The problem with iPod's are you can only add music to the player using ITunes.
When I go travelling, I'm looking for something that'll do the following.
1. Easily rechargeable - (do trains in S.E asia have power points?)
2. Plays music and video (a bit like the video Ipod.)
3. You can plug into any computer and "drag and drop files".
Can anyone recommend anything?
I'm also after getting a external hard drive that I can store all of my files on and plug in easily as I travel the world. The smaller in size the better... but as long as it's got a couple of hundred gigabytes of space.
Thanks in advance....
Honestly, I can't think of anything else OTHER than an Ipod. You might find other MP3 players with video but all of those are way below the Ipod standard (As far as I know)
Hey Wilko, I have the IRiver 20 Gig and it is recognised as an external HD. You dont need any specialist software to use it as operates on a drag and drop basis, verryy convenient.
It also has quality sound, easily recharged, and the battery life is decent...it has video and allows you to store and view your photos, though the larger photos will till a short while to load. I have resized all mins and are ideal for viewing on the device. I suppose you could use it to back all your photos up to whilst travelling...
This is the place I bought it from...
there are other available, take a pick... hope it helps
Other than traveling, DAPs (digital audio players) are my other hobby!!! I honestly check forums all day long about them.
I can suggest some websites to check out, but here are my preferences:
The Creative Zen Vision:M is a good one if you're looking for an audio and video player, pretty good battery life, great compatibility. It's a hard disk player, so 30 and 60gb models are available. This product is in direct competition with the iPod, and while it is slightly thicker (some like to refer to it as slightly more comfortable to hold ) it has a ton more features. 2.5inch screen much nicer looking than the iPod's, and it plays more video formats so you most likely won't have to convert to any special kind of video format for it.
The smaller one from Creative, the Zen V Plus comes in 1, 2, 4, and 8gb models. It's pretty awesome from what I've seen/heard about it, and definitely way more compatible than an iPod. Tiny screen, so not so great for videos.
iRiver is also a good company to check out. Their flash memory players, like iRiver Clix, are supposed to be amazing from the reviews I've read, nice large screen for a flash player (2.2 inch) and good battery life. The new model is now shipping and it goes up to 8gb as well.
You may want to check out the Microsoft Zune, although I'm not too crazy about it. They have the wireless feature in it where you can send songs to other people who have a Zune, but it won't be too useful since nobody really has one. Besides that, though, people say that the interface is really great, the screen is nice and large (3 inches), and it has pretty good audio quality.
I get all my new information from www.dapreview.net but there's also a lot of Creative info on a site that grew off of that one called www.epizenter.net . To Nantes, I'm so sorry that you said what you did, cause it couldn't be more wrong. Pretty much, all the mp3 players OTHER than the iPod are actually more accommodating with more features and better features, at that. The only difference is that Apple splurges on their ad campaigns and has been on top for so long that people just don't know. It's like a Model T Ford, everyone had one at first cause they didn't realize other people could make cars as well. The iPod standard is way below the true DAP enthusiast's standards, and people are slowly but surely starting to figure that out.
Good luck, and I'm interested to see what decision you make. If you wait maybe a month or two, perhaps Creative's new player will come out which should replace the Zen Vision:M, but there's no promises there since it hasn't even been announced yet.
I think the best one would be the Sony Worldwide SW radio which you could listen to all local and international news.
Sorry, mistake, I meant to say I have the Samsung, not the Iriver.... I bought the Iriver for a friend of mine as a gift... The samsung is pretty good, I cant complain...
Oh and BTW I agree with your analysis of the Ipod Abeworld... ITs what a mass marketing campaign can do. Some people think that they are the only ones worth buying...
I have a Samsung Z5 and it's pretty good, I love it. The K5 and K3 are newer models, you might want to take a look at those.
Friends who have ipods say the battery life sucks.
I forgot about the Samsungs! They look incredible, and I know they sound great/have great battery life cause they have the SigmaTel chip in them (adapted from Rio technology).