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1. Posted by Marty 6 (Full Member 45 posts) 11y

Looking for some advice. Heading on a 6 month RTW trip at the end of Feb (Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, OZ, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil) and was wondering what people think the best music system to take is?

I love my music alot and couldnt contemplate leaving 'musicless.' Is there likely to be access to power to recharge players in hostels in places like Cambodia and Bolivia?

Would you take someting expensive like an ipod orwould you take a CD player that can play MP3s- bearing in mind you would have to carry another 15-20 cds to play)?

Will an ipod stand up to 6 months backpacking without being stolen/ broken?

Any advice would be much appreciated


2. Posted by ROLLonOZ (Full Member 36 posts) 11y


Best investment ever!!!! I love mine and wouldn't leave it at home if you paid me.

Just don't let it leave your side

3. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Heya :)

If you haven't bought an iPod or a MP3 discman yet, I owuld suggest a cheap Minidisc player. Yout can get one for minimum $120 Canadian. One minidisc can hold up to 500 or 1000 songs (I can't remember which one!). Anyways, it's ecomonical, rather than bringing a $500 iPod with you and worrying about it every second. And with the Minidisc player, you would only have to bring one disc with you since it fits so many songs. Most players come with software so you can load your MP3's onto the disc. If I had any brand recommendations, I would have to go with Sony....I've used them many-a-time in the past and they are great.

Hope that helps!

Katie ;)

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Mac just came out with the iPod Shuffle, a small and affordable iPod that holds about 240 songs. From their Canadian site:

"Time to mix things up. Meet iPod shuffle, the unpredictable new iPod. What will it play next? Can it read your mind? Can it read your moods? Load it up. Put it on. See where it takes you. Choose from pocket-size 512MB or 1GB models starting at $129 and surprise yourself."

5. Posted by Peter (Admin 5790 posts) 11y

Yeah, I'd go for an iPod Shuffle - I'm looking forward to picking one up myself sometime soon. I could never quite justify the large iPods, but this is perfect. You can use it as a usb thumb drive as well and when you compare prices, it's actually not all that different - in fact, it's even cheaper than some of the other thumb drives out there (and they don't play mp3s)! Pricing is US$99 for the 512MB or US$149 for the 1GB.

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

I love my music, and used to always listen to a walkman/discman, but for a combination of reasons have falled out of the habit in the last year or two. I keep meaning to do some proper research and get myself an Ipod/similar thingy, but still havne't gotten around to it. In addition, as i've got literally shed loads of CDs/tapes plus reams of MP3s, to even get a decent chunk on i'd need to spend loads of money which i'm trying to avoid.

What i DO really enjoy when travelling is radio. I try and carry a small radio everywhere and just listen to local/national foreign radio. You get more interaction/experience of teh country as well as hearing some local music (plus normally the standrad chart stuff, and also random old/obscure int'l stuff you won't hear so much at home), and even if you can't understand a single word the DJs/Callers /guests etc are warbling on about, it just seems allot more exotic and exciting to me than listening to the same stuff you do at home on CD or on standard expat stations

BTW, i'm sure you can, but i', too lazy to check right now - anybody know if you can get an ipod/similar which includes a decent radio as well? Or even recomend one to me?

7. Posted by serene.y (Full Member 15 posts) 11y

can i just say that apple is amazing?! the new ipod shuffle simply melts my heart away.

I need music while i'm travelling. i don't have an ipod but my nomad by Creative works just as well. it hold about 380 songs, compact, user-friendly, and affordable (abt USD200), definitely ease the load of packing cds and save the trouble of disc changing too.

Quoting Gelli

BTW, i'm sure you can, but i', too lazy to check right now - anybody know if you can get an ipod/similar which includes a decent radio as well? Or even recomend one to me?

Gelli, Creative's mp3s do have FM features. Check out their latest edition Zen Micro ... pretty yummy.

8. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 301 posts) 11y

I work in the Apple store Regent Street. I have just got my Ipod Shuffle handed to me brand new, 1Gig for nothing!! We also get given an Ipod free too. The only problem is that if you do not take your laptop, you will have the same 240 songs for your entire trip which could get quite boring for 6-8 months!! I am probably going to take my 20Gig Ipod because iif I loose it then i got it for free anyway and there is a huge variety of songs compared to 240.

9. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Erm... does this mean you won't be needing your new Shuffle...?

10. Posted by travelover (Respected Member 494 posts) 11y

Long live the iPod! I am in love! Never have I been so elated as when I am using my little baby (my iPod) . I have the 20Gig (although I greedily wanted the 60Gig iPod Photo so I could store even MORE songs) and have filled it with only 280 songs, but I am not bored yet! Of course it's been about three weeks that I have mine, but all I have to say is BUY the 20Gig iPod, FILL it to the brim with any and all songs you like (5000 should keep you going without boredom for 6-8 months), BUY a protective case so you won't worry about any damage, DON'T worry if you scratch it up a bit (it happens!), and last but not least, IMITATE the dancers in the commercials (I love to do that )! Seriously though, if you love music like I do, you will not regret the iPod. It's expensive, but if you think about battery costs, the price will redeem itself in no time. Not to mention CD players skipping all the time, added to the weight you have to carry around with you just so you can have your entire music collection under your fingertips! IPod is the way to go!