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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Just wondering how everyone brings their music along with them while travelling....esp the RTW backpackers.
I cant travel without it but bringing a discman and a rake of CDs is just cumbersome and if i just bring a couple of CDS then I'll end up hating those eventually!

My brother is telling me to buy an i-Pod. I priced them this morning and they are over €330 here in Ireland. That would take a little chunk of money out of my travel fund which I'm reluctant to part with.

Is it worth it? Is the i-Pod really as good as it sounds?

Thanks
E;)

2. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 11y

I-pod is the newest thing. Any mp3 player will do. Spring for one.
I just got back from Brazil and my hostel mate lost his cds and digital pic he had burned. Collection gone!!
My mp3 player is an ugly thing! But, it keeps me company on those loooooooooooong bus trips. A good investment.

Good luck.

M.

3. Posted by Delissa (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

I, too,have been contemplating getting an i-pod just because they seem so convenient and they're really cool looking. I know someone who has one and they absolutely love it and cannot part with it. They seem to be worth it but a little out of my budget. So now I am considering getting the ipod mini or the ipod shuffle, all of which are about 50-100USD in difference. Considering the amount of music I have(which is alot)and my budget I am leaning towards the mini. I guess there are other kinds of players out there that are probably much cheaper but I don't know if the quality is as good. All I know is the next player I will be getting is an ipod.

There is one more thing to consider and that is the ipod and ipod mini are both hard drives which means that they can't be bumped around too much.

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

Samsara, I'd recommend the ipod Shuffle too. It's smaller, holds less and doesn't come with a screen, but it's cheaper and easier to carry around. Depends what your needs are, though.

5. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 335 posts) 11y

The sony version..looks kinda cool.

http://www.sonystyle.com

6. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

Mini i-pod is the way to ge people, you can fit over 1000 songs on it and its only £180, you may be able to get it for £170 but if you know someone that works in an electrical store or places such as Argos you could get it for £160 or less with the discount!

I had a minidisc but broke it-nothing lasts long with me so i don't want to go spending a fortune on things. You can get Mp3 players well cheap if you only want to fit up to 5 cd's worth of songs on it! You can pay from £60!!

7. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 11y

I don't really know about i-pod... It took me a long time to buy my diskman because I was always afraid to get stolen during one of my trips. Now, of course, I don't regret the investment, but it will take me as long to buy an i-pod... For now, I always carry around a few CDs during my travels, and end up buying some CDs in the different countries eventually!! There are the nicest souvenirs!!

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

As a follow on question - can anybody recommend a decent MP3 player which also includes a radio tuner??

Whilst i have loads of CDs/Mp3s i'd put on, i also like listening to foreign radio when i travel, as think it adds to the experience, and ideally want something which does both.

And no, i haven't done the slightest bit of research. I'm just being lazy and asking the gopod people of TP instead!

9. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

I recently bought a USB flash drive; you know, a very small 512MB drive that actsd as a data storage/transfer device.

Anyway, there's a companion MP3 player that you can get for it, so I bought that also as an "after purchase".

It's great; the drive can hold data of all kinds (photos, work files, music, etc) and the MP3 player plays the music of course. At 512MB, it's a long way from an I-Pod, but it's a long way from it's price as well - and I wear it around my neck.

One more thing, you stick the flash drive into the USB port at any internet cafe and transfer files to/from it.

Two gizmos in one!

10. Posted by Delissa (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y

Quoting Gelli

As a follow on question - can anybody recommend a decent MP3 player which also includes a radio tuner??

Whilst i have loads of CDs/Mp3s i'd put on, i also like listening to foreign radio when i travel, as think it adds to the experience, and ideally want something which does both.

And no, i haven't done the slightest bit of research. I'm just being lazy and asking the gopod people of TP instead!

Gelli,

The radio thing is a great idea when you are sick of listening to your own music, unfortunately I don't think the ipod has a radio tuner. I have heard of other brands that have both capabilities like the iriver, and the Creative Zen Micro but I'm not sure how much music you can store on them. It's worth checking out though.