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21. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Good god people! iPods are under 200 USD here...where are you guys shopping?

22. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

I'd recommend the apple website for anyone serious about an ipod (and yes, the shuffle is pretty cheap too). The prices do differ quite a bit per country, for example nearly 25% more expensive for most things here in Norway due to VAT mainly...

23. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Yikes! Can't you buy from an American site?
I guess I don't understand the system?
My brother-in-law buys all his serious computer equipment/cameras/digital stuff in Japan...(but he has to actually make the trip:( )

24. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Sorry to drag this one up again, but i've been shopping about for i-pods etc today. after reading up the one thing that put's me off about the i-pod is the battery life - how long does the battery really last???

I've also been looking at the Sony NWHD3 20GB MP3 player. It says the battery last 30 hours which is pretty good. Anyone know if these things are worth the £200 asking price, they are basically the same price as the i-pod, but a little smaller.

25. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Hi Dave, no worries at all. I have the 20 gb ipod, battery life is about 4-5 hours with an itrip attached. Probably 6 or so without. It's quite a while in any case. Coming back from NZ earlier this year it made it through the whole trip although granted we weren't listening to it the entire way....

That length of time is usually fine for the kind of trips I do, but if you need it to be available for a really long time and don't see any chance to charge in between, then it might not be for you.

26. Posted by floridaade (Full Member 24 posts) 11y

I bought a 20gb Dell MP3 player at Xmas, ripped every CD I had and find it so much more convenient. I have close to 4000 tracks on there and the player is the size of a packet of cigarettes. I'd highly recomend getting a player for trips, takes up much less space.

A cheap alternative would be to buy a CD player that'll also play MP3 CDs, simply because an MP3 cd will hold 10 times as much music (over 100 tracks as opposed to 10-20).

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

As an update, i got myself a Creative Zen Touch 40gb from the US (via a friend who was coming to Europe, so i didn't get hit on import tax). Must admit to loving it. Battery life was a big factor for me as well, and I tested the life and i got to over 28 hours [i then got distracted and missed when it died, although it was somewhere between 28 and 34hours], although that is just turning it on to random play all and leaving it - the more buttons you press the shorter the battery life.

The interface takes a little getting used to, but is fine. There are 1 or 2 slightly annoying bits, but there are software patches that can cover those anyway, and from waht i can see thas personal annoyance rather than a major issue anyway.

It's not the cheapest model at 300usd, but a heck of allot cheaper than in europe (where it's still very rare), has a mini HDD so can store photos etc on it as well, and with 40gb i won't run out of space all that quickly!!

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

It's been a while since I started this thread and I still can't make up my mind on this one. I'm feeling a bit bamboozled by the choice of products.

It seems to me that most of those who recommend the i-pod are Apple devotees in general, so I'm not sure if I trust them.

I dont want to buy something that hasnt got a great battery life, especially if it's going to be difficult to charge it on the road. I presume it's difficult enough to find places to charge your equipment when you're hostelling.

Are plugs in Asia of the two-pin variety?

Can someone make up my mind for me please?

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

It seems to me that most of those who recommend the i-pod are Apple devotees in general, so I'm not sure if I trust them.

I'm not saying that they aren't good/great, but your right in that alot of Ipod recomendees are either Apple or, urm, "Fashion" (all the hip and cool people want or have one) devotees. If it helps, i'm also an Apple person at heart and computing, but choose against them and battery, price plus sheer stealability grounds came into that.

30. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

Eve,

Have you had a look at the Sony NWHD3. It looks pretty good. Same size (20Gb) as the apple, a little smaller in size and the battery lasts longer and comes in a few colours, i'm tempted by it. I know what you mean though - it's difficult to choose one.