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Portable Music Players
« on: January 14, 2015, 11:14:56 pm »
I was sure we already had a thread geared strictly for iPod players and the like. I do remember Neumatic going into great detail about him wanting to buy some backups and whatnot. Well, might as well start a thread for this now. The reason why I'm inquiring about it now has to do with whether or not you can actually hook up an iPod or any other portable music players directly to your Home Theater Surround Sound System. Most have different display ports: CD, Auxilary, Phone, TV, etc...So, curious if you in fact can hook up an iPod or not. What kind of external ports do they come with?
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Re: Portable Music Players
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2015, 11:33:15 pm »
Well, the iPod has the same output as the old iPhones, so anything you can plug an iPhone into you should be able to do with an iPod.  There's a lot of really awesome little iPod speakers that were out there, and my favourite ones are the ones that mimic that minimalistic design.  I think it'll be a little while before the new iPhone input becomes standardized.  You can even get little speakers that you can plug into there so you can make noise when you're out and about.

The great thing about being ubiquitous is that everyone designs accessories, so you're bound to find some good ones.

But you also have the charging wire, which ends in a USB so you can plug it into your computer.

You can use a headphone-to-speaker cable if you want to.  I have a headphone-to-faux tape adapter thing, I stick that in my car's tape deck and it plays my iPod through the car's speakers.

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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2015, 11:39:29 pm »
Okay, so since I'm currently looking for an MP3 player, it doesn't necessarily have to be an iPod. But which should I look at getting. There's too many on the market: Nano, Classic, blah blah blah. Don't really even know where to begin or what each version has in the way of 'Bells and Whistles". Any other brand names that can complete with Apple and won't break the bank while at it?
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2015, 01:08:51 am »
I would have to double-check my research, but I think the Kobo is the closest competitor, it kinda looks like an iPod but heavy duty, there's points on the wheel that make it look like an "X"... it looks like it has the most hard drive capacity of any other non-iPod portable music player.

You know, I found the dude on eBay who upgrades iPods and I missed his recent sale on upgrades, he only does a couple at a time.  I was gonna see if I could get the battery on my old one replaced and add a 400GB hard drive to it.

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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2015, 09:21:15 am »
Should I even know what Kobo is? I've never heard of it till now. I'll see what I can find deal-wise with them.
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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2015, 09:36:32 am »
All that I'm getting in search for Kobo are eReaders and Tablets. Nothing about it being an MP3 player.
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« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2015, 06:01:44 pm »
Currently watching a couple of eBay auctions for iPod Classic. What's the average price you would pay for a Used one? Yeah, I can check past sales, but most people tend to over-inflate the price at the last second. Want to know what you (Neumatic) would pay for Used one. Both auctions are for 7th Generation.
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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2015, 06:53:46 pm »
I wound up paying Playstation prices for a brand new Classic, but I use one of those every day (more than I think people would use a Playstation) and my current iPod has lasted at least seven years, maybe longer, and I have no idea how long Playstations last.  For ME, that big amount of money was worth it (and about what I'd pay for the hard drive/battery upgrade).

Incidently, I have my eyes on this dude on eBay because he does the upgrades, and I think you could probably get a cheaper base unit and a bigger upgrade for less than what an off-the-shelf unit would cost second-hand these days.  Maybe.

BTW, there are a bunch of threads on Reddit where people discuss alternatives for high-capacity players.  Might be worth a look too.

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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2015, 07:54:17 pm »
When you say "cheaper base", are you referring to an earlier generation or a smaller GB size? Also, I know you have sung praises for this guy in the past, but have you dealt with him personally to vouch for his work?
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« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2015, 12:08:21 am »
I haven't yet.  I've heard of a couple of people who apparently do this, but this is the one I found... and he's got a ton of positive reviews.  Of course, if I didn't have my backup ready in the box, I might be more hesitant about the whole thing.

The thing is, there are instructions online on how to repair and replace components in your iPod yourself, but getting the d*mn thing open is the trickiest part.  I would not trust myself to do it, especially as the first project like this I'd ever do.  Of course, it may turn out that my current pod might not be upgradable, in which case I'd just be out the 20-30 bucks service charge.

And yeah, by a cheaper base I mean an earlier generation iPod.  The 2nd gen has a lousy screen (no visuals or graphics) but it's apparently much easier to put a compact flash card in there, and those suckers can get real big.

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« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2015, 12:43:25 am »
The 7th Gen iPod Classic I was tracking today/tonight ended up selling for $260 which is about what the 6th Gen's are going for based on recent sales. I wonder if the 6th Gen is "better" than the 7th as far as functionality. Maybe it has a preferred design that most people liked that was f*cked up in the 7th. You tell me.
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Re: Portable Music Players
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2015, 01:04:14 am »
I can't think of anything particularly different between 6 and 7th gen, and dude, 260 is a freaking FANTASTIC price for one of those now.  Although what's the hard drive space? (I'm obsessive over that, I have a 160gb and I'm using about 130 of it, which is why I'm going so nuts about these things: I want to be able to keep my collection intact as it grows).

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« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2015, 01:08:28 am »
It was 160 gb, which is what I'm only watching. I want to get the biggest hard drive that is going to accommodate all my sh*t that I intend to put on it. So, question, I believe I ask this a while back, but I can't remember if you gave me an answer. Can I take all the CDs that I've ripped and put onto my computer and do the same onto any portable device? They are all MP3's. Just transfer them from PC to iPod?
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« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2015, 01:22:50 am »
Okay, then that's an INSANELY good price, better deal than I got.

Yeah, you need iTunes or a program like that (there are some people who don't like iTunes so they use an alternative, but I don't know what it is) but yeah, you can drag MP3s right in there into a playlist and they'll transfer to the iPod.

For all that stuff, you wanna make some playlists so you know where your stuff is.  My iPod is super organized, I can find anything at a moment's notice.  But that's just me.
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« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2015, 11:23:26 pm »
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