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  • myiagros 6 Mar 2012 19:19:08 1,346 posts
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    Resurecting this thread after years of inactivity.

    My Creative Zen 32GB has just died (4 year old), and i'm looking for a replacement.

    Needs to be at least the same capacity, with decent battery life.

    From my initial browsing i'm lothed to say the iPod Classic looks the best value, but I refuse to install iTunes on any of my (Windows) computers.

    I normally use MediaMonkey on my computers to manage my music library, but the developers say for 6th gen iPod Classics you need iTunes installed even if you want to use it through their software.

    Looks like Apple have done something to stop you being able to use alternative software to sync with 6th gen ipod classics independant from iTunes.

    Any suggestions would be greatfully received.
  • WoodenSpoon 6 Mar 2012 20:13:50 12,285 posts
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    Why don't you just install iTunes and suck it up? It's not even that shit.
  • Bremenacht 1 Dec 2012 19:21:25 18,335 posts
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    What's the current cream of the player crop under 200?

    Something with an idiot-proof interface, and capable of taking Internet radio? Maybe DLNA too.

    ed. I'm thinking Sony NWZ models at the moment.

    Edited by Bremenacht at 19:22:53 01-12-2012
  • DUFFMAN5 1 Dec 2012 19:24:10 14,701 posts
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    I'm also after a new player. Any of you chaps use/had:

    Samsung Galaxy S Wifi 5 Inch 16GB MP3 Player, or indeed and Samsung mp3 players. It can take photos as well, which is a nice touch. It is around 200. I have no interest in apple.

    "Duffman the grey is thrusting in the direction of the problem! Oh, yeah!"

  • Trane 5 Dec 2012 12:30:22 4,053 posts
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    I'd heartily recommend a Cowon, I've had my J3 for 2 years now, and I absolutely love it, sound quality is top notch (with a good pair of phones).
  • Maturin 5 Dec 2012 12:34:58 3,006 posts
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    Yes go Cowon. I had an S9 and replaced it earlier this year with a 32GB J3 (because I wanted s player with a microSD slot). Absolutely brilliant sound.
  • kalel 5 Dec 2012 12:43:26 87,773 posts
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    I didn't like my S9. Amazing sound but borderline unusable interface and poor build quality. Got through three broken ones before I gave up and for something else.
  • rtk79 5 Dec 2012 12:59:59 493 posts
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    I had a Cowon C2 for about 11 months, before it stopped working. To be honest I'm glad to be rid of it. It didn't sound better than a Sansa Clip + (with my fairly fancy headphones) and was a real hassle to use. Not to mention buggy as hell. Its one true saving grace was its quite extraordinary battery : you can listen to the thing for weeks without hooking it up. Which you never want to do, since it's so prone to freaking out.

    Edited by rtk79 at 13:24:59 05-12-2012
  • Maturin 5 Dec 2012 13:49:25 3,006 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    I didn't like my S9. Amazing sound but borderline unusable interface and poor build quality. Got through three broken ones before I gave up and for something else.
    My volume button on my S9 wore out and became a bit erratic. But had no problems other than that.

    The J3 is definitely better though. Feels better made.

    And I've got a fab interface on it. If you're using a stock interface on a Cowon you're using it wrong. So many great free menus available.
  • Trane 5 Dec 2012 14:16:16 4,053 posts
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    One of the nagging problems with Cowon is that they seem to alternate between releasing a great player and releasing a shite one. The sound quality is always fantastic, largely thanks to the equaliser.

    As I said I've loved my J3, but yeah some of the models I wouldn't go near due to all the negative reviews, some models they seem to get spot on but a lot of the time they rush them - the first android device they tried was a disaster IIRC.
  • kalel 5 Dec 2012 14:22:48 87,773 posts
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    Maturin wrote:
    My volume button on my S9 wore out and became a bit erratic. But had no problems other than that.
    I'm sure they're not all broken, but the fact that I had three break in a very short period of time would suggest a lot of them are. Or at least I was extremely unlucky.

    You could just feel the flimsiness to be honest. It wasn't cheap kit and they position themselves as a premium brand, but their stuff doesn't have that solid weighty feel that nice AV stuff has.

    I think they're an odd brand. They're trying to be high end and they are in terms of sound quality, but most put them in the same bracket as Archos or something because they just don't have the aesthetics or functionality quite right.
  • SuperCoolEskimo 20 Dec 2012 22:08:36 9,848 posts
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    Looking for a basic 8gb mp3 player under 100, anyone have any recommendations?
  • Chopsen 20 Dec 2012 22:11:29 16,020 posts
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    The Sony Walkman ones are not bad (yes really). Excellent battery life, good sound quality, don't need to install any software but will play with common media players' syncing if you want, very dinky, good build quality, very light. Use mine in the gym all the time.

    Do not buy an archos one, whatever you do.

    Edited by Chopsen at 22:12:32 20-12-2012
  • rtk79 20 Dec 2012 22:14:39 493 posts
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    @SuperCoolEskimo The Sansa players are excellent : very small, sound great, allow for SD cards, and are affordable to boot (paid less than 50 euros for a 8 Gb Sansa Clip +). You can also rockbox them, which makes them even better.
    Much better, in my experience, than the usual competition (Cowon, Sony, Apple) on all fronts.
  • SuperCoolEskimo 20 Dec 2012 22:18:35 9,848 posts
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    Used to have a Sony one, yes they are good but from what I remember the software was a bit of hard work. Are the Sansa ones USB? Would prefer a flash one which the owner can drag and drop music files onto as she isn't very good with computers etc.

    Edited by SuperCoolEskimo at 22:18:58 20-12-2012
  • rtk79 20 Dec 2012 22:20:45 493 posts
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    @SuperCoolEskimo You can set the Sansa players to drag and drop or synchronize with your Media Player, both work fine.
  • Chopsen 20 Dec 2012 22:24:14 16,020 posts
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    You can drag and drop with the sony ones. Will just mount as a usb drive if you hook it up. There is this Media Go software they provide to go with it but it is completely unnecessary. The one slight thing that begrudges me is the USB connection is non-standard.
  • Deleted user 20 December 2012 22:28:32
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008JCZ542/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

    Not sure how good it is seems ok.
  • Deleted user 20 December 2012 22:37:58
    Chopsen wrote:
    The Sony Walkman ones are not bad (yes really). Excellent battery life, good sound quality, don't need to install any software but will play with common media players' syncing if you want, very dinky, good build quality, very light. Use mine in the gym all the time.
    I'd second this. I especially like how quickly they charge. When it's run flat, three minutes of charge = three hours of playback. Amazing for when you leave it in a drawer or something and only remember to find it just before you're heading out somewhere.
  • rtk79 20 Dec 2012 22:48:58 493 posts
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    Battery life is indeed Sony's main selling point. In all other regards, the sansa players have them very badly beaten. And cost a fraction of the price.

    Edit : that said the sansa players are tiny plastic things, and can seem a little cheap. As such they might not make the perfect girlfriend gift, if that's what you have in mind.

    Edited by rtk79 at 23:12:54 20-12-2012
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