Help with iPod/MP3

  Bald Eagle 13:51 19 Jan 09
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Up to this weekend I'd never heard of these then my brother showed me his iPod which was playing away in the kitchen. 1Gb he said and it could store 1000 tunes! He then showed me a "widget" that connected on the bottom of the iPod that allowed his van radio to access it and play the stored tunes. I'm sure your all now thinking what a numpty BE is but it is all new to me! Can you recommend anywhere that sells iPods and what is the "widget" really called? More to the point did I understand him correctly?

Finally, talking to our daughter this morning about it she said why didn't I get an MP3 player? What's the difference to the iPod and will it play through my car radio?

BE

  canarieslover 15:15 19 Jan 09

I won't get into the iPod versus other MP3 player argument except to say that I have gone down the Creative route. The 'widget' is probably an FM transmitter and you tune the car radio to receive that frequency thus playing the songs on your player.
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  oldbeefer2 15:34 19 Jan 09

Beware of the cheap end of the car FM adaptors. In my experience it's worth paying more to get clear transmissions from ipod to radio. I use this one click here.

  john bunyan 17:06 19 Jan 09

Yes, but the FM adapters send an analogue signal and sometimes the FM is subject to interference. Some radios can have an iPod lead wired in with the iPod plug in, say, the glovebox so the car radio / CD gets a stereo signal and the iPod is charged. However I was quotet £250 by Toyota, and £120 by an independant raio specialist to do this, so the FM route is cheaper! Some rasios have a jack allowing input by that means .In the end, I burn CD's from the PC to play in the car!

  ravingdave 17:35 19 Jan 09

I don't think that 1GB will store 1000 tunes. Depends on what quality you rip your MP3s, but a more realistic figure would be aroung 200 tunes per GB.

Ipods are on sale almost everywhere, all electrical stores (Dixons, PC World etc), department stores (John Lewis etc) and supermarkets (Tesco, Sainsburys). There is almost price difference between ipods - Apple somehow manage to control the pricing. An 8GB ipod nano is currently around £105. Sainsbury's had an offer at the weekend offering £15 iTunes voucher (to buy songs from the Apple store) when you buy one. 1GB Ipod shuffles can be bought for around £32.

An ipod is just Apple's version of an MP3 player. There are many other MP3 players out there which do just as good a job. I've had many non ipod versions, and ipods. What I would say is that the ipods user interface is the easiest I have come across, and you will find many accessories aimed at the ipod market. A non-Apple MP3 player can play through your cars radio in just the same way, by adding an FM transmitter or a direct connection.

  ravingdave 17:37 19 Jan 09

I don't think that 1GB will store 1000 tunes. Depends on what quality you rip your MP3s, but a more realistic figure would be around 200 tunes per GB.

Ipods are on sale almost everywhere, all electrical stores (Dixons, PC World etc), department stores (John Lewis etc) and supermarkets (Tesco, Sainsburys). There is almost no price difference between outlets - Apple somehow manage to control the pricing. An 8GB ipod nano is currently around £105. Sainsbury's had an offer at the weekend offering £15 iTunes voucher (to buy songs from the Apple store) when you buy one. 1GB Ipod shuffles can be bought for around £32.

An ipod is just Apple's version of an MP3 player. There are many other MP3 players out there which do just as good a job. I've had many non ipod versions, and ipods. What I would say is that the ipods user interface is the easiest I have come across, and you will find many accessories aimed at the ipod market. A non-Apple MP3 player can play through your cars radio in just the same way, by adding an FM transmitter or a direct connection.

  Bald Eagle 19:45 19 Jan 09

Firstly thanks for not taking the mickey but I'd genuinely not heard of them! Thanks for the links and from what you've said the more memory the better. It will just cost my wife more for my birthday present!

Another question if I may, a friend has just said that an iPod with a screen is a lot easier to use than a cheap one without one. Correct or not?

Thanks to everyone who has replied.

BE

  ravingdave 22:57 19 Jan 09

An ipod or MP3 player with a screen is definitely much easier to use, especially when you start to load 100's of songs onto the device. With a screen you can select to play songs by artist, album, genre, etc, or make your own playlists. They will usually also let you upload and show pictures and videos.

Another factor to take into account is how easy is it to get music / pictures / videos / playlists onto the MP3 player. In my experience I have found the iPod to be the easiest device to sync with my PC using iTunes. Other MP3 players will sync and interface with Windows Media Player, but it never seems to be as straighforward as with iTune / iPod

  Bald Eagle 08:50 20 Jan 09

Thanks for that ravingdave. I think I "know" enough now to pick something out but I'll not tick resolved just yet.

BE

  oldbeefer2 09:38 20 Jan 09

My wife bought me a 16 gig iPod Touch for my birthday last year, and I think it's brilliant. Transferred 20 CDs to it and it's hardly made a dent on the capacity.

  john bunyan 09:47 20 Jan 09

Bald Eagle. I bought a 120Gig iPod Classic for my wife at Christmas, (although I seem to use it more!!). It was about £120. Also I bought an Intendo RDi speaker dock that comes with a DAB and FM radio. In our kitchen/ dining area it has replaced a radio cassette/DVD. I am now converting all our CD's, vinyl, reel to reel and cassettes into MP3's. The Classic could store 40, 000 songs !!!. I looked at the Touch - much dearer, less storage. Fine if you want the video capability to watch films etc. I buy i Tunes and rip the other stuff I bought. I agree with ravingdave re ease of use for iTunes - but I set it not to sync automatically, and I have separate libraries and accounts on i Tunes for the oldies and our grandchildren. Also I convert a copy of bought M4a iTunes to mp3 for longer term back up and flexibility.

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