Which MP3 Player?

I've just finished school this year and I'm looking for an MP3 player for me to listen to when going to college.

Basically what I want in it is:

1) 256MB memory (I feel that will be enough for my needs)

2) Capable of playing most audio file types

3) Capable of storing other file types so that I can transport my work from college to school quickly and easily

4) Able to do no.3 without having to install additional software on the computer (ie. recognised as an external hard drive)

5) Built in USB connector so I do not have to carry a USB cable with me to college

6) Small and preferably stylish

7) Although not vital, I would prefere a rechargable Lithium-ion battery than the need to use normal batterys.

8) Finally, a good quality player with good sound quality

My budget is around the £100 mark...anything above £125 is really pushing it

Can anyone recommend me a player that will fullfil as many as my needs as possible and/or give personal experiences of thier own

Any comments welcomed...
Thanks, David

  john-232317 20:30 26 Jul 04

Try here...

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I've looked around websites such as eBuyer and Amazon and the only one close to what I want is the Creative Muvo TX 256 which still dosent have a Lithium-ion battery but is looking the most promising at the minute.

I've also stumbled across the Creative Rhomba but that dosent seem to include a USB connector built in, I remember reading something about a lack of file support in an issue of PCA and it dosen't get great customer reviews either.

The specialist websites seem to have a lot on brands that I have never heard of thus I'm weary of buying them.

Does anyone own one that would fulfill my needs that they can recommend or recommend a website that they have had good experience with?

Thanks, David

  byfordr 20:51 26 Jul 04

Have a flick through here... click here

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thanks byfordr, I shall have a look.

had a look through advancedMP3players.com and this one seems to be up to the job click here (although a bit more than what i wish to pay)

What do you think of it?

  TomJerry 22:29 26 Jul 04

If any of your close friend go to us for holiday, you can ask them to get you a IPod mini which costs around £133.

£133?!?!?! Just another example of rip-off Britain. That's certainly an option.

Are all MP3 players cheaper at the other side of the pond or is the i-pod just an exception. If they are cheaper, which sites sell them and deliver them to the UK? I don't know anyone going to the US this year :(

Thanks, Dave

  The_$@!nt 22:43 26 Jul 04

I would suggest anything by I River, have a look here click here

ok, so its £37 over your budget and the USB isn't built in, but, don't forget the reason your getting an mp3 player, the music. I have an I River and sound quality is superb. It recognises many file types and is stylish. Does it really matter if you have to put a USB cable in the bottom of your bag?

It has to have software, but if you want something to move files, then why don't you buy a 64MB USB key? its plenty for word files etc. and you can get one for about 20-30 quid.

  slightlymad 00:11 27 Jul 04

I've been looking around for players with specs similar to yours, and Creative Labs Muvo Slim 256Mb is the one I've settled on. Cheapest that I've found is £121.99 at Amazon. click here

I have been strongly considering the iRiver that you posted a link to, however it is much cheaper on eBuyer at only £95 inc VAT click here As you say that it needs it's own software, that has really put me off as I really can't afford to spend another £20/30 for a UBB key when i could get the feutures included into an MP3 player that I'll be carrying with me anyway

slightymad I've also been looking at Creative Labs Muvo Slim too but the sacrifiice of either the built in USB connector or the Lithium battery has made me undecided whether or not to get the slim one or the Muvo TX which is £20 cheaper.

Thanks for the suggestions, David

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