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Do people really buy cell phones to play music?

  1. Aug 3, 2007 #1

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    I keep seeing all of these cell phone ads that only talk about playing music, as if that is the only reason to buy one. I thought you were supposed to talk on them.

    What do you buy a cell phone for?
     
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    Mostly a clock.
     
  4. Aug 3, 2007 #3

    Evo

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    :rofl: Yeah, use it as a clock.
     
  5. Aug 3, 2007 #4

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    I just thought it would be cool to have that big crowd of people following me around, like in the commercials. But they hang out and eat all my food and they stare at me while I sleep. It's starting to bother me a little.
     
  6. Aug 3, 2007 #5
    The fact that I can replace my ipod + cell phone with just a cell phone is nice. Lots of phones have much more space for songs than my ipod plus better battery life. But in reality, a cell phone is much more expensive if you are just using it to play music than any ipod (meaning no contract, so you pay the no-contract price for the phone), so I can't see it being bought just for playing music.

    edit: Hmm I just noticed I used the word 'ipod' everywhere instead of mp3 player... Damn apple marketing! I don't see why everyone buys an ipod (myself included!) over a cheaper mp3 player. I think ipods are over priced, but yet I own one. :-(( But thats a different topic.
     
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  7. Aug 3, 2007 #6

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    :rofl:

    I have enough trouble remembering to keep my cell phone charged just from making phone calls. I would hate to use up all the battery listening to music, and then need to make an emergency call. I'm still searching for a ring tone that actually rings instead of plays music. I was sitting in my office today grumbling that someone in the lab next to me must be playing the music awfully loudly, then it dawned on me it was my cellphone ringing in my desk drawer. :rolleyes: I don't like having one gadget for everything...way too easy to lose everything in one fell swoop if I lost or broke it.
     
  8. Aug 4, 2007 #7
    I have yet to get a cellphone and am unaware what I am missing regarding one. I appreciate a good stereo but doubt that a cellphone (or even an ipod) would satisfy my audio needs.
     
  9. Aug 4, 2007 #8

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    Having a cellphone play music is in fact that smartest thing a cellphone could do.

    Whenever I'm at work and it's dead, I never have my MP3 player and my cellphone doesn't play music. All my buddies have cellphones that play music, so they always have there music in the phone. Instead of carrying a phone and MP3 player, you just carry a phone. That easy. Not only that, it has a pretty loud speaker, so when we go to the beach, we just play music just like that.

    Smartest thing ever. When I get a new cellphone, I'll probably never see my iPod again. (Cellphones can have up to 4GB of space currently, which is my current iPod.)
     
  10. Aug 4, 2007 #9

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    You'd be surprised. Phones are much higher quality nowadays. I bet you couldn't even tell the different between a cellphone and a MP3 player.
     
  11. Aug 4, 2007 #10
    I saw an Iphone last week, the thing is awesome.
     
  12. Aug 4, 2007 #11

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    I so want one!
     
  13. Aug 4, 2007 #12
    In my opinion, its worth every penny. An Ipod video costs 300 bucks. This thing is an Ipod video, and a phone. A good phone is around 200 bucks. So the price is fair and the technology is great. Also, you can surf the web.
     
  14. Aug 4, 2007 #13
    AHAHAH die Iphone DIEEEEEE

     
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  15. Aug 4, 2007 #14
    I just got the cell they give free with your contract. I got turned off of mobile music (i had an ipod) in my second year, just too distracting.
     
  16. Aug 4, 2007 #15

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    I'm something of an entry-level audiophile, and I've honestly never heard a cell phone that plays music with enough fidelity to satisfy me. (This doesn't mean they don't exist -- I just haven't found one.) At the same time, I've never heard a set of earbuds that satisfy me, either, and I'm sure as hell not going to carry around my $250 full-size circumaural headphones with me. I also can't even imagine how grating it must be to listen to music on a tiny cellphone speakerphone -- even the little iHome "stereos" they sell at the Apple store make my want to claw my ears off.

    I personally just don't think "portable audio" is high-enough quality to bother at the moment. I have my fantastic headphone rig at work, a fantastic stereo in my car, and a very capable portable stereo at home. I don't even know when I'd want to use a cell phone as a music player. I currently value my cell phone (a RAZR) mainly because it's tiny enough to fit in my pocket. The larger-capacity mp3/cell phones are just too big for me. And there's no way in hell I'm ever using a "holster."

    I'm also not the sort to walk around on the city streets with headphones on. It seems somehow.... pretentious and isolationist to me.

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    The heck with cellphones - where can I get that blender?
     
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