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What to do with €100 MP3er?

  1. Oct 21, 2003 #1

    Monique

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    Last month I bought a notebook and registered online sometime later. Last week I got an envelope, I didn't open it though, what could be inside? Probably just a confirmation..

    Well, yesterday evening I decided to open the thing so that I could throw it away.. the first thing I pull out is a plastified piece of paper (quite big) I thought that is nice! Must carry some information for when I require service.

    I started reading the enclosed letter: hereby we send you a €100,- gift certificate.. (!) grabbing the sheet of plastic, turning it around: in big letters with an authenticity sticker: certificate for €100 to be spent at the following store

    OK, I thougt, there must be a catch, reading the fineprint.. there isn't

    How to spent €100 ($120) at an electronics store.. an MP3 player would be nice, anyone has one of those? Are they any good? They are about €170..
     
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  3. Oct 21, 2003 #2
    I'm a minidisc fan.
     
  4. Oct 21, 2003 #3
    If I were you , I would go for Mp3 player.
    I'm planning to get a new one soon (next week I guess )
     
  5. Oct 21, 2003 #4

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    IPOD IPOD IPOD!!!

    [edit] Nevermind. I see you only have 100 euro. A 10GB ipod is 300 USD.

    umm..what about 100 euros worth of cd's. no, thats about 2 cds at the RIAA price.

    umm..what about a 52x cd burner. Then you can download all the songs you want for free from the internet, burn them to cd and play it in your car.
     
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  6. Oct 21, 2003 #5

    Monique

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    Which ones do you like? Any pro/cons for minidisc vs mp3?
     
  7. Oct 21, 2003 #6

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    minidisc is a piece of junk. No one I know has one.

    I have a cd/mp3 combo from sonicblue( rio250 ). Unfortunetly, sonicblue went under, so they don't sell them anymore, i don't think.

    If your looking for solid state based mp3 player then a cheap player is the Creative Nomad MuVo (64 MB). Its about 80 USD.

    If your looking for a cd/mp3 combo, then an iRiver iMP-150 ChromeX for about 100USD.
     
  8. Oct 21, 2003 #7
    minidisc is the greatest little technology that almost was. But ya when you can get an mp3 player that holds 7,000 songs, what's the point?
     
  9. Oct 21, 2003 #8

    Monique

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    Why would you want to have a CD/mp3 combo? I mean, put the CD in a computer, hook the mp3 to the computer and it can be transferred right?

    Why is it called mp3 btw?
     
  10. Oct 21, 2003 #9
    Overpriced Overpriced Overpriced :smile:

    I just bought a nomad zen nx 30gig for less than the price of a 15gig ipod.

    mp3 stands for Moving Picture Experts Group Layer-3
     
  11. Oct 21, 2003 #10
    Overpriced Overpriced Overpriced :smile:

    I just bought a nomad zen nx 30gig for less than the price of a 15gig ipod.
     
  12. Oct 21, 2003 #11

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    You are kidding me, right [?]
     
  13. Oct 21, 2003 #12
    Yep : )

    Mpeg-1 Audio Layer-3
     
  14. Oct 21, 2003 #13
    and of course mpeg comes from Massive Pain Experienced by Guys when girls just don't get it, right? or was it without the comma?
     
  15. Oct 21, 2003 #14

    Monique

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    lol, I see you are right.. only guys can come up with a name like that.. Moving Picture Experts Group Layer-3, gee! What does a moving picture have to do with audio? Call it: Most Popular Priceless Playerfiletype or something..
     
  16. Oct 21, 2003 #15

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    The consortium of people who developed some of the dominant video compression algorithms in use today on everything from DVDs to HDTV are called the Motion Pictures Expert Group (MPEG)

    Certainly, you're aware that movies also have audio information too. Well, the MPEG group also did some work on audio compression, and the one standard that really took over was MPEG-1 Layer-3 audio. It's a lossy compression, acheiving 10:1 compression for most audio. The information discarded is largely psychoacoustically redundant, so most people can barely tell the difference between a quality high-bitrate mp3 and the original uncompressed (CD) digital audio.

    - Warren
     
  17. Oct 21, 2003 #16

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    Well, for my car I got this:

    http://www.acrylicsounds.com/mobilereceivers/deph4500MP_PAGE.htm

    The reason for having a cd mp3 player is that you can store 10-15 albums on a single cd. You could fit thousands of songs in a 20 disc cd holder. Nice and simple for driving, as you don't have to fumble cd's around or mess with cd changers.

    For my dirtbiking I got something like this though:

    http://reviews.cnet.com/iRiver_iFP_390T/4505-6490_7-21146838.html?tag=pop

    This is nice because its small. This site also reviews most of the personal mp3 players out there. It works for me because I can be pretty rough on electronics on the trail.

    As to minidiscs, they make good can holders.
     
  18. Oct 21, 2003 #17
    I have a SIMS Muze 128mb mp3 player. I have had it since last Christmans, it is great, and one of the smallest mp3 players I have ever seen. It was $170 when i got it, it is without a doubt cheaper now.
     
  19. Oct 21, 2003 #18
    Ya this is a great toy- it can read mp3's directly, so instead of converting them to wave first, you just do a direct copy- can fit about 100 songs on a single CD.. pretty nice=)
     
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