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« on: September 09, 2009, 03:37:51 PM »

some as much as 120 bucks.  I wonder what else they're going to announce today.....
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2009, 04:41:25 PM »

It just blows me away how expensive 32GB is on an Apple product versus every other product.   It's like 73 bucks for a 32GB SDHC at New Egg.  Crazy talk. 

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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2009, 04:49:12 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 09, 2009, 04:41:25 PM

It just blows me away how expensive 32GB is on an Apple product versus every other product.   It's like 73 bucks for a 32GB SDHC at New Egg.  Crazy talk.  



What if you add in a pencil thin battery, wi-fi, audio hardware, a touch screen and a load of free applications?
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2009, 05:00:23 PM »

$76??
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2009, 05:05:36 PM »

By the way, the 32GB touch now costs less than the 32GB Zune HD.
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2009, 05:20:11 PM »

Quote from: Teggy on September 09, 2009, 04:49:12 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 09, 2009, 04:41:25 PM

It just blows me away how expensive 32GB is on an Apple product versus every other product.   It's like 73 bucks for a 32GB SDHC at New Egg.  Crazy talk.  



What if you add in a pencil thin battery, wi-fi, audio hardware, a touch screen and a load of free applications?

$249 for a 32GB Sansa that you can expand with your own cards.  I guess that's the part that bugs me.  Can't change the battery on your own, and can't expand it.  :/ 

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« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2009, 05:26:28 PM »

Don't forget each iPhone/iPod/iTouch is gently caressed by Steve Jobs left butt cheek.   That's pretty much priceless right there.
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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2009, 05:33:06 PM »

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Quote from: Teggy on September 09, 2009, 04:49:12 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 09, 2009, 04:41:25 PM

It just blows me away how expensive 32GB is on an Apple product versus every other product.   It's like 73 bucks for a 32GB SDHC at New Egg.  Crazy talk. 



What if you add in a pencil thin battery, wi-fi, audio hardware, a touch screen and a load of free applications?

$249 for a 32GB Sansa that you can expand with your own cards.  I guess that's the part that bugs me.  Can't change the battery on your own, and can't expand it.  :/ 



Well, but that doesn't come with integration with the iTunes/iTunes store and easy communication with my Mac. You may not care for iTunes or own a Mac, and in that case I can understand. Personally, I find the whole package well worth the extra money (although yes, being able to expand would be nice).

They are announcing quite a lot of nice new features in iTunes, both for iPhone and iPod.
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« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2009, 05:34:57 PM »

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Well, but that doesn't come with integration with the iTunes/iTunes store and easy communication with my Mac. You may not care for iTunes or own a Mac, and in that case I can understand. Personally, I find the whole package well worth the extra money (although yes, being able to expand would be nice).
Nope, not a mac guy and I find iTunes to be painful.  There are other threads on that though. slywink

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They are announcing quite a lot of nice new features in iTunes, both for iPhone and iPod.
I'll listen, but I'm not sure I can be compelled to come back to iTunes now that I have alternatives...
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« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2009, 05:53:56 PM »

$199 for 8GB touch

64GB for $399

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« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2009, 06:03:36 PM »

Next up, redesigned Nano. Video Camera and speaker built in. Goodbye Flip.

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« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2009, 06:07:29 PM »

Quote from: Jag on September 09, 2009, 06:03:36 PM

Next up, redesigned Nano. Video Camera and speaker built in. Goodbye Flip.

fm tuner too.
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« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2009, 06:10:48 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on September 09, 2009, 06:07:29 PM

Quote from: Jag on September 09, 2009, 06:03:36 PM

Next up, redesigned Nano. Video Camera and speaker built in. Goodbye Flip.

fm tuner too.

Built in pedometer too....

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« Reply #13 on: September 09, 2009, 06:57:05 PM »

Bah I was hoping for (but not really expecting) an iPhone on Verizon announcement. I'll just keep hoping...
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« Reply #14 on: September 09, 2009, 07:03:57 PM »

iPhone's are in June.

Nano makes out today. Everything else was kinda bleh.

Come on, Ron! Sansa? Really?  icon_wink

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« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2009, 07:17:06 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 09, 2009, 05:34:57 PM

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Well, but that doesn't come with integration with the iTunes/iTunes store and easy communication with my Mac. You may not care for iTunes or own a Mac, and in that case I can understand. Personally, I find the whole package well worth the extra money (although yes, being able to expand would be nice).
Nope, not a mac guy and I find iTunes to be painful.  There are other threads on that though. slywink

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They are announcing quite a lot of nice new features in iTunes, both for iPhone and iPod.
I'll listen, but I'm not sure I can be compelled to come back to iTunes now that I have alternatives...

Come to the dark side Ron...surrender.  Some of us did, and never looked back.  But seriously...I gave up on Sansa, Creative, Zune, etc...and now just plain iPod and iPhone...matter of fact you were the one that conviced me about the iPhone in the first place.  HA!
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« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2009, 07:32:05 PM »

Quote from: Teggy on September 09, 2009, 05:05:36 PM

By the way, the 32GB touch now costs less than the 32GB Zune HD.

I'll spend the extra $10 on a ZuneHD just to avoid iTunes.
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« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2009, 07:32:33 PM »

I just got my Sansa yesterday. $30 for 4GB. Still a better value than ipod without the messy DRM.
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« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2009, 07:34:42 PM »

Quote from: Jag on September 09, 2009, 07:32:33 PM

I just got my Sansa yesterday. $30 for 4GB. Still a better value than ipod without the messy DRM.

Maybe its me...but I rip my own music.  If I buy anything from iTunes, I make a CD and rip out the DRM.  Most of my purchases have been with Amazon lately, and those are DRM Free.  So my iTunes music library is completely DRM free.
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« Reply #19 on: September 09, 2009, 08:15:32 PM »

Isn't the majority of iTunes stuff now DRM free as well?
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« Reply #20 on: September 09, 2009, 09:24:47 PM »

I have a 16GB Creative Zen I got from somebody here for a steal and I'm gonna use that thing in my car until the battery goes completely kaput. Do you really need more music than that in your pocket that you need to bring up right that instant?
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« Reply #21 on: September 09, 2009, 09:56:28 PM »

Quote from: Thin_J on September 09, 2009, 07:32:05 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 09, 2009, 05:05:36 PM

By the way, the 32GB touch now costs less than the 32GB Zune HD.

I'll spend the extra $10 on a ZuneHD just to avoid iTunes.

I really wanted the Zune HD, but the lack of  @#$% external speaker ruined it for me. I hate constantly wearing ear plugs.
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« Reply #22 on: September 09, 2009, 10:17:36 PM »

Quote from: Dante Rising on September 09, 2009, 09:56:28 PM

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By the way, the 32GB touch now costs less than the 32GB Zune HD.

I'll spend the extra $10 on a ZuneHD just to avoid iTunes.

I really wanted the Zune HD, but the lack of  @#$% external speaker ruined it for me. I hate constantly wearing ear plugs.

What portable music device has an external speaker?  Can't you just buy some speakers to plug into the headphone jack or get a docking station with them built in?
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« Reply #23 on: September 09, 2009, 10:18:07 PM »

Quote from: Thin_J on September 09, 2009, 07:32:05 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 09, 2009, 05:05:36 PM

By the way, the 32GB touch now costs less than the 32GB Zune HD.

I'll spend the extra $10 on a ZuneHD just to avoid iTunes.

Except the Zune software actually deletes files from your hard drive when you remove it from the Zune software, unless you specifically tell it not to.  iTunes?  Nope.
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« Reply #24 on: September 09, 2009, 10:24:48 PM »

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 09, 2009, 10:17:36 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on September 09, 2009, 09:56:28 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on September 09, 2009, 07:32:05 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 09, 2009, 05:05:36 PM

By the way, the 32GB touch now costs less than the 32GB Zune HD.

I'll spend the extra $10 on a ZuneHD just to avoid iTunes.

I really wanted the Zune HD, but the lack of  @#$% external speaker ruined it for me. I hate constantly wearing ear plugs.

What portable music device has an external speaker? 

I'll answer that softball of a question....

IPOD TOUCH
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« Reply #25 on: September 09, 2009, 11:01:31 PM »

Quote from: Zarkon on September 09, 2009, 10:18:07 PM

Except the Zune software actually deletes files from your hard drive when you remove it from the Zune software, unless you specifically tell it not to.

That's not true.

You're presented with two options when deleting files from within the Zune software:

1.  Keep file(s) but remove from collection.  The item remains on the computer, but the item is removed from your collection.
2.  Delete file(s) and remove from collection.  The item is deleted from the computer, and the item is removed from your collection.

You can choose to make one of them the default behavior, but #2 is not the default.
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« Reply #26 on: September 10, 2009, 12:59:19 AM »

Apple threads on gaming forums always crack me up. Gamers just hate Apple, half the time it sounds like they haven't even researched the product and they still hate it (DRM, iPods being more expensive, etc). And iTunes is pretty great software, been using it for years (on OSX and Windows) and its user friendly and easy to use.
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« Reply #27 on: September 10, 2009, 01:02:37 AM »

Quote from: naednek on September 09, 2009, 10:24:48 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 09, 2009, 10:17:36 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on September 09, 2009, 09:56:28 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on September 09, 2009, 07:32:05 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 09, 2009, 05:05:36 PM

By the way, the 32GB touch now costs less than the 32GB Zune HD.

I'll spend the extra $10 on a ZuneHD just to avoid iTunes.

I really wanted the Zune HD, but the lack of  @#$% external speaker ruined it for me. I hate constantly wearing ear plugs.

What portable music device has an external speaker? 

I'll answer that softball of a question....

IPOD TOUCH

Huh, apparently I've never seen one used in this manner as I didn't know it even existed.

My biggest support for the Zune comes from the fact that I have the original 30GB version and still get free firmware and software updates that add new features and improve old ones.  Best support I've had for a device like this, and for that reason alone I'd buy another.
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« Reply #28 on: September 10, 2009, 02:16:22 AM »

The iPhone has an external speaker as well, being pretty much the same as the Touch, but, y'know, with a phone in it.  I use the speaker phone when I'm driving (because I'm too cheap to buy a really good Bluetooth headset).
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« Reply #29 on: September 10, 2009, 02:29:55 AM »

Quote from: Lee on September 10, 2009, 12:59:19 AM

Apple threads on gaming forums always crack me up. Gamers just hate Apple, half the time it sounds like they haven't even researched the product and they still hate it (DRM, iPods being more expensive, etc). And iTunes is pretty great software, been using it for years (on OSX and Windows) and its user friendly and easy to use.

Lee, I have given iTunes a fair shot.  Hell, I use it now to sync my iPhone.  I have also used Windows Media Player, MediaMonkey, WinAmp and VLC Player just to name a few.  I have to say that iTunes is, at least IMO, unintuitive and severely lacking in comparison to MediaMonkey.  I haven't really dived in to 9, so maybe they've fixed things up a bit, but up until now, I've been thoroughly unimpressed.
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« Reply #30 on: September 10, 2009, 02:54:12 AM »

I don't know, maybe it's because I have used it so long, but iTunes is pretty dang easy to use. Much easier than WMP or WinAmp IMHO. To each his own, I think it's a good program.
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« Reply #31 on: September 10, 2009, 07:01:02 AM »

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 10, 2009, 01:02:37 AM

Quote from: naednek on September 09, 2009, 10:24:48 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 09, 2009, 10:17:36 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on September 09, 2009, 09:56:28 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on September 09, 2009, 07:32:05 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 09, 2009, 05:05:36 PM

By the way, the 32GB touch now costs less than the 32GB Zune HD.

I'll spend the extra $10 on a ZuneHD just to avoid iTunes.

I really wanted the Zune HD, but the lack of  @#$% external speaker ruined it for me. I hate constantly wearing ear plugs.

What portable music device has an external speaker? 

I'll answer that softball of a question....

IPOD TOUCH

Huh, apparently I've never seen one used in this manner as I didn't know it even existed.

My biggest support for the Zune comes from the fact that I have the original 30GB version and still get free firmware and software updates that add new features and improve old ones.  Best support I've had for a device like this, and for that reason alone I'd buy another.

I became addicted to the external speaker when I bought my Archos. Its a really nice feature you don't really think will be that important until you are without it. No wires, you can share a song clip without gettings someone's nasty earwax on your earbuds, and its so convenient to have an external speaker anywhere, anytime without having to lug around other hardware.
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« Reply #32 on: September 10, 2009, 02:26:34 PM »

Quote from: Lee on September 10, 2009, 02:54:12 AM

I don't know, maybe it's because I have used it so long, but iTunes is pretty dang easy to use. Much easier than WMP or WinAmp IMHO. To each his own, I think it's a good program.

I agree with you on WinAmp and give WMP about an equal rating just because of some of the things that they've done with library management that trumps iTunes.  When you add a folder in WMP, it monitors that folder for new media and it's automatically added if it finds it.  With iTunes, at least as far as I can tell, you have to manually add media every time you add new music or whatever to your library.

Have you tried MediaMonkey?  It quickly became my media player of choice.
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