Should I bring my Ipod?

Jan 5th, 2005, 06:10 PM
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Are you sure that's all you can say?
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Jan 5th, 2005, 06:52 PM
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"if you're in IT and don't want to carry a computer in your pocket on vacation, you're in the wrong field."

I'm also in the IT field but don't feel the need to be the Jehovah's Witness of technology. Nor do I feel the need to be "connected" 24/7 - especially on vacation.

People have different comfort levels with technology. You're obviously in love with your PPC (which is fine), but that doesn't mean everyone else has to embrace that particular technology.

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Jan 5th, 2005, 07:19 PM
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Never said anyone else did. I'm just trying to satisfy my curiosity. But I still haven't heard a single reason - just a lot of sentiments.
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Jan 5th, 2005, 07:20 PM
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Thanks for all the responses....I guess I will carry it with me in my whatever I decide to take as a backpack (that's another subject I have to bring up...or in a money belt.)

My Ipod is my favorite thing...it has been with me in the dental chair, on planes, and even in the prep room for surgery. It's so hard to explain it to people who don't have one.

I think the best part is that I have all my cd collections in one spot and have them divided up on the ipod so I can get to my show tunes, my opera, my Josh Groben, etc. easily. I also have my French tapes on it now.

OK, I give up. To each his own.
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Jan 5th, 2005, 07:26 PM
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I can see the desirability of carrying some of one's music everywhere, but not all of it at the expense of all the other functions in my PC. I have many hours of my favorites either on board or on spare chips, and that's enough. For me. So there.

Call me cynical, but I think this 20-40-80 gigabytes of portable storage is, to a large extent, driven by the desire for bragging rights.

I'm not "in love" with my computer - I only appreciate what I can do with it - but I know iPod owners who are (or seem to be). Apple knows its markets well.
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Jan 5th, 2005, 07:34 PM
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"But I still haven't heard a single reason - just a lot of sentiments."

At the risk of repeating myself (see above) I think, in general, the REASON people like the iPod (or comparable mp3 player) is that they can have their entire music collection in one place, so they can listen to their choice of music any time, any where. What more REASON do you need to satisfy your curiousity?
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Jan 5th, 2005, 07:47 PM
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9,900 songs? You must have a lot of favorites.
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Jan 5th, 2005, 07:53 PM
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<<The iPod puts out a high-impedance audio signal, which the Bose amplifies and outputs.

Any PPC can do that.>>

It's the dock and go of the iPod into these two "stations" which is worth a lot; enough to justify an added device.

Market success begets third party (high quality) accessories. Not to be sneezed at.


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Jan 5th, 2005, 07:59 PM
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Most of the music on my DJ is classical and opera, which are larger files than most pop tunes - and I'm in no danger of running out of disk space any time soon. It's only about 1/4 full. Lots of room for a growing collection.

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Jan 5th, 2005, 08:02 PM
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Okay. A 20gb DJ will hold 333 hours of music, which Wagner could understand.
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Jan 5th, 2005, 08:04 PM
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I agree with Robespierre: "I don't get iPod (especially the 40gb-60gb ones) ..."

loisco, I'd suggest leaving your iPod at home.

The full-size models are, in my mind, too big and too heavy to be carried all day in a pocket. The risk of theft only increases if you carry the device in a fanny pack, day bag, purse, etc. It isn't wise to leave a USD300 to USD600 device in a hotel room. It's okay to use a proper, dual-key safety deposit box behind your hotel's reception desk. I would avoid using a shared safe behind the reception desk, or any kind of in-room safe. Find out what the hotel offers in advance.

If you want to bring music along without any worry, I'd recommend buying a cheap portable CD player and making a few mix CD's on the computer. If you live in the US, check Walgreen's, OfficeMax, or Target for portable CD players under USD30. No matter if such a device gets stolen.

Also consider the weight and volume of the iPod's battery charger, and the short life of the battery. With an old iPod, one charge will barely be enough for a transatlantic flight from the US East Coast. With a newer model, one charge will barely be enough for a non-stop transatlantic flight from the US West Coast.

If you choose a portable CD player that accepts AA batteries, you won't have to worry about these limitations. You'll also be able to buy new batteries anywhere in the world. (Sometimes it pays to bring a cheap multi-pack from home and discard as you go.)

If you want a music player that you can keep with you at all times, I'd recommend spending some extra money up-front and buying a flash memory-based player. This is self-insurance: the device will be expensive, but it will be small enough that you *can* carry it in your pocket all day (with safety pin to deter pickpockets, of course).

If this option is of interest, check out the Sony NW-E99 (PC-compatible only). About the size of a large pack of gum, this USD199 device holds up to 680 songs, weighs about 2 ounces (54 g), and gives up to 70 hours of playback on a single AAA battery. (AAA batteries are a little less common and a lot more expensive than AA batteries, but we can't have everything, I suppose!)

Whatever you decide about your iPod, happy travels!

Paul Marcelin-Sampson
Santa Cruz, California, USA

P.S.: Old nursery rhyme:
"Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
She shall have music wherever she goes."
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Jan 5th, 2005, 08:11 PM
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"Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes, She shall have music wherever she goes."

Imagine how happy she'd have been with an iPod.

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Jan 5th, 2005, 08:22 PM
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"Okay. A 20gb DJ will hold 333 hours of music, which Wagner could understand."

Haven't put the Ring Cycle on my DJ yet. That would take up a big chunk of the hard drive. What was Wagner thinking? An 18-hour opera. But everyone was probably afraid to tell him "enough already, Richard!"
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Jan 5th, 2005, 08:41 PM
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I think the Sony is overpriced. The EDGE DiskGO! 256mb (expandable) flash memory player is $73.20 at eCost right now. I've heard it, and it's nice (within the limitations of that execrable compression scheme). It's got an FM receiver, equalizer, voice recorder, blah blah blah.
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Jan 6th, 2005, 01:21 AM
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Jan 6th, 2005, 02:37 AM
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Hi Folks,

Well actually I do have a palm pc -- an HP Jornada 720. I originally got it for the reasons Robespierre mentions: music PLUS. But the music isn't compressed as well, as you-all have mentioned, so I'd have to take a library of cf cards to carry the amount of music I have on my iPod (you never really know what you're gonna be in the mood for, ya know).

The Jornada is also much heavier and larger than my iPod, and I got to hate carrying it around with me everywhere I went.

And finally, the reason that really convinced me to get the iPod was to download BOOKS -- imagine lightening your suitcase by eliminating the 3-4 paperbacks you carry. In a good twist of irony, I downloaded two books to my computer but can't figure out how to transfer them to the iPod. So I got to carry those paperbacks anyway! But I'll get it right soon.

Anyway, Robespierre, I'm not sure that OUR reasons are gonna satisfy YOU. We can articulate our reasons for ourselves -- it's just a personal preference --

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Jan 6th, 2005, 02:51 AM
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To person who recommended cheap CD player - the cheap ones tend to skip and are at least 3 times as big as an iPod - not to mention amount of music one could reasonable bring for a CD player.

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Jan 6th, 2005, 04:22 AM
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However, back to the OP's question! I don't see why you'd have to carry the Ipod around with you all the time. I'd leave it in the safe. Most hotel rooms have them now, and if they don't, surely the front desk will have one.
 
Jan 6th, 2005, 04:26 AM
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I wouldn't take an iPod or any other type of personal music device. Talk to people.
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Jan 6th, 2005, 04:32 AM
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What's an Ipod, exactly? I just know it's some little tech gizmo, but never paid much attention to what it is. What does the word mean, or is it an abbreviation for some company's name? (I got my first and only computer in 2000, got my first and only cell phone less than a year ago, don't have a laptop, and am never too quick to get these things.)
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