While working out at the gym last night my ears were forced to listen to some awful dance music over the gyms sound system..... That was when I decided it was time to get a MP3 player for my workouts.
I basically plan on copying my CDs over to MP3 for the gym. I need as lightweight as possible a player. It needs to be small as possible, too. I also need to purchase or download some software that will allow me to copy the CDs.
Anyone have any suggestions on what to buy or which web sites have the best advice? I have never purchased one before and know nothing about them.
[This message has been edited by CrazyQABoy (edited 03-07-2003).]
CDex is a very good ripper. It will pull from CDs track by track or the enire CD, it will also copy into wav and MP3 format. It will also connect to the CDDB to get all of the track info. And best of all, it's FREE! It's also very small, it fits on a floppy. I use it at work, bring in my CDs, rip them to MP3s and then I have all the CDs I want on my HD without having a stack of them on my desk.
I don't have an MP3 player though, and I haven't ever looked at one so no help there. But I would check out Best Buy and Circuit City as previously suggested. They usually have the latest and greatest stuff.
I went with a Sony NetMD player. The minidisk can hold 300 minutes of music, and the sports model is pretty rugged. The only downside that I can see someone complaining about is that the software uses a check-in/out scheme to encode the files from the harddrive to the player. It also encodes them into a propriatary format on the disk, so they can't be copied from the disk to any other computer than what it was loaded onto the disk from. Sony's way of cutting down on piracy - which shouldn't bother any true law abiding exercising citizen
It runs on one AA and I usually get close to amonth of use with it playing 5-6 a day during the week.
It's not small, but I don't find it in the way. I slipped it through my belt loop and walked around with it for half a day and it was not too obtrusive.
It holds 20 GB of storage (18.7 really), USB 2.0, has an FM radio, rechargable battery, and holds more than just MP3s. It's basically a laptop hard drive in a box. I'm pleased with it so far. You get 7-8 hours on the charge. When you plug it in it shows up as its own drive letter in Windows Explorer.
I went with the large capacity 'cause those flash memory units seem to come with only 128 MB memory and if they're expandable, they only seem to take 128 MB cards. Why they won't recognize a 256 or 512 MB memory card at this point doesn't seem right to me.
I can also transfer stuff to and from work/home if need be.
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