Saturday, January 10, 2004

Apple iPod vs ...

I've been wanting to get some form of portable MP3 player for some time. I've been looking around and was thinking about getting a new cd player which can play mp3's as well. The problem with a CD player is they are quite bulky. The iPod and other MP3 player's such as the Sony range which use memory sticks are a lot smaller, except they cost more.

Looking through what is available, the iPod seems the best choice. The 40GB model would have plenty of space and in time there will be models released with even more capacity. The advantage that the iPod has is, being very small and light, it will fit into a pocket easily.

The design is pretty plain, but it would do. There is also an iPod Mini now, which is smaller, a better looking colour and stores less - but obviously costs less.

The technical specifications, as listed on the Apple site:

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4GB, 15GB, 20GB or 40GB hard disk drive
Holds 1,000, 3,700, 5,000 or 10,000 songs in 128-Kbps AAC format
Stores data via FireWire or USB 2.0 hard drive

Customize main menu
Create On-The-Go playlists
Rate songs
Shuffle songs or albums
Repeat one or all
Sound check on or off
20 Equalizer settings
Backlight timer
Display contrast
Alarms on, off or silent
Sleep timer
Date and time
Display time in menu bar
Contacts sort and display by first or last names
Clicker on or off
Languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Swedish, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

Display (4GB model)
1.67 inch (diagonal) liquid crystal display with blue-white LED backlight
138-by-110-pixel resolution, 0.22-mm dot pitch
Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

Display (15-, 20-, 40GB model)
2-inch (diagonal) liquid crystal display with blue-white LED backlight
160-by-128-pixel resolution, 0.24-mm dot pitch
Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

Size and weight (4GB model)
Height: 3.6 in
Width: 2.0 in
Depth: 0.5 in
Weight: 3.6 oz (104 g)

Size and weight (15GB model)
Height: 4.1 in
Width: 2.4 in
Depth: 0.62 in
Weight: 5.6 oz (158 g)

Size and weight (20GB model)
Height: 4.1 in
Width: 2.4 in
Depth: 0.62 in
Weight: 5.6 oz (158 g)

Size and weight (40GB model)
Height: 4.1 in
Width: 2.4 in
Depth: 0.73 in
Weight: 6.2 oz (176 g)

Up to 25 minutes of skip protection
Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz
Audio formats supported: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 (32 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF (Mac only) and WAV
Upgradable firmware enables support for future audio formats

Earbud-style headphones with 18-mm drivers using Neodymium transducer magnets
Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
Impedance: 32 ohms

Dock connector
3.5-mm stereo headphone jack
Wired remote connector
Environmental requirements

Operating temperature: 32 to 95 F (0 to 35 C)
Non operating temperature: -4 to 113 F (-20 to 45 C)
Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

Built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery
Playtime: 8 hours when fully charged
Standby time: 1 month when fully charged
Charging via FireWire to computer system or power adapter
Fast-charge time: 1 hour (charges up to 80% of battery capacity)
Full-charge time: 3 hours
Charging via USB 2.0 to computer system or power adapter (iPod mini only)
Fast-charge time: 1 hour (charges up to 80% of battery capacity)
Full-charge time: 3 hours

6-pin FireWire connector
AC input: 100V to 240V at 0.4 amp maximum
Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
DC output: 12V at 1 amp maximum

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So, as it goes - they are the best you can get really. Unless you wanted to go the CD way. I've checked an iPod out, and they are quite good. The volume was nice and loud just how I like it. I think I'm going to have to invest.

The cheapest I have seen for the 40GB currently, is 379 inc VAT.

Another option is for me to order one from the USA, but I would probably have to pay import tax so the savings would not be that great. I could wait for someone I know to come over from the USA and bring one with them.

I've checked out some good places that look out for the cheapest prices on products, but nothing listed in the UK is cheaper than I have found.

If anyone has seen the 40GB cheaper, let me know!
As why should we pay more, when we don't have to?

Post ID: 228, posted by jase at 10:00 PM
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Comments

If u r a student or teacher you can get an apple.com discount

Posted by: flashmasta at February 1, 2004 06:58 PM
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