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June 17th, 2004

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10:40 am - My MP3 player is on its last legs.
It's a 128 MB Samsung YP-700 that I purchased a couple of years ago. At the time, it was the highest capacity MP3 player at Best Buy, and I got a good deal on it since it was a heavily marked down open item. A couple of months later Apple unveiled their iPod for Windows, and I was still happy with my purchase. The 10 GB iPod cost $399 on its original release, and there was no way I was shelling out that kind of money.

But now my Samsung is dying and it's dying fast. It started innocuously enough. The unit started displaying errors about its FM tuner (problem: the YP-700 is the only Samsung MP3 player in its series without a FM tuner). I figured out what the problem was, learned how to prevent it, and it was all good. More recently though, I'm having other issues. The battery compartment is being held closed by a rubber band because the door that holds it in place has broken. The battery itself (which could be inexpensively replaced) doesn't hold a charge as long as it used to. Given the amount of wear and tear the unit has been through, this is not surprising. It's a good thing MP3 players have so few moving parts. If this had been a personal CD player, it would have been repurchased three times by now.

Still, the thing is dying, and I'm thinking that maybe I should get a new one. And here's my problem: I have to make a choice about what the next one will be. On the one hand, I would love to get a shiny, new iPod or something comparable with 40 GBs of storage, but the 128 MB model would be less expensive. I don't feel like spending the money on an iPod right now, but given a month or so, I could set aside enough to justify the purchase. On the other hand, 40 GB holds less than half of my CD collection, and 128 MB holds two or three albums, which is more than I need for my daily car ride. I have an additional 128 MB SmartMedia card that doubles the player's memory, and it's been empty for more than a year.

Does it sound like I'm having a hard time deciding what to do here? I didn't think so either. When I find one that I like, I will purchase an inexpensive, lower-capacity player. Hopefully by the time that one wears out, the new players will have appreciably higher capacities, I'll be able to justify buying one, and (with any luck) I'll be treating my electronic equipment more carefully.
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
Current Music: Little Jimmy Scott -- Sycamore Trees

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Date:June 18th, 2004 12:13 am (UTC)
You know, I really need to check my hotmail more often. I hadn't checked it in a week, and I had 91 junk mail messages and a few others (LJ comments go straight to that account). Oh? What was I going to say? Yeah, I'd like an MP3 player, and apparantly my CD player doubles as one, but I can't figure out how to use it and the now long lost directions didn't help me at all. What are the 128 MB models going for these days?
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Date:June 18th, 2004 02:05 am (UTC)
I swung by Wal-Mart on my lunchbreak because their prices on things like this tend to beat Best Buy. The Creative Labs Nomad MUVO NX is 128 MB, and sells on Amazon for $79.88. Wal-Mart had it for $73.70 (tax included). After comparing it and its Amazon reviews to those of other comparable 128 MB models, I came back after work and purchased it.

I haven't actually used it yet, but so far the player has two downsides:
  1. It requires a AAA battery. This is prominently displayed on the packaging, but I didn't even notice it. Other people might not even care. I'm bummed though because I don't think any of my rechargable AAAs work anymore. According to Amazon, the battery can last "up to twelve hours," which is cool (depending on what "up to" means).

  2. The player plugs directly into your USB port. Great if you have a USB cable with two female ends or USB ports on the front of your PC, but I have neither, so I'll be reaching around to the back of my PC until I get fed up and buy a cable.
If tomorrow morning's post has the topic "Damn Creative Labs. Damn them up their stupid asses," you'll know not to buy it.
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Date:June 18th, 2004 02:27 am (UTC)
Sounds good.
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Date:June 18th, 2004 05:57 am (UTC)
All you should have to do is burn a bunch of MP3s to a CD and try that in your player. If it doubles as an MP3 player it should read from there and know what to do. If not, well, I can't help ya.
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Date:June 18th, 2004 09:07 pm (UTC)
See, it's all a question of how I burn it. IF I do it as a music CD, it works fine. If I do it as a data CD (Which can hold more music), it doesn't work and tells me that the disk is unreadable, I believe.
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