I'm thinking of getting a new MP3 Player. In the past I've not been a fan of the common iPod and heard many stories of the battery and other hardware issues. I have had a Creative Zen Touch and that was pretty good but I never used it so I sold it.
Then I had a Sony Walkman, but again never used it, and the software was rubbish.
Finally, I ended up with a PSP and have enjoyed it. (I'm a "Sony Fanboy")
Now I actually need an MP3 Player I'm thinking of getting a iPod (Video 30GB 5th Gen). Does anyone know if most of hardware issues has been sorted out? I've always used iTunes to store my music anyway so that doesn't make any difference.
I was thinking of the differences between the 80GB & the 30GB. I don't really have the extra £100 and the only time I'll use the extra 50GB is when backing up PC stuff for a reformat. Oh yeah, and there's an extra 6 hours of battery life + an extra 4mm on the 80GB version.
So, where is the cheapest (UK) place to buy a 30GB iPod? No eBay. So far the cheapest I've found is eBuyer but Amazon has it for the same price.
Hardware issues on the iPod have been vastly overblown. The great majority of them work correctly for years with no issues. I bought a 1st gen 5 gig iPod in November 2001. It still works. Bought a Nano about a year ago. Still works.
The thing that really mystifies me is the people who reported their Nanos got scratched to the point of being unusable. I've carried mine to work and back in my pocket every day for a year and it still looks great. I think the real problem is some people just don't take care of their stuff.
So get the iPod, it is the gold standard. Forget the Zune. It won't be anything but marginal junk until version 3, assuming it makes it that far.
I just plug my iPod into my computer when I get home and leave it there until I need it to be mobile again which is usually the next morning. My wife bought an AC adaptor for hers ($12 - forgot the brand), but she leaves hers in her car for days at a time and then will charge it at work. Neither one of us have seen any use for a dock so we haven't invested in them.
The iPod doesn't come with a mains outlet, nor does any MP3 player really...
I bought the docking station for my 30Gb iPod (just because its more convenient sitting on the desk). I've had no problems with it (apart from scratching, but who cares about the silver back unless your a chick and need it for a mirror ). Battery life has actually went far over my expectations.
And for when I need it in the car, I have a Griffin iTrip Auto. Has a cigarette charger and FM transmitter !
I had a Zen touch as well, liked it, got it stolen.
The I moved onto IPod, and I must say, software is ok but it can be improved (importing songs from Ipod to Computer) but overall satisfaction is quite high.
Not if you buy it online, your only entitled to a 90 day warranty.
Garbage. If you buy your iPod new from an authorized Apple reseller, you get a 1 year warranty, regardless of if it came online or from a B&M store. If you buy it used, the balance of the warranty is yours as long as you have the original proof of purchase.
Sounds to me like you:
a) bought from a gray marketer who provided their own 90 day non-Apple warranty.
b) mistakenly tossed an iPod that could have been replaced under warranty.