tonieee wrote:Also one of my main requirements for an mp3 player is that it behaves as a usb drive so you don't have to install extra drivers for it which I believe rules out ipod and creative.
This is the reason I opted for an iRiver player. Admittedly this was about 5 years ago(?) when it was a genuinely excellent alternative to an ipod (pre-shuffle, nano, touch, etc.) I've still got the player & it still works fine - looks terribly dated, mind!
Ironically, since I started working from home, I hardly ever use the iRiver & i've got my office set up so that my HiFi, vinly & cds are right next to my pc. In the last month I've probably listened to vinyl more than any other format. I do appreciate that I'm a bit on an anomaly, so it's been fascinating to read this thread. It's also got me thinking about what the hell i'm gonna do with Thee SPC in 2009, 'cos people just aren't buying physical records as much as they did. Kinda makes me think our record label is becoming redundant and I'm doubtful that downloads can fill the gap. But that's a different issue.
I've recently installed iTunes, just out of curiousity, ad it's quite impressive. Thnk I'll hold off on getting into the whole ipod culture until I really have to!
I do listen to a fair few MP3s on my pc, but the drive where I hold all my music is starting to 'creak' with age. Files aren't playing properly - they jump, skip, get stuck - and it's that having all your eggs in one basket nature of storing them on one drive that worries me. Year, sure you can have a backup system, but if your drive goes, you've still go to shell out for a new one and then do the recovery. And don't get me started on upgrading! In comparions, the very first CD I bought back in 1990 still plays beautfully & sounds much better than an MP3.