Skip to comments.Older freeper needs MP3 Player vs. I-Pod advice from younger freepers (vanity)
Posted on 09/08/2012 9:54:58 AM PDT by Vigilanteman
So here's the deal: After years of sacrafice, debt and driving a very old car to get three daughters through college and independent, they have made it possible for us to drive a vehicle as new as your average food stamp receipient.
Not only does it have a beautiful sounding CD player (all but the radio was shot on our old car), but it also has one of those plug-in things.
The girls tell us we need to buy an I-Pod or MP3 player of at least 4 gigabytes and a connecting cord to plug in so we can enjoy music of our own choosing as we drive and not fill our glove box with CD's.
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Basically, I just want to plug something into a USB drive on the computer, drag and drop music files (either downloaded or from prerecoded music CD's we already have) and play lots of music without changing CD's when the wife and I are out driving.
I don't walk around attached to an earphone or any of those things which seem to be the norm among the pre boomer set. We just want something easy to use in the car our three lovely daughters have enabled us to get and hopefully use someday on a long road trip to visit our cute little grandson and little granddaughter on the way.
ipods and itunes are pretty simple to use, idiot proof, even. You can find other devices cheaper and you can find people who’ll tell you how they don’t like apple’s proprietary software, but for someone who just wants something to work, I’d go with an ipod.
Don’t be bitter about working for the other 50%. Take heart. Think about the bright side. All of your sacrifices have helped prepare your daughters to work hard and be successful so they can support an even larger dependent class.
AM/FM tuner, voice recorder, video player, photo storage/viewing . . .
I got a little Sanza Fuze a couple of years ago to use at work. Had some trouble initially, but it’s been tough, reliable and easy to use since. I found it on sale very cheap, so investing a little search time usually pays off.
iPods and fancier players are cool, but sometimes you just want something simple.
The biggest problem I found with an I pod in the car is having to find a new station whenever I got into a new area when I was on a road trip. Does Pandora work in the car? It works on my computer and Iphone.
If you don't have a large CD collection, get an iPod and buy music via iTunes. An iPod costs much more than a generic MP3 player, but it gives you access to the iTunes library of music.
If you already have an extensive collection of music on CDs (like I do,) then buy any one of the several MP3 players available at places like Walmart. You can then rip your own CDs onto the MP3 player, create playlists, and listen to them when you like. Since you already bought the music, and you spent at least $150 less on the player than you would have on the iPod, you're further ahead financially.
Ther are so many choices it’s mind boggling. To get started I suggest you buy your self an inexpensive mp3 player. It’s no different then an i-Pod for your type of use. I currently am using a Sansa Clip. 4gb can store about 1000 songs.
If this is a new car, before you buy anything you might just try to put a CD into the radio with MP3 files on it. It might possibly play that without any further need for plug-ins. I know I had a car radio that could play MP-3s, and that was some time ago, although I did specifically ask for it to be installed.
Anyway, it’s certainly worth a try. MP3s have been around for some time, and if your radio will take CDs, then it may well be programmed to play MP3s.
Seriously? He said he wanted to drag and drop. Itunes is far more complicated than that. Itunes is shockingly overcomplicated for what it does. It’s a bloated, slow, confusing, mess. When I had an Iphone, I jailbroke it, so I didn’t have to use itunes.
Any regular MP3 player that is made by someone other than Apple, will plug in via USB (Usually without a proprietary cable like Apple has, I might add) and be recognized by your computer as a hard drive. Then, you can just put your music on it and you’re done.
So, the answer is any MP3 player that is NOT made by Apple.
However, the question might not be the right one. The MP3 player has been mostly replaced these days by smart phones that do a whole lot of other things and also function as mp3 players. Any Android phone will do what you want as well, plus a whole lot more. That might be something worth exploring.
For instance, most will also function as a GPS with turn by turn navigation. You’ll also have streaming radio. For instance, there is a radio station from NY that I liked, so when I moved to SC, I just listen with their app in my car.
Getting a smart phone is a huge life changer...definitely worth it, IMHO.
Do you have a cell phone? Does your car play bluetooth audio? If you have a cell phone it's very probably capable of storing and playing music at least through its jack and possibly via bluetooth.It's not as complicated as it might seem....I'm a technical dunce and I have lots of MP3's stored on my cell phone which I can play via bluetooth or via cord.
I am with tomkat, go with the Sansa. I had an ipod product once, we had to replace it 3 times in the first year. Switched to the sansa, couldn’t be happier.
If you have an i-phone/android, you can use it for music. Or stream Pandora.
That’s only a problem if you’re using one of the aftermarket fm transmitters to play the device through the car radio. Many new cars have a USB jack in the soundsystem that allows direct connection with the player, with no radio signal needed.
Ha! Right behind you. I use mine to listen to Rush at work. Keeps me sane.
Easy to use.
If you don’t need the fancy video screen, the Sansa Clip is dirt cheap and works well. The text is pretty small for aging eyes, but from the sounds of it you’ll probably just leave it in the car and all you need to do is press the pause button.
I just use my phone as an MP3 player. (Android smartphone with a 16GB SD card in it)
Plug the earphone jack into the car stereo and you’re good to go.
Why bother with separate devices?
I put in a CD and drag and drop the songs right into iTunes. I plug in my iPod and-viola-they're on the player. No difficulty at all.
I love streaming audio.On a couple of recent road trips (Florida and Denver) I was able to listen to my favorite Boston talk host the whole time I was gone as well as not having to search for Rush every 50 miles while on the road.It's like satellite radio without the expense,particularly if you have an unlimited data plan like I do.
To which format does it convert the tracks...MP4...MP3...something else?