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
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You’ll need to “Rip” songs from your CDs (using a computer) to put them on your iPod. Sounds like a job for your daughters!
plug it in. Depending on the model of vehicle there is an “aux” button or some other control that lets you play it through the stereo.
Cheapest possible way if you’ve got a screen in the car is just use a thumb drive .... about $5-$10. That’s what I do in my car. I loaded it up with music and books on tape, plugged it in, and it works great! Plus, I can keep it plugged in all the time, no having to unplug it and take it into the house so I can charge the battery, because there’s no battery!
A lot of the SanDisk players and off brand models are usually decently priced (under $50 or so) for about 4GB. As long as you have an auxiliary plug, any player will do. And every model with the exception of Ipods allow you to drag and drop into a folder directly from your computer. Best of luck!
Up until this year, my car had a cassette player. I have thousands of recordings on sound discs—33, 45 and 78 rpm and was a heavy home taper until my trusty 1982 Radio Shack Clarinette 102 phonograph died. I still download songs from Youtube onto cassettes. I would like to find out how to transfer the music on cassettes to CD’s or some other digital format.
Wow - thanks for posting this. I, too, am very interested in learning about this. At age 55, I am a wife, mother to 3 sons and now a grandmother to a 6-month old grandson. I have been asking my youngest son, age 20, what I should get - MP3 or Ipod. I thought I was the only one in the world, at this point, who didn’t have one or the other, for heaven’s sake. I have recently started up working out at the Y again - 3 or 4 times a week, and wanting to listen to music or download some of the talk radio shows - all conservative, of course.
Anyway, I am interested in reading all the responses!! I don’t even have a smart phone...still using a flip phone. But - as my son reminds me...often - “Mom, you do have a laptop and an IPAD!!”...Anyway - I am eager to learn about all of this, so I’ll be reading the posts, right along with you.
A couple years ago I bought a machine for around $150 that does that, from Hammacher. It has places to insert 2 cassettes, and attaches to the computer. So from the computer you can do whatever - copy, CD etc. Well pricey.
Maybe you could see a pic of it on the Hammacher site.
I have tons of old cassettes I held dear. Well - dont much bother with them now. Am into mp3 - pc - SDs etc.
About mp3 players, I have been using a mp3 player/recorder for years - use it all day every day. Recording and listening. IMO it is the only one there is. There were 2 previous types/from different places. But all very similar.
The latest from CCrane, called CCWITNESS. They just sold out their final stock. But looks like another version coming.
So handy - has 20 presets for timed recording - I record Rush during the day and CtoC over night - to listen in the morning without staying up all night.
Has many features, like fast forwarding to get thru the hours of talk radio VERY FAST. Handy enough to wear around the neck with supplied cord. etc
You could do both audio and video with your iPad while working out, especially if you use a treadmill.
I bought a refurbished 10” Toshiba Thrive and use it every day on the treadmill. In a few months, I taught myself how to use Photoshop by watching Youtube videos.
Now as I am about to retire, I have already started to restore historic (to us) family photos going back to the early 1800s.
suggest putting a few mp3 flies on a flash drive, plug it into your car, follow owners manual stereo instructions - should play your music files.
no need to buy and mess with an mp3 player.
I, too, thought I would have to buy an mp3 player for car, but decided to try a flash drive first - worked like a charm, and wonder why anyone would plug a player into their car when a flash drive works.
Probably just a different way of doing things. I haven’t bought a CD in probably 15 years. My collection is pretty large and all digital. Itunes is the most bloated, slow, confusing, POS I’ve ever tried to use with it.
Granted, in my old age, I have little patience for bad UI design, so I’m probably pickier than most.
I’m also a Linux user and resent having to boot into Windoze or load a VM to use an inferior product, when there are at least 10 better choices that run natively in both Linux and Windows.
Based on what I've read on this thread, I may invest in an MP3 player later.
For now, however, I am going to buy three or four color coded flash drives for each genre of music I enjoy, drag and drop some songs from by CD collection, maybe 100 or so songs each, and then just change the flash drive according to my mood before the start of each drive.
About a hundred bucks, depending on the MP3 player.
If it's a new car then the radio should have somewhere you can plug in a thumb drive. Check the owners manual.
Something else to consider, if you have a smart phone (Android, etc.), is increasing the size of your SD memory card and storing music there for playback in your car. It’s cheaper than a new IPod, and an app like Meridian will fit your needs well.
Also, if you have a smart phone, try Subsonic - it is an application with two parts, a server running on your home computer and a client running in a browser or on your phone.
It allows you to stream ALL of the music on your home computer to your phone (for a nominal one time charge of around $20).
Lastly, if you do decide to go the iPod route, I would suggest going for one of the Nano models, as they have an ‘On-the-go Playlist’ feature that allows you to quickly add the song currently playing to a playlist; the use of playlists allows you to create lists of favorite songs for you, your wife, each child, particular moods, or genres (jazz, classical, etc.) This feature is available in the 5th Generation Nano and the iPod Classic, but not in the 6th Gen Nano or iPod Touch. IMHO, the OTG feature is the best iPod feature, and I would avoid models that don’t have it, no matter how “sexy” the video interface is...
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