Tuesday, November 11, 2008

- iPod or MP3 players?

I feel like I’m getting old when I can actually remember when MTV used to play music videos and I used to haul around a portable CD player with a stack of CDs. Then came the ipod, one of the classic inventions of this decade as well as being one of the world’s most popular music and video players. I was late to the trend, only getting mine a couple of years ago, but some of the latest mp3 players now offer the same great features and storage memory.

So folks, what are you, an iPod devotee or will any of the many brands of mp3 players do the trick? What do you think about the differences and similarities of iPods and mp3 players? For me, and a big part of me hates to say this, I’ve been suckered in to the iconic status of the iPod brand, so much so that since buying our family’s first one for my wife, we now have another two for the kids (one an iPod Touch) and I’m hankering after an iPod Nano for myself for Christmas. I think another big factor for me is the shear range of iPods on the market, there’s one for just about every shape and size of person.

As those of you who come to the blog regularly will know, I live in Turkey and am often complaining about stuff like the 'entertainment tax' the government places on cool stuff like mp3 players. As a result, I often employ the services of my brother to bring things over from England when he visits. He put me on to the price comparison website Save Buckets (see pic) recently, even going so far as to suggest I abandon my beloved iPods in favour of a Creative zen mp3 player. Sorry Jim, but I guess I'm too much of a traditionalist.


Onion Terror said...

Whereas mp3 players are a great invention, I will never buy an iPod due their 'cool' status and Apple's 'cool' price tag to fit that status. I got mine 3 years ago, an Archos. Never heard of it? Good! It holds 20Gb, doesn't look as well designed but it still plays my music and it was about 2/3 the price of an iPod. I hate the big companies who inflate their prices because they have control of the market. I never buy anything by any such companies.
Extortionate bastards, the lot of 'em.
PS - Nothing personal at all, it's just my opinion.

Anonymous said...

iPod or 'other' mp3 player? Hard choice really, if you've got an iPod or two already then stick with it otherwise I think you'll lose all of your playlists and the like.

Took me ages to go for an Apple and that was prompted by some opportunist thieving B*****d nicking my iRiver which I loved and couldn't get hold of anymore...

Sorry that's probably not much help is it?

Love the blog byt the way, it's a bit of a resolution to start leaving comments!


entrailicus said...

All comments much appreciated Andrew. OT, I have to admit, part of me hates the fact that I've been so influenced by the brand.

Peewit said...

Bit late to the party but I'm an Archos man too. 80GB mine and capable of recording TV programmes if I'd bought the right bit when I bought it. (as with all these type things the new generation ARchos accessories don't fit the old models)

Bonnie said...

I really love to buy Mp3 player from Abes of Maine.

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