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August 12th, 2005
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Well now.
So, on Monday, my Boss.. having been repeatedly impressed by my iPod, and then, my co-worker's. little RCA Lyra, asks for my advice on ipods. 15 minutes late, we hammer out a deal, and he's bought my 4 Gig iPod mini. I gave him a reasonable price, $150 for it loaded with songs, with a case in good shape, with headphones in bad shape. (worn and badly staticy.). Given that I paid $225 for it used at Best Buy, the case another $20 or so... I'm feeling pleased with this decision. I've effectively rented an iPod mini for $10 a month.

Now comes the question of what shall replace it. There will need to be a replacement, I've become very attached to having my music portable and convenient. And give my investment in a good pile of iTunes downloads and my appreciation for the interface on iPod, I'm likely going with another. So that leaves me with three basic options.

#1: Buy an iPod now. The $299, 20 gig Color iPod would seem to be the choice; I've already got enough music to overfill a 6 Gig iPod now. The 60 Gig model is intruiging, but.. pricey. 20 Gig would be quite adequate, the 4th-Generation iPods are light enough and have good battery life now, the color screens, etc.

#2. Wait until the iPod refresh that seems likely in late September. There's an Apple Expo in Europe from September 20-24th, and likely then there will be some announcement on the iPod line. There are plentiful rumors of possibilities for the three iPod lines. The Shuffles might get a 1.5 or 2 Gig model (likely), a price break (very likely) or a screen (unlikely). The Minis might change to 5/8 or 6/8 gigs (likely) and gain a color screen (somewhat likely). And there's talk of a 5th-generation ipod with video playback (inevitable, but I don't think quite yet), FM radio built in (unlikely), Bluetooth (somewhat likely), or other features. Perhaps a move up on the base, $299 iPod up to 30 gig (likely). I put the odds at about 90% there'll be a better deal on some iPod, but one I want? More like 60% chance.

#3. Wait until said iPod refresh, and then see if Buran will sell me her 30 Gig iPod Photo- the one that was going for $349 - for a reasonable price when she upgrades. That's right about what I'd be looking for now, but Apple's noticed that on their standard iPods, the middle ones sell poorly. People either want the $299 model or the top-of-the-line, whatever that is. The 30 Gig would be nice, I think- but Buran's not going to sell it to me just yet.

So. Recommendations? Waiting is probably sensible.. but that's six weeks without a device that I've become horribly used to, and upgrades/discounts are not a guarantee. I could be waiting for nothing.

Anyone who wants to make this academic, well, I always like presents. -1-)

--Chiaroscuro

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From:koogrr
Date:August 12th, 2005 01:33 pm (UTC)
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I'd suggest taking a look at iRiver's line. They resemble bulky, industrial iPods, are slightly less user friendly and have more features.

The one I like most of all, is my 40G unit registers as a removable USB drive. I can drop things on it, ogg and mp3 format, without having to go through iTunes.

It was also, with careful searching on Pricewatch about $50 cheaper than online iPods of similar capacity and $100 cheaper than what I could find in stores.
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From:chefmongoose
Date:August 12th, 2005 04:59 pm (UTC)
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That sounds rather nice, and I should do some comparison shopping. But I do like Itunes at that, it's.. really a good program. I can figure out something else without too much hassle, though. I'll check out iRiver in my search.

--Chiaroscuro
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From:reptilemammal
Date:August 12th, 2005 02:57 pm (UTC)
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You know me, patience is the key, I say wait it out. If you are in need of something immediately just get a cheap $25-50 256-512 MB Mp3 Player. That's enough for about four - eight hours.
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From:chefmongoose
Date:August 12th, 2005 04:55 pm (UTC)
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If I'm that desperate, I can dig up my old portable CD player. :) At home I'm musically covered, and on the road, I've got a CD player in the car and rather good local radio. I think I can sweat it out..

--Chiaroscuro
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From:buran
Date:August 12th, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC)
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Well, I'll happily sell it if I don't need it anymore, but thing is, I won't know that til the refresh. ;) But I promised to let you know, and I will.
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From:drakegrey
Date:August 13th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
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At the risk of repeating myself, I'll note that my centaur impetuousness says you should buy now! Buy now!! :)

Also at the risk of saying a cliche, you know what is said about a bird in the hand... ;)

And yes, iTunes is the sexy. I've been messing with MusicMatch and their On Demand service, which is VERY cool - but while easy to use, the application suffers from a terrible case of code bloat.

--Drake
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From:chefmongoose
Date:August 14th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
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Impulsiveness is hard to resist. And some detective work has led to the Amazon- with a discount and a $30 credit for applying for the Amazon Visa card, with no interest for 6 months, can knock the price down to $255 for a 20 Gig and $285 for a 30 Gig, new.

However, given that I am a lazy individual in ways, I may well be able to resist Greed through Sloth. At least until late September.

--Chiaroscuro
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