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May 16th, 2003

MP3 Players are Quite Fantastic

Both Ryan and I are equipped with MP3 players. I own an iPod, and Ryan has a Creative Nomad Jukebox. While I won’t speak for him (this time), I will say that having an MP3 player totally changes the way I listen to music.

I do get amazed that computing has come this far: all 3,000+ songs I own are now in a package the size of a deck of cards. I can listen to any one I want, at any time. I don’t need to be in front of a computer to do this, and that’s the best part. Sure, I often toted around my portable CD player, but it used regular batteries (ugh) and naturally, could only play whatever was on that CD.

To me, it feels a bit like TiVo: this is the way music should be. The packaging? Sure, I do miss that a bit. But when it comes down to it, the mere ability to play any song that I own that might also be dancing around in my head, at any time, is awfully nice. You should get one.

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FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday May 16, 2003 -- 9:13:42 am
You can always tell a piece of technology that is going to catch on because from the point you start using it, it changes permanantly changes the way you do or think about something.

The Nomad did that for me, the Dishplayer also did that for me.

"My music everywhere" is a definitely good thing... though I still find myself looking for something new to listen to a lot of the time (not to mention I can't even get close to getting my collection on a 20 gig drive).

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday May 16, 2003 -- 11:21:59 am
I am definitely in love with my MP3 player, as well. It's actually an older model Intel 3000 series, which only has 96 Megs of space on it, but it's still's almost like having that perfect mix tape ready whenever you want.

Definitely looking to upgrade, but it's defintiely much less hassle than the portable CD player. Now, if we can get the in-dash car MP3 player.....

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday May 16, 2003 -- 12:11:14 pm
I have an older model Rio 500 which I just upgraded to 192 MB. It holds about 3 hours of music - so it's not like having an Ipod. I usually let WinAmp randomly sort my music directory, then copy the the first 3 hours over.

FROM: Monica
DATE: Friday May 16, 2003 -- 12:24:21 pm
I got an Archos Jukebox for Christmas, and starting yesterday I finally have time to put stuff on it. I'm amazed how much I'll be able to put on there. I don't have anywhere near the volume of your cd collection, Ryan, but holy crap! (spinning in chair with glee) I can put my whole collection (and what I like from my boyfriend's) in 20 gig ... and still have room for more!!
I'm still in the giddy phase, but I bet it will really change things. Now I have to figure out how to get Robert's most fabulous mix tapes on there, and I'll be sitting (and running and walking and ... ) happy.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday May 16, 2003 -- 3:08:23 pm
What I love about devices like these which really change the way you play/work/whatever is that active communities always spring up around them, innovating with applications and whatnot... the iPod certainly has its community and the Nomad crew hangs out over at

FROM: aharris
DATE: Monday May 19, 2003 -- 2:17:00 pm
The Nomad Jukebox was given as a gift about 2 weeks before the iPod came out. Damn I hate it.

Hey, not to be ungrateful's heavy and big and no where near as cool as the iPod.

But at this point I can't justify getting a "duplicate" piece of equipment so...I'll just have to live w/ the Jukebox.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday May 19, 2003 -- 2:51:36 pm
Arquay -- of course, it should be pointed out that Creative also has the Nomad Zen which is very similar to the iPod and is (I believe) lighter.

The bulk of the Nomad never bothered me -- the interface does bug me a bit, but the bulk hasn't. Sure, it's not as slick as the iPod, but a.) it's a heck of a lot cheaper, and b.) it's hacker friendly (I was discussing with Paul today how you can get "modified" Nomads with up to an 80gig drive). And up until recently, the iPod didn't have a recording function, something the Nomad's had for quite a while.

It's not an either-or thing, really... it depends on what you're looking for in an MP3 player. I can think of situations where the Nomad would be preferable and others where the extra expense of the iPod could be justified...

I will give the iPod one big advantage over the Nomad: software. The Jukebox software is *terrible* (though the third party software from Red Chair's pretty sweet).

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday May 19, 2003 -- 2:52:25 pm
(BTW, Arquay -- have you updated the Firmware? It's changed a dozen times or so since the "base" version and sports a LOT of improvements...)

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday May 20, 2003 -- 9:42:13 am
The Nomad Jukebox 3 looks pretty sweet. And it's much cheaper than an iPod. The iPod would be neat if it weren't so freakin' expensive. :P

FROM: Dave H
DATE: Thursday June 5, 2003 -- 5:29:02 pm
I just got a brand new 10gb IPOD.. its awesome.. 200+ songs on it alredy!!

FROM: Dave
DATE: Thursday June 5, 2003 -- 5:31:20 pm
BTW - the new IPOD still does not work on the PC correctly using MM jukebox 8 but a great program EPHPOD does everything and more!!!

DATE: Wednesday January 5, 2005 -- 10:51:26 pm
I got a Napster mp3 player for christmas and I love it! I should get an ipod or some other high gig player, i had mine for like two days now and it is already 75% full, but i listen to all the songs. It is 256mb, pretty nice, i like it

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