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wallaby
Dec 30, 2007, 07:35 PM
I remember back in my freshman year of college tossing a portable Sony Diskman in my backpack and hoping I'd reach my destination before the CD I had brought with me had reached its end...almost always listened to burned CDs because I could get more songs on them. Getting a 1G iPod shuffle when it first came out was worlds better for me, even without the screen...it was like having 6 CDs with me at any time, with a rechargeable battery! And it even fit in my pocket! These days I have a 5.5g iPod I got for $50 with my Mac, and can't imagine not having it around...having my entire music collection at my fingertips is something I take for granted these days. :rolleyes:



Surely
Dec 30, 2007, 08:36 PM
I used a Sony Discman that had a whole 40 seconds of skip delay playback so it wouldn't skip. But it still did. And it sucked batteries like a Hoover.
I did love it at the time, it was a cool purple colour and was pretty thin, and loved the remote control that was on the headphone cable that showed the track number (and the name of the track?). Couldn't get any better than that, right? Right?

Then I got my 10 GB second generation iPod in late 2002 and everything changed. My brother had the 1st generation 10 GB iPod, and I was so amazed by his, that I had to get one. I was in school living in Chicago, and when I was listening to it, I couldn't walk more than 5-10 minutes without someone stopping me and asking me what the hell it was. It came with a belt clip neoprene case, a firewire cable, and the power brick.
I remember on New Years 2002-03 I went to a party and just plugged it into the stereo and we had an instant DJ. People were almost confused by it, they couldn't believe how much music was in that little thing.

Good times.

I love my 30 GB 5G, but I'm going to invest in a new 8 GB nano in the next week or so. I need smaller now.

aethelbert
Dec 30, 2007, 08:53 PM
I used my computer. Pretty simple and easy, but it was Windows. Then I got my macs, then my first iPod and iPhone. Life is good now.

ryannel2003
Dec 30, 2007, 08:55 PM
A $15 portable CD player from Wal-Mart... :D

apfhex
Dec 30, 2007, 09:09 PM
A Panasonic portable CD player (I still have it! collecting dust...). I did burn a few CD-Rs I guess, but only in the later days before the iPod came out. I never had much of a digital music collection before then because of slow internet, small hard drives, and not bothering to rip most CDs since I'd just listen to them portably anyway.

JesterJJZ
Dec 30, 2007, 09:28 PM
Sony Discman FTW! :D

bjett92
Dec 30, 2007, 09:31 PM
I had some cheap portable CD player. My iPod 4th gen was my first real music player.

eric55lv
Dec 30, 2007, 10:37 PM
this one SanDisk mp3 player didnt like it and when I had it I still wanted a iPod badly then my sis gave me a second gen Nano black it was so much simpler than the other mp3 player

levitynyc
Dec 30, 2007, 11:17 PM
I used this bad boy

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00005OM4J/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I5VOH2JIQ892Y&colid=36U7LARASKLL0

HHAHAH I found my review of it


4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
WOW A Great MP3 player for all!!!!!, February 20, 2002
By (Brooklyn, NY United States)



I am totally satisfied with this player. The memory is a little low, but that can be fixed by just buying more memory. With a 64 Meg upgrade i put about 25-28 songs on this player. It would be much higher, but i use all 192 KBS quality. If you use radio quality 64 or 128 you can easily fit 50 songs, which is way too much for my purposes.
I cant believe the price of this player. almost all other mp3 players with this amount of memory sell for much more, and they arent near the quality. Just look, this is the only player on Amazon.com that averages a 5 star rating and it shows.

Who cares that the screen isnt backlit, or that song titles dont show. They are useless features anyways. What really matters is sound and reliability...which is incredible. The headphones that come with it arent my style, but with an mp3 player you dont pay really for headphones. I still use the default headphones with my cd walkman for when i fall asleep. Otherwise spend a few bucks to get some better headphones.

Battery life is incredible. I dont know why it advertises 8-10 hours, i have gotten over 15 hours per battery...with the sound up and bass etc.

Finally the software is very easy to use. The musicmatch upgrade is well worth it. I havent experienced any of the copyright or any other problems that i read about and i can only attribute them to user mistakes, not in the software itself. Uploads take about 20 seconds per song, which is quite quick compared to other players i've seen.

All in all this is a great MP3 player that everyone can use and love. Get em quick because 2 of my local stores have sold out of them.

Thanks for reading

Hope this helps.

Kashchei
Dec 30, 2007, 11:22 PM
Discman and portable cassette player. When those weren't available (wife used them too) I carried around CDs and cassettes. My iPod is a quantum leap forward!

hexonxonx
Dec 30, 2007, 11:23 PM
I had two portable CD players that I bought at Radio Shack. I still have them in perfect condition and they still work perfectly! I couldn't bump them while playing or the CD would stop for a few seconds, no buffer on them. I think I bought them back in the late 80s.

I gave up using them sometime in the mid 90s and mostly used CDs. I bought my first MP3 player in 2004, it was an iPod, still have it, still works.

David G.
Dec 30, 2007, 11:30 PM
I used a Sony Walkman CD player. I thought that thing was so cool. Now look what I have (in my sig.)

iBookG4user
Dec 30, 2007, 11:34 PM
I actually used my PSP as my mp3 player, I haven't been listening to music while away from my computer for that many years. The PSP worked great though, good quality once you ditched the provided earbuds.

ezekielrage_99
Dec 30, 2007, 11:37 PM
A Kenwood Portible CD player, the CD player was ok but the headphones were awesome.... Somehow if Apple could put some good headphones in the iPod package that would be brilliant :cool:

SkyBell
Dec 30, 2007, 11:39 PM
A Wal-Mart brand CD player. Sucked down 4 AA's every week.

It sure sucked but it lasted two years of abuse from a 9 year old, and it got me into music.

Chundles
Dec 30, 2007, 11:39 PM
Sony Discman and a CD wallet.

Pain in the arse to be honest, discmans made music less portable than the walkman did. They were big, heavy, skipped and you had to be wearing big pants to fit it in your pocket.

The walkman was at least small, didn't skip and tapes are way easier to fit in your pocket than CDs.

Thank god the iPod came around. So much better.

synth3tik
Dec 30, 2007, 11:43 PM
A phonograph.

greg555
Dec 30, 2007, 11:49 PM
I used a JVC car deck that can play MP3s. The thing is so buggy it's funny. The order the songs on a disk play can't be predicted when you create it. They play in some odd order that has nothing to do with the order they are burned onto the CR-R or their name. The only solution I found was to put one song per folder and give each folder a number (songs from album 1 are in folders 100 to 113, songs from album 2 in 200 to 218, etc.).

I thought it would be neat to use the shuffle feature, but it has a bug where it breaks some MP3 songs into 2 parts* (there's a 1 second pause while the track number changes, then the song continues). I could handle this for playing songs in order (since I grew up on 8-tracks that would fade out, change track and fade back in) but on shuffle it would jump to other songs before the end. And worse yet, jump to the last part of a different song. Totally unusable.

So mostly I'd burn all the albums from one band onto a CD-R and listen to them in order.

Getting an iPod was a huge step up! :)

Greg

*when you first insert the CD-R it tells you the number of folders and the numbers of tracks. With my method they should be equal but generally there would be the correct number of folders reported and about 30% too many tracks due the the track-splitting bug it has.

SLC Flyfishing
Dec 31, 2007, 12:00 AM
I used a series of Panasonic portable CD players. I really liked them and was reluctant to switch to iPod but when the first generation Nano came out I was sold. It soon became apparent that I needed something bigger to fit all the music I wanted to have available. I finally upgraded to an 80 GB classic last month and I carry about 11 GB of music with me all the time now, I don't know how I got along without the iPod before.

SLC

MartyMoe
Dec 31, 2007, 12:08 AM
Sony Walkman for cassettes, also a portable radio with cassette

The CD player in my car was the first one I ever owned-- otherwise, I think the first one I used was on a Playstation (the first one... "Wow, it plays music CDs too??")

Yeah, I got a little behind the tech, dont'cha know.

thebassoonist
Dec 31, 2007, 12:17 AM
Freshman year of high school, I got this beauty:

http://www.secondrotation.com/images/products/3182.jpg

40 GB RCA Lyra Jukebox

It was awesome! Most people were still listening to CDs and no one could believe mine could hold as much music as it did.

It lived for almost 4 years. I got my 5G iPod right before its death and was able to transfer my music off of the Jukebox.

Lets just say...the iPod was much more user friendly, prettier, smaller, and I wasn't embarrassed to take it to school senior year. :D

sushi
Dec 31, 2007, 12:22 AM
Record player

CD player (Numerous ones. Later got portable ones with long skip protection which helped.)

Sony NT-1 Scoopman player (very unique digital tape player. Tape is the size of a postage stamp and could hold one hour per side of digital music of DAT quality.) Picture is attached.

RIO flash memory player (256MB)

Original iPod

...and some more iPods since then.

student_trap
Dec 31, 2007, 09:17 AM
it all started with a cassette walkman, then a discman, then a sony minidisc player, although minidisc was the worst technology ever, i had so many players that broke within a year....kind of makes a mockery of the fuss that was made about the 3G ipods breaking!

Osarkon
Dec 31, 2007, 09:51 AM
Creative Zen Touch. Then when that died within 12 months, a Creative Zen Sleek Photo. That also died in less than 12 months. Then I gave up on avoiding the accursed iPods and got my 5G 30Gb. Somewhat surprisingly, it's still going and its about a year and a half old. The longest amount of time any mp3 player has lasted with me.

bartelby
Dec 31, 2007, 10:15 AM
This in 1980:
http://technabob.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/sony_walkman_tps_l2.jpg

One of these in 1982:
http://www.jackbergsales.com/electronics/Panasonic_RQ-J11.JPG

One of these in 1986:
http://www.g-root.jp/t-room/rare/walkman/wm-w800_2.jpg


Then a Walkman Professional through to the mid 90s.

Then a Sony discman

ftaok
Dec 31, 2007, 10:22 AM
I used to sing the songs out loud, but the RIAA sent me a "cease and desist" letter and threatened to sue me, so I just hummed the song and listened to the lyrics in my head. :p

Nah, I used to use a walkman AM/FM/cassette player. I typically listened to AM radio.

bc008
Dec 31, 2007, 11:44 AM
http://i10.tinypic.com/6loaiqb.png
nuff said

xxstatic
Dec 31, 2007, 11:51 AM
Sony Discman FTW! :D

+1.:cool:

Still got it around here somewhere....

RobotFranchise
Dec 31, 2007, 12:08 PM
I had several different kinds of MiniDisc recorders/portable players.

rockthecasbah
Dec 31, 2007, 12:09 PM
I too had a skip-free Sony Discman, refused to buy an mp3 player until the costs came down and I had a means of storing more music on my computer via new hard drive :)

GoCubsGo
Dec 31, 2007, 12:11 PM
Just before the iPod the Creative Zen 30gb. Prior to that my CD players mostly and then before that a Walkman of course. :)

OllyW
Dec 31, 2007, 12:27 PM
Before my first iPod, I used a Sony MiniDisc Net MD Walkman. It was a great player with good sound and long battery life. Unfortunately, the SonicStage software was probably the worst piece of software I have ever used.

Thanks to that truly awful software I got a 3G iPod. It was a big step at the time, the iPod was 3 times the price of the MD, but it was so amazingly easy to use that I got myself a 2nd hand Mac 3 weeks later and it's been Apple all the way ever since :D

psychofreak
Dec 31, 2007, 12:36 PM
Ridiculously overpriced Sony MP3 player, and before that a CD player...good times...

statikcat
Dec 31, 2007, 12:40 PM
DVD+r with mp3s in my DVD player in my car. Laptop at work, desktop at home. Nothing elsewhere. Now I use my Ipod in all locations even though at 80gb it only carries just under half my library.

iDAG
Dec 31, 2007, 02:58 PM
A Sony Walkman CD player and a Sony Walkman Radio (I still use this to discover new music to download :cool:).

jalagl
Dec 31, 2007, 03:05 PM
Before my first iPod, I used a Sony MiniDisc Net MD Walkman. It was a great player with good sound and long battery life. Unfortunately, the SonicStage software was probably the worst piece of software I have ever used.

Same here. I have a Sony MiniDisc Net MD Walkman MZ-NF610. It is an EXCELLENT player, with FM Radio and an in-line remote control. But I agree with you, Sonicstage is the absolute worst software EVER. I used RealPlayer for loading Minidiscs with mp3s, but RealPlayer isn't the best software out there either. And there is no support on OSX, so I still use and old WinXP desktop for this (among other things).

Having said that, I still use it when I go to the gym - I think my 40GB iPod Photo is just too big and heavy.

I also have a 10-CD Sony Xplod CD Changer that can play mp3s in my car. I rarely use it nowadays, since I got my iPod a few years ago.

ClassicBean
Dec 31, 2007, 03:53 PM
I was using a portable CD player until I purchased my 1st generation iPod the day it came out.

People on the subway would look at me like I was from outer space or possibly the future with my white earbuds and incredibly tiny (at the time) MP3 player.

Everybody except for fellow Mac users. Those were the days when the only people with iPods were those with Macs.

tMac85
Dec 31, 2007, 04:15 PM
sony disc player.

or cds at home

or the radio

damn, life was so quiet back then.

tdhurst
Dec 31, 2007, 04:43 PM
Yep, Sony Discman with 40 or so seconds of anti skip protection. Damn batteries lasted at the most four hours. Them were the days...

JML42691
Dec 31, 2007, 04:53 PM
Portable Cassette Player>Portable CD Player>4 GB iPod nano white (1st Generation)>8 GB iPod touch

heatmiser
Dec 31, 2007, 05:20 PM
CD/MP3 player. Those things were awful; broke every three months.

GSMiller
Dec 31, 2007, 05:49 PM
I had one of these bad boys my freshman year of high school...

http://img27.picoodle.com/img/img27/5/12/31/f_67849lm_28f8062.jpg (http://www.picoodle.com/view.php?img=/5/12/31/f_67849lm_28f8062.jpg&srv=img27)

When I ordered it directly from Sony I bought that color, only to be told it wasn't available, so I ordered a yellow one instead. Only Sony misunderstood that I wanted BOTH and even though I cancelled the order on the blue one I got both of them like it or not. It lasted about 6 months before it quit and I sold the other on eBay. Lesson learned: never order direct from Sony.

Then I "upgraded" to one of these my sophomore year of high school...

http://img32.picoodle.com/img/img32/5/12/31/f_delldjm_46a34dd.jpg (http://www.picoodle.com/view.php?img=/5/12/31/f_delldjm_46a34dd.jpg&srv=img32)

It was alright and played good but I had to get the headphones replaced by Dell only for them to mess up too (the rubber around the plug would crack). Then in the spring of 2006 I was running on the treadmill only to have the hard drive in it crash, so I bought an iPod. Lesson learned: never buy anything Dell.

Weezy F Baby
Jan 1, 2008, 01:50 PM
Panasonic CD playaaaaa!!

ezekielrage_99
Jan 1, 2008, 08:36 PM
Lesson learned: never buy anything Dell.

I found out that one the hard way as well....

$2000 Dell Laptop
$150 for a good laptop bag
$59 P&H
$250 for an extend warranty

Having the dam thing break after 366 days and having Dell support say that you are 1 day out of warranty and it will cost $1900 (not including shipping) for a repair job, Priceless :cool:

MacAficionado
Jan 1, 2008, 09:19 PM
http://images.jupiterimages.com/common/detail/89/67/23276789.jpg

:D

Macboy!
Jan 1, 2008, 09:22 PM
I used a Craig portable cd player. seemed like it needed new batteries every 3 days or so. A few years later i upgraded to a 20G Creative Zen Sleek. Then i gave that to my mom and bought my current best friend. a 60G 5th generation ipod. best purchase i ever made.

iTeen
Jan 1, 2008, 09:29 PM
i had a Phillips CD player, lasted me many years...it also had 60 seconds of skip protection.
then i bought the original ipod nano 2gb.:D
then i bought my current 30gb 5.5
next ipod is going to be a 32gb ipod touch:D

madfresh
Jan 1, 2008, 09:37 PM
I used a regular CD player.

iSaint
Jan 1, 2008, 10:12 PM
I had CD players in my cars. I think I had a cheap portable, but didn't really listen walking around or anything. Once I had my case of CDs stolen for the second time in a year, I bought an iBook and a 20gig 3g iPod. I now have an 80g Classic, and love it. It's so great having your entire music collection (and a few movies) with you at all times.

bloodycape
Jan 2, 2008, 02:03 AM
It was alright and played good but I had to get the headphones replaced by Dell only for them to mess up too (the rubber around the plug would crack). Then in the spring of 2006 I was running on the treadmill only to have the hard drive in it crash, so I bought an iPod. Lesson learned: never buy anything Dell.

Wait you are telling me the HD crashed because it was a Dell? First of all Dell is using a Toshiba HD, possible the same model as the ones in the same year ipod. Then again it is not recommended to run with an actual HD so yeah.

X5-452
Jan 2, 2008, 02:13 AM
I used to have an old skool walkman, it was kind of crappy though. Then I went to a Memorex CD player with 20 second anti-skip protection, haha. It was actually a pretty good skip protection, too. From there I went and got conned into buying a stupid Sony CD Walkman/atrac3 player instead of getting the iPod I had wanted. I lived with that for as long as I could bare it before finally getting my precious 20 GB iPod. It lasted for a long time too, and once it died I went and got myself a 5.5 G iPod, which I'm still using.

TotalNoob
Jan 2, 2008, 02:22 AM
I had a few sony CD Players and a creative zen micro (I actually liked that alot)

I would have kept the creative player but I <3 Itunes and it didnt have enough memory

macbattle
Jan 2, 2008, 03:06 PM
It was alright and played good but I had to get the headphones replaced by Dell only for them to mess up too (the rubber around the plug would crack). Then in the spring of 2006 I was running on the treadmill only to have the hard drive in it crash, so I bought an iPod. Lesson learned: never buy anything Dell.

So because you did something that you are not recommended to with an HD player you are blaming the company for how bad of a product it is.

I had a fantastic Sony HD5 mp3. It sounded very beautiful and the battery life was awesome. I was getting something like 40 hours of audio. The real nice thing it has was a removable battery. SonicStage was soo bad I wanted to blow my head out. Then I moved to a 60gb iPod video because the device failed after 3 years of use. A step down in many ways, specially battery and audio quality, not to mention itunes is not the best. I mean it is better than Sonic Stage but nothing close to finder and explorer. Then again the color screen is pretty boss(not as vibrant as others but hey) and its roomy.

milo
Jan 2, 2008, 04:14 PM
Sony NT-1 Scoopman player (very unique digital tape player. Tape is the size of a postage stamp and could hold one hour per side of digital music of DAT quality.)

Looks like that unit did 32 kHz/12 bit. That WAS one of the DAT formats available, but by far the worst, and way worse than CD quality. I doubt many people used DAT with that setting.

robanga
Jan 2, 2008, 06:31 PM
I listed to MP3's on a Toshiba E750 Pocket PC. (which had replaced a Palm M515 handheld). For workouts, I also listened to music on an old Sony MP3 player that was in the shape of a pen ( the model number escapes me now). Using Sony's clunky software and store at the time was really testing to one's patience.

This was before my purchase of a first Gen iPod mini. My iPhone now makes everything above seem like antiques.

kuebby
Jan 2, 2008, 06:33 PM
First I had portable tape players, then I had portable CD players, ending with a nice RCA MP3 CD player in 2002. I got my first iPod, a 10GB 3G in 2003.

TimJim
Jan 2, 2008, 06:36 PM
Walkman
then a Dell Digital Jukebox (http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Digital-Jukebox-Player-Silver/dp/B000BL6IVI/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1199320484&sr=1-3) :rolleyes:
iPod 5 Gen.
iPod 6 Gen.

GSMiller
Jan 2, 2008, 07:36 PM
Wait you are telling me the HD crashed because it was a Dell? First of all Dell is using a Toshiba HD, possible the same model as the ones in the same year ipod. Then again it is not recommended to run with an actual HD so yeah.

The hard drive in the DJ was actually made by Hitachi (had a little sticker on the box), but the fact the hard drive failed surprised me because I wasn't holding it and it wasn't on my body but instead in the cup holder on the treadmill, with minimal vibration. The fact that it is a Dell isn't why I haven't purchased anything else Dell, just the fact that the overall workmanship was poor and I had a less than pleasurable experience with Dell Financing.

bloodycape
Jan 2, 2008, 09:11 PM
The hard drive in the DJ was actually made by Hitachi (had a little sticker on the box), but the fact the hard drive failed surprised me because I wasn't holding it and it wasn't on my body but instead in the cup holder on the treadmill, with minimal vibration. The fact that it is a Dell isn't why I haven't purchased anything else Dell, just the fact that the overall workmanship was poor and I had a less than pleasurable experience with Dell Financing.

I guess that my mistaken since most of the mp3 i have seen are running Toshiba HD(unless their microdrive players then segate or hatachi). I guess that is an odd one why the hd failed if you were doing nothing to physical with it. What funny/odd is a used Dell DJ can fetch you more money than an ipod of the same year or so.

I first was using a Toshiba Genio e550 pda for my video and audio with a 128mb CF card(this was back in like 2002).
Then I moved to an HP ipaq H-series, then to an HP iPaq RX3710 with a 1gb sd card. It was a fantastic media player and universal remote.
Then to a Cowon A2 which I still have and still use. Not the best looking device, but the feature set is pretty unmatched.
Finally an iPod Mini, because it was the only play I could use a 16gb cf card and rockbock that didn't originally use an HD.

dukebound85
Jan 2, 2008, 09:15 PM
a portable cd player. man that was as of late 2005 too.

i still remember when that was the new thing to get

xXriderXx7
Jan 2, 2008, 10:45 PM
Im one of the lucky ones, I began with an iPod.
5G 30GB
:D

comptr
Jan 3, 2008, 01:35 AM
Portable cassette player
Portable CD Player
128 meg D-link mp3 player
HP Compaq IPAQ 5555 PDA
40 gig ipod 4th gen
8 gig Iphone
160 gig Ipod Classic