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solchitlins
Jan 1, 2010, 10:19 PM
Thinking about getting a ipod to use with my new imac.
I used to have a sansa clip but broke it.
I mainly rip and listen to audiobooks.
Any suggestions on what Ipod I should be looking for, refurbished deals etc...?
Thanks



miles01110
Jan 2, 2010, 09:20 AM
Whatever one you want. If you're primarily looking for audiobooks I'd skip the touch and the shuffle, but the nano or the classic would both be fine.

gan6660
Jan 2, 2010, 10:10 AM
I would also skip the shuffle but any of the other 3 are perfect. How much were you looking to spend?

BlackiBook
Jan 2, 2010, 10:33 AM
If you don't care how old it is why not look on CL for some cheap older generation iPods! I just got a 3rd gen ipod 40gb for $20!

Primejimbo
Jan 2, 2010, 11:36 AM
120 GB Classic in the refurbished store is a great deal. I think the classic line now are the best bang for the buck.

instaxgirl
Jan 2, 2010, 12:50 PM
Something with flash memory for audiobooks.

Every now and then my hard drive iPod has problems with audiobooks (it'll suddenly stop playing and kick me back to the home screen, and forget its place). It's a sporadic problem and I have no idea what causes it, but I've never experienced it with flash based iPods. I've spent a lot of time on forums about it, no one knows what it is.

Get the nano or the shuffle if you just want it for audiobooks. Lower memory isn't really a worry since they can take up less space than music anyway (lower quality being ok for spoken word)

cjmillsnun
Jan 2, 2010, 01:22 PM
Something with flash memory for audiobooks.

Every now and then my hard drive iPod has problems with audiobooks (it'll suddenly stop playing and kick me back to the home screen, and forget its place). It's a sporadic problem and I have no idea what causes it, but I've never experienced it with flash based iPods. I've spent a lot of time on forums about it, no one knows what it is.

Get the nano or the shuffle if you just want it for audiobooks. Lower memory isn't really a worry since they can take up less space than music anyway (lower quality being ok for spoken word)

I get that occasionally with my 5G and music. I think it's the hard drive beginning to give out..

solchitlins
Jan 2, 2010, 03:16 PM
If you don't care how old it is why not look on CL for some cheap older generation iPods! I just got a 3rd gen ipod 40gb for $20!

Yeah nothing that good on my craigslist.
There's a 30gig classic for $75 here

BlackiBook
Jan 2, 2010, 03:21 PM
Yeah nothing that good on my craigslist.
There's a 30gig classic for $75 here

Yeah I understand, I just watch my local CL like a hawk! I am trying to get one of every iPod and build a working ipod "museum"! Just keep looking you might find an awesome deal!

solchitlins
Jan 5, 2010, 09:37 AM
I found a ipod on craigslist. It listed as a orange 4gig, did they even make an orange 4gig ? I'm thinking it might be a misprint and actually 16?

never mind I called and the guy said it didn't say how many gigs it was on the back and it was a gift, screams fake to me. There's also a guy selling nanos that look legit but have usb and headphone logos on the back, those are probably fake too?

solchitlins
Jan 5, 2010, 02:13 PM
I think I have decided on getting a refurbished Nano from the apple store after seeing a bunch of fakes on craigslist/ not worth the risk. And the classic might be a little less comfortable from carrying around every day and probably would drop it etc.

So now I need to decide on $100 for the 8gig or $130 for the 16gig?
What to do?

My first instinct is to just get the 8 gig, because if I'm going for the nano then it's not like I'm putting all my music collection on there anyways right?

But maybe the 16gig is better for road trips and stuff.

184550
Jan 5, 2010, 03:02 PM
If you can spare the extra $30, go ahead and get the 16gig. It's not like the extra space will hurt anything and it'll give you room to expand in the future.

solchitlins
Jan 5, 2010, 03:18 PM
yeah but the frugal side of me is saying that's 1/3 of the price more.

:)

aross99
Jan 5, 2010, 04:22 PM
How big is your music library now? 8Gb is a bunch of music - especially if you are Ok with it not being your whole library...and if you don't load video...

solchitlins
Jan 5, 2010, 04:51 PM
well I have about 300 cd's I want to eventually rip, so I don't have to lug them around anymore. Maybe I should just get the classic and be done with it.

godslabrat
Jan 5, 2010, 05:01 PM
The Nano is, IMO, the best bang-for-the-buck iPod. If your primary focus is music, it gets you a flash-based player with fairly high capacity for under $200. It's my default recommendation for anyone buying an iPod without specific needs.

If you need massive storage, such as entire seasons of TV shows or thousands of CDs worth of music, get a classic.

If you need more than just an audio/video player, get a Touch or iPhone.

If you need to buy something that's totally useless, get a Shuffle. People with first-gen Zunes will be laughing at you.

...but failing any of those caveats, get a Nano. For an even better deal, wait for a refurb.

BlackiBook
Jan 6, 2010, 05:39 PM
well I have about 300 cd's I want to eventually rip, so I don't have to lug them around anymore. Maybe I should just get the classic and be done with it.

I am probably just weird but I use multiple iPods everywhere! I have a 40gb that stays in the car at all times, 4gb that sits at the office, and many others.... That being said, why not get the classic now so you can load everything you want onto it, and keep your eyes out for a cheap nano or mini to keep you audiobooks and some of your favorite songs? That way you have the best of both worlds? I got a mini for 5 dollars on CL and a 6gb CF card for 15 put them together and I got a 6gb Flash Mini for 20 bucks! Trust me you can go cheap!

puma1552
Jan 6, 2010, 06:04 PM
If you can't fit your whole collection on a given iPod, there's no point to said iPod IMO.

Classic>>>>>nano

Dagless
Jan 6, 2010, 06:19 PM
Best bang for pound sterling?
I'd say the Classic. But my needs revolve around storing all my music content and picking "the best of" my video content. 120gb for ~200 is quite a win in my book.

The Nano has more features but less space to fully use them.

solchitlins
Jan 6, 2010, 06:31 PM
yeah, classic is looking better and better when I compare it to the refurbished 16gb nano at $130 and the refurbished 120gb classic is $189.

but worried about audiobooks, been reading about problems with audiobooks on the hard drive based ipods?

I'm really into ripping audiobook cds from my library. Will audiobook builder fix these concerns?

aery
Jan 6, 2010, 07:01 PM
Mmm, I've never tried out audiobooks so I can't answer for that but I have a 120GB Classic and it's awesome! I've had a few iPods and even though each had more storage than the last, it still quickly became not enough. With my Classic I'll never have to worry about not having enough space. For all the storage you get, the refurb is a great deal :)

solchitlins
Jan 7, 2010, 12:40 AM
Well, I know it's not the best bang for the buck but I ended up ordering a 4g refurbished 16gb silver nano.

I figure it's the best compromise for ease of carrying to the gym, enough music for a couple day road trip with still room for a few audiobooks and extras.

:)

Now should I buy a silicone protective case thing or just a screen sticker thing or just use it as is?

Thanks

Michael CM1
Jan 7, 2010, 02:38 AM
I'd recommend an iPod touch. You and others may say you'll never use any apps, but you'll go app crazy once you get one. You should check Apple's site for refurbs and try to save about $30.

Dagless
Jan 7, 2010, 04:37 AM
I'd recommend an iPod touch. You and others may say you'll never use any apps, but you'll go app crazy once you get one. You should check Apple's site for refurbs and try to save about $30.
This is true, however once that passed I didn't bother with apps again. I know some people swear by them but if you want an MP3 player - the Touch is not the way to go. It's the most awkward interface out of all of the iPods for one.

Good choice on the Nano. Personally I've never had a problem with audiobooks on my 5.5G (not used a Classic). And if 16gb is enough for you then you've made a good choice!

solchitlins
Jan 7, 2010, 06:27 AM
Thanks.

The touch doesn't interest me at all.
I want a MP3 player not a touch screen PDA thats missing a phone.
Just kidding,

but really I'm never going to watch vids, record lectures, play games, count steps or any of the other things they can do. I just want to listen to music and audiobooks.

My phone has a camera, video camera and can go online sort of with opera. Guess how many times I have used those features in the last few years?
Never.

Same with my old sansa clip, it had a radio and I never used it too.

I guess I'm showing my age but all those extras just scream annoying to me. The only thing that seems cool to me on any of them is being able to see the album cover art while scrolling and syncing with itunes.

:)

aery
Jan 7, 2010, 09:32 AM
Now should I buy a silicone protective case thing or just a screen sticker thing or just use it as is?

It's really personal preference. I've had few different cases on my iPods but I find that I always end up taking them off and using as is. They just annoy me after a while I guess. Plus, Apple products are so beautiful as they are that I can't bear to cover them up! :p Ok I admit that I do have a skin on the front of my Classic but a case, no. Unless you're really rough on your stuff, you should be fine without it.

instaxgirl
Jan 7, 2010, 02:10 PM
I get that occasionally with my 5G and music. I think it's the hard drive beginning to give out..

On mine it was/is definitely a problem with the way my ipod handles audiobooks and nothing to do with the HD. I know this partly 'cause I just upgraded to a brand new bigger HD and still have the problem :p And partly 'cause there's a huge thread on the problem on the audiobook builder forum (ps. I have a 5G too, replacing the HD is incredibly easy and pretty cheap if yours is stuffed)

It's a shame really. I'm waiting for the glorious day when they release a flash based classic (I still have hope :o)

solchitlins
Jan 7, 2010, 09:57 PM
Dang,
is it normal that my refurbished Ipod is shipping from China?

:confused:

BlackiBook
Jan 8, 2010, 02:31 AM
On mine it was/is definitely a problem with the way my ipod handles audiobooks and nothing to do with the HD. I know this partly 'cause I just upgraded to a brand new bigger HD and still have the problem :p And partly 'cause there's a huge thread on the problem on the audiobook builder forum (ps. I have a 5G too, replacing the HD is incredibly easy and pretty cheap if yours is stuffed)

It's a shame really. I'm waiting for the glorious day when they release a flash based classic (I still have hope :o)

Hey where did you find the Hard Drive for you 5th generation iPod? And when you say cheap, do you mean cheap compared to a new iPod or cheap compared to other new hard drives?

spice weasel
Jan 8, 2010, 08:39 AM
If you need to buy something that's totally useless, get a Shuffle. People with first-gen Zunes will be laughing at you.

I beg to differ about the shuffle. I have a 2nd gen model and it has been the best gadget investment I've made. For an exercise iPod, it can't be beat. I use it daily on my morning runs. It's small and lightweight, clips to just about anything, and has fantastic battery life. I wouldn't recommend it as an all-purpose iPod, but for what it does it is excellent.

Bozley0621
Jan 8, 2010, 12:58 PM
If you need to buy something that's totally useless, get a Shuffle. People with first-gen Zunes will be laughing at you.

...but failing any of those caveats, get a Nano. For an even better deal, wait for a refurb.

I thought this about the shuffles too until I got one for free when I bought my touch. I've used it in a few half marathons. I can't imagine not having it for for races now. I use the nano and touch any other time I'm at the gym or training.

ARF900
Jan 8, 2010, 10:55 PM
Thanks.

The touch doesn't interest me at all.
I want a MP3 player not a touch screen PDA thats missing a phone.
Just kidding,

but really I'm never going to watch vids, record lectures, play games, count steps or any of the other things they can do. I just want to listen to music and audiobooks.

My phone has a camera, video camera and can go online sort of with opera. Guess how many times I have used those features in the last few years?
Never.

Same with my old sansa clip, it had a radio and I never used it too.

I guess I'm showing my age but all those extras just scream annoying to me. The only thing that seems cool to me on any of them is being able to see the album cover art while scrolling and syncing with itunes.

:)


Actually coverflow is the most annoying part of the iphone's ipod interface. Cool to show off but for day to day use it will just piss you off. You will have this problem on the nano as well. Apple really needs to make coverflow an optional feature.

slothrob
Jan 11, 2010, 03:36 PM
I beg to differ about the shuffle. I have a 2nd gen model and it has been the best gadget investment I've made. For an exercise iPod, it can't be beat. I use it daily on my morning runs. It's small and lightweight, clips to just about anything, and has fantastic battery life. I wouldn't recommend it as an all-purpose iPod, but for what it does it is excellent.
I have a Classic, that I use once every couple weeks, maybe. I have a 2nd gen Shuffle that I use every day for about 4 hours (or more). I got it from the refurb store for $29. It's extremely portable, never falls out of my pocket when I bend over to pick something up at work, no one knows I have it unless I have the headphones on, and you can work the controls blindly.

The only thing I don't like about it is that you can lose your place in a long book or podcast if you aren't careful, then it takes forever to FF back to where you were. Not the most versatile, but perhaps the best bang-for-the buck if what you want to use your iPod for is listening to music (podcasts, maybe books) on the go.

Habitus
Jan 15, 2010, 05:43 PM
Thinking about getting a ipod to use with my new imac.
I used to have a sansa clip but broke it.
I mainly rip and listen to audiobooks.
Any suggestions on what Ipod I should be looking for, refurbished deals etc...?
Thanks

craigslist it. People find extraordinary deals on clist. However, I'd purchase the 160GB iPod; you'd never have to worry about space :D

Habitus :apple: