Ipod Classic SSD alternative

Discussion in 'iPod' started by rmsanger, Dec 14, 2015.

  1. rmsanger macrumors member

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    I know I know a double whammy for not being an ipod or being iOS based.. Android is the devil yada yada yada.

    For those like me wanting a Hifi alternative to iPod with a SSD config, touch screen, updated dac & hardware galore here is your option:

    http://www.head-fi.org/t/713735/fii...sign-call-for-3rd-party-amp-module-developers

    http://www.gizmag.com/fiio-x7/39875/

    In a few months they will release the K5 which is a docking station/desktop amp to enhance the functionality. Anyway I've been searching for just this device for years since apple decided to kill the iPod and this fits the bill.

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  2. MH01 macrumors G4

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    Nice looking device. Depending on how much you wish to spend there are quite a few choices. You can also turn a classic into a ssd.
     
  3. rmsanger thread starter macrumors member

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    True..

    Was trying to provide and off the shelf alternative to the classic. I love the classic but I think apple is missing a significant niche market where people are willing to pay for a premium device to store a large portion of their music catalog for both a mobile and a fixed room listening solution.

    Here is a docking/audio transport solution with the X7. It's simple yet elegant way to turn the mobile solution into a desktop rig to driver higher end headphones.

    http://www.head-fi.org/content/type/61/id/1520800/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL[​IMG]
     
  4. larrylaffer macrumors 6502

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    I'm curious. Why do you feel you need an SSD in a portable music player? Even if your audio codec of choice was on the order of a few megabits per second, any crappy hard drive would keep up just fine. Plus, since the cost per GB of traditional spinning media is so much lower, I'd think that would be a more attractive thing to have.

    So do you want that just for the anti-shock value?
     
  5. rmsanger thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm not going to argue the cost/benefit analytics of a spinner vs. Solid state memory. But there are many of us who embrace SSD as a better/more reliable way of quick responding media storage.

    I agree I have cheap 2TB mobile spinning HD that can store my music collection. But if you want a DAP with a quick way to play, search, and utilize your music collection the above product is a great option.

    My portable and desktop rig can both utilize this DAP. I also prefer the coax output on this device as opposed to the portable harddrive through my laptop -> usb -> dac chain.
     
  6. fuchsdh macrumors 6502a

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    My main concern is longevity, weight, and battery life. After eight years of heavy use my battery in my classic was shot and my hard drive was nearly out of space and at least eight years closer to failure. Swapping in an SSD was a more eco-friendly and cheaper alternative to getting a new device (I'd been considering the Sony Walkman A7, although it had a smaller SSD than my 80GB classic and the idea of spending $250 + $X for a new card didn't appeal to me.)
     
  7. DUCKofD3ATH Suspended

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    $650??? Ouch!
     
  8. ach macrumors newbie

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    I'm in the middle of upgrading my 7th gen to 256GB SSD and will be moving the 160GB HD to my 5th Gen 30 GB. Compared to the other options, my main reason for going to back to iPods is the ease of playing music. I do not like the touch screen otherwise, I'd go with a 128GB iPhone. With the click wheel, I can control the music without taking out the device and have to look at the screen to control it. Also, the sound is better than most other devices.
     
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    rgarjr macrumors 603

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    Here's my 256GB iPod Video 5.5g using 2 128GB PNY SDXC cards. Also a 2 Ah battery.
     

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  10. fuchsdh macrumors 6502a

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    Did you swap the click wheel for a black model? It looks really cool.
     
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  12. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Well, I am always interested in reading about well built and stylish possible replacements for the iPod classic.

    Thanks for starting the thread and posting and sharing this.
     

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