I stand corrected, the new Creative Zen (20 GB, $299 retail price) uses FireWire. I guess the only difference from the iPod would be larger size (uses 2.5 inch drive instead of the iPod's 1.8 inch) and the interface, which still can't match the iPod's elegance.Originally posted by lmalave
Think about how long transferring 10GB will take using a USB connection (at 11Mbps or equivalently 1.375MBps). So theoretically the fastest you could transfer 10GB would be 124 minutes or about 2 hours. And you'd still be spending up to $300 for the privilege. A better solution for you might be to get a much cheaper MP3 player that reads Media Cards. For example, Creative makes a Nomad that has 64MB built in and also reads up to 128MB SmartMedia cards: http://www.clubmac.com/clubmac/shop/detail.asp?dpno=330324. A 64 MB SmartMedia card costs from $15 to $30, depending on the brand, so you can get two or three (especially if you can also use them in your digital camera ). And you can think of a 64MB media card like a cassete tape that holds 10 songs or so and you can swap in and out. Plus to transfer 128MB would take a couple minutes over USB, instead of a couple hours for 10GB.
But seriously, get the 5GB iPod instead of a 10GB imitator. The interface is so much better and the transfer speed so much faster. You can get the 5GB iPod for under $300, more or less in the same range as a 10GB imitator.
'Originally posted by sach504
but doesnt the 5GB version not come with some of the things that the 10,20 GB do? like a case and remote? other then that and the memory difference are they the same? should i get a 5GB iPod or wait longer and get a 10 or 20 GB model?
The 10GB goes on eBay for more than $330??? The freakin' things cost only $394 brand new from any reseller! I haven't seen a refurbished 10GB for $330, but smalldog sells them for $350, and PowerMax sells a refurbished 5GB for $240.Originally posted by sach504
how and where did you get a refurbished iPod from apple?? for only 330?? how? they go on ebay for more then that used.