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Damn you, sense of materialism!

I want need am gonna have to buy an iPod. Yeah yeah... I know. Gadgets you don't need, etc... etc... etc.... The thing is, I like having music with me... a lot... and of all the different implementations I've found, iPod seems to be the best of them.

For my free engraving, I'm gonna get:

Marketing: 1
Steve: 0


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May. 28th, 2004 02:21 pm (UTC)
You can't return engraved iPods -- just FYI.

You sure I can't sway you to the IRiver? It's got tons o' features and you can get a 40-gig unit for the price of a 20-gig iPod. With every passing day I get happier with mine. O glorious music!
May. 28th, 2004 02:56 pm (UTC)
Tell me about the IRiver. I haven't looked in to those at all...
May. 28th, 2004 03:26 pm (UTC)
i've only had mine a couple of weeks & am very happy with it (see today's post) so far. i've heard a few complaints about firmware upgrading, but can't speak to that yet.

compare the specs & see if it wouldn't serve your purposes better. no engraving, but some of the included accessories might make up for that.
May. 28th, 2004 04:21 pm (UTC)
I'll tell you everything, even show you, if I can borrow some tools to install a battery in the Mercedes sometime before Wednesday (I'm leaving town). Got a half-hour you can spare me? 'Cos if you've got the time, we've got the beer.
May. 28th, 2004 05:38 pm (UTC)
Hokay, I'm home now. Details.

I got my 40 gig IRiver for $372 (check CNet), and it came with a remote control that clips onto your shirt, a microphone (it records MP3 and WAV files on the fly), an in-out cord, a leather case, a cord to charge the fucker up and earbuds. And the price is dropping daily, as near as I can tell.

It's compatible with Ogg Vorbis and other file formats that Apple doesn't support. Files load by drag-and-drop, and you don't need any software -- to most computers, it's just another drive. The battery life is just sick -- I can run mine from 8 in the morning to 11 at night.

The sound is exemplary. There's a bunch of equalizer presets, and it even supports surround sound. I haven't tested it in the car yet, for obvious reasons, but I'm sure it'll work fine there, too.

I love the shit outta this thing. The only thing the iPod has over it is the navigation -- that wheel is pretty damned nifty -- and its good looks. Aside from that, it's a perfect match, and even superior in some ways.
May. 28th, 2004 05:55 pm (UTC)
well, shit. i think we have a winner. i'll check yours out before my purch-aze. thank you millions.

i can help you with the merced tomorrow, but i can't do much of the "work" because my back is fuxored. but i'd be happy to bring tools and tell you where to shove them. give me a call.
May. 28th, 2004 06:00 pm (UTC)
I'll do all the work, amigo. You can just listen to music and fiddle with buttons.
May. 28th, 2004 02:40 pm (UTC)
I love my iPod, but I don't know that I love it because it's an iPod or because I can have almost all of my music with me always... Sometimes I wish I'd looked around more. There are many iPod things that bother me... many of which stem from having to deal with Apple period.
May. 28th, 2004 02:56 pm (UTC)
What bothers you about it? Is it loud? I want my shit loud.
May. 28th, 2004 03:07 pm (UTC)
the scrolly deal is cute, but sometimes hard to control. It freezes up quite often. The accessories are expensive, they keep tweaking things ever so slightly with each new version making it nearly impossible for me to find shit for mine. (it's old. and fat.) Yeah, I know that's what companies do. They're trying to make money.... blah blah blah... so that moves me on to my next point:

Apple customer service is complete ass.

If I had to do it all over again, I'd definitely go elsewhere. Same with that goddamned iMac of mine.
May. 28th, 2004 03:10 pm (UTC)
Good to know... Perhaps I will go with the IRiver or the Creative Nomad.
May. 28th, 2004 03:21 pm (UTC)
You should play with a few. THe iPod might work for you. I have a friend who loves his Nomad and I haven't heard too many bad things about IRiver either.
May. 28th, 2004 04:36 pm (UTC)
Apple customer service really does reek. I called about my old iPod, waited on hold for half an hour, and was then told they couldn't tell me anything until I paid them $50. WTF?

That said, if you have to take your stuff in, the tech people at the Apple Store -- at least the one near me -- tend to be quite nice, and usually if you're nice enough to them you can get freebies. But that's probably true of whatever company you go with.
May. 28th, 2004 07:19 pm (UTC)
don't you dare go to an apple store with a gift (iPod case) still in it's shrinkwrap and try to exchange it for another item (world adapter kit) that is the exact same price. They'll try to kill you and your family for even thinking the thought. When you do get the receipt, you only have 10 days from the date of purchase.

The mac store on 45th is much more reasonable.
May. 28th, 2004 03:20 pm (UTC)
Huh, I dunno.

I've been happy as a clam with every apple thing i've ever owned. I slam my ("my") powerbook around a lot, and nary a complaint.

My friend exoskeleton has like, four iPods or something crazy like that. Aside from the firewire port issue with the earliest versions, he loves 'em.

Also, the iPod has got cool shit like the Belkin card reader and the voice recording doo-hickeys that are suppoesd to be pretty good. I know people whose entire semester of shooting digital pix were backed up on their iPods...

When i've (admittedly not terribly extensively) looked at other things, they always did some of what the iPod does, but never all of it. I guess if all you want is an MP3 player, maybe some of those other guys make sense. I'm interested in all of it.

Of course, i'm also interested in paying my rent, therefore i am speaking from limited personal experience.
May. 28th, 2004 03:23 pm (UTC)
oh yeah, exo has had to deal with customer service a fair amount for various things. afaik it's gone just fine, but i'm sure he' d be happy to answer if you had any questions. he likes geeking out.

your engraving rules.
May. 30th, 2004 08:13 pm (UTC)
Ipod forever
Theres a certain feeling you get when you use an ipod as opposed to other players. Where the ipod has a nice finish, great slick and intuitive interface, the other players I have used are exactly the opposite. Shitty construction, lame angles and bad 1980s industrial design, bullshit software/hardware interfaces (read:musicmatch shitbox)

Everything about the ipod, even down to the fucking dope cardboard box it comes in rewards you for investing in the slick, lozenge shaped darling. One thing to watch out for is the battery--fuck, my powerbook's battery now lasts longer than my ipod's on a full charge. I dont know if its a fluke with mine, or what, but its pathetic.

Another thing to watch out for is mediocre customer service. I have nary a complaint about my ipod and customer service, but the fucking ordeal I had to go through to get my ibook and my power cable was epic. Apple's products are dope, product support is pathetic. It never used to be that way.

Anyways, my vote is for the ipod. you'll be glad you got it over those impostors.
May. 30th, 2004 10:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Ipod forever
Well.. I went with the IRiver, because I wanted an mp3 player with balls, and I didn't really care about the angles or the fashion aspect of it. I'm pretty happy with it. It has an ass-ton of features. There's no little wheel for navigation, but it's still pretty dope.
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