somebody help me with mp3 players please

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by this, Feb 27, 2005.

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    this Guest

    Ok so what is the deal with all these mp3 players? Is it true that the ipod will only play mp3s with a special, protected format?

    What about the other players on the market, do I have to buy songs from a special source to play them? I have gigs of mp3s that I have downloaded from various places and I need a player that will play *any* mp3.

    Also, what is the difference between hard drive, micro drive and flash players? I understand the difference in the storage media being used, but I want a player that I will play through my car stereo (don't want in dash). Is one type better/worse than the other for reliablity in such a scenario? I need about 5gb of storage.

    Lastly, can anyone recommend a good way to connect the player to my car's stereo? I assume since there are no input jacks in the stereo and I don't have a cassette player I will need to broadcast from the player to the radio. Do any units do this out of the box or do I need an adapter? Is the sound quality reduced by doing this? I have a kickin bose setup in the car so would like to avoid any serious sound quality degredations.

    TIA
     
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    04 Guest

    No, the Ipod will play any mp3 files.

    AFAIK, all of the players will play *any* mp3. There may be an exception out there, but I doubt anyone would buy it.

    If you need 5 gigabytes of storage, you're pretty much going to have to use a magnetic disc drive (like what the ipod has). I don't know of any players that feature 5 gigabytes of solid state storage.

    Unless you have an auxiliary input, you will either have to use a tape adaptor or a FM modulator. Both will reduce quality, but it may or may not be audible.
     
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    this Guest

    Thanks. So the compatibility thing is just for the pay to download services. That clears things up.
     

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