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MP3 player - flash-based? Any good?
« on: August 18, 2008, 06:07:01 PM »
My 5GB Dell DJ is feeling too small; time to upgrade.  I'm looking at the 80GB I-pods, but I'm curious if anyone has any experience with the flash-based units.  I'm hard on gear, and don't want a hard-disk based system if they can't take the heat.

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Re: MP3 player - flash-based? Any good?
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2008, 06:17:58 PM »
Flash memory based mp3 players are definitely the future, especially if you want skip-free playback while exercising.  Unless you need absolute maximum capacity, the flash players are a great option.  I think I'll be buying a iPod Touch when the next versions come out in a month or so.
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Re: MP3 player - flash-based? Any good?
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2008, 06:35:31 PM »
Ok, I'm intrigued...  any idea what the specs are going to be on the upcoming units?
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Re: MP3 player - flash-based? Any good?
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2008, 06:46:02 PM »
No, just lots of people saying September will see iPod Touch updates.  Certainly the 2.0 software will be included by default, no longer a $9.95 add-on.  I've heard the new models may be slightly thinner, more on par with the latest iPhones. 

Most important, a price/capacity bump.  If i know Apple, they'll keep the prices the same ($299, $399, and $499) discontinue the 8gb model, put the 16gb at the low price point, the 32gb at the middle price point and introduce a bigger capacity model, 64gb would make sense, at the $499 price.  I'm not sure that made sense... they'll just switch from the sizes being 8gb, 16gb and 32gb at those prices, to twice the capacity at each price point.
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Re: MP3 player - flash-based? Any good?
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2008, 06:47:53 PM »
Makes sense, but that's too much for me...  Hell, for $500 I can buy two 80GB Classics and just toss one when it goes bad... ;)
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Re: MP3 player - flash-based? Any good?
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2008, 06:54:06 PM »
I think the Classic is actually the best deal, if you don't need the absolute minimum physical size (Nano) or touch-screen interface and wi-fi (Touch)
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Re: MP3 player - flash-based? Any good?
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2008, 07:15:12 PM »
Yea - If you want the really high gigs, you currently need to go with a hard drive model.

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Re: MP3 player - flash-based? Any good?
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2008, 07:26:10 PM »
So what's the current max on flash-based systems?  I've seen different stats all over the web, but it looks like they max around 40GB, and cost a premium.  Looks like a classic is the way to go...
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Re: MP3 player - flash-based? Any good?
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2008, 05:08:03 AM »
32 GB flash is still not that cheap so it will be interesting to see if Apple can keep the top price of the Touch and make it 64 GB; the Touch uses two flash chips.
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Re: MP3 player - flash-based? Any good?
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2008, 08:26:34 AM »
The largest flash memory storage device I've seen is the Macbook Air with the flash storage option, in which case 64gb flash storage costs MUCH more than the same computer with an 80gb hard drive.  Yes, flash memory is still much more expensive than hard drive storage once you get up above 16gb or so.
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Re: MP3 player - flash-based? Any good?
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2008, 04:44:52 PM »
For an idea of how much more expensive flash RAM is compared to hard drive storage, check out the two Macbook Air models I mentioned:

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/family/macbook_air

For $800 more, all you get is a SMALLER flash storage option (64gb versus 80gb) and slightly faster processor (which is about $200 of the difference).  So it's $600 more for that flash storage... yikes!

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Re: MP3 player - flash-based? Any good?
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2008, 06:14:31 PM »
Apple revealed the new ipods today; looks like the classic is on the outs.  There is now only one classic, a replacement for the 80GB model; it now holds 120GB, for $250.00.

The Nanos look pretty sweet now; multiple colors, sleeker design, but not much storage:  16GB for $199.00. 

Looks like I'll be going with a new 120GB Classic.
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Re: MP3 player - flash-based? Any good?
« Reply #12 on: September 09, 2008, 07:08:18 PM »
I'm going to buy a Touch, probably a 16gb model, this week.
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