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Old 01-11-2005, 01:10 PM   #1
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Should i buy an iPod?

This summer I'm going to Europe and have been putting aside every cent for that, not wanting to splurge on anything. However, an iPod would be very convenient to have instead of a bulky CD case and CD player for the trip. I have a little over $1,000 in my savings but am hesitant to spend it. If I were to buy one I'd buy a mini. But do I want to give up $250 for it? Is it worth it? What would y'all do in my situation?
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Look for a new generation of smaller mp3 players using mini hard drives.

I would wait.

And a cd player that does mp3s as well is far cheaper.
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Old 01-11-2005, 01:18 PM   #3
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If you really want to go to Europe and money is tight, I would wait too. I know people who have travelled on long trips and say they can't go without their music, and I can understand that.

That being said, I backpacked for two months in Europe last summer without ANY type of music player and was just fine. I think it forced me to talk to people on trains and stuff instead of just zoning out. Plus you hear all kinds of music in clubs and stuff, and just being about.

It'll make you appreciate your favorite artists that much more when you get back.

Just my .02
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i just shelled out the 372 dollars (damn tax) for the u2 ipod yesterday. i love it, but it is pricey so if youre saving money i agree with what nb said and just try and find a smaller/cheaper mp3 player.
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I am really funny about forking out large amounts of money (I'm a student, I fork out too much on fees and didn't earn much last year.) I have been going into electronic shops and questioning the poor folk who work there sensless. All of them have told me not to get an ipod. I was never fussed on one anyway. I have used one and I didn't think it looked that nice and the one I used the battery died really quickly. I've heard people complain a lot about that. I have seen a really really nice mp3 player. The one I was looking at was 20gb but I wanted the smaller 10gb one but they only sell it in America. It is a Sony one I think the 20gb one is called the NW-HD3. It had 30 hours battery life and it was really small and light. I like Sony and I know I could trust them. The guy I was talking to bought the 10gb one for £105 (inc shipping to N.Ireland) which is $210 on ebay.
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Not a day goes by where I don't use my iPod.
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getting mixed signals. . i'll ask my german teacher (he has one and is taking me) to see what he thinks too.
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getting mixed signals. . i'll ask my german teacher (he has one and is taking me) to see what he thinks too.
When you're in the shop look at every mp3 they have that you think you might be interested in. The last time I was in I had about 6 out on the counter and was lifting them all and really inspecting them and asking lots of questions. I think the guy was going to throttle me when I said I'd think about it. The people know everything about them all though and are really reallygreat at giving advice. It was much better than reading online reviews for me. I didn't get to see the ipod in the shop though, they stopped selling them because they had so many complaints. That's why I borrowed a friends.
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You could get an Atrac (that's not spelt right, I know) CD player instead if you didn't want to shell out for an MP3 player - they're quite a bit cheaper and are good for compressing MP3s onto CDs.
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That being said, I backpacked for two months in Europe last summer without ANY type of music player and was just fine. I think it forced me to talk to people on trains and stuff instead of just zoning out. Plus you hear all kinds of music in clubs and stuff, and just being about.
This is an excellent point. Leaving your music behind may enhance you experience. You will likely hear and see more things and get a better flavor for Europe by leaving a slice of the US behind.
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Well I think I would like the convenience of a hand held MP3 player.....an iPod or not. So should I go to Best Buy and browse all the different brands?
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PS-music helps me get to sleep. I may need that on this trip.
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Not a day goes by where I don't use my iPod.
me too ipod
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I'm going to Europe too this summer and I will be buying an i-pod (as soon as I have the $$). I-pods are pretty expensive compared to other mp3s but they're so easy to use. Scroll to the song you want and click.

I say buy it. Hopefully it will pass the time on the planes.
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well in addition i wouldn't have it JUST for the trip. i'd have it for further use too, obviously.
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