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post #61 of 75
There's plenty of third party vendors who service ipod batteries (replacements) for far less than the $50 extended and they use OEM parts, heck, if you've got some basic tools, a bit of dexterity, patience and are able to follow basic instructions, you can replace the battery yourself using OEM parts for EVEN CHEAPER!.....I had some apple rep calling me a month after my orig. mini warranty expired, I declined his $50 offer, the mini's still going strong.


edit: I happened to pass by the local apple store and the NANO IS GORGEOUS! The fact that they can cram 4gig into that little thing and still make it look so good just blew my mind:
post #62 of 75
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Originally Posted by makwendo99
There's plenty of third party vendors who service ipod batteries (replacements) for far less than the $50 extended and they use OEM parts, heck, if you've got some basic tools, a bit of dexterity, patience and are able to follow basic instructions, you can replace the battery yourself using OEM parts for EVEN CHEAPER!.....I had some apple rep calling me a month after my orig. mini warranty expired, I declined his $50 offer, the mini's still going strong.


edit: I happened to pass by the local apple store and the NANO IS GORGEOUS! The fact that they can cram 4gig into that little thing and still make it look so good just blew my mind:
Yep, A guy in Union Square(Manhattan), does a full OEM replacement for $20
post #63 of 75
I would chuck in a vote for iriver, their gear is second to none in terms of sound quality and reliability. The down side is that for a 17yr old girl (and this isn't meant to sound accusing or degrading) fashion is of importance (to my sister anyway) so unless she has a considerable interest in sound quality the iPod is probably going to be the more satisfying present.

Still an iriver PMP is a pretty cool little gadget (more of a guy thing though than the iPod.
post #64 of 75
Thread Starter 

Thanks!

As usual a lot of good information from several perspectives.

I'm a bit concerned that a 2 or 4 GB Nano won't have enough memory. Also, the $250 for the 4 GB Nano puts me in the same range as the 20 GB IPod, and close to the 20GB IPod Photo.

I forgot that the shuffle doesn't have a display, so I'm ruling that out for now.

One last question, is IPod and iTunes compatible with Windows 98? That could be a problem, although I have Windows 2000 on my notebook.

Thanks again for your opinions,

Doug
post #65 of 75

Get a cover

I have three MP3 players, a 128Mb flash player, a 20Gb iPod, and a 6Gb mini. The flash player no longer gets used because it basically holds only one CD worth of music. The convenience of selecting music on the go should not be underestimated. On the other hand I have yet to fill up the 6Gb mini let alone the 20Gb iPod. And we have many audiobooks from Audible.com which is the content that my wife primarily uses. Note that I use playlists to update the iPods so I don't load books that we've already 'read'. Anyway for older (and possibly wiser) folks the functionality of the iPod range is fantastic, for the younger crowd the iPod is a 'necessity'. A warning - when you see what these things can do you may well want one too.

One thing not mentioned in this thread is that when buying an iPod get a cover - they can scratch fairly easily, especially the screen.

Also I think the latest iteration of iTunes only works with Macs, XP and Win2000 - see http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/
post #66 of 75
Regarding the iPod covers do not buy the $20 dollar DLO case from Best Buy. The screen attracts so much dust that it makes the iPod hard to read. Also if you are planning on going to the beach check out the water-proof case by otterbox. It is a bit pricey, but a great case + fully functional.

http://www.fuertecases.com/otter-box...ases.html#opod
post #67 of 75
For agressive skiing, I would avoid a hard disk based player if I could. The shock protection has improved tremendously but it is still a hard drive. I'd rather have to pick and choose my 2GB of songs and use a flash player than replace a 20GB drive for $$$. Flash is pretty bulletproof, my cheap plastic 1GB USB flash drive has gone through the washer and dryer 3 times and it still works perfectly.

With that said, my brother has used an ipod mini skiing a few times and had no problems, other than the LCD being really slow because of the below freezing temps.
post #68 of 75
I noticed the screen slowed down a bit when it got really cold. Other than that it worked just fine. It was nice listening to on the lift. I could even changed songs through my thick Colombia jacket if I tried really hard
post #69 of 75
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the GREAT information.

Being the practical guy that I am, I'm pretty much decided on the 20 GB IPod color. I can't see spending $250 or $300 for the 4 GB Nano just because its new and small.

I thimk we're going to get one today.

Thanks again everyone! These boards are very helpful.

Doug
post #70 of 75
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Originally Posted by Atomic_918
Thanks again everyone! These boards are very helpful.

Doug

You should try us on skiing some time!
post #71 of 75
Quote:
Originally Posted by Atomic_918
Being the practical guy that I am, I'm pretty much decided on the 20 GB IPod color. I can't see spending $250 or $300 for the 4 GB Nano just because its new and small.

I thimk we're going to get one today.

Thanks again everyone! These boards are very helpful.

Doug
We have 3 20 gig'ers, 2 gen 4's and one gen 3 and are happy with all.
post #72 of 75
Quote:
Originally Posted by Atomic_918
Being the practical guy that I am, I'm pretty much decided on the 20 GB IPod color. I can't see spending $250 or $300 for the 4 GB Nano just because its new and small.

I thimk we're going to get one today.

Thanks again everyone! These boards are very helpful.

Doug
The Nano's $199 or $249 depending on size. Although with the 20 gig being $299 (or $329 for the U2 model) your still getting more bang for your buck with the 20 gig. Enjoy!
post #73 of 75
Thread Starter 

20GB IPod

If anyone is sitting on the fence, amazon.com has the 20GB IPod on sale for $230. Making it TRULY the most bang for the buck (IMO).

If you haven't seen the Nano, check it out. Amazingly small! And cute!
post #74 of 75
Thread Starter 

It's a Done Deal!

Took the birthday girl to the Apple store tonight and she's hooked up with a 20GB IPod color.

She really didn't give much thought to the Nano, which kind of surprised me. Maybe she's alot more like me after all!

Thanks again fellow Bears for helping me with my research!

Doug
post #75 of 75
she will like it just got a 30gb iPod mysefl after using some sony one all of last year and the iPod is so much easier to use, and much much bigger capcity
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