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Old 12-13-2011, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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I don't know anything about iPods. Would like to buy my husband one for Christmas.

I saw the iPod 5th generation, liked it. Saw that it's not there's a newer one yet the older one is higher priced. I'm confused. Wouldn't the newer one be priced higher?

Also, form someone whose primary interest is music, is the 5th generation a good option? Video and pictures are nice but for instance, I know my husband doesn't need an iPod touch. It's got more features than he would actually use.

And finally, where is the best place to purchase?

Thank you kindly for any input on this matter.
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Old 12-13-2011, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I don't know anything about iPods. Would like to buy my husband one for Christmas.

I saw the iPod 5th generation, liked it. Saw that it's not there's a newer one yet the older one is higher priced. I'm confused. Wouldn't the newer one be priced higher?

Also, form someone whose primary interest is music, is the 5th generation a good option? Video and pictures are nice but for instance, I know my husband doesn't need an iPod touch. It's got more features than he would actually use.

And finally, where is the best place to purchase?

Thank you kindly for any input on this matter.
I'm afraid your post is confusing. Are you asking specifically about the Nano or all iPods?

The Nano is is about 1 1/4 inches square, has a touch screen, and a spring clip. It displays pictures but not video.

The Touch looks like an iPhone. It does just about everything and costs the most.

The Classic uses the traditional click wheel controls, has a hard drive for storage, and plays videos.

The Shuffle is the size of a stamp, has no display, and has the smallest capacity.

I would buy online because I think the Apple store is a crowded mess.
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Houston
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There are other MP3 players out there, many others, besides those from Apple. And a lot of those are considered to be better choices than an Apple, shocking as that may seem.

The only significant advantage Apple's players have IMO is if you want to connect them to an external audio device - car stereo, home stereo or one of those docks - which usually offers the useful bonus of charging the Apple and for the home/car stereo, display of the player's menu.

Lastly, I've found most of Apple's latest players are usually more difficult to use because of their user interface which to me place style over function. And while physical buttons may not seem "sexy" or cool, they sure make a player easier to use in most cases, especially when used in a car or other situation where you cannot, or simply don't want to, look at the display (I have a 3rd generation Nano which I finally stopped using while hiking and while driving because of this).
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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The single worst thing about iPods is iTunes, a horrific piece of software. I have a new Nano, bought only to plug into a car stereo. The Nano is a beautiful piece of hardware. But it kills me that I have to use iTunes with it.
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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iTunes are so easy to use. Yet some people (like my brother and brother in law), who have very solid PC skills tend to over think the application and make it much more difficult than it is.

That being said, the Nano is a nice solid music player. I love the third party wristband that essentially turns it into a watch. Pretty nice if you are an active runner, cycler or gym rat.
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:50 PM
 
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iTunes is best for non-advanced users. It wants to own and control everything. I never buy and music from iTunes. When you already have 10,000 songs, it is awful for managing folders, etc.
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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iTunes is best for non-advanced users. It wants to own and control everything. I never buy and music from iTunes. When you already have 10,000 songs, it is awful for managing folders, etc.
I consider myself a pretty advanced user.

I think I have only purchased about 20 songs on itunes (plus a lot of free tunes-some are quite good - btw Amazon also offers good free music, found a lot of cool new bands, Amazon also integrates very well with iTunes)

Ripped most of my CD collection seamlessly on iTunes. My collection is also about 15,000 songs

No problem in managing my music or my movies.
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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iTunes is best for non-advanced users. It wants to own and control everything. I never buy and music from iTunes. When you already have 10,000 songs, it is awful for managing folders, etc.
Pardon me for being more of a Luddite than I apparently knew, but what is the alternative to iTunes? I've only ever bought those iTunes cards for nieces, friends kids, etc. Didn't realize there were other options.
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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There are other MP3 players out there, many others, besides those from Apple. And a lot of those are considered to be better choices than an Apple, shocking as that may seem.

The only significant advantage Apple's players have IMO is if you want to connect them to an external audio device - car stereo, home stereo or one of those docks - which usually offers the useful bonus of charging the Apple and for the home/car stereo, display of the player's menu.

Lastly, I've found most of Apple's latest players are usually more difficult to use because of their user interface which to me place style over function. And while physical buttons may not seem "sexy" or cool, they sure make a player easier to use in most cases, especially when used in a car or other situation where you cannot, or simply don't want to, look at the display (I have a 3rd generation Nano which I finally stopped using while hiking and while driving because of this).
Is there a specific MP3 player you would recommend? Although, honestly, my intent was to purchase a docking station with speakers. We don't actually have a stereo system at home although DH loves music.

I sincerely appreciate everyone weighing in and enlightening me.
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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I'm afraid your post is confusing. Are you asking specifically about the Nano or all iPods?

The Nano is is about 1 1/4 inches square, has a touch screen, and a spring clip. It displays pictures but not video.

The Touch looks like an iPhone. It does just about everything and costs the most.

The Classic uses the traditional click wheel controls, has a hard drive for storage, and plays videos.

The Shuffle is the size of a stamp, has no display, and has the smallest capacity.

I would buy online because I think the Apple store is a crowded mess.
Sincerely appreciate the clarification. I didn't write a very eloquent post. It was a tad bit confusing to me too when I went to reread it!

I believe the Nano is still the one that interests me most. However, the newer ones isn't appealing. It's entirely too small for my husband. I remain confused about why the newer model costs less than the older version.
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