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    I enjoy using my 650 for music, but for long trips I'd like to get a hard drive player.

    Anyone use a Zen Micro? I have a PC and I'm not a Mac head, so I don't really care as far as the "cool factor". I just want the better sounding player. So what do you think?

    Zen Micro Black:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...bosnation0e-20

    Zen Micro Red:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...bosnation0e-20

    Ipod Mini:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...bosnation0e-20
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    hmmm...what would the monkey pick??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chick-Dance
    A banana phone?
    Why don't they make a yellow Mini??

    Okay seriously, not that I should tell him how to spend his $$$, but if you're looking at the 6GB Mini, I'd spend the extra $50 and get a 20GB iPod (which the monkey has.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chick-Dance
    They make gold

    That's 2 iPods v. Zero Zen Micro.....
    (BTW, you could make it into a survey-style thread, just like AFLAC is. Oh, my bad, I am advertising a thread. Sorry. Wish I knew how to delete this post...........)
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    Have you tried the Zen, though?
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    http://www.archos.com/products/prw_500669.html

    I've got one of these, it's very nice.
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    Have you checked out the Rio Carbon? Looks better IMHO, it hols 1G more then the ipod mini and has a longer battery life, plus with the Carbon (Zen too perhaps?), you can play WMA which make the whole thing a cake walk if you use Windows. I have my bottom CD rom set to make an immage of an audio CD if it;s incerted and it does it in about 2minutes and bit rate for bit rate, the MWA sound better then MP3 so I can fit more on my devices (I use WMA for the Treo and Rio Nitrus, getting a Rio soon). The Zen Mico holds the same as the Rio, I know the battery life is a lot better on the Carbon then the mini, I don't know about the Mico., There was a review with the ipod min verse the Carbon and other then an issue with some (read not many) headphones that had a non plastic outer housing, the Carbon seemed to blow the mini away and Rio has since fixed the head jack issue too. With the Rio's you can use them as a "jump drive" and with the Carbon you can record voice.

    Here is a review where the Carobob gets a 53 and the ipod imi gets a 54 and that's even withe the headphone issue.
    http://www.mp3.com/Player+Bout:+iPod...ries/1061.html

    Here are some more..
    http://www.gizmodo.com/archives/rio-...ter-018671.php

    http://reviews.cnet.com/Rio_Carbon_5...-30984154.html

    There is even a pearl white one I think if you need to have that ipod look..LOL
    Best Buy has been selling the Carbon for $170ish.

    Well enough from me before you think I work for Rio
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    iPod! At the very least, you know there are so many third party accessories to it, can customize it any way you want. If any thing should go wrong, you have the FREE tech support of the genious bar! Also it just looks so sweet!
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    It looks like the Zen Micro has a built in FM radio and it will let you record the radio onto the hard drive. That would be handy when I'm listening to a radio show and I have to get back to work. I could record it and then listen to it later after I'm done writing. Hmm. Other than a case, I can't imagine what sort of accessories I'd want.
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    Anyone who has the Zen: how good does the voice recorder sound?
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    If I had to buy one, I'd get the Zen micro. I already have a Carbon, and can vouch for it as well, but I saw a Zen micro this weekend, and if I hadn't been looking for a workout mp3 player, I would have bought it. The scroll thingy is too sensitive for running, I think.
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    I have a Zen Micro (5 GB) and I LOVE it! It's a breeze to manage especially if you have windows. you can use the Zen Media Manager.. or Windows Media... or even drag n drop from My Computer. The voice recorder is adequate.. I've used it for some quick acoustic guitar recording and its about fm radio quality. The radio is FM only so no talk radio but the recording is great. Playlist management is pretty good and the "instant" pl based on least heard or most heard song is pretty neat... no direct audible.com support (yet, supposedly a firmware update soon) but i've been able to convert even though I prefer having my audiobooks with me on the Treo.... hope this helps with your decision!
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    My thoughts on this are that Apple has missed the noat when it comes to video. Find a hard drive player that has a color screen and supports the common video codecs. It amazes me that Apple missed the opportunity when they released their color screen model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chick-Dance
    My guru Walt Mossberg gives the iPod mini an edge.
    Here
    Here
    Good read, but too may variables IMHO. What was the format he used for the Rio? MP3 or WMA? What was the bitrate? MP3's sound horrid a low bit rate, like a tin can with an echo. That is why I like WMA better and it's easier to use on a PC with the Windows OS (XP to be more exact) at the same bit rate they sound better and I think even a tad bit smaller file size too?. Having played with a ipod mini and carbon, even though the carbon is a tad bit wider, when in my pocket, it was shorter and when sitting down didn't get in the way.

    But its all relative too, do you want iTunes? Do you want something else? Their all good, but for me WMA, A Rio and Windows XP works great and even with my Treo, I love the WMA and Pocket Tunes.

    Anyway, I was just tring to show other options to the originals persons post.
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    I'm not a mac-head ( I've never owned a Mac ) but I friggin love my ipod ( 30gb photo )...GREAT sound, GREAT streamlined interfaced, and its great with itunes. I didn't use itunes before I got the ipod, now it's all I use, a great app.
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    I wish I had a Zen Micro instead of my Rio Carbon. The only advantage of the Rio is its crazy battery life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRamsauer
    I wish I had a Zen Micro instead of my Rio Carbon. The only advantage of the Rio is its crazy battery life.
    What format are you using? MP3, WMA or something else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burkhardi
    What format are you using? MP3, WMA or something else?
    Mostly MP3s, but I have some WMAs mixed in there as well (in other words, no way in heck I'm using an iPod. )
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    itunes is friendly with WMAs, it automatically converts them for easy transfer to the ipod.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MFizzel
    itunes is friendly with WMAs, it automatically converts them for easy transfer to the ipod.
    Something about taking a compressed file and turning it into another comapressed file scares me as far as quailty. I would assume it would be better to go from source to WMA or Source to AAC, not WMA to AAC?

    Did find this linn though
    http://www.apple.com/itunes/import.html
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