Paradise By the Dashboard Light  

rm_VoodooGuru1 49M
2116 posts
5/17/2006 8:37 am

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Paradise By the Dashboard Light

So it's been a week today since I started my "get in the water and get in better shape" thing, It's going very well, better than I had planned; one might say it's going "swimmingly."

In the past seven days I've gone to the pool five times, increasing my laps each time to the distance of a quarter mile as of yesterday.

It's going well enough that I can invest some dough beyond the goggles, so I ordered a waterproof radio last night. It comes with earplugs, and the little receiver unit clips onto my goggle straps.

I'll be happy with the radio since I'll be able to listen to Toronto's 102.1; if I had to rely on Buffalo radio I wouldn't have bought it. But what could I get instead?

Well, I got two choices. Same company sells the SwiMP3 player, a miniature, waterproof MP3 player. I could also buy an iPod; they don't make water proof iPods yet, but they make a waterproof casing you can put it in. It's called an "OtterBox", I guess because they thought "BeaverBox" would be redundant.

I'm ashamed to say... I don't know the fucking difference between the two formats. I haven't really gotten into downloading tunes inspite of my love for music.

I have something like 500 CDs, I like my CDs. I like to hold my CDs, rearrange my CDs, Some of my CDs are signed by the artists, including a a Ramones title and a couple Iggy Pop. I know there are iPods that can hold my entire library, but I couldn't hold my music, ya know? I can't read my liner notes, appreciate the cover art... besides, I have no intention of buying "The White Album" a third time (or "Tommy", or - forgive me - "Bat Out of Hell" ).

Eventually I'll have to acquiesce, and I have no idea which format is best. I swore I'd never buy another Steve Jobs product after getting fucked on the whole NeXT Cube clusterfuck, but it's been 15 years, and I'm much quicker to forgive these days.

MP3 or iPod? iPod or MP3?

Or just wait for the next format... auricular implants?

Knot4Everyone 40F

5/17/2006 2:19 pm

I think it's a personal choice, really. MP3 is a more common file format than the AAC format used for the iPod. You can find a good article comparing all digital audio file formats at peachpit dot com. The article is titled "A Quick Rip Through Digital Audio File Formats", by Ed Tittel.

I received an iPod shuffle as a gift and love it - though I wonder if an MP3 player would be easier to work with (not having to convert files).

Hope this helps...

rm_1hotwahine 62F
21091 posts
5/17/2006 4:43 pm

Btwn the formats? I do mp3 but who knows. My point is---download your CDs ONTO the thingy--thereby continuing to find solace in playing with the tangibles, but also being able to have all music with you at all times. And make sure you have the peripherals - home, car (the thing with the dashboard light) and office so you can just plug in and listen.

And I HAVE bought the White Album and Tommy three times, sigh...

wait...isn't that a line from Men In Black???

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

rm_Ellenback 58F
966 posts
5/17/2006 7:21 pm

MP3...HANDS DOWN!!! Ipods need special software, which means you can't
SHARE the dang things, unless the person you want to get it from, or send it to, ALSO has MP4 capability...and what if you have to re-purchase all your songs again, just to play them on it?

Wait, isn't 'sharing' piracy? Hey, wanna play pirate with me? LOL

I mean, I could be wrong about the above, but it happened to me...friend of mine tried to send me a song and I couldn't open it, or play it, as it was MP4....

Ok, now back to the pirates thing...woohooo! LOL

I wanna walk the plank!!! (so where ya swimming..?? *wink)



cuteNEway 41F

5/17/2006 8:59 pm


Ipods are viral and if it gets damaged you have to send it away for 3 months and your music will be gone!

besides with mp3 you can delete and add to your heart's content! I hear with Ipod if you wanna add you have to add ALL of it again...too fuckin complicated!!


tee hee

rm_sj365 55F
2414 posts
5/17/2006 11:32 pm

I have a Sandisk MP3 player & my kids have I-Pods. I think the Scandisk player is better hands down. it uses flash memory and can handle formats the i-pod cant (like windows media files & DRM files). It also has an FM radio feature & you can preset your favorite stations. theres a signal boost function for the radio which actually works & it runs on 1 AAA battery (and runs for a really really long time) rather than the expensive to replace i-pod rechargable battery. Best of all its about $15 - $20 bucks cheaper than my kid's i-pod shuffle with the same storage capability. (i sound like a damn commercial advertisement.)
I also think its more 'user friendly'. its pretty much plug & play, where the kids i-pods were a huge pain getting started ( downloading software, working out bugs & settings etc)

ok, ive rambled on way too long & shown myself for the true geek i am

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