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Gadget Girl I'm not

In the six or so weeks since I've bought my laptop, I've used it exactly twice. I find it too much of a hassle to take it out of its storing cupboard and set it up when there's a perfectly serviceable desktop all ready to go in the next room. Granted, it may not have all the shiny new features the laptop offers, but I'm used to how it works and I'm perfectly happy with that -- so why did I blow 650 euros on something that on second thoughts I have to admit I have absolutely no need for? To think I could have bought four or five or even more pairs of shoes for that kind of money in the sales!

I thought having a laptop would be so liberating; I thought I could take it anywhere, anytime, and be connected...I didn't realise it needs charging before you can take it out to the park and bang away at the keys for two, maybe three hours; or that it needs something called a dongle before you can take it to the park in the first place. And I've found out that carrying it around from one place to another, or from room to room even, is an encumbrance more than anything else. And so it sits in the cupboard while I type this up at my old desktop pc...

And now my mp3-player (that's actually an mp4-player but I use it for music files exclusively) has given up the ghost again. Actually, it did so very shortly after I lost my Internet connection, so about six months ago; but I thought all it needed was perhaps a firmware upgrade and it'd be right as rain again. How wrong I was! First off, there is no firmware upgrade for it, and secondly, it won't even reinstall its current version. It seems the hard disk has failed. This makes it my third Creative Zen to have lasted just over a year from date of purchase; which frankly isn't good enough.

So now I'm tempted to go and buy an iPod to replace it, because everyone I've talked to said theirs has lasted a minimum of three years and is, in most cases, still working. The other reason being that I can't seem to find another 60GB or higher mp3-player by Creative in any of the shops, but they do carry iPods of up to 160GB for about the same price. However, I'm hesitant as I don't know that the iPod and I will click: I've been warned that down- or uploading files from iTunes will slow down my Windows system even more...and do you still need to convert your iTunes-files to mp3 before you can swap them out? Or, even worse, do I need to convert my current collection of 10,000+ mp3-files to the iPod-format before I can import them? 'Cause that sounds like a lot of work to me, and I'm not sure I want to take that on.

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laura_isaac
Mar. 11th, 2010 10:34 am (UTC)
If they're in mp3 format you don't need to convert them. If they're in .wma format or anything like that when you put it in your itunes library then itunes will do it for you. :)
gamiila
Mar. 11th, 2010 11:00 am (UTC)
Brilliant, that's good to know!
enigmaticblues
Mar. 11th, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
I've used iTunes with both a Mac and a PC, and I haven't noticed a marked difference in how either worked. I have had other music software that I liked better than iTunes, but that was ages ago, and the version of that software is so out of date I can't get it or use it anymore. So, iTunes is my player of choice.

ETA: I should probably add that I have a Nano, which I washed anddried, and it still works, and an iPod Touch, which I love. So there's that, too.

Edited at 2010-03-11 02:15 pm (UTC)
gamiila
Mar. 11th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
An iPod it is, then ;-). I was looking at the Classic the other day, mostly because of its 120GB hdd..I think that would suit my needs exactly.

I think the last time I downloaded an album from iTunes was way back in 2004; I expect it'll have changed, and for the better, since then.
bogwitch
Mar. 11th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
I refuse to have anything to do with iTunes. What on earth do I want Apple snooping around my music for? Plus, it's just another lump of necessary software to clog up the PC. I have an Archos.
gamiila
Mar. 11th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
As I recall, you've had it for a while, too, haven't you? So you must be quite pleased with it, I imagine.

ETA: 16GB at the most? Though I do like their idea of an integrated camera, that's not nearly sufficient to my needs.

Edited at 2010-03-11 08:14 pm (UTC)
bogwitch
Mar. 11th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
I had a 20GB mp3 player, which I killed by dropping it in a road. Now I have a 40GB MP4 player which, yes, I've had a couple of years. They made bigger ones, but I was too broke. They must be bigger still now.

How do people cope with 4GB?
gamiila
Mar. 13th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
Beats me...I need 60GB minimum. And that's just to house my present music collection.
bogwitch
Mar. 13th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
80GB - although I do tend to make quite large MP3s. 40GB has proved just about enough (if I don't keep putting episodes of Supernatural on it). I don't really need all my MP3. I don't need the complete works of Simple Minds, for example. Or any Bananarama
gamiila
Mar. 15th, 2010 08:17 am (UTC)
I don't need the complete works of Simple Minds, for example. Or any Bananarama

Well yes, choices have to be made! If I included every single CoRo recording I own, I'd have very little room left for anything else. Maybe just Robert De Niro and possibly It Ain't What You Do...
bogwitch
Mar. 15th, 2010 08:46 am (UTC)
It Ain't What You Do just reminds me of B&Q adverts now.
jonesiexxx
Mar. 11th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
You don't use your laptop in bed?

This message comes to you from my bed. :D
gamiila
Mar. 13th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. There's no socket near my bed.
bogwitch
Mar. 13th, 2010 09:25 pm (UTC)
Extension leads are your friend.
gamiila
Mar. 15th, 2010 08:21 am (UTC)
I know. I think the upshot of this is, that I didn't think through this purchase. Now I'm trying to decide whether to put it up on eBay or not.
vegmb
Mar. 15th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
I have a 2G Creative Zen that I keep in my car and have had about 2 years. I honestly don't listen to everything I have on it most of the time. I don't know what I'd do with more music on there. Maybe if I put something other than music, say books, on there, then I could see the need for more room.

I love my laptop, and being on the computer in bed. But I don't have my wireless internet working right now, so it is tied to the dsl cable in the dining room for now.
gamiila
Mar. 17th, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC)
I'm just incredibly greedy when it comes to music. Getting a smaller mp3-player would mean choices would have to be made, and I'm sure that would result in me becoming hopelessly conflicted. So I prefer to just dump every song I like on it, and then let the mp3-player make the selection (it's always on shuffle).
vegmb
Mar. 17th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
I listen to things more based on my mood, so mine is rarely on shuffle. But choices do have to be made and the things I listen to less often are not included. When this one finally dies, I will probably replace it with something bigger. Until then, I can't justify spending the money on it.
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