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Old 08-26-2003, 03:55 PM   #1
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I was thinking about taking an mp3 thingy next year when i go abroad. it seems so much more convient than the much bigger discman. Now you must all know by now that i'm pretty much clueless when it comes to technology, so can you give me a rundown on what exactly you do with an mp3. I'm thinking you upload all your cd music on to the computer and then download it on to a mp3 disc thingy thing., But how do you do that. do you hook it up to your computer somehow? How many songs can fit on a mp3 thing. I need help people! ANd what do you take travelling. I went to europe two years back and i didn't take anything. I went nuts. Found out very quickly that the uk is in love with radiohead and coldplay (i hate them!). was tough finding harder type music on the radio, so i use to go into music stores and listen to some tunes at the listening post. Thats how i got my music fix. But this time around i'll be gone much longer. Oh and does anyone know of a good mp3 player and how much are the little disc things. (and what is the correct name for these little thingys? )
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You can download songs from Kazaa or Morpheus, but becareful for viruses that can come along with anything you download from those programs! I would recommend that you install some spywareguard first. I made the mistake of downloading programs and music from Kazaa without first installing the free spywareguard first. Here´s more info on that http://www.wilders.org/spyware.htm

An mp3 player usually comes with a CD Rom and a USB cable. Install the software from your CD rom pretty quickly, plug the cable into one of your USB ports (on the back of your pc) and load your player with songs. Just take the cable and the CD rom with you and you can plug it into any computer in the world and download songs into your player.

On this example you can see what comes with the player.

Also, you can do a search for mp3 on Alta Vista.
Another option is to bring a good book to read
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I have thought of this issue a alot in the last little while, and I guess you have to look at the big picture: what are you willing to carry?

This

( With CD's)

This


( With Tapes)

Or This




To me there is no question that the MP3 play is the way to go for the budget trav'la, small, easy to conceal, no extra crap to carry with you ie tapes or cds...just download the tunes that you want ( some of these players can hold 500 songs) and off you go.

You can get them at any elecronics store but if you wanna do some research so the store does not give you the run around try these links:

Sony Mp3 Players

Archos

Some Products from Samsung

Nomad

Now Mp3 players a a bit more $$$, but if ya love music and ya wanna travel with it, this is serious the best way to go i think.
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Thanx guys!!! I thought a mp3 player had some sort of disc thing, but i think i'm thinking of a mini disc player. . I really do need to invest in a boyfriend or brother than can teach me all this stuff. I work in a store that sells these things so i think i could get a good deal. The prices have come down in the last few years anyhow. But yeah take a look at cd's pictures. i mean i don't think i want to be lugging around my discman. Besides my discman takes up a lot of batteries. Well i guess i should go shop around.
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MP3 players use built in memory to store music, so no mini discs, compact discs, or tapes to lug with ya, and they use alot less battery power than the others, if I was to buy one it would for sure be an MP3, u pay a bit more, but man is it worth the $$$
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Hey Dio, I don't know how much you want to spend but an iPod is the way to go. They are awesome. The 10Gb model are US $299.

They have a nice menu system, address book, great sound, long battery life and look very sexy.

Check them out:

http://www.apple.com/ipod/

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That only works with a mac, right?
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That only works with a mac, right?
Nope they work on Windows.

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I'm getting an ipod. $300 for 10gb. Roughly 2500 songs.
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i didn't take any sort of music playing device with me on my trip - i totally regretted it! damn, i never thought i'd miss music so much - anyway, next time, i'm bringing an mp3 player for sure!
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If you're really short on money but you want to bring tunes with you, try a portable cd/mp3 player. I can fit a few hundred songs in mp3 format onto one cd. The best part is that they only cost around $50 more or less. I've had one for two years and it's still working great. It takes up a little more room than a tiny mp3 player, but if you can't afford to shell out a few hundred bucks right now it's a great option.
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yeah, i just got one of those. it works really well, and shit, i don't need more than 200 songs. at $60, yes spacevirgin, the price is right.
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I have the 10G iPod and I love it. I was able to pick it up at around $250 U.S. Well worth the money. If I hadn't taken my iPod, I was looking at dragging 200+ CDs in my pack! No way! The battery life on them is a bit short at only 8 hours of continuous play, but as long as you have a converter and are near an outlet, you're good!

Don't waste your money on the larger iPods, unless you have an EXTREMELY large collection of musc. 30 or 40G is too much!
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I'm totally computer illiterate, so could someone explain how you turn your files from your CD into mp3s? I know that when I downloaded them to my computer they came up as some sort of file starting with a W. And I apparently let a trojan horse into my mom's computer with Kazaa, so that won't be happening again.
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I'm totally computer illiterate, so could someone explain how you turn your files from your CD into mp3s? I know that when I downloaded them to my computer they came up as some sort of file starting with a W. And I apparently let a trojan horse into my mom's computer with Kazaa, so that won't be happening again.
It depends on the type of program you're using, but for the most part they're the same. Open your cd burning program, put your cd in, click on the song/s you want to save. You want to "extract" or "rip" the file (song) to your hard drive. It will ask you what type of file you want to save it as, and click on "mp3" or "mPeg Layer-3 compressed audio", and there you go!
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Thank you sooooooo much I never would have figured that out
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hey spacevirgin, i tried doing that and i couldn't figure it out. i'm using nero burning room, is there something special that i have to do? i have a cd/mp3 player and i want to start utilizing it.
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I'm totally computer illiterate, so could someone explain how you turn your files from your CD into mp3s? I know that when I downloaded them to my computer they came up as some sort of file starting with a W. And I apparently let a trojan horse into my mom's computer with Kazaa, so that won't be happening again.*
oh my goodness and here i thought i was the only one who didn't know how to do that. I was wondering the exact same thing. I wish someone in my family was good with computers but that just isn't the case..thx for asking and for the reply!
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Thanks SV! I think that info will be helpful for tons of travelers in the years to come!

I just bought an mp3 player for my gf and it's awesome! It's an iRiver. It's got really good sound quality and can play up to 20hrs straight, I guess before you need to insert another battery.

It's about $120 and, to me, well worth the money. Not a huge deal if you lose it.
An iPod would be cool, but I don't have a mac and I would be bummed if I lost it or if someone were to steal it ($400).

I was told that iRivers are the hot things these days, so thats how I decided on that one.
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crio-- You might need to dig around in the file/edit/view/tools buttons to find either "extract" or "rip" commands. I haven't ever used Nero but I've heard it's a good one so I imagine that it's got to be in there somewhere. If there's a Help button you could try entering either of those words into it and see what you come up with. I will try to find out more and I'll let you know.

TP-- I haven't heard of iRiver but that sounds like a great deal! And actually iPods are PC compatible now, but they're still prohibitively expensive (in my opinion.) The good thing is that they have enormous capacities. Even the new iPod Mini is 4 gigs.
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