What sort of mp3 player should I get?

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  1. LadyCalvinist

    LadyCalvinist Puritan Board Junior

    I recently bought a new car and it does not have the capability of playing cds. I have a 16GB iPod but it does not begin to hold all my music and audiobooks. I am not sure what to get. I need something that I can play in my car but will also have a lot of memory. I am thinking of getting either a 64GB refurbished iPod, which would be about $209 or a brand new iPod with 128 GB storage for $299 which is probably more than I need. Any suggestions?
  2. Edward

    Edward Puritanboard Commissioner

    Before you spend money - have you checked to see if you can just plug in a thumb drive with your mp3s on it? (You may have to re-format the thumb drive before loading the music.) Other than checking the manual (not a fun task with modern cars - I ended up having to Google to figure out how to change the clock on my wife's car) or Googling - does the car have a usb port somewhere? Thumb drives are cheap.

  3. ZackF

    ZackF Puritan Board Graduate

    Have you thought about just using your phone? Do you have a smartphone? Many phones, especially at the $300 price point, will accept an SD card that will hold as much you need.
  4. VictorBravo

    VictorBravo Administrator Staff Member

    I've got a budget Samsung Galaxy J3 for less than half that with a high capacity SD card. If your new car has bluetooth, you could run it through that.

    Only downside is if you get lots of phone calls you'd have annoying interruptions, but at least it's all "hands free."

    Otherwise, Edward's idea is good too. I have an old flash drive that plugs into a port on the dash. My vehicle is a 2012 Ford.

    But before I got all high-tech, I had several little generic mp3 players that I could fill from a laptop. Even the $12 versions seemed to have pretty good quality with a decent set of headphones. Some states may frown on driving with headphones, though.
  5. LadyCalvinist

    LadyCalvinist Puritan Board Junior

    Thanks for all the advice, I finally got my iPod to work in my car. But I still have a question, my current iPod is only 16BG and I think I need at least 64GB. I am about to buy a new computer and I need to be able to move all my audio and videos onto my new mp3 player so I can then put them on my new computer. The thing is is that I don't like the new iPods. They have so many bells and whistles on them, such as a camera. Call me paranoid but I worry about this technology, that is will be easy for someone to track me or hack into it.

    I am thinking about getting one of the old classic players but I could not move my videos onto it.

    My phone is a flip phone and I don't want to change it, I think flip phones are less likely to be hacked, though I don't know for sure.

    Sorry this is so long winded.
  6. Kinghezy

    Kinghezy Puritan Board Freshman

    Just my :2cents:, but I for the longest time held out to switching to smart phone, since I have prepaid minutes. Long story short (which may have involved a washer + dryer + flip phone), I was able to get a really low-end smart phone for free with a certain amount of minutes. The convenience of downloading podcast through wifi and listening in car / at work is quite nice.
  7. Edward

    Edward Puritanboard Commissioner

    If you are just looking for a good reason to buy an expensive new IPod, don't let me get in the way. But there are a number of much cheaper ways to move files. I saw a deal for 20 128meg USB drives for $34.99 on Amazon. That will probably work out to about 2 gig of storage. (Your old machine would need to be USB 2.0 compatable). A pack of 8 gig under $60. A 2 Terabyte external hard drive $62.99 (Uses USB 3.0). One terabyte about $50.00.
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