September 9th, 2004

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01:08 am - new toys and amusements
I've been working out a lot more lately, and putting in more time on the elliptical machine to build cardio - I totally burned Laura last time she was here when we broke into an impromptu race over a bridge. She swears she "still could have lapped me", but I'm not buying it and don't plan on letting it happen next time. =) Anyway, I keep wishing that I had better stuff to listen to than the gym music when I'm on the elliptical machine, and thinking maybe even some actual running down at the park would be nice if I had some music - and I saw this Rio Carbon tonight at Best Buy and just had to give it a try.

OMFG this thing is awesome. As you can see, it's absolutely tiny, and it's actually even lighter than the size makes it look - it totally disappears into a pocket, and is so featherweight that you don't notice it in there even if you're running. It stores 5GB of music, and it does an absolutely incredible job of automatically sorting new additions into a contextual library by artist name, genre, track name, year released, you name it. And, the best part is, unlike the regular-hard-drive-based MP3 jukeboxes I tried two or three years ago, this thing sounds really good!

I also spotted this beauty lying unattended in the parking lot, and it cracked me up so hard I actually made Pete stop the car so I could go back and pick it up for photo documentation:

Bling, bling, motherfucker. =)

Current Mood: happy
Current Music: Tupac Shakur - Picture Me Rollin'

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From: mostlyfakinit
Date: September 8th, 2004 - 10:18 pm

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: September 8th, 2004 - 10:20 pm
I picked you up off a streetcorner on Two Notch, not in a parking lot.

[User Picture] From: discogravy
Date: September 9th, 2004 - 04:40 am
nothing but the finest jewelry for laura, obviously

From: vonpookie
Date: September 9th, 2004 - 05:41 am
Awww...looks like someone lost some Mardi Gras beads. That reminds me, I need to get my nifty ones out. I bought some that had flashing rubber duckies. They looked awesome when we were walking around at night.

[User Picture] From: ravenword
Date: September 9th, 2004 - 07:48 am
how much did that mp3 player set you back? I've been thinking about buying one myself, for the walk to class and also for going running. I guess I don't really need the whole 5 gigs of space, either, if there are cheaper options for those willing to forgo it. bah, I hate shopping around for that sort of thing.

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: September 9th, 2004 - 09:21 am
It was $250. You can get cheaper players that are the same size/weight or slightly smaller, but with DRASTICALLY decreased storage space - a 256MB player is around $200 and a 128MB player is around $150.

All of them these days do support use as a USB Mass Storage Device (just use Windows Explorer to move files back and forth like another hard drive, no special software required) though, which is a major improvement. I bought a 64MB (?) RCA (?) Kazoo a few years ago that I almost never used because it required - REQUIRED - MusicMatch Jukebox with a plugin, and wouldn't let you get songs off of it, only put songs on it, and it HAD to go through the stupid software shit, and it sounded like crap, and it didn't hold much music (obviously), and the battery life pretty much blew because it only took 1 AA(A?) battery... blah blah blah. The modern ones are much better; my Carbon is rated for 11-14 hours of play time and uses a built-in rechargeable battery that recharges over USB (or over USB from a little wall plug that's included with it). And sounds much better. :)

[User Picture] From: the_al
Date: September 9th, 2004 - 08:25 am

MP3 players rule.

5G is a pretty decent size. My friend has one that only holds about 60-70 songs, which I think is too small. Of course, I ended up bending to peer pressure and spending WAY too much for an iPod, but I freaking LOVE it. I have just about all my CDs on it and can take it anywhere, and it was well worth the money for me. I am highly envious, though, of how much more lightweight yours seems.

They have these gadgets that plug into the headphone jack and let you play your music through any radio -- more specifically, a car radio. It rocks. Then, you can have your music anywhere, and no more sorting through CDS in the car. MP3 players are my hero.

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: September 9th, 2004 - 09:26 am

Re: MP3 players rule.

I almost got an iPod at Circuit City, because Best Buy was out of the Carbon that I really wanted. The lines were inhumanly long though, so I got pissed off enough to just drop the thing on the shelf while commenting "I hope somebody steals it" (since they had it in a locked cage that ALSO took me forever to get somebody to open originally) and walked out.

Had to go back to Best Buy like 2 hours later to pick up some DVD+RW media, and holy shit, there was one on the shelf! The restocking fairy loves me!

But yeah, anyway, part of the reason I succumbed to my pissed-off-ness about the lines at Circuit City was that the iPod, even though it was 15GB instead of 5GB and the same price (on Open Box special, anyway) was SIGNIFICANTLY larger and heavier. I mean it'll still fit in a pocket, sure, but the Carbon's small enough that even in the little tiny flimsy pocket in running shorts it disappears and you don't feel it flapping up and down when you run or anything. Totally worth the tradeoff in space to me; I don't need ALL my music in the thing anyway, just plenty of upbeat stuff for working out / running / whatever. And even though I didn't buy it for airplane trips, it'll still rock for that, because I'd been using an MP3-CD player, and hell, this holds almost ten CDs worth of MP3s, so bonus!

Still using an MP3-CD deck in the car, though. No way in hell is an adapter coming from the Carbon going to sound as good as an actual deck.

[User Picture] From: the_al
Date: September 10th, 2004 - 11:19 am

Re: MP3 players rule.

Yeah, the size thing does kinda suck, but luckily the treadmill I use at home has a little spot I can stick it in. I don't really go running outside. I work out at Curves, gym-wise, and there are periodic "announcements" and music already playing, so I don't use it there.

But it's a HECK of a lot easier than the big folder of CDs I always carried around, and it's awesome to have all my music right on hand, since I'm a huge music-hoarder. :) I almost wish I'd gotten the bigger one so I could put MORE songs on it.

Sound-wise, there's a little fuzz when the radio station I'm tuning through goes wonky, but in general it sounds pretty darn good. I'm driving a mini-van, though, so I don't exactly have a thumpin' system going on. :)

From: (Anonymous)
Date: September 16th, 2004 - 12:22 pm

Re: MP3 players rule.

"...and you don't feel it flapping up and down when you run or anything."


From: cpf
Date: September 9th, 2004 - 09:53 am


Big hands, you know you're the one!

[User Picture] From: ravenword
Date: September 10th, 2004 - 06:13 am


is that the "drunk" icon?

are they all the "drunk" icon?

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