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I usually try to keep posts on my dA account strictly related to my models and various projects, but I've found myself in need of a larger sounding board than biased online reviews. As the title states, my iPod (160gb 7th gen classic) recently died on me, and given that it's out of warranty, I'm looking for a replacement/alternative.

Since high school, I've gone through maybe five or so iPods, and in my experience, they typically barely out last their 1-year warranty. On top of that, the one time I did have a legitimately defective in-warranty device, dealing with Apple's customer support was akin to pulling teeth.

So I'm curious as to what the populous here at dA uses for their on-the-go musical needs; does anyone actually use anything other than Apple? (die hard Apple-fanboys need not reply ;) )

TL;DR - What would you recommend as an iPod alternative?
  • Mood: Annoyed
  • Listening to: Nothing... :(
  • Playing: Dead Island
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GlassNinja Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've got an ipod nano (2nd gen) it's about to see it's 7th birthday. The thing is fracking indestructable frankly. I have practically drop kicked the thing across a six lane highway. Dropped it out of my pocket, my bag, sat on the damn thing. I have been offered the chance to get a new one, but I live my nano. Probably kill someone if I didn't have it.
headlessknight Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
what is the cheapest mp3 play is at the time i lke the brand naxa that i get at fred's dollar store
TheStarfoxMaster64 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Artist
Standard MP3 with a file converter. I have had this mp3 go through hell and back over a course of 7 years (Its REALLY OLD for todays standards). Ill post a link if i find it on E-bay
MaxXimumPain Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
I use an ipod nano (4th gen), and I beat the crap out of it, and it's having its fourth birthday in a few months.
Good luck on your search!
TuxedoMelvin Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
I mostly use my all-band scanner. I got it for work, but it picks up FM stations fine. I also have a pair of dirt-simple MP3 players I picked up for under ten bucks each (to hack into sound systems for props).
somefriggnidiot Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Smart phones tend to be the way to go if you have that kind of storage (or patience for such a small selection.)
PotassiumK Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My MP3 player is seriously just a Gigaware (RadioShack brand) player that I picked up on sale. It does music, radio, videos (if you can get them encoded properly), text and pictures, it has an impressive speaker built into it, has long battery life yet charges quickly and it's held up to my abuse for ages.
OneWingedAngel800 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Writer
I have a first-gen iPod nano that I've had since the start of 2007.
4 GB is a little small though and I'm thinking of upgrading to a player with a larger memory capacity.
cloudcat181 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The top media players the last time I checked were the Microsoft Zune in first place and the Sansa Fuze in second. But that was about a year ago already (I'm not interested in portable music players all that much) so they may have come down in price by now. They both play .flac files so if you're an audiophile then rejoice in the studio sound quality.
billybob884 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Hmm never heard of the fuze, but I think Microsoft discontinued the Zune a few years ago... thanks though!
SaintAnlay Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Get a droid with 16Gb internal storage and a micro-SD slot.
Sidewinder147 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
I use a old Sony Minidisk Player and love it.
I would suggest buying a small walkman like that one guy said.
akion-totocha Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I had a sony walkman and I liked it's ability to make a playlist on the go. But then I got an iPod and then an iPhone, and I've not looked back at all.
billybob884 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
A lot of people seem to be recommending Sony, I'll have to look into them
andu-senpai Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
I've always just used my phone. Android's usually have a decent Music Player in them. As for an alternative, a Sony Walkman is worth a try. [link]
billybob884 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
I'd like to be able to use my phone, but honestly the battery just wont cut it (got a 1 year old HTC Inspire)... I'll have to take a look at sony
andu-senpai Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Awh. Poor phone.
Welp, best of luck to you!
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