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My 5 year old iPod finally gave in the other day, so I'm looking for a new mp3 player. I'ver heard that the newest generation of iPods have a poorer sound quality compared to the old ones. As for Zunes, I think they are grossly overpriced.

Are there any reliable mp3 players with at least 40 GB of memory besides the iPod or Zune?
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#2
Nope. Don't buy a non-name brand. It will seriously fuck up. Every one I've had has.
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Can't say i can think of any.

*edit - ^ this.
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That's gonna be your best bet outside of the iPod and Zune.
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yeah zen is your best bet they have great sound quality also. No itunes support though of course
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I'm reading literally dozens of customer support horror stories on Amazon about the Zen...
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My 5 year old iPod finally gave in the other day, so I'm looking for a new mp3 player. I'ver heard that the newest generation of iPods have a poorer sound quality compared to the old ones. As for Zunes, I think they are grossly overpriced.

Are there any reliable mp3 players with at least 40 GB of memory besides the iPod or Zune?

Just wondering,

Since when does the device affect the sound quality? I wasn't aware it did. I thought it was just the audio format you had on there.
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Well, I bought two of these. No, don't ask me why. Please just believe that I purchased two new 7th generation iPods - against the advice of the reviewer who obviously did some homework as to why the old units sound better, I might add. I looked at many forums and read from many people who think the new iPods, (6th generation and later,) have a poorer sound quality than their predecessors. Then I read from those folks who believe that yes, Apple changed the audio codec chip, and yes, several audiophiles have done some qualitative testing and the old units won, but nevertheless, the difference should be impossible to hear with the naked ear. Let me just assure you right now, it is not. The difference in sound quality between my wife's 5.5 gen 80 gig iPod and my two new 120 gig units is vast. Using the same headphones and songs, downloaded from the same computer, the new iPod sounds like listening to music played inside a tin can compared to the old one. For instance, in one song a drummer rakes his hand across some chimes and on the 80 gig, the chimes are crystal, distinct, and separate from all the other things going on at the time. On the new 120 gig at the same spot, the highs are all compressed into a jumble of noise with flat, tinny, cut off sounds. The chimes sound far off and suppressed. The list of music defacement goes on. I noticed this problem across all tonal ranges. So what did I do? I opened a case with Apple and made an appointment at the nearby Apple store. Yes, I lugged in my laptop and two of the iPods. At the store I synced one of their units to the same song and we went through all three iPods, my one new unit, my one old unit, and the store unit, listening to the same 30 or so seconds of song on each iPod over and over. And over. The results were clear... much clearer than the sound from the new iPods, I'm sorry to say.


from a reviewer on Amazon
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from a reviewer on Amazon


Sorry, that's BS, it's just playing the Audio file, the only thing that could effect it is the headphones.
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from a reviewer on Amazon

I'm willing to bet he was listening through those **** ipod headphones but it's still something to think about.

I've got the new 120gb classic and I rip all my music at least at 320kbps and I'm listening through Sennheiser HD280 Pros and it sounds extra rich. Hardly any detectable loss in quality. Crisp highs, deep lows (not just loud lows like skullcandy headphones).

I'd factor out the sound quality issue if I were you. Also, don't rip cds with iTunes. Their standard audio format blows.
#18
I may just buy another iPod then.
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#19
you can wait for the Zune HD. it's running an nvidia tegra processor which i've heard is pure secks.

besides, you may not really notice a large difference between the old and new ipods. you'd be looking at some really nice headphones to notice the difference.
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^ the problem is that I need something ASAP, because I need to transfer all of my music from my old desktop to my new laptop before I go to college in 3 weeks.
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