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Who Needs a Pricey iPod? Not Me!

Mw3337I'm a big fan of the Creative Labs family of MP3 players.  My 40-gig Creative player is now 3 or 4 years old and works as well as the day I bought it.  My son has one too and my daughters both have Flash RAM models that they absolutely love.

I found myself in the local Apple store recently and was enamored with the iPod touch product.  Very cool, but I couldn't see myself taking that $300+ device out with me while I mow the lawn, for example.  (On a related note, I asked a co-worker this week if he is an Apple fan.  He said he must be, because his family owns 4 iPods, but then he also noted that 3 of the 4 are broken...)

I've been thinking about getting a smaller player that fits in my shirt pocket but I hate it that all the Flash-based ones have such limited capacity.  I keep wishing someone would include an SD card slot to address this issue.  Yeah, I know...the manufacturers want us to feel the need to upgrade from 2 gigs to 4, 4 gigs to 8, etc.

My wish came true this week.  Fry's is selling a 1-gig player with an SD slot from GPX for $19.99.  Yes, that's right.  $19.99.  This thing is as ugly as the iPod is beautiful, but I don't care.  I'm not going to sit around staring at it all day.  I just want it to produce great sound.  And boy, does it ever!

I loaded it up last night and then stopped back by Fry's this morning to pick up the first of 2 or 3 2-gig SD cards (on sale for $14.99).  I plan to load them up with different genres of music so I can just pop one in to fit my mood, press "random" and enjoy my wonderfully inexpensive solution.

If I buy 2 more cards I will have invested $65 plus tax and probably won't need to buy another device for another 3 or 4 years, depending on how long this one lasts.  Heck, even if it only lasts a year, for $20, how could I possibly complain?!


Fran Toolan

Hey Joe,

nice post. one of my son's has a creative mp3 player - and it broke within 6 months, but, he is a gangly teenager. My daughter LOVES her iPod. You couldn't separate her from it with a prybar.

for me personally, i like your idea. my musical tastes are all over the map.

Craig Smith

I have 5gb creative mp3 player and I have to say that's the best player I have had so far. And I agree I don't see what the fuss about the iPod is.

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