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So my 5G iPod Nanog to stolen, forcing me to finally make the upgrade to something with more decent quality. I've done a lot of research, but all I really see is "Sansa, Sansa, iPod, Sansa, iPod, Sansa..." The only Sansa devices that could work for me is the Fuze and Zip. My brother has a Fuze+, and it sounds amazing, but the touch pad drives me crazy. See, my player goes with me everywhere, especially when I'm cutting grass. For that reason I'm kinda scared of an iPod Classic, though I'd love a 5G one if it is safe. A Fiio X3 is out of my price range, and the X1 is missing that release date. My budget is around ~60 USD, and I won't be using an amp/

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Hello CollinC and welcome to Headfi. Sorry to hear about your Nano. I actually quite like your misspelling - a Nanog. For cheap players you could look at a Colorfly C3 or a used iPod Classic 5G. Apple's 1G Nano has good sound quality also if you can accept the low capacities (1-4GB). The 5G Classic is not ideal if you are going about a lot as it has a HDD which is less tolerant of impacts compared to flash based players. Apple's interfaces are better than Colorfly's however. You can expand the memory of the C3 using microsd cards.
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Usually I check my spelling better. Oh well.

 

Anyway, I'm bidding on a 5G right now for the third time today. It seems to be the only option left, as the Colorfly won't fit my needs with that UI and high price tag compared to the gear it'll connect to. The 1G nano looked great, but I need at least 16GB. Walkmans look pretty nice, but are kinda pricey, IMO. I have owned a Philips GoGear in the past and it was a tank. I saw their Azure/Ariaz with built-in Bluetooth, but there are no real reviews in English, so I didn't buy one that has sold now. It's kind of annoying trying to find one. I hate the perfect idea in my head, but all the features are scattered among others. SD card or 16GB+ flash, iPod Nano 5G size, buttons for blind control, can play MP4 videos, and, of course, sound great.

post #4 of 13
Clip + coupled with the Sony MDR-ZX700 is one of the best sounding combos I've heard as of yet.
post #5 of 13
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So I got a 30GB Classic for $49.12. Less than $50 :D. Anyway, songs added via iTunes can be played in Rockbox, correct?

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So I got a 30GB Classic for $49.12. Less than $50 :D. Anyway, songs added via iTunes can be played in Rockbox, correct?



No, I don't think you can do that. Any songs installed with Itunes will not be seen when booting into rockbox.

I actually went through this yesterday with a rockbox Classic. I was missing 15GB of storage and had to delete an "ipod_control folder" which was hidden. Anyway, long story short remove any songs with itunes before installing rockbox or alternatively dual boot, and connect to Itunes to remove them.

For me I will never use Itunes again with this unit so I just removed the ipod_control folder which will rebuild itself if I ever dual boot again. (just without the music)
 


Edited by H20Fidelity - 7/1/14 at 2:01am
post #7 of 13
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Bummer... I was hoping I could switch over to Apple firmware when I needed to play music for a long time and save power. Will ID3 tags added via iTunes work in Rockbox with album art? I've got 16GB of music that would be a real pain to re-tag.

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Bummer... I was hoping I could switch over to Apple firmware when I needed to play music for a long time and save power. Will ID3 tags added via iTunes work in Rockbox with album art? I've got 16GB of music that would be a real pain to re-tag.

You can leave music on the Apple firmware and dual boot between both anytime you want too. Just the music on each firmware will remain separated.

Rockbox uses no more power than Apples firmware, to my knowledge reports state better battery life with rockbox.

I have no idea about the id tags.

Google is your friend.
post #9 of 13
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That is the first time I've read Rockbox having battery battery life than stock frimware :blink:. I guess I'll report what happens when I receive the item tomorrow.

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That is the first time I've read Rockbox having battery battery life than stock frimware blink.gif . I guess I'll report what happens when I receive the item tomorrow.

I could be wrong here regarding the battery life, I must check further at a computer. I may have mistaken the Sansa units.
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I got the iPod today, in nothing but a bubble mailer. Basically, it needs a new LCD, HDD, and front panel, only the latter which was planned. But it looks like I'll get my full refund AND keep the iPod. So I'll upgrade the memory with these http://www.amazon.com/Micro-SATA-Cables-Card-Adapter/dp/B004FD1D2C/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1404351639&sr=1-2&keywords=ipod+hard+drive+sd http://www.amazon.com/Komputerbay-Speed-Compact-Flash-Ultra/dp/B0056IHYF0/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1404351679&sr=1-8&keywords=cf+32gb . I'll get some random LCD on eBay and get the iVue clear panel from RapidRepair. Any objections?

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Edited by H20Fidelity - 7/2/14 at 9:15pm
post #13 of 13
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Update time!

 

So basically the iPod cost me $5 in the ned. I have the LCD on my desk, but am still waiting on the flash memory and adapter and front plate. The HDD only let's me hold no more than 3 albums before it starts clicking, so I haven't been able to test a whole lot. But I have been able to test electronica and acoustic music. And I have to say, I'm disappointed. There's a to  of background hiss and the SQ is just blah. Of course, I am using 15 year old AKG 240 that I got for free, so that's probably a culprit. Anyway, since the SQ sucks, I have to bring my Behringer 302USB to whatever room I choose to do school in (I'm homeschooled), which is a pain in the buttocks. So I'm thinking about getting an E11 in the near future and some Sennheiser headphones like the HD518. Thoughts?

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