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i'm thinking about buying one of the two types of players - md or mp3. which do YOU think is better? which format do you think will take the lead in the future? opinions everyone!
06-28-2000, 12:57 AM
i prefer mp3, and i think that it will be the winner BUT mini disk media is a lot cheaper that flash cards. I dont have either. i just burn my songs to a cd and play them in a portable cd player, its the cheapest way http://www.gotapex.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
06-28-2000, 01:11 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Tuvi:
which format do you think will take the lead in the future <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
neither. something else will arise soon. holographic maybe? who knows. if you're referring to short term, i would go with a portable cd player that can read burnt mp3s. i'm thinking about getting one of those in-dash players for my car. along with a 10 disc changer, that'd give me 7 gigs of mp3s that i could access in my car at any given time. i don't even have that many mp3s on my computer yet!
[This message has been edited by coleslaw (edited 06-28-2000).]
I thought some car changers had problems reading Cd-Rs?
06-28-2000, 01:33 PM
thats not the issue, the problem is that very very few cd changers read data cd's, I know you can do what he's talking about with the clarion auto pc
06-28-2000, 01:56 PM
IF the memory card makers could lower their price, i think mp3 would blast off...but with current prices, neither; both have plusses and minuses http://www.gotapex.com/ubb/frown.gif
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06-28-2000, 02:09 PM
I have a MD, and before I got one, I dismissed it out of hand as a total un-neccessity: I mean, you have CD's, you have cassettes, who the hell needs an expensive hybrid. However, now that I own one, I see some of the benefits: nice battery life, doesn't skip, and way more managable than mp3 players (MD media cost $1.50-$3 per for 74 minutes.) The ability to swap discs is important when you consider five MD's will cost you $15, max. Five flash cards will cost you ??? Yikes.
06-28-2000, 02:18 PM
I've got both, but I'm to lazy to rip the mp3's for the MD, oh well. http://www.gotapex.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif
06-28-2000, 02:56 PM
It doesn't really matter which one will take over in the future since you won't be actually buying pre-recorded media like audio cd's. So go with what you like better. I personally have a minidisc player set-up because of the cheaper media and since it was out before mp3 players. But I am going to get that nomadII in someday (emusic deal) so I'll find out for sure what I like better. But it doesn't really matter if either one doesn't do well in the future since you'll be making your own mixes. Actually it'd be nice if minidiscs lost popularity. Then the media would probably be cheaper.
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06-28-2000, 02:59 PM
Are you nuts? If they lose popularity, they'll become more expensive! Companies will just stop making them.
06-28-2000, 05:29 PM
true true =)
depends on what you usually do... MD give you more flexablity and higher quality (optical line) but you will have to record them but you can record live =) while mp3 is easier to select songs and stuff but u always have the fear that a higher quality format comes out and kills it ... ie. how mp2 are killed by mp3 .. yea yea i am old to know that http://www.gotapex.com/ubb/biggrin.gif there has been talks of making layer 4 technology by using Yamaha VQ with something else but that has yet to be seen...
So go with what suits your situation best. I personally have a great MD player and love the portability of it ^_^
06-28-2000, 05:35 PM
thats why you get a good mp3 player that can have its firmware upgraded
06-28-2000, 05:47 PM
MINIDISC ROCKS!! I agree with Pennypinch, it's worth it to be able to change discs. I like to listen to a variety of music, and with an mp3 player, you only have as much music as your mem. card. Plus you can record concerts and stuff. Can't do that with an mp3 player.
06-28-2000, 06:39 PM
you can record with many mp3 players Johnnybegone
06-28-2000, 10:04 PM
Definitly MiniDisc. I got one last summer and it rocks. It's small and has a very long battery life. I can record anything that outputs sound on to a minidisc, even mp3s. I put some of my mp3s on a minidisc so I can listen to them on the road. I will recommend the MD over mp3 players. The greatest factor is price. While the player itself might not differ in cost, its the additional cost that matters. A single minidisc costs about $3, that's 74min of any sound format for $3. Now a 64MB of flash memory for a mp3 player costs, holy ****, alot! like $150. Now an average mp3(128kbps) takes about 1MB/min. so that's about 64minutes of mp3 for $150. And if you want more music, you'll have to buy more memory. So, need i say more? Go w/ MD. You can still use your mp3s. And holographic music is not anywhere close in the future, if that's even possible that is. MD all the way!!!!!
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cool thanks for the info everybody http://www.gotapex.com/ubb/smile.gif
06-29-2000, 10:30 PM
i like md's but still, rec. in real-time really sucks.
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