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    Some older tech is better, at least to me it is!

    My iPod that I bought way back in 2005 finally stopped holding a charge for longer than 30 minutes. It dies often and easily. I ended up having to buy a new MP3 player and I spent 2 weeks looking around at different ones. I know a lot of people these days put music on their phones but I am not keen on that. I don't like to drain my battery. I prefer having a separate device to play music.

    Anyways, I almost settled on some "top-rated" $40 MP3 player on Amazon. Looking more into the reviews, I noticed a major complaint was that the menu sucked. I went over to eBay and looked at options for buying an older gen iPod, non-touch screen and the new ones were all overpriced.

    I came across a seller selling used ones for $35 that were in good condition so I took the risk and I am glad I did. I got a 3rd gen iPod nano. I charged it to full once and used it every day since I had it and it hasn't even dropped to half the battery usage. Whoever owned it took good care of it. It was from 2007 so it is over 10 years old.

    The point of this whole thread is that older tech is sometimes better when it comes to battery life and ease of use. The new iPods get mixed reviews and several people talk about the batteries dying too fast. Plus, they are all touch screen. Not everything has to have a touch screen.

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    A little over a decade ago I had an iPod Classic. I liked it, but soon enough it croaked. If memory serves, these devices were notorious for their common hard drive failures. With Apple's customer service probably always being as crap as it is now, I can see why this was a big deal.

    I'd be wary of older iPod models. If they were failing left, right and centre back in their day I doubt a survivor will still have lots of juice. If one has been fitted with a new hard drive, maybe it's worth looking into.

    I ended up buying a used Zune a year or two later. I couldn't believe the amount of hate it got and probably still gets. (Probably because far more people were jerking off Apple and shitting on Microsoft products back then.) I found it so much better. Decent hard drive, good music format support (sadly not lossless audio but this was a decade back), better build quality (in my opinion) than the iPod Classic, a higher-res screen and it had games!

    Would I use it now? Probably. Coincidentally I was asking myself the same question two days ago before quite a long journey. I usually listen to music on my phone using Wi-Fi and Google's music storage or Bandcamp. That's all well and good, but when I don't have Wi-Fi, cellular data isn't cheap.

    I think Google Play Music supports music downloading for offline use (it's possible with Bandcamp but requires some technical know-how) but this feature is only as good as the storage you have left on your phone. In this day and age it's way too easy to fill that up.

    I think it's a good idea to have an old music player handy for when you're without Wi-Fi. I'd just load it up with my favourites and call it a day. My only beef with more popular MP3 players is library software. Some of it plain sucks! Fuck iTunes, seriously. When I have a connection I have to admit that I don't need old tech. I do nearly everything on my phone. It's so easy to add my music on Google and with Play Music (or if I listen with Bandcamp or YouTube) I don't need to worry about storage. The cloud has its uses. Gaming isn't one of them, but music and video are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    A little over a decade ago I had an iPod Classic. I liked it, but soon enough it croaked. If memory serves, these devices were notorious for their common hard drive failures. With Apple's customer service probably always being as crap as it is now, I can see why this was a big deal.

    I'd be wary of older iPod models. If they were failing left, right and centre back in their day I doubt a survivor will still have lots of juice. If one has been fitted with a new hard drive, maybe it's worth looking into.

    I ended up buying a used Zune a year or two later. I couldn't believe the amount of hate it got and probably still gets. (Probably because far more people were jerking off Apple and shitting on Microsoft products back then.) I found it so much better. Decent hard drive, good music format support (sadly not lossless audio but this was a decade back), better build quality (in my opinion) than the iPod Classic, a higher-res screen and it had games!

    Would I use it now? Probably. Coincidentally I was asking myself the same question two days ago before quite a long journey. I usually listen to music on my phone using Wi-Fi and Google's music storage or Bandcamp. That's all well and good, but when I don't have Wi-Fi, cellular data isn't cheap.

    I think Google Play Music supports music downloading for offline use (it's possible with Bandcamp but requires some technical know-how) but this feature is only as good as the storage you have left on your phone. In this day and age it's way too easy to fill that up.

    I think it's a good idea to have an old music player handy for when you're without Wi-Fi. I'd just load it up with my favourites and call it a day. My only beef with more popular MP3 players is library software. Some of it plain sucks! Fuck iTunes, seriously. When I have a connection I have to admit that I don't need old tech. I do nearly everything on my phone. It's so easy to add my music on Google and with Play Music (or if I listen with Bandcamp or YouTube) I don't need to worry about storage. The cloud has its uses. Gaming isn't one of them, but music and video are.
    I have not had to charge it yet. Used it 5 times now and hasn't even dropped to 70%. Maybe I lucked out? My ipod was from the first "boom" that happened in 2005 with them and it lasted a long time. I think this is thanks to me not dropping it and keeping it in a case for 80% of the time I have had it. All the issues I have heard about started in 2008 with the older ipods.

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    A lot of old tech was built sturdier, sure...but iPods are not one of them. Back in the day before I had 100% given up on Apple products I used iPods for my music needs. I've owned a total of 5 iPod Nanos. 2 of which came broken fresh out of the box. 1 of which ceased functioning 3 days after I got it. The store HATED me because Apple and Walmart had quite a robust return policy (I think this was in an attempt to keep customers despite the sky-high failure rate of their products). I finally got one that worked and used it for 2 years until I got my first laptop and moved away from using an mp3 player.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemekis View Post
    A lot of old tech was built sturdier, sure...but iPods are not one of them. Back in the day before I had 100% given up on Apple products I used iPods for my music needs. I've owned a total of 5 iPod Nanos. 2 of which came broken fresh out of the box. 1 of which ceased functioning 3 days after I got it. The store HATED me because Apple and Walmart had quite a robust return policy (I think this was in an attempt to keep customers despite the sky-high failure rate of their products). I finally got one that worked and used it for 2 years until I got my first laptop and moved away from using an mp3 player.
    I must have lucked out then lol I always told people that the iPod is the only thing I will ever own from Apple because they did something right. I just have to make sure I take care of the one I recently got. I feel like MP3 players will eventually be phased out altogether. Who has $600 to pay Sony for a Walkman in 2020? lol

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