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Old 09-19-2012, 06:11 PM
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They have been disappearing for years. . . and they're still here. Some people don't want to spend a fortune on a smart phone with an expensive plan.
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:36 PM
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I have a smartphone but i still use a dedicated mp3 player because A) my battery sucks, B) no chance of a notification disrupting my audio enjoyment and C) don't have to pull it out of my pocket to change tracks.
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:58 AM
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I agree that the trend seems to be that the dedicated digital audio player are on their way out. However, I think that they may end up like turntables seem to be right now: the low-cost and the expensive high-end, with virtually none in the middle.

What I think may end up happening is that the "digital audio player" will be a software application that you load on a small general-purpose entertainment device. The form of that device can vary (such as size, battery life, type of screen) based on what a specific user needs. Much like what I've heard about Rockbox, the user will be able choose the application that will allow him/her to configure the player as desired.
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Old 09-21-2012, 05:52 AM
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I think the MP3 player is all but dead. With hard drives getting bigger and cheaper we will start to see more HiRez Flac and WAV players.
Why would anyone need or want to listen to an MP3 file in 2012?
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:14 AM
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Because they've done the needed testing to know they can't hear the difference between perceptually encoded files and lossless.
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Old 09-21-2012, 06:41 AM
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I just load up flac files to my Clip+ and to my phone - i can't be bothered converting and space is no issue.
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:13 AM
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Each person should use the files that suits them best. If someone prefers to use FLAC for whatever reason they don't need to justify that to anyone.

The same goes for using perceptually encoded files. If someone tries to tell anyone else there's something wrong with their choice of files because they think the files they choose to use is better, they're weak on the idea of what happens here.
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:20 AM
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Hard drives in mp3 players? I'll pass. This is 2012. Flash memory is much more rugged than hard drives. What is disappointing though is that we don't yet have mp3 players with multiple memory card slots.
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:28 AM
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What is disappointing though is that we don't yet have mp3 players with multiple memory card slots.
Probably because there is no demand?
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:25 AM
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Probably because there is no demand?
And because one could buy a 64GB microSD card for a fairly good price,and we know bigger sizes are coming in the near future,therefore the need for more than one card slot isn't high for alot of buyers.
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:27 AM
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And because one could buy a 64GB microSD card ...
Although dual 64GB cards or even dual 128GB cards would be killer
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Old 09-21-2012, 12:26 PM
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Get a used cell phone with AMOLED screens for cheap from pawn shops, etc. One can find great deals (at or near new player prices) and have more features, innovation and power than a dedicated player. Certain phones have HUGE development communities in XDA.
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Old 09-21-2012, 02:58 PM
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Get a used cell phone with AMOLED screens for cheap from pawn shops, etc.
The only thing cheap in a pawn shop is the owner.
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Old 09-22-2012, 05:04 AM
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the only thing cheap in a pawn shop is the owner.
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Old 09-22-2012, 05:13 PM
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I don't see MP3 players disappearing,I have mine next to me and it didn't vanish yet lol
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Old 09-22-2012, 06:48 PM
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The only thing cheap in a pawn shop is the owner.
(and the new owner of a Motorola RAZR Maxx)
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(and the new owner of a Motorola RAZR Maxx)
Oh!!! Damn, how much you pay for it???
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Old 09-25-2012, 08:42 AM
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There are definitely way more alternatives to dedicated MP3 player/DAPs, but I can't see them going away completely. I very seldom use my Android phone for media, the battery life sucks enough as it is. I do prefer my Nexus 7 for listening at my desk, or when I'm sitting around; but I'll take one of my Clip+ anytime I'm listening on the move. The Clip line is a sweet spot, it's cheap, good SQ and so portable. I do see people running with phone-sized devices, but I'll take an unobtrusive Clip any day.

I have to think that a market will remain for PMPs as well. My kids are saving for iPod touches, because they want the apps and games. They love the Fuze and Sony S-544 they have, but they want the games. A dedicated wifi enabled PMP, iPod or Android, saves a fortune on carrier costs and has the functionality.
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:10 AM
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There are definitely way more alternatives to dedicated MP3 player/DAPs, but I can't see them going away completely. I very seldom use my Android phone for media, the battery life sucks enough as it is. I do prefer my Nexus 7 for listening at my desk, or when I'm sitting around; but I'll take one of my Clip+ anytime I'm listening on the move. The Clip line is a sweet spot, it's cheap, good SQ and so portable. I do see people running with phone-sized devices, but I'll take an unobtrusive Clip any day.

I have to think that a market will remain for PMPs as well. My kids are saving for iPod touches, because they want the apps and games. They love the Fuze and Sony S-544 they have, but they want the games. A dedicated wifi enabled PMP, iPod or Android, saves a fortune on carrier costs and has the functionality.
straight talk ftw. $5 more than just voice per month and you get data. switching over just ordered the sim card. That being said i have 2 extra batteries in my wallet and would rather not waste my phones battery for music. that and the sound isn't as good/loud
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:16 AM
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What phone do you have? I've heard some decent sounding smart phones that would match up against just about any DAP on the market.

I've come across a number of dumb phones that play music but do it poorly. Low volume and background noises like hissing, even with full size cans, is fairly common in my experience with those.

The smartphones I've heard have sounded pretty good. I haven't heard that many. The iphone and a few Samsungs, but they all sounded nice enough that I'd consider them as a DAP replacement.

My old dumb phone is on it's last legs and getting one comparable would run about $50. I'm seeing one of the models of Samsung phones that sounded good to me unlocked for around $130. It's last years model but still has a decent feature set. I'm looking real hard at going route that instead of a dedicated PMP. Being able to access Wifi and the 'Net makes going that way seem to make more economic sense than a music only player or basic phone.

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