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followup on iPod post

See, I told you I knew nothing about these things!

I guess portability is not all that important to me. While I would like to be able to listen to anything I want, say, while I drive, I'm usually content with the radio … and it's not as if I'm going to be driving in England anyway. And while I would like to listen to my music at work, I may not find a job that allows me that luxury.

So, now I'm thinking that, instead of an iPod or any of the other digital music players out there, I might be better off purchasing an external hard drive for my laptop (something I would bring with me to London) or for my server (which would remain here and I would connect to over the internet). This would allow me to record my music in a higher quality format than mp3 and still get everything stored. And there is plenty of software out there that would help me manage my music, if I decide to do such a thing.

Your thoughts?


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Dec. 5th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
The DMC XCLEF is an external drive. With a radio tuner and a recorder, and the ability to be used like an iPod in the car with one of those Tuner attachments.

Otherwise, it just hooks into your computer like a regular old external drive and you can store any kind of files on it.

See the beauty, here?!
Dec. 5th, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC)
However, (1) it's currently out of stock at the website you listed, (2) it only holds 100G, which may not be enough using a different form of audio compression, and (3) it only supports a limited number of formats. Mp3 format is fine for maybe a little more than a third of my collection, but it really is inadequate for serious classical music. And even if I could fit my collection in the best compression format onto 100G, it would leave no room for expansion.

It's not a bad little device, though, judging from the three reviews I read online. It's just not exactly what I'm looking for.
Dec. 5th, 2005 10:17 pm (UTC)
if you're going for an external (USB or Firewire) drive, spend the extra money for one that can get it's power over the interface, rather than requiring an external power adapter. the convenience will be worth it.

(although, if you want true portability.. when walking, exercising, commuting via public transportation, driving.. get an iPod.)
Dec. 5th, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)
I've personally found LaCie's external HDs to be AWESOME. The one I currently have is a 160 GB FireWire 400 one. I know they have ones that are like... 250 GB at this point; course, I got mine a couple of years ago. $160 for 160 GB was a good deal, especially for an external.


That is their site for HDs. FireWire 400 and USB 2.0 are similar enough in speed that you could probably do either of them, depending upon what kind of computer you have.

I've been using their external drives for about... 10 years at this point. Maybe even longer (can you say, external 1200 KB HD? hah.). They make a great product.
Dec. 6th, 2005 10:11 am (UTC)
Couple of thoughts right off the bat. First, what you probably want is a combination of a portable music player and a large amount of storage. You do not want to be hauling your laptop around when you want to listen to your music. So, get a portable music player with a moderate amount of storage and a large external drive.

Remember that for London all your appliances will be useless so you will have to ensure that you have adapters that are either dual voltage or get new adapters here in London.

I am not convinced that getting a drive that takes its power from the USB or Firewire port is a great idea. What this does is ensure that you can't have more than one powered USB item on your computer at any one time. If the voltage capacity of the hub is exceeded, things will not work right. I've had that problem here and have had to use the front USB port of the computer (a pain to get to as it's on the floor) rather than the ports in the monitor.
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