01-13-2010 02:20 PM
01-26-2010 09:39 PM
I agree that for normal use the larger capacity mp3 players that I can just plug into the wall or pc are much better, however I'm about to deploy for Haiti next week and am looking for a battery operated mp3 player that I can buy to bring with me. I really don't care about a sleek design and just want something that I can use to listen to music while i'm there. Since I will be in an environment where there really is no power, except for our own generators (which isn't to be used for charging personal electronics) it really would be much easier to bring extra batteries, and not have to worry about the internal battery going dead after 12-15 hrs. I will be there for 2 weeks so something that only gives me 12-15 hrs there is not even worth bringing there if I can't charge it afterwords.
01-27-2010 06:27 PM
There are battery pack devices that take 4 AA batteries and charge usb devices from them. If you decide to get one, make sure it has a voltage regulator. I have the Tekkeon mp1550 ($20) which works well with nimh rechargeables. I think using alkalines in such a device though might not be that efficient, and perhaps a bit more than half the power will be wasted as heat. You could pre charge several sets of 2900 mah nimh batteries in a one hour charger, or buy some Sanyo Eneloop or Duracell precharged 2000-2100 mah low discharge rate nimh batteries.
There are usb crank chargers, and usb solar chargers, however I have not tried those. Another option is to buy a large capacity lion battery pack.
02-01-2010 06:01 AM
Oddly, though the web site is "anything but ipod," the author of that article owns 2.
AFAIK Ipod was the first mp3 player with sealed batteries so lead the way for this type of design.
02-01-2010 06:47 AM
True. I even remember the 'outrage' voiced by people over this. You could send the player in and Apple would replace the battery (or give you a complete re-furbed unit), but you couldn't replace it yourself.
Nonetheless . . . it didn't slow down their sales any. The fact that the Pod is #1 in the market year after year implies that the majority of people want smaller, thinner devices and don't really care that much about battery life, whether the battery is standard or even replaceable at all. They just want their tunes . . . at any price.
02-01-2010 07:11 AM - edited 02-01-2010 07:13 AM
It shows that they wanted *something* that ipod offered. Size was more due to the 1.8 inch hard drive (Apple had exclusive access to this for a significant time) than sealed batteries. I see that the Nexus phone is thinner than iphone even though it's battery is swappable, so it CAN be done!
Another big factor for Ipod was being the only player that worked with Itunes, and Itunes was the only (legal) source for downloadable mainstream music.
edit: The biggest common factor of people on both this forum and anythingbutipod is that most of us chose something else, so every decision made by apple is not right for everyone.
Message Edited by donp on 02-01-2010 10:13 AM
02-01-2010 07:25 AM
"Nonetheless . . . it didn't slow down their sales any. The fact that the Pod is #1 in the market year after year implies that the majority of people want smaller, thinner devices and don't really care that much about battery life, whether the battery is standard or even replaceable at all. They just want their tunes . . . at any price. "
It shows that many people are foolish, and don't think about the longer term. Think about how many people buy a printer without finding out which ink or toner cartridge it takes, and what the cost per page for ink or toner is.
02-01-2010 09:34 AM
02-03-2010 06:23 AM
Still can't charge anything when in an electricity free part of the world -- and there are a lot of them! A single AAA is light,lasts for ages,and is easy to carry into (and carry out again if used) any part of the world that has neither available power or suitable waste disposal systems.
No one is saying all MP3s need to be operate with disposable batteries but there is certainly a niche requirement and it could probably stand a certain surcharge on purchase. For me just something to deal with music -- no bells and whistles, just reliable, functional and a wee bit sturdy!