Thursday, May 19, 2011

MP3 Player Upgrade

I've been aware for some time now that my first MP3 player, the Philips GoGEAR Vibe was much too small in terms of storage space. 4 GBs may seem like a lot but for someone that has a super extensive selection of music,  4GBs just wasn't going to cut it. There was also the issue with some skipping on songs. For a while, the skips on happened with certain songs but it worsened as I made new playlists. It got to a point where songs that normal wouldn't skip had multiple skips in them, which, understandably made enjoy my music that much more difficult.

Since I've been working for about a month now, I've been able to afford stuff again (which is oh so nice) and a top priority for me was replacing my old MP3 player with a superior model. After doing some browsing in Best Buy, I was disheartened that the prices for even 32 GB MP3 Players and 16GB iPods were rather steep. Even with what I make now, $230 and up is a lot to pay for a portable music player. That's like video game console money right there. I had just about given up when an employee recommended the SanDisk sansa fuze + 8GB MP3 Player.

Now I usually prefer to do some research on something before I buy. Nevertheless, I picked up the sansa fuze + without doing any reading up on the device. On top of that, I'd never even heard of this particular MP3 Player until I went in the store that day. Though I've used some of SanDisk's products before and I'm quite pleased with how well they've worked, I was still a tad apprehensive about the sansa fuze. For starters, it cost more than the GoGEAR Vibe did, but offering more storage space, that's to be expected, but it wasn't as much as the more costly players. What sold me on buying it was that the sansa fuze + storage space could be expanded with the microSD card. I picked up the 16 GB micro SD card for a whopping total of 24 GBs of storage space.

The sansa fuze + is about twice the size of the GoGEAR Vibe, which kinda sucks because I adored the small size of that thing. It also uses touch on the bottom half as opposed to more full on buttons, which took some getting used to. I had some trouble navigating the menus and picking my music due in part to the shuffle being turned on and not knowing what took me where. Of course now I can use the thing without any problems.

I have to say, I REALLY dig this thing. The touch buttons rock and the amount of space on this baby is awesome. Unfortunately, there are a few nitpicks. The touch buttons, awesome as they are are pretty sensitive. If you want to listen to a song or hear a playlist without accidentally skipping to another song or going to another menu, you pretty much have to set the thing on lock. It can also take a while to load up after adding more content to it. After the the almost non-existence loading I had on the GoGEAR Vibe, I'm not sure if I'll ever get used to it. It's almost as bad as putting up with loading on games. But, the good overtakes very little bad, so it's really hard to keep griping about such things.

So what became of the GoGEAR Vibe? Well, I know I said I'd hang on to it for sentimental value, but my mom was thinking about getting herself and MP3 player and the thought did cross my mind to give her my old one. 4 GBs of space is more than enough for her and she's had very little problems with songs skipping. I told her that if she ever encountered any trouble I'd just get her a new MP3 player. I feel kinda bad that I only used my first MP3 Player for about 5 months, but I really needed something with more space and my first player served me well. Besides, it seems fitting that my mom should get my first MP3 player since she bought it for me in the first place.

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