Product Type: Philips MP3 players
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I think that I finally found a good alternative to the IPOD dominance
Philips GoGear Mix SA2MXX04KA 4 GB
Member Name: Bullydc1
Philips GoGear Mix SA2MXX04KA 4 GB
Advantages: Cheap, good quality, easy to manage, doesnt require becoming an Apple slave
Disadvantages: Feels a little to light and clunky, stopped working momentarily but sorted
So years ago my first MP3 players were those great little Creative Zens that people had, I say playwers because after 18 months my first one crashed, losing 1600 songs, no reason for that....then I bought a newer, smaller one, that crashed after 6 months, no reason, 600 songs lost...annoying. Then I decided to join the IPOD crew...see my review a long way back called 'if you cant beat em, join em' - and after 5 years and three more IPODs , all of them through water damage and my last through, I suspect old life...it was nearly 5 years old- have slowly dwindled away and died. This was especially annoying as I was in La Paz at the time and had to find a new one quick.
So I went to a market and saw this, in Bolivia you can get stung buying cheap makes from Uzbekistan or cheap chinese knock off`s of Sony`s etc...so I went for this player because it was reassuringly expensive by Bolivian standards and a brand I could trust.
The first thing that struck me was how light it was , only about 50 grams compared to the hefty heavy Ipod`s that was quite nice that I could have it in my coat pocket and not even know it was there. But with this came the feeling that as I pressed the buttons on the 4 way control panel, they felt, and still feel a little clunky and cheap...but after 4 months, so far they work fine. The other thing I really liked was the cost, I bought it for £28 for a 4GB (it may be slightly more at home, I think its £35 on Amazon) and that is far cheaper then any IPOD.
Controlling and ripping songs is easier too- I can use any MP3 file from the net, not just WMA files exclusive to bloody apple...and this means that I have a greater range of sources to get my music from. Secondly, it means I can play the music on my car stereo which has a input for MP3 files, I was annoyed because at the time I bought my car radio I didnt know IPOD`s only used WMA files and I put the bugger in only to then find out that Apple exclusivity stopped me from using this function...well no more.
Its easier to rip songs too you can simply drag and drop files either using Philips Songbird (their version of Itunes) or you can do it simply on your 'File' management screen on your computer - either way...you dont have to wait for Itunes to A) Load up, B), Update with google chrome and Navigator and adobe reader and alsorts, and C) keep waiting for music to download and play because Itunes is more busy running script adverts for Wileys new song which I couldent give two lumps of poo about.
The battery power is lacking I have to admit and it does seem to only be able to run properly for about 0% of the time of an IPOD and this I think is due to the fact that the screen stays on 15 seconds at the least after you select something, rather then just 2 seconds on the IPOD...this canes the battery life.
Also, after two weeks of starting to put the music back on - HORROR - it froze and would refuse to get off of the loading up screen- I panicked, but after some internet research I found Philips own website resource great and downladed two different programs which both helped me to unfreeze the bugger and then to manage the inventory well- they were free, and easy to download...after some quick proceedures they sorted out problems. This was something I think would be harder to sort out with the apple and thier website is so hard to navigate and find things out on. Well my IPOD just stopped working, I couldnt even turn it on to then sort it out...so there you go.
And another thing...I forgot my apple log in...and when I have emailed them to get my log in details sent to me, it doesnt work for some reason and so I cant get back onto my old IPOD library and the 300 songs I had bought on it.....I fear that I have lost the ability to use them now...even if I do buy another IPOD to get them back....this whole APPLE world is unnecessary as I would not have this problem with the Philips as all the songs are now backed up as simple files on MY PC,not Apple ITUNES which I can get onto, it has to stop and for me this is the first step.
Summary: No more shall I be a slave to Apple- I AM SPARTICUS
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