Ok, so I've been lusting after the iRiver MP3 player. Other then a 20 gig MP3 player, it also records. It has both line-in/out AND optical in/out, which is a first for MP3 players.
But JUST TODAY Apple announced that iTunes will work with Windows and DUN DUN DUN... they are going to start selling a memory card reader to store images from a digital camera to the iPod!
Waaaah! This way I wouldn't have to take my laptop along to conventions and stuff. I could just save the pictures I've taken onto an iPod. I always think I'm gonna get online with it too, but that never happens since there's so much to do. :)
The only thing is that the media reader is $99... ugh... ok, I gotta think about this...
MP3 player with recording capablity and an LCD remote, or iPod with a butt-load of accessories and now iTunes...
|iRiver IHP-120||Apple iPod 20gig||Notes|
|Battery Life:||16 hours||8 hours||The iRiver has twice the battery life.|
|Language Support:||Full i18n support using different language encodings||Unicode support||With the iRiver I have to change language encodings so I wouldn't be able to view Japanese and then Chinese at the same time. With the iPod's Unicode support I can view both at the same time. But I'd have to change all my Chinese ID3 tags from BIG5 to Unicode.|
|Audio Support:||MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA||MP3, ACC, Audible, WAV||I'd never use WMA (Windows Media Audio) and probably not OGG, but Audible support would be nice. I've used them before to listen to Car Talk and have bought a few audio books online.</a>|
|Wired Remote:||LCD remote||Remote with basic controls||The iRiver remote is great, I can control the entire device without ever touching the main unit. (I have an iRiver MP3/CD player). One of the primary reasons I picked the iRiver over the iPod at the time. The iPod has a basic remote for play/stop, FF, RW and volume control.|
|Recording:||Recording to WAV or MP3||Voice recording (w/ optional accessory)||Big advantage of the iRiver, it can record from line in or optical in and has a built in mic for voice recording.|
|Input/Output||Standard Line-In/Line-Out, Optical-In/Optical-Out||Standard Line-Out via Dock|
|Computer Interface:||USB 1.1/2.0||Firewire (IEEE 1394) and USB 1.1/2.0 (with optional cable)|
|Accessories of Note||None||Car Adaptor
|Another one of iPod's strengths is that it has so many accessories. The car adapater is nice in that it will charge the iPod and provide a powered line-out. The Media Reader of course would let me do photo dumps during conventions and the battery pack is a good way to have back up power on long trips. The iRiver is from a smaller company and of course is brand new, so there aren't many accessories. Of course, it also doesn't need many of them (ie. super long battery life and can record).|