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So I am hoping this is the right section for this, so here it goes.

I bought an Achos 43 for an mp3 player last year and the screen broke. Archos wants 200 dollars to fix it and considering I spent $190 on it, that isn't happening. Anyway, I work in a machine shop for the better portion of my engineering internship so I need to drown out the noise of the machines around me. I just want a no nonsense, good quality mp3 player. Preferably one that doesn't have a touch screen, I can't imagine coolant and a touch screen mixing well. Budget really isn't an issue but I really wouldn't like to spend anymore than $250, I figure that gives me a healthy range of options. I most definitely don't want a sandisk mp3 player, by the way. I just don't like their feel, all the ones I have used feel like cheap plastic. Granted in my situation that may not be a bad thing.

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As much as I'd hate to say it (I have a pretty big hatred for Apple), the iPod Classics are tanks. I've literally thrown mine onto concrete by accident while jogging several times and it's still fine. My guess is that in total it's been dropped or thrown over 4ft about 20 times and it's still alive and kickin'! However, there are some problems with it. The middle click and play/pause buttons take a lot of effort to push down before they actually activate and sometimes the pause activates without even being pushed! I'm sure this would be an easy fix if I felt like opening the device up, but I don't want to risk anything. Apple is one of those companies that likes their products closed forever. Either way, after all it's been through, I'd say it's pretty impressive that it's not dead all together. This is literally the only Apple product I'd ever recommend to anybody.
    
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As much as I'd hate to say it (I have a pretty big hatred for Apple), the iPod Classics are tanks. I've literally thrown mine onto concrete by accident while jogging several times and it's still fine. My guess is that in total it's been dropped or thrown over 4ft about 20 times and it's still alive and kickin'! However, there are some problems with it. The middle click and play/pause buttons take a lot of effort to push down before they actually activate and sometimes the pause activates without even being pushed! I'm sure this would be an easy fix if I felt like opening the device up, but I don't want to risk anything. Apple is one of those companies that likes their products closed forever. Either way, after all it's been through, I'd say it's pretty impressive that it's not dead all together. This is literally the only Apple product I'd ever recommend to anybody.
I agree, the Apple ipods are seriously industrial. I have a 1st gen iPod touch still kicking somehow after several hundreds of hours of playing basketball with earbuds in and heavy usage. I hate their products, but man they can sure make an mp3 player
    
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+1 apple ipod classic. my cousin still has her first gen 20gb (the one that can't display color). or, if you're an apple hater, you can buy a creative zen or microsoft zune and "yotank" them. http://www.yotank.com/products.html
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