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I'm looking for a portable media player, but I need lots of space. I was thinking the iPod Classic 160gb, but it is (like all apple products) pricey and would require me purchasing it used.

Can you give me any other suggestions of portable media players with around the same amount of space?

Also, it needs to have the capability of becoming a transport. In that, I mean that I would like to be able to bypass the internal DAC and use an external one. I know the iPad can do this, and by getting a product like the Onkyo ND-S1, I can do that with a regular ipod.

Anyways, if you can shoot me some recommendations that'd be great. Is the iPod classic the best option?
    
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I haven't used one personally (had a Zune HD though) there is the Zune line: http://www.zune.net/en-us/products/m...rs/default.htm
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I don't believe you can bypass the internal DAC with a zune. Also, it doesn't have the storage capabilities to rival the 160gb classic. If I wanted a zune 120gb, I might as well just buy the ipod classic 120gb.
For my requirements, there doesn't really seem to be a difference between the two.
    
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I would take a good look at Cowon products they have great media players.
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I would take a good look at Cowon products they have great media players.
Indeed I had looked at those.. however the only reason I am getting a portable media player is so I can have a bedside rig. It isn't portable per say, its just not a desktop setup because I would like to be able to control what I'm listening while lying in bed.
As such, I'd like to be able to bypass the internal dac and amp of my portable player, since its not really being used portably, and use my external desktop components.

So I thought I would get the iPod classic because its got tons of storage space, and then I can buy a transport in order to bypass the internal components. I am fully aware of the consumerist mentallity that comes with buying apple products, I happen to despise it myself.

As for needing the 160gb of storage.. obviously I'm not going to listen to all that in one minute, its just that I find that I go through phases every month where I switch between genres that I mainly listen to. As such, I like having my full library at hand, so I can listen to whatever I want when the mood takes me (as it often does).

Therefor, I'm not sure how wise it would be to buy a Cowon X7. I end up having to spend considerably more than the classic 160gb, and I'm still stuck with internal components. Sure, they'll be better than the iPod's internal components but it doesn't really matter since they still can't beat my external ones. I'll acknowledge that the features of the Cowon X7 really are quite amazing, and they totally beat those of the iPod, its just that I really don't need those features.

Its looking like I might pull the plug on the ipod unless someone can convince me otherwise
    
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If you have the money, a 120-160gb ipod/zune might be the way to go. It sure is expensive but you dont want to end up wanting to upgrade from a cheaper media player. I have a 120gb with over 5,000 songs on it. I still have 30-40gb left of space too. It's nice being able to play any song you want at any time (in lossless too).
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post #7 of 11

I love my Tonium Pacemaker.


160gb hard drive. It can also work just like a regular mp3 player.
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post #8 of 11
THE PACEMAKER
have it
use it
Love it
Get it no joke you wont be dissapointed plus its cooler then an ipod and zune and anyother gadget out there
spend the money on this you wont be dissapointed
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I got the iPod classic a couple months ago... By far one of the best PMP's I have ever used. I would definitely say it is the best option. However, how big is your music collection? Will you need all the space? Like I have ~120GB used on mine... I am just saying because if you don't need the space, go for something smaller. The classic is really designed for people with massive music collections.
     
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post #10 of 11
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I went ahead with the ipod classic 160gb. I have a very large library, but more importantly it is expanding exponentially. Also, I like having my entire library at my fingertips wherever I am, for whenever the mood strikes me
    
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