As a firm believer that iPod freaks are…well…freaks, I’m so very glad I stumbled onto a site called Anything but iPod.
Now don’t get me wrong – I’ve owned a first-generation iPod Shuffle (gave it away) and have looked at the 80gb iPod with video and such, but when it comes down to it there are some problems I have with the iPod in general:
- you basically have to use iTunes to use it, and I don’t like iTunes because:
- the way it handles album folders is crap, I like my own way to do it
- AAC-formatted doesn’t play on most other devices
- iPods won’t sync on more than one computer
- DRM is rife on it, and I don’t like DRM
- you can’t replace the battery on your own unless you want to void your warranty and take up soldering (which I wouldn’t mind doing but 99% of iPod owners won’t do this)
- you have to replace the battery about once a year
- those stupid proprietary plugs, so you can’t charge an iPod with anything but an iPod charging cord
- no radio included, and EVERY other MP3 player out there includes an FM radio
- and possibly most of all, everyone and their freakin’ mother (literally) has an iPod. I actually know a guy who bought the current top of the line 80gb iPod just because ‘there’s no other choices’
So I’m glad I have a Creative Zen Micro, old school, without color screen and with a 4gb hard drive. I’d like to upgrade it but really, it does the job for me and I don’t need something to show off pictures, because my N95 does the job for that. Bigger screen, and it can take the pictures and play music as well. In fact, if I don’t want to take my Zen with me I just listen to music on my phone – I put in a 2gb Micro SD card and can fit it with a 4gb card if I wanted.
First thing I did on the Anthtingbutipod.com site? Click the link on the right for the Zen. First post I looked at? How to upgrade the micro hard drive to a 16gb Compact Flash (CF) card.
Step-by-step instructions, with pictures, parts lists and firmware file links. Can’t beat it!
Looks like I have another project to put on my ‘to-do’ list.