Originally Posted by flentge
Hi all, I am looking for an mp3 player for just music. I do not have an mp3 player now, so this is all new to me. Here is what I am looking for in the player. There will be no video or anything else, just music. I am looking for a lot of storage. 99% of what will be going on it will be downloaded live concerts in some kind of lossless format. I am now running Windows Vista so it should be compatible with that. Also, something easy to use.
Two major questions.....
What kind of lossless format?
Are you planing on using this with accessories such as receiver or car stereo docks?
The large capacity players now are Ipod Classic, Zune 120, Archos, and Cowon. I'm not aware of any others. They all do lossless files, although both Apple and Microsoft support their own proprietary formats(Apple Lossless and WMA Lossless). Archos and Cowon generally support FLAC. I know Ipods can also do AIFF and WAV.
With the Archos and Cowon you get a better variety of file type supported, but they are bigger with big screen and are in many ways more video than audio devices. The Zune and iPod are smaller and have more accessories.
After much debate, i decided to get the large capacity ipod 160gb(which is no longer made), mainly because of the accessory options. have my music library ripped in Apple Lossless and have been very happy with the sound quality.