I have been using an 8GB Sandisk Sansa for my mobile media needs…that is up until last night. I traded a new graphics tablet I bought at a CompUSA closeout for a 4GB IPOD nano with video. At first I was going to give it to Liz, but after tinkering with it for a while I decided to keep the IPOD and give her the Sansa. There are several reasons for this..
1. She won’t use the IPOD to its fullest extent (I will)
2. The Sansa has more storage space so she can put more photos on it and use it for client demos for her photography clients
3. I already have accessories she would need such as the carry case with clip so that she can take it with her more easily.
4. I would use the video playback more than she would.
So it worked out great for us both, she got a device she can use to store her favorite music, use in her photography business and its easily portable and easy to use. Plus the Sansa has a built in FM radio so she can listen out and about.
So now I have to convert all my WMA files to mp3, since some of them were DRM protected, I have to obtain the non-DRM protected versions so that I can import them into my itunes library. I use both Rhapsody and Itunes now, I think Rhapsody has a nicer interface, but itunes is definately easier to get podcasts and audiobooks, etc.
I have never been willing to spend a large sum of money to purchase a mobile MP3 player such as the IPOD or similar. But this past week I found a great deal on TigerDirect for a Sandisk Sansa 8GB player. My gracious wife made no objections to me getting it, so I happily placed the order. It arrived on my doorstep on Saturday afternoon in the mail, and I began goign through the options and setup. I can play video, music, photo slideshows, FM radio and even use it as a voice recorder. It works with Rhapsody which has recently become my favorite online music source. I like ITunes too, but I find I use it more for podcast subscriptions than music, only because I don’t have an IPOD so its not as useful for me. I spent a few hours this weekend searching for and adding new music to my new player. I know I am years behind and people have been doing this for quite a while, but having a mobile music player and being able to sync playlists and media and take them with me anywhere, is really cool!
Today (in an attempt to cultivate interest in podcastig) I got Sarah and Abby setup with a headset and mic. They walked away from me and started talking. I thought the recordings were cute so I decided to encode them as MP3s and make them available on my blog. I hope to do some podcasting with them in a little more focused discussion! For now, its just pure fun.
P.S. as I boarded my flight there were two ladies in the aisle seats next to my window seat. As I approached and asked if I could slip in there, they said it would be easier to just scoot over, so I lost my window seat to two very loud women who never stopped talking for one second the whole flight. I got bumped with elbows and flying hands as they elaborately spoke to each other with such great animation. Fortunately I had my MP3 player and made good use of it. Its an almost 3 hour flight back. I had a nice flight back even considering I didn’t get my window seat. I got home at about 9:15, but took a while to get to the economy parking garage so I could get out of there. I was on my way home when I hit a lot of traffic due to a single lane on 275N due to construction. I got home at around 10:30. It was great to get home. I miss my family when I’m away.