Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Electronic Gadget Advice

We're always so far behind the main stream when it comes to modern technology. Our cell phones are the pre-paid kind (my husband was the only attorney we knew without a cell, so after five years practicing we finally caved in!), we acquired our first printer just last year, our stereo system is...oh...more than 20 years old, and we don't have a television. So, I need your help....on iPods. I'm thinking of purchasing one to hook up to speakers and replace our old stereo, making the change over to digital music.

Do you have one? Which model did you buy, and do you like it? Why do you like it? And do you use it for purposes other than exercise? Would you recommend one for replacing a home stereo system?

Sell me. Please. :)

18 comments:

barbie said...

sorry I can't help, we aren't much better! :) we still have an old savard sound system, with a tape deck and turntable!

Grace in my Heart said...

I-pods are great and I definitely recommend getting one! When you go to the store you basically have two choices: color- white or black and then how much memory you want. The more memory an i-pod has, the more expensive, but it also holds more songs. I got a white/mid-priced one and it has been fabulous. I think i-pods are really cost-effective because you just purchase the songs you want for 99 cents each rather than having to buy a whole CD. I only use mine for exercise (I got one of the arm bands). There are some nice speakers it looks like you can hook it up to so I'd love to hear any recommendations on those! Good luck!

Mary said...

OK, I have a disclaimer. We are a MAC family. We love them. My husbands first computer at the Naval Academy was a MAC and that was all it took. Each of us has an IPOD, given as a Christmas gift last year. My teenagers have Nanos(in green and black), I have the largest white one and my husband has an IPHONE. My son and I both have a set of speakers. He got one set as a graudation gift to take to college. Mine was part of Christmas. I love having everything in one place. I have put all the CD's we own inlcuding books on tape on my IPOD. I sold the CD's at the used book store to remove the clutter. My handicapped daughter and I listen to the classics or a great mystery in the afternoon during her 'rest' time and my sewing time. We also have the scriptural rosary loaded and the sung Divine Mercy chaplet on there. Now no books are required when we pray. I have a device for my car so we can listen to it when we go on road trips. I also use my daughters to exersise with since it's lighter than mine. They are really easy to use and load. I am not so good with technology, but I can handle the IPOD. I have found them to be a great addition to out home. The sales people at the APPLE store are incredibly helpful. I am sure they can answer any questions you have.
Good Luck!

Fe said...

I'm from another Mac family:-)

My husband has long had iPods of various sorts (some are work related, though:-) ).
Just recently, he's cleared one of them off and we've loaded it with a collection of playlists for various purposes, including a lot of stories, and I have it set up with speakers for the children's quiet time (Puggle is too old to _always_ sleep, but not yet a sufficiently independent reader to read for long). We also have the radio attachment to allow us to listen in the car—a _real_ boon for long trips! I'd say if you got decent speakers, it would be a great alternative for a home stereo.
As to which one? Definitely one with a screen (which basically only rules out the shuffle), because it makes managing things easier, and other than that, just the largest memory you can justify:-).

K said...

I have a blue nano and love it! I only listen to podcasts, no music. I download through itunes podcasts from EWTN and Catholic Answers Live. I listen to it while on the highway long distances and while doing dishes/laundry around the house. You can subscribe to EWTN and CAL for free if you download itunes from the internet which is also free. EWTN also has it's daily Mass readings and homily they put out everyday. So so neat!

talklesssaymore said...

Call me old fashioned but I hate Ipods. I hate the feeling that unless I back up my music it's all on a computer, and computers fail. Also, I hate using up all that computer memory space on music. I got one years ago and it was a waste of money since I never use it.

Blair said...

We're way behind too, with no TV, old cell phones, etc. But my hubby did get me an iPod about a year ago. I think it's a "Classic".

We put all our CDs on it and have invested in some other good music off iTunes. It's so easy to order songs! We got a little stereo dock at Christmas time (I think it was $60-70 at Target), and now it's mostly used to listen to music in the house and for the girls to dance around and do ballet shows! I also got a car converter so we listen to it in the car sometimes (although I'm a little paranoid about it getting stolen out of the car).

I think it's been a good purchase, even though I was very unsure about it in the beginning! We've also become a Mac family with an iMac computer. I'm very impressed with Apple products so far.

Beth said...

I LOVE my ipod. I have an FM transmitter that allows me to listen to it in the car. You can make playlists for the kids, for exercise, etc. I mostly use mine in the car and when I'm mowing the lawn. Don't get a whole lot of exercise these days haha!

Also, there are a lot of podcasts you can download. Like our priests record their homilies so I get to listen to the other priests homilies that I didn't get that week! Also our church does a lot of talks and podcasts those too. It's not just for music. I just have an ipod mini, but I'd like to upgrade sometime soon.

Aniki said...

My eldest daughter recently bought herself an iPod Touch and unfortunately for her, our entire family clamors for it. Not only can it hold oodles of songs, there are free "apps" she can download that make it even more entertaining...the challenging brain games are great fun on a long car drive. Since we all enjoy her hard earned purchase, I bought her a small iPod docking station from the Apple store that she can place it on and it plays the music through speakers. It's small, so it can be taken to any room in the house and it has great sound. Good luck! Nikki

Alishia said...

If you can see yourself spending the time to put all your music on the iPod then it's a great way to replace a stereo system. We have an iPod touch and use it with a Bose docking station and it's the greatest. But like I said, there is a time committment to getting all your music on it unless you already have a lot fo your music on your computer. Then it's a matter of syncing it and making play lists and all that. But if you can use all those power tools so well, you're more than capable to wield the power of the Pod:)

kathy said...

My in-laws got us an iPod touch for Christmas last year, and I just recently bought another iPod from eBay for myself. It does take a long time to get all of your music from CDs onto the computer (at least if you have a fair number of CDs), but it also makes it easy to have a set list of music for different tasks (for example, if you want to have a 15 minute cleaning playlist, you can choose your favorite songs, and then just play it for that). My husband had a relatively nice stereo system that already had a place for an auxiliary input cable, so we just use that (which I actually like better than the stereos developed particularly for the iPod).

Because I have one that can play video, I "rented" a movie for two cross-country flights last week. The iPod took up a lot less space than my laptop, though the screen was a little small....

jana_alanda said...

I have an Ipod nano that I received for my birthday. I love it because I work in an office without a radio signal. Rather than listen to music I download my favorite programs from Catholic and EWTN radio. Like, Catholic Connection for the news, Catholic Answers for appologetics, EWTN Live for great guest speakers, and Threshold of Hope for instruction on encyclicals. EWTN has a vast array of programs they've recorded and your local Catholic radio station should have podcasts you can download. Good luck.

jana_alanda said...

I forgot to let you know that you can also get books on cd from your library and download them onto your ipod. It's wonderful for catching up on reading and when you might have a long drive ahead of you.

Caroline said...

We have an old Ipod with a Bose speaker. I love having all of our music on computer. It eliminates all of the "CD clutter". (Our CDs are pretty much packed away for backup purposes only.) It's so easy to create your own playlists - as long or as short as you like. It's like the radio, but with no commercials and only songs you want to hear. I have several playlists for my daughters. While I use ours for exercise, the primary thing I love is all of the spontaneous dance parties I've had with my daughters because the music was playing and a favorite song came on. Since it's basically a big block of memory, I do know people who have loaded games and movies onto theirs for trips, but we've never tried that.

Kristen said...

Thanks everyone! I'm sold! :)

Ken Wills said...

I hope I am not too late with my response. I have an iPod and love it. There might be another alternative if 1) you only want it for music in you house and 2) you keep your computer on all the time and 3) your computer is near your home stereo system. You can down load iTunes for free from Apple. Load you music into iTunes and play it from your computer.

Carrie said...

Be sure to check out MP3 players. They are cheaper than ipods, but are much less money. ANd, you do not have to have itunes. They range in in price based on how much storage you want (how much music you have). I have a 30 gb one that is great, but they come in all sizes and shapes. Check out www.newegg.com they have excellent customer service and great prices.

Michelle said...

My husband bought me my first iPod for my birthday in April. He bought me the Touch and I loved it. I checked my email using wi-fi at the hotel last week, I had all my pictures with me, and tons and tons of music and podcasts. The best was the Kindle application (free) which enabled me to purchase books through Amazon (some were free). My son was happily reading The Hobbit any chance he could.

And then something happened. It wouldn't turn on. Sent it in, and just got an email this morning informing me that they determined it was mishandled in some way and therefore repairs were not covered. I'd like to blame the children, but it likely could have been me, since it was in my purse. Maybe I dropped it.

It was nice while it lasted. I forbade my husband to replace it.


My husband did just buy himself the Classic. It won't have all the nifty applications, but should do him well for music and video.

We bought my son the Nano for his birthday. I personally find the interface annoying, but I guess I'll have to get used to it, since I've grown happy listening to podcasts on the treadmill.

One thing: my husband read about flash drives and hard drives. The Nano has a flash drive which is better for exercizing with it. The Classic and the Touch have hard drives which don't take jostling as well, apparently. I never noticed an issue with running with my Touch, but perhaps I would not have had my catastrophe if it hadn't been a hard drive.

There are other MP3 players besides Apple, but I think Apple has the best ones.

And lastly, I do recommend eBay for shopping. We paid under $100 for my son's Nano ($150 retail). It had some minor scratches in the cover. Buy from experienced sellers, not the new sellers who possibly "found" their product in somebody else's car/house.