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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-23-2009, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Audio Dilemma

Ok so here's my dilemma. Late last week, I tried to mix and match power chargers, meaning I found a car charger that fit the plug on my MP3 player (a really really old iRiver) that, long story short, fried my MP3 player. Won't turn on and still smells like burning.

So I've been thinking about getting either Sirius Radio or an iPod. But now I've gotta chose one and can't decide which to get! I'm getting tired of listening to the local radio stations that have been playing the same thing over and over and over again.

As far as MP3 players go, I didn't really listen to it outside of my car...sure I would take it on vacations and stuff, but it stayed mostly in the car. If I got a new MP3 player, it would definately be an iPod (either Classic or Touch...nano is too small), as I now own a car that can have iPod integration cables and nice mounting options. I'm not quite decided on integration cables, but I'd definatelly go with the Kuda mount.

I used to have XM in my old car but canceled it because the reception was worse than expected and quite frankly, I wasn't in my car all that much...it was 2 miles to school and 6 miles to work. Now I'm driving a lot more...30 miles one way to school and 15 to work. And a few co-workers have Sirius without any complaints. Plus the Artist Alert feature is pretty cool! I'm not concerned about monthly payments as I would get a 1 or 2 year service subscription. As far as equipment, I'd go with the Starmate 5.

So I'm stuck! Should I go with the iPod or Sirius radio?

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Re: Audio Dilemma

i would sat sirius if you had to pick one

+ new music and other programming you don't have already
+ i assume your car already plays MP3s
- will sirius/xm survive

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Re: Audio Dilemma

Personally, I'd go with an mp3 player. I just don't really dig the whole radio thing.

Also, the stock CD player can play mp3's, meaning that you can shove 70 or 80 tunes onto a data disc, put it in and play it. That might be a good solution in the interim.

I keep my 80 gig iPod classic in the car for when I feel like listening to music. It works out well, even without an integration kit (I just have it plugged into the aux input).

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Re: Audio Dilemma

Yeah, I had sat. radio for a year and I can say they play the same things over and over again just like local radio. The only difference is you get better selection of music genres and better distance.

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Re: Audio Dilemma

Get sat radio and a cheap MP3 player, something cheap, basic, and reliable. I use a Samsung 2GB MP3 player, about the size of a pack of Wrigley's gum. Charges by plugging into a USB port. Bought it for $39 almost 2 years ago. Now I use my phone more often as an MP3 player though.

Also, I have an XM Sportscaster reciever in both the Mazda and Volvo. Nice to have around town, especially in the morning, but also on long trips. I get tired of listening to music I already have, unless I can listen to it at home on a good set of speakers.

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