First of all, a disclaimer. I've never owned an iPod and I don't intend to. All I know about iPod comes from Wikipedia. But I've also never jumped off a cliff, and I'm fairly sure I don't want to.
A few years back, when I needed an MP3 player badly, I've looked everywhere. Why "badly"? Because I don't own a car, and I like to walk around the town; and walking around without an MP3 player during the rush hour isn't really my thing (I hate people, remember?). Of course, iPod is always available. Anyway, the better-than-iPod player I bought had to be specially ordered. My question is: why the hell? Because lo and behold:
Samsung YP-T8 1GB
Yeah, that's right. You, being a poor blinded iPod user probably never heard of it. This is even more sad due to the fact that this baby can roundhouse kick an iPod Chuck Norris style any time of the day. That's quite a sentence.
How so, you ask? Here, take a look at this random review:
Now, if you read carefully, you'll realize that this little baby has everything you will ever need:
- 1GB of flash memory: who the hell wants 20GB of MP3s?? Are you going to Russia on foot? What is the matter with you?
- 20 hours of battery: how much can your iPod pull off?
- Formats supported - MP3, WMA, WMA DRM, OGG, ASF, WAV: I want you to take a long, hard look at this list. OGG. OK?
Although this linked review claims that batter life isn't what it seems, my personal experience has taught me different. I've left the player switched on overnight by accident, the damnest thing happened. He refused to switch off, he said to me: Listen man, I can go on like this longer than you.
Later on, he proceeded to say: Was is good for you as it was for me? But that's another story.
The sound quality is just damn awesome and cannot be described by mortal words (but not with the original headphones, they kind of stink ass and are supposedly just a backup). Software is very intuitive and simple (unless you're freakishly dumb, and in that case software is not supposed to be your primary concern).
Did I mention that once you plug it in your PC, no drivers are required? And the awesome additional stuff you get with it? And that you can carry it easily almost anywhere on you? Well they're not, it's awesome, and yes you can. Buzz off.
In a nutshell
Samsung YP-T8 1GB is one damn good player, with high audio quality and design. I've had it for a while now, and never had any problems with it. Never.
Now, if you plan on commenting with thing like "but iPod can also jump hoops and take out your trash", forget it. I can take out the trash myself. I want my MP3 player to PLAY MUSIC. PERIOD. And additional feature only makes the audio quality slightly more terrible. When they add up, you get an iPod.
And now for something completely different
I hear Monty Python and Apple are joining up to make a new brand, take a look:
(That was just in case you still disagree with me)