10gb ipod or external drive & mini disc??

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
I very much fancy an ipod (who doesn't?). But I need to justify spending the big pile of cash, cause a minidisc player would be a lot cheaper.

So, is it possible to run two partitions on the ipod, 1 for music the other as a back up facility? <img src="confused.gif" border="0">


  • Reply 1 of 4
    pyr3pyr3 Posts: 946member
    -- With MiniDisc you have to record all of your music, rather than just drag and drop.

    -- With MiniDisc you can't use it as a way to transfer files.

    -- With MiniDisc you have to use mutliple discs rather than just everything on one thing.

    -- iPod is less durable though.

    -- iPod is heavier.

    -- Easier to switch MDs with one hand while driving than to navigate an iPod.

    -- iPod costs more.

    -- mp3 verses MD compression.

    -- With MiniDisc you can record on the fly.

    -- MD is compatible with most audio devices since you just need a digital-out audio jack.

    -- Hard drives wear down with continued use (see IBM deathstars)

    -- MDs don't (to my knowledge).

    -- No FS on MDs to get corrupted potentially.

    -- Can't sync iCal and Address Book to MD.

    -- Steve Jobs doesn't endorse MD.

    -- Sony doesn't endorse iPod.

    -- MD is popular in Japan ( you can say that you have a MD player just like your fav anime character )

    -- iPod is from your fav company, Apple.

    -- if you already have a Palm the sync ability is a mut point

    -- you can't add people or dates to iCal and Address Book stuff synced with iPod (unlike Palm, though this is more iPod vs Palm )

    -- you can get more space for your dollar with an external drive than an iPod and it's still portable enough to take to a friend's house (though not portable enough to put in your pocket)

    -- if your MD player is stolen you don't lose all the stuff on your HD

    -- If yourHD fails, you still will have some of your stuff on MDs

    -- this is all I can think of
  • Reply 2 of 4
    benben Posts: 3member

    The changing discs in car argument is strong. And I would cry loads if I lost my back-up if the iPod was stolen.

    Yep, I would want the ground to open and swallow me up.

    BUT, sony have yet to make anything quite so tastey...... <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
  • Reply 3 of 4
    macasaurusmacasaurus Posts: 243member
    but the iPod now has a remote so it should be easier to use in the car. I think.
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    pyr3pyr3 Posts: 946member
    The control is kind of small. I think that it can only navigate the current playlist. Changing MDs is akin to changing playlist, in my opinion. The control is just so that you don't have to reach into your pocket/bag/etc to change tracks using the iPod buttons.

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