Okay, I am in a quandary and feeling technologically out of the loop! My kid and my wife have Apple IPods, and I've enjoyed listening to music on them. I read the manual on my feature phone (not quite a smart phone, but it does do web, facebook, gmail and has an MP3 player and movie player). Anyway, I had a stack of some 1,200 ogg music files and transferred them to MP3 format so my phone would play them. Popped in a 16 gig MicroSDHC card, and it's working.
Found out almost all the tags were messed up, so spent considerable time with EasyTag, Picard and EyeD3 viewing and editing tags. Now my phone plays mps and the database works for Artist, Album and Genre. WooHoo! Also played with MobileMediaConverter to convert some old Film Noir movies from the Internet Archive to play on my phone. Quicksand, Impact, Detour, DOA, Too Late for Tears - kinda interesting.
Which brings me to:
I think I want a dedicated mp3 player and movie player. But I'm not sure where to go from here. I don't want to get locked in to ITunes or Amazon. I like Banshee. That works fine for my goofy phone. So I'm thinking something that plays well with Ubuntu Linux. Sansa Fuze? Maybe with Rockbox?
I take my wife and kids to various doctors, optometrists and dentists offices. I'm thinking movies here.
I absolutely do NOT want to pay for a data plan, so a smart phone is out. And I'm not sure how much information is tracked. I'm not a paranoid person - I just don't want dedicated advertising if I happen to wander into a proctologist. My phone just doesn't need to know that! And advertisers don't need to know that either!
So - help me decide. Go with a dedicated MP3 player (and maybe do Rockbox). Go with an Android wifi tablet - small form factor for music and video only so it will fit in my pocket. Join the evil horde and go IPod and ITunes?
I'm thinking dedicated MP3 player even though it is old technology that might be going away due to smart phones running Android and Apple stuff. So - are folks still buying dedicated mp3 players? Or moving to smaller form factor handheld wifi devices? Or? I wandered around various stores the past few weekends, and saw extremely little choice other than IPods everywhere.
(I feel like a dinosaur!)