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« on: December 05, 2018, 10:23:40 AM »

Not strictly a musician's question, but I wasn't sure where else to put it.

I've recently copied all my CDs to iCloud. Problem is, I can only access them when I have decent interweb access. This is OK at home, but no good if we're away in the caravan or just out and about.

Can anyone recommend a gadget that will allow we to store all my music (over 17,000 tracks at the moment with more very likely in the future!) and is reasonably portable. Something like an IPod but Ok if it's bigger and needs an electric supply.

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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2018, 10:29:11 AM »

A couple of  32gb USB memory sticks works for  me , also backed up on a hard drive or two.  Use my usb sticks in the car mostly, but you can get small radio/cd players and similar that will take memory sticks.  (1200+ Albums (box sets and double albums are counted as 1))  

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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2018, 10:44:40 AM »

There are all sorts of options here, depending on what you already have access to. I use a 256gb micro SD card in my phone since Apple stopped supporting the Ipod Classic.

Otherwise something like this (for example) might be an option. https://www.amazon.co.uk/AP60-Bluetooth-Resolution-Lossless-Digital-Silver/dp/B06ZXW3TLC/ref=sr_1_9?s=network-media&ie=UTF8&qid=1544006585&sr=1-9&keywords=portable+media+player&refinements=p_n_feature_two_browse-bin%3A214402031
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2018, 02:36:48 PM »

I'm a bit traditional, I keep mine on my laptop and back it up on my external drive. I have 64 Gb USB memory in the TV and the car.
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2018, 09:39:44 AM »

I'm still using my 160 GB iPod classic (bought just as they announced they were discontinuing them, as my previous one was already a few years old), and hoping it will keep on working!
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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2018, 11:47:32 AM »

Thanks all

Al - yours is my favourite so I'll probably go with that  Smiley  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2018, 03:33:30 PM »

Excuse me for stepping in here, Brig. Al - that looks good for me who's trying to upgrade my old 8GB iPod nano - (ans would be a great hint for a Christmas pressie...) but will I be able to put my iTunes library over to it, or will Apple have all kind of fits with me?
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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2018, 05:30:21 PM »


Excuse me for stepping in here, Brig. Al - that looks good for me who's trying to upgrade my old 8GB iPod nano - (ans would be a great hint for a Christmas pressie...) but will I be able to put my iTunes library over to it, or will Apple have all kind of fits with me?
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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2018, 06:34:31 PM »


Excuse me for stepping in here, Brig. Al - that looks good for me who's trying to upgrade my old 8GB iPod nano - (ans would be a great hint for a Christmas pressie...) but will I be able to put my iTunes library over to it, or will Apple have all kind of fits with me?


You will be able to put all the music from your ITunes library onto it by copying (drag & drop) across the media files from the ITunes folder on your PC/laptop/wherever you currently store them. It will not work with ITunes software however so you will not be able to copy playlists etc (the ITunes Library XML file) onto it. The only portable media players that can use ITunes are Apple's own products.
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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2018, 08:58:01 PM »

That's what I was thinking, but thanks for confirming it. I'm most afraid of Apple losing things in a fit of pique when it notices I'm trying to take them elsewhere...
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« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2018, 10:02:52 AM »

I have a friend who swears by this as a cheaper alternative. Has good reviews on T'internet too!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B075WTF1WQ/ref=asc_df_B075WTF1WQ57339555/?tag=googshopuk-21&creative=22146&creativeASIN=B075WTF1WQ&linkCode=df0&hvadid=310809309344&hvpos=1o6&hvnetw=g&hvrand=6915107307384649570&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006575&hvtargid=pla-404321148676
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« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2018, 11:25:36 AM »

Wow 128gb!!

And it's cheap enough to buy two (as I have more than 60,000 tracks to download!!!)
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« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2018, 11:39:50 AM »

I use a 2TB USB3 external disk, which requires no power supply as it comes through the USB. I plug it in to the USB port on a dvd player, tv and in a car. Works fine. 94,869 tracks, fitting into 582GB. (I also keep movies on it).
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« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2018, 09:17:44 AM »


I use a 2TB USB3 external disk, which requires no power supply as it comes through the USB. I plug it in to the USB port on a dvd player, tv and in a car. Works fine. 94,869 tracks, fitting into 582GB. (I also keep movies on it).
That's also a good idea Andy. I'm liking the look of this one
https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/External-Hard-Drives/LaCie-Portable-Resistant-External-LAC9000298/B00IRV005E/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1544519727&sr=8-12&keywords=2TB+USB3+external+disk  
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« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2018, 09:58:28 AM »

I use this one. Several in fact for backups.
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« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2019, 10:19:51 PM »

Andy have you had any problems with your drives? I had one fail whilst less than 6 months old. No data lost as it was a back up, but curious.
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« Reply #16 on: January 24, 2019, 08:26:09 AM »


Andy have you had any problems with your drives? I had one fail whilst less than 6 months old. No data lost as it was a back up, but curious.


I have had 2 disks fail in the last few years. One was a month, the other about 5 years old.

Back in the very old days when I worked on some disk technology, the MTBFs (Mean Time Between Failure) were about 10,000 hours if you were lucky. Nowadays the MTBF is measured in thousands of years. Having said that, disks do fail occasionally. If they're less than a year old, replacement under guarantee is pretty certain.

Like you, I back up my backups and never rely upon a single point of failure for any part of my disk subsystem.

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« Reply #17 on: January 24, 2019, 05:49:53 PM »



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« Reply #18 on: January 24, 2019, 10:26:28 PM »

I have one of these FiiO X3iii (3rd gen) High Resolution Digital Audio Player Black https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0743CYBH2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_gPJsCbPD29V5Z I like it anyway!
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« Reply #19 on: February 02, 2019, 03:46:00 AM »

I should back up my music files?  Huh

I thought putting my cds on to iTunes was a kind of backing up?

What if the backup doesn't work?

I was given an external thingy with a load of videos on it, but it needed two usb ports to run. I only had one accessible,  because of the thingy for my keyboard and I can't get at the ones on the back.

:-(  So much for being an Information Scientist.
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