Adventures with my first portable music player

My awesome parents got me a neat 8GB Insignia Pilot mp3 player for Christmas, and the thing’s working great. I’ve never had the pleasure of walking around with music blaring in my ears, and now that I have I can understand why I always run into so many detached looking teens with tiny little earbugs plugged into their skulls.

My main issue right now is with regards to playlists. I use iTunes to organize my songs, and I can’t sync from there since iTunes hates not-iPod devices. This isn’t really a problem, since I’ve found a neat little program that converts iTunes-generated xml playlists to wpl playlists for Windows Media Player, which is able to sync with my player. Now the problem lies in WMP, which is just… frustrating. Not as frurating as Rhapsody however, which crashed every 5 seconds. WMP is annoying because it assumes the user is a log and attempts to transfer every single mp3 on your computer on to your device. I know it’s just trying to be nice, but it’s a pain. I’m assuming this can be fixed, but wrangling with WMP is a pain.

There’s another issue with playlists, and that’s on the side of the device itself. When I turn the shuffle feature off, it seems as if the playlist on the device does not retain the organization of the songs, and just organizes them in alphabetical order. This isn’t a huge problem, since I don’t really mind skipping through songs on a shuffled playlist to find what I want to listen to.

All I can do is write negatively, but I’m actually really happy with this. I figure it’ll last me two years– that is, until I’m out of college and employed so I can buy myself a more badass device.

edit: this post is pointless now since I’ve fixed all the problems w