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DAPs and Portable Music Players
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I recently lost my iPod, and I want to replace it, but I am tired of the instability that iTunes has, and the ever so decreasing quality Apple offered has had the better from me (my ipod home button broke 2 years after purchase, and I only used it in my car and whenever I went to the gym, never dropped it). So now, I am trying to move to a different sector and get the best from the hi-fi community. I would very much appreciate if someone gave some opinions on different portable music players, and the way I should manage my current music.
For now, I have an old iPod classic which headphone port is not working anymore, I am learning to use Media Monkey and I am trying to get all my music, playlists, ratings, art covers, lyrics, etc etc back as I had em in iTunes.
TL;DR: Hi-Fi noob looks for a better way to manage music other than iTunes (currently trying Media Monkey) and gave up on Apple entirely (not a fanboy anyways). Wants to use an old iPod to recover all library including ratings, lyrics, art covers, etc.
Media Monkey is wonderful and works so well. Keep learning it, it's worth it. I liked it so much I bought the gold membership. I don't use iTunes at all other than backing up my phone and tablet so here goes an anti-iTunes user. As far as dap is concerned I would follow above advice go for Onkyo or Pioneer dap referenced above you sure won't pay too much and will be very satisfied for years to come. Don't bite into this DSD fever there are very little titles available and frankly 196k/24 is way more than enough. Think about your usage scenario and focus on a dap that will give you 90% and above. Above all keep experimenting but take your time and bargain, don't fall prey to those ludicrous unnecessarily expensive dap with ridiculous prices. Like life it's a learning experience and there are plenty of other beneficial places where your money can be spent. Good luck with your trek.