I feel kinda ashamed to post something this mundane here, but then again I feel I’ll get the most useful answers anywhere here. The title says what I’m after.
I’m a technophobe who was shocked to find out some years ago that his big CD collection was “worthless” “overnight”. To this day I’ve soldiered on with my new-fangled Compact Discs but now my oldest, most played CD’s are starting to deteriorate. I need an mp3 player and the tools to convert my music collection to megabytes.
Some pointers: I don’t like cheap(est) stuff. I have about 300 CDfuls of music I want to listen to. I hate superfluous fancy stuff I don’t need, like color screens on mobile phones, or the smallest / thinnest / lightest / chrome-plated whathaveyou. In a music player, I just want to have my music available to me (mostly at home), be able to navigate through the collection and play the song I want with the least possible browsing and button play. I typically listen to songs from like ten different CDs in a row, not knowing what I will listen when I start. From Abba to Zappa, literally.
I don’t even know if I need to buy separate software to make the conversion or if they come with an mp3 player? Does a computer-noob stand a chance at ripping CDs and cramming the music into an mp3 player?
So: what mp3 players do you Dopers find most user-friendly, solid and functional? Will 100 euros / $ buy a quality machine (I’m under the impression prices drop fast on these)?