I have one, and it's great. Sure, it's bulkier than the iPod mini (only slightly bigger than the regular iPod), but you get more storage for less $$. Also, if anything goes wrong with it, just send it back to Dell and they give you a new one. No questions asked. Dell is great like that.
iPod's are giant wastes of cash. $400 for a music player? For $400, you can get a pretty good home theatre system with 5 speakers and Dolby 5.1 and DTS.
Apple's M.O.: Make it look good and sell if for more than anything else.
ahhh....an Apple user. You can always pick out the Apple users from a crowd by their harsh hostility towards anything other than Apple.
It's ok, johan.....just because you spend considerably more for inferior electronics equipment, there's no need to take it out on anyone else. Perhaps you should start cutting coupons? That way, the extra cash you spend on shitty apple products can be offset by all the money you'll save on Chef Boyarde and Easy Mac.
But hey...at least you can ride the subway knowing you have one cool $400 mp3 player, huh?
you could get a 40gb ipod for $100 more than the 20gb version ($499). i have no idea what sizes dell sells, but i know for sure that your "favorable" comparison just went away. dell 20gb for $250 or ipod 40gb for $500. same $/storage. and way better product.
"the iPod is considerably more expensive than most alternatives. A 20GB iPod is $400, while a 20GB DJ is only $250."
WRONG! The iPod is $50.00 more, Get your facts straight!
I'd say $50 more for the iPod is a BARGAIN for the myriad of benefits the iPod gives you:
-Interface. 1,000 times better than the DellDJ - Until Dell has a "click-wheel" don't even bother comparing ergonomics and ease of use.
-Battery life on the iPod is 12 hours - good enough for me. I'd MUCH rather have the svelte form factor and portability than Dell's comparable "brick". PERFECT balance between performance and weight.
-Size - iPod is 30% THINNER
iPod 2.4" x 4.1" x .57"
DellDJ 4.1 x 2.7 x .86 inches
-Weight - iPod is 30% LIGHTER
iPod - 5.6 oz vs DellDJ 7.6 oz
Plus you have access to the LARGEST on-line music catalog (over 1.2 million songs) with iTunes Music Store. The closest competitor only has 700,000 - 40% FEWER titles! The integration between iTunes and iPod is a thing of grace and beauty.
The comparisons/contrasts everyone is making here between the iPod and Dell DJ are give and take. It all depends on what the consumer is looking for.
Apple does offer twice the storage of a Dell DJ at only $150 more. But like some have stated; weight, size, & functionality also figure into that extra cash. (And yes, you do get the cool Apple style as well).
However, Dell DJ's also support .wma format, which is a little over half the file size of an mp3, without any loss in sound quality. So, in essencem you can fit the same amount of songs on a DJ20 as an iPod 40.
Dell, has redesigned their DJ's to be smaller and lighter. They are now about the same in volume (Dell= 4.0 x 2.5 x .74, iPod= 4.1 x 2.4 x .56) and Dell has reduced its weight to 6.8 oz. Still slightly bigger than iPod but it's not gonna pull your pants down.
Dell has also introduced the Pocket DJ which offers 5GB of storage and is slightly smaller than the iPod mini, but still weighs half an ounce more. $50 less however and offers an extra gig of storage, and 2 more hours continuous play.
Dell has direct compatibility with MusicMatch. This is where the iPod has the greatest advantage. MusicMatch is really nice, but (even as a pc person) I cannot say that anything is better than iTunes. Nothing, nada, zilch, zero. iTunes rules, period.
As for functionality, I believe the iPod click-wheel wins big. The Dell isn't hard to use at all, but the iPod is just that much simpler.
Customer service is a big issue with me. Granted I've never dealt with Apple's customer service since I haven't owned any of their products, but I have heard testimonials from Apple users. I haven't heard a single bad thing about them yet. Dell, on the other hand...well I don't bother to pay for the Express Service anymore because you still wait on hold for an hour before you finally get to speak to someone (who happens to live in India, by the way). They do manage to fix the problems you have without much of a hassle, but it's a pain in the ass just to get to that point. I've even heard that if you have to ship something back to Apple, they provide you with pre-cut packaging tape. Now that's going the extra mile!
So basically, if you are looking for a portable MP3 player - try not to make it a PC vs. Mac issue. There are pros & cons either way you go. Some people may not prefer the iPod click-wheel over Dell. Apple users may not care about .wma format. It's all up to you. Do your own research and make a choice based on what is most important to YOU.
Personally, if I were going mini, I would go with iPod. Standard, I would go with Dell. That's just me.
ur wrong ipods are amazing dell sux hands down the quality is terible u need to do ur research before dissing apple products they are above the rest with everything. Ipod is crystal clear sound plus a hole lot more. The dell DJ is fuzzy and u cant hear it good.
A concerned citizen
please dont tell lies
Hey can i please get a unbiased comparison, still undecided
September 10 2004, 2:48 PM
Hey can u 2 get me a comparison that is unbiased plz, i am looking at either the 15 gig dell or the 4 gig ipod mini, i probably wont even go over even 500 songs.
and can you also tell me which has the better software and compatability with windows, I just need easy and cheap songs that of are of good quality.
I've got a dj and it is amazing. Musicmatch is an extremely easy program to use, while the sound is perfect. Also, who cares if the Dj is a centimeter bigger, that means nothing at all for me, it's just harder to lose. The Ipod may look better but it is much more expensive, and holds less types of files. Get a Dell Dj it is amazing.
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....I think you guys are wasting your time. Both players are good (Although i have the Dell dj 20 2nd Gen. I've used an ipod before and it is easy to use. So is the dell. I got the dell because it was cheaper and because i didnt need all those stupid features like callender and alarm clock and games. For pete's sake i have that on my cell phone! I am not trying to say that the ipod is bad im just saying that the DJ is better for me. The new dj is the same height and width. the depth is slighlty thicker but hey, i dont care. So what if it's an ounce or 2 heavier?!?!
I also use the dell dj for voice recording and the ipod doesnt have a built-in microphone like the dj. I do admit that the ipod's click-wheel is very cool, i liked it better than the barrel scroll on my dj. But i decided on the dj because it fit my needs better. I like the ipod too, even though the price is a little high. The only other problem i have is iTunes. Most of the music files you download from like limewire and napster are wma and mp3 files. the ipod only uses aac files so you have to use itunes.
Hope this helps all of you having problems deciding between the dj and ipod. Check out both players and play with them a little. Look at the features. All im saying is take a good look at both and decide which one is best for you!
Oh, by the way, the thing about the headphones is wrong, the dj's and ipod's headphones are the same. The sound is the same. There's no difference at all.