4GB or 8GB? Need opinions from the experts.

dougm0

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Ok. I think I am done with Sirius for music. I'm sick of the sound quality. I got a lifetime SL2 and only thing I use it for anymore is talk radio.

I was one of the first people to sign up for Slacker way back in beta, used it for a day or 2, then never went to the site again.

Couple weeks ago I started checking them out again and I am hooked. I would love to have it on my phone but I have a Touch Pro on Sprint and no love for Windows Mobile devices yet.

So that leads me to today. I am considering a G2 for use in the car but debating on 4GB or 8GB. Is it worth the extra for the 8GB or is the 4GB version enough?
 

Jon

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It would depend on what your music tastes are like. Would you actively listen to 40 stations, or would just 25 work out for you. That's what the major difference between 4GB and 8GB is. Also how much you want to pay up front for the device since I believe the price difference is about $50-$60.
 

flap_jackson

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I'm a music freak, and the 25 stations, or 4 G worked fine for me, because you're hardly going to have enough time to listen to 25 stations anyways. Plus, if you want to add a bunch of your own MP3's on it, which I wouldn't use it for, then you'll want 8G. But 4G is great for most people.
 

DAB

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I started with a 4gb and ended up with an 8gb, but in all honesty the 4gb would indeed be large enough. The only reason I got the 8gb was I was able to get a good deal on it and purchased it online for the same price I would have paid for a 4gb. Though initially purchased for my son, who decided my 4gb was big enough for him, so I kept the 8gb. I have 20 stations on it and plenty of room for expansion.

So depending on the price and how much you'll be using it, along with do you listen to a wide range of genres? I have 16 custom stations as I prefer to program them myself. But I'd let the price guide me at this point. I've seen some 4gb on Ebay for $159 and 8gb on Amazon for $215 both with free shipping. I knew the space would probably wasted, but it was priced right to go on and get the 8gb.
 

TX WJ

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I have a 8 GB, and I keep 8 stations on it. I never run out of music and I listen 6 or more hours a day. I would think that 4 gb would be large enough. I am sure that there are new radios in the works so I wouldn't buy this thinking that it will be your last. I bought a G1 to see if I would like it. Now I will wait for the new radios to see if it is worth upgrading.
 

lronglien

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Previously covered question

I know this has been covered before-but is it true that the Slacker holds about 100 songs per station with each re-fresh? Does this build up over time?
 

DAB

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I know this has been covered before-but is it true that the Slacker holds about 100 songs per station with each re-fresh? Does this build up over time?

When you first add your stations it download approx 100 songs per channel. The more you listen to a given station and refresh it, the more songs that download to it. Opinion seems to vary from person to person, but I don't think much music is actually removed from the device once it makes it over. I think the station just keeps growing in the number of songs. They claim it can get up to a max of 500 songs.
 

dougm0

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Thanks for all the help!!!!!!!!!!!

I think I will start with 4GB and hope that the G3 adds a microSD slot. I think thats the one feature I would truely enjoy on this device.
 

DAB

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Thanks for all the help!!!!!!!!!!!

I think I will start with 4GB and hope that the G3 adds a microSD slot. I think thats the one feature I would truely enjoy on this device.

Even if they added a microSD Slot it would be for your own music, which we already know the G2 doesn't handle very well. I don't see them focusing much on that in a G3 because the whole idea for the device is to use it for their music service.

What I'd rather them do is make the space on the device user configurable so each person can decide, I want to use this extra 1 or 3 gb for my own stuff or just use it all for Slacker Radio tunes.

Lets face it in terms of being an MP3 player then G1/G2 and likely G3 is not going to be where a player like this shines. Much like Sat Radio! It is the sat radio that shines out and the microSD card slot on the SL2 is very much so minimized because you can't use it for Sirius content and it doesn't do a very good job as an MP3 player, so it is almost like what's the point as there are some really great MP3 players out there.

I guess this would be important if they actually started offering the ability to do podcast etc. But they would have to really refine the device as an mp3 player if they are going to do this, because just sticking a microSD card on it without doing so really wouldn't make much sense.