A really cheap way to make a device better than an ipod and with as much memory as you can carry (you could carry like 200 Gb and barely notice. Good luck finding your song though...)
This was insired by a conversation with a man on a bus.
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Step 1: Buy the Equipment
Buy it used and online. You should be able to find a good music phone on the Internet for like 5 bucks.
NEVER BUY FROM A STORE.
If you buy the phone from a store then you will probably have to get a contract and I don't like Verizon (they're too expensive).
MAKE SURE THE PHONE HAS A SLOT FOR A MICRO SD CARD.
If the phone does not, then it won't work for this application. Though most new phones do. Still, its better to be safe then sorry.
The Micro SD Card
I got a 2 Gb micro SD card and the Micro SD reader for $7 on newegg.com. Its very small, allowing you too carry a rediculas (I can't spell) number of them (but I only need 2 Gigs). Plus if you attach the Reader to your phone then you can carry two without any trouble at all.
ONLY BUY ONE READER.
Buying more than one reader is just a waste of money. One reader will read every micro SD card that you buy.
Unfortunately, the jack is too small for conventional headphones. I would buy these from a Verizon store to ensure that you get the right thing.
DON"T BUY USED.
If they're being sold used, then there is most likely a problem with them. I advise against it.
MAKE SURE THEY"RE COMPATIBLE WITH THE PHONE YOU USE. I bet this will be the most expensive item to acquire. Needless to say, buying more then one would be a misuse of money (especially if one of them can't be used with your phone).
Thats It! now your ready to download, organize, and listen to your music!
Step 2: Download
Simply insert your card into the phone and format it. use google to find out how as it vairies from phone to phone.
Put it in your reader. Insert the reader to the USB port on your computer. open the file (my computer/removable disk (F:))
I would use skreemr.com to get your music. its free and virus free., whereas limewire is risky. Right click on the song you want and click save target as... Form there work your way through my computer and into the music folder on your SD card, save it and it'll be there. Cheak to make sure that the song is functional (play it on the site before saving)
I used to love limewire, but that was before I found skreemr. Limewire has a bigger selection, but its riskier and could kill your computer. If you use this make sure that you have good anti-virus software.
Step 3: Organization and Transport
I don't have many suggestions on this but you may find these useful. If you think of others please post a comment.
To organize all those SD cards, you may want to put a bit o' tape on there and write a number on it.
You could keep different genres on different cards to make finding music easier.
I keep my SD card in my phone or in the reader at all times, but with more than two, this would be impossibe. Once again, not many suggestions, but I'll try.
You could keep them in a tic-tac container (eat the tic-tacs first). The container is really fragile, so I advise against it.
Make your own container! Get creative and have fun with it.
Only carry two at a time. How much music does one need daily? If you leave the cards unmarked then you could just pull two random ones out of a box. That would really rendomize it.