Playing music in the 21st Century - help me with mp3 players, HDD media players and internet radio.
In my house I currently play music through an amp from a CD player, a turntable and my iPod and, as time goes on, the proportion that comes from the iPod is getting ever bigger. Said iPod has just died and though the music is backed up I'm wondering if there is a better way of doing things, particularly since I'd also like to digitise my CD collection.
This is inspired by going home and finding my dad has got himself a mp3 player for a seperates system. A bit of googling suggests is actually called a HDD media player and is specifically one of these
. This looked pretty nifty, the only obvious draw back seems to be the interface which is nowhere near as simple as that of an iPod.
I'm not sure how mature the market is for these and it isn't something I know much about. Are there any particular things to know about them? Or a good resource for researching them? I would usually use What HiFi (I'm in the UK) but looking at their website I can't see anything. I've seen a few other AskMeta questions but they seem to be about external computer harddrives rather than music specific ones with displays and CD players.
The Brennan also doesn't look like it has all the functionality I would want. I'm interested in whether they can do the sort of things a computer can do. Do they come with Wifi so you can network them or just transfer mp3s to them? Is it possible to stream internet radio through them? Is Spotify out of the question?