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Choosing an iPod or MP3 Player

Updated on September 21, 2016


Do you have a music buff on your shopping list? You might consider getting them an iPod or MP3 player. Still with as many different kinds on the market, it can be a daunting task picking out just the right ones. We’ve narrowed it down to three brands, Philips, SanDisk and the ever popular Apple iPod, to give you a look at what kind of products are on the market and what you can expect to get for your money. Author Erin Monaghan of TopTenReviews, suggests that there is no real difference between iPod and MP3 players, the way she puts it is think about iPods as brand name MP3 players, no different really than Nike is for shoes. With that in mind let’s look at three different groups of portable music players starting with Philips.



Philips puts out GoGear MP3 players, and Android Connect MP3 players, in 2,4,8 and 16 GB. The main four that we are going to be looking at are the 8 GB GoGear MP3 players, and the 16 and 8 GB Android Connect MP3 players. There are five different kinds GoGear MP3 players, the Vibe, the Ariaz, the Raga, the Cam, and the Muse. The vibe comes in 4 and 8 GB while the Ariaz and the Muse both come in 8 and 16 GB. They come with the same basic equipment, except for the Muse which has Surround Sound for movies, HDMI video out, up to 720p and a touch screen; all three options do not come with the other two players. The Android Connect is a version of the GoGear that also offers up smart technology, like a touch screen and access to Android.



SanDisk is the next brand of MP3 players that we are going to look at. SanDisk is a little bit cheaper than the Philips or even the iPod, so if affordability is important to you, you might consider going with one of these players. SanDisk has three sizes for their MP3 players, 2, 4, and 8gb. With the 2gb player you can store up to 500 songs, and it also comes with a digital FM tuner, allowing you to preset up to 40 different stations. The SanDisk comes with some added perks, including a memory slot that allows you to store more music, either through a microSD card, microSDHC card, slotMusic, or slotRadio card. These players are also compact and designed for on the go music with an integrated clip. With the 8gb MP3 player, you can get up to 2,000 songs. These players range from, $39.99-69.99, which is about a hundred dollars cheaper than other brands.


Apple iPod

Finally we are going to take a look at Apple’s iPod. As mentioned above the iPod is really no different than a MP3 player, with the main exception being name recognition. iPod, is also going to be slightly more expensive than other players, yet Apple has a reputation for building high quality technology, so it is definitely worth spending the extra if you can afford to. The iPod goes up to a 64gb version of their iPod touch, which will allow you to store up to 16,000 songs, 80,000 pictures or up 80 hours of video. There is also an iPod classic which comes in 160gb version, allowing users to store up to 40,000 songs, 25,000 photos, or 200 hours of video, and when fully charged this version will also allow users to have 36 hours of continuous playback. Then of course there is the small iPod Nano, which comes in two sizes, 8 and 16gb and six different colors, blue, green, orange, pink, silver, and graphite. The 16gb Nano can store up to 4,000 songs and has up to 24 hours of playback on a fully charged battery. It doesn’t have the same movie or picture storage capabilities as the other two iPod’s, still you get a lot of options with any of the three iPods we’ve listed here today.


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