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How To Choose an MP3 Player

Updated on July 9, 2009

How to Choose an MP3 Player

The iPod Range
The iPod Range

Introduction to How to Choose an MP3 Player

Nearly everyone loves music, and why not?

Whether you are working out, or travelling to work, a bit of music makes the whole thing easier.  The problem is in today's world there are hundreds of MP3 players out there. So how do you choose which MP3 player is right for you?

In this how to guiode we will take you through the basic steps of choosing the perfect MP3 player to keep you entertained for years to come.

How to Choose an MP3 Player Guide

The first thing I advise you to do when deciding how to choose an MP3 player is to test them out.  If you go to your local electronics store they will normally let you try a few out! You will need to test everything to ensure that this is the perfect MP3 player for you!

The controls are usually the first thing you need to take in to consideration, from the iPod's scroll wheel to the Creative slide button, there are plenty of choices. Personally I love the iPod's scrolling circle, but it does come with it's downsides.

DRM controls should be a big decision maker for you.  DRM (Digital Rights Management) is now only really found on the Apple iPods.  This can put severe restrictions on how you use your music, and may mean you can only keep it on one computer. This is the number one reason why most people do not use iPods.

Search functionality is especially important now that you can store so much music on to your MP3 player.  Again, iPods are particularly good at this, but Sony and Creative are both catching up fast!

Check the MP3 players storage capacity, most MP3 players can now store 20GB + of music!

Check the battery life! Some MP3 players have significantly more battery life than others. Also be aware that iPods have built in batteries, so if you are going to be away form a power outlet for an extended period of time, you will not be able to replace the battery.

And last but not least, check the Internet! There are plenty of reviews out there, so find out what other people thought of your prospective future MP3 player!

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