We’ve Pulled Together the Best MP3 Players for Your Dollar.
Why read five different reviews at eight different sites?
What we’ve done is scavenged the web of editors top picks, from CNET to ZDNet and given you a one stop web review experience.
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How to Choose an Mp3 Player:
Mp3 Players come in two forms, hard-drive based or flash memory based. The hard-drives version, like the Apple iPod Classic or Microsoft Zune, have larger storage capacity, presently up to 160GB iPods and Archos PMP*. These players are normally heavier and damage easier if dropped. Flash drive players, ranging from 1-32GB storage, are lighter and since there are no moving parts, withstand much more abuse. These are the players you want to take on that mountain bike ride or to the gym.
Most players today have great sound quality if connected to the right set of headphones, so unless you are a real audio junkie, you donâ€™t have to worry much. The latest trend though is to be able to watch the latest action thriller on a screen less then 2.5 inches small. Johnny Depp never looked to so good! When it comes to movies on your Mp3 player, the larger the screen the better. That means youâ€™ll want to look at hard-drive based players if this is a real concern for you. The iPod Touch, 640Ã—480 resolution, and Mircosoft Zune, 320 x 240 resolution, are great products to being your comparison shopping. These players normally have larger screen and more storage space. Though donâ€™t forget to check out less familiar brands such as iRiver and Archos.
Lastly, but not the least important, is the user interface and features of the Mp3 Player. Nobody wants to have to waste time hunting down a track or switching between different EQ settings that never seem to be quite what you are looking for. The best place to find out if a Mp3 Player has a good interface, both on the player itself and the accompanying software, you will want to read user reviews. Experts may all agree on the advantages or shortcomings of any product they review but, at AudioReview.com, we believe that the average consumer can best summarize all the details a product has to offerâ€¦ So read what users have to says!
Apple Ipod Nano 8GB – Mp3 & Video – $199.99
Insignia Pilot 8GB – Mp3 & Video with Bluetooth – $99.99
SanDisk Sansa Fuze 4GB – Mp3 & Video - $99.00
Creative Zen Plus 2GB – Mp3 & Video - $69.00
Microsoft Zune 80GB 2nd Gen - Mp3 & Video – $249.99
Notes:Size Reference Table:
* Number of songs and hours of video will vary based on player, file format, quality and length. These numbers here are close averages based off of manufacturer data.
|# of Gigs||1GB||2GB||4GB||8GB||16GB||32GB||80GB||160GB|
|# of Songs||240||500||1,000||1,750||3,500||7,000||20,000||40,000|
|Hrs of Video||.||.||2.5||8||30||40||100||200|
*(PMP) Portable Media Player – PMP can play music, video and games.