Ever since its initial release in 2001, the iPod has dominated the MP3 player market. Although other portable media devices were available at the time, Apple’s simplistic design and clever software revolutionized the way we listened to music on the go. Today, the iPod is capable of so much more, from playing games and browsing the internet to taking pictures and communicating with friends. While it is difficult to look past the different iPod variations on the market, including the Shuffle, Nano, Touch and Classic, there are still numerous alternatives looking to compete with Apple’s dominance.
Before we go through the key features and details of new MP3 players lets have a quick look at what Apple’s iPod is currently offering us today.
Apple iPod touch
With the latest version of iOS 7 and numerous features that come as standard on the iPhone 5S, Apple’s iPod touch provides magnificent functionality at an affordable price. With its curved edges, ultra-thin body and lightweight construction, one could argue that it is even more aesthetically pleasing than the top iPhone model. But despite this compact form, it still features a 4-inch Retina display and a 5-megapixel iSight camera capable of shooting 1080p HD video. It even comes with Apple’s Ear Pods, which have been designed to deliver perfect sound and maximum comfort.
Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2
If you’re not a fan of Apple or its operating system, the Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 featuring Android GingerBread is a great alternative. With a fast 1GHZ processor, 4.2-inch display and fully integrated services like Google Maps and YouTube, the Galaxy Player 4.2 can match the iPod touch’s multitasking capabilities. Even though this device also features an in-built radio function, it is still playing catch-up to Apple’s premier MP3 player in several departments.
SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip
For those interested in a stripped down budget MP3 player without additional entertainment features, the SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip might just be the device for you. With several audio formats supported and access to music subscription services like Rhapsody and Napster, this device has a few surprises up its sleeve. What’s more, it also features a voice recorder and FM radio.However, its low price point is reflected in the construction, as the Sansa Clip Zip does not feel like a high-quality product.
What you want from your MP3 player will determine your model of choice. If you’re just looking to listen to music then maybe a simpler device is for you but if you want style and heaps of functionality then Apple’s latest iPod may be more suitable for you.