This is one million dollar question that music lovers ask themselves before grabbing the latest from the world of music players. We attempt to answer it. Read on...
Apple iPod - mention the name and it brings a smile on the lips of any music lover. Considered the market leader, it attracts all the attention from techno savvy consumers across the globe. Infact, 2007 industry statistics show that the iPod has sold more than 110 million units worldwide. This makes the iPod the best-selling product in the history of digital audio players. Let's try to dissect the reasons behind its popularity:
But, then let’s check out do these features really make the iPod worth buying?
A quick search turns up nearly 500 players on the market, and maybe even more.
Now, the question is why would you pick an MP3 player instead of an iPod?
Well for those of you who are concerned about the price and capacity you can often get a competing product with the same capacity for less than you would pay for an iPod. Often much less for example:
Unlike most mass-market MP3 players, the iPods use the Apple iTunes software to transfer music to the music devices. Using iTunes you can store a music library on your computer, burn music from CD, transfer photos, videos, game and small applications (when supported by the player). Now here's the big problem with all that:
Apple even pushes its own audio format, AAC, which is not widely supported by non-Apple devices (even non-DRM-protected music), though iTunes does support MP3 and other formats, too. In other words, if you jump into Apple's version of the world of music, you might just get stuck.
But here too, you would have a problem; iPod only runs on iTunes, which can cause a problem for those with older computers. Using iTunes, whenever you hook up your iPod, all the music on your computer placed onto the device. This means you have no choice of what music to put on your device unless you go through your entire music collection, manually. Since the iPod only works with iTunes, this is the only online store you can purchase music from, which severely limits your choice of music. Of course, you can use your own CD’s but the whole point of a music device is to ‘not have’ to buy every CD you like to hear.
While Bluetooth seems like a natural feature for an MP3 player, it is conspicuously absent in the iPod. This feature when properly configured, allow you to quickly sync your playlists, share songs with buddies and wirelessly feed your songs to speaker docks.
Hence, today almost all digital audio-player manufacturers add Bluetooth to their devices. However, Apple, the dominant player in MP3 players, has shunned the feature. Even Apple’s iPhone, with Bluetooth, holds over the non-stereo standard, rendering it useless for wireless listening.
MP3 players are multi talented for music lovers can be download music from the internet. But, if you prefer to use the tool to watch movies and playing games, an iPod is the best version with its superior memory efficiently performing these functions. Of these, the iPod touch is of course the frontrunner. This amazing device can be summed up in two words: style and ease. The media player's touch screen controls, ‘cover flow,’ album art, EQ settings, play list management, and even screen transitions are simply beautiful.
Even though it is more expensive and have fewer features, music lovers still prefer the iPod, all for its lightness, special characteristics and ease of use. Buy the latest iPod and wear it as a badge of your musical devotion.