MP3 and media-players: what to look for when buying

By Brittany Lavin
April 10, 2008

Megan Pellegrino

Nowadays everyone is going somewhere and their music is going with them. Apple’s iPod, Creative’s Zen Plus and SanDisk’s Sansa Fuze.

All of these are examples of mp3 players that are currently out on the market.

There are so many different kinds of portable MP3 and media-players today that it is nearly impossible to choose from.

So how do you choose?

Just think about all the things these portable media-players can do now.

They play music, of course, but they also play audio files so you can listen to podcasts as well.

They can also store and display your photos as well as videos. You are able to download and watch video clips and even TV shows.

Portable MP3 and media-players also allow you to record music, listen to FM radio, play games and even transmit through your car or computer.

But even with all the knowledge of what media-players can do for you, how do you know what to look for when buying one?

According to an article on, the first thing a person should do when buying a mp3 player is to make sure it is compatible with the download service you use.

While most offer .wma files, iTunes only offers .aac files. The most sensible players play many different types of music and video formats.

Screen sizes are also important to think about.

If you want to watch videos most of the time, a larger screen with a good resolution is preferable.

Other features to think about include capable search options as well as a quality customer service support system.

Of course, price is also an important thing to consider. Most mp3 and media players can cost between $50-$300 depending on your budget.

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