Video:Tips on Buying an MP3 Playerwith Brett Larson
The market for MP3 players has expanded to include many different players that meet different budgets and preferences. Before you hit the stores, check out these tips on how to choose the best player for you.See Transcript
Transcript:Tips on Buying an MP3 Player
Why Buy an MP3 Player?We've come a long way since the days of the old Sony Walkman. Instead of going for a jog, or running your errands, with one album in your arsenal, the incredibly popular MP3 player will literally hold thousands of songs, and allow you to get your groove on just about anywhere.
Before You Buy an MP3 PlayerIf you're thinking about buying an MP3 player there are several things you should consider:
MP3 Player and StorageFirst, storage. If you're a huge music lover you're going to want to store a lot of songs. My advice, take a look at how many tunes the MP3 player will hold. A good rule of thumb is every gigabyte equals about 2-hundred songs.
MP3 Player HeadphonesNext, you want to make sure your music sounds superb. Now, since just about every MP3 player has about the same sound quality, the key to great acoustics is in the phones: The headphones. Upgrading to a stellar set of headphones will greatly improve the sound of your music.
A Flash Based MP3 PlayerIf you're looking for a really tiny MP3 player, say for jogging or traveling, you'll want to go Flash Based. The flash based players are super lightweight because they have a memory card instead of a hard drive. The only disadvantage, they won't hold as many songs. For example, Apple's one gigabyte shuffle only holds about 240 songs.
MP3 Player FeaturesAnother consideration when choosing an MP3 player are the features. This is where getting hands on, comes in handy. Take Apple's iPod, for example, it has a dial or what Apple calls the "click wheel" to help you access your music. Whereas, other MP3 players have buttons that enable you to scroll through your song library, fast forward, rewind and pause. Depending on the size of your hands, the buttons may seem a little small and hard to operate.
MP3 Player AccessoriesAnd don't forget the fun accessories you can add to your MP3 player. In stores, you'll find everything from FM transmitters for your car, enabling you to listen to your tunes while driving, to something as simple as a case to protect and hold your player while you're exercising.
They're all aimed at helping you keep your music on the move. I'm Brett Larson, About.com Gadgets.