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Top tips for buying iPods and MP3 players

Take all your favorite music with you no matter where you go with an iPod or MP3 player. Even though most smartphones nowadays can act as music players, having a separate device just for music is still convenient for those moments you want to take your music with you on a run or when you want an independent device that doesn t distract you from your music listening experience. With the Every Day Low Prices at Walmart, it's easy to get a new music player even on a budget.

What to look for in a music player?

When shopping for a music player, there are multiple factors to take into account so you can be sure you make the choice that's best for you. Apple s iPod is a lasting, popular option, and there are numerous other types of MP3 players you can consider as well.

  • Start by thinking about the way you intend to use the music player and your listening style. If you're looking for a device that can store a couple hundred songs to take with you on a run, an iPod shuffle does the trick. This is one of the smallest players around and it's also highly durable, so it can survive accidents such as pavement drops.
  • However, if you plan on using your player for long periods or you have a vast music library, you may want to consider a device with a longer battery life and larger storage capacity, which we'll explain in a moment.
  • Don t forget about the format of your music, as not all MP3 players are capable of reading all kinds of files. For example, if you have a lot of files in a FLAC format, you may not be able to play them on an iPod without converting them first. If you want to play audiobooks on your MP3 player, make sure the device of your choice is compatible with that kind of file.

Storage capacity

The memory of an MP3 player is an essential factor to consider; the more memory, the more songs the device can hold. Music players have their memory listed in GB (gigabytes).

  • The iPod Shuffle has a memory capacity of 2GB, which is enough for holding hundreds of songs. The number of songs you can store depends, of course, on the length of the song and the quality of the file, also known as the bit rate.
  • The bit rate is measured in Kbps (kilobits per second), and the higher it's, the larger the music file will be.
  • As a rule of thumb, you can fit approximately 700 3-minute songs recorded at 128 Kbps on 2GB of storage.
  • You can find MP3 players with larger capacities of up to 160GB, which can hold thousands of songs as well as video files.

iPod vs. MP3 player

iPods have become almost synonymous with music players over the years, but it's important to consider both the pros and cons of owning one before deciding whether this kind of player is the right one for you.

  • iPods are very easy to use and they work together with Apple s iTunes software and library, which offers one of the largest music selections in the world. The drawback is you cannot add any MP3 files to your iPod without iTunes. Non-Apple MP3 players generally allow you to simply drag and drop music files from a computer to your device.
  • If you want to use your music player with various kinds of accessories such as clock radios with docks or car stereos, you're more likely to find quality devices designed to use with an iPod than accessories for other MP3 players.
  • iPods tend to be more expensive than non-Apple MP3 players with the same storage capacity.

Extra features

Besides playing music, most iPods and MP3 players have extra functions such as video playing capabilities or the ability to store and open photos. Some models allow users to record voice, whereas others come with a Wi-Fi connection so they can swap music and other files wirelessly. Another useful feature of some MP3 players is the ability to record directly from a TV or DVD player.

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