There are many options out in the market right now if you're looking for a new portable media player for your music, video, and photo collections. You don't have to buy the latest popular players or wait for some of the new iPods to come out. Now what should you look for in a media player when deciding to purchase one? The options may confuse you but you just have to narrow it down to several key factors. These factors are drive space, format player/screen size, and software. Let's take a look at each in detail to help your buying decision.
1) Drive Space - The models of the different players out there have drive spaces ranging from 500 mb to over 300 GB of storage. Consider the amount of space you'll need. If you're planning on carrying your entire music collection, then go for a large space capacity drive. If you'll just be listening to a small playlist of less than 200 songs, any player under 4 gb will do. If you're planning on storing several large videos, consider a player with at least 8 gb of space.
2) Format - Media players will undoubtedly play the usual .mp3 and .wma formats for your music. Only some players support MPEG-4 video format. Choose one with video playback features if you're looking to download, copy, and watch videos. Usually the higher capacity media players with drives exceeding 4gb comes with video playback. If songs are all you're concerned about, ignore the players with video support.
3) Player/Screen Size - This feature is simple. If you want a larger usability screen, buy one with a larger screen ( 2.5 - 3" ). If screen size is not important, ignore this factor. Some players don't even have a screen to begin with.
4) Software - You may choose players based on the type of software used to sync, copy, and load songs. Popular brands like the Zen, Zune, and iPods each have their own software for managing songs, videos, and photos. Look into the programs ease of usability and versatility.
Think of these four factors and take them into consideration when purchasing a music player. You don't have to wait for the latest hot new iPods to come out or any big name mp3 gadgets. Why buy a player full of technical features you don't need? It's always about simplicity and necessity over fancy bells and whistles.
Check out mp3playerreports.info for more information on the different types of media players and accessories available.
Zhi Huang is a freelance writer, internet marketer, and fitness enthusiast.
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