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Tuesday, December 20, 2005
MP3 vs iPod
Which is best for your needs? : Typically the hot item for the holidays only lasts for one season, but one of this year's must-have items is in its second year running: iPods and MP3 players.

They are both portable music playing devices, but why the significant cost difference? When it comes to iPods and MP3 players, most people don't know the difference. But Candace Moon of Circuit City says what you may not realize is they are one in the same.

"An iPod is an MP3 player but instead of using the traditional MP3 format, they do use AAC which is more highly compressed file," says Moon. "I think a lot of people are coming in now for either the video capacity with the bigger iPods or the sheer size of the smaller iPod Nano."

So why is the iPod such a hot seller this season?

"When it comes to the difference between an iPod and the regular MP3 players, iPods are feature-rich," says Moon. Some of the higher-end iPods play movies and TV shows. "When it comes to music, you can do playlist, albums, songs," says Moon.

A basic MP3 player with six gigabytes can hold 3000 songs. But an iPod with 60 gigabytes can hold up to 15,000 songs. But if you're not trying to store a lot of music or watch videos, Moon says the MP3 player is a good choice.

"A lot of people who are heavy into exercise choose these because they're small and they do have flash memory so they don't skip," says Moon. The features aren't the only big difference.? iPods will have you digging a little deeper in your wallet than a basic MP3 player. MP3 players can range from about $60 up to $250. iPods can range from $99 up to $400. You have to use iPods and MP3's with a computer to download everything and both come with their own software with free upgrades.

"Some people don't like the rechargeable battery.? They'd rather have the disposable battery.? These do have disposable batteries; All the iPods have a rechargeable battery," says Moon.

So what's a bigger bang for your buck? Moon says it all boils down to how many features you want. "The biggest thing you have to take in consideration is how many songs you want to put on it," says Moon. Moon says here's one other thing to keep in mind. A lot of MP3 players are specific to Windows operating systems and your basic MP3 players are compatible with many versions of Windows. But when it comes to iPods, they are only compatible with Mac, Windows XP and Windows 2000.
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MP3 & Digital Music Players : Buying Tips
Repost from:PCMag

1. For many potential buyers of portable digital-music players, the question is simple: iPod or not. Apple is the popular leader in design, ease of use, and so on. iPods play MP3 files (as do all other players), but its own format is AAC, and copyright-protected iMusic downloads play only on iPods and HP iPods. Most other players play Windows Media Audio (WMA) files, which are becoming popular choices for virtually all download services except iMusic. But no one player supports all three formats—MP3, WMA, and AAC.

2. Students (also journalists, doctors, and businesspeople) should look for a hard-disk portable player that also records audio. Get one that records in MP3 format, not WAV, or you'll use up the disk very quickly. A hard-disk player also can provide transportation and/or temporary backup for data files.

3. With portable-music-player prices so low (and going lower), you may want to think about buying two: a simple, inexpensive Flash-based player that you can load with a couple of hours' worth of music in just a few moments via a USB connection, and a hard-disk-based player with gigabytes of memory, for longer trips.

4. If you use Windows Media Player, WMP10 is a big step up—especially in its ability to sync with 70-plus+ music players without the need to install software drivers.

5. Headphone quality varies greatly, and the best music player sounds terrible if the headphones it came with are inferior. If yours aren't making the grade—or if they get stuck in a revolving door at Macy's—we'd strongly recommend upgrading to a high-end set of phones.

6. When buying a PC speaker system, don't choose by wattage alone: Amplifier power is only one of many factors that determine a system's ability to shake the floor. It's common for systems with smaller amplifiers to play louder and have more bass than higher-powered units.

7. If your PC's sound card offers multi-channel analog line-out jacks (and most do), don't spend extra money on a speaker system with digital inputs and a Dolby Digital decoder. You can connect multi-channel speakers directly to your computer's analog audio outputs with virtually no difference in sound quality.

8. Most people should consider buying 4-, 5.1-, 6.1-, or 7.1-channel speakers only for multi-channel source material, such as game soundtracks and DVDs. If you primarily listen to stereo CDs and MP3s, a two-channel system will sound almost as good and will cost a heck of a lot less.

9. Size isn't everything, but it's not nothing either. Many of the best-sounding PC speakers are actually repurposed bookshelf models that consume an inordinate amount of space on your desk. If you're unwilling to settle for a small-footprint desktop model that may not sound quite as good, consider a bookshelf-sized offering that can be wall-mounted.

10. A convenient way add to your digital music collection is to purchase from a download service; iTunes, MusicMatch, Napster, Real Store, and MSN are the big players, offering much of the same music. One important way in which they differ, though, is in music formats: Make sure that the service you buy from provides music in a format that your portable player supports.
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