Portable MP3 Players and Recorders
The Evolution of MP3 - Product Reviews and Info
When portable MP3 players first became popular, they were relatively simple devices that were good for one thing: playing MP3 files. Today, portable MP3 players like the Apple iPod and Creative Labs Nomad have evolved into outstanding music playback systems far more capable then the early day versions. Join CleverJoe's clever newsletter and he'll let you know when new articles are posted.
The best MP3 Player? Which one should you buy?
iRiver, Apple iPod, Rio, Creative Labs Nomad, Sony, Panasonic, Nike, RCA, Samsung, Archos. There are many MP3 players and MiniDisc Player/Recorders available and the "best MP3 player" music system really depends on your personal needs. Each has it's own strengths and applications. Some, like the Apple iPod and Nomad offer excellent playback AND digital recorder capabilities, while others such as the SonicBlue MP3 Sport player by Rio offer superb durability and shake free music.
From a digital audio perspective, today's MP3 players have reached a level of sophistication that would make CleverJoe's mama proud. Many MP3 players include decent built in equalizers and excellent digital audio converters that will convert your fave CD to MP3 format. Although this is still compressed audio and audiophiles among us will point out that it's not going to replace professional DAT recorders anytime soon, the big bonus here is that a large amount of digital audio can be stored on a small and portable MP3 player. With no moving parts, MP3 players are well-known for delivering skip-free music, and music on the go is obviously the big theme here.
MP3 players and MP3 music, like everything else technology related, are in constant flux. Recognizing that, most of today's best MP3 players now ship with reprogrammable firmware that will enable support of new digital audio formats and software extensions as they emerge. Yes, clever music lovers everywhere can have their cake and eat it too.
Best MP3 Players
Browse CleverJoe's Top Pick MP3 player reviews to the right and find the one
that turns your personal crank and suits your needs the best.
iRiver H10 20 GB MP3 Player/Recorder
With enough storage space for thousands of songs and still lots of room left for photos, movie files and an extra pair of socks. If you're looking for the ultimate in sweet without breaking the bank, the iRiver H10 is an easy choice. About the size of a cassette, it has a great looking color monitor display, ultra-fast transfers, and 16 long hours of battery life. Throw in voice recording, fm radio tuner and recorder and the deal is even sweeter. The ability to view JPEG or BMP images on the full colour display is a nice bonus.
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CleverJoe Top Picks:
Apple 60 GB iPod with Video Playback
Have a hankering for the best iPod on the Apple tree? Check out this sweet thing: massive storage space allows up to 15,000 songs, 20,000 photos, or a cool 150 hours of video playback. The color display is bigger (2.5-inches) and easy to read, and you can now squeeze a whopping 20 hours out of the battery - 5x more than before. Comes with earbuds and lots of attitude. Three big thumbs up from CleverJoe.
Apple 30 GB iPod
with Video Playback!
This sexy baby stores up to 7,500 songs, 20,000 photos, or 75 hours of video playback. Owners speak about their iPod in religious terms, and there are some pretty good reasons why. The new generation of the hugely popular iPods have arrived, and this 30 GB version is slim and feather-light, and offers a small barrage of other bonus features. If CleverJoe were all thumbs, each one of them would be sticking straight up. Apple's iPod rocks on.
Creative Zen Vision: M 30 GB MP3 and Video Player
Zen mp3 players have always been popular, with good reason. The Zen Vision can store up to 15000 songs, 120 hours of movies, and tens of thousands of photos. Sports a nice 2.5-inch high-definition LCD screen, and includes an integrated FM radio and recorder and voice recorder. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery provides up to 14 hours of music. Another CleverJoe top pick.
Creative MuVo Micro N200 512 MB MP3 Player
This MP3 Player has some really nice features for a refreshingly low price. The included 512MB of flash memory holds up to 16 hours WMA or 8 hours MP3 music hours of skip free, high-fidelity music. Line-in connects directly from any audio source for music recording. Built-in recordable FM radio tuner, built-in microphone for voice (or music concert!) recordings. The only complaint are the included headphones, which can be a tad uncomfy.
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