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MP3 players

Carry thousands of songs in your pocket. Jump straight to the one you want to hear, without having to fast-forward. Listen for hours, without going near a power outlet. If, 30 years ago, you’d told someone that was possible, they’d have called you mad. But with an MP3 player, it’s reality.

MP3 players comparison chart for 2017

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
SanDisk Sansa Clip+
Philips GoGear Vibe
Sony NWZE453
Apple iPod Shuffle
Archos 3oc Vision
Sony 2 GB Walkman
Excellent
Five stars means excellent
Very good
Four stars means very good
Good
Three stars means good
Average
Two stars means average /
Poor
One star means poor
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Ratings
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Overall
apple ipod classic has a rating of five  overall sony nwz-e474 has a rating of five  overall apple ipod nano has a rating of five  overall creative zen x-fi 3 has a rating of five  overall sandisk sansa clip+ has a rating of four  overall philips gogear vibe  has a rating of four  overall sony nwze453 has a rating of four  overall apple ipod shuffle has a rating of three  overall archos 3oc vision has a rating of three  overall sony 2 gb walkman has a rating of three  overall
Sound quality
apple ipod classic has a rating of four  sound quality sony nwz-e474 has a rating of five  sound quality apple ipod nano has a rating of five  sound quality creative zen x-fi 3 has a rating of five  sound quality sandisk sansa clip+ has a rating of four  sound quality philips gogear vibe  has a rating of three  sound quality sony nwze453 has a rating of four  sound quality apple ipod shuffle has a rating of three  sound quality archos 3oc vision has a rating of three  sound quality sony 2 gb walkman has a rating of three  sound quality
Features
apple ipod classic has a rating of five  features sony nwz-e474 has a rating of five  features apple ipod nano has a rating of five  features creative zen x-fi 3 has a rating of five  features sandisk sansa clip+ has a rating of four  features philips gogear vibe  has a rating of four  features sony nwze453 has a rating of three  features apple ipod shuffle has a rating of four  features archos 3oc vision has a rating of four  features sony 2 gb walkman has a rating of three  features
Ease of use
apple ipod classic has a rating of five  ease of use sony nwz-e474 has a rating of five  ease of use apple ipod nano has a rating of five  ease of use creative zen x-fi 3 has a rating of four  ease of use sandisk sansa clip+ has a rating of three  ease of use philips gogear vibe  has a rating of three  ease of use sony nwze453 has a rating of three  ease of use apple ipod shuffle has a rating of four  ease of use archos 3oc vision has a rating of three  ease of use sony 2 gb walkman has a rating of three  ease of use
Help & support
apple ipod classic has a rating of five  help & support sony nwz-e474 has a rating of five  help & support apple ipod nano has a rating of five  help & support creative zen x-fi 3 has a rating of five  help & support sandisk sansa clip+ has a rating of four  help & support philips gogear vibe  has a rating of four  help & support sony nwze453 has a rating of four  help & support apple ipod shuffle has a rating of four  help & support archos 3oc vision has a rating of three  help & support sony 2 gb walkman has a rating of three  help & support
Specification
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Capacity (gigabytes)
160 GB 16 GB 4 GB 32 GB 4 GB 16 GB 16 GB 4 GB 8 GB 2 GB
Songs
40,000 3,700 4,000 8,000 2,000 2,000 880 1, 000 4,000 470
LCD display (inches)
2.5 2.8 1.5 2.2 1 1.5 2 1 3 2
Size (inches)
2.4 x 0.4 x 4.1 inches 46.8 x 104.9 x 7.2mm 1.6 in x 0.3 in x 3.5 4 in x 0.5 in x 2.2 in 1.4 in x 0.6 in x 2.2 2.6 in x 1.7 in x 4.6 9.5x4.4x1 cm 1.14 x0.34x1.24 in 3.9.x 2.x 0.3 in 1.1 x 5.8 x 6.6 in
Weight (ounces)
5 1.9 oz 1.5 2.6 0.8 1.2 58 g 0.44 1.9 1.5
Features
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Audio formats
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Transfers
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*USB
apple ipod classic  *usb sony nwz-e474  *usb apple ipod nano  *usb creative zen x-fi 3  *usb sandisk sansa clip+  *usb philips gogear vibe   *usb sony nwze453  *usb apple ipod shuffle  *usb archos 3oc vision  *usb sony 2 gb walkman  *usb
Battery
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Battery life (hours)
10 hrs 29 hrs 14 hrs 5 hrs 15 hrs 25 hrs 56 hrs 15 hrs 13 hrs 11 hrs
Rechargeable battery
apple ipod classic  rechargeable battery sony nwz-e474  rechargeable battery apple ipod nano  rechargeable battery creative zen x-fi 3  rechargeable battery sandisk sansa clip+  rechargeable battery philips gogear vibe   rechargeable battery sony nwze453  rechargeable battery apple ipod shuffle  rechargeable battery archos 3oc vision  rechargeable battery sony 2 gb walkman  rechargeable battery
Battery charger
apple ipod classic  battery charger sony nwz-e474  battery charger apple ipod nano  battery charger creative zen x-fi 3  battery charger sandisk sansa clip+  battery charger philips gogear vibe   battery charger sony nwze453  battery charger apple ipod shuffle  battery charger archos 3oc vision  battery charger sony 2 gb walkman  battery charger
Warranty
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Period
1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 3 years 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
Help & support
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Telephone support
apple ipod classic  telephone support sony nwz-e474  telephone support apple ipod nano  telephone support creative zen x-fi 3  telephone support sandisk sansa clip+  telephone support philips gogear vibe   telephone support sony nwze453  telephone support apple ipod shuffle  telephone support archos 3oc vision  telephone support sony 2 gb walkman  telephone support
Email support
apple ipod classic  email support sony nwz-e474  email support apple ipod nano  email support creative zen x-fi 3  email support sandisk sansa clip+  email support philips gogear vibe   email support sony nwze453  email support apple ipod shuffle  email support archos 3oc vision  email support sony 2 gb walkman  email support
User manual
apple ipod classic  user manual sony nwz-e474  user manual apple ipod nano  user manual creative zen x-fi 3  user manual sandisk sansa clip+  user manual philips gogear vibe   user manual sony nwze453  user manual apple ipod shuffle  user manual archos 3oc vision  user manual sony 2 gb walkman  user manual

MP3 players explained

MP3 players have revolutionized how we listen to music. You can ditch your entire CD collection and swap it for a tiny MP3 player. With a built-in rechargeable battery it will play for hours – and you can listen through headphones or wire it up to your stereo to play your music loud.

MP3 players store your music either on built-in memory, or on a built-in disk. Some also have a slot for a standard memory card (like you’d use in a camera), allowing you to expand the space available for music.

The music itself is usually stored in the highly-efficient MP3 format. Hundreds of MP3 tracks can fit into the space taken up by one album on CD.

In fact, although ‘MP3 player’ is what people call this kind of equipment, the music can actually be stored in a number of different formats. MP3 is the most common, but people also use WMA, AAC and OGG files.

Not all MP3 players can handle all types of file. If your music is already stored digitally, make sure it will work with your chosen MP3 player.

Capacity and capabilities

Most MP3 players come with software for your computer. This will convert your CDs into MP3 format (or a similar format) and copy the music onto your MP3 player.

MP3 players can vary in size quite a bit, so if it’s important that your fits nicely into your pocket, check the measurements before you buy.

The capacity of MP3 players is measured in gigabytes (GB). You can fit around 250 four-minute songs into each GB. Many MP3 players also have color screens and can play back video. You can load up TV shows or movies, although these take up lots more space than music.

Before you know it, you’ll be able to listen to music – almost anywhere.

Rank
Apple iPod Classic
Sony NWZ-E474
Apple iPod Nano
Creative Zen X-Fi 3
SanDisk Sansa Clip+
Philips GoGear Vibe
Sony NWZE453
Apple iPod Shuffle
Archos 3oc Vision
Sony 2 GB Walkman