Why Dedicated Media Players are still cool
With all the cell phones to come out in recent times packing video players, mp3 players and a whole host of other media functionalities, its not hard to see why MP3 players as well as PMPâ€™s (Personal Media Players) are taking a real hit. Recently Apple announced (no surprise here), that its iPod line was getting steep competition from the iPod Touch and iPhone, and while sales of the latter were up, sales of the former were on the decline. However there is still a market for dedicated music devices because there are those who know that most devices that are â€œjacks of all tradesâ€ usually perform at subpar level for each feature they sport.
Take the iPhone and Palm Pre for example, both have iTunes syncing, video and music playback, picture viewer as well as YouTube support. But owning a Pre and iPod Touch myself as well as using iPhoneâ€™s has taught me that a media player on a cellphone is more of a novelty for the music lover, rather than a necessity.
Another problem with cell phones and music is functionality. Imagine a DJ carrying his iPhone to a party stacked with all the nights jam and half way through â€œTurn Me On,â€ he gets a ring from a friend who canâ€™t find the parties location. While most of us are not DJâ€™s Iâ€™m sure those who dock their iPhoneâ€™s to their stereo system, no how frustrating it is when half way through the song someone calls, worse when itâ€™s a telemarketer or some other person of shady character.
So yes, having a cellphone with an mp3 player is a nice novelty but for those who are concerned about battery life and music quality, it just cannot cut it. Thankfully technology is advancing and if we start seeing more phones with Snapdragon and Tegra processors, things might change. But for now, Iâ€™ll keep my mp3 player and cell phone as two separate devices thank you.Advertisement
I’m very happy with my N95.
BTW, I can turn off incoming calls whenever I want for just listen music.
Well said Orrett, and I agree on all points.
The process of ripping, converting, tagging,
as well as deciding what to make portable
is a focused effort as is the listening to
the music you care to listen to and
because you care quality matters.
Having a dedicated mp3 player
facilitates this process and
is the preferred player
for quality sound.
I highly recommend the Creative ZEN.
I bought my first zen in 2008 after alot of research and comparing other MP3 players, I found that it has more for less in terms of quality and features. I liked it so much that I bought one for my wife. Now in 201, I sat on my first zen so I purchased an upgraded one. Which got an added bonus, which I love.
My Zen X-Fi Specs:
Credit card size
MP3 & video capable
8GB (Sizes range from 2GB to 32GB)
2.5 inch LCD at 2 million pixel screen
32 FM radio presents
Internal speaker with jack sensor technology
USB data connection and charging
Expandable SD Memory slot upto 32GB
Organizer with date and time
colors – black, red, white, pink, grey
Sofeware and data cable included
works on all windows OS and Linux OS
all this cost me $89 plus S&H = $105
Freakin Sweet Deal – sure beats an ipod shuffle for $150
Follow link below for all Creative Lab MP3 players and Accessories
Thanks to Orrett Morgan for having a Creavtive Labs MP3 40GB Hard disk player back in the days. Orrett – do you still have it?