Why Dedicated Media Players are still cool

Orrett Morgan
Aug 18, 2009
Updated • Dec 1, 2012

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 PMP’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 “jacks of all trades” 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 iPhone’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 “Turn Me On,” he gets a ring from a friend who can’t find the parties location. While most of us are not DJ’s I’m sure those who dock their iPhone’s to their stereo system, no how frustrating it is when half way through the song someone calls, worse when it’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, I’ll keep my mp3 player and cell phone as two separate devices thank you.


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  1. The Unknown said on February 1, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    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
    Customizable EQ
    Internal speaker with jack sensor technology
    USB data connection and charging
    Expandable SD Memory slot upto 32GB
    Voice recorder
    Photo viewer
    Organizer with date and time
    Lock feature
    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?

  2. Robert Palmar said on August 18, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    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.

  3. xdmv said on August 18, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I’m very happy with my N95.
    BTW, I can turn off incoming calls whenever I want for just listen music.

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