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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 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.

sony walkmanFor one, there has yet to be a phone that lives up to the quality of music one would expect from an MP3 player. Just by doing a simple test with an iPhone vs. iPod Classic, Palm Pre vs. Zune or Sony Ericsson X! vs. Sony X-Series Walkman you will notice the difference not only in fidelity but also bass and range. For a casual person this might not be a biggie, but for those of us whose hard drives are stacked with albums it might be a difference like day and night.

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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    Comments

    1. xdmv said on August 18, 2009 at 4:24 pm
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      I’m very happy with my N95.
      BTW, I can turn off incoming calls whenever I want for just listen music.
      :-)

    2. Robert Palmar said on August 18, 2009 at 7:01 pm
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      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. The Unknown said on February 1, 2011 at 9:31 pm
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      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
      http://us.creative.com/products/welcomenew.asp?category=948&WT.cg_n=Campaigns&WT.mc_id=8860#subcat958

      Thanks to Orrett Morgan for having a Creavtive Labs MP3 40GB Hard disk player back in the days. Orrett – do you still have it?

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