Home / Product Round-ups / Best MP3 Player

Best MP3 Player

Andrew Williams


Best MP3 player

The Apple iPod range has all-but decimated the wider MP3 player market, but there are still reasons why you might want to shun Apple and its admittedly-pretty-good Classic and touch devices. They won't play lossless files other than Apple's own ALAC format, for one, and you can often save a bit of cash by going for a Sony, Cowon or iRiver player.

Then there's the iTunes question. With an Apple device, you're pretty much tethered to Apple's music software, where most other MP3 players let you drag and drop files onto their internal memory. Some also have microSD slots, making it cheap and easy to expand the internal memory well beyond its previous limit.

If you're a sound quality nut, there are also much better sound engines out there than Apple's. Its players let you choose from a handful of EQ options as standard, but that doesn't compare to the subtle and powerful skills of the Cowon BBE engine. Then again, the Cowon J3 won't let you play Angry Birds.


January 4, 2013, 5:31 am

Sound is s...ty but who cares it is apple it must be the best.

Darth Slacker

May 22, 2015, 8:38 pm

Fuck Apple products! Screw their Cult...just buy Japanese

Adrian Brown

July 14, 2015, 7:22 am

Why would anyone buy an mp3 player these days? Why not use your smartphone? Well, because the sound from the Cowon, Sony and Sandisk products is far superior. A point that was totally ignored in the reviews in favour of ability to play games. Imbecilic!!

comments powered by Disqus