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Portable Media Player Of The Year 2011


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Last month we introduced our shortlist for Best Portable Media Player of 2011, a category which is under threat from smartphones but continues to improve in terms of video and music playback in a way that many phones simply can’t match for the same price.

Last week our panel of experts were presented with the shortlist from your votes; the iPod Touch 4th Generation, the Sony NWZ-A866 and the Cowon X7.

Despite tough competition, we found crowned one product as Portable Media Player of the Year 2011.

Portable Media Player Of The Year 2011 - the winners


November 29, 2011, 3:55 am

"however you are tied in to iTunes"
That's an odd thing to say.

If you mean you have to use iTunes to set it up and add content, with iOS 5 you don't - it's all done in the device itself.

If you mean content, that's also not true. You're free to download music, films and content from other sites, for example use Spotify on it.

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December 6, 2011, 1:21 am

You do have to use itunes as the gate way between an apple device and the content on your computer. Its a shame you cant just drag music files and drop them into an ipod. itunes in itself is totally unintuitive to me. Its so surprising how clumsy it is. I still would have chosen the ipod. I still have a first generation and I love the thing.


December 6, 2011, 7:42 am

You do need itunes for ipod..... There are some things you can do without it, or you can replace itunes with some other piece of software that does the same thing..... But if you are going to get an ipod... you will have to get used to the idea of having itunes on your machine.... If u want to keep pictures, playlists and update the iOS every now and again. You might as well have itunes installed that muck around with other multiple packages... I think saying you are 'tied to itunes' is a perfectly correct thing to say.... Why waste your money and effort on an ipod, if you are going to gimp it by not using itunes?


February 2, 2012, 5:12 am

Definitely not an odd thing to say. You need to have itunes installed to transfer anything from the computer to the device. I have a samsung galaxy player, which simply works with drag n drop - not even a minute to transfer 1GB of files - and it works with any computer (I even used it on a school computer once, no need to install any extra software). How the Samsung Galaxy Player 4 didn't get here is a mystery to me.


October 10, 2012, 11:33 pm

I have an iPod and don't even have iTunes on my computer. MediaMonkey does all I need.


July 17, 2013, 8:41 am

Things have changed a lot, there are a couple of software which gives better control over apple devices than itunes actually allowed. I have used ispirit, i-funbox, mondershare-mobilego for ios to access my apple devices. I hate been restricted reason and that is why i hate itunes. My device is my own and I like to access any part of it in whatever way i like. You cannot even easily use itunes to copy non media files to your ipod, ipad. What a shame!

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