Are The Days Of The PMP Numbered?

When Apple announced the iPod in October, 2001 it is fair to

say it completely changed the way we listened to music forever, yet just a decade

later is the humble portable music player on the way out?

The TrustedReviews 2011 Awards is currently voting for

the best PMP on the market in the last 12 months. Among the devices up for the Award are the Apple iPod touch, the

Cowon X7 and the Sony Walkman A845 are all battling it out to be crowned the best

PMP for 2011.

However, with the advent of smartphones, are PMPs becoming

redundant? On the face of it, the answer would seem to be a resounding yes. Why

carry around a smartphone and a PMP when just the former will do?

Well, it’s not quite that simple. Take for example those

audiophiles who want to carry around with them high-quality music. If you only have a smartphone, then you’re snookered as they just don’t support lossless formats.

Another issue is the longer battery life

afforded by these dedicated media players which will last for many, many more

albums worth of listening than your puny smartphone battery which will run out

half way through your first album.

Another reason why we don’t think we’ve seen the end of PMPs, is that

many of them still offer the higher capacity hard drive storage with which

mobile phones just can’t compete. So if you have an extensive colleciton of Cliff Richard albums – and who doens’t – then you’ll need a lot of storage which smartphones for the most part don’t offer.

While smartphones will suffice for many who want to listen

to the odd podcast or a few tunes here and there, for music fans with serious

collections, PMPs are still the only option.

So get voting for the best Portable Media Player of 2011 and

not only will you get a chance to influence the outcome of the Awards, you’ll also be in with

a chance to win £2,000 worth of gadgets.

Vote Now: Best Portable Media Player 2011

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