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.