So I have been cruising ebay and found out that iPOD isn’t the only brand of MP3 player that exists. Durrr…
It appears to me that other brands of MP3 players have a lot more packed into them, like FM radio tuners, Flash Drives, mp4, headphone jacks, etc. With ipod it seems that you have to buy addons or upgrade to a more expensive unit to get the same features.
These underdog MP3 players are also a lot cheaper than Apple iPODs.
Why would you buy an ipod over a generic mp3 player from samsueng or sony when the cost goes up 2-10x? Is it the software? Is there something I am missing?
Has anyone used a generic system?[/quote]
My first MP3 players was a Nike brand. It broke in two weeks. The next one I got was a Rio and I kept that one for over a year. I consider them “second best” now because the volume doesn’t go up as high which is a negative to me when it gets loud in the gym. I currently have an iPod Shuffle, the older model, not the newer clip on model, and it works great. It’s fast, needs no batteries (which is one of the largest selling points to me) and weighs about as much as a stick of chewing gum.
I have nothing really against other brands, however, after having used some of them, I still think the iPod is the best on the market. It all comes down to what you want. I personally don’t want to have to buy more batteries ever again for an MP3 player, especially one that weighs heavy enough for me to pay attention to it when training.
As far as alternatives, Amazon is a great place to read reviews before you make a decision. From them, it seems that this one:
gets the highest rating next to an iPod along with this one: