Best MP3 Players of Late 2012

Portable music players do a lot more than just play music these days. Many of them also play movies, connect to the Internet, and have an abundance of apps from which you can choose. In the case of the iPod touch, it also doubles as one of the most popular portable gaming devices on the market today. It’s getting to the point where finding a dedicated music player is quite difficult. That said, there’s no reason we can’t kick back and enjoy this change in the market.

After all, isn’t making wise purchasing decisions basically a matter of getting the most bang for your buck?

In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best portable media players you can find out there. Some of them do a lot more than just play music, but others offer a lower price in exchange for a usage profile that is a bit more true to the genre.

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Apple iPod touch

The Apple iPod touch is part PDA, part game console, and part media player. It’s basically an iPhone without the phone component. Many iPod touch owners have actually taken advantage of VoIP software to turn them into Wi-Fi enabled phones.

The iPod touch is a great gift for students who may not be ready for an iPhone, but could still take advantage of the giant library of apps made for the platform.

The latest iPod touch comes in a variety of colors, has an excellent 5 megapixel camera, and comes with its own built-in speaker.

Samsung Galaxy Player

If there is an Android equivalent to the iPod touch, it would be the Samsung Galaxy Player. Available in a variety of screen sizes, this Android Gingerbread-powered media player gives the user access to the greater Android Play marketplace.

Unlike the iPod touch, you won’t be enjoying the latest version of the available operating system on the Galaxy Player. Likewise, you’re giving up much in the way of screen resolution. You do gain the advantage of having a device that costs a lot less than the iPod touch, though.

Apple iPod nano

Not just an MP3 player, the iPod nano adds the benefit for Nike+ and a built-in radio in exchange for the premium price. At an entry fee of $149 ($20 higher than the Samsung Galaxy Player), you’re not going to be enjoying any iOS apps, but you will enjoy all the features you might expect from a basic media player, including video playback.

The iPod nano features 16 GB of onboard storage for all of your podcasts, music, and videos in addition to a built-in accelerometer, which acts as a pedometer.

SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip

Sometimes, you just want to give someone the gift of music without breaking the bank to do so. For that reason, the SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip is certainly a contender for this list.

Costing less than $40, the Sansa Clip Zip is capable of playing the most popular audio file types, storing 4 GB of data, tuning in to live FM radio, and it even allows the user to record voice memos. There really isn’t much more you can ask for at that price. It’s a sleek-looking player, too.

Do you have a favorite mp3 player on this list? Something else? Please share in the comments below!

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Ryan Matthew Pierson has worked as a broadcaster, writer, and producer for media outlets ranging from local radio stations to internationally syndicated programs. His experience includes every aspect of media production. He has over a decade of experience in terrestrial radio, Internet multimedia, and commercial video production.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1569425230 Lj Imutan

    I would’ve added Sony Walkman F over the Galaxy Player. Android 4.0 and produces better sound quality at $270

    • https://plus.google.com/112301869379652563135/posts Ryan Matthew Pierson

      I totally would have added it had I known a little more about it. The ~$120 price point of the Samsung Galaxy Player is just too good NOT to put on this list. An Android device at impulse buying prices… not terrible.

  • Rune Baggetun

    The only one I could buy is the Sandisk as it support lossless FLAC and Vorbis. It does not require crapware to be installed and it mounts like a USB Stick.

    I like my world easy and user friendly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/halomademeapc Alex Griffith

    I’m a proud owner of a Samsung Galaxy Player 5, and although the screen density definitely isn’t the best, I’d say it’s definitely worth the trade-off for the impressive size. Nobody ever looks at the device and says, “wow, that’s low-res”. They just go “hot d***, that thing is huge!” I am kind of bummed with the lack of official support for Android 4.x, but the devs at xda have some pretty stable ICS roms available with JB on the way. The camera is decent, MicroSD support is great, and I also have to mention that the speakers are a lot better than any that I’ve heard on other pocket-able devices to date.

  • Brian Burgess

    Love my PocketPC 2002 Phone (iPaq) .. for ALL these same reasons!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/gpowerf G.Power

    My main interest in these would be for apps, rather than music. So I would rule out anything that cannot run apps.

    The clear winner as an Android phone user is the iPod touch, it gives me access to iOS apps in a device that’s smaller than my iPad. To this day iOS games are in general a little bit smoother than Android games, so it makes sense from a gaming perspective to get the iPod Touch over anything else.

    The iPod touch is kinda like the new GameBoy.

  • http://twitter.com/Gallifrey103 Alexander_Sigsworth#

    Android iPod? I’m in there.

  • AlexBivolcic

    I love the iPod Touch but the nano is looking nicer and nicer!