Shopping for iPods and Media Players
If you're in places where you can't stream music/videos or access your cloud services, such as on flights, underground subways, or while jogging, then iPods and media players come in handy. They allow you to load up all your favorite playlists so you can listen to or watch them on the go. In addition to Apple's iPod, you can find reliable digital media players from other brands such as SanDisk, Sony, Samsung, JBL, Pioneer, FiiO, and more.
MP3 Players vs. iPods
iPod is, in essence, an MP3 player made by Apple. Since its release, there have been several variations of the iPod, with one of the latest being the iPod Touch. Unlike other digital audio players, the iPod Touch allows you to sync your music, apps, photos, and other files from your iCloud Backup or iTunes account. Available in 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage capacities, the Touch comes with a range of extra features, such as Bluetooth connectivity, multi-touch IPS display technology, and an HD camera for nonstop entertainment.
Portable media players from other brands offer similar functions to the iPod Touch, but they use different platforms. Similar to the size of a small smartphone, these media players are smaller than mobile Bluetooth speakers. They also don't require any type of connectivity to play audio or video. Some models can even act as portable radios.
How to Choose a Digital Media Player
For efficient portability, choose a player with a small, slim body and a relatively large screen, so that you don't strain when watching videos. If you're frequently on the go, choose one with a long battery life. Depending on the size of your playlists, choose a device with reliable internal storage or with microSD slots for additional storage. Features such as Bluetooth connectivity are also important to consider, especially if you're planning to use accessories such as wireless TV headphones.