Which Style Fits You? Give Your Earbuds More Options And Your Wallet A Break

By Katie Gangloff

There’s been a big debate among techies between Apple products and, well, everything else. Apple’s signature white earbuds signify who buys into consumerism these days. They not only connect to the seemly endless lines of Apple’s iPods, but, they also can be used with numerous other devices such as computers and recorders (not to be confused with a precorder that you got to play in 4th grade). Even though Apple iPods are pretty much the shit, and have taken over the masses, there are other MP3 players out there, but some say they just don’t compare. A few of them include the Microsoft Zune, and the SanDisk Sansa.

The iPod: the most popular MP3 player in the world. There are many different sizes, colors, and functions you can choose from, which may be why iPods have become the top selling MP3 players on the market. Not to mention their super easy iTunes technology to sync music, make playlists, and buy new music from. Currently the iPod family includes the iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano, iPod Classic, and iPod Touch. If you’re looking for some major storage space, check out the 160GB iPod Classic. Want something small and durable for running or working out with a built in clip? Try out the iPod Shuffle. Want something compact with a touch screen? Then the iPod Nano is for you. The iPod Touch is becoming more and more like a mini computer with each update from Apple. Facetime video chat and a high resolution “Retina” display were just added to a long list of features including email integration, chat, HD video camera, and the App Store’s full complement of add-ons.

Here’s a break down of the iPods in the recent past. FYI, the newest iPods aren’t even on here. So if you get an iPod this Christmas, you can pretty much guarantee there will be a newer one next year because of Apple’s quick release rate.

The Zune is a Microsoft product that despite having many similar features, just can’t seem to compete with the iPod’s strong market share. Right now there are 6 different devices in the Zune family, the Zune 4, Zune 8, Zune 16, Zune 80, Zune 120, and the Zune HD. All of which have functions for every lifestyle. The Zune 4 with 4 GB of space is for someone with an active lifestyle. With tons of room for listening and viewing pleasure, the Zune 16 can hold your favorite music and videos. If you want everything all packed into your small gadget, try out the Zune 120, it has a big screen to watch your videos when you’re on the go. Of course you can get some of these in HD with the Zune HD. All of the Zunes have wireless sync, which allows you to refresh your content anytime you charge your player though your home wireless network. Either Apple hasn’t figured out how to do this yet, or they’re choosing not to. We’ll let you be the judge.

SanDisk also has a strong MP3 player line. The SanDisk Sansa Fuze comes in 4, 8, or 16 GB and a variety of colors. SanDisk wants to give you “more player for less money.” It features a bright screen, accepts many audio and video formats, has a digital FM tuner and a hi-speed micro-USB port.

The SanDisk Sansa Clip is offered in 2, 4, and 8 GB. The Clip has “big sound and lots of features in a tiny package.” It has many of the same features as the Fuze as well as a built-in microphone to record your thoughts on the go.So, if you’ve fallen in love with Apple’s products, welcome to the club, 76% of people who listen to digital music are with you. For those Microsoft users out there who hate Apple just because, we know you’re out there, the Zune is for you. If you are searching for an MP3 player with price in mind then obviously the SanDisk is your best bet. Once you’ve found a device that works for you, fill it up with your favorite songs and keep in mind that it’s those tunes that’ll affect how you feel when you listen.


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