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MP3 Players

Lenco Xemio 655 (4GB, Grey)

Lenco Xemio 655 (4GB, Grey)

From £34
  • Memory size: 4GB
  • Colour: Grey
  • Memory type: micro SD
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SanDisk  Clip Sport 8GB

SanDisk Clip Sport 8GB

From £27
  • Memory size: 8GB
  • Memory type: MicroSD
  • Radio: With Radio
6 Offers from 2 shops >
Cowon  iAUDIO E3 16 GB

Cowon iAUDIO E3 16 GB

From £116
  • Memory size: 16 GB
  • Memory type: Flash Memory
  • Weight: 20.8g
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Cowon  i9 16 GB

Cowon i9 16 GB

From £147
  • Memory size: 16 GB
  • Memory type: Integrated
  • Weight: 49g
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Sony  NWZ B183 4GB

Sony NWZ B183 4GB

From £63
  • Memory size: 4GB
  • Memory type: MicroSD
  • Radio: Without Radio
3 Offers from 2 shops >
Apple iPod Nano (16 GB, 7th generation, Yellow)

Apple iPod Nano (16 GB, 7th generation, Yellow)

From £129
  • Memory size: 16 GB
  • Colour: Yellow
  • Generation: 7th generation
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Cowon iAudio E 3 8GB

Cowon iAudio E 3 8GB

From £74
  • Memory size: 8GB
  • Memory type: Flash Memory
  • Weight: 20.8g
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Cowon  X9 (8GB, White)

Cowon X9 (8GB, White)

From £147
  • Memory size: 8GB
  • Colour: White
  • Memory type: CompactFlash Card
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Philips GoGear Vibe SA4VBE04 4GB

Philips GoGear Vibe SA4VBE04 4GB

From £61
  • Memory size: 4GB
1 Offer from 1 shop >
DIFRNCE  MP755 4GB

DIFRNCE MP755 4GB

From £28
  • Memory size: 4GB
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Apple iPod Touch (32 GB, 6th generation, Pink)

Apple iPod Touch (32 GB, 6th generation, Pink)

From £178
  • Memory size: 32 GB
  • Colour: Pink
  • Generation: 6th generation
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Apple  iPod Touch (32 GB, 2nd Generation)

Apple iPod Touch (32 GB, 2nd Generation)

From £178
  • Memory size: 32 GB
  • Generation: 2nd Generation
  • Memory type: Integrated
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Apple iPod Touch (32 GB, 6th generation, Grey)

Apple iPod Touch (32 GB, 6th generation, Grey)

From £179
  • Memory size: 32 GB
  • Colour: Grey
  • Generation: 6th generation
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Cowon iAudio Z2 (32 GB, White)

Cowon iAudio Z2 (32 GB, White)

From £262
  • Memory size: 32 GB
  • Colour: White
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony NWZ B183B CEW 4GB

Sony NWZ B183B CEW 4GB

From £43
  • Memory size: 4GB
  • Memory type: USB Drive, MicroSD
  • Radio: With Radio
1 Offer from 1 shop >
DIFRNCE MP 1895 (8GB, Silver)

DIFRNCE MP 1895 (8GB, Silver)

From £46
  • Memory size: 8GB
  • Colour: Silver
  • Memory type: Flash Memory
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony  NWE 393 B (4GB, Black)

Sony NWE 393 B (4GB, Black)

From £79
  • Memory size: 4GB
  • Colour: Black
  • Weight: 3.9g
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sunstech  DEDALO II (4GB, Black)

Sunstech DEDALO II (4GB, Black)

From £36
  • Memory size: 4GB
  • Colour: Black
  • Memory type: USB Drive
1 Offer from 1 shop >
sportXtreme  e waw 4GB

sportXtreme e waw 4GB

From £66
  • Memory size: 4GB
  • Memory type: SDHC Card
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Moshi Monsters  katsuma 2GB

Moshi Monsters katsuma 2GB

From £27
  • Memory size: 2GB
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony NW WS414B (8GB, Black)

Sony NW WS414B (8GB, Black)

From £79
  • Memory size: 8GB
  • Colour: Black
  • Weight: 32g
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Trevi  MPV 1745 (8GB, Black)

Trevi MPV 1745 (8GB, Black)

From £38
  • Memory size: 8GB
  • Colour: Black
  • Memory type: MicroSD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
TrekStor i.Beat jump (8GB, Black)

TrekStor i.Beat jump (8GB, Black)

From £38
  • Memory size: 8GB
  • Colour: Black
  • Memory type: MicroSD, SDHC Card
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Intenso  Intenso 4GB

Intenso Intenso 4GB

From £31
  • Memory size: 4GB
  • Memory type: Integrated
  • Weight: 40g
1 Offer from 1 shop >
MPMan  MP30 WOM (16 GB, Black)

MPMan MP30 WOM (16 GB, Black)

From £27
  • Memory size: 16 GB
  • Colour: Black
  • Memory type: micro SD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Intenso  Music Mover (8GB, Pink)

Intenso Music Mover (8GB, Pink)

From £27
  • Memory size: 8GB
  • Colour: Pink
  • Memory type: MicroSD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Trevi  MPV 1705 (32 GB, Pink)

Trevi MPV 1705 (32 GB, Pink)

From £31
  • Memory size: 32 GB
  • Colour: Pink
  • Memory type: Flash Drive
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Apple  iPod Touch (128 GB, 6th generation, Space Grey)

Apple iPod Touch (128 GB, 6th generation, Spac...

From £289
  • Memory size: 128 GB
  • Colour: Space Grey
  • Generation: 6th generation
1 Offer from 1 shop >
EvoDigitals  Red 16 (16 GB, Red)

EvoDigitals Red 16 (16 GB, Red)

From £28
  • Memory size: 16 GB
  • Colour: Red
  • Radio: With Radio
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Transcend  MP710 8GB

Transcend MP710 8GB

From £48
  • Memory size: 8GB
  • Memory type: Secure Digital Card
  • Weight: 41g
2 Offers from 2 shops >
DIFRNCE  MP851 (4GB, Lime)

DIFRNCE MP851 (4GB, Lime)

From £32
  • Memory size: 4GB
  • Colour: Lime
  • Memory type: Flash Memory
1 Offer from 1 shop >
SPC Telecom  8488 (8GB, Red)

SPC Telecom 8488 (8GB, Red)

From £49
  • Memory size: 8GB
  • Colour: Red
  • Memory type: micro SD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
SanDisk Sansa Clip Jam 8GB

SanDisk Sansa Clip Jam 8GB

From £22
  • Memory size: 8GB
  • Memory type: USB Drive, SDHC Card
  • Weight: 28g
2 Offers from 2 shops >
DIFRNCE  MP 855 (4GB, Pink)

DIFRNCE MP 855 (4GB, Pink)

From £27
  • Memory size: 4GB
  • Colour: Pink
  • Memory type: MicroSD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony  NWZB 183 FR (16 GB, Black)

Sony NWZB 183 FR (16 GB, Black)

From £943
  • Memory size: 16 GB
  • Colour: Black
  • Audio/Video formats: AAC, MP3, WMA, AVC, JPEG, MPEG
2 Offers from 2 shops >
MPMan  MPHF2 (8GB, Grey)

MPMan MPHF2 (8GB, Grey)

From £57
  • Memory size: 8GB
  • Colour: Grey
  • Memory type: MicroSD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
EvoDigitals  TS16 (16 GB, Black)

EvoDigitals TS16 (16 GB, Black)

From £35
  • Memory size: 16 GB
  • Colour: Black
  • Radio: With Radio
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Transcend  MP350 8GB

Transcend MP350 8GB

From £35
  • Memory size: 8GB
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Brigmton  BPA 81 R (8GB, Red)

Brigmton BPA 81 R (8GB, Red)

From £47
  • Memory size: 8GB
  • Colour: Red
1 Offer from 1 shop >
AGPtek  A 02 (16 GB, Black)

AGPtek A 02 (16 GB, Black)

From £20
  • Memory size: 16 GB
  • Colour: Black
  • Memory type: MicroSD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Lenco  XEMIO 657 4GB

Lenco XEMIO 657 4GB

From £29
  • Memory size: 4GB
  • Memory type: TransFlash memory card, MicroSD
  • Radio: With Radio
1 Offer from 1 shop >
TrekStor iBeat move BT 8GB

TrekStor iBeat move BT 8GB

From £34
  • Memory size: 8GB
  • Memory type: Flash Memory
  • Audio/Video formats: FLAC, MP3, WAV, WMA, OGG
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sunstech  Dedalo Iiibl (4GB, Blue)

Sunstech Dedalo Iiibl (4GB, Blue)

From £22
  • Memory size: 4GB
  • Colour: Blue
  • Memory type: Flash Memory
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Emtec  M700 (8GB, Yellow)

Emtec M700 (8GB, Yellow)

From £32
  • Memory size: 8GB
  • Colour: Yellow
  • Radio: Without Radio
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Technaxx Musicman TX 52 (32 GB, Black)

Technaxx Musicman TX 52 (32 GB, Black)

From £14
  • Memory size: 32 GB
  • Colour: Black
  • Memory type: USB Drive, TransFlash memory card, MicroSD
3 Offers from 1 shop >
Sunstech  Thorn (4GB, Red)

Sunstech Thorn (4GB, Red)

From £45
  • Memory size: 4GB
  • Colour: Red
  • Radio: With Radio
3 Offers from 1 shop >
Roadstar  MP 425 (4GB, Red)

Roadstar MP 425 (4GB, Red)

From £18
  • Memory size: 4GB
  • Colour: Red
  • Weight: 14g
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Exeze  MPR 4GB

Exeze MPR 4GB

From £29
  • Memory size: 4GB
1 Offer from 1 shop >
AGPtek  SMP3DB (64GB, Blue)

AGPtek SMP3DB (64GB, Blue)

From £24
  • Memory size: 64GB
  • Colour: Blue
  • Memory type: MicroSD
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Intenso  Video Scooter 8GB

Intenso Video Scooter 8GB

From £37
  • Memory size: 8GB
  • Memory type: Integrated
  • Audio/Video formats: MP3, WMA
3 Offers from 1 shop >
Lenco  Podo 153 (4GB, Black / blue)

Lenco Podo 153 (4GB, Black / blue)

From £29
  • Memory size: 4GB
  • Colour: Black / blue
  • Memory type: TransFlash memory card, MicroSD
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Emtec  EKMP38 8GB

Emtec EKMP38 8GB

From £33
  • Memory size: 8GB
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Bush  MP3 8GB

Bush MP3 8GB

From £23
  • Memory size: 8GB
  • Memory type: Integrated
  • Weight: 29g
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Technaxx Musicman TX 52 (32 GB, 5th Generation, Blue)

Technaxx Musicman TX 52 (32 GB, 5th Generation...

From £19
  • Memory size: 32 GB
  • Colour: Blue
  • Generation: 5th Generation
1 Offer from 1 shop >
SanDisk  Clip Sport Plus (16 GB, Blue)

SanDisk Clip Sport Plus (16 GB, Blue)

From £44
  • Memory size: 16 GB
  • Colour: Blue
  • Memory type: Flash Memory
3 Offers from 2 shops >
Finis Neptune V 2 (4GB, Black)

Finis Neptune V 2 (4GB, Black)

From £102
  • Memory size: 4GB
  • Colour: Black
  • Memory type: MicroSD
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Sunstech  Triton (2GB, Black)

Sunstech Triton (2GB, Black)

From £50
  • Memory size: 2GB
  • Colour: Black
  • Memory type: Integrated
1 Offer from 1 shop >
IN PHASE Audio  SBMP30901 (2GB, Yellow)

IN PHASE Audio SBMP30901 (2GB, Yellow)

From £22
  • Memory size: 2GB
  • Colour: Yellow
  • Memory type: Integrated
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Cowon  i9 (8GB, Black)

Cowon i9 (8GB, Black)

From £102
  • Memory size: 8GB
  • Colour: Black
  • Memory type: Integrated
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Denver  MPS 110 B 32 GB

Denver MPS 110 B 32 GB

From £22
  • Memory size: 32 GB
  • Memory type: MicroSD
  • Weight: 20g
1 Offer from 1 shop >

Buying Guide - MP3 players

Mobile music

listining to MP3MP3 players have changed the way we listen to music on the move. With no need for tapes or discs, mp3 players can store days, if not weeks of music, giving us more choice than any other music players.


Although we call portable music players mp3 players, the majority of portable music players support more than just mp3. But whatever formats mp3 players may support, the same basic principles remains. Uncompressed digital music files are ripped from CDs, the data is compressed and copied to mp3 players. The resulting music files will be a fraction of the size that they were on the CD, allowing mp3 players to store large music libraries.

Early mp3 players favoured hard disks for storage, which allowed for large capacity, but also compromised battery life and limited how small mp3 players could be. Now most mp3 players use flash memory. With flash storage mp3 players enjoy better battery life, more robust build and reduced size, while still offering capacities up to 64GB.

Although Apple is the clear market leader, there's still stiff competition from the likes of Samsung and Sony when it comes to mp3 players.

Apple iPod

Since the launch of the first iPod mp3 players, the brand has gone from strength to strength, and now you can find an iPod to suit pretty much every agenda. The iPod shuffle is tiny and ideally suited to use in the gym. It has no screen, 2GB of storage and simply plays all its tracks in a random order.


The iPod nano is also very small, but the entire front fascia is a colour, multi-touch screen. Like the shuffle, the iPod nano has an integrated clip, making it a good exercise partner. But unlike the shuffle, the nano comes with 8GB or 16GB capacity and a much longer feature list.

The iPod classic is the old school option, and is the only iPod that still uses a hard disk for storage. The use of a hard disk allows the iPod classic to sport 160GB of storage.

The iPod touch sits at the top of the iPod tree and puts most other mp3 players to shame. With a high resolution, 3.5" multi-touch screen, built-in Wi-Fi and video calling, the iPod touch is much more than just an mp3 player.

MP4 players

Just as most of us refer to portable music players as mp3 players, portable video players have come to be known as mp4 players. The reason for this is that the MPEG4 codec is the common choice when it comes to creating portable video files, so the devices that playback those files are often called mp4 players.


The thing to remember about mp4 players, is that most high-end mp3 players today are also mp4 players. The iPod touch for instance is as much a video player as it is a music player, and with a massive video library available for download on iTunes, loading it with content is a breeze.

If you're more concerned with video playback than audio, you should look at the Archos range of mp4 players. Archos has been making mp4 players since before MPEG4 was the preferred standard. Archos mp4 players tend to have larger screens and the ability to support pretty much any video format, unlike iPod mp4 players, which will only playback video that's synchronised through iTunes.

Many Blu-ray discs now come with a digital copy too, basically allowing you to transfer the movie to various mp4 players.

Software

Many mp3 players support a drag and drop system for file transfer. These mp3 players will allow you to drag music and video files directly from your computer onto them, with the mp3 players themselves handling the music management internally.


However, mp3 players like iPods require the use of media management software in order to transfer media to music players. Apple's iTunes application is probably the most widely recognised media management software for mp3 players. Apple iPod mp3 players need to be connected to iTunes whenever you want to add or remove music, video or images.

Although iPod mp3 players need to be connected to a computer running iTunes in order to transfer your own music library, iPod mp3 players with built-in Wi-Fi can download content purchased from the iTunes store directly.

Music subscription services like Napster and Spotify can also be used to fill mp3 players with music, as long as you have an active subscription. The Napster to go service supports mp3 players from the likes of Sony, Philips and Creative. Spotify supports iPod mp3 players in a similar manner.

Accessories

headphonesAll mp3 players come with earphones in the box, but they're almost universally poor. If you're looking at music players, the most important accessory is a decent set of earphones. High end earphones can cost more then the mp3 players that they connect to, but you can pick up a good set of earphones for around £40 that will improve any music players that you plug them into.


With such extensive music libraries inside them, mp3 players aren't just useful when we're out and about, you'll want to be able to listen to your music player when you're at home too. The solution is a speaker dock, into which you can plug music players and listen to your music without the need for earphones. There's no end of speaker dock options, with the vast majority of them supporting iPod music players.

When looking for a speaker dock consider the size of the room it will be in, and where you will be while listening. Some speaker docks are tailored for the bedside table with integrated clock and alarm functionality, while others focus solely on getting the best sound quality from music players.