MY mp3 Player Buyer’s Guide

This is by no means a definitive buyer’s guide for mp3 players … it’s just how I decided which one I wanted.

1. Decide what it is that you want in an mp3 player … features, style, usability, etc.
– Make a list of things that you would like to have in an mp3 player.
For me, I would like it to have:
ability to create playlists, easy to use controls, easily sync or transfer files from my computer

– Make a list of things that you just can’t live without.
For me, I really have to have:
FM receiver, flash-based memory, ability to use rechargeable batteries OR have an internal rechargeable battery

2. Decide how much you want to spend.
– Pick an upper limit of what you’re willing to spend and stick to it the best you can. Sure, there are really pricey ones out there, but do you really need one of those? There might be a less expensive one that would be perfect
I initially set my limit at $100. But after looking around, I decided to up the limit to $125.

3. Where do you plan on using it?
I will mainly use mine at work. But I’m sure I’ll find other places to use it as well.

4. Do your research.
– Research the various players in your price range online. Do a Google search or check various sites to get a feel for what’s out there.
– Go to stores and actually handle the players … if they have ones you’re interested in.

I decided on the Creative Zen V Plus 2GB player. It’s in my price range (Amazon and Walmart have it for about $120). I just can’t decide between the black one or the white one. I decided on the 2GB one ‘cuz it’s cheaper than the 4GB … :G-LOL: The stats say it will hold about 500 songs. I think that’s good enough for me. I mainly want something to listen to at work. I get bored with the radio. But with this one, I can still listen to the radio if I want to. I like having options.

Now I just have to wait until I get my federal tax refund so I can get it. My luck, the price will go up before then. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it doesn’t. :crossfingers:


  1. You can then look into listening to podcasts too. I have a 30 GB iPod with tons of much on it, but I mostly listen to podcasts.

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