Portable media players comparing Portable media players

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Engadget score

80
84
86
90
82

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Avg. critic rating

7.3
8.3
8.6
9.0
7.9

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Avg. user rating

8.3
8.3
8.7
8.5
8.3

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Price

General

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Type

Audio player
Audio / video player
Audio / video player
Audio / video player
Audio / video player

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Media type

Internal storage (8 GB, Flash)
Internal storage (80 GB, Hard drive)
Internal storage (16 GB, Flash)
Internal storage (16 GB, Flash)
Internal storage (16 GB, Flash)

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Memory card support

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Radio tuner

FM
No
No
No
FM

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Radio recording

No

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FM transmitter

No

Supported media

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Audio codec support

AAC, MP3, WAV
AAC, MP3, WAV
AAC, MP3, WAV
AAC, MP3, WAV
AAC, MP3, WAV

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Audible support

Yes
Yes
Version 4

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Video playback

No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

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Video codec support

h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, Quicktime
h.264 / AVC, Motion JPEG, MPEG-4, Quicktime
h.264 / AVC, Motion JPEG, MPEG-4, Quicktime
h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, Quicktime

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Photo viewer

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

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Image format support

BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF
BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF
BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF
GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF
BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF

Connectivity

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WiFi

No
No
802.11 a, b, g, n
802.11 b, g, n

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WiFi encryption

WEP, WPA, WPA2
WEP, WPA, WPA2

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Wireless sync

Yes
No

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Downloadable media

Yes
Yes

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Bluetooth

No
No
4.0
2.1 + EDR
Yes (unspecified version)

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Common profiles

A2DP [stereo audio], AVRCP [media control]
A2DP [stereo audio]
A2DP [stereo audio]

Audio features

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Speakers

None
None
Stereo
Mono
Mono

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Audio recording

Microphone
Yes
Microphone
Line-in, Microphone

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Volume limiter

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Audio quality

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Noise cancellation

No
No
No

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Equalizer

Yes
Yes
No

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Frequency response

20 - 20000 Hz
20 - 20000 Hz
20 - 20000 Hz
20 - 20000 Hz

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Signal-to-noise ratio

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Impedance

32 ohms
32 ohms

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Total harmonic distortion

Software

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Apps (default)

Stopwatch, Voice recorder
Address book, Alarm, Calendar, Games, Stopwatch, Voice recorder
Address book, Alarm, Browser, Calculator, Calendar, Email, Games, Notes, Stopwatch, Voice recorder
Address book, Alarm, Browser, Calculator, Calendar, Email, Notes, Stopwatch, Voice recorder

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Installable apps

No
Yes
Yes
Yes

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Upgradeable firmware

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Display

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Display

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

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Screen size

1.54 inches
2.5 inches
4 inches
3.5 inches
2.5 inches

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Screen resolution

240 x 240
320 x 240
1136 x 640
960 x 640
240 x 432

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Screen type

LCD (Active, Color, Backlit)
LCD (Color, Backlit)
LCD (Active, Color, Backlit)
LCD (Active, Color, Backlit)
LCD (Active, Color, Backlit)

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Touchscreen

Capacitive [finger]
No
Capacitive [finger]
Capacitive [finger]
Capacitive [finger]

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Aspect ratio

16:9
3:2

Connections

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Audio jack

3.5mm
3.5mm
3.5mm
3.5mm
3.5mm

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USB

2.0 (Other / proprietary, USB charging)
2.0 (Other / proprietary, USB charging)
2.0 (Other / proprietary, USB charging)
2.0 (Other / proprietary, USB charging)
2.0 (Other / proprietary, USB charging)

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Storage type

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Dock connector

Yes
Yes
Yes

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FireWire / 1394

No
No
No

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Video output

No
Yes
Yes

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Outputs supported

Component, HDMI, RCA / composite

Power

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Audio playback time

up to 24 hours
up to 30 hours
up to 40 hours
up to 40 hours
up to 30 hours

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Video playback time

up to 5 hours
up to 8 hours
up to 7 hours
up to 3.5 hours

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Battery size

Rechargeable
Rechargeable
Rechargeable
Rechargeable

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Battery type

Li-ion
Li-ion
Li-ion
Li-ion

Camera

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Camera

No
No
No
0.3 megapixels

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Camera features

Records video

Sensors

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Sensors

Accelerometer (motion)
Accelerometer (motion), Gyroscope
Accelerometer (motion), Ambient light, Gyroscope

Compatibility

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Requires desktop software

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

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OS support

Windows (7, Vista, XP), Mac OS (OS X)
Windows, Mac OS
Windows (8, 7, Vista, XP, 64-bit, 64-bit), Mac OS (OS X)
Windows (7, Vista, XP), Mac OS (OS X)
Windows (7, Vista, XP), Mac OS (OS X)

Size and Weight

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Height

1.48 inches
4.1 inches
4.86 inches
4.4 inches
3.01 inches

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Width

1.61 inches
2.4 inches
2.31 inches
2.3 inches
1.56 inches

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Depth

0.35 inches
0.41 inches
0.24 inches
0.28 inches
0.21 inches

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Weight

0.74 ounces
4.9 ounces
3.03 ounces
3.56 ounces
1.1 ounces

Pricing and Availability

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Availability

Discontinued
Discontinued
Available
Discontinued
Available

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Discontinued (US)

September, 2008
May 30, 2013

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Released (US)

September, 2007
May 30, 2013
September 1, 2010
October, 2012

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Announced (US)

September, 2007
September 1, 2010

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Rumored (US)

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Original price

$149 USD
$249.99 USD
$229 USD
$229 USD
$179 USD

Colors

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Colors

Gray
Silver
Blue
Red
Green
Pink
Orange
Black
Silver
Silver
Black
White
Black
Silver
Blue
Red
Green
Pink
Yellow
Purple

General Info

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Mfr. warranty

1 year
1 year
1 year
1 year
1 year

Environmental

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Energy Star compliant

Yes

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RoHS compliant

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EPEAT rating