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QOTD: Which is Your Next PMP: iPod, Zune, Other?

By , Jane McEntegart, Tuan Nguyen - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 78 comments

Today Microsoft finally took the wraps off of its next generation Zune hardware. The Zune HD is bigger, better and more impressive in every way than any Zune before it. In fact, some might say that it’s the most attractive music/media player yet with its HD radio and HD video output.

With an accelerometer and web browser via Wi-Fi, it’s providing serious competition for anyone in the market for an iPod Touch. Music players are now becoming so much more than just things that serve your MP3s, providing yet more deciding factors on which one will get your dollars.

The Question of the Day is: Which portable media player is most likely to be your next purchase?

It doesn’t have to be limited to a Zune or iPod, as clearly spending hundreds of dollars on a music player may not be music to everyone’s ears. Hah.

Marcus: I’ve never owned an iPod or a Zune. For my portable music needs, I’ve been using a very modest and trusty Sony NW-E99 (with only 1 GB!) for years as it does what I need it to do – play music. But if I had take a leap into the modern era of PMPs, the Zune HD intrigues me the most. It’s not the music aspect of it (though the ZunePass does sound like a very sensible option) but rather the HD video out and possible integration with the Xbox.

Jane: I've said it twice before (and I'll probably keep saying it), if Microsoft added a phone to the mix, I'd be all over the Zune HD like a wet towel. At the moment I use an iPod Nano because it pairs with Nike+, which I'd be completely lost without. Unfortunately that means I have to stick with either the iPod Nano or the iTouch for my PMP needs. Unless of course, someone wants to buy me another PMP, in which case I'd go for the Zune HD, just for the sake of it. I'm always interested in trying out new gadgets.

Tuan: I don't have an iPod or Zune either. I have an iPhone but I don't even use it for music listening. I never find myself listening to music while walking around somewhere. And when I'm in my car I have the car stereo playing. At home, I have the home audio system playing. I remember owning the Diamond Rio, which was basically the first mainstream portable MP3 player. It was pretty crappy in terms of quality, but it was cutting edge for its day. I didn't buy anymore portable media players after that one!

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    mindless728 , May 28, 2009 1:03 AM
    my hacked PSP 2000
    phone (skype)
    gps (yes, it is out there)
    games on the go
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    Spanky Deluxe , May 28, 2009 1:04 AM
    If I didn't have an iPhone then it'd be an iPod Touch. Nothing else comes close. As it is, my next PMP purchase will be the new iPhone whenever it comes out.
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    enyceckk101 , May 28, 2009 1:14 AM
    I like Ipod touch because of their apps.
    but when it comes to video playing, I might have to go with Zune or ARCHOS 7.
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    enyceckk101 , May 28, 2009 1:15 AM
    I like Ipod touch because of their apps.
    but when it comes to video playing, I might have to go with Zune or ARCHOS 7.

    Zune HD*
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    eddieroolz , May 28, 2009 1:24 AM
    Although I just bought a Cowon S9 just three months back, if I were to buy one today, I would definitely go for the Zune HD.
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    WheelsOfConfusion , May 28, 2009 1:36 AM
    I've got a Cowon D2 that I love. The sound quality is great and it takes my mp3s AND oggs AND whatever .avis I care to put on it, and with an SDHC expansion slot, that can be a LOT of videos. Great looking screen. Shame about the touch interface, but it does allow for doodling.

    I'm thinking my next PMP will be a Pandora, though. Hopefully it'll be ready before Duke Nukem Forever.
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    rdawise , May 28, 2009 1:36 AM
    Currently Own:
    Sansa e260 (Good for what it does)
    PSP-2000 (Probably the most underrated PMP out)

    Next to Own:
    Zune HD (looks interesting, plus girlfriend already owns the Ipod Touch. Not missing out on much).
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    smithereen , May 28, 2009 1:47 AM
    I won't be upgrading my 120GB Zune for a while.
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    Tindytim , May 28, 2009 1:53 AM
    The ZuneHD would have been it, if they had gone with an actual HD resolution. Quarter HD would have been great (960x540), but that broke any hope of me buying one.

    I currently have a Sansa Clip (4GB) that fits my needs, and it only cost me $60, so I don't see the point in any iCrap since they don't do much more than play music, or have a high-def screen.
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    nukemaster , May 28, 2009 1:54 AM
    Creative Zen :p 
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    Robert17 , May 28, 2009 2:08 AM
    Sansa will probably be my first music storage/player. I travel in my car a lot (1800 miles last week) and have too much music I'm converting from LPs to burn and shuffle as CDs, yes, old school. I'm frequently out of range of any good rock stations so I must carry my own. Don't need any video, HD or otherwise, just an FM transmitter to the nice system in my car.
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    SciFiMan , May 28, 2009 2:16 AM
    In our family it's a generational thing. The kids like iPod's, which I find to be a poor value, but I understand that youth follow the herd and they certainly have plenty of leisure time. Us adults have Sansa models. My own choice is the simple Sansa Clip for my daily runs. I don't have the free time or the inclination to mess with a 25-in-1 do it all gadget after working 10 hours a day as a system engineer.
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    leafblower29 , May 28, 2009 2:18 AM
    I'll just stick with my iPod nano all I do is listen to music and nothing else so I'm good. Although I wish apple would eventually fix the random restart, freezing, and won't shut down problems.
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    enewmen , May 28, 2009 2:19 AM
    my next PMP is my mobile phone that can handle many video codecs, audio codecs, with A/V out. Also has enough memory to be useful.
    Currently I use a IRiver PMP-100. Bought it 4 years ago and still useful with its 40 gb drive and Divx compatibility.
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    yoda8232 , May 28, 2009 2:38 AM
    I got a Creative Zen 8GB and wow is it amazing.
    Best bang for buck, $109 CDN but has SD slot supporting up to 32GB, FM tuner, voice recorder, 320x240 screen, video player wow it's amazing.
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    cruiseoveride , May 28, 2009 2:42 AM
    Archos 605, just bought it CAD$200
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    salsoolo , May 28, 2009 2:50 AM
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    The_Blood_Raven , May 28, 2009 3:01 AM
    Well Archos isn't great, atleast the IMT devices and I may be upgrading my Archos 5 60GB to a Cowon P5W if it ever comes out in the U.S., or a 3G Viliv S5. That said I love my Archos, but the build quality is crap and I don't suspect that I will get more than a year or two out of it, hope I'm wrong.

    Oh and iTunes is not nearly as great as iSheep believe it is, there are plenty of more versatile and better made media organizer programs.
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    Anonymous , May 28, 2009 3:06 AM
    My Sansa Fuze is fantastic for my needs. For one it plays loss-less *.FLAC files; which is awesome. Second, I can use Windows Media Player or Windows Explorer to dump music/video/photos on it or from it.

    The 'iPod Touch' is great, BUT 'iTunes' is the worst software I have ever experienced and will never allow it to touch another computer I own.
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