Without a doubt, one of the most popular MP3 players on the market today is the
Apple iPod. There's a reason for its popularity -- it's functional, attractive,
well built, and marketed by one of the best-known names in the computer world.
The Apple iPod Mini has either a 4 GB or 6 GB hard drive -- suitable for storing
1000 or 1500 songs respectively. Accepted formats are MP3, AAC, Audible, and
One of the problems with hard drive MP3 players (as opposed to flash memory MP3
players) is that the music playback can sometimes skip the especially during
rigorous activities like exercising. Apple solves this problem with a buffer
which can provide up to 25 minutes of skip free music playback.
The slim design of the iPod Mini makes it a lightweight and easy to operate
player. The ample display screen shows you information about the current song as
well as allowing you to navigate through your hard drive to find songs or to
adjust settings. As well as playing music, the iPod Mini has a selection of
games and a storage area for notes and calendars.
Syncing up music with your computer is easy with the iTunes software. The
software allows you to organize your music collection and converted into Apple's
AAC format. Transferring the music (or any other computer data) is fast thanks
to the USB 2.0 interface. iTunes also supports podcasting so you can listen to
radio broadcasts on the iPod.
The latest generation of iPod Mini has an improved battery which last for up to
18 hours on a single charge. This is a huge improvement over the previous
battery which only lasted for eight hours. There is still the problem, though,
that the battery cannot be removed by the user. If it needs replacing you must
send it to Apple for servicing.
Another small complaint is the slight discomfort of the ear buds which are
supplied with the iPod Mini. You will probably be happier with a third-party set
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