So you're new to the world of MP3 players? Well what took you so long? I guess it's better late than never and now you're here that is the most important. MP3 players also known as portable digital music players or sometimes mistakenly call iPods. Even though they are not all iPods. IPods are a trademark name and is owned by Apple many people just refer to MP3 sometimes as iPods. Apple iPods do dominate the market like 80% share of the MP3 market just by itself which is pretty amazing.
What to look for in an MP3 player:
Storage== How much songs and content can the device store
Portability==How small or portable is the device
Battery life==How long can the player be used for before needed to be recharged
Functions==What can the device do besides playing music. Can it show pics and play movies or radio
Ease of Use==How easy is it to add and remove music and content. Does it require software installation or just works automatically but plugging it into your computer.
Longevity== How is the quality of the player. What materials are use. Is it plastic, metal or glass? Is the device well designed and well thought out and are the buttons durable to withstand many years of usage.
Brand Names== There are a few top players in this arena. Of course the most known being Apple with its iPods. Then there is Samsung, Sony, Archos, Sandisk, Microsoft, and others.
There are also many less known brands from China that are of cheaper quality build and are good for children or someone who just want a simple cheap player that plays music. Many of these no name brands are a good deal for someone who is cheap or doesn't want to spend a lot of money or loses their players a lot. In this case this might make more sense for you to go this route. For me I like quality and reliability so I personally would stay away from the cheap players. In this case often it is true you get what you pay for. Do you want to buy two or three cheap mp3s versus one that last as long or longer than all three cheap players? It's a personal call and one you have to make. If you want something to last for years and withstand a lot of abuse and use then stick with the brand name players. To me it has to not only play music but have good battery life. Nothing worst than having a player that needs to be recharge constantly or runs out of juice at the worst inconvenient times. Some are so cheaply made that the batteries blow up or leak or cause fires. However that is pretty rare and not that common but it has been known to happened.
Make sure it works it will run on your operating system.