“Ever since it was introduced in October 2001, Apple’s iPod digital music player has been the unquestioned leader in its field. Its slick physical design, clean user interface, and great capacity and sound have won nearly universal raves from critics. And the public has agreed, buying more than 1 million iPods,” writes Walter S. Mossberg for The Wall Street Journal.
Mossberg continues, “Other companies have tried to follow suit but failed. Their entries were lower priced, and some had higher capacity. But they were too bulky and had complicated user interfaces. Now, two of the dominant players in portable digital music players, Rio Audio and Creative Labs, are back with a new round of potential iPod killers that are slimmer and easier to use than their predecessors. I’ve been testing two of the new models, to see how they compare with the latest iPods.”
After looking at such factors as battery life, storage capacity, weight, useability and more, Mossberg concludes, “Rio, Creative slim down [their] players, but can’t beat iPod.”
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