“If you haven’t already been bitten by the urge for a digital audio player, don’t be surprised if you give in soon. The Consumer Electronics Association says digital players will be one of this year’s hottest sellers, with many people buying them this month as back-to-school gifts,” Heather Newman writes for The Cincinnati Enquirer. “Not so long ago, Apple’s iPod was pretty much the only major brand shoppers could choose. Now, more and more electronics makers are getting into the act, and it’s not as easy to decide which model to buy.”
“Once you’ve answered these questions, consider [physical size, storage space, price, software compatibility, supported formats, and number of accessories avaialbe] when choosing a digital audio player,” Newman writes. “You’re going to want to choose a device that supports the music download services, such as the iTunes Music Store or Napster, you plan to use…. Because it dominates the market, Apple’s iPod probably has the most accessories available at the moment. However, despite its awesome controls and sleek design, it is far and away more expensive than some other players with similar features. If you’re on a budget, shop around.”
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