“It’s no surprise: Apple is a Readers’ Choice for a line of MP3 players known as iPods. You may have heard of them. But here’s some news: A company called Cowon America, part of a Korean multimedia giant, scores nearly as high for its players, which generally go by the iAudio moniker. And, radical as this may sound to Apple, a few of the Cowon players are actually compatible with music subscription services, earning the company a Readers’ Choice as well. Just a few steps below those two you’ll find Archos, Creative, and iRiver; on the low side, three vendors score particularly poorly: Philips, RCA, and Rio,” PC Magazine reports.
“Apple’s tech support and repair satisfaction numbers are relatively low compared with the company’s inordinately high scores for desktops and notebooks (6.5 compared with 8.1 plus; see go.pcmag.com/sr). With so many PC users buying iPods, this may support the theory that Apple’s desktop and notebook scores are artificially inflated by the anti-Windows crowd. Or maybe not,” PC Magazine reports.
PC Magazine reports, “We also notice that reader satisfaction with MP3 players increases as the capacity increases—and this applies even with iPods. Readers are much less happy with players with less than 1GB of storage—like the iPod shuffle—than they are with hard drive-based and large-capacity flash storage-based units.”
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