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Smartphones are perfectly good audio players, so why would you need an MP3 player? Well, there are some situations where a good MP3 player can actually make sense...

 

 

 

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while it is TECHNICALLY an mp3 player (because it can play mp3, duh), calling it an mp3 player make it sound like some cheap $25 player selling on some used hardware store

 


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personally  i would like to know how the old ipods compare


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Posted this a little soon there Riley?

 

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Just now, BobVonBob said:

Posted this a little soon there Riley?

 

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well an mp3 player if well engineered can play any format with a very good sound quality and cheap price !


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6 minutes ago, Chris Pratt said:

Old people...

The peak of MP3 popularity was in the middle of the 2000s,so even some current day teenagers were part of it.


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1 minute ago, RILEYISMYNAME said:

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18 minutes ago, Vishera said:

The peak of MP3 popularity was in the middle of the 2000s,so even some current day teenagers were part of it.

It's called a joke.

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Except for sports well mostly swimming, it would be annoying to have that and my phone on me at the same time. Actually still have the last mp3 players I bought a Sony NWD-B103F that look like a huge usb key, I remember getting that one because it did FM radio... I'm impressed it still works last sond added was in 2008.

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I have a mp3 player for a lot of my music. my daily driver is a modified Sony NW E3945.

I use it because it doesn't drain my phone and I don't want to have distractions on my phone 


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Is it just me or did the price, technology level and storage size of AVERAGE consumer MP3 players not progress at all in the past 15 years? I was checking my local store and the most popular middle-of-the-road was some Sony player with a tiny non-touch screen and hardware buttons, with just 4 GBs of storage, for 90 EUR???

 

I kept checking and it's pretty much impossible to get anything more than 16 GB of built-in storage or more than a 2-inch touch-screen, unless you go for super high-end players which cost hundreds, and some even thousands of EUR/USD. And even those are super bulky and not thin.

 

How are they able to economically compete with phones? I can get an entire phone for 200 EUR which can play all the music formats in acceptable quality, has a huge touch screen and a decent battery, 64 or 128 GB of memory, is thin, and on top of everything is a PHONE - I'd expect a similar device with all the phone features removed could not cost more than half of that. But apparently that doesn't exist.

 

What's the point of buying an MP3 player when I can get a phone with built-in storage that's many times larger than a similarly priced player, when I'm getting a phone with all its features as extra? How does that economically make sense?

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A few times I would be playing music with my phones built-in music player when all of a sudden the music would stop and Amazon Music would opening it's self up and start playing. I am not talking I bumped something or anything because the phone would just be sitting there in my car's center console and this would happen plus I could not uninstall Amazon Music as it was "baked into" the phone.

 

Bought a Samsung Clip Jam MP3 player to handle car music after that happened a few times.

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This video was PAINFUL.

 

It hurt because they had NO CLUE what they where talking about.

 

the m11 has ‘versatility’? Wtf? Not even mention the different dac’s inside them? Not even try them all with high quality headphones? 
 

you think people spend 2 grand on a&k dacs because they have more settings?!


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4 hours ago, Neamow said:

Is it just me or did the price, technology level and storage size of AVERAGE consumer MP3 players not progress at all in the past 15 years? I was checking my local store and the most popular middle-of-the-road was some Sony player with a tiny non-touch screen and hardware buttons, with just 4 GBs of storage, for 90 EUR???

 

I kept checking and it's pretty much impossible to get anything more than 16 GB of built-in storage or more than a 2-inch touch-screen, unless you go for super high-end players which cost hundreds, and some even thousands of EUR/USD. And even those are super bulky and not thin.

 

How are they able to economically compete with phones? I can get an entire phone for 200 EUR which can play all the music formats in acceptable quality, has a huge touch screen and a decent battery, 64 or 128 GB of memory, is thin, and on top of everything is a PHONE - I'd expect a similar device with all the phone features removed could not cost more than half of that. But apparently that doesn't exist.

 

What's the point of buying an MP3 player when I can get a phone with built-in storage that's many times larger than a similarly priced player, when I'm getting a phone with all its features as extra? How does that economically make sense?

It’s about audiophile dac’s and amps. It’s about the technology for signal processing they use inside, something they just dodged in the video.


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7 hours ago, RILEYISMYNAME said:

Smartphones are perfectly good audio players, so why would you need an MP3 player?

To play music because I don't have a smartphone.

 

And no, I'm not 80 years old. I'm just lonely so having a smartphone wouldn't be useful at all for me.

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I remember when Sony showed off their first Hi-Res Audio walkman at CES many years ago. For a high-end $$$$ piece of tech you would think they did their homework, except the actual engineer straight up walked away without answering when I asked him why they only put a 5-band EQ on a FLAGSHIP product.

 

It's perfectly fine to piss off a product engineer, but it is a cardinal sin when you insult an audiophile. Sony learned a lesson that day.

 

For someone who's not tech savvy a basic MP3 player still makes sense, or for those instances where you don't want to take an expensive smartphone.

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Battery life can last multiple days compared to a smartphone.


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I'd argue that you might be better off with a used iPod. But that's if you need an mp3 player at all. They're a very specialised product but they do have their place


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Meanwhile, some audiophiles have setups like this instead of a basic MP3 player:

 

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I honestly think MP3 players/DAP's still exist for battery life reasons, and some better sound quality for low efficiency headphones.

 

Some phone's have god awful outputs, and just can't drive some low efficiency headphones.


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I think they'd be cool if I could sync them with a spotify playlist rather than getting songs from... not so ethical sources...

 

 

edit: just wanted to add this:

I know the Fiio M11 can play spotify but that thing is more expensive than a phone, it just isn't worth it


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Realizing that there's people on this forum who aren't old enough to remember when the original iPods were the shit makes me realize that I'm old lmfao


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