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Any media equipment that you use should have a decent interface so as to not frustrate the user. If the manufacturers want to retain the customers then the device should have a relatively simple easy to use, intuitive interface for accessing the various settings/menu of the mp3 players. Usually the best mp3 players have touchscreens or LCD displays with screen size ranging from 1.8 to even 4 inches. This means your music, videos, audiobooks, recorded podcasts, photos can be viewed with better clarity/resolution.

Brands such as Apple, Samsung, SanDisk and others have their own softwares that lets you organise the media files. While directory file structure is predominant in most of the mp3 players, some of them opt for the icon based menu interfaces. Customisation of the interface is expected from the customers when there is a lot of media files stored in them. It can be based on playlists, albums, groups, persons etc. Navigation to these options should require minimum amount of user clicks.

The current mp3 players are now more of a portable PC rather than just a music playing device. They are capable of performing any of the functions such as documentation work, emailing, web surfing, gaming, ebooks etc. Better Wifi, Bluetooth connection is required to overcome the loading time or time lag when using these applications. USB connections for either charging or transferring files, expansion slots for SD cards are some of the external interfaces which should be recognised by the mp3 player before they can be used. The recording interface for voice, video should be capable of storing the recorded item in the common formats such as mp3, avi, wma, wav, aac, mpeg4, etc.

When listening to music or watching a video on the mp3 players, the sound controls, picture settings should be available easily. Self explanatory buttons/icons with a clear design/text font without any cluttering of the display is what a good interface should be. Transferring of media files, installing any application should be clean, simple and easy.

The current mp3 players with the best interfaces are shown below which is rated by experts from around the web.

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Apple iPod touch 5th Gen.

Apple iPod touch 32GB White (5th Generation) NEWEST MODEL


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Apple iPod Touch 5th Gen.
Apple iPod Nano 7th Generation
Apple iPod Shuffle 4th Gen(2012)
Afunta Mini Metal Clip
Samsung Galaxy Muse
Apple iPod touch 32GB White (5th Generation) NEWEST MODEL
Apple iPod Nano 7th Generation 8 GB MP3 Player
Apple Yellow iPod Shuffle 2 GB MP3 Player
Afunta Mini Metal Clip Mp3 Player
Samsung Galaxy Muse 4GB MP3 Player
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Built-in Memory
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32.0 GB
8.0 GB
2.0 GB
4.0 GB
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iPod touch
iPod nano
iPod Shuffle
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Music, Recording, Video, Photo Viewing, Gaming / Apps, Photo Capture
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  • The latest iPod Touch is the best iPod ever, and as close to a phoneless iPhone 5 as you can get -- but its high price makes it a tough call versus cheaper tablets with larger screens.


  • There's a new iPod touch on the block and, in many of the ways that most matter, it's a doozy. While it's tempting to compare it to a phone-less iPhone 5-particularly given its similar height, weight, thickness, and Lightning connector-the iPod touch is a device intended for a different audience. An audience that skews younger than the iPhone's and one that desires a cool media and game player that can stand on its own rather than feel like an iPhone's hobbled sibling. And for this reason, a comparison to the fourth-generation (4G) iPod touch is more apt.


  • When it comes to a device to play music and video, you can't really ask for more than the iPod touch delivers. This is the best screen on any media device of its size, there's decent storage capacity on both models and the graphical power means this can play games that look as impressive as any handheld games console. It's a bit of a clich, but the iPod touch really is a fantastic little gadget.


  • The seventh-generation iPod Nano is an incredibly compact portable media player with gym-friendly features, but it's overshadowed by the superior value of Apple's iPod Shuffle and fourth-generation iPod Touch.


  • The 2012 iPod nano 7th generation doesn't have the chops to make the same impact as a new iPod touch or iPhone 5. Its screen isn't great in some respects, it's a bit expensive and it doesn't do all that much. However, it's so much of a joy to use on a day-to-day basis that we can learn to accept most of its limitations. Strong design and Apple's excellent UI are enough to mitigate this partly underwhelming redesign.


  • The seventh-generation iPod Nano is a fine product, but we're not entirely sure who it's for. It comes across like a breeding experiment between an iPod Shuffle and iPod Touch. The kid is cute, but we think most people will be better served by its parents.

    For fitness types, the physical controls, simplicity, clip-on design and AU$55 price of the iPod Shuffle make it seem like the better deal.


  • The Apple iPod Shuffle is an adorable way to take your favorite songs on the go, but sometimes it's too small for its own good.


  • At just £39, with 2GB of storage and coming in a variety of fruity colours - our "orange" was more gold, and better for it - this iPod Shuffle is the best effort to date.


  • The 4th Generation iPad is only a minor improvement over its predecessor but still remains the tablet to beat. An upgraded A6X processor, Apple's new Lightning connector and a better front facing camera are the main differences. All in all this is an iterative upgrade that should only interest those who don't already own a 3rd Generation iPad.


  • The Samsung Galaxy Muse is quite possibly the most awkwardly designed MP3 player ever made.


  • People who are into iPod shuffle-type MP3 players should dig the $50 Samsung Muse. You get a small, light, clip-able device that delivers decent audio, which is all you need. The fact that it can sync music from a smartphone as well as a PC is a nice bonus, though choosing individual tracks can be a challenge. It's the same price as an iPod shuffle yet offers twice as much storage space (4GB vs 2GB), which is also a nice bonus, though 4GB still doesn't get you far. If this is your type of device, scoop it up.

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    I'm digging the pebble. It's designed to be the sort of lightweight MP3 player you might wear to the gym, and as that it performs wonderfully. As a more full-time player, you're obviously missing a display and proper scrubbing. But you knew that going into this. It's a "shuffle"-type device, made even more evident by the fact that I haven't quite figured out how it decides what order to play the songs. I could look at the app again, I suppose, but with a device like this I really don't care that much.