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When buying any mp3 player, the first question customers will ask is about the storage capacity. The main difference between hard drive based and the flash drive based mp3 players is that flash memory devices like iPod nano, iPod shuffle, Creative Zen Nano, and SanDisk Sansa offer extra portability, are more durable, and allow storage of up to even 32GB. Not many hard drive based mp3 players are in production but the older models offer atleast 160 GB of storage.

The advantage of the internal flash drive is that it is an electronic storage device that can be electrically erased and reprogrammed. Meaning data can be erased and reused again within its limitations. It saves a lot of space, increases the life span of the mp3 players. Most of the recent mp3 players such as Apple, SanDisk, Samsung etc have built in memory as storage. But with expansion slots you can use SD cards for additional storage.

Mentioned below are the best internal flash drive mp3 players which are rated by experts from around the world.

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Apple iPod Touch

Apple iPod Touch 3rd Generation 32GB Black MP3 Player


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Apple iPod Touch 3rd Generation
Apple iPod Nano 5th Generation
Microsoft Zune HD 4th Gen.
Archos 5
Sony Walkman X Series (NWZ-X)
Apple iPod Touch 3rd Generation 32GB Black MP3 Player
Apple iPod Nano 8GB MP3 Player - Pink
Microsoft Zune HD 32GB MP3 Player
Archos 5 60GB Portable Black MP3 Player
Sony Walkman X Series 16 GB Video MP3 Player
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Release Date
Sep 2009
Sep 2009
Sep 2009
Aug 2008
Aug 2009
Main Storage Type
Internal Flash Drive
Internal Flash Drive
Internal Flash Drive
Internal Flash Drive
Internal Flash Drive
Storage Capacity
32.0 GB
8.0 GB
32.0 GB
60.0 GB
16.0 GB
Expansion Slots
Internal Flash Drive
Internal Flash Drive
Internal Flash Drive
Internal Flash Drive
Internal Flash Drive
Family Line
iPod touch
iPod nano
Microsoft Zune HD
Sony WALKMAN
Number of Songs
7000.0
2000.0
8000.0
15000.0
4000.0
Use
Music, Video, Photo Viewing
Music
Music, Video, Photo Viewing
Music, Video, Recording, Photo Viewing
Music, Video, Photo Viewing

  • There are few major changes from last year's touch: The best iPod around gets a speed boost, a capacity increase, a lower price tag, and some modest Genius feature improvements. One thing remains the same: The competition is still lagging.


  • Functionally, the new iPod touch models are identical to the second-generation models we reviewed last year, especially when updated to version 3.1 of the iPhone OS. What we said then still goes: the iPod touch is a terrific media player and portable computing device that doesn't require any of the commitments or ongoing costs of the iPhone. The new high-end models add the blazing speed of the iPhone 3GS, making them even better for games.


  • A sharper display, dual cameras, and more social gameplay make the ultimate portable entertainment device even better.


  • No other MP3 player on the planet packs more features, from video to a pedometer, into a smaller package than the overachieving Apple iPod Nano.


  • The ultrathin iPod Nano now has a video camera, a radio, and a pedometer.


  • The candybar design and colours will undoubtedly sway many teetering on the edge of to Nano or not to Nano, and the addition of an FM radio and pedometer will go down well with those looking for a lightweight device to take jogging or to cart around as their primary media player. We doubt the video camera alone will entice that many people to upgrade, but with a range of useful features the fifth generation is the sleekest and most enticing version yet. For the price it will be hard to beat.


  • - Sure, you can update your Facebook status, check your Gmail, or read the latest news, but pitted head-to-head with the iPhone's Safari browser, the Zune HD falls short.
    - Parents should also be aware that the Zune HD offers no built-in safeguards against using the browser to view offensive content, whereas the iPod Touch offers restriction controls that can block the use of the browser, YouTube, and the downloading of inappropriate apps, songs, or videos.


  • - The Zune HD is 802.11b/g compatible.


  • - The Zune HD is ideal for people who want to use their device strictly for high-quality video and audio--and who don't want extra clutter.
    - Video playback on my HDTV looked fantastic, with bright and accurate colors, smooth transitions, and little pixelation.
    - Audio quality was equally good, but you'll want to ditch the included headphones: A multiinstrument black-metal song sounded dull and flat through the Zune earbuds.
    - Video playback on the device itself was impressive, too.


  • - The Archos 5 requires a proprietary USB cable for charging and transferring content, the glossy design is quickly marred with fingerprints, older Archos accessories are incompatible, some applications are still in beta, and you'll need to pay extra to activate many of the player's more desirable features..
    - The 800x600 resolution display on the Archos 5 is bright and crisp, rivaled only by the Cowon A3 when it comes to clarity and color.
    - Video playback on the Archos 5 is stunning.


  • - Archos's new interface looks more modern and runs more smoothly than the ones in earlier players.
    - Video looks stunning on the Archos 5.
    - Even the video menu looks impressive: A moving-image thumbnail plays the next video that's highlighted on the menu.


  • - The Archos 5's menu system is easy enough to navigate, but it includes unnecessary menu options for the various accessories you can buy for the player.


  • - The X-Series is expensive, and it's a fingerprint magnet.
    - The included earphones are nicer than average, the sound quality is excellent, and the rated battery life is superb..
    - Pictures are crystal clear with defined edges and no pixelation or blurring, and both photos and videos offer excellent color saturation.


  • - Its design makes it slim and pocketable at 3.8 by 2.1 by 0.4 inches.
    - Video playback looks great on the Walkman's OLED display.


  • - We found the included earbuds a bit uncomfortable to use for extended periods of time - they were a little big for us.
    - Its design makes it slim and pocketable.
    - Details were sharp, colours looked vivid, and we saw no signs of ghosting or pixilation - even in quick-moving action scenes.
    - The touchscreen is quite responsive, as well.
    - A complex metal song sounded rich with piercing guitars, crisp vocals, and pulsing drumming.
    - Video playback looks great on the Walkman's OLED display.


Top 5 internal flash drive mp3 player:

  1. Apple iPod Touch 3rd Generation 32GB Black MP3 Player
  2. Apple iPod Nano 8GB MP3 Player - Pink
  3. Microsoft Zune HD 32GB MP3 Player
  4. Archos 5 60GB Portable Black MP3 Player
  5. Sony Walkman X Series 16 GB Video MP3 Player