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To listen to the entire collection of music/video files, audiobooks, podcasts recordings in your spare time without bothering about extra microSD cards or external hard drives is a cramped experience. The best MP3 players with high storage capacity of over 160 GB are the reality now.

Manage your media files
The navigation, selection and playing of your audio or video files should be managed easily as the huge music or video library is available at one place. The best mp3 player with high capacity storage uses the various media players applications such as WMP, VLC, Winamp, Real Player etc to manage this process.

With over 1000 songs at one place, these media players organise the files based on singers/albums/playlists. Being easy to organize according to your tastes, the high storage capacity mp3 players makes use of these popular media players. But for some mp3 players such as the Apple iPods series, you need their proprietary iTunes media player to manage the huge collection of music/video files present in your mp3 player with high storage.

Design & Features:
Over 160 GB of memory capacity means these big storage capacity mp3 players can act as an external hard drive. There is no longer any worry of losing your pen drives or SD cards used for storing information.

Your huge collection can have files with different formats such as wma, mp3, mpeg-4 mov, aac, etc. To ensure that these mp3 player offering high capacity storage supports different playing formats you need to check the manufacturer details. To play all these different format audio, video files you also require a battery which can play atleast 15 hrs of audio or 8 hrs of video.

The top rated high storage MP3 Players are big compared to lower storage capacity models. So these players are less portable and less suitable for sports activities such as running/gymming etc.

IPod Classic from Apple is the most prominent in this segment, but other models from Cowon, Archos are also available. The best MP3 Players with high storage capacity over 160GB are listed below based on the ratings given by experts.

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Archos 5

Archos 5 250GB Portable Media Player


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Archos 5
Seagate FREEAGENT THEATER
Archos 7
Archos 705 Wifi
Cowon X7
Archos 5 250GB Portable Media Player
Seagate FREEAGENT THEATER - STCEA201-RK MP3 Player
Archos 7 320GB MP3 Player
Archos 705 WiFi (160 GB) MP3 Player
Cowon X7  160 GB  MP3 Player
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Release Date
Aug 2008
Sep 2009
Aug 2009
Nov 2007
Dec 2010
Storage Capacity
250.0 GB
500.0 GB
320.0 GB
160.0 GB
160.0 GB
Main Storage Type
Hard Drive
Built-in Memory
Hard Drive
Flash Memory
Expansion Slots
Internal Flash Drive
Internal Hard Drive
Number of Songs
62500.0
12500.0
82000.0
40.0
Use
Music, Video, Recording, Photo Viewing
Music, Video
Music, Video, Photo Viewing
Music, Video, Recording, Photo Viewing
Music

  • - 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.


  • - Couldn't play back as many file types as competing products.
    - You can connect up to two mass USB storage devices--including a camera--at one time. 720p/1080i HD output.
    - On a positive note, we liked how the Seagate displays a preview of the file on the right side of the screen when you highlight that file in the menu.


  • - Unfortunately, not all the features were yet up to snuff in my hands-on with the unit.
    - Navigation is relatively simple, and functions are for the most part logically placed, though I missed front-panel controls for scenarios in which the remote's battery is dead.
    - The Theater+'s on-screen interface is attractive; however, the text and some of the icons are a bit small.


  • - Excellent integration with the FreeAgent hard drive range • Great for photos and videos on your TV.
    - Lack of video codec support • Lack of HD video playback • Too expensive for what it is.
    - The image was particularly soft and didn't seem especially smooth.
    - We think this little box is pretty well thought-out.
    - It's simple, works brilliantly well and won't confuse even the most backwards of technophobes.


  • - The external speakers (situated on either side of the touchscreen) were loud enough, but sounded small and plasticky - maybe okay for dialog but not for music.
    - It was necessary to press the buttons slowly and forthrightly, and we found ourselves needing to repeat touches far too often.

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    - Browsing becomes almost seamless with the ARM® Cortex™ processor and the Adobe Flash™ 9 video support.


  • The best portable movie player around, albeit one that's too big to be carried anywhere and everywhere on a regular basis. Unfortunately, the touchscreen interface and additional features don't quite measure up.


  • - It's also heavy, the screen resolution could be sharper, there's no tactile control for volume, and the Web browser costs extra..
    - While its imposing size makes the 705 WiFi one of the least-portable portable music players available, its sound quality and breadth of music features equals that of most of our preferred MP3 players.

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    - The brushed metal casing looks and feels robust while exterior controls are limited to a power on/off button and an LCD/TV switch, everything else being controlled through the touchscreen.


  • - The majority of the features found on the Archos 705 WiFi are identical to the excellent features found on the Archos 605 WiFi (the recipient of a 2007 Editors' Choice).


  • Cowon has carved out a niche within a niche with the X7. It offers better sound quality and superior video capabilities than an iPod Classic, but it's also much bigger. The sheer size of the player is a tricky issue to scale, but if you can it offers surprisingly good value - with far greater storage than its series rivals, like the J3, at a similar price.

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    - It's simply the best audio experience out of a PMP, bar-none.


  • The Cowon X7 is an upper mid-cost portable media player. This player has a 4.3" LCD display with 480x272 resolution, as well as a TV output. The Smart Widget user interface of this player allows you to view all your favorite widgets and info on the same page.


Top 5 mp3 player with high storage:

  1. Archos 5 250GB Portable Media Player
  2. Seagate FREEAGENT THEATER - STCEA201-RK MP3 Player
  3. Archos 7 320GB MP3 Player
  4. Archos 705 WiFi (160 GB) MP3 Player
  5. Cowon X7 160 GB MP3 Player