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The reviewgist list of the best MP3 players for kids are mostly models available from Apple and Sony and are typically those ultra portable, lightweight units. MP3 players for children are models that sport memory slots and internal memory along with pretty good battery life of around 15 hours. However, the best kids mp3 players are often low end units and might not provide access to a lot of entertainment apps and games.

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Apple iPod Nano 7th Generation
Apple iPod Shuffle 4th Gen(2012)
Samsung Galaxy Muse
Sony Walkman NWZ-E(2012)
Cowon X9
Apple iPod Nano 7th Generation 8 GB MP3 Player
Apple Yellow iPod Shuffle 2 GB MP3 Player
Samsung Galaxy Muse 4GB MP3 Player
Sony Walkman NWZ-E475BLK (16 GB) Digital Media Player
Cowon X9 (32 GB) Digital Media Player
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Release Date
Oct 2012
Sep 2012
Dec 2012
Aug 2012
Aug 2012
Weight
0.74 oz.
0.44 oz.
0.47 oz.
1.8 oz.
0.63 oz.
Main Storage Type
Built-in Memory
Built-in Memory
Built-in Memory
Built-in Memory
Micro SD Card
Storage Capacity
8.0 GB
2.0 GB
4.0 GB
16.0 GB
32.0 GB
Expansion Slots
Without Expansion Slots
Without Expansion Slots
Without Expansion Slots
Without Expansion Slots
microSD
Family Line
iPod nano
iPod Shuffle
Samsung Galaxy
Sony WALKMAN
Number of Songs
2000.0
500.0
4100.0
8000.0
Use
Music
Music
Music
Music, Video, Photo Viewing, FM
Music, Video, Recording, Photo Viewing

  • 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.


  • The Cowon X9 is the latest portable MP3 and video player from the Korean audio brand. However, in some respects it feels like a step back when compared with older models. Its touchscreen is resistive, its display low-res and it doesn't have the storage to justify the bulky design. Cowon needs to get with the times, or it'll soon be game over.


  • The Cowon X9 is available in three variants - 8GB, priced at Rs. 11,999, 16GB at Rs. 13,200 and 32GB priced at Rs. 15,500. Those prices simply do not justify the devices capabilities. With 7-inch tablets available for much less with features such as HDMI out plus full HD video palyback, the Cowon X9 with it's ridiculously high battery capacity and even it's onboard storage doesn't stand a chance.