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For many, an Apple iPod is the only iPod worth considering. Yet, there are many generic MP3 players on the market that are gaining a lot of attention. For most people, the decision between a generic MP3 player and an iPod comes down to three basic factors: color/style, price, and warranty. Out of these three factors, price tends to influence most MP3 player decisions.

Color and Style

The slick polished exterior of the iPod is the first thing that attracts most consumers. Apple seems to have the market cornered when it comes to color. However, many generic MP3 players easily rival iPod color-wise. In fact, many generic MP3 players offered consumers an array of colors before Apple caught onto the color factor.

Presently, many generic MP3 players are available in a rainbow of colors that easily compare to the colors Apple is offering. Style-wise, Apple is ahead of the pack. Very few generic MP3 players can compare to the iPod’s sleek exterior.

Price Comparison

A 2GB iPod Shuffle can be purchased for around $46 (at the time of this writing). A 4GB SanDisk Sansa Clip+ can be purchased for around $26 (presently). Typically, generic MP3 players are less expensive than iPods. Most people choose between an iPod and a generic player based upon criteria other than price.

Music Conversion

Windows doesn’t recognize generic MP3 players. This can be a big issue for people who simply want to transfer MP3s to a generic MP3 player. In some instances, an MP3 converter is needed. In others, music files must be burnt onto CDs and the converted into MP3 files. Using iTunes to upload music to a generic MP3 player won’t work as simply or quickly as it will with an Apple iPod.

Conversion problems are the number one reason why most people won’t stray from Apple’s iPod. Even though these problems can be avoided with a bit of effort, a generic MP3 player might not be the best product for you if you are seeking a simple way to listen to music.


Apple products come with nice warranties that are hard to beat. Generic MP3 players tend to have limited warranties, which may be a large turnoff for some people. Most Generic MP3 players have a six-month warranty. Apple iPods usually have a 1-year warranty coupled with a 90-day telephone support period.

Price alone should not influence a MP3 player decision. You should choose an MP3 player that makes sense all-around. Even though style and color are superficial, these elements are important, since you will likely carry an MP3 player with you regularly. Yet, it’s also a bad idea to fall for a lesser iPod simply because it comes in a candy-like coating. Instead, consider price, warranty, and style when choosing an MP3 player.