Wondering what you need in a digital media player? This page helps to answer some of the most commonly asked questions.
What is the difference between an iPod and an MP3 player?
iPod is the brand name of MP3 players manufactured by Apple®. Each iPod has different storage capacities, you can choose from 16, 32, 64, or 128 GB. The current iPod model is the iPod Touch 6th Generation.
The main difference between iPod and other brands is that the default digital music software used to put music onto the iPod is the Apple iTunes® store, while other MP3 players can use different music management software.
8GB, 16GB, etc. — how much storage capacity do I need?
MP3 and iPod players come in storage capacities ranging from music-only 2GB players to 512GB music and movie players with Wi-Fi capability.
2GB stores up to 500 songs
4GB stores up to 1,000 songs
8GB stores up to 2,000 songs or up to 8 hours of video
16GB stores up to 4,000 songs or up to 16 hours of video
32GB stores up to 7,000 songs or up to 40 hours of video
64GB stores up to 14,000 songs or up to 80 hours of video
160GB stores up to 40,000 songs or up to 200 hours of video
512GB stores up to 148,000 songs or up to 400 hours of video
*The actual formatted capacity will vary based on file size and format, settings, features, software and other factors.
Which player has the best audio quality?
Most iPods and MP3 players have the same level of audio quality. Each player comes with earbuds or headphones, but you could get an enhanced audio experience by upgrading your headphones.
You can also get a better sound by connecting your player to an iPod/MP3 player speaker system.
Most speaker systems dock and charge iPod models only. However, if you have an auxiliary cable, you can play music through the speakers from any MP3 player.
If you will be playing a non-Apple® MP3 player on your speakers, check to make sure your system comes with an auxiliary cable.