3 iPod Touch Alternatives – Sony Walkman vs. Cowon Plenue D vs. Pioneer

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Are you sick and tired of having the same mp3 player as your friend? What are the other alternatives to the Apple iPod Touch mp3 player? At the time of writing, Microsoft Zune HD has been discontinued at the end of 2011, it is being replaced by Windows Phone. As for SanDisk, they do not make any touch screen mp3 players.

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Given a choice, I’ll choose Sony or Apple, Sony for the simple reason that they are into audio technology, and not to mention the build quality, which is very reliable. I had a Sony CD Burner that I used for 6 years, it out-survived my computer. Same goes with my other Sony products.

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As for Apple, it is because of the apps. The only reason I won’t choose the Apple iPod Touch is because of the lack of FM Radio. I am not a big fan of Samsung, I had 2 CD players and it broke after 1 year, same goes with my other 2 Samsung monitors. It is as if they engineered their product to fail after the warranty period expires. Amazon has a complete list of all Touch Screen MP3 Players, however, a large number of them are sold my 3rd party or are listed under ‘used and new’ such as iRiver, Coby, Cowon and etc.. Currently, there are only 2 big brands that manufacture touch screen mp3 players with HD audio, they are Sony and Pioneer. Note: Music Players such as Philips GoGear, Samsung Galaxy Player and Creative Zen X-Fi2 are still available, but haven’t been updated since 2009.

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Screen / ResolutionFeaturesMemoryBattery

Apple iPod Touch

4" (1136x640)8MP iSight camera
802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi
Google Maps
Voice Recording
Music 40 Hours
Video 7 Hours

Sony Premium Walkman

4" (854x480)Bluetooth®
igh-resolution audio files usually use a high sampling frequency of 96 kHz or 192 kHz at 24-bit.
256 GB capacity (up to 1,600 High-Resolution Audio tracks)Music 33 Hours

Cowon Plenue D

3"24bit/192kHz High Definition Sound32GB Internal Memory and microSD Card SlotMusic 100 Hours

Pioneer XDP-100R-K

4.7" (1280x720)Google Play™ and Android™ OS provides access to all your favorite apps
32GB Internal Storage and two MicroSD slots for up to 400GB additional storageMusic 16 Hours
Radio - Hours
Video - Hours


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    Wikipedia [ Reply ]

    There are tons of alternatives, except none match up to the iOS of the ipod touch.

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    Donald Bell [ Reply ]

    Apple’s iPod Touch is the leader, but what about some alternatives for the Android fans?

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    Michael Sawh [ Reply ]

    Today there are a number of alternatives. The iPod touch still offers more bang for your buck than most competitors

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    Samsung Sony [ Reply ]

    Most “ipod touch” like android devices other then then the Samsung Galaxy Player series tend to unfortunately be poorly made, and laggy

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    Samsung Galaxy Player is horrible

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    What are the Android alternatives to Apple’s iPod touch? Thanks

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    This is a scam [ Reply ]

    None of these are “alternatives” to the iPod Touch. The 2 Samsung devices are YEARS old and discontinued. The Phillips “Go Gear” doesn’t even have a screen. The Sony devices would only qualify as alternatives to an Ipod… you know, just a regular old MP3 player… and then you actually listed the iPod Touch as an “alternative” to an iPod Touch. Is this a joke?

    The ONLY device that even qualifies to be on this list is the Creative
    Zen X-Fi2… which hasn’t been updated since 2009.


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    Google Search and Legitimate Articles aren't a Scam [ Reply ]

    Pioneer XDP-100R-K was a great product, non lagging Android OS and premium sound no Apple product can replicate. This product line has been updated with the Pioneer XDP-300R-S that is even more superior with doubling the amp and balanced headphone jack. The battery life of these high end media players are reduced because you have the best high-res audio coming through some of the best preamp and amps on the market that you’d only be able to replicate with a high end AVR/amp combo. iPod has been an inferior product for so long now because they have made a simple product for the simple mass. If you want to experience audio like the studio intended, you need a high-end device like the Pioneer and high-end 2.5mm balanced headphones which will cost as much or more than the player. I’ve been audio hungry my whole life and I rather listen to my old Walkman cassette player than an iPod. I don’t work for any of these companies and this is my opinion. I think this was a well represented article and informative for the brainwashed masses. I understand why iPod like devices aren’t made, because you can by a Kindle or similar tablet for about $39 and get the same exact quality audio. Pioneer is definitely my top choice for a real and true audio experience and Sony makes some great products too like their headphone amp. Pair Sony’s Walkman and amp together, you get a similar experience than the all-in-one Pioneer. I don’t know why there is someone that thinks that real alternatives to get a better experience is a “scam”. Instead of going to Best Buy, go to your nearest authorized Marantz dealer and listen to some of the cleanest high-end audio you’ll ever hear. When you fully understand gain and impedance, how it effects sound, then listening to the difference, I don’t know how you could go back. When you start doing your setups just go for the 10 AWG wire and Sewell Banana plugs. Get some big powerful loudspeakers, hook them up to an equally powerful amp, hook that up to a receiver… a few or 15 grand later… your ears will thank you. Maybe see a therapist about your sensitivity issues with Google search, maybe Bing is more your style, just try it out, could save you lots of money not seeing the therapist. Good night Mr., Mrs. or Trans. This is a Scam.

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    Pierre Boucher [ Reply ]

    I love my iPod Touch. Unfortunately, it is subjected to iTunes, which is an awkward complicated piece of shit. Fortunately, I can use a Windows substitute to add music as easily as with my Sony Walkman and a USB cable.

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