The MP3 Player debate
With iPods seemingly dominating the mp3 player market, a look on independent reviewer – Reevoo’s website tells a very different story. Reevoo.com have analysed over 4000 mp3 player customer reviews and have concluded that Sony are number one when it comes to playing your digital music files.
Unfortunately for Apple, the race was dominated by Sony with the Sony NWE016BC just nudging the Sony NWZA816 into second place. Third was the Hitachi DMP20 2GB, followed by the New iPod Nano 8GB in fourth and the Black Samsung YP-P2JCB 8GB in fifth.
Apple's position in the market for superior design was challenged by shoppers who gave the Sony NWE016BC a perfect 10/10 for design, compared to a relatively disappointing 9.3/10 for the iPod.
Overall, the Sony NWE016BC was rated 9.8/10 while the iPod lagged behind with 9.2/10. One customer nicely summed up the Sony player as ‘very easy to use, excellent sound quality, very quick battery charge-up, lightweight & attractive to look at’.
Poor battery life is a constant disappointment in Apple products and the Nano was no exception. Reviewers were given eight categories in which to rate their MP3 players and it was no surprise that battery life was the most poorly rated category for the iPod.
Shoppers also complained that the iPod was only compatible with iTunes and one customer felt that ‘a protective cover ... should come as standard rather than being an expensive accessory’.
When shoppers buy goods online from any of Reevoo's 52 retail partners, including Woolworths, Currys, Dixons and the Carphone Warehouse, they are asked to rate their purchases. Their comments - good, bad or indifferent - are then published on both the e-tailers' websites and on www.reevoo.com.
Published: 15 April 2008