10Rate Announces its Top 10 Best MP3 Players for 2012 | Apple and SanDisk Receive Best Quality and Best Value Awards

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10Rate.com electronics editor JB Burden rates and reviews the 2012 best MP3 players on a scale of 1-10

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A tiny, feather-light MP3 player, this SanDisk Sansa Fuze+ is about the size of a credit card, making it easy to carry around in a pocket. ... While the Sansa Fuze+ doesn’t have the capabilities of an Apple or Zune product, it doesn’t pretend to.

10Rate reviewer JB Burden and other 10Rate staff selected 10 of the best MP3 Players for 2012. Testing and consideration were given for each model based on a list of seven criteria as follows:

1. High-quality audio, video, and/or pictures
2. Ease of navigation with buttons and menus
3. Compact, lightweight size and easy portability
4. Convenient features like clips for wearing to the gym
5. Versatility when it comes to music, FM radio, video, games, apps, and voice recording
6. Screen size and resolution
7. Value for the price

The annual Top 10 Best MP3 Players 2012 awards list was led by the Apple iPod Touch 32, which took home the Best Quality award this year. With a 9.5 out of possible 10 rating, the review pointed out several key features of the iPod as follows: “While it has enough capacity to hold up to 8,000 songs, it’s so much more than a basic MP3 player. The sharp 960×640-pixel screen is ideal for snapping photos and shooting 720p HD videos, and then of course you can upload everything to YouTube or Facebook to share with friends. With access to the greatest amount of apps and games, the iPod Touch, available for $264.99, is Apple’s most versatile product yet.”

10Rate's editors also gave the MP3 Players' Best Value award to the SanDisk Sansa Fuze+, for which Burden noted, “A tiny, feather-light MP3 player, this SanDisk Sansa Fuze+ is about the size of a credit card, making it easy to carry around in a pocket. The 8 GB version holds up to 2,000 songs or 24 hours of video, and it conveniently picks up FM radio. A voice recorder comes in handy if you need to record a lecture or to-do reminders. While the Sansa Fuze+ doesn’t have the capabilities of an Apple or Zune product, it doesn’t pretend to.”

The Best Budget award from the Best MP3 Player Reviews went to the Coby MP620-4GBLU, which Burden recognized as, “an amazingly low-priced MP3 player, just $24.90, this Coby device delivers what it promises: adequate access to music, photos, and videos.” The review went on to mention, “We were pleased with the Coby MP3 player’s FM radio and ability to support text files. Overall, for such an inexpensive device, it’s a fairly durable gizmo with satisfactory music-playing capabilities, and it doesn’t look bad, either.”

Both SanDisk and Coby brands were listed for multiple models on the Comparison MP3 Player Ratings, while Apple was listed for three. Earning a respectable 7.5 out of 10 rating, the iPod Nano Review stated the following: “One of the few iPods left that’s strictly for music, the 6th generation iPod Nano is a tiny square with a 1.54-inch display. The click wheel is gone, replaced by touchscreen controls. That may or may not be a plus, depending on whether you plan to use it on your workouts. Pausing to fiddle with the screen may be a hassle. However, there’s the Shake to Shuffle feature, which lets you switch to a random song with a shake of the Nano.”

10rate.com conducts reviews in various product and services categories and publishes “Expert Top 10 Lists for Everything in your life.” The company's web site strives to “Make it Easy” to select from the hundreds of choices there are in the product and service market place. All products and services are thoroughly researched by the companies expert editors prior to receiving a rating on a 1-10 scale. In addition to product reviews the companies editors write guidelines, buying guides and articles on various topics surrounding each product or service category covered to help educate the consumer.

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