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MP3 and iPod Player Basics

by Retired: Senior Social Media Specialist on ‎07-09-2013 04:46 PM - edited on ‎10-19-2017 12:01 PM by (9,117 Views)

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.


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There are several other brands of MP3 players, and some of the popular ones include: Sandisk, and Sony Walkman.


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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.

Storage Capacity*


  • 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.