Question by Madison: How long does it take for mp3 players become outdated?
I remember in a computer class I took once the teacher said that about every 5 years a new computer generation emerges and the old ones become basically obsolete. It’s probably quicker than that now. I was wondering if there was a similar time period for mp3 players. I have an ipod classic, 5th generation I believe. I’ve had it for nearly 5 or 6 years now. It is becoming a pain but I’m still fairly content with it though. Do you think I would be justified in investing into a new mp3 player? Something with a touch screen? Or do you think I should just hang in there until my ipod dies or breaks?
Answer by Steve
You probably should just get another MP3 player, since even if there were a new format introduced that has significantly better quality, uses less digital space and widely adopted by the music industry, it’s still most likely to be digital and a software update should remedy this. Besides, do you really want to re-purchase all of the music you already own in a new format that is limited to one format (such as Ogg)?
Perhaps you’re a little late in asking this question, since Black Friday is usually the day with the best prices on electronic devices (an iPod Touch (4gen) 8GB was going for as little as $ 145)
Here are some histories of audio formats you might like –
You might want to use this to get an idea of where prices for electronic devices will head — http://www.decide.com/search/#ipod%20touch%204g%208gb%20black/2/16964825/RELEVANCE/
Currently, these appear to be the best prices, but don’t expect them to stay there much longer –
http://www.jr.com/apple/pe/APP_MC540LL_SL_A/ — $ 178 (8GB iPod Touch)
http://www.jr.com/apple/pe/APP_MC544LL_SL_A/ — $ 268 (32GB iPod Touch)
http://www.jr.com/apple/pe/APP_MC547LL_SL_A/ — $ 358 (64GB iPod Touch)
Apple had similar prices on Black Friday, but raised them back to pre-sale prices.
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