My friends swear by their iPods. I’m not exaggerating when I say that everyone has one. I don’t. I’d like a portable music player, but I’m not quite sure when I’d listen, anyway. My car radio and compact discs suit me fine for now.
However, if someone offered me a way to carry around a library of 1,000 songs, I would be crazy not to take it. But if you’re going to buy a player and access to an online music store, Money Magazine has some suggestions.
If you’re a habitual downloader, you may want to consider a subscription service rather than Apple’s iTunes store, which charges the customer for each download. Wilson Rothman, the author of the Money Magazine article, is a fan of Urge, a music store owned by MTV. You can’t use an iPod with Urge, but the magazine suggests the Creative Zen V (pictured above), and it’s a classy-looking piece of equipment.
This just in: If you have an iPod and you’re ready to upgrade to a newer device, Tweeter now offers an iPod trade-in program. You’ll receive a store credit, the amount of which will be determined by the store, to apply to the purchase of a new iPod or any other product available at the store. (Thanks, Boston Gal, for the tip!)
Updated June 20, 2014 and originally published August 17, 2006. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.