Buying a MP3 Player for Christmas

There are a lot of questions to ask yourself before choosing the right MP3 player to buy for someone else for Christmas. From the latest and greatest iPod to the cheaper and more versatile non apple MP3 player, find out everything there is to know about MP3 players here. Plus find the best offers and coupons and win an iPod Nano 16GB!

Congratulations to Athena! You just won an iPod Nano 16GB. Thanks to all the participants and don’t forget to enter the competition for today’s giveaway!

MP3 Players Gifts Ideas

Everybody wants something slightly different from an mp3 player, and there isn’t (yest anyway) a player that can do it all. It all depends on where they want to use their device, what they want to do with it and what’s your budget? So here are our top 3 picks for 2011 MP3 players.

Top of the Range; For Music Fans

iPod Touch

iPod Touch 32GB, $299.99 at the Apple Store, Buy it Now

This MP3 player offers an incredible number of applications and features that should please anyone. The iPod Touch is available in 8GB, 32GB and 64GB versions. But because it is more expensive than other MP3 players, starting at $199, make sure the person really needs such a high end product and all the features they contain. Likely if they have an iPhone there is absolutely no need for an iTouch, if this is the person you are buying for think about what the person needs it for, if they are anything like me then they may want a smaller, lighter mp3 [player to use when jogging instead, that just so happens to be cheaper, like the one below.

Mid Range; For Moderate Music Lovers

iPod Nano

iPod Nano 16GB, $149.99 at the Apple Store, Buy it Now

This is a perfect gift for teenagers or younger kids that like listening to music but don’t need to use applications that are available with the iPod Touch, or like I mentioned above; joggers and active people. Its small size will easily fit in your pocket and customers can also choose between a small number of colours.

Bottom Range; For Sporty Music Listeners

Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip

Sandisk Sansa Clip Zip MP3 Player 4GB, $49.99 at, Buy it Now

The Sandisk is the device to get for people that listen to music mostly when doing sports. Its clip-on design is really practical and its low price makes it perfect for the gym or any other sports where there is a high probability it will get damaged.

How to Choose the Right MP3 Player?

The first thing to decide when looking for a MP3 player is if you want to get an iPod or any other MP3 player brand? There are quite a few pros and cons that you might want to consider before choosing an apple device.


Firstly, iPods are easy to use built-in with an intuitive technology and offer one of the nicest designs, but they also come with iTunes software. It’s nice to have access to the widest selection of legal digital content on the web, but note that with an iPod you have no other choice than to use this software, love it or hate it you are stuck with it. At the same time, you won’t be able to transfer music to devices that don’t run iTunes. The exception being if you’re using the iCloud application by Apple.

Buying an iPod also means that you will have access to a large selection of accessories to extend the use of your device. But these accessories are not free and iPods are more expensive than other devices with similar features.


There are a bunch of options and features to consider when choosing an MP3 player. Firstly, have a look at the software that it uses, i.e. iTunes for Apple, and its capability/restrictions. How can you categorize, search for and view your music, for example. Concerned parents might also want to check if there is a volume limiter on the device, which would allow you to block the volume with a password at a certain level.

When it comes to the display of the audio player, is it a touch screen one or not? Depending for whom you’re buying the device, maybe you don’t want to have a Touch screen. Or you might want to have a larger display if you know that the person will be watching a lot of videos. I would recommend getting at least a 3-inch one for minimum comfort when watching videos, but a 4-inch one is a lot easier to watch for a long period. Check also the video-playback information to be sure that it’s not going to lag when played on the device. And what about the controls? Are they super-small buttons that your mom will have trouble using?

Apart from these features, there are still more decisions to be taken as you cannot have everything in one device. Are you more weight capacity or size focus? Can the person’s computer handle it? What kind of battery does it use? A lot of MP3 players, including iPods, use a nonremovable rechargeable batteries, which means that it needs to be sent back to the manufacturer for a replacement (when it dies). This is quite expensive, so most people just buy a new one. Not the most eco-friendly solution.

MP3 Player Coupons

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iPod Giveaway

Today’s giveaway is for a 16GB iPod Nano! The winner will be able to choose the color of it plus an engraved message.

Good luck to our fabulous community!


  1. Anne says:

    Congratulations to Athena, our lucky winner of the iPod nano! This giveaway is now over, but check the one for today.

  2. Ryan Betesta says:

    The nano is awesome!!

  3. George Burton says:

    Thanks for the great information on your site and all the links. Would love to see this one under the Christmas Tree.

  4. Lyle O says:

    Christmas would be a great time to win one.

  5. Glenda says:

    I wanna win win win!!!

  6. Ermias says:


  7. JR says:

    i’d love to win

  8. Yi-Chen S says:

    Ohhhhh please please let me win!!!! :)

  9. Susie says:

    Oh I would LOVE to have one… I’ve been thinking about getting one for jogging purposes :)

  10. Karyn says:

    My holidays would be that much brighter with this gift!

  11. nm says:

    Thank you for the chance!

  12. Beatrice Lawson says:

    Love it!!! Thanks so much for bringing such a cool giveaway, I know my son would just love this, he ahs been begging for a nano forever… Will keep my fingers crossed.

  13. Filipa says:

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  14. Rosemary Breschuk-Chiu says:

    Would love a purple one with my name and phone number engraved.

  15. Shirley says:

    My daughter would go crazy if I were to gift this to her. Keep my fingers crossed!

  16. donna l. says:

    I’d like to win this nice prize!

  17. lelalacc says:

    these are awesome, i’d like to win!

  18. Jo says:

    Thanks for all the good information. Like today’s prizes very much.

  19. Athena says:

    This would be a great gift idea!

  20. Claudia says:

    C’est super ça!! Un ipod, ça se glisse si bien dans un bas de Noël :)

  21. Marc says:

    I love this 12 days of Christmas event. Thanks a lot guys!

  22. Kevin L says:

    I was being a completionist when I entered the iHome contest the other day, because I actually don’t have an iPod to put in it. Winning this would probably be more practical. :)

  23. Nelson says:

    Thank You for this site. I’ve saved a lot!

  24. Julien H. says:

    Great for jogging!

  25. Susan says:

    Thanks for all the information. Now I know what to ask before buying an mp3 player. Winning the iPod Nano would be a wonderful gift for me actually!

  26. Judy says:

    Than you for great giveaway.

  27. angela b says:

    Wow what a fabulous prize!! I would love to own one!

  28. veronika says:

    love this one! Wish I could win for once =D My little sister woud like to have this as a present!

  29. Tina says:

    Great gift for my daughter

  30. belinda m says:

    I would love to win this. So handy for those evening walks

  31. Dian Anderson says:

    I would love to win this, great christmas prezzie for my hubby

  32. Meek says:

    I would love to win this great prize.

  33. spamgirl says:

    I love my iPod Touch! Thanks for the giveaway

  34. Ron Friesen says:

    great for walking the dogs

  35. Cheryl Morreale says:

    This is a great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win a Nano!

  36. Debbie Paisley says:

    Great prize would love to win…

  37. Wonn says:

    I would love to win

  38. Rebby says:

    Thank you for the great tips, and the great giveaway!

  39. Big Sister says:

    I don’t have an MP3 player or even a stereo at home so this would be a great prize!

  40. Ernie M. says:

    A 16gb Nano would be perfect !

  41. Caroline M says:

    My archaic iPod is on the fritz. This would be a great win. Thanks for the chance!

  42. LOLO says:

    My niece would think I’m the best auntie in the whole wide world!

  43. nicole aben says:

    I would love to win this, then load it with relaxing/distracting music for when I have to give birth to our first next month!

  44. jesse aben says:

    I don’t have an mp3 player of any kind yet so this would be great to win.

  45. Leslie says:

    i would like to win

  46. Marlene V says:

    This would be perfect for when I go for a walk! I love walking to tunes!

  47. Leah S says:

    I WANNA WIN! Could use one of these!

  48. blessedta says:


  49. Michelle says:

    This would make such a great gift!

  50. MARY says:

    another great prize to win

  51. ChristineB says:

    My kids would love this gift.

  52. Gabriel Chow says:

    I could definitely use this on my daily run – as great as my iPhone is, it’s just way too bulky. Count me in to win the iPod Nano!

  53. Holly says:

    I’ve had my no-name mp3 player for at least 8 years – would LOVE an upgrade! lol

  54. Colleen C says:

    I know someone who would love the iPod!

  55. Kate says:

    This would be great to win! My nano broke about a year ago

  56. sandra says:

    I always go to apple store there is so many nice things! music is a great gift it elevates the mood and it’s a nice present for this Christmass. It would be a nice treat for myself. I need to make my workouts more fun.

    win, win, win!!

  57. J-J Roy says:

    Broke mine last year, would love to replace it!

  58. Amy M says:

    This would make a great gift or something to gift to myself :)

  59. Leica says:

    Nice! Je le veux!!! Vos prix sont trop géniaux!! Reste plus que 5 jours…Je les veux!!

  60. Andrej says:

    This really would be great to win!

  61. Lynne B says:

    Super prize and one I would love to win!

  62. Amy Johnson says:

    Would love to win this for my mom, she still carries around the first generation nano !!

    • Anne says:

      That’s crazy! I still have the first generation iPod shuffle, the 2GB one I think. I can’t believe I thought it was enough back in the days…

  63. Ermias says:

    Kool gift!!!

  64. Glenda says:

    woot woot I love it!!!! thanks Voucher codes!!!

  65. Karen T says:

    Both my girls have asked for this for Christmas so it would be a great prize to win! Fingers crossed!

  66. angela m says:

    I don’t have an Ipod nano, so it would be my lucky day to win this:)

  67. Sunshine G says:

    Would love a new iPod!

  68. Iris says:

    What a great prize. It would be great for listening to my favorite podcasts

  69. JoKing says:

    maybe I can have my own now since hubby has obsconded with mine.

  70. Peter R says:

    Nice prize! Would really like to win this one!

  71. Huguette English says:

    Great prize, would love to win so I don’t have to listen to my kids’ music.

  72. Stephanie Mac Isaac says:

    This would make a great Christmas gift for someone on my list

  73. Ariane says:

    Never owned an iPod, but my 8gb mp3 player is almost full and these are so cute!

  74. Margaret Imecs says:

    Amazing giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity :)

  75. Torrance Ho says:

    I would like to win!

  76. Catharine Morgan says:

    I would love this. Thanks for the giveaways

  77. Corrina says:

    Would love to win an iPod Nano! Thanks for the giveaway!

  78. Bob Grier says:

    I havent been able yo afford an Ipod in so long. I using a cheapo MP3 player.
    Please please please.

  79. Nic says:

    That’s exactly what I need! Apple have such great products!

  80. Donnas says:

    Believe it or not I don’t own an iPod. Now’s the time to win one.

  81. Catherine says:

    OKKKKAAAAYYYY! This contest is getting crazy!!! I would love to win so that I could give my (pink) old one to my bf who’s always borrowing it to me!!!

  82. Mark G says:

    would love a new 16GB iPod

  83. Anna G says:

    A new 16GB iPod – that would be great

  84. Suzanne Weller says:

    I would love a brand new 16GB iPod. I think mine is 2GB…so old.

  85. FOKXXY says:

    I would love to be entered!!