Apple iPod Classic, Microsoft Zune, Creative Zen
MP3 players have quickly become the medium of choice for listening to audiobooks. There are four main features to consider when buying an audiobook-friendly MP3 player: file compatibility, battery life, storage capacity, and bookmarking.
To figure out which supported file types are important to you, think about where you'll be getting your audiobooks. Audible is one of the most popular formats for purchasing audiobooks online, and all of the players listed here are Audible-friendly.
Next, consider battery life. Audiobook fans typically listen in long stretches and you want to make sure your MP3 player can go the distance.
When you're thinking about storage capacity, consider that audiobooks average around 140MB--which can eat up memory in a hurry. For most users, 4GB to 8GB of space is adequate, but if you want to fit your entire music, video, and audiobook library onto one device, high-capacity players such as the iPod Classic and Zune 120 are the way to go.
Finally, there's bookmarking. All of the MP3 players shown here should automatically resume audiobook playback where you last left off, but some MP3 players (such as the Creative Zen) will allow you to manually set multiple bookmarks within an audiobook.
So the best MP3 players for audiobooks are:
1. Apple iPod Classic (120GB)
2. Microsoft Zune (120GB)
3. Creative Zen (16GB)
4. SanDisk Sansa Fuze (8GB)
5. SanDisk Sansa Clip (4GB)
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