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The following comparison of portable media players compares general and technical information for notable digital playback devices.

General

Name Manufacturer Release date Player type Internal capacity Storage type Dimensions (mm / in.) Depth (mm / in.) Weight (g / oz.) Firmware version
Archos 105 Archos 2007 / 8 / 31 Flash DAP contemporary 2 GB Flash + External - SD / HC 85 × 45 mm / 3.35 ×1.77 in. 7 mm / 0.28 in. 50 g / 1.76 oz. 1.6.07
Archos 405 Archos 2007 / 9 / 1 Mini-sized PMP 2 GB Flash + External - SD / HC 99.6 × 78 mm / 3.92 × 3.07 in. 13.2 mm / 0.52 in. 119.07 g / 4.2 oz. 1.8.03
2008 / 2 / 7 30 GB Hard drive 100 × 78 mm / 3.94 × 3.07 in. 15 mm / 0.59 in. 191.36 g / 6.75 oz.
Archos 5 Archos 2008 / 08 / 19 Mid-sized PMP 120 /250 GB Hard drive 127 x 78.8 mm 19.4 mm 300 g 1.6.53
Archos 605 WiFi / GPS Archos 2007 / 9 / 1 Mid-sized PMP 4 GB Flash + External - SD / HC 4.8 × 3.2 in. 0.6 in. 5.29 oz. 1.8.03
30 / 80 / 160GB Hard drive 0.6 (30 GB) / 0.75 in. 6.7 (30 GB) / 9.17 in.
Archos 705 WiFi Archos 2007 / 11 / 27 Mega-sized PMP 80 / 160 GB Hard drive 182 × 128 mm / 7.05 × 4.96 in. 19.69 mm / 0.77½ in. 630 g / 22.22 oz. 1.8.03
Cowon A3 Cowon 2007 / 11 / 14 Mid-sized PMP 30 / 60 / 80  GB Hard drive 133.4 × 78.5 mm / 5.21 × 3.09 in. 22 mm / 0.87 in. 280 g / 9.88 oz. 1.24
Cowon D2 Cowon 2006 / 12 / 5 Micro-sized PMP 2 / 4 / 8 / 16 GB Flash + External - SD / HC 78.0 × 55.4 mm / 3.07 × 2.18 in. 16.6 mm / 0.65 in. 91.0 g / 3.21 oz. 2.57
Cowon Q5W Cowon 2007 / 11 / 30 Mid-sized PMP 40 / 60 / 80 GB Hard drive 138.8 × 88.5 mm / 5.46 × 3.48 in. 20 mm / 0.79 in. 380 g / 13.40 oz. 1.5
Cowon O2PMP Cowon Mid-sized PMP 8 / 16 / 32 GB Flash memory 4.70 x 2.89 in. 0.70 in. 7.23 oz.
Gigabeat T-Series Toshiba 2007 / 9 / 25 Micro-sized PMP 4 GB Flash memory 2.13 × 3.38  0.58 in. 58.11 g / 2.05 oz. No release
GP2X F-200 GamePark Holdings 2007 / 10 / 28 Mid-sized PMPHandheld game console 64 MB External - SD / HC 5.65 × 3.26 in. 1.34 in. 5.68 oz. 4.0.0
iPod classic Applemarker 2007 / 9 / 5 HDD DAP contemporary 120 GB Hard drive 4.1 × 2.4 in. 0.41 in. 4.9 oz. 2.0.1
0.53 in. 5.7 oz.
iPod nano 4G Apple 2008 / 9 / 9 Flash DAP contemporary 8 / 16 GB Flash 3.6 × 1.5 in. 0.24 in. 1.3 oz. 1.0.3
iPod touch Apple 2007 / 9 / 14 Mini-sized PMP  8 GB / 32 GB / 64 GB Flash 4.3 × 2.4 in. 0.31 in. 4.2 oz. 3.1
iriver clix 2G ReignCom 2007 / 4 / 24 Micro-sized PMP 2 / 4 / 8 GB Flash 3.16 × 1.84 in. 0.32 - 0.5 in. 1.9 oz. 1.07
PSP Slim & Lite Sony 2007 / 8 / 30 Mid-sized PMPHandheld game console 64 MB (Not User Accessible) External - Memory Stick 6.7 × 2.9 in. 0.71 in. 6.67 oz. 6.10
Samsung T10 Samsung September 2007 Flash DAP contemporary 2 / 4 / 8 GB Flash 96 × 41.4 mm / 3.78 × 1.63 in. 7.9 mm / 0.31 in. 43 g / 1.52 oz. 3.06
Samsung P2 Samsung September 2007 Flash DAP contemporary 4 / 8 GB Flash 100 × 52 mm / 3.9 × 2 in. 9.9 mm / 0.4 in. 83 g / 3 oz. 5.10
Sansa Fuze SanDisk 2008 / 3 / 17 Flash DAP contemporary 2 / 4 / 8 GB Flash + External - microSDHC 78.7 × 48.3 mm / 3.1 × 1.9 in. 7.6 mm / 0.3 in. 59.5 g / 2.1 oz. 01.02.26 & 02.02.26
Sansa View SanDisk 2007 / 10 / 26 Controls-focused PMP 8 / 16 / 32 GB Flash + External - microSD 4.29 × 1.95 in. 0.41 in. 2.9 oz. 01.03.02a
Walkman NWZ-A820 series Sony 2008 / 3 / 28 Flash DAP contemporary 2 / 4 / 8 / 16 GB Flash 3.5 × 1.7 in. 0.4 in. 1.9 oz. 1.02
ZEN Creative 2007 / 9 / 14 Micro-sized PMP 2 / 4 / 8 / 16 / 32 GB Flash + External - SD / HC 3.26 × 2.16 in. 0.44 in. 2.29 oz. 1.21.01
ZEN X-Fi Creative 2008 / 7 / 10 Micro-sized PMP 8 / 16 / 32 GB Flash + External - SD 3.27 × 2.17 in. 0.5 in. 2.43 oz. 1.03.01
ZEN Vision W Creative 2006 / 8 / 30 Mid-sized PMP 30 / 60 GB Hard drive + External - CF 5.27 × 2.95 in. 0.86 in. 9.73 oz. 1.10.01
Zune 30 Microsoft 2006 / 11 / 14 Mid-sized PMP 30 GB Hard drive 4.4 x 2.4 in. 0.58 in. 5.6 oz. 3.2
Zune 4 / 8 Microsoft 2007 / 11 / 13 Micro-sized PMP 4 / 8 GB Flash 3.6 × 1.63 in. 0.33 in. 1.66 oz. 3.2
Zune 16 Microsoft 2008 / 9 / 16 Micro-sized PMP 16 GB Flash 3.6 × 1.63 in. 0.33 in. 1.66 oz. 3.2
Zune 80 Microsoft 2007 / 11 / 13 Mid-sized 80 80 GB Hard drive 4.26 × 2.41 in. 0.51 in. 4.52 oz. 3.2
Zune 120 Microsoft 2008 / 9 / 16 Mid-sized PMP 120 GB Hard drive 4.26 × 2.41 in. 0.51 in. 4.52 oz. 3.2
Zune HD Microsoft 2009 / 9 / 15 Mini-sized PMP 16 / 32 GB Flash 4.08 × 2.07 in. 0.35 in. 2.6 oz 4.3 (191)
Zvue 260 Zvue 2007 / 7 / 17 HDD DAP contemporary None External - SD / SDHC (up to 16 GB) 4.16 × 2.56 in. 0.5 in. 4.2 oz. 2.80 I_071012
Name Manufacturer Release date Player type Internal capacity Storage type Dimensions (mm / in.) Depth (mm / in.) Weight (g / oz.) Firmware version


Technical specifications



Name Navigation Audio out Speaker Screen size (in.) Screen type Resolution (px.) Frame rate (frame/s) Color depth (bpp) Video out Video battery life (hr) Audio battery life (hrs)
Archos 105 D-pad, 7 buttons Headphone jack 1.8 OLED 160 × 128 18 18
Archos 405 D-pad, 6 two-way buttons Headphone jack, Dock connector 3.5 TFT LCD 320 × 240 5 16
Archos 5 Touchscreen Headphone jack 4.8 TFT LCD 800 × 480 7 22
Archos 605 WiFi / GPS D-pad / Touchscreen, 6 two-way buttons Headphone jack 4.3 TFT LCD 800 × 480 5.5 15
Archos 705 WiFi Touchscreen Headphone jack 7 TFT LCD 800 × 480 18 5.5 15
Cowon A3 D-pad, 4 buttons Headphone jack 4 TFT LCD 800 x 480 18
Cowon D2 Touchscreen, 3 buttons Headphone jack 2.5 TFT LCD 320 × 240
Cowon Q5W Touchscreen Headphone jack 5 TFT LCD 800 x 480 7 13
Gigabeat T-Series D-pad, 4 buttons Headphone jack 2.4 TFT LCD 320 × 240 18 5 16
GP2X F-200 8-way D-pad / Touchscreen, 9 buttons Headphone jack 3.5 TFT LCD 320 × 240 16 3.5 6
iPod classic Click wheel, 1 center & 4 embedded buttons Headphone jack, Dock connector Clicker only 2.5 TFT LCD 320 × 240 16 6 36
iPod nano 5G Click wheel, 1 center & 4 embedded buttons Headphone jack, Dock connector Yes 2.25 TFT LCD 320 × 240 16 4 24
iPod touch Touchscreen, 3 buttons Headphone jack, Dock connector after 1st generation 3.5 TFT LCD 480 × 320 6 36
iriver clix 2G D-pad, 4 embedded buttons Headphone jack 2.2 AM 320 × 240 18 5 25
PSP Slim & Lite Analog stick / D-pad, 15 buttons Headphone jack, Dock connector 4.3 TFT LCD 480 × 272 4 10
Samsung T10 D-pad, 5 buttons Headphone jack 2 TFT LCD 320 × 240 18 4 30
Samsung P2 Touchscreen, 4 buttons Headphone jack 3 TFT LCD 480 × 272 18 5 35
Sansa Fuze Scroll ring, 6 buttons Headphone jack, Dock connector 1.8 TFT LCD 224 × 176 16 5 24
Sansa View Scroll wheel, 3 buttons Headphone jack, Dock connector 2.4 TFT LCD 320 × 240 16 7 35
Walkman NWZ-A810 series D-pad, 7 buttons Headphone jack 2 TFT LCD 320 × 240 16 33
ZEN D-pad, 9 buttons Headphone jack 2.5 TFT LCD 320 × 240 5 30
ZEN Vision W D-pad, 12 buttons Headphone jack, Dock connector 4.3 TFT LCD 480 × 272 18 4.5 13
Zune 4 / 8 / 16 Zune pad, 2 buttons Headphone jack, Dock connector 1.8 TFT LCD 320 × 240 16 4 23 (Wi-Fi) / 24
Zune 80 / 120 Zune pad, 2 buttons Headphone jack, Dock connector 3.2 TFT LCD 320 × 240 16 4 29 (Wi-Fi) / 30
Zune HD Touchscreen, 3 buttons Headphone jack, Dock connector 3.3 OLED 480 x 272 Unknown 33 (Wi-Fi off)
ZVUE 260 D-pad, 9 buttons Headphone jack 2.5 AMTFT LCD 234 × 160 6
Name Navigation Audio out Speaker Screen size (in.) Screen type Resolution (px.) Frame rate (frame/s) Color depth (bpp) Video out Video battery life (hr) Audio battery life (hrs)


Syncing and transfer

Name Connectivity OS compatibility Integrated software Protocol compliancy
USB Wi-Fi Bluetooth Linux Macintosh Windows MSC MTP
Mini-B port 2.0 Mac OS X Classic Vista XP 2000 9x
Archos 105
Archos 405
Archos 5 Me
Archos 605 WiFi / GPS
Archos 705 WiFi
Cowon A3 Me jetAudio
Cowon D2 jetAudio
Cowon Q5W Me jetAudio
Gigabeat T400 No
GP2X F-200
iPod classic No iTunes
iPod nano 4G No iTunes
iPod touch 1G iTunes
iPod touch 2G iTunes
iriver clix 2G iriver plusRhapsody
PSP Slim & Lite PSP Go only Media Go
Samsung T10 No EmoDio
Samsung P2 No EmoDio
Sansa Fuze
Walkman NWZ-A810 series
ZEN No Creative MediaSource
ZEN Vision W No Creative MediaSource
Zune Zune Software
ZVUE 260 ZAPP


Audio formats

Name MP3 AAC-DRM ALAC AAC WMA-DRM WMA Lossless WMA WAV Audible Ogg Vorbis FLAC Others
Archos 105
Archos 405 No AC3
Archos 5 No AC3
Archos 605 WiFi / GPS No AC3
Archos 705 WiFi No AC3
Cowon A3
Cowon D2
Cowon Q5W
Gigabeat T-Series
GP2X F-200 No No APE, MP2, MPC, TTA, WV
iPod
iriver clix 2G
PSP Slim & Lite
Samsung T10
Samsung P2
Sansa Fuze
Walkman NWZ-A810 series
ZEN
ZEN Vision W No
Zune
ZVUE 260
MP3 AAC-DRM ALAC AAC WMA-DRM WMA Lossless WMA WAV Audible Ogg Vorbis FLAC Others


Video formats

Name H.264 ASF WMV DivX / Xvid MPEG-4 AVI QuickTime Other formats
Archos 105
Archos 405 No No MPEG-2
Archos 5 No No MPEG-2
Archos 605 WiFi / GPS No No MPEG-2
Archos 705 WiFi No No MPEG-2
Cowon A3
Cowon D2 No
Cowon Q5W
Gigabeat T-Series No No No No
GP2X F-200 No
iPod with plugin with plugin
iriver clix 2G
PSP Slim & Lite
Samsung T10
Samsung P2
Sansa Fuze
Walkman NWZ-A810 series
ZEN No No
ZEN Vision W No No
Zune DVR-MS
ZVUE 260


Additional features

Name FM radio Microphone Line-in recording DVR recording Playback while charging
Archos 105
Archos 405
Archos 5 With FM remote With FM remote With Dock with DVR Dock With Dock
Archos 605 WiFi / GPS
Archos 705 WiFi
Cowon A3
Cowon D2
Cowon Q5W
Gigabeat T-Series
GP2X F-200
iPod
iriver clix 2G No
PSP 1000 Series
PSP Slim & Lite 2000 Series Accessory Only
PSP Slim & Lite 3000 Series
Samsung T10
Samsung P2
Sansa Fuze Power Only, No Data
Sansa View
Walkman NWZ-A810 series
ZEN
ZEN Vision W Power Only, No Data
Zune
Zvue 260


See also



Notes and references

  1. 1 GB = 1000 MB; 1 MB = 1000 kB; 1 kB = 1000 B
  2. All SD card-complaint devices are also compatible with MultiMediaCard (MMC).
  3. Release date according to Slashgear.
  4. Release date according to SlipperyBrick.
  5. Release date according to CNET.
  6. Release date according to PlayAsia.com.
  7. Release date according to CNET.
  8. Release date according to YesAsia.
  9. Release date according to CNET.
  10. Release date according to MP3.com.
  11. Release date according to CNET.
  12. Compatible through numerous third-party apps.
  13. Available after installing the latest firmware update.
  14. Supported though libmtp, which is free software.
  15. Wmvplayer is a third-party plug-in that supports these formats.
  16. FFPlay is a third-party plug-in that supports these formats.
  17. OldPlay is a third-party plug-in that supports these formats.
  18. Playable when converted to standard WMA on Creative Audio Converter from MediaSource.
  19. Playable when optional plug-in is purchased.
  20. Playable when converted to Xvid (15frame/s) through JetAudio.
  21. Playable when converted to WMV through bundled software. Does not sync directly with Windows Media Center.
  22. Line-in recording is possible with the line-in jack on the optional cradle.
  23. When the device is connected to a computer with a USB cable, the data lines put the device in a file sync mode where playback cannot occur. However, with adapters such as car chargers where there is no data connection, playback while charging is possible.



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