The mp3 player market is rubbish.

Published December 17, 2012

A few years ago, if you wanted an mp3 player you were spoilt for choice by people wanting nothing more than to let you give them large sums of money.

I lost my Cowon iAudio player about 6 months ago and have had a few goes at trying to find a replacement, but have given up each time. What I want is:

  1. Ogg and flac support
  2. A reasonable amount of space
  3. A non-intrusive user interface

You'd think this wouldn't be so hard. The final point is probably the killer; most devices now think I want a touchscreen. I am not entirely sure what the logic is behind forcing me to *look* at a device that's supposed to play music and navigate an annoying interface every time I want to do something trivial like change volume or skip a track, which I'm pretty sure isn't what I want *ever*, but especially not when I'm running.

In the end I have settled on a £35 player because there's just nothing else. It might very well be very good (although I doubt it will be as good as my Cowon was. 40 hour battery life!), but I was wanting to spend more for something better.

This must be one of the rare examples of technology where vendors don't give you the option to spend your money.