You may think iPods are the only MP3 players that are compatible with Macs. However, Mac users have many options. The No. 1 problem that occurs when trying to use non-Apple MP3 players in OS X is unsupported drivers and software. One thing to consider when buying a non-Apple MP3 player is whether you will want to use iTunes to sync your music. Many MP3 players come with their own software that is best to use instead. This is because iTunes does not officially support any MP3 players except iPods. Any non-Apple product may need some settings adjusted to sync properly. Most of the MP3 players listed here will show up on your Mac as an external storage device (so they require no additional drivers). You can add songs by simply dragging and dropping. The software that comes with the Sony-X should be Mac-compatible. All the MP3 players featured are compatible with Mac OS X.
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iPods and iPhone
iPods are the obvious choice. They currently come in four major choices, all of which work perfectly with Mac: Shuffle, Nano, Classic and Touch. If you are looking for an all-in-one cellphone solution, the iPhone will do everything the iPod Touch can do plus make calls. You should have no compatibility problem with iTunes if you get an iPod or iPhone.
SanDisk Sansas look a lot like iPods and are some of the most affordable MP3 players on the market. The Sansa will show up on your Mac as external storage, similar to a flash drive. From there, just drag and drop your iTunes files in.
Like the iPod Touch, the Archos 5 can handle Web browsing and flash-media playback. It also features a screen with great resolution. The Archos 5 will also show up on your Mac as an external storage device.
Reviewers have hailed the Samsung P3 as having the highest-quality audio playback. Features include a full-colour touch screen, Bluetooth sync, widgets, voice recording and a radio. The Samsung P3 will show up on your Mac as an external storage device.
Sony X-Player Walkman
Walkman started off making radios and tape players and now has created a great MP3 player. The Sony X-series is among the most expensive MP3 players. The Sony X justifies the price with features such as iTunes compatibility, podcast support, direct YouTube support and Wi-Fi Internet. The Sony X-Player will show up on your Mac as a compatible device.
Hints and Tips
Make sure that you are up to date on the latest firmware for any MP3 player. Many times, manufacturers add additional Mac support later on.
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