Comparing the iPod vs. the Competition: Mid-Level MP3 Players

7th Generation iPod nano
7th Generation iPod nano. image copyright Apple Inc.

This chart compares mid-level MP3 players that provide a solid, intermediate range of features and use solid-state Flash memory to store music and other data. These players offer good amounts of storage and good prices, but don't crown the lines or offer advanced features like Internet access or third-party apps.

The iPod nano is the iPod that fits this space in Apple's lineup.

Note: Apple discontinued the iPod Nano on July 27, 2017.

This chart is designed to make it easy to compare the features and prices of these players to guide your buying decision.

This chart does not compare hard-drive-based players, ultra-portable players, or advanced devices like the iPod touch.

Note: The Microsoft Zune has been discontinued.


 Apple iPod nanoMicrosoft ZuneSony Walkman E SeriesiRiver S100Creative Zen X-Fi3
 16GB16GB16GBup to 32GB32GB
Songs Held4,0004,0003,7008,0008,000
Plays Video?YesYesYesYesYes
Screen Size*2.5, multitouch1.822.832
FM TunerYesYesYesYesYes
Size*3.01 x 1.56 x 0.211.6 x 3.6 x 0.333.88 x 1.75 x 0.314.13 x 2.32 x 0.392.48 x 1.83 x 0.55
Battery Life30 hours24 hours36 hours42 hours20 hours
Online StoreYesYesYesNoNo

* in inches
** in ounces