Choosing an mp3 player

There are many factors you need to consider when choosing an mp3 player. These factors become much more important when you are choosing an mp3 player to play backing tracks in an onstage “live” environment.

Whatever you do, don’t just buy the first mp3 player you see and don’t be fooled with the extra features or even hard disk size. Remember that most singers only have a repertoire of 400 or 500 songs (many have less) so in todays world of 20, 30 and 60 Gb hard drives, space isn’t really a problem.

More importantly is the type of screen and the size of the screen (for dimly lit stages) and how easy the machine can be used on stage – theres no use in buying a player that takes a few seconds to find and cue up the next song or can’t save playlists (set lists) etc.

I’ve found two main contenders for the title of “Best MP3 Player for backing tracks” and you can read my article which looks at these machines and gives an unbiased review of them at choosing an mp3 player.