With Apple's new round of iPods comes a fresh round of questions about the usefulness of dedicated MP3 players. Smartphones these days can all hold a decent amount of MP3s and we carry them with us wherever we go. Do we need a portable device just for music?
The excitement surrounding new iPods is a fraction of that surrounding new iPhones, but Apple keeps dutifully updating the line with new colors, shapes, and capabilities. There are still plenty of other MP3 players from other brands available, too.
I have an old-generation iPod Touch that sits in an alarm clock dock beside my bed. I haven't touched it in well over a year. My iPad now has the honor of playing "Car Talk" podcasts on my nightstand until I fall asleep.
I suppose you could argue that an iPod Touch isn't really a "dedicated MP3 player," but that's primarily what I used it for despite all the apps.
There's still a place for dedicated MP3 players, but it may be shrinking. Athletes who don't want to haul around expensive and big smartphones can turn to a tiny MP3 player for company when they're exercising. People without smartphones can still pick up a good MP3 player for a small chunk of change.
You may have an MP3 player in your technology inventory. Is it still in heavy rotation or have you consigned it to taking up space in your junk drawer? Vote in our poll and elaborate in the comments.