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macrumors 604
Original poster
Mar 11, 2013
Hi all,

I’m not an audiophile, but just someone who appreciates music. Even if not necessary I like having a device devoted solely to music. Currently I have a 128GB iPod Touch 6G. It’s light, pretty, and has I’m sure the best UI/UX of any player, however I’m looking into alternatives for when this one stops working.

I have a decent pair of headphones and even if the difference in quality I experience is nominal (I hope more) it’s still a hobby. I’ve done some extensive research and I’m leaning toward the Cowon Plenue J or D. I know FiiO makes some products as well as A&K.

They all seems to have laggy and sub-par UXs, but work. What devices do you use or recommend? Thanks!


macrumors 6502a
Aug 17, 2013
I tried those overpriced MP3 players and found that the iPod Touch 6G sound just as good as those Android based MP3 players from some no name Chinese (FiiO) and Korean brand (iRiver)

My earphone is no slouch either so I wouldn't consider it nor my ears as the reason.

Get another 6G if the old one stops working

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macrumors Haswell
Jul 29, 2008
In a coffee shop.
Faced with the exact same dilemma, - and I have a rather lovely iPod Touch 128 GB which I bought last year - I treated myself to an Astell & Kern device - the SP 1000 Ultima - this year as a belated Yuletide gift to myself.

Expensive, and slightly complicated - but iTunes in recent years has become a nightmare to use rather than the dream it used to be once upon a distant time) - it is beautiful, built like a tank, but I must say that I love it.
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