To understand what makes an MP3 player Mac-compatible you need to look at the connection standard of the device. Most music players use the Media Transfer Protocol, or MTP, connection method. MTP is supported by the Windows operating system, but it isn't supported by the Mac OS. For an MP3 player to be Mac compatible, your Mac needs to read it as a generic USB hard drive. Several manufacturers make MP3 players meet this criteria.
The iPod by Apple is probably the best known Mac-compatible MP3 player on the market. iPod music players are designed to work with iTunes, the music management software bundled with the Mac operating system. The iPod supports movie and photo playback as well as music and comes in a variety of models including the iPod Touch (with touchscreen, built-in WiFi and app support) to the much more basic iPod Nano, which is a small, simple device designed solely for music playback.
MP3 Players By Creative
Creative has several models of MP3 players that are Mac- and iTunes-compatible. The Nomad II series, the Nomad Jukebox series and the Nomad MuVo series are all designed to be Mac-compatible.
MP3 Players by Rio
Rio Audio manufactures several Mac compatible MP3 players. The Cali, Chiba, Forge and Carbon models require an additional plugin to be recognized by iTunes. The 500, 600, 800, 900 and S Series devices are compatible out of the box. Rio also makes the Nike psa]play series of music players. These devices are also Mac-compatible.
Sansa Music Players
The Sansa Fuze+ by SanDisk is a Mac-compatible MP3 player that also supports video playback. The device is available with up to 16 GB of drive space and features a miniSD card slot for additional storage.
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