MP3 players: How to choose the best iPod Buying an iPod
Cheap iPod deals
As with all Apple products, it's not easy to buy a cheap iPod. However, sometimes retailers offer incentives such as a free iTunes gift card or iPod accessories when you buy an iPod.
As Apple refreshes its iPod line-up about once a year, usually in September, it's worth waiting until a new range is released - to see whether prices for the previous generation of iPods might fall as retailers try to shift stock.
If you don't mind buying a second-hand iPod, go to the Apple Refurbished iPod Store where there are occasional bargains.
Buying an iPod is only the start. A whole industry has developed around the iPod, providing accessories for Apple's MP3 players.
Some of the most useful iPod accessories are speaker docks, which allow you to mount an iPod in either a horizontal or vertical position and play music through built-in speakers.
Which? has expert reviews of iPod speaker docks so you can find a model to suit your lifestyle.
Though Apple's white iPod headphones are distinctive, many users who want improved sound quality opt to upgrade their headphones.
Which? has tested and reviewed headphones from all the leading brands, so you can be sure that a headphone upgrade will get the best possible sound quality from your iPod or MP3 player.
Other iPod accessories include in-car docks, armbands for sport or running, and protective iPod socks and cases in materials such as silicone or leather to make sure that your iPod stays safe and scratch-free.
All models of iPod come with access to a free technical support helpline for the first 90 days, and are covered by a one-year warranty from the purchase date. The 'AppleCare Protection Plan' extended warranty can extend the cover period up to two years, and gives you a global repair or replacement service including parts and labour.
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