With the exception of the iPod, very few companies really bother with mp3 players anymore. They have been replaced by smart phones and streaming services like Spotify. However, a new company that started as a Kickstarter earlier this year, offers an mp3 player called the Mighty that allows users to sync up their Spotify playlists to listen to without internet connection. It should also be noted that the Mighty is not officially partnered with Spotify.
The device looks almost identical to an iPod shuffle. It even works like an iPod shuffle with five buttons for playback controls, not to mention the voice that lets you know what you’re listening to. Furthermore, while it will sync your Spotify playlists, you have to be a Spotify premium member, because that is the only way you can listen to your playlists without wifi.
“The audio player has 8GB of internal storage, which is just enough room for about 1,000 songs (about 48 hours of music) at Spotify Premium’s highest quality audio. And if you like, you can also sync your own MP3s locally. The Mighty team says the music player is good for up to 15 hours of continuous playback”.
One cool thing about this mp3 player is the “Stay Fresh” feature that syncs random playlists at night to surprise you in the morning.
In all honesty, Mashable gives the Mighty a mediocre review. The device costs $80 and is essentially a glorified mp3 player meant to work with Spotify premium playlists. It has wifi capability to sync the playlists and Bluetooth to use with headphones (though it also comes with traditional earbuds as well). I’m sure there are people out there who are avid users of Spotify premium who would pay the $80 for this player, but for people who don’t want to pay for Spotify premium and just want a small device for the gym, an iPod shuffle would most likely be better. It might only have 2GB of storage instead of 8, but it’s $20 cheaper. Or, if you don’t like Apple, I’m sure there are other mp3 players out there that are similar.