10 Unique And Creative MP3 Players

The wires are abuzz with the Zune HD News, and many are wondering what Jobs has in store for the iPod this summer. However, the thread that ties both these MP3 players together is their form. Besides the obvious rectangle shape, very few people like Sony have ventured into a daring cylindrical shape for the MP3. Here’s a look at the adventurous folks who broke away from the mold and gave us Unique And Creative MP3 Players

10) Ladybug MP3 Player For Children by Mark Honschke

Cute little Ladybug! Resembling the pull-along-toy that we get our kids, the reassuring design of this player is apt for tots. Spare wings in colorful designs can be swapped to customize the player for each individual user.

9) Rubik Cube Mp3 Player by Hee Yong

Creative genius? I think not, coz the Rubik Cube design has been abused many a times in the past. Innovative…yes! Coz I think it’s the first time it’s being used for an MP3 player in an intelligent way. The only way to activate the player is by solving the puzzle; by solving each layer has a specific function such as play, pause, forward or back. And of course the only way to turn it off is by completing it. Wicked!

8 ) MP3 Pebble Object by Branko Ludovic

The Pebble was solely developed to explore variations in a single design. Imagine churning out MP3 players with same exact specs but with contours as diverse as pebbles. A manufacturers’ nightmare I guess!

7) Wrist MP3 Player by Nathan Davis

This player is best suited for those who need music while workingout. It slaps onto the wrist and uses a Bluetooth headphone for convenience.

6) Tie Clip MP3 Player by Jin Woo Han

Yeah, ditch your diamond studded tie-clip for this MP3 player. Shy-guys can use it to flash intro messages like “Hello, my name is. . . ”

5) Tok Tak Plug MP3 by Tae-wan Kim

This one is a pretty basic and probably the smallest MP3 player concepts we’ve seen. Resembling a standard audio jack, the player dangles from your earphones when used on the go.

4) Sony Project Red Zik MP3 Player by Harold Terosier

Ok, Sony does not support Project RED, so this is kinda weird. And it’s also weird that this player is fashioned like a tear drop pendant.

3) Zero by Francesco Cugusi & Roberto Strippoli

Adding a twist to the retro era, Zero is actually a CD Player serenading as a LP Player. In its defense for being in the list, it does support MP3, MP4 and WAV files.

2) Music Flow by Min-Kyung Kang, Tae-Seung Kim, & Jeong-Min Og

Of all the things, it’s a TAP! Like the flow of water, this one pours out your music. I really think it’s an innovative approach to design. The set includes earphones, a faucet along with a controlling knob and a remote control. Ironically, “Not water-resistant!”

1) NVDRS Tape by Stefano Pertegato, Massimiliano Rampoldi, Eloisa Tolu, Francesco Schiraldi & Giovanni Mendini

The host of designers did not spoil this broth, coz I think it’s one of the best representation of a blast from the past. You can get more modern and retro in the same breath as this. The tape is an MP3 player that follows the 45/60/90 minutes norm, holding 10/15/20 select songs in digital format.


  • Carl says:

    solid state has truely rewritten the industry and also forms available. so what quantifies a ‘good’ design? mass appeal or niche desirability?

    • Harry says:

      I Think Carl it has to do with a bit of both.

      Form without function and function without form are lost without each other.

      what quantifies a ‘good’ design?
      One that passes mass appeal

      And One that satisfies niche desirability!

  • Mark says:

    the tape player would be cool if nto for the retarded limit

  • good selection, but i see a other good concept here:
    http://www.julien-legras.eu/ (name of project: bihop)

  • I think the MP3 was a cheap products now..
    good design can make the value..

  • 宝宝图片 says:

    I think the MP3 was a cheap products now..
    good design can make the value..

  • ichig0nilla says:

    i think there’s samsung design that’s also called pebble… no?

  • Joris says:

    Solid state doesn’t have much to do with this. It’s the scaling down of components (initiated with miniature tubes and later solid state components, but the change from tube to SS is definitly not the main pusher of this trend).

  • Cornel says:

    I believe the market for MP’s3 will shrink very fast because of the smart phones and no design will make the buyer get it.

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