I don't get it. Which one is the CRT and which one is the HDTV? Why is one of them so much better or worse than the other? The latest iPod Touch is the 7th generation, but all of the Touches sound awesome and are easy to use. You can use different apps on the Touch or the cell phone to get the UI you want.
Do you have a time-machine because the iPod Touch 6th generation isn't out yet (and is slated for this year)?
In my analogy, the CRT TV would be the iPod Touch 5G and the Galaxy S2 (with V4A) would be the HDTV. It's really not a fair comparison since V4A is processor intensive and customizable, whereas Apple's player saves battery life and has few customizations. I purchased a lot of third party players for my Apple devices and some were okay but (in the end) Apple's own player sounded a little better to me.Apple's UI is great and very stable. It's a fine player
I've discovered that you really don't know that something is better until you hear it. It's the A/B-ing that reveals the difference. So, if you like keeping money in your pocket, don't compare music players.