Prepare for the lossless revolution

Senior Editor Donald Bell rounds up 5 MP3 players with lossless audio support.

Photo of hand holding Apple iPod Classic MP3 player.
The 160GB iPod Classic is the king of lossless audio MP3 players, but there are rivals. CNET Networks/Corinne Schulze

With the increased capacity of today's computer hard drives and MP3 players, ripping your CDs to a large, lossless audio format such as FLAC or Apple Lossless isn't such a crazy idea. In fact, some folks are convinced that lossless audio is the wave of the future.

While I personally have a handful of my favorite albums ripped to lossless files on my computer, I'm a little skeptical of the idea of a lossless revolution taking root. For better or worse, the MP3's popularity will likely remain unshaken for many years to come, for a variety of reasons.

That said, anything's possible, and there's a good chance you already own an MP3 player that supports at least one lossless audio format. If the idea of being unprepared of the bloody overthrow of the MP3 by lossless loyalists makes you feel uneasy, however, then here's a quick roundup of some of our favorite lossless MP3 players.

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About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.


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