Somewhat surprisingly, Best Buy's own Insignia brand of MP3 players has gained quite a bit of popularity among consumers lately. That's not to say that the devices aren't good (quite the opposite, actually), but in this image-conscious market, "cheap" electronics under generic brands usually don't turn heads. Yet that's exactly what the Insignia Pilot is doing, likely because of its laundry list of features and rock-bottom pricing: the 8GB tags in at just $160, while the 4GB version runs at a slightly less-impressive $130. The Pilot might not be the best-sounding player on the block, but you'll be hard-pressed to find a better value.
The Good The Insignia Pilot is an incredible value for a media player, and it's packed with features: Bluetooth, FM radio, line-in recording, photo and video support, and Rhapsody DNA Integration. It plays back a wide variety of audio formats and is compatible with both Mac and Windows PCs.
The Bad The Insignia Pilot's sound quality is only so-so, and it's on the large side for a flash player.
The Bottom Line The Insignia Pilot won't please audio purists, but it's a great option for feature hounds who appreciate a good value--and the ability to listen to music sans wires.