The Transcend T.sonic 600 series is an easy-to-use, compact, and affordable player with decent extras such as voice recording and an FM tuner, but its lack of support for protected WMAs and its lackluster overall performance drag it down.
There's no one-size-fits-all MP3 or Portable Media Player (PMP) that's perfect for everybody. Whether you want something that plays MP3s, hi-res FLAC files, or even stream music from the web there's something to suit most budgets.
Igbloo is a crowdfunded Bluetooth doohickey that connects your phone or music player of choice to your hi-fi system.
The updated iPod Touch remains a great portable media player and overall entertainment device, but its small screen feels like a throwback to an earlier era.
The new second-gen FiiO X5 is a bona-fide high-res music player at a price you can afford.
Sony's two new high-resolution Walkman models, the new compact H.ear NW-A25HN and high-end NW-ZX100HN, are announced at IFA.
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AutoRip is a nifty bit of cloud computing that scans your Amazon purchase history for CDs and lets you access them over the Internet.
The Astell & Kern AK Jr marries classic design with class-leading sound, making it one of the best high-res players for the money.
The Astell & Kern AK Jr marries classic design with class-leading sound, making it one of the best hi-res players for the money -- $500, £399 or AU$699.
It's a sleek, slim device, but where does it fit in?
The PonoPlayer is an inherently likeable portable music player that delivers excellent high-end sound, but its quirky design and lackluster battery life leave us waiting for the second generation -- or a price cut.
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