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.
Igbloo is a crowdfunded Bluetooth doohickey that connects your phone or music player of choice to your hi-fi system.
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 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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If you're looking for a no-nonsense, great-sounding player the Cowon Plenue 1 is pretty hard to beat.
The Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 is a luxury portable high-res audio player with Android streaming apps, a premium build and excellent sound, but its high price may be too much for all but the most dedicated music lovers.
While it has its faults, the distinctive and fun PonoPlayer offers a taste of high-end audio.
The Sony Walkman ZX2 is a luxury portable player with Android streaming apps, a premium build and excellent sound -- but its incredibly high price may be too much for some.
The iPod Shuffle's buttons are back, and the lightest, smallest MP3 player on the planet is now better than ever.
Willing to spend $1,000-plus for an MP3 player? This Walkman is for you.