MP3 Players:

Best MP3 players of 2016


There's no one-size-fits-all MP3 player that's perfect for everybody. Some people need a small MP3 player for the gym, whereas others need tablet-size players with wide-screen video playback. Whatever your interests are, these MP3 players broadly represent our current favorite portable media gadgets (for those who want a smartphone alternative).

Cowon Plenue 1

​If you're looking for a no-nonsense, great-sounding player the Cowon Plenue 1 is pretty hard to beat.

Price: $829.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Astell & Kern AK Jr

The Astell & Kern AK Jr marries classic design with class-leading sound, making it one of the best high-res players for the money.

Price: $372.34 - $499.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Sony Walkman NW-ZX2

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.

Price: $1,198.00 - $1,199.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Apple iPod Nano (seventh generation, 2012)

Apple announced the new iPod Nano, which resembles the shape of the iPod Mini. The new Nano has a 2.5-inch multitouch screen, Bluetooth, and more.

Price: $139.95 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

iTunes-friendly workout companion

Apple iPod Shuffle (2012)

The Apple iPod Shuffle is an adorable way to take your favorite songs on the go, but sometimes it's too small for its own good.

Price: $69.95 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Sony Walkman NWZ-A17

Standalone MP3 players are still in demand, and the NWZ-A17 Walkman is a portable player that features up to 30 hours of battery life while playing full 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution music.

Price: $298.00 - $299.99 Check prices


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.

Price: $399.00 - $399.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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