MP3 Players:

Best MP3 players

Updated February 14, 2014 12:37 PM PST

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 five MP3 players broadly represent our current favorite portable music gadgets.

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Pocket entertainment powerhouse

Apple iPod Touch (5th generation)

The latest iPod Touch is the best iPod ever, and as close to a phoneless iPhone 5 as you can get -- but its high price makes it a tough call versus cheaper tablets with larger screens.

Price: $399.00 - $399.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent An iPad for your pocket

Best entertainment value

Apple iPod Touch (4th generation)

The fourth-gen iPod Touch is Apple's second-best portable media player, with a price that will help you forget about No. 1.

Price: $229.99 - $229.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

No frills, low cost

SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip

SanDisk's tongue-twister of an MP3 player is a stupefying value and its practical clip-on design is perfect for the gym.

Price: $49.99 - $49.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

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Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2

Samsung delivers Android's answer to the iPod Touch at a time when you can spend less for Android's answer to the iPad.

Price: $399.95 - $399.95 Check prices

3 stars Good

The fitness fanatic

Apple iPod Nano (seventh generation, 2012)

The seventh-generation iPod Nano is an incredibly compact portable media player with gym-friendly features, but it's overshadowed by the superior value of Apple's iPod Shuffle and fourth-generation iPod Touch.

Price: $198.50 - $198.50 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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