Best MP3 playersUpdated 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.
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.
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.
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.