MP3 Players:

Best MP3 players of 2014

Updated

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).

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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: $236.99 - $375.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent An iPad for your pocket

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: $48.99 - $77.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

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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: $125.99 - $152.99 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: $46.00 - $99.95 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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