Apple iPod Classic ( third generation, 160GB, black)
The iPod Classic refines the formula that put the iPod on the map. None can match its combination of storage capacity, battery life, and intuitive user interface.
Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 ( black)
When it comes to competing with Apple's iPod Touch media player, the Galaxy Player 4.2 is Samsung's best effort yet, but it's still playing catch-up.
Samsung Galaxy Player 3.6
The Galaxy Player 3.6 costs $50 less than the Apple iPod Touch, but it's easy to see where Samsung cut corners.
Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0
Samsung delivers Android's answer to the iPod Touch at a time when you can spend less for Android's answer to the iPad.
Apple iPod Touch ( third generation, 8GB)
Though the updates are subtle, the third-generation iPod Touch still leaves its competitors in the dust.
Apple iPod Touch ( third generation, 64GB)
Though the updates are subtle, the third-generation iPod Touch leaves its competitors in the dust.
Microsoft Zune 120GB ( third generation, glossy black)
The Zune 120, with a unique focus on music discovery, is a fierce competitor to the iPod Classic. The Zune's substantial storage capacity combined with its Zune Pass music subscription makes it an ideal solution for restless music fans with large appetites.
Apple iPod Touch ( second generation, 32GB)
The second-generation iPod Touch includes features that are light-years ahead of the competition, its design has improved, and its price has finally come down to earth.
Philips GoGear SA6185 ( 8GB)
If you're looking for a cheap way to entertain the kids on a road trip to Dullsville, the Philips GoGear SA6185 should work out fine. Grown-ups, however, deserve a more substantive gadget.
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Microsoft Zune ( second generation, 80GB, red)
The Zune has blossomed from an ugly duckling into a worthy iPod alternative.