Sony S-Series Walkman ( second generation, 16GB, red)
The Sony S-Series Walkman is a solid entry-level MP3 player thanks to its ultra-affordable price tag, easy-to-use design, excellent performance, and fair smattering of features--but those who are looking to upgrade from the previous generation will not be impressed.
SanDisk Sansa Clip+ ( 4GB, black)
The SanDisk Sansa Clip+ is an excellent successor to the line, offering a fitness-friendly design with a built-in belt-clip, a simple interface, solid sound quality, and plenty of handy features--all for an ultralow price. It's an unbeatable value.
Haier America Trainer ( 2GB, blue)
The Haier America Trainer is a suitable option for fitness fanatics who want to kill multiple birds with one stone, as it's an MP3 player, a pedometer, a heart rate monitor, and has fitness-tracking software in one handy package.
Sony X-Series Walkman ( 32GB)
The X-Series is a superb choice for audiophiles who want a luxury device with an excellent touch-screen interface and plenty of other bells and whistles.
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Memorex TouchMP ( 8GB)
The Memorex TouchMP is the first MP3 player we've seen that combines touch-screen technology, useful features, and an attractive design, for less than $100.
Tonium Pacemaker ( 60GB)
The Pacemaker is a fun tool for DJs on the go. It's not our first choice for playing a DJ gig, but it gets the job done, and the price is a fair reflection of its features and portable design.
As Reviewed: $499
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Samsung P3 ( 32GB, silver)
The Samsung P3 is an excellent multimedia device that packs a grand amount of features into an impressively compact package with one of the best screens available. Plus, it sounds superb, making this a top contender for audio enthusiasts.
The SanDisk Sansa SlotRadio player is far from your standard MP3 player--and people with persnickety music preferences won't be impressed--but the device is a perfect solution for those who prefer a hands-off approach when it comes to digital music.
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Seagate FreeAgent Theater HD
While the Seagate FreeAgent Theater has a decent interface and good photo display options, it doesn't read as many video file formats as its competitors.
Apple iPod Shuffle ( third generation, 2GB, pink)
The third-generation iPod Shuffle is the next best thing to an invisible MP3 player, but the quirky controls and microscopic design make it a limited recommendation.