Apple iPod Touch ( 4th generation, 16GB, black)
The fourth-gen iPod Touch is Apple's second-best portable media player, with a price that will help you forget about No. 1.
Apple iPod Nano ( seventh generation, red)
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.
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.
Philips GoGear Connect 3
The Philips GoGear Connect 3 is a fun idea, cut short by cheap specs and a relatively high price.
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 2011 ( 8GB, white)
The iPod Touch is the best iPod yet, offering all the fun of the iPhone experience without a carrier contract or monthly bill.
SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip ( grey, 8GB)
SanDisk's tongue-twister of an MP3 player is a stupefying value and its practical clip-on design is perfect for the gym.
SanDisk Sansa Fuze+ MP3 ( white, 8GB)
You can find smaller or cheaper MP3 players, but you won't find a better value than the Sansa Fuze+ in terms of dollars per features.
Apple iPod Nano 2011 ( 16GB, silver)
The sixth generation of the iPod Nano is the smallest yet, but it comes at the expense of valuable features and practical controls.