Apple iPod Touch ( 5th generation, 64GB, red)
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.
Apple iPod Touch 2011 ( 64GB, 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.
Zune HD 64GB
The Zune HD delivers one of the best portable music and video experiences money can buy. At a time when many people have shifted their focus to games and applications, providing a killer media experience may not be enough for potential Zune buyers.
Apple iPod Touch ( third generation, 64GB)
Though the updates are subtle, the third-generation iPod Touch leaves its competitors in the dust.
The Koss Tugo offers an all-in-one MP3 player/headphone solution for users who want to cut the cord without sacrificing sound quality.
RCA Pearl ( 512MB, gray)
If you're looking for a better-sounding alternative to the Sansa Express, the RCA Pearl does the trick--but be prepared to deal with a funky user interface and disposable batteries.
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SanDisk Sansa Shaker ( 512MB, blue)
If you want to get your children started on digital music at a young age, the Sansa Shaker provides a great way to do so: it's inexpensive, simple, and acts like a toy.
Sony NW-E002 ( 512MB, blue)
The Sony NW-E000 is a compact, stylish flash MP3 player that those who can tolerate SonicStage should consider, but beware the unintuitive interface.
Creative Zen Nano Plus ( 512 MB, black)
If you're looking for a feature-packed flash player but you don't want to spend a ton to get one, Creative's Zen Nano Plus is the device for you.
Philips Active PSA232 ( 512MB, red)
The Philips PSA612 is decent as a high-capacity fitness player, but if you can spare some change, the 4GB Apple iPod Nano is a better choice overall.