Apple iPod Touch 2015 ( 16GB, space gray)
The updated iPod Touch remains a great portable media player and overall entertainment device, but its small screen feels like a throwback to an earlier era.
Apple iPod Touch ( 4th generation, 16GB, white)
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 Touch ( 5th generation, 32GB, blue)
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 Nano ( seventh generation, blue)
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.
Sony Walkman Z ( 16GB)
The Walkman Z is Sony's iPod Touch for Android-loving audiophiles.
Apple iPod Nano 2011 ( 8GB, red)
The sixth generation of the iPod Nano is the smallest yet, but it comes at the expense of valuable features and practical controls.
HP DreamScreen 100 ( 10-inch)
The HP DreamScreen is a decent a photo frame and Pandora Internet radio, but it's weighed down by several lukewarm features and an interface that demands patience.
Apple iPod Nano ( fifth generation, 16GB, red)
No other MP3 player on the planet packs more features, from video to a pedometer, into a smaller package than the overachieving Apple iPod Nano.
Sony E-Series Walkman ( second generation, 8GB, red)
The second-generation Sony E-Series Walkman remains an excellent value thanks to its ultralow pricing, pocketable design, handy features, and great sound quality.
Philips GoGear Vibe ( 4GB)
The Philips GoGear Vibe isn't the best budget MP3 player we've seen, but its enviable color screen, photo viewer, and video playback make it one of the most well-rounded in the $50 category.