Apple iPod Touch 2015 ( 32GB, 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.
Sony Walkman NWZ-A17 ( silver)
Standalone MP3 players are still in demand, and the NWZ-A17 Walkman is a portable player that features up to 30 hours of battery life while playing full 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution music.
Apple iPod Touch ( 5th generation, 64GB, 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.
Pure Oasis Flow
The Pure Oasis Flow is a strong portable effort, but its shortcomings keep it from satisfying as a complete Wi-Fi radio package.
Apple iPod Nano 2011 ( 16GB, graphite)
The sixth generation of the iPod Nano is the smallest yet, but it comes at the expense of valuable features and practical controls.
Wetern Digital Mini
If you don't already own an Xbox 360, PS3, or Blu-ray player and you're serious about networked streaming, the WD TV Live is one of your best choices for getting content to your TV.
Zune HD ( 32GB, platinum)
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 Nano ( fifth generation, 8GB, 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.
Apple iPod Touch ( third generation, 32GB)
Though the updates are subtle, the third-generation iPod Touch leaves its competitors in the dust.
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.