Apple iPod Classic ( third generation, 160GB, silver)
The iPod Classic refines the formula that put the iPod on the map. None can match its combination of storage capacity, battery life, and intuitive user interface.
Apple iPod Touch ( 5th generation, 64GB, black)
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.
Sony Walkman Z ( 8GB)
The Walkman Z is Sony's iPod Touch for Android-loving audiophiles.
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, 16GB, yellow)
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.
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.
Cowon D2+ ( 8GB, black)
The Cowon D2+ is a sturdy little touch-screen MP3 player with flexible sound enhancement settings and useful features, but it hasn't changed much from the original version we saw in 2007.
WD TV HD Media Player ( winter 2009)
While it isn't infallible, the Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player plays back a wide array of audio, video, and image files on your TV without the need for a computer.