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SanDisk Clip Jam
REVIEW

SanDisk Clip Jam ( Green)

If you hate iTunes, the SanDisk Clip Jam is the best bargain music player you can buy.

3 stars Editors' rating on June 22, 2016
Apple iPod Nano 2015
REVIEW

Apple iPod Nano 2015 ( 16GB, space gray)

The iPod Nano is an aging music player that's hurt by its outdated reliance on iTunes and lack of subscription music compatibility.

3 stars Editors' rating on June 11, 2016
Apple iPod Shuffle
REVIEW

Apple iPod Shuffle ( 2GB, space gray)

Apple's most affordable iPod is a cheap, workout-friendly option for listening to music or podcasts, but it shows its age with a reliance on iTunes syncing and lack of wireless support.

3 stars Editors' rating on June 10, 2016
Astell & Kern AK Jr
REVIEW

Astell & Kern AK Jr

The Astell & Kern AK Jr marries classic design with class-leading sound, making it one of the best high-res players for the money.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 29, 2015
Apple iPod Touch 2015
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on July 16, 2015
3 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Cowon Plenue 1
REVIEW

Cowon Plenue 1

​If you're looking for a no-nonsense, great-sounding player the Cowon Plenue 1 is pretty hard to beat.

4 stars Editors' rating on May 11, 2015
PonoPlayer
REVIEW

PonoPlayer ( black)

The PonoPlayer is an inherently likeable portable music player that delivers excellent high-end sound, but its quirky design and lackluster battery life leave us waiting for the second generation -- or a price cut.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on March 12, 2015
4.3 stars User rating out of 2 votes
Sony Walkman NW-ZX2
REVIEW

Sony Walkman NW-ZX2

The Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 is a luxury portable high-res audio player with Android streaming apps, a premium build and excellent sound, but its high price may be too much for all but the most dedicated music lovers.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on January 6, 2015
Western Digital WD TV Media Player
REVIEW

Western Digital WD TV Media Player ( 2014)

While not for everyone, the WD TV's adroit playback of video and music files makes it the perfect living room box for people with large digital media collections.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 14, 2014
2.1 stars User rating out of 12 votes
Sony Walkman NWZ-A17
EDITORS' TAKE

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.

Sony Walkman NWZ-WS613
EDITORS' TAKE

Sony Walkman NWZ-WS613

The Walkman NWZ-WS613 is Sony's latest Bluetooth headphone that doubles as an MP3 player. This one includes a wireless remote you wear on your finger.

4 stars User rating out of 2 votes
Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1
EDITORS' TAKE

Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1

With its aluminium body, high-quality digital audio amplifier, and ability to play lossless audio files, the Sony NWZ-Z10 is an MP3 player for the dedicated audiophile that demands top-quality sound.

Apple iPod Touch
EDITORS' TAKE

Apple iPod Touch ( 5th generation, 16GB, black & silver)

CNET's Donald Bell looks at the value proposition of Apple's latest 16GB iPod Touch -- and doesn't like what he sees.

3.5 stars User rating out of 2 votes
Samsung Muse
REVIEW

Samsung Muse

The Samsung Galaxy Muse is quite possibly the most awkwardly designed MP3 player ever made.

2 stars Editors' rating on January 16, 2013
2.8 stars User rating out of 2 votes

MSRP: $49.00

Visit manufacturer site for details.

Sony Walkman Sports NWZ-W270 MP3 player
EDITORS' TAKE

Sony Walkman Sports NWZ-W270 MP3 player

The new 'wire-free' Walkman sports a lighter, improved design and better waterproofing. It's set to ship in March for $99.99.

MSRP: $99.99

Visit manufacturer site for details.

Apple iPod Classic
REVIEW

Apple iPod Classic ( third generation, 160GB, black)

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.

4 stars Editors' rating on December 3, 2012
2.5 stars User rating out of 2 votes
Apple iPod Touch
REVIEW

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.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 27, 2012
3.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Apple iPod Shuffle
REVIEW

Apple iPod Shuffle ( 2012, silver)

The Apple iPod Shuffle is an adorable way to take your favorite songs on the go, but sometimes it's too small for its own good.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 17, 2012
Apple iPod Touch
REVIEW

Apple iPod Touch ( 5th generation, 32GB, yellow)

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.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 11, 2012
Apple iPod Nano
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 9, 2012
1 star User rating out of 2 votes