There was a time in the history of MP3 players when new models were clearly superior to hardware that had been on the shelf a few years. If you were one of the unfortunate souls who bought an
These days, the MP3 and portable video player landscape has hit a plateau of sorts. Sure, you've got your
The point is, you can get some killer deals on a one- or two-year old MP3 player, without sacrificing much in way of features. Sometimes we get so caught-up in what's new, we forget to acknowledge those choice pieces of gear that are still relevant and excellent in spite of how long they've been on the shelf.
To honor these remarkable elders of portable audio and video, we've rounded upin the following slideshow. Feel free to add your own recommendations in the comments section.