If you hate iTunes, the SanDisk Clip Jam is the best bargain music player you can buy.
The Astell & Kern AK Jr marries classic design with class-leading sound, making it one of the best high-res players for the money.
The Sennheiser CX 300-II Precisions are incredibly affordable and great sounding, making them one of the best sets of in-ears available.
If you don't mind the high price, the SoundDock will turn your iPod into a party stereo system where anybody can play DJ.
They're not actually "unbelievably loud", but the X-mini speakers do pack some audio punch in a tiny frame.
The GoGear Mix is exactly what people are looking for in an MP3 player. It's simple to load with music, simple to operate and a pleasure to listen to.
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.
Pioneer packs enough into its latest XW-NAV1 iPod dock to make it a worthy mid-range contender, although its video output options could be better.
The fourth-gen iPod Touch is Apple's second-best portable media player, with a price that will help you forget about No. 1.
An excellent player with meaty sound. If you're a bit over the whole iPod thing, this is a very good alternative to the Nano.
If you spend a lot of time in your bedroom, the On Time is worth considering for its audio features, distinctive look and ease of use.
You probably couldn't get the HouseParty II to get the whole house rockin', but as a standalone dock and mid-range speaker solution it's pleasantly easy to use.
If it wasn’t for the glitchy software and sub-standard battery life, the fake iPod Nano might have been almost as good as the real thing.
Sony's MZ-NH600 is a digital player that brings a lot to the table - removable, rewritable 1 GB disc capacity, great sound and versatility - but it lacks that all-important 'cool' factor.
If you're looking for a no-nonsense, great-sounding player the Cowon Plenue 1 is pretty hard to beat.
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.
Sony's new batch of Walkmans looks lovely and we're happy to see the end of SonicStage, but the features are a little bland compared to competitors' models.
With its much improved interface and solid performance, the S30 made us very happy indeed.