If you hate iTunes, the SanDisk Clip Jam is the best bargain music player you can buy.
The Sennheiser CX 300-II Precisions are incredibly affordable and great sounding, making them one of the best sets of in-ears available.
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.
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.
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 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.
We have a few nitpicks and grumblings, but overall the Dream Machine is a happy marriage between an alarm clock, iPod dock and digital photo frame.
If you don't mind the high price, the SoundDock will turn your iPod into a party stereo system where anybody can play DJ.
Samsung's YP-T7 is a tiny flash-based MP3 player, which isn't as cheap as an iPod Shuffle, but it features a voice recorder, in-line recording, an FM radio and a 65K-colour screen that can display JPEG photos.
The Grab 'n' Go Multimedia Player makes a decent play at the budget-end of the playback market — but its limitations are obvious.
Sony's tricked-out speaker dock lets you set the fashion tone. It's also a decent — but not great — speaker dock.
The AktiMate Mini is an Australian-designed iPod dock that offers the best stereo sound we've heard in one of these systems.
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 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.
If you're looking for a no-nonsense, great-sounding player the Cowon Plenue 1 is pretty hard to beat.
Not sure which new iPod to choose? The Nano's fifth incarnation wins hands down, with FM tuner and video camera being more than just cheap gimmicks.
Thanks to its limited capacity, the gorgeous Apple iPod Nano isn't for everybody, but it sets the standard for MP3 players to come.
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.