Basically, the 2015 iPod got a brain transplant to keep it chugging along. Everything else about it remains unchanged making it an easy swap out for businesses that currently rely on the iPod, but a hard sell for most people.
The Mighty Vibe's audience is limited to Spotify Premium users, but it's an appealing little music player for those looking for an iPod Shuffle-like device to wear on the go and leave their phone at home.
If you hate iTunes, the SanDisk Clip Jam is the best bargain music player you can buy.
The fourth-gen iPod Touch is Apple's second-best portable media player, with a price that will help you forget about No. 1.
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.
Philips' inexpensive entry into the digital radio world offers few surprises, either nice or nasty.
The Sennheiser CX 300-II Precisions are incredibly affordable and great sounding, making them one of the best sets of in-ears available.
They're not actually "unbelievably loud", but the X-mini speakers do pack some audio punch in a tiny frame.
The Sony Walkman NWZ-X1060 packs some excellent features, such as a vivid OLED screen, effective on-board noise-cancelling technology and truly great audio quality. But it's pricy, the small screen makes for awkward Web browsing and video playback, and, overall, it's not as slick, easy to use or as feature-packed as the iPod touch
Proof positive that bigger isn't always better, the Archos AV700 fails to make the most of its wide-screen LCD.
The BeoSound 2 sounds absolutely superb, but there's nothing else to justify its sky-high price tag.
If you're looking for a no-nonsense, great-sounding player the Cowon Plenue 1 is pretty hard to beat.
The Samsung Galaxy Muse is quite possibly the most awkwardly designed MP3 player ever made.
Samsung delivers Android's answer to the iPod Touch at a time when you can spend less for Android's answer to the iPad.
The pricey iRiver U10 is a superbly designed MP3 player that is both easy to use and packed with pretty much every feature in the book. But Apple won't be quaking in its boots until iRiver ups its capacity to 2GB and 4GB.
A larger screen and improved file-transfer capabilities make the remixed Zen Xtra more appealing than its older sibling, the Zen NX.
The Dell DJ Ditty is a decent low-cost option, but you can get more for your money from other offerings
While the Key019's coolness factor may appeal to the must-have gadget crowd, photo and music enthusiasts will find it lacks certain features they've come to expect in many of today's portable convergence devices.