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.
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 Apple iPod nano 6th gen is a great product for rich people who use the gym. For everyone else, the iPod shuffle and iPod touch offer better value for 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.
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 sum of the NWZ-S710F's audio enhancement and noise-canceling features adds up to one of the most pleasant and private music experiences you can have for less than $200.
The Dell DJ Ditty is a decent low-cost option, but you can get more for your money from other offerings
Thanks to its limited capacity, the gorgeous iPod Nano isn't for everybody, but it sets the standard for MP3 players to come.
The Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 is a smart phone without the phone bit. Unable to make calls, this Android-powered gadget is built with apps, music, video and web browsing in mind. It offers a big, bright screen and an attractive design, but it's only powerful enough to cope with more basic apps.
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.
The well-appointed Archos AV500 puts wide-screen video in your pocket, but we're still waiting for a point-and-click way to get video into the device.
The NW-S200 Walkman proves once again that Sony knows what it's doing in the hardware department; fitness-minded users should take a close look at this flash MP3 player. But make sure you're comfortable with SonicStage before you commit.
This is a dream come true for talk-radio and sports fans, but listeners who don't appreciate those programs should pass.
A larger screen and improved file-transfer capabilities make the remixed Zen Xtra more appealing than its older sibling, the Zen NX.
If you want a slick alternative to the iPod and you're into Sony's Connect music store, then the NW-HD5 is a stellar choice.