If you hate iTunes, the SanDisk Clip Jam is the best bargain music player you can buy.
If you're looking for a no-nonsense, great-sounding player the Cowon Plenue 1 is pretty hard to beat.
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.
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 NW-E507 looks fabulous and sounds just as good. Top volume falls well short of the iPod, but then you don't want to break your ears. If this almost immaculate player has a flaw, it's this: the jukebox software is poorly designed. You'll have the smartest looking MP3 player on the street, but when it comes to transferring songs, you'll be cursing the software
The Sony Walkman NWZ-E453 isn't quite as slick or good-looking as its iPod rivals, but its simplicity, affordability and portability make it a worthy competitor none the less. Overall, it's a winner.
The YP-U1 won't be up for any awards, but it's a competent player with plenty to offer the casual listener. Though sticklers for sound quality will be underwhelmed by the output, if you're looking for a data USB key with a little extra kick, the business-like U1 should make the commute more bearable
The Sony Walkman NWZ-A846 is a great audio player with a useful noise-cancellation feature and a brilliant OLED screen. It's expensive, but it's definitely worth a look.
Its older, larger, more expensive A-series brethren offers wireless audio and a whopping screen, but for ease-of-use, sound quality and sheer enjoyment to use, the S639F is a terrific choice. BBC iPlayer support is an awesome bonus for UK users
It has none of the elegance of Apple's equivalent iPod Shuffle, but it's cheaper and has some very useful features, including a built-in screen, FM radio and recording capabilities. Minor concerns aside, the NWZ-B142F is good performer with an attractive price tag.
The Panasonic SC-PMX2DB isn't exactly an exceptional sounding micro system, but it has a good range of features for the price and we like the way you can expand it in the future with plug-in modules
While the T8's design doesn't make it the slickest player out there right now, it can play video. You're restricted by the capacity of the flash memory inside the player, but it's a small miracle that the T8 postage-stamp screen lets you watch your favourite TV shows on the train to work
Sony's new Android Walkman, currently dubbed the Sony Walkman Mobile Entertainment Player, has some cool music features and a huge screen.
Samsung is taking on the iPod touch with the Android-based Galaxy S WiFi 4.0. Compromises have been made in some areas but, if the price is right, this could be a brilliant multimedia device.
A high-resolution screen and video calling just made the best better, but we'd recommend an iPhone 4 if you can afford it.
The Gmini is a strange hybrid -- a cut-down version of the company's other media centres, with a tacked-on 'camcorder' element and tiny 4:3 screen. Lacking the ability to record from TV, you'd better have a collection of DivX video. The screen is of a high quality, but it's too small and the wrong format to enjoy movies on. The tacked-on camera is no reason to buy the device, but it is cheap
The inclusion of the noise cancelling on the NW-S703F will be a boon for most commuters and the player also impresses with its marathon battery life and punchy sound quality. Transferring tracks using the SonicStage jukebox software, however, is very cumbersome, and the player's controls never quite feel as intuitive as they should
This is certainly Sony's most impressive player yet. With a little more attention to detail and some more work on the much improved bundled software, Sony may yet have a chance in this market