Apple iPod Touch 2019
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.
Mighty Vibe Spotify Music Player
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.
SanDisk Clip Jam
If you hate iTunes, the SanDisk Clip Jam is the best bargain music player you can buy.
Philips Key Ring Key
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.
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.
If you’re looking for a tiny, well-built, color-screen MP3 player with excellent sound, the Samsung YP-Z5 is a great choice. Just make sure that you’re comfortable with the touch-pad controller before you buy.
Cowon iAudio X5
The great-sounding Cowon iAudio X5 looks like an iPod killer on paper, but this palm-size music and video player suffers from mediocre music browsing and some key design missteps.
The H10 includes nearly every coveted feature, but navigating the player controls can be frustrating.
Archos AV700 Mobile DVR
Proof positive that bigger isn’t always better, the Archos AV700 fails to make the most of its wide-screen LCD.
Apple iPod Nano
The shape may have changed, but Apple’s relentless attention to detail remains. The third generation of the iPod Nano provides loads of entertainment for a down-to-earth price.
The PonoPlayer is an inherently likeable portable music player that delivers excellent high-end sound, but its quirky design and lackluster battery life leave us waiting for the second generation — or a price cut.
The Samsung Galaxy Muse is quite possibly the most awkwardly designed MP3 player ever made.
Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0
Samsung delivers Android’s answer to the iPod Touch at a time when you can spend less for Android’s answer to the iPad.
Creative Nomad Jukebox Zen Xtra
A larger screen and improved file-transfer capabilities make the remixed Zen Xtra more appealing than its older sibling, the Zen NX.
Sony S-Series Walkman
Thanks to excellent sound quality, integrated noise-canceling functionality, and several smart music sorting options, the Sony S-Series Walkman is a superb choice for music aficionados.
Though the Philips GoGear SA4010 and SA4020 cost $10 to $20 less than their competition, they sacrifice valuable functionality. For those with razor-sharp budgets, this Philips GoGear SA4000 series delivers decent design and basic functions, but consider paying a little more for a much more robust player.
Sony X-Series Walkman
The X-Series is a superb choice for audiophiles who want a luxury device with an excellent touch-screen interface and plenty of other bells and whistles.