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GPX ML861B - digital player

Specs: 8 GB, 2 in, 5 hour(s), 1 x Player battery - Rechargeable - Lithium polymer, 8 GB, MP3, Protected WMA (DRM), WMA, WAV

Apple iPod Classic (80GB, black) Reviewed on September 11, 2007 Check prices
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Apple iPod Classic (80GB, black)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 43 reviews

The Bottom Line: The iPod Classic is a refinement of the formula that put the iPod on the map. Few can match its combination of storage capacity, battery life, and advanced user interface. Read review

Specs: 80 GB, 2.5 in, 30 hour(s), 4.9 oz, Apple Lossless, WAV, MP3, AIFF, Audible, AAC, Player battery - Rechargeable - Lithium ion

Apple iPod Shuffle (512MB) Reviewed on January 25, 2005 Check prices
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Apple iPod Shuffle (512MB)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.0 stars Good
      Overall score: 6.7 (3.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.0 stars out of 615 reviews

The Bottom Line: The iPod Shuffle, with its ultralow price, its dead-simple design, and its iTunes integration, is virtually guaranteed to be a hit, especially among those looking for a second iPod. Read review

Specs: 512 MB, 12 hour(s), 0.8 oz, 512 MB, Player battery - Rechargeable, MP3, Audible, AAC, WAV

SanDisk Cruzer Micro MP3 Companion
  • CNET Editor rating:
    0.0 stars
      Overall score: 0.0 (0.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 2.5 stars out of 17 reviews

Specs: 9 hour(s), 1.1 oz, MP3, MPEG 2.5 Audio, MPEG 2 Audio, WMA, 1 x Standard battery - AAA type

Apple iPod Touch (5th generation, 32GB, blue) Reviewed on October 11, 2012 Check prices
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Apple iPod Touch (5th generation, 32GB, blue)

The Bottom Line: 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. Read review

Specs: 32 GB, 4 in, 40 hour(s), 3.1 oz, 32 GB, Player battery - Rechargeable - Lithium ion, WAV, MP3, Protected AAC, AIFF, Audible, Audible AAX, AAC, HE-AAC, Audible AAX+, Apple Lossless

Apple iPod Touch (5th generation, 64GB, white/silver) Reviewed on October 11, 2012 Check prices
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Apple iPod Touch (5th generation, 64GB, white/silver)

The Bottom Line: 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. Read review

Specs: 64 GB, 4 in, 40 hour(s), 3.1 oz, 64 GB, Audible AAX, Apple Lossless, Protected AAC, AAC, Audible AAX+, WAV, HE-AAC, MP3, AIFF, Audible, Player battery - Rechargeable - Lithium ion

ASUS O!Play Mini

Specs: Digital AV player, RMVB, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, VC-1, H.264, MPEG-1, RM, OGG, AIFF, MP3, FLAC, AAC, WAV, AC-3, DTS, 6 in x 4.2 in x 1.1 in, 6.2 oz

Sony NWZ-A818 (8GB, black) Reviewed on September 25, 2007 Check prices
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Sony NWZ-A818 (8GB, black)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.0 stars out of 50 reviews

The Bottom Line: The Sony NWZ-A810 offers a fantastic display, a sleek design and interface, and a stellar battery life--plus, it's one of the few MP3 players that sound great right out of the box. Users looking for the whole package (sans radio) will be pleased. Read review

Specs: 8 GB, 2 in, 33 hour(s), 1.9 oz, PCM, MP3, WMA, Protected WMA (DRM 10), AAC, 8 GB, Player battery - Rechargeable - Lithium ion

Cowon X9 (16GB, white)

Specs: 16 GB, 4.3 in, 5.6 oz, 16 GB, APE (Monkey's Audio), FLAC, MPEG 2.5 Audio, MPEG 1 Audio, OGG, MP3, WAV, WMA, MPEG 2 Audio, Player battery - Rechargeable - Lithium polymer

Sonic Impact Video 55 Reviewed on September 26, 2006 Check prices
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Sonic Impact Video 55
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.3 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 4.0 stars out of 18 reviews

The Bottom Line: The Sonic Impact Video 55 provides a convenient way to watch and share video on the go. If you own an iPod, don't want to lug around your laptop, and have 300 bucks to spare, it fits the bill. Read review

Specs: Digital AV player, LCD 7 in - Color, 11.38 in x 9.44 in x 5.25 in, 2.4 lbs

Apple iPod Touch (4th generation, 32GB, white) Reviewed on November 27, 2012 Check prices
Product overview
Apple iPod Touch (4th generation, 32GB, white)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 2 reviews

The Bottom Line: The fourth-gen iPod Touch is Apple's second-best portable media player, with a price that will help you forget about No. 1. Read review

Specs: 32 GB, 3.5 in, 40 hour(s), 3.6 oz, 32 GB, Audible AAX, Apple Lossless, AAC, Audible AAX+, WAV, HE-AAC, MP3, AIFF, Audible, 1, Player battery - Rechargeable - Lithium ion

COBY MP 707 - digital player / radio

Specs: 2 GB, 2 in, 11 hour(s), MP3, WMA, 2 GB, Player battery - Rechargeable - Lithium polymer

SanDisk Sansa Fuze+ MP3 (black, 4GB) Reviewed on September 21, 2010 Check prices
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SanDisk Sansa Fuze+ MP3 (black, 4GB)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    4.0 stars Excellent
      Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
  • Average user rating: 0.5 stars out of 1 review

The Bottom Line: You can find smaller or cheaper MP3 players, but you won't find a better value than the Sansa Fuze+ in terms of dollars per features. Read review

Specs: 4 GB, 2.4 in, 24 hour(s), MP3, Protected WMA (DRM), WMA, FLAC, Audible, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, 4 GB, Player battery - Rechargeable

Philips eXp2546 - CD player - CD

Specs: 13.4 oz, Standard battery - AA type

Seagate FreeAgent Theater HD (250GB) Reviewed on April 1, 2009 Check prices
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Seagate FreeAgent Theater HD (250GB)

The Bottom Line: While the Seagate FreeAgent Theater has a decent interface and good photo display options, it doesn't read as many video file formats as its competitors. Read review

Specs: Digital AV player, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, DivX 6.0, AVI, XviD, MPEG-1, ISO, VOB, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, WAV, AC-3, 7.2 in x 7.1 in x 1.2 in, 1.1 lbs

Archos 704 WiFi Reviewed on March 6, 2007 Check prices
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Archos 704 WiFi
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.3 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 8 reviews

The Bottom Line: The Archos 704 WiFi multimedia player looks amazing on paper, but the Web browsing isn't quite smooth enough. Still, as a video player it succeeds: the large screen size makes it ideal for planes, trains, and automobiles, though it's too big to be an everyday music player. Read review

Specs: Digital AV recorder, TFT 7 in - Color, MPEG-4, WMV, PCM, MP3, ADPCM, WMA, Protected WMA (DRM), WAV, 7.2 in x 0.8 in x 5 in, 1.3 lbs

Visual Land Impulse VL-976 - digital AV player

Specs: Digital AV player, TFT 4.3 in - Color, OGG, MP3, FLAC, ACC, WMA, APE (Monkey's Audio), WAV, RMVB, MKV, WMV, AVI, FLV, RM, MPEG, 4.3 in x 2.8 in x 0.2 in, 6.6 oz

RCA Lyra X3030 (30GB) Reviewed on October 23, 2006 Check prices
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RCA Lyra X3030 (30GB)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 1.5 stars out of 1 review

The Bottom Line: The all-inclusive RCA Lyra X3030 is a solid video playback and recording device, despite its poorly designed menu interface. Yet there are still PVPs on the market that perform better. Read review

Specs: Digital AV recorder, TFT 3.6 in - Color, MP3, WMA, Audible, Protected WMA (DRM), WAV, DivX 5.0, DivX 4.0, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 SP, WMV, AVI, MPEG-1

AIPTEK Portable 3D Display - digital AV player

Specs: Digital AV player, LCD 8 in - Color, MP3, H.264, MPEG-4

Sony Walkman NWZ-E375BLK - digital player

Specs: 16 GB, 1.77 in, 30 hour(s), 1.8 oz, MP3, AAC-LC, WMA, LPCM, 16 GB, Player battery - Rechargeable - Lithium ion

Rio Cali (256MB) Reviewed on November 10, 2003 Check prices
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Rio Cali (256MB)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.0 stars out of 163 reviews

The Bottom Line: Rio once again delivers one of the spiffier sports-style MP3 players. Read review

Specs: 256 MB, 18 hour(s), 1.8 oz, 256 MB, 1 x Standard battery - AAA type - Alkaline, MP3, WMA

iRiver T10 (512MB, Red) Reviewed on November 1, 2005 Check prices
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iRiver T10 (512MB, Red)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 21 reviews

The Bottom Line: The hunky, feature-filled iRiver T10 can play subscription-based music, but it might take time to acclimate to the awkward design and control buttons. Read review

Specs: 512 MB, 53 hour(s), 1.7 oz, 512 MB, MPEG 2.5 Audio, MPEG 2 Audio, MPEG 1 Audio, MP3, WMA, ASF, Ogg Vorbis, AA battery - Alkaline, Standard battery - AA type

SanDisk Sansa m240 (1GB, silver) Reviewed on October 31, 2005 Check prices
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SanDisk Sansa m240 (1GB, silver)
  • CNET Editor rating:
    3.5 stars Very good
      Overall score: 7.3 (3.5 stars)
  • Average user rating: 3.0 stars out of 92 reviews

The Bottom Line: With its many features as well as its compatibility with audiobooks and subscription-based music, the SanDisk Sansa m200 series is an overall great value. Read review

Specs: 1 GB, 19 hour(s), Standard battery - AAA type - Alkaline, 1 GB, MP3, Protected WMA (DRM), WMA, Audible

Mach Speed Eclipse 180G2 - digital player

Specs: 4 GB, 1.8 in, 8 hour(s), MP3, WMA, APE (Monkey's Audio), FLAC, OGG, WAV, Player battery - Rechargeable - Lithium ion, 4 GB

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MP3 players buying guide

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