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Updated: Sep 18, 2014 12:39
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#1
alaScore 100

Sony NWZ-ZX1

We really like the Sony NWZ-ZX1. It is a brilliant first attempt at a premium high-res audio...

3 expert reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

Apple iPod nano (7th generation)

Apple puts the iPod nano back on track with its latest version, which sports a sweet new design...

22 expert reviews | 7576 user reviews

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#3
alaScore 98

Apple iPod Touch (4th Gen)

Battery life is rated at up to 40 hours of music playback or 7 hours of video. We didn’t get to...

73 expert reviews | 12352 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Apple iPod Touch (5th Gen)

The latest iPod Touch is the best iPod ever, and as close to a phoneless iPhone 5 as you can get...

18 expert reviews | 10028 user reviews

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#5
alaScore 97

Sony NWZ-F886

At £250, the 32GB version of the Sony Walkman NWZ-F886 is a bit more expensive than the 32GB iPod...

2 expert reviews | 27 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 97

Apple iPod nano (1st generation)

If you need an iPod, these refreshed models are good buys. But the best news is that owners of...

296 expert reviews | 26046 user reviews

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#7
alaScore 96

Apple iPod Shuffle (4th Gen)

The Apple iPod Shuffle is an adorable way to take your favorite songs on the go, but sometimes...

40 expert reviews | 6258 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 95

Sony NWZ-WH303

The Sony NWZ-WH303 are unusual headphones that offer an integrated MP3 player and speakers...

3 expert reviews | 39 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 94

SanDisk Sansa Clip MP3 Player

The Bottomline SanDisk’s Sansa Clip is priced at Rs 3000 for the 2GB model and it's available in...

94 expert reviews | 37327 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 94

Fiio X3

For its price, it is a bargain in a market saturated with overpriced, lousy-sounding headphones.

2 expert reviews | 208 user reviews

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#11
alaScore 94

Sony NWZ-W273

It was all so promising for the Sony NWZ-W273 Walkman MP3 player but ultimately it failed to...

5 expert reviews | 1605 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 93

Apple iPod nano (5th generation)

Apple's new iPod Nano is a great DAP for the price with a rich array of new iPod features.

79 expert reviews | 6561 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 93

Apple iPod nano (6th generation)

No iPod model has received as many makeovers—both minor and dramatic—as the iPod nano. (Perhaps...

52 expert reviews | 5111 user reviews

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#14
alaScore 93

Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 4.2 YP-GI1

Click to EnlargeIf you want a portable media player and gaming device in one with a big screen...

17 expert reviews | 806 user reviews

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#15
alaScore 92

Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 YP-G70

The Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 was really a mixed bag for me. I liked the large screen for media...

25 expert reviews | 1309 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 91

Apple iPod Touch (3rd Gen)

The new iPod Touch is still a good device but doesn't really bring anything dramatically new to...

46 expert reviews | 4599 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 91

Cowon J3

The Cowon J3 is available in three capacities – the 4GB, 8GB and 16GB that are priced at Rs. 10...

22 expert reviews | 774 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 91

Apple iPod classic (6th Gen)

Lots of storage capacity ; Impressive battery performance ; Browse album and artist features...

78 expert reviews | 12536 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 91

Motorola MOTOACTV

This device will be found helpful, or interesting at least, to both exercise enthusiasts and...

10 expert reviews

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#20
alaScore 91

Cowon iAudio S9

The iAudio 9 is a great player for the price with just a singular downside, it doesn't come with...

71 expert reviews | 1582 user reviews

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#21
alaScore 91

Apple iPod Shuffle (2nd Gen)

So, what should you make of this product? Is it good enough to revive their Shuffle sales? Not...

115 expert reviews | 13885 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 91

Sling Media Slingbox 500

The nicely updated Slingbox 500 remains the best way to watch cable TV channels and recorded...

2 expert reviews | 280 user reviews

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#23
alaScore 91

SanDisk Sansa Fuze

SanDisk's Sansa Fuze is a neat-looking PMP that manages to combine good looks and plenty of...

96 expert reviews | 7466 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 91

Creative ZEN X-Fi

Creative does not disappoint with this handy little player. Sure, all you iPod fans can complain...

96 expert reviews | 3438 user reviews

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#25
alaScore 90

Apple iPod Touch (2nd Gen, Late 2008)

The music quality remains the same, with support for AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from...

60 expert reviews | 11913 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - MP3 Players

    MP3 players have become the indispensable portable media device of an entire generation, so much so that it is difficult to imagine a time when music, videos, and movies could not be taken with you while on the go. Apple started the trend with their unbelievably popular iPod series of MP3 players, but today a host of manufacturers have caught up and there is a huge range of choices available to the consumer.



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    The Apple iPod vs. Everyone Else

    The iPod series from Apple is so ubiquitous that it almost defines the MP3 market itself. The iPod was the first MP3 player to make a big splash, and with good reason. It's worth considering the advantages and shortcomings of iPods before going further with your buying decision. The interface is intuitive and easy to use, the device itself is attractive, compact, and ultra-portable, and Apple's iTunes Store is a ready-made source of abundant and affordable content. iPods also have a plenty of accessories to extend their use, from boom boxes and clock radios with iPod slots to iPod cases that come in many colors and fabrics. However, iPods typically are more expensive than comparable MP3 players by other manufacturers, they come with fewer accessories standard, and the copyright protection on iTunes content does not allow for sharing with other devices.

    The iPod may have been the first MP3 player to become a part of the popular culture, but other manufacturers have been quick to develop their own technology and address some of the iPod's shortcomings. Many other brands offer an AC charger, radio tuner, and satellite radio compatibility as standard features. And content on these MP3 players can usually be shared freely on your other devices.

    What to Look for in an MP3 Player

    Multimedia Options – MP3 players can do much more than just play music. More advanced models can play videos, movies, games, and more. Obviously, increased functionality comes with an increase in price, but an MP3 player with strong multimedia support offers the most convenient package available, since you are able to store your favorite music, videos, and movies all in one place. Although the screen on a typical MP3 player is too small for extended video viewing, it can be a nice bonus for certain users.

    Storage Capacity – If you are just storing music files, an MP3 player with smaller storage is fine, but if you plan on having a lot of videos and movies, you will need one of the larger units. Many MP3 players can double as external storage devices, allowing you to shuttle data between PCs. There are hard-drive MP3 players and Flash-based models. Usually hard-drive players run from 20GB on up, and large players such as the 160GB Apple iPod Classic can hold about 40,000 songs. Flash-based players range in capacity from 512MB to 64GB. Following is a rough guideline for storage space for music files:
    512MB 8 hours of playing time
    2GB 30+ hours of playing time
    20GB 300+ hours of playing time
    40GB 650+ hours of playing time

    Battery Life – Battery life is very important, since most people require a lot of use from their MP3 player between charges. Ten to fifteen hours is standard, but twenty hours and beyond is not uncommon and does not require a significant additional expenditure. Flash-memory players tend to have longer playback times than hard-disk players. Playing videos can run down a battery in just a few hours. Most hard-drive-based players come with nonremovable lithium ion batteries, while flash-memory players are split between those using AA or AAA batteries and those with an internal rechargeable cell.

    Wireless Capability – The latest technology to be cropping up in MP3 players is wireless connectivity. Some players have Wi-Fi network which allow users to access online stores for wireless music purchasing and downloads. Also some offer built-in Bluetooth, meaning it can be paired with a compatible pair of wireless headphones for a cord-free listening experience. Wireless functionality is still in the up-and-coming stages, so the execution may not be perfect on many devices quite yet.

    Headphones – While many players can produce near audio-CD quality music out of their headphone jacks, the headphones they come with can degrade the quality. Some people don't care about which headphones they use, but they probably haven't tried on a high-end model; the difference will blow you away. If you're particular about sound quality, it would be worth buying a decent pair of headphones – your ears will appreciate it.

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    Apple makes several versions of the iPod. The tiny iPod Shuffle is the entry-level model: the current version only plays music and offers 4GB of storage. The iPod Nano is the smallest one that offers video playback, yet the newest version still offers 16GB of storage. The iPod Classic offers a hard drive with additional storage, while the iPod Touch includes a touch-sensitive screen and a web browser that can accommodate wireless downloads.

    SanDisk is the number two manufacturer of MP3 players, behind Apple, and their devices are easily upgraded with a number of different card-based expansions. Samsung has brought its tremendous reputation in electronics to the world of MP3 players, and they have several well-received models at a number of different levels of price and performance. Sony revived the Walkman brand for its line of MP3 players, which have proven as popular in the '00s as they were in the '80s. Creative Labs and Archos were two of the first MP3 manufactures, and they have a substantial number of offerings at different price points.

    Popular MP3 Player products

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    MP3 Players on alaTest

    alaTest.com has collected and analyzed millions of reviews from 2753 sources to help you choose the best MP3 Player from top brands like Sony, Philips, Coby Electronics, Apple, Creative Technology and more.

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