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We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in portable music players.

Astell & Kern AK Jr review

Astell & Kern folded stellar sound and impeccable design into its most affordable hi-res music player, proving you don’t have to blow your life savings to get quality portable audio. See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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Apple iPod Nano Review (Sixth Generation) Review

  • Almost impossibly tiny
  • Ultra-intuitive touch interface
  • FM radio, photo browsing and pedometer
  • Sleek, solid design
  • Long battery life
  • Missing camera, video playback, notes, games, etc…
  • Touch controls limit ‘blind’ operation
  • Expensive
Our Score 7.5

Cowon O2 8GB Review

  • Supports several photo
  • music
  • and video formats; exceptional audio and video…
  • Chunky form factor; no Wi-Fi support; doesn't…
Our Score 7.5

Apple iPod Touch 2G 16GB Review

  • Outstanding build quality; untuitive interface;…
  • Expensive; Wi-Fi reception could be better;…
Our Score 8.5

SanDisk Sansa Connect (4GB) Review

  • Good sound; WiFi capable; expandable microSD card…
  • No Mac support; high price point
Our Score 7.5

Archos Gmini 400 Review

  • Stylish design; supports audio
  • video and digital photos; high speed file…
  • Somewhat steep learning curve; okay digital photo…
Our Score 8

Samsung P2 4GB Review

  • Great audio and video quality; flexible sound…
  • Poor battery life with Bluetooth enabled; supports…
Our Score 8

Apple iPod Shuffle 3G Review

  • Tiniest iPod yet; flawless Apple build quality;…
  • allows playlists
  • Only works with specific (and rare) headphones;…
Our Score 6.5

Apple iPod Classic (80GB) Review

  • Huge capacity; excellent sound quality; revamped…
  • Sluggish/balky menus; no docking station included;…
Our Score 8