Editors' Choice

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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SanDisk Sansa Fuze+ Review

  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Colorful, modern interface
  • Much cheaper than a comparable iPod Nano
  • 2.4-inch LCD screen
  • Expandable with microSD cards
  • Clumsy touch controls
  • Screen difficult to watch for long periods
Our Score 8

Microsoft Zune HD 16GB Review

  • Incredible 3.3-inch OLED display; small
  • lightweight; sensitive capacitive touch screen;…
  • No open App Store; initial stuttering on video…
Our Score 8

Microsoft Zune HD 32GB Review

  • Incredible 3.3-inch OLED display; small
  • lightweight; sensitive capacitive touch screen;…
  • No open App Store; initial stuttering on video…
Our Score 8

SanDisk Sansa Clip+ Review

  • Affordable; simple to use; small and lightweight;…
  • Exposed miniUSB port; lackluster styling
Our Score 8.5

SanDisk Sansa SlotRadio Review

  • Solid build quality; generous accessory bundle
  • Very little control over tracks; clumsy radio…
Our Score 5.5

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

Microsoft Zune 120GB Review

  • Capacity; screen size; tight software integration;…
  • Wi-Fi
  • Still not as polished as an iPod; requires monthly…
Our Score 8

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