1. Apple iPod Shuffle (4G)

    Apple iPod Shuffle (4G)

    Apple's Shuffle is back in a user-friendly format that marks a return to form from the unsuccessful third generation player

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  2. HiSound PDAA-1

    HiSound PDAA-1

    With its deeply no-frills design, we'd expect the HiSound PDAA-1 to have a full and detailed sound, but as it is it's no audiophile's treat

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  3. Sony NWZ-A845

    Sony NWZ-A845

    This smart little Sony is the best non-Apple portable device we've seen - even beating the all-powerful Nano in some key areas

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  4. Archos 3 Vision

    Archos 3 Vision

    This Archos certainly has potential, but the poor useability of its interface means we really can't recommend it

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  5. Philips GoGear Muse

    Philips GoGear Muse

    It's larger then your average MP3 player, and there are a few foibles for sure, but we really like this classy design from Philips

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  7. Cowon iAudio 9

    Cowon iAudio 9

    Cowon's iAudio 9 is a nippy little MP3 player that does much right - unfortunately, pitted against the Apple iPod nano it just doesn't shine

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    Available from £54.44
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  8. Archos 5 Internet Tablet

    Archos 5 Internet Tablet

    This media player from Archos certainly looks the business, but we found the touchscreen deeply frustrating to use

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    Available from £220
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  9. Cowon iAudio 02

    Cowon iAudio 02

    This Cowon's a solid and dependable machine - it just looks a little outdated against some of its contemporaries

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  10. Creative Zen X-Fi2 (32GB)

    Creative Zen X-Fi2 (32GB)

    This multimedia player may represent good value, but while Apple's around, its performance is just mediocre

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  11. Sony NWZ-S544

    Sony NWZ-S544

    Ignore the speakers on the Sony NWZ-S544 and it's a decent alternative to Apple's iPod nano

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