Another superb budget buy, the Kubik Evo is pretty unbeatable within its price range. It's packed with the sort of technology you'd expect to find in a far more pricey player. And best of all, it goes easy on the power – you'll get a generous 20 hours playtime from a single charge.
The SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip is a bit more pricey but still offers fantastic value for money. This ultra-portable marvel stores up to 1,000 tracks and features a full colour screen, expandable memory card slot and recordable FM radio.
A Flash player probably won't cut the mustard if you're after something that can hold your entire music collection. Cue the Apple iPod classic. This peerless hard-drive-based marvel stores up to a whopping 40,000 songs, 25,000 photos and 200 hours of video - you really won't find a better high capacity player.
Sony's most audio-focussed Walkman, the Series A 16GB model is all about crystal-clear sounds, thanks to its Hi-Fi grade S-Master MX digital amplifier. It also includes a built-in app that lets you access iTunes - handy if you've only owned iPods - and you can even organise tracks into different moods with the Sony SensMe feature.
If you like a bit of eye candy with your music but don't want to pay through the nose, consider the SanDisk Sansa Fuze+. It offers solid video capabilities and has won plaudits for its graphical interface and rich sound quality. A brilliant budget buy.
A nifty little gadget, the Kubik Edge II player sports a bright 2.8" touchscreen and offers an impressive array of features for the price tag, from Microsoft PlayFX Sound Enhancement Technology to an e-Book reader and YouTube player.
One of the best low capacity players out now, the GoGear RaGa features Philips Songbird for easy syncing and a ridiculously speedy five-minute charge time for 90 minutes of audio playback - so no more waiting around to juice up your device.
A seriously fun MP3 player, the Sony Walkman E Series stands out from the rest thanks to a clever feature that pops song lyrics onto the screen and a built-in karaoke mode that silences the lead vocal – perfect if you like a good sing-a-long.
The 4th gen iPod shuffle gets top marks for its tiny size and seamless Apple design. Perfect if you prefer to travel as light as possible or need an ultra-portable player for the gym, it has enough space for hundreds of essential tracks.
The 6th gen iPod nano rocks Apple's peerless multi-touch interface and also boasts oodles of unique features, including Genius mixes and playlists, a handy pedometer and a pausable FM radio. The perfect combo of style, function and affordability, it's a very decent all-rounder.