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Which are the best MP3 players on the market?

Music has been revolutionised over the last decade by the invention of portable music players. Small, stylish and often considered a fashion accessory, these mini-gadgets are a must-have for any music fan, but which are the best MP3 players on the market? Let's take a look at some of the most exciting models.

The contenders

iPod Touch

One of the most famous MP3 players is Apple's iPod, which comes in many different forms, including Nano, Classic and Touch. The iPod Touch is one of the most expensive MP3 players available, but that doesn't stop its popularity. Available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB models, the iPod Touch can download music, movies and apps as well as play games, while the touch sensor is reliable and easy to use. The iPod Touch is perfect for people that want a little bit more than just music on their MP3 player.

Cowon S9 32GB

A rival for the iPod Touch is the Cowon S9. The large LED screen makes viewing photos and watching movies a pleasure, while wireless speakers and headphones can be connected using the built-in Bluetooth function. Sound quality is impeccable, both with user-uploaded songs and FM radio and the touch-screen interface is slick and easy to use. Overall, the Cowon S9 is a cheaper alternative to the iPod Touch.

iRiver P7 16GB

The iRiver P7 is a multi-media player almost on par with the iPad. You can use it to watch movies, view photos as well as listen to music. The only thing missing is internet connectivity, but for a simple device that can handle your media, the iRiver P7 is a strong contender.

Sony Walkman NWZ-S639Fs 16GB

Cheap and most definitely cheerful is the Sony Walkman NWZ-S639Fs. While it may not have the charismatic charm of an Apple product, this MP3 player is easy to use and practical too, with approximately 40 hours of battery life available from a full charge.

Samsung YP-S2 2GB

The Samsung YP-S2 2GB is the cheapest MP3 player on this list at around £25, but that doesn't stop it being an incredible purchase. Small and stylish, this MP3 player comes in a variety of colours and can hold about 500 songs. The sound quality rivals the very best MP3 players and the small size makes it ideal for exercising or just carrying around with you.

Which MP3 player should you choose?

By now, you'll know that the very best MP3 players are not just music devices, but extensions of you as a person. Whether you prefer something small and simple or the loudest, more feature-filled product on the market, there is an MP3 player out there for you; it's simply a case of finding the one that fits your needs the most.

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