Holiday Gift Guide: MP3 Players and PVPs

2009 Ultimate Holiday Tech Guide

MP3 players and portable video player

  • Apple iPod Touch (Third Generation, 32GB)

    Apple's iPod Touch offers so many features, it seems almost inappropriate to call it an MP3 player. From games, e-mail, Web browsing, music, movies, and more, the third-generation iPod Touch runs rings around the competition, and the open-ended development of the App Store can bring nothing but improvements.


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  • Apple iPod Nano (Fifth Generation, 8GB)

    The fifth-generation iPod Nano is easy on the eyes and on the wallet, and you can't beat its hardware and user interface design. Cool new features, such as tilt-control, Genius playlists and a video camera, raise the standard for ultraportable MP3 players.


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  • Zune HD (32GB)

    The Zune HD's brilliant OLED display, HD Radio tuner, long battery life, movie rentals, and subscription music integration finally give iPod expatriates something to shout about. It's one of the best portable music and video experiences money can buy.


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  • Sony X-Series Walkman (16GB)

    Thanks to excellent sound quality, integrated noise-canceling functionality, an S-Master digital amp, and several smart music sorting options, the Sony X-Series Walkman is a superb choice for music aficionados. The player also includes an FM tuner, podcast support, and Slacker Internet Radio.


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  • SanDisk Sansa Clip+ (4GB)

    The SanDisk Sansa Clip+ packs a lot of value into a solid, pocket-friendly design with dedicated volume controls and a built-in belt-clip. It's easy to use and offers a plethora of handy features, including a microSD card slot, Rhapsody DNA, a voice recorder, an FM tuner, and support for FLAC, Ogg, Audible, and podcasts.


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  • Klipsch Image S4 Earphones

    If you are looking for a new set of ultraportable headphones, the Image S4 should be a top choice. These in-ear headphones offer superb sound quality, especially given the $80 price tag.


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  • Altec Lansing inMotion Classic

    The Altec Lansing inMotion Classic is a stylish way to play your iPod or iPhone around your home. A built-in rechargeable battery and ample volume make this speaker a great choice for any room.


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