Remember the thrill of creating the perfect mix tape? MP3 players make it easy to set up a playlist for your every jog, drive or afternoon rest. You plug them into your PC and load them with tunes from the Net or from your favorite CDs. Most good ones have simple software, store at least 64 megs of music and download quickly through a USB port. Here's how they rate.
Our guide to which of the portable players are the best buys