The new star of Apple's iPod lineup steals more than looks from the iPhone. It sports the same brilliant 3.5-in. (9 cm) wide-screen video display with touch controls, and built-in wi-fi lets you surf the Web, check e-mail and even buy and immediately download iTunes tracks on the fly.
8 GB, $299; 16 GB, $399; apple.com
Creative Zen Stone Plus
It's $10 cheaper than the (screenless) iPod shuffle, with double the capacity2 GB, enough room for about 500 songs. The matchbox-size device also functions as a clock, stopwatch, FM tuner and voice recorder. It's so tiny you might want to invest in the $50 key-chain case.
The slim and sleek P2 plays MP3 and wma files, as well as songs from Rhapsody and other services, and video looks good on the 3-in. (7.6 cm) screen. The P2 can beam music to your Bluetooth speakers or headset and soon it will also be able to take calls from a Bluetooth cell phone.
4 GB, $200; 8 GB, $250; mpfreedom.com
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