DELL 5GB POCKET DJ
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Birds sing, MP3s accompany

DELL 5GB POCKET DJ
Hard-drive players slip into a pocket or a pack.

DELL 5GB POCKET DJ
Ease of use, petite size, low weight (3.7 ounces), file/format support (MP3, WMA, WAV, data), saved-settings feature, tech support, construction — all good. But: nonremovable battery, no case or “top-rated” playlist. Excellent value. $200. (800) 999-3355, www.dell.com

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CREATIVE ZEN MICRO (5GB)
CREATIVE ZEN MICRO (5GB)
Saved-settings feature, FM play/record, support (MP3, WMA, WAV), petite size, low weight (3.8 ounces), top-rated playlist, address book, calendar, to-do list, removable battery, pouch, choice of colors — all good. No dislikes. Excellent value. $250. (800) 998-1000, www.creative.com

Note: Expect 450 songs per GB. All units support USB 2 interface (FireWire as well for iPod) and use rechargeable lithium batteries. Nonremovable batteries are not always replaceable; check with manufacturer. ()
APPLE 20GB IPOD
APPLE 20GB IPOD
Best navigation tools. Support (AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible, AIFF, Apple Lossless, WAV), petite size, weight, address book, calendar, games — all good. But: nonremovable battery, no customizable equalizer (unlike rest). Excellent value. $300. (800) 692-7753, www.apple.com ()
IRIVER H340 (40GB)
IRIVER H340 (40GB)
Super sound. Color display. Voice record, FM, photo viewer (JPEG, BMP), text viewer (e-books), support (MP3, WMA, ASF, OGG, data) — all good. But: nonremovable battery, 7.1 ounces. Excellent value. $429. (800) 399-1799, www.iriveramerica.com ()
RIO CARBON 5GB
RIO CARBON 5GB
Voice record, support (MP3, Audible, data, some WMA), battery life (20 hours per charge), stopwatch — all good. But: nonremovable battery, no hold switch or WAV support, unable to play WMA with lossless compression. Poor value. $250. (866) 286-3662, www.rioaudio.com ()
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