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According to the editors at CNET, the best flash-based MP3 player is the iRiver Clix. Rated as an 8.7 out of 10, this 2GB player offers support for the Ogg Vorbis music format, SRS Wow sound effects, an alarm clock, a voice recorder, and video, photo and text viewing. It is priced from $160 to $185.
The next highest-rated is the Creative Zen V Plus 4GB player, which features voice and in-line recording and vivid OLED screen. It runs from $150 to $160 and uses joystick navigation.
Both these players have good ratings on battery life, as well.
In third place is the Apple iPod Nano with 8GB of memory, and a price tag betewen $219 and $250 each. It is the smallest of the three players and has a scratch resistant aluminum case, but it does not support video.