1. Cowon A5 Plenue
Jumping on the Android bandwagon, Cowon’s ‘Smart MP3 player’ runs on a modified version of Google’s 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and sports a 4.8-inch 800x480 WVGA touchscreen display. Powered by a 1GHZ processor and 512MB of RAM it’s got about as much as power as a mid priced smartphone, while battery life is around 22 hours if your are listening to music.There's a HDMI port for watching flicks on your TV, and crucially for serious audiophiles, Jeteffect 5 is on board to deliver 48 presets, a 5-band EQ filter, and BBE+ enhancements which helps deliver an overall audio performance that surpasses most music smartphone pretenders.
Price: £199 (64GB), £169 (32GB) | Cowon
iPod Touch aside, here's our pick of the best MP3 players to splash the cash on if the Apple PMP doesn't take your fancy
Now we all now how revolutionary the iPod has been since it rocked up in 2001 and will no doubt continue to change the way we listen to music, watch video and consume apps if Apple treats the iPod Touch to another refresh later this year.
While the Apple PMP has wielded its magic on millions, it's clearly not for everyone, so if the idea of being shackled to iTunes is simply not an option, here's the Android-powered alternatives that you might want to spend your money on instead.