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A portable media player (PMP) or, DIGITAL AUDIO PLAYER (DAP) is a portable consumer electronics device capable of storing and playing digital media such as audio, images, and video files. The data is typically stored on a compact disc (CD), Digital Video Disc (DVD), Blu-ray Disc (BD), flash memory, microdrive, or hard drive; most earlier PMPs used physical media, but modern players mostly use flash memory. In contrast, analogue portable audio players play music from non-digital media that use analogue signal storage, such as cassette tapes or vinyl records.

Digital audio players are often marketed and sold as "MP3 players", even if they also support other file formats and media types. The PMP term was introduced later for devices that had additional capabilities such as video playback. Generally speaking, they are portable, employing internal or replaceable batteries, equipped with a 3.5 mm headphone jack which users can plug headphones into or connect to a boombox or shelf stereo system, or may be connected to car and home stereos via a wireless connection such as Bluetooth. Some players also include FM radio tuners, voice recording and other features. Increasing sales of smartphones and tablet computers have led to a decline in sales of portable media players, leading to most devices being phased out, though certain flagship devices like the Apple iPod and Sony Walkman are still in production. Portable DVD/BD players are still manufactured by brands across the world.

WALKMAN is a brand of portable audio players manufactured by Sony. The original Walkman, released in 1979, was a portable cassette player. Its popularity made "walkman" an unofficial term for personal stereos of any producer or brand. By 2010, when production stopped, Sony had built about 200 million cassette-based Walkmans. The Walkman brand was extended to serve most of Sony's portable audio devices as well as related media devices. The name has been used on portable DAT players, MiniDisc players/recorders, CD players (originally Discman then renamed the CD Walkman), radio receivers, Sony's line of digital audio and media players, mobile phones and more. As of 2020, only digital audio and media players are in production.

The iPOD is a line of portable media players and multi-purpose mobile devices designed and marketed by Apple Inc. The first version was released on October 23, 2001, about 8½ months after the Macintosh version of iTunes was released. As of May 28, 2019, only the iPod Touch (7th generation) remains in production.

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  • iPod Touch models - Starting at $199.
  • APPLE - since 2001. "Fun at full speed. Your music, wherever you go." Love music? You can keep more songs than ever on iPod touch, which now comes with up to 256GB of storage.1 Get an Apple Music subscription to stream and download all your favorite songs. iPod iTouch. All models.
    • Shop all iPod accessories - "It goes with everything." Whether it’s a great pair of headphones or wireless speakers that can turn any room into a dance party, there’s an accessory that complements iPod touch perfectly.
  • Astell&Kern - since 2012. "Be the Ultimate." Digital Audio Players are electronic devices capable of storing and playing high-resolution music or media files. Many digital formats, resolutions and encoding exist. Most DAPs can comfortably play most digital files. Astell&Kern’ DAPs are designed to provide experience for another value in music. A&ultima is a flagship AK model that combines the best specifications, high technology, and superior functionality, offering you the best value. All models.
    • Astell&Kern A&ultima SP1000: US$3,499.
    • Astell&Kern A&ultima SP1000 - "The A&ultima SP1000 is a one-of-a-kind, high-end, powerful flagship high resolution music player equipped with the latest advanced features. "
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  • Cowon - since 1995. "The moment is your life." All models.
  • FiiO M11PlusLTD: US$699.99.
  • FiiO Music Players - since 2007. "Born for Music." All models.
  • Sony NW-WM1Z Premium Walkman: US$3,199.99.
  • Sony NW-WM1Z Walkman - "Delight in pure detail." Premium Walkman with High-Resolution Audio.
  • Sony WM1ZM2 Walkman Signature Series: €3,700.
  • Sony Walkman Signature Series - "Pure listening indulgence." Part of the Signature Series, the WM1ZM2 sets a new benchmark in pure sound quality and listening sophistication. Crafted with fine materials and meticulous attention to detail, and offering the ease of downloading and streaming music, this is audio at its most indulgent.
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