The Cowon Plenue 1 is the best MP3 player released in 2015, according to an article at CNET.com. The website cites its simplicity and high sound quality as its most impressive features.
For a less expensive option, the Sony Walkman NWZ-A17 is the second-ranked MP3 player of 2015. The Cowon Plenue 1 costs in the range of $800-900, while the Walkman is around $300. The Sony Walkman NWZ-A17 additionally offers features like 30 hours of battery life and high-resolution music quality. For the highest-quality option, however, Sony also makes a Walkman NW-ZX2 that costs around $1200 and includes high quality sound and the option to download apps.