Tips for the Road
Those who own personal digital audio players should be prepared to add a personal radio to their device collection if built-in radios aren't up to snuff.
Those considering new digital musical players should audition the radio as well as the player, and be prepared to make some trade-offs (or to buy multiple devices instead; decent portable FM radios sometimes cost less than $10, and seldom more than $2030).
Ed Tittel is a full-time freelance writer who specializes in information security, web markup languages, and IT certifications. He also manages the Certification area at InformIT.com and Examcram2.com. As a former recording engineer and avowed audiophile, he's also into digital music in all its many forms.