Apple's iPod has received the accolade of best Internet Audio Device in European Imaging and Sound Association's (EISA) annual awards.

EISA credit the iPod as: "A standard-bearer for the future of Internet music."

The iPod received the award based on the success of Apple's iTunes Music Store, described as: "The first successful paid-for Internet music service". The Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) codec, employed by the store and the iPod, is also highlighted. AAC is described as: "Superior" and "Giving better sound quality for a given data rate".

The annual awards recognize new products that combine "the most advanced technology, the most desirable features, the ultimate expression of design, the most satisfying ergonomics and the greatest value for money," according to EISA.

The Internet Audio category was last included in EISA's European Audio Awards in 2000 - won by Samsung's Wingo S-P2450. Last year the Internet category wasn't included, but the Thomson Lyra PDP 2800 was awarded the Personal Audio accolade.

Other devices in this years Audio category include: the Mission Volare V63 loudspeaker, Martin Logan Clarity electrostatic panel speakers, the Denon DVD-2900, Sony's S-Master technology, and Rotel's RA-02 stereo amplifier.