Apple's iPod and iPod mini both earn honourable mentions in a recent report in The Sun newspaper.

The report - a reprint of a feature originally published in T3 magazine - declares the £170 iPod mini to be the best MP3 player for budget buyers.

T3 states: "If your budget is restrained, but you don't want to settle for second best, then the iPod Mini is the only option. It's cheaper than an Essex girl after seven Bacardi Breezers, but looks and sounds a great deal more classy."

Apple's iPod makes the runners-up shortlist as the best MP3 player for photos.

Despite only reaching the runners-up pile the iPod is also called, "the original and the best".

Music players from a multitude of competing firms win in different categories, according to the report.