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$150 could get you some of the best mp3 players in the market and from leading brands like Apple, Cowon and Samsung. Most of these feature microSD slots, good support for audio and video formats, solid memory and good battery life. These players also excel in audio quality and attractive user interfaces.Our list of the best mp3 players under $150 gives you individual specs, video reviews and buying options to guide your purchase.

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Apple iPod Nano 7th Generation
Sony Walkman NWZ-E(2012)
Sony Walkman NWZ-S544
Apple iPod Nano 5th Generation
Archos 5
Apple iPod Nano 16 GB Silver Digital Media Player
Sony Walkman NWZ-E475BLK (16 GB) Digital Media Player
Sony Walkman NWZ-S544BLK 8GB Black MP3 Player  2 4  LCD  Flash Drive  FM Tuner  6 5 Hours Video  42 Hours Audio
Apple iPod nano 8GB MP3 Player - Green
Archos 5 Internet Media Tablet with 32GB Hard Drive - Black New
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Release Date
Oct 2012
Aug 2012
Sep 2009
Sep 2009
Aug 2008
Main Storage Type
Built-in Memory
Built-in Memory
Built-in Memory
Compact Flash (CF) Card
Hard Drive
Storage Capacity
16.0 GB
16.0 GB
8.0 GB
8.0 GB
32.0 GB
Expansion Slots
Without Expansion Slots
Without Expansion Slots
Internal Flash Drive
Internal Flash Drive
Family Line
iPod nano
Sony WALKMAN
iPod nano
Number of Songs
4100.0
4100.0
2000.0
2000.0
8000.0
Use
Music, Video, Photo Viewing
Music, Video, Photo Viewing, FM
Music, Video, Photo Viewing
Music, Recording
Music, Video, Recording, Photo Viewing

  • The seventh-generation iPod Nano is an incredibly compact portable media player with gym-friendly features, but it's overshadowed by the superior value of Apple's iPod Shuffle and fourth-generation iPod Touch.


  • The 2012 iPod nano 7th generation doesn't have the chops to make the same impact as a new iPod touch or iPhone 5. Its screen isn't great in some respects, it's a bit expensive and it doesn't do all that much. However, it's so much of a joy to use on a day-to-day basis that we can learn to accept most of its limitations. Strong design and Apple's excellent UI are enough to mitigate this partly underwhelming redesign.


  • The seventh-generation iPod Nano is a fine product, but we're not entirely sure who it's for. It comes across like a breeding experiment between an iPod Shuffle and iPod Touch. The kid is cute, but we think most people will be better served by its parents.

    For fitness types, the physical controls, simplicity, clip-on design and AU$55 price of the iPod Shuffle make it seem like the better deal.


  • The sum of the NWZ-S710F's audio enhancement and noise-canceling features adds up to one of the most pleasant and private music experiences you can have for less than $200.


  • The NWZ-S738F is an audiophile's player, with top-notch earbuds and great sound, but it isn't the best choice for video.


  • Sony's mid-level MP3 player competes with the iPod nano, and while it is superior for video or photo viewing, the interface doesn't hold a candle to Apple's tried and tested iPod menu system. If you're a multimedia enthusiast and don't mind the lack of Wi-Fi, we'd seriously consider getting the Sony NWZ-S544 instead of Apple's nano.


  • No other MP3 player on the planet packs more features, from video to a pedometer, into a smaller package than the overachieving Apple iPod Nano.


  • The ultrathin iPod Nano now has a video camera, a radio, and a pedometer.


  • The candybar design and colours will undoubtedly sway many teetering on the edge of to Nano or not to Nano, and the addition of an FM radio and pedometer will go down well with those looking for a lightweight device to take jogging or to cart around as their primary media player. We doubt the video camera alone will entice that many people to upgrade, but with a range of useful features the fifth generation is the sleekest and most enticing version yet. For the price it will be hard to beat.


  • - The Archos 5 requires a proprietary USB cable for charging and transferring content, the glossy design is quickly marred with fingerprints, older Archos accessories are incompatible, some applications are still in beta, and you'll need to pay extra to activate many of the player's more desirable features..
    - The 800x600 resolution display on the Archos 5 is bright and crisp, rivaled only by the Cowon A3 when it comes to clarity and color.
    - Video playback on the Archos 5 is stunning.


  • - Archos's new interface looks more modern and runs more smoothly than the ones in earlier players.
    - Video looks stunning on the Archos 5.
    - Even the video menu looks impressive: A moving-image thumbnail plays the next video that's highlighted on the menu.


  • - The Archos 5's menu system is easy enough to navigate, but it includes unnecessary menu options for the various accessories you can buy for the player.


Top 5 mp3 player under $150:

  1. Apple iPod Nano 16 GB Silver Digital Media Player
  2. Sony Walkman NWZ-E475BLK (16 GB) Digital Media Player
  3. Sony Walkman NWZ-S544BLK 8GB Black MP3 Player 2 4 LCD Flash Drive FM Tuner 6 5 Hours Video 42 Hours Audio
  4. Apple iPod nano 8GB MP3 Player - Green
  5. Archos 5 Internet Media Tablet with 32GB Hard Drive - Black New