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Coby, SanDisk and Microsoft have some pretty decent MP3 players under $30, most of which have around 4 GB of memory. Since these are entry level players you're not going to get any of the higher end features like wifi and bluetooth; and many of them may not even have extensive file support. However the best mp3 players at the $30 price point offer pretty good battery life and are a great option if listening to MP3 files is your chief use for it.

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Coby MP820

Coby MP820 (4 GB) MP3 Player


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Coby MP820
Coby MP823
SanDisk Sansa Clip+
Ematic eSport Clip
Microsoft Zune Home AV Pack v2
Coby MP820 (4 GB) MP3 Player
Coby MP823 (4 GB) Digital Media Player
SanDisk Sansa Clip+ 4GB MP3 Player
Ematic eSport Clip (4 GB) Digital Media Player
Microsoft Zune Home AV Pack v2 MP3 Player (H7A-00001)
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Release Date
Feb 2012
Feb 2012
Aug 2009
Oct 2011
Jan 2007
Main Storage Type
Built-in Memory
Built-in Memory
Built-in Memory
Built-in Memory
Internal Hard Drive
Storage Capacity
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
120.0 GB
Expansion Slots
Without Expansion Slots
Without Expansion Slots
Internal Flash Drive, microSD Card
microSD
Internal Hard Drive
Family Line
Coby MP
Coby MP
Sansa
Sport
Zune
Number of Songs
2000.0
1000.0
1000.0
1000.0
3000.0
Use
Music
Music, Video, Photo Viewing
Music, Recording
Music, Video, Recording, Photo Viewing, Gaming / Apps, Internet
Music

  • - The Clip offers a respectable 92dB signal-to-noise ratio.


  • - The SanDisk Sansa Clip is well-designed, well built and easy to use, comes in several colours and offers both decent capacity and long-lasting batteries.
    - The clip itself is sturdy and snaps back firmly into place and has a circular thumbhole to make grabbing it easier.
    - It's possible to drag-and-drop tracks and albums on to Clip's flash hard drive as well as to synchronise with Windows Media Player.

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    - Other features include a built-in FM Radio, voice recorder, and microSD slot that can handle cards up to 16GB.
    - The 1-inch monochrome OLED screen, while tiny, has enough pixels packed into the tiny space to look quite sharp, and it easily gets all the vitals across, even in direct sunlight.
    - True to the name, the back boasts a massive clip that springs open to grab firmly onto sleeves, waistbands and pockets.


  • - The jack is quite stiff, and you really have to jam the connector in there in order to receive proper stereo.
    - The Zune 8GB (along with the 4GB model) has a compact 1.6 by 3.6 by 0.3-inch frame offered in four colors (black, maroon, pink, and olive green).
    - The Zune's user interface is new and improved, and even owners of the original 30GB model can upgrade to the new version.
    - The newly designed Marketplace looks completely different.


  • - Wi-Fi connectivity is extremely limited.
    - Videos looked crisp and clear on the 3-inch screen--and again, the extra bit of display space makes an appreciable difference over the course of extended viewing.
    - The Zune's audio sounds quite nice, too, on a par with that of the latest iPods and Creative players.

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    - Limited wireless sharing.
    - Will not operate as data storage device.
    - No custom EQ.
    - No choice of transfer software.
    - No choice of music store.
    - Limited use of wireless.
    - Sound quality is average at moderate listening levels, but tends to fall flat and louder volumes.
    - Photo sharing is uninhibited; you are free to do whatever you want once you receive images.