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The best MP3 players under $40 are typically from Coby, while Ematic too sport some pretty colourful models. These players have pretty good audio support and can play MP3, WMA, OGG formats and MTV video format as well. However not all mp3 players in the $40 bracket are capable of playing video files and this feature is model specific. Our sub $40 list of mp3 players have around 4 to 8 GB of storage and may or may not come with microSD slots.

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Coby MP820

Coby MP820 (8 GB) Digital Media Player


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Coby MP820
Coby MP823
SanDisk Clip Zip
SanDisk Sansa Clip+
Mach Speed T2810C
Coby MP820 (8 GB) Digital Media Player
Coby MP823 (4 GB) Digital Media Player
SanDisk Clip Zip (4 GB) MP3 Player
SanDisk Sansa Clip (2 GB) MP3 Player (SDMX11R-2048K-A70)
Mach Speed T2810C (4 GB) Digital Media Player
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Release Date
Feb 2012
Feb 2012
Jul 2011
Aug 2009
Dec 2011
Main Storage Type
Built-in Memory
Built-in Memory
Built-in Memory
Built-in Memory
Micro SD Card
Storage Capacity
8.0 GB
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
2.0 GB
4.0 GB
Expansion Slots
Without Expansion Slots
Without Expansion Slots
microSD
Internal Flash Drive, microSD Card
microSD
Family Line
Coby MP
Coby MP
Sandisk Sansa Clip
Sansa
Mach Speed Trio
Number of Songs
2000.0
1000.0
1000.0
500.0
1000.0
Use
Music, Video, Photo Viewing
Music, Video, Photo Viewing
Music
Music, Recording
Music, Video, Photo Viewing

  • SanDisk's tongue-twister of an MP3 player is a stupefying value and its practical clip-on design is perfect for the gym.


  • The SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip is a solid budget MP3 player, small enough to clip to a shirt and sturdy enough to survive your workouts. And it offers much more than the same-price iPod shuffle.


  • SanDisk's latest competitor to the smallest iPods may not be as tiny or stylish, but it delivers a lot of features at very reasonable prices.


  • - 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.


Top 5 mp3 player under $40:

  1. Coby MP820 (8 GB) Digital Media Player
  2. Coby MP823 (4 GB) Digital Media Player
  3. SanDisk Clip Zip (4 GB) MP3 Player
  4. SanDisk Sansa Clip (2 GB) MP3 Player (SDMX11R-2048K-A70)
  5. Mach Speed T2810C (4 GB) Digital Media Player