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At the sub $60 price cap our list gives you a choice among some of the best brands like Apple, Samsung and Sony all of which are highly rated models recommended by expert MP3 reviewers around the web. in addition our list of the best MP3 players come in the range of $40 to $60, have a reasonable amount of storage, colour screens and pretty sonorous audio.

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Apple iPod Shuffle fourth Generation
Creative ZEN X-Fi
SanDisk Clip Zip
Mach Speed Trio T3010
SanDisk Sansa Clip+
Apple iPod Shuffle fourth Generation 2GB
Creative ZEN X-Fi 8GB MP3 Player
SanDisk Clip Zip (8 GB) MP3 Player
Mach Speed Trio T3010 (4 GB) MP3 Player
SanDisk Sansa Clip 8GB Black MP3 Player  1  LCD  Flash Drive  15 Hours Audio
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Release Date
Sep 2010
Aug 2008
Jul 2011
Dec 2011
Aug 2009
Main Storage Type
Built-in Memory
Built-in Memory
Micro SD Card
Built-in Memory
Built-in Memory
Storage Capacity
2.0 GB
8.0 GB
8.0 GB
4.0 GB
8.0 GB
Expansion Slots
Without Expansion Slots
SD Memory Card
microSD
microSD
Internal Flash Drive, microSD Card
Family Line
iPod Shuffle
Zen
Sandisk Sansa Clip
Trio
Sansa
Number of Songs
500.0
2000.0
2000.0
1000.0
2000.0
Use
Music
Music, Video, Recording, Photo Viewing
Music, Recording
Music
Music, Recording

  • The iPod Shuffle's buttons are back, and the lightest, smallest MP3 player on the planet is now better than ever.


  • Apple's slimmed-down, slicker-than-ever iPod nano responds to your movements, creates playlists it thinks you'll like, and makes the competition look like a bunch of clunkers.


  • With the redesign of the fourth-generation iPod shuffle, Apple has brought back a classic design that works well with any set of headphones. At $49 for 2GB of storage, itâ?? s not only the perfect entry-level iPod, itâ?? s also a solid second device for iPhone users who want to keep it simple while exercising. While the shuffleâ?? s reduced size makes it a bit harder to clip on clothing than the second-generation model, itâ??


  • - Videos often need to be transcoded through the included software, and the button pad can be confusing at first.
    - The Creative Zen X-Fi plastic construction does not feel high-quality, and the SD card content does not get integrated into the general libraries.
    - The photo-viewing experience is great: the thumbnails magnify as you scroll through them, and once you select a photo, you are given various options including zoom and rotate.


  • - The X-Fi connects to your PC via USB 2.0, but loading songs onto the player by this route is slow going.
    - People who are already familiar with Creative's players should get the hang of the X-Fi's design and interface right away.
    - Creative's highly touted X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity Audio playback goes far in helping this player sound amazing.


  • - Creative's highly touted X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity Audio playback goes far in helping this player sound amazing.


  • 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.