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Our collection of the best MP3 players under $80 is defined by a select few models in the range of $60 - $80 that have been highly rated by expert reviewers. Although most of these players have good storage capabilities of 4 to 8 GB with an internal flash drive, the most convenient MP3 players are those that are equipped to play more than the standard MP3 format, to obviate the nuisance of having to convert all your files.

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Apple iPod Shuffle fourth Generation
Sony Walkman NWZ-W202
Sony Walkman NWZ-E
SanDisk Fuze +
SanDisk Sansa Fuze
Apple iPod Shuffle 4th Generation Pink  2 GB  MP3 Player
Sony Walkman NWZ-W202PNK 2GB Pink MP3 Player
Sony Walkman NWZ-E463 (4 GB) Digital Media Player
SanDisk Fuze + (4 GB) Digital Media Player
SanDisk Sansa Fuze (2 GB) Digital Media Player
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Release Date
Sep 2010
Mar 2009
Jul 2011
Sep 2010
Mar 2008
Main Storage Type
Built-in Memory
Internal Flash Drive
Built-in Memory
Built-in Memory
Built-in Memory
Storage Capacity
2.0 GB
2.0 GB
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
2.0 GB
Expansion Slots
Without Expansion Slots
Internal Flash Drive
Without Expansion Slots
Family Line
iPod Shuffle
Sony WALKMAN
Sony WALKMAN
SanDisk Sansa
Sansa
Number of Songs
500.0
500.0
1000.0
1000.0
500.0
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Music
Music
Music, Video, Recording, Photo Viewing
Music, Video, Recording, Photo Viewing
Music, Video, Photo Viewing

  • 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??


  • - It's nice to see that Sony is continuing to introduce products that are not only innovative but can also compete with Apple when it comes to a design that's straightforward and graceful.
    - This $69.99 (list) MP3 player/earphone combo sounds good, stays in place, and is easy to use.


  • A well-designed MP3 system for active pursuits, offering decent sound quality and intelligent controls. For gym use, jogging or dirty work, it's hard to find anything better.

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    - The earbuds are comfortable and the player sits naturally in the ears..
    - Usability is simplistic and perfect for on the move changing and volume control.


  • Not quite cheap, but definitely cheerful, the NWZ-E463 combines a natty design with a good-looking interface and a wealth of music-related features. There are some significant bits missing, such as lossless format support, expandable memory and a standard USB connection, but this won't bother everyone. The key to this player is that, thanks to its thumb-friendly physical controls, pleasant interface and decent earphones, it's a device that's enjoyable to use.


  • For a fairly low budget price tag, the NWZ-E463 model offers a snazzy design with a great range of music-related features. There are some minor niggles such as too small sized buttons and menu issues, but overall, a pleasing interface along with a solid pair of sound isolating earphones. All of these features make this music player an attractive little device all round.


  • - It seems more durable and high-quality than early Sansa models.
    - The SanDisk Sansa Fuze is supercheap and nicely compact.
    - The icon-driven main menu is nice enough to look at, and the device is very easy to navigate, with music organized into playlist, artist, album, and so on.
    - The battery life of 28.2 hours for audio and 6.5 hours for video is plenty impressive.


  • - It isn't a pixelated mess with poor audio, which is sometimes the outcome with free video-conversion software.
    - If you want a tiny device with video capabilities, however, the Fuze should please.


  • A low price, deep feature list, and ultra-compact design makes the Sansa Fuze a very worthy Nano competitor.


  • - It seems more durable and high-quality than early Sansa models.
    - The SanDisk Sansa Fuze is supercheap and nicely compact.
    - The icon-driven main menu is nice enough to look at, and the device is very easy to navigate, with music organized into playlist, artist, album, and so on.
    - The battery life of 28.2 hours for audio and 6.5 hours for video is plenty impressive.


  • - It isn't a pixelated mess with poor audio, which is sometimes the outcome with free video-conversion software.
    - If you want a tiny device with video capabilities, however, the Fuze should please.

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    - The player offers a variety of desirable features such as an FM tuner, Rhapsody DNA integration, photo and video support, and a voice recorder.
    - The battery life of 28.2 hours for audio and 6.5 hours for video is plenty impressive.
    - The SanDisk Sansa Fuze is supercheap and nicely compact.


Top 5 mp3 player under $80:

  1. Apple iPod Shuffle 4th Generation Pink 2 GB MP3 Player
  2. Sony Walkman NWZ-W202PNK 2GB Pink MP3 Player
  3. Sony Walkman NWZ-E463 (4 GB) Digital Media Player
  4. SanDisk Fuze + (4 GB) Digital Media Player
  5. SanDisk Sansa Fuze (2 GB) Digital Media Player