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02-01-2006, 07:02 PM
I'd like to bribe myself into exercising more often by getting an mp3 player. Unfortunately I can't afford the fancy-super-nano-whatever ipods. :^: Can anyone recommend a cheap (like preferably less than $80) mp3 player that can hold a decent amount of songs and won't break after a month?

02-01-2006, 07:42 PM
be careful of cheep.

The shuffle is about your price range, great for music, less great for books, but it is small, easy to use and perfect for the gym.

02-01-2006, 09:02 PM
My husband has the $99 shuffle and loves it. It holds quite a bit, doesn't have a fragile screen, and the battery life is pretty good. I've seen them refurbished, which is basically like buying a new one, for $80. Check for the refurbished ones. I know they sell them in their store, not sure about their website.

02-02-2006, 09:17 AM
Look for ones by a company called Creative. I got a free Muvo (about the size of a box of matches they used to give you at restaurants) with my subscription to Audible - great for holding a book or two, but not so great for playlists. Then I picked up a Creative Jukebox that was being discontinued for about $200. It is 40G with all the bells and whistles of an iPod except the video. It is a bit bigger than the iPod, but I don't have a problem with that. I have about 200 CDs (all cuts) and six books on it and am still have over 30G free. My advice: go to a Best Buy or Circuit City - look and touch what they have, then come home and do some web-searching for the best price. For me, the Best Buy was the best as I had over $100 in refund coupons (Best Buy Bucks) I was saving for "something" and this was it plus the discountinued price was another $100 off - I love, love, love mine! And my husband says, buy all the storage room you can afford - if 10G more is within your price range go for it.

02-03-2006, 10:04 AM
Thanks!! Guess I'd better do some research now... :)

02-03-2006, 10:50 AM
I bought my daughter a "sandisk" one it has a 17hr AAA battery life (it only uses 1 at a time) and it holds well over 100 songs, it cost me $80 at sears.