A ton of devices these days can play music. Everything from smartphones to electronic readers is able to access MP3 files or digital music files, and many can even play video. The downside to these devices is primarily the cost, and in some cases size. No one is looking to spend some quality time at the gym with their Nook Color pumping out their favorite tunes. Plus, that expensive technology in the hands of someone not quite responsible can result in incurring a replacement cost. Fortunately, a number of digital music players are available that do not cost a lot of money. Here is a look at four of the best MP3 players under $50.
Apple iPod Shuffle 2GB
The 2GB iPod Shuffle is available for under $50 at a variety of retailers, including Target. The iPod Shuffle is tiny but can store tons of tunes. The unit is available in a rainbow of colors, which is important for the fashion minded individual. While the iPod Shuffle lacks a large screen to display cover art for albums, it more than makes up for that flaw in being extremely portable and still sounding great.
SanDisk Sansa Clip 4GB MP3 Player
The Sansa Clip 4GB MP3 Player from SanDisk has plenty of room to store hundreds and hundreds of songs and is available at Best Buy for $49.99. The unit features a one and half inch LCD screen for easy navigation of the catalog, and supports several different music formats. It also features expandable memory via micro SD card in order to grow with your music collection. The Sansa Clip also features an integrated clip, which keeps the hands free just like the iPod Shuffle.
Philips Vibe 4GB MP3 and Video Player
The $39.98 price tag at Wal Mart or walmart.com for the Philips Vibe 4GB MP3 and Video Player is a huge deal. Not only does the unit have enough space to accommodate many music collections, but the full color 1.5 inch screen makes navigating the catalog easy. The Vibe can store four hours of video as well, but the small screen makes that application not for the faint of heart, but all things considered for under $40 this is one of the best MP3 Player deals around.
Ematic 4GB Video MP3 Player
The Ematic 4GB Video MP3 Player has a price tag of about $50 at Wal Mart and is available in several different colors. This unit has plenty of space to store music, but the real treat is the three inch touch screen and five megapixel camera. This Ematic is capable of taking some great still photos and videos, which makes it a handy little music box to have around. While the touchscreen can take some practice to get used to, this is a great value and perfect for birthdays or holidays.