The SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip is a super-small MP3 player with attitude. It comes with a handy clip that can be used to safely attach the unit almost anywhere. The most impressive feature of the Sansa Clip is its big sound; the audio quality is surprising clear with plenty of bass. It also beats the iPod Shuffle on both price and features too. It comes with features such as a recordable FM radio, voice recorder, and a choice of 4 or 8GB of storage. Read the Sansa Clip Zip review for more information.
Even though the Sansa Clip+ MP3 player is the predecessor to the new Sansa Clip Zip, it's still got a lot going for it and can be picked up even cheaper now too. It sports either 2Gb, 4Gb, or 8Gb of storage, a built-in radio, and voice recorder. It also sports a microSDHC slot that also is compatible with SanDisk's slotRadio cards that come with approximately 1,000 songs pre-loaded onto them. There are several slotRadio cards currently available that cover various genres and when purchased with the Sansa Clip+ makes for an ideal gift combo.
The 4th generation Apple iPod Shuffle is an incredibly small MP3 player which comes in a range of vibrant colors with a storage capacity of 2GB. Apple's iPod Shuffle also features VoiceOver technology which enables the unit to talk to you -- song names for example are spoken. The sound quality is very impressive and with seamless integration with the iTunes Store, it makes the perfect partner if you intend on using it with Apple's digital music service.
The Archos 501511 4 GB Flash MP3 Player is a 'no frills' digital audio player that does a good job of playing MP3, WMA and WAV music formats. It's got a reported battery life of up to 11 hours and features a built-in retractable USB connector for conveniently inserting into a spare port on your computer. This feature-rich budget player also comes with an FM radio, voice recorder, and MicroSDHC slot for extra storage. This little unit also comes with an FM transmitter too so you can tune your stereo into it and enjoy your MP3s without having to purchase a separate device. If you're looking for a basic digital music player just to play audio files then this little gem is a solid performer.
If you're a technophobe, or just plain lazy, then this portable player might just be what you're looking for. The Sansa slotRadio Player by SanDisk is a card-based device that doesn't need a computer or Internet connection -- just use pre-loaded cards that you can purchase from stores or online. A slotRadio card is like listening to radio where the DJ has compiled a playlist of tracks -- this differs from the slotMusic card (item 3 below) which is more like owning an album. The Sansa slotRadio Player comes with a staggering collection of 1,000 Billboard songs to get you started and is a great gift for someone who isn't Internet or computer savvy.