Clipper MP3 player, apocalypse-approved

Details on the Archos Clipper MP3 player reveal a 2GB capacity, basic design, and budget price

Archos Clipper MP3 player.
The Archos Clipper gives the iPod Shuffle a run for its money, only four years too late. MyMemory

Mobile phones and Netbooks may be nibbling away at the market for portable media players, but there will always be a demand for dirt-cheap, bare-bones MP3 players. Our grandchildren could be living in a post-apocalyptic waterworld or an off-planet Martian colony--but the cheap MP3 player will endure like some kind of technological cockroach.

It seems fitting, then, that the latest budget MP3 player from Archos bears a resemblance to our favorite end-times-surviving insect. The Archos Clipper is your basic clip-on MP3 player with 2GB of storage, priced at around $30. There's no screen, no frills, no fancy colors--nothing to save you from a robot uprising or nuclear annihilation .

In all fairness to Archos, the company has been on the sidelines of the MP3 player game for a few years now, focusing its efforts on the emerging Netbook and tablet PC markets. Unlike the Clipper, the company's upcoming Archos 9 media tablet is one of the more drool-inspiring products I've seen all year. I guess you've got to put your money where your priorities are.

(Via AnythingButiPod

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.


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