Top 10 MP3 players for less than $100

There's nothing like low flash-memory costs to stir up a gaggle of great gadgets with ultracompetitve pricing. To help you sort through the clutter of budget MP3 players, we've collected our top 10 choices, all of which can be found for less than $100.

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MP3 players don't have to be expensive to be good, and I can prove it. I scoured CNET Reviews to find the best MP3 players that can be purchased online for less than $100. The results are fairly impressive, and certainly much more exciting than the ones we were able to compile for this same feature more than two years ago--you gotta love cheap flash memory.

All the devices that made this top-10 list pack at least 2GB of storage, scored at least a 7.0 out of 10, and were (for the most part) reviewed within the past two years (so they're not totally outdated). Each player also offers two or more of the following characteristics: good sound quality; a stylish, compact design; advanced features, such as an FM radio or recording capabilities; and an impressive battery life. Of course, the best part is that none of them will break the bank. The pricing for each player is current as of press time and applies to new products--no refurbs here!

Check out the slide show of our top 10 players for less than $100.

About the author

    Since 2003, Jasmine France has worked at CNET covering everything from scanners to keyboards to GPS devices to MP3 players. She currently cohosts the Crave podcast and spends the majority of her time testing headphones, music software, and mobile apps.

     

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